The 2001-2002 Sawyer Seminar at the University of Chicago
From Medieval to Modern
in the Islamic World
Sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation
Islamdom 1300-1600: State of Knowledge and Issues
WORKSHOPSThe seminar will meet bi-weekly through each quarter, with papers or position statements circulated in advance. Initially, at least, preference will be given to presentations that address the large issue of mapping the field. Throughout the project, emphasis will be given to intellectual and cultural production in the appropriate social context, as this remains the arena most grossly neglected in the extant literature; our goal here is, quite simply, to encourage and help direct new research.
CONFERENCESToward the end of each quarter, we hope to convene a workshop/conference that will foster integration of this project with other group and individual endeavors, in relation to each quarter's theme.
FELLOWSHIPSA Postdoctoral Fellow and two Doctoral Fellows will participate in the workshops and conferences. These are research and study fellowships that do not entail teaching responsibilities, though all fellows will participate in the workshops, panels, and conferences of the seminar throughout the year.
Adnan Ahmed Husain: Assistant Professor, Departments of Middle Eastern Studies and History, New York University, whose research project is entitled "Interconfessional Encounters: Self and History in Late Medieval Religious Identities."
Ebru Turan: Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, whose research is on "The Ottoman Vizierate 1523-79."
Sinem Eryilmaz: Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, whose reasearch is on "Sehname Writing in the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century: Its Formation and Cultural Context."
SEMINAR STEERING COMMITTEECornell H. Fleischer,
Chairman; Kanuni Suleyman Professor of Ottoman & Modern Turkish Studies, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and History
John E. Woods,
The Sawyer Seminar Program is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon