2019 Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award for Excellence in Islamic Studies

The Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) at UCLA is pleased to announce that the 2019 Giorgio Levi Della Vida medal for excellence in Islamic studies will be awarded to Zeynep Çelik, distinguished professor of Ottoman history and architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Federated Department of History at the NJIT and Rutgers-Newark.

The Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award is given to outstanding scholars whose work has significantly and lastingly advanced the study of Islamic civilization. The scholar is selected by a committee appointed by the Chancellor of the university meeting under the chairmanship of the Director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

The award carries with it a bronze medal, together with the obligation to present a formal lecture as part of a conference held on campus. The recipient of the award chooses the theme of the conference and selects the other participants. “Perspectives on French Colonial and Late Ottoman Cultural History” will take place May 30–31, 2019, in Kaplan Hall on the UCLA campus (see program attached). The conference proceedings will be published as a volume in the Giorgio Levi Della Vida Series in Islamic Studies.


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