Research Days of Maydan and SeSaMO Reflections on the Arab, Semitic and Islamic Worlds
The 2024 Maydan Research Days are organised in collaboration with SeSaMO - Italian Society for Middle East Studies East and the Department of the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies of the Sapienza University of Rome. The aim of the days is to support the entry of young scholars into the world of research, encouraging both reflection on the content of their work and the development of the technical skills needed to write a paper and present it in an academic context. The study days are intended to span various fields and disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, art, law, economics, philosophy, literature, linguistics, religion, political science, sociology, history, etc. In line with the principles of Maydan magazine, the days are aimed at doctoral students, undergraduate and postgraduate students and revolve around a broad view of the Arab, Semitic and Islamic worlds, including the geographical areas of the Middle East and North Africa, the regions of the Sahel, the Caucasus, Central Asia and South-East Asia. The days, also give space to contributions concerning the connections of these geographical areas with Europe, North America and the rest of the world.


My World in War and Revolution: Modern Diary Writing in East Asia and Beyond
March 22, 2023
prof. Aaron William Moore Handa Chair of Japanese-Chinese Relations, The University of Edinburgh mercoledì 22 marzo 2023 ore 17 Aula 107, Edificio Marco Polo
The Poetics of Sacred Space: Some Observations on Tamil Talapurāṇam Literature, incontro organizzato dal curriculum Subcontinente Indiano e Asia Centrale.


A window on the peoples and traditions of the Sino-Tibetan-Burmese border
December 15, 2022
Seminar valid for the teaching activities of the curriculum "Eastern Asia".
Translating Children's Literature (h 9.30-11.30)
December 2, 2022

Mediated Translation
December 2, 2022

September 02, 2022

"Hong Kong’s Street Markets: A Laboratory for the Expression of Collective Identity, Social Capital, and Public Value" of Prof. Maurizio Marinelli (Professor of Global China and Co-Director of the Sussex Asia Centre, University of Sussex).

The Transcultural Politics of the Copy and the Real: The Connections between Tianjin’s Italian Concession, the ‘New Italian Town’ and the ‘Florentia Village'

What is Arabic? Language, Identity and Ideology, identità e ideologia

Presentation The seminar What is Arabic? proposes a reflection on the complex relationship between language, identity and ideology. The theme, precisely because of its breadth and transversal nature, intends to involve professors and PhD students who, while not specifically dealing with linguistic issues, can contribute to an open discussion of the various research fields that coexist within our curriculum. The history of the countries that today we define as Arab-speaking is strongly connected, for reasons of a political, religious, linguistic and cultural nature, to the events that have marked the entire Middle East and North Africa area, from the first phases of the Arab-Islamic expansion up to the more recent forms, colonial and not only, of interference by Western powers. Therefore, it is difficult to think of a monolithic linguistic scenario, indifferent to the stresses that other cultural and linguistic traditions have exerted on the Arab-speaking world. The plurality of the response to these solicitations represents the thread that binds the themes that will be treated during the seminar meetings. The title, which follows the previous seminar What is Islam?, is in itself problematic and implies a reflection on the method and object of study. Difficult to give an unambiguous answer to the question "what is Arabic", if not the language spoken by the Arabs. But what language do we speak? The standard language? The dialects? The case of Arabic, by virtue of its strongly diglottic nature, appears significant: although it is, in its standard form, the official language of 22 countries, it is not the mother tongue of its speakers. Its promotion through the various national linguistic policies has reflected over the years the complex process of construction of the Arab identity and has provided an ideal image of Arabic, inside and outside the borders of each state. But what weight did language policies have? To what extent do they reflect linguistic reality and how do they influence the perception that speakers have of their language? How does linguistic reality affect written production? The following readings are suggested: Y. Suleiman (2003), Arabic Language and National Identity: A Study in Ideology, Edinburgh University Press. Y. Suleiman (2013), Arabic in the Fray: Language Ideology and Cultural Politics, Edinburgh University Press.
CAA conference: "The Human Sciences: Merely European or universal?" by prof. Sanjay Seth

Climbing Iran





Dicembre 2020


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