Research events

Listed below are forthcoming research events in the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies. See also the events for all of SSIS.

Any SSIS staff or postgrads may always attend. Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.

Please also see individual research centre sites for other events.

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20 February 201917:15

Professor Jaakko Hameen-Anttila (Edinburgh University) presents the talk "From Middle Persian to Arabic, from Arabic to Persian: notes on first-millennium translations"

Jaakko Hameen-Anttila earned his PhD in 1994 from the University of Helsinki. He was Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the same University from 2000 to 2016. Currently, since 2016 he is the Iraq Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on Classical Arabic literature, Arab-Islamic cultural history, and cultural contacts between Iran and the Arabs. Full details
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26 - 27 February 20199:00

Managing Intra-State Territorial Contestation: Iraq’s Disputed Territories in Comparative Perspective

Call for Papers (deadline 14th January 2019): Iraq’s Disputed Territories remain a source of contestation and instability. Located in the north of Iraq, this broad swathe of territory lying to the south of the Kurdistan Region, and including within it parts of the provinces of Nineveh, Erbil, Salahadin, Kirkuk, and Diyala, the Disputed Territories remain a focus of contestation between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government following the Kurdistan Region referendum of 2017 and the subsequent military response of the Government of Iraq. Furthermore, while the immediate threat of Islamic State actions has diminished, conditions in the Disputed Territories continue to create opportunities for the resurrection of militancy and insurgency, associated with the Sunni community, against the Government of Iraq and its allies. Full details
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27 February 201915:30

Seminar Series - “Measuring global gender inequality indicators using large-scale online advertising data”

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a key instrument in setting the agenda around global development until 2030. The promotion of gender equality features prominently in the SDGs, both as a standalone goal as well as in relation to other goals (e.g access to education). Full details
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27 February 201917:15

Professor Miriam Cooke (Duke University & Honorary Research Fellow, Exeter) presents "Dancing in Damascus"

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6 March 201913:30

Data Analysis with R for Social Scientists

Building upon the basic introduction offered to R in workshop 4, this workshop will cover exploratory data analysis, quantitative data analysis, and visualising data using R, as well as introducing the various libraries that a user needs to be familiar with in order to carry out such tasks. Full details
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6 March 201917:15

Professor Adam Sabra (University of California at Santa Barbara) presents the talk "Household and State in Ottoman Egypt: The Case of al-Sāda al-Bakrīy"

Adam Sabra is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he holds the King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies. Currently, he is a senior research fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Kolleg for the Study of Islamicate Intellectual History at the University of Bonn. He has published extensively on the history of Egypt in the Mamluk and Ottoman sultanates. His most recent publication is ʿAbd al-Wahhab ibn Ahmad ibn ʿAli al-Shaʿrani, Advice for Callow Jurists and Gullible Mendicants on Befriending Emirs' (Yale University Press, 2017). Full details
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13 March 201915:30

Seminar Series - “Can genetics tell us anything about voting patterns, including Brexit?”

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14 March 201917:30

Dr Attiya Ahmad (Columbian College of Arts and Sciences) presents the talk "Housetalk and Everyday Conversions: South Asian Migrant Domestic Workers' Newfound Islamic Pieties in Kuwait"

Dr. Attiya Ahmad is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at The George Washington University (Washington DC, USA). Broadly conceived, her research focuses on the gendered interrelation of Islamic movements and political economic processes spanning the Middle East and South Asia, in particular the greater Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean regions.. Full details
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20 March 201913:30

Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Scientists

In this workshop you will learn about the principles of longitudinal data analysis; when it should be used and the advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal methods. Full details
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20 March 201917:15

Professor Christian Sahner (University of Oxford) presents the talk "Christian Martyrs under Islam: Religious Violence and the Making of the Muslim World"

Christian Sahner is associate professor of Islamic History at the University of Oxford. He is principally interested in the transition from Late Antiquity to the Islamic Middle Ages, relations between Muslims and Christians, and the history of Syria and Iran. A graduate of Oxford and Princeton, where he earned his doctorate in 2015, he is the author of two books: 'Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present' (Oxford/Hurst, 2014) and 'Christian Martyrs under Islam: Religious Violence and the Making of the Muslim World' (Princeton, 2018).. Full details
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27 March 201917:15

Dr Ebithal Mahadeen (University of Edinburgh) presents the talk "Media, Militarism, and Culture: Interrogating Jordan’s Gendered War on Terror"

Dr. Mahadeen is lecturer in gender and media with a focus on the Arab world. She is based at the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and media within an Arab context and has addressed questions of female virginity, militarist masculinities and femininities, and LGBT media activism. She has a professional background in reporting and online media and offers consultancies on gender, media, and higher education in the Arab region.. Full details
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1 May 201913:00

Agent-based modelling (ABM) theory and examples for Social Scientists

Agent-based modelling (ABM) is an analytical method that has become very popular within the social sciences. It allows researchers to represent and investigate the emergence of structures at the macro or societal level as the result of the learning and adaptation of individual components and the way in which they interact with one another. Full details
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5 June 201913:00

Introduction to SQL for Data Science

Employers looking to recruit new data analysts/scientists are increasingly looking for applicants with a working knowledge of R, Python, and SQL. As such, this workshop is intended follow in the same vein as its R and Python equivalents from previous weeks in providing individuals with the skills necessary to pursue such a career.. Full details
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24 June 2019

Institute of Coding Summer School 2019 at the University of Exeter

For students with little or no experience of programming or coding, the Institute of Coding Summer School at Exeter is an opportunity to enhance your digital skills through a course designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of computer programming and social data analysis. Full details
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1 - 2 July 2019

31st Exeter Gulf Conference: Zones of Theory in the Study of Yemen - call for papers

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