The Emmy Noether Junior Research Group ‘Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period’ (SCORE) at the University of Hamburg welcomes proposals for participation in the online workshop ‘Armenian Society under Caliphal Rule’, 7–8 December 2023. This workshop will consider the social history of Armenia in the period between the first Muslim invasions and the establishment of the Bagratuni kingdom, i.e. seventh to ninth centuries AD/ first to third centuries AH. Contributions will be warmly welcomed on any aspect of social history and its intersection with economic, environmental, cultural and religious history. Perspectives that draw upon the written word, visual culture, the built environment or any combination of the above will all be equally welcomed. Topics may include, but are by no means limited to, such themes as social hierarchies, government, church structures, labour relations, urbanism and ruralism, taxation, civic architecture, etc.
The workshop is envisaged as a compact and focused event running on two consecutive afternoons (Central European Time) only, thereby facilitating the participation of scholars in multiple time zones. The dates of the workshop are fixed as Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December 2023. Papers will be pre-circulated (though they need by no means be polished) two weeks in advance, i.e. by Friday 24 November 2023. To limit video-call fatigue, there will be a total of no more than ten papers, five on each day. Each speaker will be given a 45-minute presentation slot followed by a 15-minute break: presentations will run for 20–25 minutes; questions will then be opened by a dedicated respondent for around five minutes, after which discussion will be opened to the floor for the remaining time. The language of the workshop will be English.
Confirmed participants include Stephanie Forrest (Cambridge), Tim Greenwood (St Andrews), Nik Matheou (Edinburgh), Leone Pecorini Goodall (Edinburgh/St Andrews), Johannes Preiser-Kapeller (Vienna), and Aram Vardanyan (Yerevan). Around three months after the workshop, and pending the agreement of each presenter, revised papers will be submitted to a journal for consideration as a themed issue. Immediately following the workshop, it is possible that some presenters may be asked to shift the focus of their contribution slightly in order to maximize coverage across the full breadth of papers. If you would be interested in delivering a paper or acting as a dedicated respondent, please contact Alasdair Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2023. Audience registration will open in October, but expressions of interest are welcome any time. If you are enquiring about acting as a respondent, please indicate which topic areas you would be most interested in responding to.
If you are enquiring about delivering a paper, please send an abstract of around 250 words, accompanied by two or three sentences outlining the background to your interest in and study of the topic. You will be notified of the outcome of your proposal by 7 June, i.e. six months before the workshop. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the organizer.