The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at the Australian National University (ANU) is proud to host the 2018 Conference, ‘Three Languages - Three Cultures: Narratives from the Middle East’, to be held on 22-23 November.
This interdisciplinary conference welcomes academics of all related subject areas and is open to all scholars, students, professionals and members of the public with an interest in the three Middle Eastern languages: Arabic, Persian and Turkish as well as their respective cultures.
Language is a vessel of communication through which humans have defined their worlds and shaped their cultural identities. In fact, every language via the extension of its discourse is engaged in the evolutionary process of the modern world. This conference seeks to provide an insight into the shifting identities of the Middle East, through the lenses of these three widely spoken languages and influential cultures.
The conference will delve into the complexity and the diversity of the region and will investigate both the synchronic and diachronic characteristics of the three languages selected. This will reveal new insights into the various aspects of Art, Culture, Gender, Identity, Language, Literature, Media and Communication, Comparative Studies as well as Language Teaching and Planning.
This conference, the first in Australia to simultaneously cover these three languages, will ignite your imagination and enrich your understanding of the region. It will include renowned keynote speakers who will examine the rich languages and cultural content of the Middle East: the poetry, calligraphy, art and literature.
Dr Venetia Porter, Assistant Curator, Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Department,
The British Museum, UK.
Associate Professor Hakeem Kasem, Convenor of Arabic Language and Culture Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University.
Dr Ali Mozaffari, ARC-DECRA Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University
Dr Banu Senay, Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney.