SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON ISLAMIC ARCHAEOLOGY Islamabad, 21-25 January 2011

SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON ISLAMIC ARCHAEOLOGY Islamabad, 21-25 January 2011

The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR, Islamabad) and Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA, Istanbul) are jointly organizing the Second International Congress on Islamic Archaeology, to take place in Islamabad on 21-25 January 2011.

The first congress, organised by IRCICA in Istanbul on 8-10 April 2005, represented the first initiative in this field and drew more than 150 scholars, researchers and excavation specialists. It resulted in the congress' instituting itself as a periodical academic forum. The second congress is expected to reinforce the bases of cooperation thus laid and encourage the presentation of research and excavation findings on an expanded range of the periods and regions covered by Islamic Archaeology over its vast geographical area extending from Southeast Asia to West Africa.

A list of the themes proposed is enclosed. The languages of the congress will be English, Arabic and Urdu. A selection of the papers presented will be published as a book.

Prospective participants are expected to send their abstracts and their CVs to NIHCR or to IRCICA at their below addresses by 30 September 2010.

National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research - NIHCR (Centre of Excellence), Quaid-i Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Email: nihcr.ibd@gmail.com

Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture - IRCICA, P.O. Box 24, Beşiktaş 34354, İstanbul, Turkey

Email: congress@ircica.org

 

Main themes

I. Urban archeology

- Research, excavation works and finds relating to sites and monuments of the urban and architectural history

- Undiscovered sites mentioned in historical text

- Restoration and conservation, history and present state

II. Material remains

- Research, excavation works and finds relating to written remains, arts and handicrafts, coinage, etc.

- The museum in history and at present/ the archaeology of the museum

III. Intangible heritage

- Oral traditions, folklore and festivities

- Music

- Trade, traditional economy, the bazaar

- Skills and know-how (manufactures, know-how and methods; traditional housing and habitat; healing and hygiene, etc.)

IV. Islamic Archaeology as a field of study

- Islamic Archaeology as a field of academic study: definition and delimitation, state of studies

- Problems and prospects of Islamic Archaeology: research, excavation, conservation and other aspects

- Proposals and recommendations