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Sent: 06 January 2014 19:44 Reminder: Deadline January 15, 2014 CFP: Imagining Death and the Afterlife in the Middle East (c. 500-1800 CE) Middle East Association (MESA) Annual Meeting 2014 Washington, DC, 22-25 November 2014 Organizers: Patricia Blessing and Ali Yaycioglu Abstract are requested for a panel on Imagining Death and the Afterlife in the Middle East (c. 500-1800 CE). Please send a 300-400 word abstract and a CV to email@example.com by January 15, 2014. Authors of selected papers will be notified by January 25, 2014 and will have until February 15, 2014 to upload their abstract on the Middle East Studies Association's conference website. MESA membership is required to submit an abstract to the MESA online system. The MESA program committee will decide on the acceptance of the entire panel. For more information on the conference, see: http://www.mesa.arizona.edu/annual-meeting/index.html Imagining Death and the Afterlife in the Middle East (c. 500-1800 CE) This panel brings together papers that investigate representations of death and the afterlife in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Central Asia. The focus of papers may lie on any pre-modern context from late antiquity to the early 19th century. Studies in history, religious studies, art history, and anthropology are all equally welcome in a panel that aims to produce an interdisciplinary dialogue around the theme of death and the afterlife, beyond our modern understanding and practices of dying. Relevant topics might include perceptions, conceptions, descriptions, and representations of death and the afterlife in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim contexts; funerary rituals and practices and displays of mourning; preservation of memory through the construction of shrines for rulers, the rich, and saints; urban space and cemeteries; pilgrimage and the use of relics; being unable to die (e.g. vampires); inheritance and its recording; disease and executions; and theological discussions of death and the afterlife. Papers may work with any combination of textual or material sources, ranging from elegies, funerary litanies, gravestones, foundation documents, and hagiographies to architecture, paintings, and textiles. At the theoretical level, work on death, burial, and relics in Islam (Leor Halevi, Brannon Wheeler), on the body in late antique and medieval Christianity (Peter Brown, Caroline Walker Bynum), and on shrines and pilgrimage (Pedram Khosronejad, Joseph Meri) are relevant points of comparison and methodological entry points. Organizers: Patricia Blessing, PhD Stanford Humanities Center Stanford University firstname.lastname@example.org Ali Yaycioglu, PhD Assistant Professor of History History Department Stanford University email@example.com -- --