THIRD CONFERENCE OF THE SCHOOL OF MAMLUK STUDIES, CHICAGO, JUNE 23-25, 2016
The 2016 Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies will be held at The University of Chicago.
The conference will be divided into two parts and will be preceded by a three-day intensive course on numismatics (June 20–22):
June 23: Themed day: "Exchange in the Mamluk Sultanate: Economic & Cultural."
The act of exchanging one thing for another is ubiquitous in the history of all societies. It is found at all levels of commerce, from the local market to international trade, but it is not limited to economic matters. In the diplomatics and court practice of the Mamluk sultanate, the giving of gifts or the granting of rights, titles, or responsibilities are all forms of exchange in which the currency that facilitates the exchange is frequently something other than money. In societal relationships, ties could be strengthened by the exchange of family members via marriage, and in power relations non-tangible goods such as loyalty could be exchanged for wealth, titles, or other rewards. These are but a few examples of what exchange entails. The aim of this themed day is to focus on acts of exchange across these and other aspects of Mamluk society.
Intensive course: Mamlūk Numismatics
A three-day intensive course in Mamlūk numismatics intended for advanced graduate students and other qualified participants will be offered by Professor Warren Schultz (DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois) and will be held immediately before the conference at the University of Chicago (June 20–22, 2016). A reading knowledge of Arabic is required. The course will be demanding and hands-on in its format, but no previous numismatic experience is required.
Since the number of participants will be limited (a maximum of 15), those who wish to take part in the course are requested to submit a CV, a statement of purpose, and a letter of recommendation by someone familiar with their work to [email@example.com] by the end of January, 2016. Those who are selected for the course will be notified by the end of February, 2016, at which time information about the method of payment of the course fees will be provided.
The course fee is $300.00, which also includes the registration fee for the subsequent conference (June 23–25) as well the cost of the annual SMS social dinner. Fees must be paid by April 30, 2016. Registration and participation are not confirmed until payment is received. Participants must make their own travel arrangements. The local organizer will provide suggestions for lodging at an affordable price. A certificate of attendance will be awarded.
We look forward to meeting you in Chicago.
Marlis Saleh, University of Chicago (local organizer)
Frédéric Bauden, Université de Liège
Antonella Ghersetti, Ca' Foscari University, Venice
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