Conference call: ‘The Making of Jerusalem: Constructed Spaces and Historic Communities’, Jerusalem, July 2014

10 Oct

Call for Proposals

International Conference

“The Making of Jerusalem:
Constructed Spaces and Historic Communities”

Jerusalem 3-4 July 2014

The Calouste Gulbenkian Library of the Armenian Patriarchate of
Jerusalem invites scholars to apply to participate in the Conference
“The Making of Jerusalem: Constructed Spaces and Historic Communities”
taking place on 3-4 July 2014 at the Armenian Patriarchate in the Old
City of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is one of the most contested cities around the world with a
rich and complex history. With its web of sacred sites, quarters, and
neighborhoods, it represents a polyglot of historical communities.
Today’s Jerusalem is a testament to its temporal, physical and
demographic transformations over the centuries.  The purpose of this
conference is to explore various aspects in the making of the city while
focusing on historic communities and their concept of – and relationship
with – space (be it sacred or secular).

We encourage inter-disciplinary approaches from different fields such
as history, the social sciences, art, literature, religious studies and
different area studies, particularly Armenian Studies and its actual and
potential interplay with various disciplines as well as other area

The conference aims to remain true to the different temporal phases in
the history of Jerusalem while putting the emphasis on the Early Modern
and Modern periods, including the contemporary period. That is to say,
we are particularly interested in the post-1517 era, using the Ottoman
conquest of the city as a starting point.

  Topics and themes might include:

• Transformations of Jerusalem’s quarters
• Cross-cultural interaction among the different historical communities
• Tradition of pilgrimage to the sacred sites
• Representation of the Holy City and its communities in texts and
• Inter-communal relationships and plurality: coexistence and conflict
• Ethnic, religious and social boundaries
• Shared sacred sites and their management
• Marginalized communities and neighborhoods in the making of the city
• Refugees and their relationship with existing communities
• Impact of wars (e.g. WWI, WWII and others) on communal dynamics
• Emergence of nationalism(s) and its association with or impact on

If you would like to participate in the conference, we kindly ask you
to submit a title, an abstract (400-500 words) and your short biography
(200 words) by 15th of December 2013, to our email address:

Papers will be selected by the Conference Organizing Committee and its
Advisory Board, comprised of an international group of scholars. The
languages of the Conference are English and French. If your paper is
selected, you will be asked to submit a draft essay of 6,000-8,000 words
by 1 June 2014. The drafts will be circulated among Conference
participants in advance. The intention is to publish the Conference
proceedings as an edited book.

The accommodation and flight costs of Conference speakers will be

The Conference is supported by the Armenian Communities Department of
the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, and the St. Sarkis Charity
Trust, London.

Organizing Committee:

• Boris Adjemian, Bibliothèque arménienne de la Fondation Nubar (UGAB,
• Annick Asso, Associate Professor, Paul Valéry University-Montpellier
III, Institute of French Studies for foreigners, Chair of Literature
• Bedross Der Matossian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• George Hintlian, independent scholar, Jerusalem
• Fr. Norayr Kazazian, Calouste Gulbenkian Library, Jerusalem
• Claude Mutafian, Docteur de l’Université Paris I
• Razmik Panossian, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal
• Anna Sirinian, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna
• Talin Suciyan, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Chair of Turkish Studies,
Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilian
University (Munich).

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