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Call for Papers:
The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) invites panel and paper proposals
for the Fourteenth Annual CESS Conference, October 3-6, 2013, in Madison, Wisconsin. The event will be
held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, hosted by the Center for Russia, East Europe and
Central Asia. Panels begin Friday morning, October 4, and continue through mid-day on Sunday,
Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Central and Inner Asia. Practitioners and scholars in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central Eurasia are encouraged to participate.
The program will feature approximately 70 panels. There will also be supplementary events, including a welcome reception on Thursday, social and cultural activities, and a keynote speaker.
Details are on conference participation and registration.
Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: 29 March 2013
Notification of Acceptance: 1-10 May 2013
Preliminary Program Available: July 2013
Deadline for Pre-Registration: 19 August 2013
Conference Dates: 3-6 October 2013
Deadline for notification of audio-visual requests: 19 August 2013
Travel Arrangements & Visa in place by: 19 August 2013
Deadline for Last Cancellations: 19 August 2013 (No Fee Refund)
Deadline for Paper Submission to Chairs & Discussants: 12 September 2013
Information about University of Wisconsin and the city of Madison, transportation options, maps,
and lodging information will be available at the conference website. Please be sure to
visit http://creeca.wisc.edu/cess2013/ for
All conference participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodations. CESS does not subsidize travel and accommodations for conference participants. Conference participants are urged to make local hotel reservations well in advance of the August 19th pre-registration deadline.
The Chair of the Conference Committee is Dr. Ali İğmen (California State University, Long Beach firstname.lastname@example.org)
Communications about proposal submission, program matters, registration matters, the mailing
list, and data updates should be sent to the CESS Secretariat.
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Call For Papers:
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
(SCSC) Meeting, October 24-27, 2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Caribe Hilton Hotel)
Colin Mitchell (Dalhousie) and
Megan Armstrong (McMaster)
Leslie Peirce (NYU)
Nicholas Terpstra (Toronto)
Shahzad Basir (Stanford)
We are seeking papers for a special interdisciplinary mini-conference on popular
religious communities of the post-medieval Irano-Mediterranean frontier. It will take
place at the annual meeting of the SCSC, this year to be held in Puerto Rico.
The early modern era (1400-1650) was undoubtedly a period of contact and acculturation. In recent years, there has been increasing interest by scholars in identifying and discussing how expanding cultures and polities – be they based in Istanbul, Venice, Seville, or Isfahan – understood their counterparts across what was once described in the late 1990s by Aziz al-Azmeh as “the Irano-Mediterranean Frontier”. Al-Azmeh’s designation of such was neither fanciful nor facile. He argued, quite convincingly, that the seemingly disparate medieval worlds of Islam and Christendom inherited a vision of society, politics and religion which had been forged in the post-Hellenistic crucible which had so profoundly shaped the worlds of both Mediterranean and Iranian civilization during late Antiquity. To be sure, the religious landscape of the Irano-Mediterranean frontier underwent profound changes from the 8-10th centuries as both Christianity and Islam engaged this legacy on a number of levels – theological, legal, societal, philosophical, scientific – to produce new cosmographies and socio-cultural systems which accommodated their respective surrounding contexts.
On this front, the theme of this proposal is to invite papers that focus on namely those “lay” communities who advocated a unique religious identity that did not necessarily prescribe to the ecclesiastical and discursive norm which had emerged by the late medieval period. Such Muslim and Christian popular “associations of piety” – e.g. confraternities, guilds, brotherhoods – are now increasingly of interest to modern scholars and their quest to query the dominant narrative defined by the hybrid “establishment” of church/mosque and state.
The theme of these proposed panels is designed fundamentally to bring together those scholars of the early modern (Christian) Mediterranean and (Muslim) Middle East who are interested in how such constituencies, communities, and organizations shaped and influenced socio-religious categories of orthopraxy, orthodoxy, and heterodoxy. For instance, how does current scholarly research on European confraternities (often seen in the context of guilds, purgatorial societies, meistersingers, troupes performing mystery/miracles plays) share the same body of concerns, questions, and debates currently informing the academic study of pre-modern Sufi tariqahs (brotherhoods), futuwwa (urban pietistic associations), and other popular heterodox Muslim communities. The question emerges: to what extent can we identify and discuss the post-medieval Irano-Mediterranean frontier as a space wherein such pietistic collectives and associations were moving alongside, or independent of, established ecclesiastical and juridical spheres in their respective quotes to locate a “genuine” religious identity? On a more philosophical level: can we look to such communities as vehicles of transmission for innovative cosmologies and metaphysical systems which swept across the post-medieval worlds of Christian Europe and the Muslim Middle East in the 15-17th centuries?
Cities/civic governance and pietistic associations
Literature/drama/aesthetics and pietistic associations
Religious texts/exegesis and pietistic associations
Pietistic associations and relationship with the state
Resistance and pietistic associations
Theology/theosophy and pietistic associations
Social history and pietistic associations
Socio-ethnic history and pietistic associations
Philosophy and pietistic associations
Conversion and pietistic associations
Scholars interested in participating in this event should send an abstract and brief
biography to either Colin Mitchell (c.mitchell@Dal.Ca) or
Megan Armstrong (email@example.com) no later than
March 1, 2013. Complete panels as well as individual submissions are welcome.
Once accepted, all participants will be expected to register with the SCSC for its main
conference. There is no separate registration for the mini conference. Hotel information and
all other details on the SCSC conference can be found on its website: www.sixteenthcentury.org.
You will also find attached here the CFP for the event.
Please do not hesitate to ask us should you have any questions about the event.