2010-11 Events

  • Anies Baswedan: Does Democratization Imply Islamization? Lessons from Democratic Indonesia, the World's Largest Majority-Muslim Country
    Friday, 17 June 2011 at 04:30 PM in Encina Hall East, Okimoto Rm.

    Dr. Anies Baswedan is currently the President of Paramadina University in Jakarta, Indonesia and a leading intellectual figure in Indonesia. In 2008, the editors of Foreign Policy named him one of the world's top 100 public intellectuals. As an advisor to the Indonesian government, he is a leading proponent of democracy and transparency in Indonesia, a creative thinker about Islam and democracy, as well as a charismatic leader in the educational field. This event is co-sponsored by the Southeast Asia Forum and the Stanford Humanities Center. [Watch on Vimeo].

  • Abdolkarim Soroush: Rumi and Nature
    Tuesday, 24 May 2011 at 06:00 PM in Building 200, Rm. 002

    Abdolkarim Soroush is an Iranian thinker, reformer, Rumi scholar and a former professor at the University of Tehran. He is arguably the most influential figure in religious intellectual movement in Iran. Professor Soroush is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland. Soroush's ideas founded on relativism prompted both supporters and critics to compare his role in reforming Islam to that of Martin Luther in reforming Christianity. Event is co-sponsored with The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Persian Students Association Stanford Speakers Bureau, and the Stanford Graduate Student Council. Lecture in Persian.

  • Azhar Ibrahim: Discoursing Social Theology: New Ways of Doing Theology and Knowing Islam in Muslim Southeast Asia
    Thursday, 19 May 2011 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 211

    Azhar Ibrahim is pursuing his post-doctoral research at Temple University under the NUS Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship. His postdoctoral research focuses on social theology in Muslim Southeast Asia and the theology of dialogue in Malay-Indonesian Societies. He has co-edited and published widely in Malaysia and Indonesia.

  • Doug Northrop: Earthquakes on the Edge: Border Spaces and Empire Making Along the Eurasian Frontier
    Thursday, 05 May 2011 at 04:15 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

    Douglas Northrup is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on Modern Central Asia, USSR/Russia, world/global history, social/cultural history; empire, gender, and the environment. His current book project is Five Days that Shook the World: Earthquakes and Empire Along the Eurasian Frontier. Event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, Center for East Asian Studies, and CREES.

  • Studying Kurdish Politics: Activists in Office: Kurdish Politics and Protest in Turkey
    Wednesday, 04 May 2011 at 05:15 PM in Bldg. 50, Rm. 51A

    Activist in Office: Kurdish Politics and Protest in Turkey(University of Washington Press, 2010) examines the legal pro-Kurdish politics in Turkey, where the ongoing armed conflict between the state and Kurdish rebels has restricted the field of legal politics for three decades. Employing multiple research methods, Prof. Nicole Watts presents a rich depiction of Kurdish politics in the region and a critical assessment of the scholarship on social movements. The panel will feature a discussion of the book's major arguments and also reflections on studying Kurdish politics in the region. Panelists include: Nicole Watts (Political Science, San Francisco State University); Firat Bozcali (Anthropology, Stanford University); and Niall O'Murchu (Center for Law, Diversity and Culture, Fairhaven College). Event is co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology and the Mediterranean Studies Forum.

  • Conference on Democratic Transition in Egypt
    Friday, 29 April 2011 at 08:00 AM in Encina Hall, Oksenberg Conference Room

    This event focuses on Egypt's current revolutionary period, examining this pivotal moment in Egypt's political history and prospects for future reform. The conference brings to Stanford leading Egypt experts from American, European, and Egyptian universities and think tanks. Panels will examine the background to the revolution, discuss the role of oppositions parties and civil society, and forecast Egypt's political future. Participants include Joel Beinin (Stanford University), Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University), Jason Brownlee (University of Texas at Austin), Larry Diamond (Stanford University), Shadi Hamid (Brookings Doha Center), Lina Khatib (Stanford University), Tarek Masoud (Harvard University), Emad Shahin (Notre Dame University), Samer Shehata (Georgetown University), Samer Soliman (American University in Cairo), and Joshua Stacher (Kent State University). Event is co-sponsored by CDRRL- Arab Reform Program.

  • Nile Green: Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean
    Thursday, 28 April 2011 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 211

    Nile Green (History, UCLA) is primarily a historian of the Muslim communities of South Asia (India, Pakistan) from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries. He also specializes in the wider 'Persianate' world, including Afghanistan, Iran, and the Indian Ocean region. By training a historian of religion, he has also worked extensively in the domains of social, cultural and literary history.

