THE INSTITUTE OF MEDITERRANEAN AND ORIENTAL CULTURES OF
THE POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF ARABIC AND ISLAMIC STUDIES OF
UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW
hereby invite to the national scientific conference
EGYPT – YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Ist edition entitled
Between Tradition and Modernity
which will be held in Brudziński’s Hall
(Kazimierzowski Palace of University of Warsaw)
Egypt plays an important role in the Arabic world resulting from its location, and the history rich in deep cultural, religious and social transformations. Over centuries, the statehood of this country had developed and had been shaped since the pharoahs’ times until the creation of the modern Egyptian state. Besides, the changes included religious systems from ancient polytheism and Christianity to Islam in its different forms. Based on this mosaic, the modern state took its shape – a country full of contrasts whose society has been a fascinating subject for a long time for researchers of diverse specialisations .
In Egypt, defined by its inhabitants as umm id-dunya – ( ie. mother of world), tradition mixes with modernity at every step and this is the major issue we would wish to discuss at the conference. We invite orientalists, linguists, religious scholars, philosophers, political scientists, sociologists and ethnologists who academically deal with Egyptian society, language, culture and religion to participate in an interdisciplinary debate. Furthermore, we would willingly focus on cultural output (literature, music, film, etc.) reflecting Egyptian social and cultural reality. We are also open to discussion on the state of research within the above mentioned areas.
On one hand we would like to concentrate on modernity and its references to tradition, on the other however we do not reject research devoted to earlier stages of the history of Egypt and Egyptians. The prime objective of the conference is actually to stimulate an academic debate on Egypt and integrate scholars (Polish and possibly foreign in the future) dealing with issues related to Egypt.
All interested in an active participation in the conference are welcome to submit papers and listeners to take part in discussions with speakers.
Declaration of participation in the conference (please find form attached) together with abstracts (max. 500 words) and a short biographical note (max. 80 words) should be submitted to conference address: till 25 June 2017. Organisers shall consult the Scientific Committee and select papers for the presentation and inform authors till 25 July 2017.
Fees: Conference fee is 180 PLN. Organisers do not cover travel and accommodation expenses. Refreshments and conference materials shall be provided. Please pay conference fee till 31.08.2017.
Language of conference: Polish
Publication of post-conference texts in English is planned for 2018. It results from preparations of the next edition of the conference which will be international. Organisers reserve the right to select texts.
Deadline for articles submission: 15.02.2018.
Prof. Ewa Laskowska-Kusztal, Ph.D. Dr habil. (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, PAS)
Prof. Ewa Machut-Mendecka Ph.D., Dr habil. (Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, UW)
Prof. Karol Myśliwiec, Ph.D., Dr habil. (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, PAS)
Prof. Katarzyna Pachniak, Ph.D., Dr habil. (Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, UW)
Teodozja I. Rzeuska, Ph.D. (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, PAS)
Edyta Wolny, MA
Karolina Nabożna, MA