Call for papers Symposium on Islamic Archaeology. Southampton 20 abril 2013

18/9/12 .-

Identities & Islam: Material Culture, Self and Society in the Pre-Modern Muslim World
The First UK Early Career Symposium on Islamic Archaeology.
University of Southampton April 20th 2013.


We are pleased to announce that the call for papers for Identities & Islam is now open:

Identities & Islam: Material Culture, Self and Society in the Pre-Modern Muslim World

The First UK Early Career Symposium on Islamic Archaeology

Archaeological scholarship has revealed considerable temporal and geographic variation in material expressions of identity within the Islamic world, through architecture, art, crafts, burial and subsistence, as well as in the organisation of trade and exchange. How integral was the uniting force of Islam in the construction of personal, group, and state identity in the past? To what extent can we see identity as being formed locally and diachronically – either in opposition to different external and internal cultural groups, influenced by pre-existing indigenous cultures and contemporary neighbouring states, or resulting from particular political changes?

The University of Southampton Department of Archaeology will host a free conference on Islamic Archaeology on 20th April 2013, addressing these issues. This conference aims to bring together post-graduate, post-doctoral and established scholars in the disciplines of Islamic Archaeology as well as architectural and art history, from institutions in the UK and beyond. This will be a unique opportunity to share knowledge and expertise – uniting what has been, until now, a disparate community.

The aims of the conference are:

To facilitate dialogue between scholars of material culture in the medieval and early modern Islamic world, from the UK and abroad
To assess the use of material culture as an indicator and creator of different kinds of identities including ethnicity, gender, religion, and class
To explore geographic and temporal variation in identities in the Islamic world
To identify multiple, layered or contrasting expressions of personal identity within groups and by individuals
To disseminate the results of new excavations and surveys of medieval and early modern Islamic sites and landscapes, where new evidence has a bearing on our understanding of identity
To consider the relationship between the material culture of the pre-modern Islamic world and the creation of identities in contemporary nations

The conference will consist of four sessions, details of which can be found here:


We invite submissions for papers and posters in the form of no more than 200 word abstracts, which should be emailed to no later than 12th December 2012. In addition to the abstract your submission should include:

Name(s) of Author(s)
Paper title
Intended session
Your institutional affiliation
Description of the geographical and temporal scope of the paper

Papers will be 20 minutes in length, and the language of the conference will be English. Any further enquiries should be made by email

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