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Wednesday, October 1 | 8:30 pm

Arab Student Association Call-Out Meeting

 

When: Wednesday, October 1 | 8:30 pm

Where: Ballantine Hall, Room 149

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and a Lecture

 

Jedidiah Anderson

 

When: Monday, October 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

*Lunch Provided

 

Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401

 

What: TBA

 

The Lunch and a Lecture Series has been in place since 2012. Monthly, CSME hosts graduate students, professors, and visiting scholars to present their current research projects pertaining to the Middle East. The series is a fun and casual way to engage with colleagues and learn a new aspect of Middle Eastern history, culture, etc.

 

Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and a Lecture

 

"Writing Craft: Iranian Fiction", with Prof. Elizabeth Eslami

 

When: Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

*Lunch Provided

 

Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401

 

What: Elizabeth Eslami is the author of the story collection, Hibernate (Ohio State University Press, 2014), for which she was awarded the 2013 Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction, and the novel Bone Worship (Pegasus, 2010). Her scholarly interests range from New Iranian American Writing to the place-based literature of the American West, with particular interest in the construction of contemporary, retrospectively narrated novels and linked story collections. Elizabeth will be discussing Iranian fiction writing, as a mix of writing craft and research.

 

The Lunch and a Lecture Series has been in place since 2012. Monthly, CSME hosts graduate students, professors, and visiting scholars to present their current research projects pertaining to the Middle East. The series is a fun and casual way to engage with colleagues and learn a new aspect of Middle Eastern history, culture, etc.

 

October 24 - 25 | 9a - 4:30 pm

Beyond The Sunni-Shiite Conflict: A Workshop On The Ottomans And The Safavids In The Early Modern Era

 

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Çaldıran/Chaldiran, we are convening a two-day workshop to be hosted by Indiana University, Bloomington, on October 24-25, 2014. Our aim is to explore the political, military, cultural, and religious tensions that defined the Ottoman-Safavid relationship from ca. 1500 onward.

 

Despite the intensity of their relationship, the Ottomans and the Safavids are typically studied in isolation, and the various dimensions of their rivalry have been assigned relatively marginal importance within the context of the larger histories of these two empires. We believe it is time to revisit the Ottoman-Safavid interface in order to problematize several issues through individual presentations and discussion sessions. Issues to be explored are the ‘confessionalization’/construction of Sunni, Shiite and Alevi identities; the impact of the conflict on different communities and polities from the southern Caucasus to the Persian Gulf and beyond; the emergence and significance of frontiers (geographical, cultural); and the significance of a literary culture shared by both empires.

 

The workshop is open to the public. The location is the Social Science Research Commons, 200 Woodburn Hall, 1100 East 7th Street, Bloomington, IN.

 

Day 1: October 24, 2014

 

9 AM-9:15 AM: Opening remarks

 

9:15-10:00: Colin Paul Mitchell (Dalhousie University): “‘Battles Decide Everything’: Chaldiran and Change in Early Safavid Iran”

 

10:00-10:45: Ahmet Karamustafa (University of Maryland): “In His Own Voice: What Khata'i Tells us about Shah Isma’il”

 

10:45-11:00 Coffee/tea break

 

11:00-11:45: Kaya Şahin (Indiana University-Bloomington): “Ottoman-Safavid Frontiers, Real and Imagined”

 

Noon-2 PM: Lunch break

 

2-2:45: Sabri Ateş (Southern Methodist University): “Hudud al-Islam: The Notion of Frontier in Ottoman-Safavid Relations”

 

2:45-3:30: Ayfer Karakaya-Stump (College of William & Mary): “Defining the Polity by its Boundaries: The Anti-Kızılbash Campaigns as a Catalyst of Ottoman Confessionalization, 16th and 17th Centuries”

 

3:30-4:30: Discussion

 

 

Day 2: October 25, 2014

 

9:30-10:15: Paul Losensky (Indiana University, Bloomington): “Methodological Considerations for a New Comparative Study of Ottoman and Persian Poetry”

 

10:15-11:00: Sholeh Quinn (University of California, Merced): “Universal Chronicles and Early Ottoman and Safavid Persian Historiography”

 

11:00-11:15 Coffee/tea break

 

11:15-noon: Guy Burak (New York University): “Beyond the Shi‘i-Sunni Divide: Dynastic Law/Qanun and ‘Orthodoxy’ in the Ottoman and Safavid Empires”

 

Noon-2: Lunch break

 

2-2:45: Ron Sela (Indiana University, Bloomington): “The Flight of Khorasani Intellectuals to the Chinggisid Courts of Central Asia, 1500-1550”

 

2:45-3:30: A. Azfar Moin (University of Texas, Austin): “The Politics of Shrines in Mughal, Safavid, and Ottoman Empires”

 

3:30-4:30: Discussion

 

Organizers: Kaya Şahin (Indiana University, Bloomington), Erdem Çipa (University of Michigan)

Contact iaunrc@indiana.edu with any questions.

