CMES Colloquium Fall 2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 12:00pm

Speaker/Performer:  Supriya Gandhi, Religious Studies, Yale University
Hosted by Sam Hodgkin

Supriya Gandhi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and works on Islam and Hinduism in South Asia. She completed her doctorate at Harvard University, and has also studied in Delhi, Tehran, London, and Damascus. She is the author of The Emperor Who Never Was: Dara Shukoh in Mughal India (Harvard University Press, 2020). Her current book project explores the role of the Persianate cultural and intellectual ecumene in the formation of modern Hinduism.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 12:00pm
Speaker/Performer:  Claire Roosien, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University

Hosted by Marjan Wardaki

Claire Roosien is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. She researches the politics of cultural production in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, with a focus on mass culture and empire in Central Asia. She is currently completing her book manuscript, Socialism Mediated: Culture, Propaganda, and the Public in Early Soviet Uzbekistan. Her work has been published in venues including Central Asian Survey, Iranian Studies, and Kritika.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 12:00pm
Speaker/Performer:  Shiri Goren, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University

Hosted by Jonathan Wyrtzen

Shiri Goren is the Director of the Hebrew Program at Yale University, and a faculty member at NELC and the Program in Judaic Studies. She researches contemporary cultural productions with an emphasis on literature and film in Israel/Palestine. Her work has appeared in Jewish Social Studies; CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture; Studies in Israeli and Modern Jewish Society; and Hebrew Higher Education; as well as in the edited volumes: Israeli Television: global Contexts, Local Visions (2021); Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2019) and Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture. She is the co-editor of Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture (2013). This talk is part of a larger project on cultural representations of women in the IDF.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 12:00pm
Speaker/Performer:  Marjan Wardaki, Program in Iranian Studies, Yale University

Hosted by Claire Roosein

Marjan Wardaki is Postdoctoral Associate in the Program in Iranian Studies at Yale University. She is an intellectual historian of modern Middle East and South Asia, with research interests in the history of science and migration studies. Her work has been published in Modern Asian Studies, and she is currently working on several articles on Indian vernacular medicine and the history of photography in India and Afghanistan. This talk is from her first book project, which traces the birth of scientific and medical institutions in South Asia through the lens of itinerant scientists and state makers.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 12:00pm
Speaker/Performer:  Sam Hodgkin, Comparative Literature, Yale University

Hosted by Katerina Clark

Samuel Hodgkin is an assistant professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University. He has published on the modern verse, theater, and criticism of Iran, Turkey, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. He is a co-organizer of the “Cultures of World Socialism” working group, and he is organizer of an upcoming special issue of Comparative Literature Studies on “communist world poetics.” Other articles have appeared in Iranian Studies, Cahiers d’études iraniens, and Cahiers d’Asie centrale. Today’s conversation is on his first book manuscript, entitled Red Nightingales: The Poetics of Eastern Internationalism.

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Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 12:00pm
Speaker/Performer:  Jonas Elbousty, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Yale University
Hosted by Thomas Connolly
Jonas Elbousty holds MPhil and PhD degrees from Columbia University. He teaches in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, where he served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for six years. He is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Modern Middle East Major, and he also directs the Arabic Summer Study Abroad Program. He is the (co)author of three books, and he has two forthcoming books: Anthology of Arabic Short Stories (Georgetown Press, 2023) and Tale of Tangier (Yale University Press, 2023). His work has appeared in ArabLit, ArabLit Quarterly, Live Encounters, Michigan Quarterly Review, Sekka, Jadaliyya, Asheville Poetry Review, Banipal, Prospectus, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Journal of North African Studies, Comparative Literature, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, and International Journal of Middle East Studies, among other venues.
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