CMES Colloquium Fall 2020
Speaker/Performer: Zareena Grewal, Yale University
Hosted by Travis Zadeh
Zareena A. Grewal is an Associate Professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, Anthropology, and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. Her first book, Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU 2013), is a historical ethnography of transnational Muslim intellectual networks that link US mosques to Islamic movements in post-colonial Middle East through debates about the reform of Islam, based on fieldwork in Egypt, Jordan and Syria. She is currently working on a social life of the Quran as a racialized text-object at the center of the culture wars in the US.
Speaker/Performer: Evren Savci, Yale University
Hosted by Eda Pepi
Evren Savcı is a scholar of transnational sexualities, whose work is informed by feminist and queer theory and ethnographic methodology. Her first book Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam (2021, Duke University Press) analyzes sexual politics under contemporary Turkey’s AKP regime. Her second book project tentatively entitled Failures of Modernization: Polygamy, Islamic Matrimony and Cousin Marriages in the Turkish Republic turns to these sexual practices that were deemed “uncivilized” and either heavily discouraged or outlawed by the Turkish Republic and investigate both their historical regulation as well as their current practices.
Hosted by Alan Mikhail
Jonathan Wyrtzen is associate professor of sociology and history at Yale University. His research engages a set of related thematic areas that include empire and colonialism, state formation and non-state forms of political organization, ethnicity and nationalism, and religion and socio-political action in North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity (Cornell University Press, 2015; 2016 Social Science History Association President’s Book Award winner). His current book project, Reimagining the Middle East: Jihads, Empires, and the Long Great War, is under contract with Columbia University Press.
Hosted by Kaveh Khoshnood
Marcia C. Inhorn, PhD, MPH, is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, where she serves as Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies. A medical anthropologist specializing in Middle Easterngender, religion, and reproductive health issues, Inhorn has conducted research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America over the past 30 years. She is the author of six books on the subject, including her latest, America’s Arab Refugees: Vulnerability and Health on the Margins (Stanford University Press, 2018). She is also the (co)editor of ten books, the founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS), and co-editor of the Berghahn Book series on “Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality.”
Hosted by Evren Savci
Alan Mikhail, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Yale University, is widely recognized for his work in Middle Eastern and global history. He is the author of four books and over thirty scholarly articles that have received multiple awards in the fields of Middle Eastern and environmental history, including the Fuat Köprülü Book Prize from the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association for Under Osman’s Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History and the Roger Owen Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association for Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History. In 2018, he received the Anneliese Maier Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for internationally distinguished humanities scholars and social scientists. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.