CMES Spring talks

January 24, 2019
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Faiz Ahmed is an Associate Professor of History at Brown University. Trained as a lawyer and social historian, he specializes in legal and constitutional history in the late Ottoman Empire, modern Middle East, and colonial India. Ahmed’s core research interests include histories of migration, travel, and transnational exchange; students, scholars, and networks of learning; and the intersections of legal and constitutional history, citizenship, and diplomacy. His first book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires, was published with Harvard University Press in November 2017.

Speaker/Performer: Faiz Ahmed, Associate Professor, Brown University
Co-sponsored by the South Asian Studies Council

February 21, 2019

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Sara Omar is a Post-Doctoral Associate at Yale University’s Council on Middle East Studies. She received her PhD from Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in Arabic and Islamic Studies. She is the recipient of multiple fellowships including a Fulbright Fellowship to Syria from the U.S. Department of State. She has published on topics pertaining to female religious authority, same-sex sexual acts and Islamic Law, and constructions of violent acts in Muslim discourses. She is currently working on her first monograph pertaining to Same-sex Sexual Practices in the Formation of Muslim Discourses.

Speaker/Performer:  Sara Omar, Post-Doctoral Associate, Yale University

February 25, 2019

At 6:30pm Paul Rudolph Hall (RDH) 
180 York Street
New HavenCT 06511

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi joined the faculty of Barnard College, Columbia University, in 2018. Her work examines modernity, urbanism, and migration through diverse forms of aesthetic and cultural production. She is interested in problems of historicity and archives, decoloniality, heritage politics, and feminist historiography. She is the co-editor of Spatial Violence (Routledge), and her recent writing appears in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The Journal of Architecture, and e-flux Architecture. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Archaeology. She practiced architecture in Bangalore and New York and her professional background includes work for the Women’s Refugee Commission.

peaker/Performer: Anooradha Siddiqi, Assistant Professor, Barnard College
Co-sponsored by School of Architecture and the Department of the History of Art
 
March 6, 2019
At 12:00PM
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 202
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Jörg Matthias Determann is an Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. He is also the Associate Editor for the Arabian Peninsula of the Review of Middle East Studies. Previously, Determann worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Zentrum Moderner Orient and Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of Space Science and the Arab World. 
 
Speaker/Performer: Jörg Matthias Determann - Assistant Professor, VCUARTS QATAR
 
March 28, 2019
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Elif Babül received her Phd from Stanford University in 2012. Her primary specialization is in national and transnational bureaucracies and the politics of human rights in Turkey. Her research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Her work has appeared in the American Ethnologist, PoLAR, and New Perspectives on Turkey. Her book Bureucratic Intimacies: Translating Human Rights in Turkey, published in 2017 by Stanford University Press, is the winner of the William A. Douglass Prize for the best book in Europeanist Anthropology.
 

Speaker/Performer:  Elif Babul, Associate Professor, Mount Holyoke College

April 11, 2019
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Jamel Velji is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College. His work lies at the intersection between Islamic Studies and Religious Studies and is particularly concerned with the ways in which narratives, rituals, and symbols can effect social transformations. He has written extensively on various aspects of apocalypticism, and his book An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire is the inaugural volume of Edinburgh University Press’s series on Islamic Eschatology and Apocalypticism. His current research examines the Islamic history of coffee, and how that history becomes retold in various European and American contexts.

Speaker/Performer: Jamel Velji, Associate Professor, Claremont McKenna College

April 17, 2019
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Dr. Marta Becherini received her Ph.D. in South Asian art history from Columbia University. She has taught art history courses at Columbia University and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She specializes in early modern artistic exchanges between Europe and South Asia. More specifically, she focuses on the formative stages of European interest in and collection of Indian miniature paintings. Her dissertation, which she is working towards turning into a book, investigates the emergence of a market for Indian paintings in early modern Europe and European modes of engagement with Indian art prior to the tradition of “Company painting” fostered by the advent of British rule.
 

Speaker/Performer: Marta Becherini, Independent Scholar
Co-sponsored by The South Asia Studies Council and YUSRIA

April 19, 2019

Loria Center for the History of Art (LORIA), 351 
190 York Street
New HavenCT 06511

Christiane Gruber is Professor of Islamic Art and Associate Chair in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests span medieval Islamic art to contemporary visual culture. She has authored three books and has edited a dozen volumes on Islamic book arts, ascension texts and images, depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, and modern visual and material culture. Her talk on hilye bottles is related to her recently published book, The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images.

Speaker/Performer: Christiane Gruber, Professor, University of Michigan
Co-sponsored by The Yale Program in Iranian Studies