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The School of Abbasid Studies organises two-yearly conferences that are hosted by the Universities of its directors. Since 1992, ten conferences have been held at St Andrews, Cambridge and Leuven. The eleventh conference took place in 2012 at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK, the twelfth in 2014 at Istanbul Şehir University, Üsküdar- Bağlarbaşı, Turkey.
Conferences of the School of Abbasid Studies are held in mid-summer and participation is on invitation only. Invitations are sent to all (prospect) members of the School, who are asked to send in an abstract of about 250 words on a topic of their choice, within the definition of the Abbasid world as offered by the School:
The political, cultural, social, economic, religious and intellectual life of the Abbasid Caliphate from c.700 – c.1250 C.E.
Abstracts are expected around January 1 of the year the conference is held. At the same time, discussants are invited to express their willingness to participate in the conference.
In case too many papers are offered, the organisers of the School make a reasoned selection with an eye on the School’s general aim, and especially taking coherence of the program into account. This means that pre-organised sessions are most welcome. A notification of acceptation of papers is sent at the beginning of March and around mid-April a preliminary program of the conference is made.
Inasmuch as the School lays great store by the discussions, participants are required to send in working papers and a list of works used before May 15, to give the discussants ample time for preparation.
The program is finalised by mid-June.
The organisers of the School try to obtain funding, but they do not expect to have sufficient means to meet the costs of stay and travel — the School hopes that members’ institutions assume responsibility for these expenses. Occasionally, a conference-fee may be asked.