Islam and the Humanities

Politics of Time, Material Culture and Islamic Religiosity
April 24-25, 2015, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Friday, April 24, 2015

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Beshara Doumani, Director, Middle East Studies, Brown University

9:00 – 9:40 a.m. Keynote address
Charles Hirschkind, University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley, CA – USA

9:40 – 11:10 a.m.  Historicity, Material Religion and the Making of Space
Chair: Beshara Doumani, Brown University; Providence, RI – USA

Mahiye Seçil Daǧtaș, University of Waterloo; Ontario – CA
“The Temporal Horizons and Aesthetic Formations of Religious Difference in Antakya“

Caroline Williams, Williamsburg, VA – USA
“Cairo as an Artifact of 19th Century Imagery”

Kishwar Rizvi, Yale University; New Haven, CT – USA
“Historicism and Post-modernity: Transnational Mosques in the Contemporary Middle East”

11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Coffee Service

11:25 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.  The Politics of Historical Narratives and Facts on the Ground
Chair: Faiz Ahmed, Brown University; Providence, RI – USA

Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University; Palo Alto, CA – USA
“On Chroniclers’ Eyes:Frames, Gazes, and Viewpoints in Islamic Historiography”

Kabir Tambar, Stanford University; Palo Alto, CA – USA
“Histories of Violence and the Ethics of Expectation in Turkey”

Jamal Elias, University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania, PA – USA
“Martyred Innocence: Children, Sacrifice and the Rationalization of War in Modern Iran

12:55 – 2:00 p.m.  

Lunch for Hosts and Invited Participants

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Heritage and History as Performative Practices
Chair: Ian Straughn, Brown University; Providence, RI – USA

Amal Sachedina, Brown University; Providence, RI – USA
“Shifting Terrain: Destroying While Preserving the Dalla (Coffee Pot) and the Ethos of Neighbourliness in the Sultanate of Oman”

Nathalie Peutz, New York University Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi – UAE
“Soqotra’s Musealization of the Present and Mobilization of the Past”

Rosie Bsheer, Yale University; New Haven, CT – USA
“Appropriating the Past: Materiality, Power, and the Politics of History in Arabia”

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

Coffee Service

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.  Approaches to the Temporality of Tradition: Relations between Past, Present and Future
Chair: Vazira Zamindar, Brown University; Providence, RI – USA

Karen Ruffle, University of Toronto; Toronto, CA
“Material Subversions: Somatic Shiʿism and the Development of a Deccani ‘Grammar of Tradition’ during the Qutb Shahi Dynasty”

Syed Akbar Hyder, University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX-USA
“Escaping the Prison of Prose: Aesthetics of Mourning and the Story of Hind”

Katherine Miller, Reed College; Portland, OR – USA
“Materializing Multiple Histories: The ethics and politics of life amid ongoing cultural heritage management in Hunza, Northern Pakistan.” 

7:00 p.m.
Dinner for Hosts and Invited Particicpants at Biltmore Hotel

Saturday, April 25, 2015

9:35 – 10:45 a.m.  Time, Space and the Emerging Muslim Subject
Chair: Sarah Tobin, Brown University; Providence, RI – USA

Katherine Pratt Ewing, Columbia University; New York, NY – USA
“Jahiliyya: Mapping Secular Spaces through an Islamic Notion of Time and Place”

Aryo Danusiri, Harvard University; Cambridge, MA -USA
“The Entanglement of Religion and the Urban in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia”

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Open Forum Discussion

11.45 a.m.
Light Lunch for Hosts and Invited Participants