Upcoming Events

  • Munir Jiwa: Muslim Artists in America
    Wednesday, 08 April 2015 at 06:30 PM

    April 8, 2015, 6:30 pm, Levinthal Hall Stanford Humanities Center (424 Santa Teresa Street) Munir Jiwa (Graduate Theological Union) "Aesthetics and Politics of Exhibiting Muslims Artists in New York City" This presentation draws on ethnographic fieldwork I have conducted with Muslim visual artists in New York City. Working with artists allows us to think about Muslims in ways that neither restricts them to theological belief nor locates them only at mosques. It allows us to rethink and remap the locations where we normatively find Muslims, to think about artistic practices and identity in different contexts, and to question and make more complex secular and religious divides. Focusing on the processes of art-making and the framing of creative expression, also reveals the limits of art world boundaries, and the aesthetics and geopolitics of exhibition and representation.

  • Women, Literature and Arts in the Middle East
    Thursday, 09 April 2015 at 04:30 PM

    April 9, 2015, 4:30 pm, Cantor Arts Center Classroom (328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford)  Women, Literature and Arts in the Middle East Attiya Ahmad (George Washington University), “Refracted Images: the Ordinariness of Middle Eastern Gendered Photography in Socio-Historical Context” Dominic Brookshaw (Oxford University), “Telling Stories: The Female Voice in 19th and 20th Century Persian Poetry” Nasrin Rahimieh (University of California, Irvine), “Women Writing Ordinary Lives” [Sponsored by the Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Stanford Global Studies, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford Humanities Center, and Cantor Arts Center]

  • Dominic Brookshaw: Portraits of Women Writers From Qajar Iran
    Friday, 10 April 2015 at 01:00 PM

    April 10, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Encina Hall Philippines Room Dominic Brookshaw (Oxford University) “Seeing Them How They Intended to be Seen: Portraits of Women Writers from Qajar Iran" To what extent did women control and mould their image in Qajar Iran? What can portraits of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Iranian women writers tell us about how they wished to be seen by others? This talk will focus on portraits of women writers better known to us through their written works, whether poetry or prose produced in Iran in the period circa 1850-1930 to explore the dynamics around female image-making. Particular emphasis will be given to questions of female agency in relation to the commissioning, production, and dissemination of such bold depictions of women in the pre-Kashf-i hijab (mandatory veiling act) of the mid-1930s. It will be argued that a distinct, nascent tradition of female self-depiction can be discerned in images of women writers produced in Iran in this period, one that is in dialogue with images of Qajar men, and also aware of European sensibilities.   [Co-Sponsored by the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages]

  • Forced Migration Conference
    Saturday, 11 April 2015 at 09:00 AM

      April 11, 2015, 9:30 am - 4:15 pm  Stanford Association for International Development (SAID) is a student-run organization with a mission of promoting awareness of international development on campus and in the surrounding community. SAID partners annually with Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) to put on our conference. CDDRL is a leading center of thought, research and teaching in international development, and frequently organizes academic and policy forums to increase the public understanding of economic and political development. This spring, SAID and CDDRL will host a conference at Stanford University on the topic of forced migration. More info: saidconference.org

  • Arab Studies Table
    Tuesday, 14 April 2015 at 12:30 PM

    April 14, 2015, 12:30 pm, Encina Hall West, Room 208  Arab Studies Table Graduate Fieldwork Panel Discussion The Arab Studies Table (AST) at Stanford will be holding a lunch panel discussion on the ins and outs of conducting research in the Middle East, including how to secure funding, when to go, how to make contacts or access resources, and other useful tips. The panel will feature three Stanford graduate students who have conducted extensive fieldwork in the region: Jenna Rice (Anthropology) Yasemin Ipek Can (Anthropology) Rebecca Gruskin (History) the panel will be moderated by Caroline Abadeer (Political Science). Lunch will be provided. Come with questions! Graduate students working in--or interested in working in-- Arab, Middle East, or Islamic countries are especially encouraged to attend. [Co-sponsored by the Arab Reform and Democracy Program at Stanford's Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law]

  • Civility: Trust, Recognition and Co-Existence
    Friday, 17 April 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Friday, April 17, 2015  and Saturday, April 18, 2015, Anthropology Colloquium Rm, Bldg 50, Room 51A This 2 day conference starts with the premise that 'civility' is a normative value, a cultural practice, and a form of political life. It aims to foster discussions bringing into focus the ethical charges and political implications of attempts to act 'civilly'. The following questions will be explored: How might one conceptualize civility and its associated concepts in new ways and/or with new histories? What are the forms practices and claims about civility that shape people's everyday interactions? Which actors have particular stakes, and why, in claims about civility? What normative frames and forms of accountability are involved in such practices? How do claims of civility relate to wider inequalities and violence? The focus shall particularly be on forms of urban civility or the relationship between urbanity and civility. [Co sponsored by Center for South Asia, Stanford Global Studies, Center for African Studies, CREES, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology]

  • Attiya Ahmad: Gendered Malleabilities
    Wednesday, 22 April 2015 at 12:00 PM

     April 22, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Encina Hall West, Room 208 Attiya Ahmad (Stanford University/ Georgetown University) "Gendered Malleabilities and South Asian Domestic Workers' Islamic Conversions in Kuwait: Ethical Formation, Affective Labour and Being Naram in the Inter-Asian Region" Dr. Attiya Ahmad is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University (Washington DC, USA). Broadly conceived, her research focuses on the interrelation between gender, labour migration, diasporic formations, cosmopolitanism, and Islamic movements crosscutting the Arab Gulf States and South Asia. Dr. Ahmad is also developing a project focusing on halal tourism networks spanning the Arab Gulf States, the United Kingdom and Turkey. Her work has appeared in The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and edited volumes focusing on labour migration, diaspora, and religion in South Asia and the Gulf Arab States. She is currently revising her book manuscript, which focuses on the Islamic conversions of South Asian migrant domestic workers in Kuwait.She obtained her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University. [Co-sponsored by the Center for South Asia]

  • Aishwary Kumar: Can the Muslim be a Citizen?
    Wednesday, 29 April 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Spring 2015 Workshop Series: Muslims, Civility, and Citizenship  April 29, 2015, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Location: TBD Aishwary Kumar (Stanford University): “Can the Muslim be a Citizen? Thoughts on Ambedkar’s Thoughts on Pakistan.”

  • Zain Abdullah: Does (American) Islam Have a Race Problem?
    Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 06:30 PM

    Islam in America Lecture Series May 21, 2015, 6:30 pm, Pigott Hall, Room 113  Zain Abdullah (Temple University) "Does (American) Islam Have a Race Problem?"

  • Pierre Dulaine
    Friday, 29 May 2015 at 12:00 PM

    May 29, 2015, 12:00 pm Stanford Language Center, and 7:00 pm Building 260  Pierre Dulaine 

  • Heiko Henkel
    Friday, 29 May 2015 at 12:15 PM

    May 29, 2015, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Encina Hall West Room 208  Heiko Henkel (Copenhagen University)