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January 2022

CMEMS: The Safavid Embassy to Rome with Alexandria Brown-Hedjazi

January 19 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Join the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies for the next talk in the Workshop series. The Safavid Embassy to Rome: Translations in Print, Fresco, and Marble Alexandria Brown-Hedjazi, Stanford University The CMEMS Workshop meetings take place on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:15 (PST) in Pigott Hall, 252 as well as on Zoom. On-campus attendance is limited to the Stanford community with a green Health Check badge. If you would like to attend remotely, please send an email to meagank@stanford.edu for…

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Brutal Beauty: Aesthetics and Aspiration in Urban India

January 20 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Brutal Beauty: Aesthetics and Aspiration in Urban India, by Professor Jisha Menon, Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies and, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, follows a postcolonial city as it transforms into a bustling global metropolis after the liberalization of the Indian economy. Taking the once idyllic “garden city” of Bangalore in southern India as its point of departure, the book explores how artists across India and beyond foreground neoliberalism as a “structure of feeling” permeating aesthetics,…

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CANCELED – CCRMA presents: Jared Redmond

January 20 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jared Redmond’s tour has been postponed. We hope to reschedule this event.

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The Case Against White Feminism

January 25 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In the book, Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, Rafia Zakaria—whose writing appears regularly in outlets such as The Guardian and The New York Times Book Review, and who is a regular columnist for The Baffler and the Pakistani newspaper Dawn—combines stories of her personal experiences as a woman of color and as a lawyer, writer, and former board member for Amnesty International USA with deeply researched chapters about how whiteness and its privileges have negatively shaped the lives of…

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Reorienting the Past in South Africa: An Artist Talk

January 28 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s new musical composition, ‘Do not fear the past’, renders Zuhura Seng’enge’s poem of the same title in a setting for soprano solo and string quartet. It anchors a program that explores and questions the nature of remembrance and reconciliation amid tragedy. The result of a commission, his ‘Do not fear the past’ is an oblique response to the death of Stanford alumna, Amy Biehl (1967-93) during her stint as Fulbright fellow in Cape Town, South Africa, in the…

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February 2022

Rebuilding the Rule of Law with Religion

February 10 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Mark Fathi Massoud will discuss his new book, Shari‘a, Inshallah: Finding God in Somali Legal Politics (Cambridge University Press 2021). Based on historical research, ethnographic fieldwork, and interviews in the Horn of Africa, Shari‘a, Inshallah documents nearly 150 years of historic attempts by the Somali people to use shari‘a to strengthen human rights and the rule of law — including attempts by contemporary women’s rights activists to push for gender equality by invoking shari‘a. Massoud upends the conventional account of…

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Against Unchilding: Staging Solidarities Across Borders

February 14 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Speakers:Jen Marlowe, Siwar Hasan Aslih and Suhaila Meera, as joined by the cast of Pali/Altaf Moderator:Vaughn Rasberry

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One Hundred Years of Extraterritoriality and Capitulations in Iran: 1828-1928

February 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In the age of imperialism Iran was one of only a handful of non-Western states that maintained their sovereignty. However, as in other places such as the Ottoman Empire, China, and Siam, this sovereignty was punctured by unequal treaties that granted certain Western powers extraterritorial rights. These rights were justified by the absence of a rational legal system that would safeguard the rights of foreigners. To regain full sovereignty, therefore, Iranians had to give themselves a modern legal system. This…

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