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Scholarly Personae in the History of Orientalism, 1870-1930

Thursday 28 January 2016 - Friday 29 January 2016
P.N. van Eyckhof
P.N. van Eyckhof 1-4
2311 BV Leiden
P.N. van Eyckhof 1, room 0.03c

On Thursday 28 and Friday 29 January 2016, LUCIS and the research project "The Scholarly Self: character, habit, and virtue in the humanities, 1860-1930" ( Institute for History) will organise a conference about scholarly personae in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Orientalism.

During this period traditional “armchair philologists” were increasingly challenged by scholars emphasizing the study of realia (economics, politics, religion, material culture) who often stressed the importance of visiting their areas of interest as well.

How have the idea and reality of “being an Oriental scholar” changed in tandem with this emergence of new research questions and dissociation from strictly philological methods. What new kinds of standards or ideals of scholarship came in their place? How different were the competences or dispositions that Orientalists in 1930 were expected to display from templates of “professionalism” cultivated around 1870? What were the virtues and skills demanded from those considering a career in Orientalist studies and how did such expectations vary across time, place, and discipline?

This conference brings together specialists in the history of different disciplines – Arabic Studies, Sinology and Indology amongst others – to inquire whether a focus on scholarly personae can offer alternative to both biographical case studies and institutional histories of the sort that have long dominated the history of Orientalism.

Invited speakers

Tim Barrett 
Marieke Bloembergen (KITLV, Leiden)
Islam Dayeh (Berlin)
Hans Martin Krämer (Heidelberg)
Heike Liebau (ZMO Berlin)
Sabine Mangold-Will (Wuppertal)
Arie Molendijk (Groningen)
Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn (CNRS/ENS)
Umar Ryad (Utrecht)
Henning Trüper (TU Berlin)


If you wish to attend the conference, please register at lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl.


The conference programme can be found here (PDF).

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