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UCSB Center for Middle East Studies Conference

Centering Central Asia: Gender, State, and Nation

All Conference Events are FREE and Open to the Public.

Friday, April 24, 2009
MultiCultural Center Theater

7:30-8:00 pm Nancy Gallagher, Professor, History Dept., UCSB
Slides and talk about her experience visiting NGO’s in Afghanistan 
8:00 - 10:00 pm Introduction of film by Director, Meena Nanji
Film "View from a Grain of Sand" 

Saturday, April 25, 2009
McCune Conference Room
6020 Humanities & Social Science Building (HSSB)

8:30 am Registration
8:45 am Welcome
Professor Dwight Reynolds, Director –Center for Middle East Studies University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
9:00 - 11:00 am

Panel 1
"Gender and Society in Iran and Central Asia"

Adrienne Edgar, Associate Professor, History, UCSB
"Gender, Nation, and Modernity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia"

Ashraf Zahedi, Resident Scholar, Beatrice Bain Research Group, University of California, Berkeley
"Rethinking Gender Policies in Afghanistan"

Nayereh Tohidi, Chair & Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies Dept., California State University, Northridge
"Gender and Transition in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan"

Mary Hegland, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies, Santa Clara University
"Gender, Family, Kin, Sexuality Transformation in Iran and Tajikistan"

11:00 - 11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Plenary Speaker:

Janet Afary, Keddie-Balzan Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles

"The Sexual Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran" 

Janet AfaryJanet Afary will be joining the UCSB faculty next year as the new Mellichamp Endowed Chair in Global Religion and Modernity in the Department of Religious Studies, but this year is a visiting fellow at UCLA.

12:15 - 12:30 pm Questions and Discussion
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Panel 2
"Central Asia, Pakistan, and Iran in Global Perspective"

Adeeb Khalid, Professor, Dept. of History Carleton College
"After the Soviets: Islam in Contemporary Central Asia"

Shahnaz Rouse, Professor and Chair, Sociology Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College
"State Practices Versus Non-State/Civil Society Peace Initiatives in Pakistan"

Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh, Ph.D. Candidate, UCSB
"A U.S.-Iran Détente?: Views from Iran"

Mona Sheikh, Visiting Research Scholar, Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, UCSB
"Talking with Taliban Activists: Militant Jihad in Pakistan" 

4:00 - 4:30 pm Break
4:30 - 5:15 pm

Plenary Speaker:

Olivier Roy, Research Director, French National Center for Scientific Research Lecturer, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
"Imposing Emancipation: What is the West Doing There?"

Olivier RoyOlivier Roy is Research Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a lecturer for both the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP). He is a specialist on Afghanistan and Central Asia and this year is a visiting Professor at UC Berkeley.

5:15 - 5:30 pm Questions and Closing Remarks
5:30 - 6:30 pm Reception and Music,
performed by the UCSB Middle East Ensemble 

 The conference is sponsored by the CMES and co-sponsored
by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. All events are free and open to
the public. For additional information please contact
Laura Pollick, Center for Middle East Studies, 805-893-4245,,

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