One Thousand and One Nights:
Comparative Perspectives on Adaptation and Appropriation

University of St Andrews, 31 August – 1 September 2017

A conference funded by the Honeyman Foundation and the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews


Conference Convener: Dr Orhan Elmaz (University of St Andrews)

Conference Venue: Boardroom, The Gateway/ School of Management (directions, map), University of St Andrews


Thursday, 31 August 2017

09:20 Welcome by Will Fowler (University of St Andrews)

09:25 Introduction by Orhan Elmaz (University of St Andrews)

09:30-10:30 Opening Keynote Lecture

Ulrich Marzolph (University of Göttingen): In and out of the Nights The Transnational Appeal of the 1001 Nights in Middle Eastern and World Literatures

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Panel One – Storytelling

  • Catherine Cobham & Fabio Caiani (University of St Andrews): Enchanted Storytelling: Muḥammad Khuḍayyir between Borges and Shahrazad
  • Özen Nergis Dolcerocca (Koç University): The ‘Other’ Story, the ‘Other’ Reader: Metafictional Elements in the Thousand and One Nights
  • Driss Chekroui (College of William & Mary): From Shahryar’s Palace to the Streets of Morocco – A Comparative Study of the Moroccan Oral Tale “Hatim and the Cobra Queen” with the “Story of Hasib Karim Al-Din and the Cobra Queen” in the One Thousand and One Nights

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Panel Two – World Literature

  • Bushra Juhi Jani (University of Sheffield): Traces of Scheherazade in Margaret Drabble’s The Red Queen
  • Abdalla Uba Adamu (Bayero University, Kano): “We Are Not in Baghdad Anymore” – Textual Travels and African Intertextuality of Selected Stories in 1001 Nights”
  • Darejan Gardavadze & Elene Gogiashvili (Tbilsi State University): Traces of 1001 Nights in Georgian Literature
  • Neslihan Demirkol (Social Sciences University of Ankara) & Mehmet Kalpaklı (Bilkent University): Two Looks, One Shahrazad: Turkish Poetry and 1001 Nights

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Panel Three – Comparative Literature

  • Bettina Bildhauer (University of St Andrews): The charismatic powers of glamorous things in medieval German and Arabic versions of the ‘City of Brass’ (101 Nights and Duke Ernst)
  • Kumiko Kondou (Osaka University): Comparison Study Of the So-called Original “Nights” And Latest “Nights” In Case Of the Story of Jullanar the Mermaid

16:30-17:30 Afternoon Keynote Lecture

Richard van Leeuwen (University of Amsterdam): Influences of the Thousand and One Nights in World-Literature: the 18th and 20th Centuries.

17:30 Walking Tour through St Andrews


Friday, 1 September 2017

10:00-12:00 Panel Four – Textual History

  • Orhan Elmaz (University of St Andrews): Learning Over-Nights
  • Johannes Thomann (University of Zurich): “O leader of women in the world, oh Scheherazade!”: The end of the Thousand and One Nights in an early Turkish translation and its relationship to the Arabic versions
  • Sibylle Wentker (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Source of Inspiration, Matter of Translation: Hammer-Purgstall and the 1001 Nights
  • Pavel Basharin (Russian State University for the Humanities): Fragments of Tales of 1001 Nights in Judeo-Arabic Manuscripts from the Abraham Firkovich Collection of the National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg

12:00-12:30 Coffee Break

12:30-13:30 Panel Five – Cinema

  • Maryam Ghorbankarimi (University of St Andrews): Scheherazade in Istanbul: A Study of the Turkish Popular TV Series Binbir Gece
  • Ana Vera (University of Copenhagen): Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights Trilogy: Representing Portuguese Crisis Through the Imaginary World of the 1001 Nights

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Panel Six – Performing Arts

  • Shilan Fuad Hussain (University of Urbino): The Thousand and One Nights in Nagib Mahfuz’s play The devil Preaches
  • Tetz Rooke (University of Gothenburg): Hjalmar Bergman’s “Oriental play”, The Weaver of Baghdad
  • Firuza Melville (University of Cambridge): Diaghilev’s Scheherazade as an icon of Russian Orientalism

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 Closing Keynote Lecture

Claudia Ott (Beedenbostel): Lulu, Magelone and the Happy Bear Family – Unsung Resonances of the Arabian Nights in European Music

20:00-22:00 Conference Dinner