Conference: “Words Laying Down the Law”

Translating Arabic Legal Discourse

The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations invites papers in the disciplines of legal anthropology, law and comparative law, legal pragmatics, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, politics and translation studies for a two-day conference on translations of legal discourse in Arabic-speaking contexts.

Deadline for papers: 31 May 2019
Notifications of acceptance: 1 June 2019
Deadline for registration: 1 July 2019

International Conference in Bern: “The Near Eastern Saddle Period”

The Near Eastern Saddle Period: The Formation of Modern Concepts in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian

The Near Eastern saddle period can initially be suspected between 1860 and 1940, a period of great terminological and semantic variety and contestation in vibrant, transnational public spheres with an unprecedented density of communication.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2019

Read the full call for papers here.

2nd Conference of the Fachverband Arabisch e.V.

Competency Orientation in Arabic Language Teaching

2nd Conference of the Fachverband Arabisch e.V. (Call for Papers Arabic)The so-called competence orientation determines curricula and targets for modern foreign languages in the German-speaking education systems. Arabic didactics has hardly dealt with this topic yet.

However, the same applies to the target language Arabic: Successful communicative action requires communicative, intercultural and methodical skills.

The 2nd conference of the Fachverband Arabisch e.V. in cooperation with the Institute of Arabic Studies of the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg will focus on theoretical and practical questions in order to connect with general foreign language didactics in this respect.

Call for Papers: German | Arabic | Deadline 1 April 2019

Programme: German and Arabic

Symposium: Digital Arab Diasporas: Archiving, Curating, Narrating

From the migration of Lebanese migrants to the Americas in the 19th century, to the mass movements of North Africans to France in the 20th century, to the displacement of millions of Palestinian, Syrian and Iraqi refugees in more recent times, themes of movement, exile and diaspora have been an integral part of Middle Eastern and North African experiences in modern times. The digital age has transformed the possibilities, as well as presented new challenges, for documenting these experiences.

The symposium Digital Arab Diasporas brings together projects which employ digital technologies to record and share the stories of migrants and diaspora communities from the Arabic-speaking countries of the MENA region.

The symposium will consist of presentations of 20-30 minutes followed by discussion. Presentations can be either individually delivered or as a team of presenters. We welcome proposals from practitioners in the fields of archiving, museums and digital  storytelling as well as university-based researchers.

Deadline for proposals: no later than 31 January 2019.

Submissions: Please send  a summary of no more than 400 words as an email attachment to

Funds: Limited funds are available to assist with the travel and accommodation of presenters.

Informal queries: For any informal queries about the event, please contact Jacob Norris at: