Conference in Doha, Qatar - Interdisciplinarity in History, 5-6 March 2014


Rationale

This conference has been inspired by Ibn Khaldun’s (d. 1406) hypothesis that “the writing of history requires numerous sources and greatly varied knowledge. It also requires a good speculative mind and thoroughness. Possession of these two qualities leads the historian to the truth and keeps him from slips and errors. If he trusts historical information in its plain transmitted form and has no clear knowledge of the principles resulting from custom, the fundamental facts of politics, the nature of civilization, or the conditions governing human social organization, and if, furthermore, he does not evaluate remote or ancient material through comparison with near or contemporary material, he often cannot avoid stumbling and slipping and deviating from the highroad of truth”. This passage suggests that history and other disciplines have a mutually supportive relationship, and that the application of interdisciplinary methods will enable historians to reconstruct the past in a more objective, multifaceted, and wholesome fashion, which in turn will extenuate history’s importance. David Crabtree highlights this significance in his own words, saying that: “History is important because it helps us to understand the present. If we will listen to what history has to say, we can come to a sound understanding of the past that will tell us much about the problems we now face. If we refuse to listen to history, we will find ourselves fabricating a past that reinforces our understanding of current problems.”

Objectives

To provide a platform for scholars from various parts of the world to examine the origins, development, and features of schools of history.

To highlight the contributions of Muslim historians and connect them with modern developments in the field.

To assess the methods of teaching and learning history at the Arab universities.

To emphasize the significance of interdisciplinarity in history

Themes

The changing historiographical concepts and philosophies.

The status of history in modern and contemporary academia.

The relationship between history and other disciplines (humanities and the social and natural sciences).

The Western periodization of world history: pros and cons.

Modern Arab historiography: continuity and change.

Methods of teaching and learning history in Arab and Western universities.

Conference email account: historyconference@qu.edu.qa

Important Dates

Receipt of 250 word abstract and 50 word resume 19th September 2013

Notification of provisional acceptance 10th October 2013

Receipt of full paper 31st January 2014

Notification of full paper acceptance 10th February 2014

Conference email: historyconference@qu.edu.qa

Air Ticket and Accommodation

The conference organizer will provide paper presenters with round-air-trip tickets (economy class-shortest route) and three night accommondition at one of the premier hotels in Doha. This travel fund is only available to the authors of the full papers submitted by 5th Feburary, at the latest, and accepted by the orgianzing committee.

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Department of Humanities

College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University

P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar