Departmental Colloquium

The Departmental Colloquium takes place on various Thursday evenings at 208 Knox Hall 606 West 122nd Street, 4:00 p.m. The idea of the colloquium is to enable everyone in the department, both faculty and graduate students, to get together once every few weeks for a shared discussion. To maximize the time for discussion, we will read a paper in advance and ask the author to not deliver or summarize it at the meeting.

The paper for each session will be circulated by email. Printed copies will also be available in the department office.

We have chosen speakers and topics that we hope will appeal across the department's different areas of interest.


Recent Colloquia

MESAAS Department Colloquium
September 17, 2015; 4:10pm, 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology & MESAAS
“Outline of a Postcolonial Theory of Justice”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
October 15, 2015; 4:10pm, 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Muhsin Al-Musawi, Professor MESAAS
“Arab Modernists' Struggle with the Past”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
February 11, 2016: 4:10pm, 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Prof. Gil Anidjar, Professor of Religion & MESAAS

MESAAS Department Colloquium
March 10, 2016; 4:10pm, 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Mana Kia, Assistant Professor MESAAS
“The Necessary Ornaments of Place, or, Mapping off the Geocultural Persianate Grid”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
March 12, 2015, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Moneera Al-Ghadeer; Department of MESAAS
"Cannibalizing Iraq"

MESAAS Department Colloquium
February 19, 2015, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Khaled Fahmy; Department of MESAAS
“Translating Bicaht and Lavoisier into Arabic”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
January 29, 2015, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Omar Imseeh Tesdell; Abu-Lughod Fellow, Center for Palestine Studies
“Situating Settlement: Terrains of Arid Agriculture in Palestine and North America”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
November 20, 2014, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Avinoam Shalem; Riggio Professor for the Arts of Islam,
Departments of Art History and Archaeology
“Clothing the Sacred House of the Ka’ba in Mecca”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
October 30, 2014, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Katharina Ivanyi; Assistant Professor, Department of Religion
“The Economics of Piety Birgivī on wastefulness, the cash waaf and Ottoman land tenure and taxation”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
September 11, 2014, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Gil Anidjar; Departments of Religion and MESAAS
“Jesus and Monotheism”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
April 10, 2014, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Benjamin Zachariah; Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany
“Towards a non-Eurocentric understanding of fascism: Indian perspectives”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
March 27, 2014, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Joseph Massad; Department of MESAAS
“Psychoanalysis, Islam, and the Other of Liberalism”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
October 31, 2013, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Mana Kia; Department of MESAAS
“Adab as Literary Form and Social Conduct: Reading the Gulistan in Late Mughal India”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
September 26, 2013, 4:10pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Ahmad Sa’di; Arcapita Visiting Professor, Middle East Institute and Department of MESAAS
“Israeli Policies of Surveillance, Social Sorting, and Political Control towards the Palestinian Citizens, 1948-1970”

MESAAS Department Colloquium
September 12, 2013, 4:10 pm. 208 Knox Hall
Speaker: Kai Kresse; Department of MESAAS
“On the Skills to Navigate the World, and Religion, for Coastal Muslims in Kenya”