International bilingual summer school, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 17–19 October 2019

Mapping the Urban: Cities in Arabic Literature, Culture, and Society

Which role do cities play in Arabic literature, culture, and society? How is urban space represented, negotiated and performed in premodern and modern texts? And how do new theories and methods, like those related to the “spatial turn” and “urban studies”, help us to “map the urban”?

The Call for Applications is addressed to outstanding junior scholars from Arab and European universities who are active in the field of Arabic Studies and would like to present their current research project. The research may take its orientation from a variety of disciplines (Literature, Art History, Cultural Studies, the Social Sciences or History) and should be related — at least in partial aspects — to cities, urban space and urbanity. Competence in Arabic and English is required. Please see the Call for Applications for further information.

In addition to the organizers of the summer school, four professors will act as mentors to the junior scholars: Shereen Abou El-Naga (Cairo University), Antonella Ghersetti (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Boutheina Khaldi (American University of Sharjah) und Adam Talib (Durham University). The summer school’s activities will be supported and evaluated by experts in conversation linguistics and didactics of Arabic, Afaf Nash (University of California, Los Angeles) and Rana Siblini (Doha Institute for Graduate Studies).

The summer school is part of the research activities of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Call for Applications (application deadline: 15 June 2019)