  • Christopher Davidson: Dubai, the UAE, and the Gulf States: Autocracy in Question
    Wednesday, 20 April 2011 at 05:30 PM in Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall

    Christopher Davidson (School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University) is a United Nations (Alliance of Civilizations) and European Center for International Affairs expert on the politics and development of the Gulf monarchies. His 2008 book Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success was named a book of the year by both the New Statesman and the London Evening Standard, and has been reviewed widely. It has been the subject of multiple television and radio documentaries and was cited by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Independent as having predicted the 2009 Dubai crash. This event is co-sponsored with the Stanford Humanities Center.

  • Tariq Ramadan: The Quest for Meaning
    Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 07:30 PM in Cubberley Auditorium

    Tariq Ramadan is a Swiss born academic, poet and writer. He is also a Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University. He advocates the study and re-interpretation of Islamic texts, and emphasizes the heterogeneous nature of Western Muslims. An online poll provided by the American Foreign Policy magazine in 2009 placed Ramadan on the 49th spot in a list of the world’s top 100 contemporary intellectuals.

  • Muslim Identities and Imperial Spaces: Networks, Mobility, and the Geopolitics of Empire and Nation (1600-2011)
    Thursday, 07 April 2011 at 09:00 AM in Lucas Conference Center, Landau Economics Building, Room 134A

    Participants include: Mustafa Aksakal (American University), Touraj Atabaki (Leiden University), Firat Bozcali (Stanford University), Robert Crews (Stanford University), Stéphane Dudoignon(CNRS), Sana Haroon (IBA Karachi), Janet Klein (University of Akron) , Hirotake Maeda (Tokyo Metropolitan University), James Meyer (Montana State University), Norihiro Naganawa (Hokkaido University), Eren Tasar (Harvard University), and Sarah Waheed (George Mason University). Event is co-sponsored by CREES, the Center for South Asia, and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies.

  • Critical Explorations of Contemporary Turkey: What is in a Coffee Cup?: Turkey and the European Union
    Wednesday, 06 April 2011 at 05:00 PM in Paul Brest Hall East

    Film Screening of Coffee Futures with Zeynep Gursel (Director and Co-producer; Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), Hakan Tekin (Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Los Angeles), Cihan Tugal (Sociology, University of California-Berkeley). Coffee Futures is a documentary film that weaves individual fortunes with the story of Turkey’s decades long attempts to become a member of the European Union. Promises and predictions made by politicians, both foreign and domestic, are juxtaposed with the rhetorics and practices of everyday coffee fortune telling. Event is co-sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Forum, the Europe Center, Turkish Student Association at Stanford, Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies.

  • M. Steven Fish & Danielle Lussier: Muslims, Men, and Attitudes toward Sex-Based Inequality
    Monday, 28 March 2011 at 04:15 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 400

    M. Steven Fish is a comparative political scientist who studies democracy and regime change in developing and postcommunist countries, religion and politics, and constitutional systems and national legislatures. He is the author of Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence (Oxford, 2011). Danielle Lussier's research focuses on democratization, the political behavior of former authoritarian regimes, and leadership, with a particular emphasis on Eurasia and Indonesia. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

  • Workshop on Civility at the Limits of the Political: India, Europe and the Spirit Workshop Website
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011 at 12:00 AM in Stanford Humanities Center

    This two-day workshop is the first of three in an international series of conversations organized at Stanford University exploring the conceptual lives and afterlives of anticolonial thought as empire becomes increasingly dense in its power and proressively elusive in its meanings. Twelve speakers from India, Europe, and the U.S. come together to explore this issue. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for South Asia and the Stanford Humanities Center.

  • Vincent Barletta: The Third Man: Levinas, Language, and Islam in Early Modern Iberia
    Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 12:00 PM in Religious Studies Conference Room

    Vincent Barletta is Associate Professor of Iberian and Latin American cultures. His research focuses on Iberian literatures and cultures of the medieval and early modern periods, with an emphasis on Portuguese literature, the Valencian segle d'or, Islam, early European imperial expansion into Africa, the Americas, and Asia and the anthropological, ethical, linguistic, and philosophical implications of this process. Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Religious Studies.

