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Call for Papers for Fall 2014 (due 8/14)


The Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium (PISC) announces its call for papers for the fall semester from graduate students working on the Islamic world from all departments and disciplines. The deadline is Thursday, August 14th.

The Islamic Studies Colloquium at Princeton is a monthly forum for discussion and workshopping of graduate students' research projects and ideas. Students are welcome to submit works in progress, ranging from term papers to dissertation chapters. The colloquium meets roughly once a month over lunch to discuss a pre-circulated paper, and all attendees are expected to have read and reflected on the paper beforehand. A discussant initiates conversation with a summary of the paper's main argument, taking care to identify how the paper engages with and contributes to current scholarship as well as its potential for further development. Following the author's response, a moderator leads roughly an hour of discussion.

If you would like to present a paper during the Fall 2014 semester, please email pisc@princeton.edu indicating the following:

·  name

·  department

·  abstract (including a description of the paper’s format e.g. thesis chapter, journal article)

·  scheduling restrictions (semesters abroad, holidays, pre-arranged travel, etc.)

·  discussant request, if you have a particular person in mind (e.g. faculty member, fellow graduate student).

Once all applications have been received, the committee will select five papers to be presented. This decision will be based on relevance to the colloquium’s focus, and overall diversity in the representation of themes, regions and disciplines. Selected presenters will be notified of their proposed presentation date, and will then be required to submit papers for pre-circulation 2 weeks before the session date.

With thanks and best wishes,

Emily Goshey, Jelena Radovanovic, Matthew Schumann, Wasim Shiliwala, & Lindsey Stephenson

PISC Coordinators, 2014-15


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About the PISC

The Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium is a forum for discussion and peer review of graduate students' research projects and guest scholars' works-in-progress in the field of Islamic Studies. The Islamic Studies Colloquium formed in the spring of 2009 with the hope of encouraging an interdepartmental discussion and circulation of ideas among graduate students and professors with an interest in Islamic Studies.

The colloquium meets once or twice a month over lunch to discuss a pre-circulated paper, and all attendees are expected to have read and reflected on the paper beforehand. A discussant initiates the conversation with a summary of the work in progress' main argument, taking care to identify what the piece contributes to current scholarship as well as the potential for further development. Following the author's response, a moderator conducts an hour of mediated discussion. The forum is led and organized by graduate students.

PISC is supported by the generosity of Princeton University's Department of Religion, the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion.

Please contact pisc@princeton.edu for more information.

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Fall Schedule 2014 - Coming Soon!

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Last updated: July 2014.