This symposium brings together scholars who work on different regions of the historic and contemporary Middle East and Islamicate world in order to explore how history-making as a modern intervention has transformed the everyday lives of people through refiguring religious and political realities on the ground.
EVENT: Politics of Time, Material Culture and Islamic Religiosity
DATE: April 24 & 25, 2015
TIME: 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM respectively
VENUE: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906 United States
LIVESTREAM: Livestream Day 1 – Livestream Day 2
Symposium organized by Amal Sachedina, 2014/15 Aga Khan Visiting Professor.
About Amal Sachedina
Amal Sachedina completed her graduate work in socio-cultural anthropology and Middle East studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Her research, now a book project, explores the material practices of making and reflecting on the past through examining the changing functions and roles of material objects and landscapes over the course of the 20th century at a time when the last Ibadi Imamate (1913-1959) pervaded the interior of what is now the Sultanate of Oman.
Sachedina’s work contributes to debates about the modernist notion of time and its relationship to global historical conservation practice and draws attention to the modern state and its role in shaping new modes of relationships between religion and politics.
She has recently been a Mellon fellow at the American Museum of Natural History where she conducted research on the Asian collections as part of the process of constructing exhibit narratives on Islam and Middle East as part of the pre-planning phase towards renovating the Asia Wing at the American Museum of Natural History, NY.
In fostering an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of material culture, Amal Sachedina earned a B.A. in archaeology from the University of Michigan and an M.Phil in Islamic Art and Archaeology from Oxford University and has been a research consultant for World Heritage advisory bodies such as ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Sites) and ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).
About the Aga Khan Professorship at Brown University
The Aga Khan Visiting Professor in Islamic Humanities brings to Brown’s campus leading thinkers in a range of humanities disciplines. Broadly defined, this rotating professorship includes scholars of comparative literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, contemporary art, the humanistic dimensions of anthropology and sociology or the interdisciplinary focus on the values that underpin and sustain civil society.
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