[INDOLOGY] Call for Papers : Young Researchers' Indo Persian Workshop : Writing in the Indo-Persian World - May, 23rd-24th, Marseille & Online

Raffaello De Leon-Jones Diani diani.d.raffaello at gmail.com
Tue Jan 30 10:11:05 UTC 2024

Dear all,

Here follows a call for paper for a workshop organised in May in Marseille
and Online. Please feel free to reach out for any queries or submissions.

* Young Researchers’ 2nd Indo-Persian Workshop: Writing in the Indo-Persian
World * May 23-24th

*Writing in the Indo-Persian world*

The practice of writing is an essential one in South Asian history, one
that perhaps goes back to the very first civilization found therein, the
Indus Valley Civilization. Over the centuries, the technical, economic,
social and the cultural shifts brought about by the inclusion of South Asia
in the Persianate and Islamicate cosmopolises has had profound impact on
South Asian writing. From scriptural change to material cultural evolution,
from palmleaf manuscripts in brahmi-derived scripts to Persian texts on
bound paper, the story of writing in South Asia is a pregnant one, with a
lasting impact to this day. A reflection on the practice of writing in
South Asia goes beyond the linguistic aspect of it all but rather brings
into the light important questions such as the readership and the economy
behind book exchange and production. Furthermore, when considering the
Persian language, such a reflection puts to the fore an important yet often
neglected fact: that South Asian readership and textual production in
Persian largely outweighed the Iranian.
Writing does not exist in a vacuum: manuscripts, and especially manuscripts
produced for the elite, are often decorated and illustrated. A reflection
on writing will therefore necessarily also cover topics such as
calligraphy, illumination, bookbinding, paper-production as well as the
data contained in manuscripts in and around the text, mobilizing
disciplines such as palaeography, codicology, and diplomatics.

We welcome contributions from *Master, Doctoral and Postdoctoral
researchers* that deal with any topic relating to writing, reading and text
production in South Asia from the perspective of History, Philology,
Codicology or Art History in the period defined by Richard M. Eaton as
Persianate India (1000-1750).

*Paper Submission:*

Abstracts are to be submitted to the following email address:
raffaello.deleon-jonesdiani at ehess.fr. They should not exceed *500 *words
and are to be submitted by *March, 17th*. Once approved, we kindly ask
participants to write and submit a *5000 to 7000* words long paper by *April,

Young Researchers’ 2nd Indo-Persian Workshop: Writing in the Indo-Persian

Organised by:
Victor Baptiste (EPHE) and Raffaello De Leon-Jones Diani (EHESS-CESAH)
With collaboration by Inayatullah Din (EHESS-CESAH) and Lingli Li
(EHESS-CESAH and Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen)

in *Marseille* (Campus La Vieille Charité, 2 Rue de la Charité, 13002
Marseille, France) and *Online*

Raffaello De Léon-Jones Diani
Doctorant à l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - Centre
d'Études Sud Asiatiques et Himalayennes (CESAH)
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