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Languages of Legitimation in the Middle East

6th @ 14:30 - 7th June, 2019 @ 19:00

KC Shasha Suite, Woolf Institute


This graduate led interdisciplinary research conference will be an opportunity for PhD and Masters students to share and discuss their original research around the theme of languages and legitimation in the Middle East

The conference will explore how questions of power and legitimation relate to different kinds of language – be they linguistic, symbolic, pictorial, gestural, spoken, written, sartorial etc. - in the Middle East, past and present. The conference will be free for all attendees. There will be a keynote address by the distinguished historian of the Middle East, Yossef Rapoport, on the evening of the 6th June, followed on the 7th June by a day of individual presentations by PhD students undertaking innovative research in different disciplines and fields. Dr Yossef Rapoport is Reader in Islamic History at Queen Mary, University of London. He specialises in the social, cultural and legal history of the Islamic Arab-speaking Middle East in its Middle Ages (1000-1500 AD). He has published prolifically in this area and has authored ground-breaking and widely-influential books and co-edited volumes including Marriage, Money and Divorce in Medieval Islamic Society, Ibn Taymiyya and His Times (with Shahab Ahmed) and, more recently, Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh Century Cairo (with Emilie Savage-Smith).

If you are a PhD or Masters student and would like to present a paper, please see the call for papers here.

The deadline for submission is 26th April.

Download the conference program here.

How to book

To sign up for a free ticket to attend the conference (on either both or one of the days), please book a ticket on our Eventbrite page.

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