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Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Beirut, May 11-13, 2017

Themed Day Paper Proposal

Use the form below to submit a paper proposal. The deadline for paper proposals is October 31, 2016.

The first day of the conference (May 11) will consist of papers on a single theme:

In consideration of the quincentennial of the fall of the Mamluk sultanate of Cairo in 1517, the theme of this part of the conference will be “Time.” This theme may be interpreted in a variety of ways, from problems of traditional historical periodization, to notions and explorations of time and temporality in history writing, daily life, literature, material culture, and other areas of research relating to the Mamluk sultanate of Egypt and Syria. Without attempting to offer an exhaustive presentation of possible approaches to the theme, papers may deal with conceptions of time and temporality—cyclical, linear, teleological, etc.—in the construction of chronologies and narratives; the ordering and division of time in daily life, spiritual life, literature, and the study of the natural world; notions of change and continuity over time; temporal practices—the use of and interaction with time; and the experience and understanding of time.

A maximum of 12 to 15 paper proposals will be selected. Should a greater number of proposals be received, the authors of those which are not selected for the conference may be offered the possibility to publish their contribution in the proceedings. Time allotted to each paper will be twenty minutes, plus ten minutes for discussion.

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