 

Tuesday, November 11 | 4:00 pm

Post-Trip Vice-Presidential Forum and Reception

 

On Saudi Arabia and Turkey

 

When: Tuesday, November 11 | 4:00 pm

 

Where: Presidents Hall (in Franklin Hall)

 

What: The next post-trip Vice-Presidential Forum and Reception will be on Saudi Arabia and Turkey, following the Sept. 21-29 presidential trip to Turkey and the Oct. 25-Nov. 2 presidential trip to Saudi Arabia and India. It will be cosponsored by the School of Global and International Studies and will be held in Presidents Hall (in Franklin Hall) on Tue., Nov. 11at 4pm. It will also be live-streamed and archived for later viewing on http://www.broadcast.iu.edu/.

 

Wednesday, November 12 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and a Lecture

 

"Foreign Sanctuary: Syrian Refugees in Jordan", with Justin Schon, PhD Candidate of Political Science

 

When: Wednesday, November 12 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

*Lunch Provided

 

Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401

 

What: Justin is a 3rd Year Political Science PhD student at Indiana University Bloomington. He uses a variety of time series analyses, spatial analyses, event count modelling, and qualitative fieldwork to study conflict and displacement. He'll be discussing he latest research and travel experience regarding Syrian refugees in Jordan.

 

The Lunch and a Lecture Series has been in place since 2012. Monthly, CSME hosts graduate students, professors, and visiting scholars to present their current research projects pertaining to the Middle East. The series is a fun and casual way to engage with colleagues and learn a new aspect of Middle Eastern history, culture, etc.

 

Wednesday, November 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and a Lecture

 

"Beyond ISIS: Gender-Based Violence in Iraq", with Prof. Nadje Al-Aliof

 

When: Wednesday, November 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

*Lunch Provided

 

Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401

 

What: The talk will address the issue of gender-based violence and violence against religious and ethnic minorities in the context of ISIS in Iraq. It will also reflect on the difficulty to talk about women and minorities in a context where sexual violence is being instrumentalised by both sectarian and imperialist agendas.

 

The Lunch and a Lecture Series has been in place since 2012. Monthly, CSME hosts graduate students, professors, and visiting scholars to present their current research projects pertaining to the Middle East. The series is a fun and casual way to engage with colleagues and learn a new aspect of Middle Eastern history, culture, etc.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 4:30 - 7 pm

"We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War"

 

A lecture and discussion with author and gender studies professor Nadje Al-Ali about her prize-winning book We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East).

 

When: Wednesday, November 19 | 4:30 - 7pm

 

Where: Indiana Memorial Union, Oak Room

 

What: While the occupation of Iraq and its aftermath has received media and political attention, we know very little about the everyday lives of Iraqis. Iraqi men, women, and children are not merely passive victims of violence, vulnerable recipients of repressive regimes, or bystanders of their country’s destruction. Professor Nadjer Al-Ali will introduce this co-edited anthology )with Deborah Al-Najjar) consisting of contributions by Iraqi artists, writers, poets, photographers, film-makers and activists etc, who are all trying to creatively engage with issues of war, violence and identity. The book recently one the Evelyn Shakir non-fiction award.

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and a Lecture

 

"Tensions in Iran's Ethnic Minorities", with Prof. Jamsheed Choksy

 

When: Wednesday, February 11 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

*Lunch Provided

 

Where: CSME

1105 E Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401

 

What: Prof. Choksy speaks on ethnic minorities-related tensions in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

The Lunch and a Lecture Series has been in place since 2012. Monthly, CSME hosts graduate students, professors, and visiting scholars to present their current research projects pertaining to the Middle East. The series is a fun and casual way to engage with colleagues and learn a new aspect of Middle Eastern history, culture, etc.

Dr. Choksy is a professor at Indiana University and Chair of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.

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