Syriac on Site: Literary and Material Geography of the Syriac World, July 14–30, 2023
Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute and the Dorushe Graduate Student Organization for Syriac Studies invite applications for a travel class to the historic Syriac monasteries and churches in southeastern Turkey on July 14–30, 2023. A group of 12–18 graduate students and scholars in Syriac Studies will visit and learn about important Syriac sites like Mor Gabriel, Mor Augin, Deyrulzafaran (Mor Ḥananyo), Nusaybin (Nisibis), Dara, and Urfa (Edessa) as well as nearby World Heritage sites like Göbekli Tepe and Mount Nemrut; read region-specific texts in Syriac; tour archaeological collections in local museums; and attend liturgies and dialogue with local Syriac communities.
As they travel, they will participate in a course on the history of the regions and sites being visited. Course content will include lectures by local experts, close reading of region-specific primary sources in Syriac, and student-designed research projects and presentations.
This class gathers scholars actively involved in Syriac Studies who would benefit from on-the-ground training to further develop their work. All disciplines are welcome, whether historians, art historians, philologists, musicologists, theologians, or more. Students will be prioritized for admission, but faculty applications are also welcome. Participants are expected to have good reading knowledge of Syriac.
Estimated trip cost: $900