I am still looking for proposals for the panel on “Russia and the Middle East.” We welcome proposals that examine the interaction and cultural exchange between these two areas from the premodern period up to the nineteenth century. The extended deadline is March 21, 2015.
Here is the updated CFP and the new deadline:
131st Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention
Austin, 7–10 January 2016
Title of panel: “Russia and the Middle East” (Premodern-19th Century)
Description: this special panel examines broad cultural interaction between Russia and the Middle East, from the 16th century-19th century, in the areas of travel/pilgrimage; diplomatic and religious missions; trade; knowledge exchange (including book translations); or other.
Areas of inquiry could include:
– Russian-Ottoman relationships in the 19th century, and the establishment of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.
– Pilgrims, travel accounts, or diplomatic missions between Russia and the Middle East (including Iran) in the 18th and 19th century, or earlier.
– The Arabian Nights in Russian literature and folk tales; Oriental tales (vostochnye povesti).
– Egyptophilia, Egyptomania, and /or Orientalism before the 20th century.
– Tatars and the Middle East before the twentieth century.
250-word proposals (along with full name, e-mail and academic affiliation) by 21 March 2015 to: Suha Kudsieh (email@example.com).
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