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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” by Melina Platas, Political Science, NYU Abu Dhabi

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

Location: White Hall

Room: B14

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 SalimjanPhD, Research Associate and Instructor, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia Lament in an Affluent Era: Politics of Memory among Kazakhs in China 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...


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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