33rd German Oriental Studies Conference

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The Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, founded in 1558, hosts the 33rd German Oriental Studies Conference on the topic of “Asia, Africa and Europe” from September 18 – 22, 2017, administered by the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG).

The representative conference of German Oriental Studies which is held in intervals of three to five years is open to all German and foreign scholars; participation is not dependent on membership of the DMG. The Deutsche Orientalistentage therefore have a broader significance beyond the German-speaking area.

The work of the Orientalistentage consists of a limited number of interdisciplinary working groups and scientific lectures addressing a general framework; specialised subjects are treated and discussed in meetings devoted to them.
A number of specialised groups within the DMG hold their own meetings in or outside of the framework of the Deutsche Orientalistentage.

Section “Politics, Economy and Society in the Near East”

For the section “Politics, Economy and Society in the Near East”, held by Thomas Demmelhuber and Jörn Thielmann (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg/EZIRE), the abstracts can be submitted until 31st March 2017.

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. 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.

Theme of the DOT 2017

The theme of the DOT 2017 is “Asia, Africa and Europe.” By this, the organizers wish to emphasize two main topics:

  1. the transfer of knowledge between East and West, especially Eastern influence on Europe in antiquity and the Middle Ages,
  2. the rising interest of Western scholarship in Oriental cultures and history, including the history of Oriental research in more recent times.

The theme is intended to promote contributions addressing these topics, but papers, panels, and workshops devoted to other branches of scholarship are equally welcome.

An overview of the planned panels (as of 03/04/2017) can be found here.