  • Kishwar Rizvi: Utopia Imagined: Architecture and Modernity in Contemporary Dubai
    Tuesday, 08 March 2011 at 05:30 PM in School of Education, Rm. 128

    Kishwar Rizvi is a historian of Islamic art and architecture. She has written on representations of religious and imperial authority in the art and architecture of Safavid Iran, as well as on issues of gender, nationalism and religious identity in modern Iran and Pakistan. Her current research focuses on ideology and transnationalism in contemporary mosque architecture in the Middle East, for which she has been selected as a Carnegie Foundation Scholar.

  • Symposium on Grounding Kashmir: Experience and Everyday Life on Both Sides of the Line of Control
    Saturday, 05 March 2011 at 09:00 AM

    The presentations at the symposium will collectively illuminate the diverse trajectories of the Kashmir dispute through a historical, ethnographic, and literary lens, focusing on social imaginaries, everyday realities, and cultural politics. While South Asian scholarship has richly explored the complexities of partition, grounded investigations of its most pernicious consequence – the Kashmir conflict – have only recently begun to emerge. Yet, there has been no avenue for conversation across the LOC. The symposium will provide an opportunity to unsettle this intellectual line of control, by engaging key speakers who work on Indian and Pakistani Kashmir. Event is co-sponsored by the Center for South Asia and the Stanford Humanities Center.

  • Workshop on Language, Literacy, and the Social Construction of Authority in Islamic Societies
    Thursday, 03 March 2011 at 10:00 AM in Landau Economics Building, Lucas Conference Room

    The two-day workshop focuses on the processes underlying the social construction of authority in Islamic societies and the ways in which those processes have been affected by issues of language and the development of literacy since the seventeenth century. Presentations will explore these issues in the context of peripheries as well as the core regions.

  • Lucy Alford: Waste Land, Homeland, Ruin, Poem: al-Malaika, Darwish and the Site of Modern Arabic Elegy
    Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

    Lucy Alford is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Stanford. She specializes in modern and contemporary poetry in English, French, German and Arabic. Her research interests include ethics, poetics, the intersections between literature and philosophy, and the relationship between literary and environmental studies. Prior to coming to Stanford she taught English, social studies, critical writing and poetry workshops in Cairo, Egypt, and completed graduate studies at the Centre for Modern Thought in Aberdeen, Scotland.

  • Turkey's Transformation: Foreign Policy, Political Economy and Implications for U.S.-Turkish Relations
    Thursday, 17 February 2011 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

    Abdullah Akyuz and Soli Ozel will focus on the social, political and economic changes that have been taking place in Turkey, and its implications for the U.S.-Turkey relations. Panelist will discuss Turkey’s EU process, shift in current Turkish foreign policy, the recent flotilla incident, and increasing trade and investment relations with neighboring countries. Co-sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Forum at stanford university, The Europe Center, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), and Turkish Student Association at Stanford. [Listen on iTunes]

  • Marwan Kraidy: Music Videos and Arab Public Life: Contention and Circulation
    Wednesday, 09 February 2011 at 04:00 PM in Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall

    Discussing religious videos that elaborate an Islamic vision of globalization, pop videos that subvert dominant social norms, play with Christian imagery, and create a fantasy world, in addition to focusing the discussion on videos about the US occupation of Iraq, Kraidy considers music videos as instruments of visibility in a saturated media economy suffering from attention scarcity. Marwan M. Kraidy is Associate Professor of Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Even co-sponsored by the Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World, CDDRL, the Stanford Humanities Center, African and Middle Eastern Languages and Literature Program, Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society.

  • Discussion Session on the Popular Uprising in Egypt
    Monday, 07 February 2011 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center

    In Egypt, a popular uprising began on 25 January 2011. The uprising featured a series of demonstrations, marches, acts of civil disobedience, and labor strikes. Millions of protesters from a variety of socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The uprising took place following the Tunisian Revolution that saw the overthrow of the long-time Tunisian president. On 11 February, following weeks of determined popular protest and pressure, Mubarak resigned from office. [Listen on iTunes]

  • Discussion: The Popular Uprising in Egypt
    Monday, 07 February 2011 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall Central, Bechtel Conference Center

    A discussion session with Joel Beinin (History, Stanford), Lisa Blaydes (Political Science, Stanford), and Robert Crews (History, Stanford).

  • Moses Shayo: Judicial Ingroup Bias in the Shadow of Terrorism
    Monday, 31 January 2011 at 04:15 PM in Encina Hall West, Graham Stuart Lounge

    Moses Shayo is an assistant professor of economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main research interests are in political economy and economics and psychology. He has been particularly interested in understanding the (empirical) determinants and implications of social identification, and in developing a theoretical framework where identities are endogenous.

