I am pleased to announce that a symposium on "Persianate Cultures of Documentation" will be held in Vienna on June 23-24, 2016.
The symposium seeks to address the following set of questions: What makes an archive in the Persianate world, and what are the practices of documentation therein? Should we distinguish between archives and private collections? Why did dynasts preserve certain texts and how did they use them? Was the creation and the preservation of archives reflective of a certain historical consciousness? Did the preservation of texts alter their original meaning? How do we take stock of the aspirational aspect of recordkeeping? What was the relationship between archival practices and public knowledge? How did the culture of the spoken affect archival practices? What was the nature of interaction between manuscripts and practical documents – in terms of authorship, worldview, functionality and genre conventions?
Proposals should be sent to email@example.com by 15 December 2015.
The call for papers may be found at the following link: