Workshop : « Graduate Workshop on Diversity in the Middle Middle East », Oklahoma State University, 18-22/05/20 (limite : 15 fév.).

Appel à participation : Graduate Workshop on Diversity in the Middle Middle East », Oklahoma State University, 18-22 mai 2020

The medieval Middle East was the most ethnically, religiously, and linguistically diverse literate society in the premodern world, yet it has too often been studied in ways that ignore or do not benefit from the plethora of literary traditions. This workshop invites early graduate students (considering their options for research topics) to discuss the place of medieval diversity in the region and consider topics which cross the communal and linguistic boundaries imposed on premodern history by graduate-level specialization in single medieval languages or subfields. The goal is to expose graduate students to the region’s linguistic, ethnic, and religious diversity early in their academic trajectory to allow them to acquire the skills necessary to pursue wideranging research.

The workshop will invite graduate students to discuss their potential research projects, while introducing participants to scholarly resources and evidence for exploring diversity in the medieval Middle East. The workshop will also introduce participants to the Historical Index of the Medieval Middle East (HIMME), an NEH-sponsored digital history project to make the linguistic diversity of medieval Middle Eastern textual sources visible. HIMME is scheduled for publication in summer 2021, so this workshop provides an exclusive opportunity for graduate students to utilize the collected data for their research.

The workshop will take place May 18-22, 2020 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Oklahoma, and the number of graduate participants is limited. Faculty participants include Thomas A. Carlson (Oklahoma State University), Margaret Gaida (Oklahoma State University, post-doctoral researcher), Scott F. Johnson (University of Oklahoma), and Andrew Magnusson (University of Central Oklahoma). Masters or early PhD students interested in any part of the Middle East (from Cairo to Samarqand and the Black Sea to Yemen) between the seventh and fifteenth centuries CE are welcome to apply by February 15. Lodging and airfare (within the US) will be provided for participants, and notifications of successful applications will be made by March 1 or shortly thereafter.

Inquiries and applications should be sent to
For more information on HIMME, see
A version of this CFP has also been posted at

Applications must include:
– A cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in medieval Middle Eastern diversity and current state of thinking about future research projects (two pages maximum)
– A CV, mentioning language skills (two pages maximum)
– A current graduate transcript (official or unofficial) from the applicant’s current instituti

Hassan Bouali

Doctorant en histoire médiévale à l'université Paris Nanterre ( Paris X). Travaille sur le califat d'Ibn al-Zubayr (64/683-72/692).

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