Events - 2014

The department regularly sponsors lectures and special events, a representative selection of which is listed here, searchable by 'Event Category'.

Rosenthal Conference: Graeco-Arabica Present State and Future Prospects of an Emerging Field
Rosenthal Lectures
HGS 211
Friday, April 25, 2014 - Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations presents: Graeco-Arabica Present State and Future Prospects of an Emerging Field, an international conference in commemoration of the centennial of the birth of Franz Rosenthal

International and U.S. scholars will join Professor Dimitri Gutas delivering presentations on “Graeco-Arabica: Present State and Future Prospects of an Emerging Field.”

Click Here to View a Detailed Schedule of the Conference

The Speaking Wolf and the Mistaken Orientalist: The Re-Evaluation of an early Hadith
NELC Roundtable
WLH 120 - The William L. Harkness building
Thursday, April 24, 2014

This will be the last installment of the NELC Roundtable for this year.

Light food and drink will be provided. 

The NELC Roundtable is sponsored by the GSAS Dean's Fund.

A Reading of His Poetry
Yale Arabic Colloquium
Whitney Humanities Center, Room 108
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hatem Alzahrani, NELC

Self and Space Symposium
NELC Special Event
Whitney Humanities Center
Monday, April 14, 2014

Registration is now open for the scholars’ symposium “Self and Space: Household Identity and Domestic Cult in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East,” taking place on April 12, 2014, at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. Each panel topic will include a lecture from an invited speaker, short introductions to the topic from 3 panel members, and will then focus on discussion. This symposium is designed to encourage audience interaction with the speakers and panel members in a semi-formal environment, creating a space for interdisciplinary dialogue regarding identity, religion, and materiality at the household level. 

Themes to be addressed include problematizing terminology associated with the household and religious practice therein; religious syncretism and the interaction of religions in household contexts across geographic, cultural, and temporal boundaries; the performative aspects of domestic cult and the associated material culture; settlement and household archaeology; magic and medicine; and the textual and epigraphic record of religious identity and performativity in domestic contexts. 

 

Space is limited and attendance is by registration only. A lunch will be provided for registered attendees. For a complete schedule please visit http://calendar.yale.edu/cal/yisapTo register your attendance, please contact Sara E. Cole (sara.cole@yale.edu) and Elizabeth Lang (elizabeth.lang@yale.edu) by March 31, 2014.    

 

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: The William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Endowment for Egyptology, The Yale Initiative for the Study of Antiquity and the Premodern World, The Dean’s Fund for Student-Organized Symposia, The Whitney Humanities Center, and The Yale Department of History.

 

When the Later Gives Birth to the Former: Word-Meaning Relation between al-Jurjānī and Saussure
NELC Roundtable
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hatem Alzahrani will present: "When the Later Gives Birth to the Former: Word-Meaning Relation between al-Jurjānī and Saussure"

Talk Description: 

"Many modern Arab scholars have been possessed by a tendency to link classical Arabic literary concepts to those developed in Western modernity, claiming some kind of cultural precedence. An example of this tendency is the argument that al-Jurjānī’s (d. 471/1078) perception of the word-meaning relation in his theory of naẓm preceded Saussure's (d. 1913) concept of linguistic sign as being composed of two inseparable parts, i.e. signifier and signified. The talk will examine the accuracy of such a comparison."

Light food and drink will be provided.

 

The NELC Roundtable is sponsored by the GSAS Dean's Fund.

 

Revisiting the Inscriptions from Sultaniyya
Yale Arabic Colloquium
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sheila Blair, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College

Revisiting the Inscriptions from Sultaniyya
Yale Arabic Colloquium
HGS 211
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sheila Blair, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College

Al-Raqqa – The City of Harun al-Rashid From a late Antique Provincial town to an Abbasid Metropolitan Agglomeration
Yale Arabic Colloquium
HGS 211
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Professor Stefan Heidemann from Hamburg University