From the morning hunt to the beloved gazelle


Wed Dec 15 2021 09:00 – Fri 17 Dec 2021 17:30 Greenwich Mean Time (UTC ± 0)

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Literary and visual representations of animals from Central Asia to the Maghreb

About this event

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Wednesday 15 December

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Welcome and opening speech

“The human and non-human animal in classical Arabic literature”

James Montgomery, University of Cambridge

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Animals and Politics in the Premodern Era

“Slaughter foxes in the vineyard?” An omnipresent topos and its staging in the ancient and classical Arab historiography of the first Islamic conquests’

Georg Leube, Universities of Bayreuth and Hamburg

“Ibn Sharaf al-QayrawānÄ«’s ode to a giraffe: an episode of Fatimid – Zirid diplomatic relations”

Russell Hopley, independent researcher

11:30 am – 11:45 am: Break

11:45 – 13:15: Animals and political margins in 20th century literature

“The savages of Yemen and their beasts: Jews, Muslim outcasts and animals on the fringes of Yemeni society”

Mark S. Wagner, Louisiana State University

“Storytelling through animals: the non-human as an ethical agent in contemporary Central Asian literature”

Jeanine DaÄŸyeli, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

“Animal representations and beyond: their absence, their presence and their manifestations in the literature of Kurdish writers imprisoned for life”

Dilek HattatoÄŸlu and Ahu Karasulu, independent researchers

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m .: Lunch

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m .: Animals, illness and mourning

“Patient animal: science and care in medieval Arabic literature”

Anna Ayse Akasoy, University of the City of New York

“Desert animals: mourning and the camel in Bedouin poetry”

Moneera al-Ghadeer, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Culture, Riyadh

“Attachment and Loss: Animal Rithās in Arab Poetry”

Iman Darwich, Harvard University

3.30pm-3.45pm: Break

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m .: Desert animals

“” A specifically Libyan mask “: exploring the metamorphosis in the Libyan novel”

Charis Olszok, University of Cambridge

“Beyond the noble savage: Munif, Koni and the grace of the animal world”

Suja Sawafta, University of Miami

“Unity and Waddān: blurring the boundaries between man and animal in Ibrahim al-KÅ«nÄ« Nazif al-Ḥajar (Bleeding from the Stone, 2002) ‘

Kholoud Hussein, Cornell University

Thursday, December 16

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Animals in the Arts of Armenia

‘Mediators between worlds and cultures: sirens in medieval Armenian and Islamic art of the 10th-14th centuries’

Lilit Mikayelyan, Yerevan State University

“Master of the garden”: the image of the bear in medieval art from Armenia and neighboring countries’

Zaruhi Hakobyan, Yerevan State University

‘The representation of animals and the royal hunt in Cilician miniature painting (Gospel n ° 9422 of Matenadaran)’

Satenik Chookaszian, Yerevan State University

10:30 am-10:45am: Break

10:45 am-12:15pm: Animals, cinema and popular culture

“The puppet animal as a social and political narrative body in the performing arts in Iran”

Yassaman Khajehi, Clermont Auvergne, France

“Dealing with Stray Animals: Film and Cartoon Portraits of Homeless Dogs and Human-Dog Interactions in the Modern Middle East”

Gwyneth Talley, American University of Cairo

‘At the zoo in Palestine’

Hannah Boast, University College, Dublin

12:15 – 1:00 p.m .: Lunch

13h00 – 14h45: Horses and hybrid horses

‘Marked on the ass of the asb: the symbol and symbolism of the marks of horses in the Persian arts circa 1500-1850’

Jaimee K. Comstock-Skipp, University of Leiden

“Banāt al-rīḥ: hybrids of mythical horses in ancient Islamic literature”

Hylke Hettema, University of Leiden

“The monstrous body of Jewish converts in the Spanish al-Buraq”

Ana L. Méndez-Oliver, Syracuse University

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m .: Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m .: Animals in modern Persian literature

“The representation of animals and animal rights in” The benefits of vegetarianism “by Sadegh Hedayat”

Gabrielle van den Berg, University of Leiden

‘Sâdeq Chubak: Through an inverted gaze’

Julie Duvigneau, INALCO, Paris

“A literary encounter through time: two Persian stories, two animals and two contrasting worldviews”

Kamran Talattof, University of Arizona

4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m .: Keynote

“The debates on modern hadiths and the other non-human”

Sarra Tlili, University of Florida

Friday 17th December

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m .: Celestial Birds and Stray Dogs: Animal Symbols and Beyond

“From the sacred animal to the symbol of adultery: dogs in the Armenian tradition”

David Zakarian, University of Oxford

‘The wild, the domestic and the wandering: dogs in the Arab literary imagination’

Wen-chin Ouyang, SOAS, University of London

“Neyshabur Bird Society: Animal Myth, Allegory and Symbol in Persian Literature”

Nasrollah Zirak, Azad Islamic University, Iran

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m .: Lunch break

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m .: Animals and war in the 20th century

‘Creaturely Wars: HumAnimals in Lebanon wartime fiction’

Yasmine Khayyat, Rutgers University

“Taming the Dogs of War: Animals and the Iran-Iraq War in Arab and Persian Fiction”

Amir Moosavi, Rutgers University

‘Flying Above Partition: Literary Representations of Doves (and Other Birds) in Modern Cypriot Poetry’

Daniele Nunziata, University of Oxford

4.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m .: Animals between India and the Middle East

“The hunt for love and justice”

Ebba Koch, University of Vienna

“Extreme ethics: animal-human generosity in Indian qissahs”

Pasha M. Khan, McGill University

“Topographic Wonders: The Elephantine Jinns and Al-Jazari Elephant Clock Translated in Early Modern India”

Vivek Gupta, University of Cambridge

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m .: Closing remarks


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