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CMS Seminar: “Islamic Connections Between India and China During the Song and Yuan Periods” by Tansen Sen, NYU/Shanghai

January 31st, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

The tenth and eleventh centuries witnessed a precipitous surge in maritime commercial links between the coastal regions of India and China. The networks of Muslim merchants were intimately involved in these commercial activities. These traders also participated in the diplomatic exchanges, often representing Indian polities at the Song court in China. The role of Muslim traders and court officials...


CMS Seminar: “Humanism in Ruins: Entangled Legacies of the Greek-Turkish Population Exchange”

February 7th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morril Hall

Room: 404

The 1923 religious minority exchange between Greece and Turkey set a legal precedent in the international arena. Informed by the principle of segregation, the principal legacy of the exchange is arguably its contribution to the institutionalization of the management of difference (religious, racial, ethnic, etc) via forced migration. This talk takes the Greek-Turkish exchange as a prism to address...


CMS Seminar: "Fears and Conflict over Islamic Human Rights: A Clash of Cultures or a Clash with a Construct?"

February 21st, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

What constitutes human rights? Can we come to a common understanding of these freedoms and thereby guarantee that these are entirely granted to every member of society? These questions have been the subject of historic universal documents such as the Magna Carta, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, the American Bill of Rights and the Geneva Convention. What is often ignored, however, is t...


CMS Seminar: 'Unique or Universal?: The Ottoman Quest for Economic Modernization'

March 7th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Late nineteenth century Ottoman economic thought has been generally categorized as either nationalist or liberal, obscuring both the variety within each strand and parallels between them. Emulating 'more developed states' as a catch-up strategy was a common theme among various Ottoman reformers, embracing different models, including France, Germany, Japan, and...


Cornell Contemporary China Initiative - Darren Byler

March 11th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: G76

"Terror Capitalism: Uyghur 'Reeducation' and the Chinese Security Industrial Complex" with Darren Byler, Lecturer, University of Washington. Abstract: The new system of control that targets Turkic minority populations in Northwest China has widespread implications for how humans experience their own existence, minority-majority social relations, and the expansion of autho...


CMS Seminar: "How the Slaves Freed Themselves: The Khivan Slave Uprising and the Myth of Russian Abolitionism in Central Asia"

March 21st, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Consensus among historians has long held that the Russian Empire's conquest of Central Asia in the 1860s-1870s ended the region's slave trade and liberated its slaves. This presentation challenges that consensus through two case studies. The first case study shows how, on the eve of Russia's conquest of the capital city of Khiva in 1873, the city's slaves fomented the largest slave...


CMS Seminar: “Historical Legacies of Islam in Africa”

April 9th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: White Hall

Room: TBA

The process of colonialism coincided with a dramatic reversal of fortune for Africa’s Muslim populations. In the 1500s, Africa’s political landscape was dominated by strong, centralized Islamic states. These states maintained internal stability, regulated commerce, and promoted education. Levels of literacy were relatively high among Muslims and the expertise of Muslim bureaucrats was...


CMS Seminar: “Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance”

April 25th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Recent economic crises have made the centrality of debt, and the instability it creates, increasingly apparent. This realization has led to cries for change—yet there is little popular awareness of possible alternatives.  This talk, based on a book of the same title, describes efforts to create a transnational economy free of debt. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia, the talk i...


Cornell Contemporary China Initiative - Guldana Salimjan

April 29th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: G76

Guldana Salimjan is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Using feminist, oral history, and memory studies methods, she examines the embodied practice of Kazakh social memory as well as societal changes from socialist collectivization to post-Mao China. Her research interests include performance, anthropology of ritua...


CMS Seminar: “Policing the Virtuous: Music and Militias in Post-Gaddafi Libya”

May 2nd, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

In the years since 2011, political instability and shifts in militia governance have meant that musicians living and working in Libya encounter policing structures of varied forms in their daily lives. With no prevailing legal regime active in the country, those performing policing functions have frequently drawn on Islamic moral discourses to justify arrests, detentions, checkpoint stops, and oth...

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