Appel à communication: « The Authors, Editors, and Audiences of Medieval Middle Eastern Texts » (deadline: 1st March 2014)

Submissions are invited for a graduate conference entitled "The Authors,
Editors, and Audiences of Medieval Middle Eastern Texts" at the University of
Cambridge on 1st-2nd September 2014.

This conference will bring together graduate students working on the history
and literature of the medieval Middle East to discuss what it might mean when
we refer to "authors," "editors," and "audiences" of medieval texts. Medieval
is to be interpreted broadly as falling between the seventh and
fifteenth-centuries CE. Submissions will be invited from graduates working on
all genres of medieval Middle Eastern texts (including, but not limited to,
history, geography, adab, poetry, medicine, science, theology and law), and
speakers are encouraged to engage with at least one of the following questions:

** Authors: What do we mean when we speak of the medieval author? Is the term
author anachronistic? Can we identify the distinctive voice of an author? Are
there conventions and topoi to which the voice of an author is subject? Is the
authorial presence stronger or weaker in certain genres of literature? Does it
make sense to talk of authoring works in certain genres? Can we speak of
authorship when dealing with translations into Arabic or compilations of other
authors' material, whether written or otherwise?

** Editors: What is the difference between an author and an editor? How did
editors select and arrange their material? Did editors interfere with their
sources, and if so why? Does it make sense to speak of passive editors and
active authors? What editorial strategies underpin certain texts?

** Audiences: Who were texts meant for? Was the stated recipient always the
intended recipient? Were texts meant to be read or heard? What were audiences
supposed to do with texts? How did the intended audience influence authorial or
editorial approaches? Did audiences discuss what they had read or heard, and
where did they do so? How were texts received among later audiences, and did
this audience change?

Abstracts of no more than 300 words for 45-minute papers should be sent to the
conveners by the 1st March, 2014. Those submitting approved proposals will be
notified no later than 1st April, 2014.

Free central Cambridge accommodation will be provided to all external speakers
for the night of 1st September. Refreshments and a buffet lunch will also be
provided on both days of the conference.

Please email Joshua Olsson (PhD student, University of Cambridge: and Ryan Lynch (PhD student, University of Oxford: with abstracts and any questions.

Camille Rhoné

Agrégée d'histoire, titulaire d'une thèse de doctorat en histoire de l'Islam médiéval ("Défendre le territoire en Iran nord-oriental - Khorassan et Transoxiane -, IXe-XIe siècle"), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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