Call for Papers: Archives in the Middle East

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Call for Papers for a thematic issue of the Bulletin d’études orientales guest-edited by Pauline Koetschet, Najla Nakhlé-Cerruti, Falestin Naili and Candice: “Constituting archives in the Middle East yesterday and today: legitimacy, materiality, temporality” (also en français)

"In this issue of the Bulletin d’études orientales, we would like to bring together contributions from various disciplines (history, literature, anthropology, etc.) and from different periods, but which are united around a set of questions:

1) Questions relating to issues of legitimacy, both those of the sometimes contested legitimacy of the actors of the archive (states, community institutions, families, civil society organizations, memory entrepreneurs, etc.), as well as the legitimacy with which certain social groups seek to endow their social, political or memorial claims through various archival practices.

2) Questions relating to the materiality and physical environment of archival practices, be it examining the material traces found on different types of documents (seams, bindings, erasures, annotations, etc.) as indications of a logic of conservation, or thinking about the rationalities underlying the arrangements and recompositions of various documentary sets, or observing the effects of the circulation of documentary materials between different media or different bodies of archives (Christine Jungen and Candice Raymond 2012).

3) Questions concerning the archiving of unwritten sources and ongoing processes. How can we seize the ephemeral to position it in the temporality of the archive?  Recent work on the constitution of oral archives and on promoting their value, as well as on archives of theatrical and performing arts or the constitution of collections of videos that would otherwise disappear, have challenged us and led us to question the reasons that motivate the researcher to constitute an archive, and how the constitution of the archive itself can take into account its worth and its future use."

The articles submitted should be between 10 and 20 pages long (Word format, Times New Roman 12pt, spacing 1.5 lines), i.e. more or less 10,000 words or 60,000 characters (including spaces). The articles must comply with the instructions given in the Ifpo editorial charter (for bibliographic formatting and use of transcription characters). Articles must be accompanied by a bibliography of the works or studies cited in the body of the article. A reasonable number of plates and photographs may illustrate the article, in black and white if possible.

This volume will be edited by Pauline Koetschet, Falestin Naïli, Najla Nakhlé-Cerruti and Candice Raymond. Proposals for articles, in the form of abstracts, should be submitted before 15 June 2021 to Pauline Koetschet, Director of DEAMM and BEO:

Articles corresponding to the proposals accepted will then be due by January 15, 2022.