Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Deutscher Orientalistentag 2017 in Jena / CfP

Panel on Caucasian languages and cultures at the Deutsche Orientalistentag (DOT)

Deadline: February 19, 2017

Background

The Deutsche Orientalistentag (DOT) is the largest professional meeting of Oriental Studies in Germany and one of the most important scholarly Orientalist congresses in the world (http://www.dot2017.de/en/). The range of disciplines encompasses the Ancient and Modern Middle East, including North Africa, as well as all of Asia, with particular emphasis on Central, South and South East Asia. The DOT is administered by the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG), which entrusts a university with the organization of the congress. The first DOT took place in 1921 in Leipzig. In 2017, for the first time in history, the DOT will be held at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Thuringia.

The headline of the DOT 2017 is “Asia, Africa and Europe,” and the two main topics to be discussed at the conference are

- the transfer of knowledge between East and West, especially Eastern influence on Europe in antiquity and the Middle Ages,

- the rising interest of Western scholarship in Oriental cultures and history, including the history of Oriental research in more recent times.

The intention of the organizers is to promote contributions addressing the headline and the two main topics, but papers, panels, and workshops devoted to other branches of scholarship are equally welcome. All colleagues are cordially invited to present the results of their research, and to discuss them with an expert audience.


Panel on Caucasian languages and cultures

As part of the Deutsche Orientalistentag for the first time there will be a panel on the Caucasus. Interested researchers are requested to submit abstracts related to the languages and the cultures of the Caucasus in the following subdisciplines:

- anthropological linguistics & linguistic anthropology
- ethnolinguistics
- cultural linguistics
- other areas of sociolinguistics
- historical linguistics
- linguistics & literature
- writing Systems


The papers must cover languages and/or cultures of the Caucasus and the surrounding areas (including the three indigenous language families as well as other languages traditionally spoken in the Caucasus such as Armenian, Ossetian, Tat, etc.).

Organization and abstract submission

Panel organizer: Diana Forker, University of Jena & University of Bamberg

Please send preliminary abstracts of no more than 300 words in .doc, .docx or .pdf format by February 19 to diana.forker@uni-bamberg.de