The Centre for Religious Studies welcomes a new Lecturer in semester 2, who brings new expertise in medieval Islamic mysticism to the CMRS community. Here we profile Dr Aydogan Kars, who arrives from the USA to take up his lectureship shortly:
Aydogan was born and grew up in Turkey. He received his B.S. at Hacettepe University and M.A. at the Middle East Technical University. He worked four years for the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion at Vanderbilt University. He worked four years for the Divinity Library at Vanderbilt as the bibliographer in the fields of Islamic Studies and World Religions. During the 2015-2016 academic year Aydogan served as a Visiting Faculty and Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the Middle Tennessee State University. In July 2016 he will begin serving in the Centre for Religious Studies at Monash University as a Lecturer in Islamic and Interreligious Studies.
Aydogan’s primary research field is medieval Islamicate intellectual history with a focus on mysticism and theology. He is particularly interested in medieval negative theologies and negative speech performances (apophaticism). Currently he is preparing a book manuscript titled Negative Theology in Islam: Unsaying God in Medieval Sufism. The book examines the intellectual formations and historical developments of negative speech performances in medieval Islam, specifically negative theological paths that flourished among Sufis.
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Join us for a great program of weekly seminars and discussions, curated by our postgraduate committee.
Looking back on ‘Policing the Margins’
MA candidate Hannah Skipworth reflects on the recent 3rd annual Monash CMRS Symposium, ‘Policing the Margins’.
Policing the Margins: 3rd Annual CMRS Symposium
Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Monash Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies symposium, Friday 28 April.
Seminar program now online
The Medieval & Renaissance seminar program is now available for semester 1, 2017. For full details follow the link.
Constant Mews Honoured at ANZAMEMS
The biennial conference of ANZAMEMS, held in Wellington in 2017, saw a series of sessions dedicated to celebrating the career and many research interests of Professor Constant Mews.
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Student, Kate Mani, reflects on her experience of studying The Renaissance in Florence at Prato.
Recent work: Crusading memories
A new volume of essays on memory, remembering and crusade edited by Associate Professor Megan Cassidy-Welch is now available from Routledge.
CFP for Leeds 2017: Medical Understandings of Body & Soul
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Jo-Ann Duggan Prize 2017: Call for Submissions
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Cassamarca Foundation scholarships $6,000: Closing date – 14 October 2016
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Medieval Expo goes from strength to strength
For the second year running, first year history students in Medieval Europe have worked in teams to produce public history projects that communicate about the medieval past to a wide audience
Call for CMRS Visiting Scholar 2016 Now Open
Applications for the 2016 Visiting Scholar Program at the Monash Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Monash University are open until 1 June.