Call for Papers:
Cambridge Symposium on Middle Eastern Studies:
Knowledge and Language in Middle Eastern Societies
18-19 October, 2008
The University of Cambridge, Department of Middle Eastern Studies invites papers to be presented at an international Symposium on Knowledge and Language in Middle Eastern Societies. Papers can range from classical to contemporary times and are encouraged to be in – but not limited to – the fields of:
1.Language and identity: What is the role of language in shaping identity? To what extent is language a political tool? What socio-political phenomena are reflected in media and literary language?
2.Linguistic and literary analysis: What can be learnt about societies from linguistic aspects such as grammar and syntax? What does comparative literature tell us about cultural interactions? How does the socio-linguistic approach contribute to our understanding of political, economic and social milieus?
3.Transmission and classification of knowledge: How do secular and religious hermeneutics and pedagogy shape the ways in which tradition is understood? How do translations formulate or modify our perceptions of the other? How do classifications of knowledge affect curricula and other aspects of educational systems?
4.Production and distribution of religious and secular ideas: What is the interaction between religious and secular spheres in knowledge production? How do epistemological notions such as secrecy, openness and knowledge gradation facilitate or restrict distribution? How does the process of acculturation influence formation and dispersion of ideas?
Abstracts should be sent by email to Yoni Mendel (firstname.lastname@example.org) latest by 28th March, 2008. Submissions should be up to 300 words in MS Word or PDF format, and should include your name, affiliation and academic institution. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process on the 28th May 2008. Each speaker will be allotted 20 minutes for the presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions.
Two nights in shared accommodation and lunches will be provided for speakers. Graduate Students are encouraged to apply.
We look forward to receiving your submissions. Thank you.
(The Organising Committee)
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