The term 'Orient' and the academic field 'Oriental Studies' pertaining to mainstream 19th and 20th-century Western academia have turned respectively into 'Middle East' and 'Middle Eastern Studies'. The inherent orientalism in the naming of the region as the 'east of the west', situating it relative to Europe, has been increasingly questioned, particularly after the publication of Edward Said’s influential book Orientalism. Yet the region is mostly studied and referred to through the prism of the political and economic implications of regional developments, for outsiders, above all for the Western world. Similarly, topics like extremism, sectarianism, autocratic regimes endemic to the region, oil and energy security, rentierism and ethnic conflicts are abundant in the research on the Middle East. The multiplicity of cultures in the area has been easily stereotyped, mostly as an undesirable 'other', in the political and economic fields of research.
This tendency to view the 'Orient' in simplistic and reductionist terms often overlooks the variety of cultures, the wealth of historical interactions amongst the region’s peoples, the nuances in linguistic manners, and the diversity in the arts. In order to transcend this trend, we believe it is both important and valuable to present academic research in the fields of literature, language, culture, gender, identity and the arts.
The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at the Australian National University has, therefore, invited scholars, artists and practitioners to participate in its upcoming conference 'Three Languages - Three Cultures: Narratives from the Middle East' on 22-23 November 2018 in Canberra, Australia. Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages and their respective cultural horizons are the focus of the conference. Comparative and interdisciplinary research, as well as research from a particular discipline and speciality subject areas related to Arabic, Persian and Turkish, have also been included.
- Deadline for full papers: 1 November 2018
- Conference: 22 - 23 November 2018
A preliminary list of speakers and papers
Persian language and culture papers
Parisa Nakhaei Caught Between the Formal and Informal Economy: Women Home-based Business Entrepreneurs in Iran
Bahar Davary Sohrab Sepehri: A Muslim-Zen Eco-Critic
Hamish McGregor Reformism and Political Discourse in Iran: looking back at the legacy of president Seyed Mohammad Khatami
Mahmoud Pargoo Haram or Culturally Unacceptable? Secularizing Language in Post-Khomeini Iran
Elham Naeej Gender Violence in Contemporary Iranian Romance Novels
Muhammed Ourang and Negar Davari Ardakani A Syllabus for Teaching Persian Grammatical Tenses: From Critique on Existing Resources to Designing Tasks
Michael King and Negar Ardakani The Culture of Love in Hafiz Poetry: A Comparison of the Persian poetry and its English Translation
Leila Alhagh A Middle Eastern Manuscript Narrates: A study of text and paintings of Futūḥ al-Ḥaramayn
Dr Heydar Shadi Noah's Three Sons and Identity Politics in the Modern Middle East
Dr Yaghoob Foroutan The Place of Languages in Gender Identity in Iran: Persian, Arabic and English Languages
Arabic language and culture papers
Charbel El-Khaissi A Comparative Phonetic Analysis of Native and Non-Native Arabic Speakers at the Australian National University.
Grant Kynaston Universalizing International Law through Language: The Use of Arabic in United Nations Conventions
Majdi Faleh The City in Pre-modern and Modern Arabic Literature Utopian cities of the Gulf and their role in Arabic Literature, Past, and Present
Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller Ancient tales and modern machines: publishing Sumerian literary narratives in machine-readable formats
Luluh Alfurayh and Melanie Burns Redefining ‘me’: Identity change among female Saudi study abroad students in Australia
Khoirin Nikmah Question Words: An Error Analysis of Indonesian Learners in L2 Arabic
Mona AlBluwi Investigating Learners' Beliefs about Arabic as a Foreign Language
Zakaryia Mustafa Slameh Almahasees Holistic Assessment of Google Translate in the Translation of UN Documents from English into Arabic
Hasan Alalmay Politeness in Saudi Arabia: An Observational Analysis of Social Interaction Between Hosts, Guests, and Audiences in Television Shows
Hend Saeed The fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003; Iraqi Literature new identity
Turkish language and culture papers
Aydogan Kars Commentary Tradition on the Divine Names: Sufi Theology from Andalusia to Ottoman Anatolia
Mustafa Can Teziç Historiographic Metafiction and Identity Construction in Turkish Comic Book Literature
Scott Patton The intersection of identity: Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic, Persian, and their attempted synergy
Adrian Jones Eyes of beholders: when was a gift a bribe, а tribute, and/or a facilitation: whose, when for whom?
Tamas Dudlak House of Kurds in Turkey: the use of security narrative in contemporary politics’