Date of the workshop: 8.-9. Mai 2015
Organiser: Ahmed El Shamsy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Venue: Zentrum Moderner Orient, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5 March 2015
The term Nahda is often used to describe a cultural movement of revival that began in the nineteenth century. Curiously, however, one of the central parts of this process, namely, the collection, editing, and publication of classical works of Islamic thought and Arabic literature, has remained understudied and undertheorized. This workshop brings together experts from Germany and abroad to explore questions such as the following:
- How did the adoption of print change what books were known/knowable and read?
- How did printing affect the price of books?
- Who were the individuals who edited, corrected, and financed the publication of classical works?
- How were these individuals connected to previous networks of scholarship in a manuscript culture?
- What questions and debates surrounded the selection of works to be printed?
- What were the effects of the wider circulation of books made possible by print?
- How did standards of editing and correcting and generally the practice of critical philology evolve with the coming of print?
- How did printed works differ from manuscripts?
- Did editors intentionally omit parts of the works they edited?
- What was the relationship between “native” and orientalist scholars in the editing process?
The conference languages are German, English, and Arabic, and contributions can take the form of traditional lectures or of work-in-progress presentations. Proposals for contributions should be sent to email@example.com no later than March 5, 2015. Any questions about the workshop should be directed to the organizer, Ahmed El Shamsy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mar 05, 2015
Zentrum Moderner Orient