  • Burcu Karahan: Repressed in Translation: Representation of Female Sexuality in Ottoman Erotica
    Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

    Burcu Karahan is Turkish Language & Literature Lecturer in Dept. of Comparative Literature at Stanford. She is working toward her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Indiana- Bloomington. Her dissertation, entitled “Male Narcissism in Early Turkish Novels,” focuses on the issues of translation, gender and Westernization in the case of 19th century Ottoman literature. Her research interests include Ottoman and modern Turkish literatures; translations in late 19th century Turkish Literature; contemporary Turkish Cinema; 18th and 19th century British and French novels; decadence, the novel, and narcissism in literature and psychoanalysis.

  • Patricia Jeffery: Leading by Example? Women Madrasa Teachers in Rural North India
    Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 04:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

    Patricia Jeffrey is professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her main research interests are in gender and development, especially childbearing, women's reproductive rights, social demography in South Asia; Indian society, gender and communal politics, education and the reproduction of inequality; race and ethnicity. Event co-sponsored by the Center for South Asia and the Department of Sociology.

  • Stephane Dudoignon: Jihad as a Lifestyle: The Baloch, Islam and the State in Iran (since 1917)
    Tuesday, 25 January 2011 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall Central, CISAC Conference Room

    This conference will endeavor to reconstruct, through a variety of primary sources, the sequence of historical facts that has driven to the rapid transformation of Iranian Baluchistan from destitute tribal margin between the Iranian and Indian worlds to a major front of re-Islamicisation of the Middle East and ex-Soviet Central Asia. Stephane Dudoignon is an historian/senior research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), in the Centre for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBAC), in Paris. Event co-sponsored by CREES.

  • Stéphane Dudoignon: Contemporary Sunni-Shia Relations in Central Asia
    Wednesday, 12 January 2011 at 12:00 PM in Stanford Humanities Center

    Stephane Dudoignon is an historian/senior research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), in the Centre for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBAC), in Paris. He is the author of pioneering work on Muslim movements, including the historical study of Sufi networks from the Volga River to China, Muslim intellectuals’ debates about gender, and modern Sunni revivalist movements in Eastern Iran. Co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES). [Watch on Vimeo]

  • Sylvia Chan-Malik: Love For All Hatred For None: The Transnational Blackness of African American Ahmadi Muslim Women
    Thursday, 02 December 2010 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

    Sylvia Chan-Malik is UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies at University of California- Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California- Berkeley. Her work examines the racialization of Islam in the United States by exploring historically-situated cultural constructions of Islam and Muslims in the nation's racial imaginary as well as the resolutely transnational contexts of geopolitical power relations between the U.S., South Asia, and the Middle East. Dr. Chan-Malik is currently completing a manuscript entitled "A Part of Islam": Race and the Making of Muslim America, 1958-2008. Co-sponsored by the Stanford American Studies Program.

  • Workshop on Secularism and Islam in Contemporary Turkey
    Monday, 15 November 2010 at 09:00 AM in Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room

    Participants: Zeynep Atalay, Betul Balkan, Larry Diamond, Aykan Erdemir, Nora Fisher-Onar, Haldun G¸lalp, Riva Kastoryano, Umit Kurt, Ahmet Kuru, Hootan Shambayati, Murat Somer, Kabir Tambar. Co-sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Forum, Europe Center, Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, Stanford Humanities Center.

  • Haji Noor Deen: Islamic Calligraphy in China
    Monday, 08 November 2010 at 04:15 PM in Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall

    Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang is a renowned master of Arabic calligraphy whose work uniquely fuses both Chinese and Arabic traditions. His work has been displayed in galleries and museums around the world, often as the first Chinese/Arabic artist, including the British Museum, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, National Museum of Scotland and Harvard University Art Museum. Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford Humanities Center, Department of Art & Art History.

  • Eric McGlinchey: Blood, Chaos and Dynasty: Islam and Patronage Politics in Central Asia
    Monday, 08 November 2010 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall Central, Rm. C231

    Eric McGlinchey's (George Mason University) areas of research include comparative politics, Central Asian regime change, political Islam, and the effects of Information Communication Technology (ICT) on state and society. Part of the CREEES Friday Seminar series.

