CFP: Translating Islam: Cultures, Histories and the Presentist Challenge (2/15/06; 4/14/06-4/15/06)

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Firat Oruc
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Call for Papers
3rd Duke-UNC Graduate Student Conference on Islamic Studies

"Translating Islam: Cultures, Histories and the Presentist Challenge"
Conference Dates: April 14-15, 2006
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2006

        In recent years there has been a growing interest in the
question of translation across the humanities and in the social
sciences. The linguistic and cultural turn that has shaped the modern
formation of interpretive studies currently pushes toward further
engagement with issues of translation, namely how concepts, ideas and
practices are related to a more complex substrate in culture. In a
more radical way, the theoretical frameworks derived from post-
structuralism and post-colonial studies equate the ideal of
translatability with that of universality.
        The aim of this conference is to explore ways in which the
issue of translation figures in theories, methodologies, ethnographic
and historiographic dimensions of the study of Islam and Muslim
societies. We invite paper as well as panel proposals that deal with
the following questions, which are not exhaustive:

* How do Islamicate cultural and intellectual discourses engage
in translation both within and between traditions?
* How does the analytic of translation shape comparative studies
on Islam?
* What role does translation play in the exegesis, reception and
transmission of Islamic textual archives?
* What kind of translation strategies are embedded in
contemporary discourses on Islam?

        Suggested topics include:

* translation in the early centuries of Islam
* translating Islamic normativities across time and space
* translating the Qur'an in content and form
* translation in Western scholarship on Islam
* Muslim modernism and the translation of Enlightenment concepts
* translation and Muslim networks
* theories of translation in Sufism
* ethics, law and politics in translation

The conference will proceed in an interactive workshop format. We
expect that those invited to present papers will remain for the
duration of the conference in order to engage the work of other
participants. Proceedings will be held on the Duke University campus
in Durham, NC.

To apply, please send 1) a proposal up to five-hundred words 2) a
paper title and 3) a CV to Cate Mills ( The
deadline for submissions is February 15th 2006.

Firat Oruc
Ph.D. Candidate
Literature Department
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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