  • Sunaina Maira: 'Good' and 'Bad' Muslims: Feminists, Terrorists, and U.S. Orientalisms
    Thursday, 04 November 2010 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

    Sunaina Maira is Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Desis in the House: Indian American Youth Culture in New York City and co-editor of Youthscapes: The Popular, the National, the Global and Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America, which won the American Book Award in 1997. Her most recent book, Missing: Youth, Citizenship, and Empire After 9/11 (Duke University Press), is on South Asian Muslim immigrant youth in the U.S. and issues of citizenship and empire after 9/11.

  • Nushin Arbabzadah: The Afghan Mediascape: Internal Debates on War, Islam, and Democracy
    Friday, 29 October 2010 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

    Nushin Arbabzadah is an Afghan author, journalist, analyst and translator. She grew up in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation before fleeing to Germany with her family. She completed high school in Germany before studying European languages and Middle Eastern studies. She has graduate degrees from Hamburg University and Cambridge University, where she was a William H. Gates Scholar. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at UCLA's Center for India and South Asia.

  • Aysha Ghani: 'Dangerous' Subjectivities, Incommensurable Speech: The Case of Fahad Hashmi
    Thursday, 28 October 2010 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall West, Rm. 208

    Aysha's research interests focus on questions of subjectivity and subject formation, incommensurability, accusation, historical crisis, continuity and rupture, ideology, psychoanaltic theory and the law. She is currently formulating a dissertation project on the topic of unlawful detention, with a particular focus on the subjectivity of detainees - tracing their transformation as they move from being subjected to the law (through detention) to becoming subjects of the law (in military and civil courts).

  • Ian Olds: Screening of "Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi"
    Friday, 22 October 2010 at 12:00 PM in Gunn Building: Doll Conference Room

    Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi is a feature-length documentary that follows the relationship between an Afghan interpreter and his client, American journalist Christian Parenti. This intimate portrait of two colleagues shifts dramatically when Ajmal is kidnapped along with an Italian reporter. The situation goes from bad to worse as foreign powers pressure for fast results, the Afghan government bungles its response and the specter of Taliban power looms in the background. What follows is the tragic story of one man forgotten in the crossfire: a brutal allegory of the proud land and perilous misadventure that is Afghanistan. Screening and a discussion session with director Ian Olds.

  • Shubha Mudgal: Hindu and Muslim Threads in the Fabric of North Indian Music
    Monday, 18 October 2010 at 07:00 PM in Roble Hall Theater

    A lecture and demonstration of North Indian and Pakistani music with Shubha Mudgal, with Aneesh Pradhan on tabla and Sudhir Nayak on harmonium. Co-sponsored by Center for South Asia and the Department of Religious Studies.

  • Ryan Gingeras: Cutthroats to Kingpins: Istanbul's 'Laz Underworld' and the Birth of the Turkish Mafia, 1908-1950
    Friday, 15 October 2010 at 12:00 PM in Encina Hall Central, Rm. C231

    Ryan Gingeras joined the National Security Affairs Department in June 2010. He previously was an assistant professor of history at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus and Lafayette College. Trained as a historian of the late Ottoman Empire, his teaching and research interests span the greater Middle East. In addition to speaking both German and Turkish fluently, he also possesses working knowledge of Albanian, Macedonian and Spanish. Part of the CREEES Friday Seminar series.

  • Pardis Mahdavi: Traffic Jam: Labor, Migration and Human Trafficking in Dubai
    Monday, 11 October 2010 at 05:30 PM in Building 260, Rm. 113

    This lecture explores the issues of labor, gender, migration, and statehood through the lens of Dubai’s unskilled foreign migrant workers. Pardis Mahdavi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her research interests include sexuality, human rights, youth culture, transnational feminism and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. Her first book, Passionate Uprisings: Iran’s Sexual Revolution (Stanford University Press, 2009) focuses on the intersection between sexuality and politics in post-revolutionary Iran.

  • Beshara Doumani: The Iron Law and Ironies of Palestinian History
    Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 05:15 PM in Bldg. 320, Rm. 105

    Beshara Doumani is Professor of History at UC-Berkeley. His research focuses on recovering the history of social groups, places, and time periods that have been silenced or erased by conventional scholarship on the Modern Middle East. His specialty is the social and cultural history of peasants, merchants, artisans, and women who live in the provincial regions of the Arab East during the period of Ottoman rule (16th - 20th centuries). His work paints a live portrait of everyday life through studying family history, the political economy of urban-rural relations, and connections between gender and property. [Listen on iTunes]