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"Journeys of Practice"

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
12:00 AM
This conference takes place on the MSU campus.

"Journeys of Practice" Conference at Michigan State

This conference features a wide variety of notable scholars, including Ahmet Karamustafa, Fatemeh Keshavarz-Karamustafa, Kai Kresse, Carla Bellamy, Emilio Spadola, Elisha Renne, Chen Bram, and various MSU faculty. 

Wednesday, March 19
Film Screening (Premiere)  Migrations of Islam
8 pm - 9:30 pm, B117 Wells Hall

Thursday, March 20       

All Panel Presentations are in Room 303 International Center

9:15 am-9:45 am: Coffee/tea

9:45 am-11:45 am: Opening 

Panel One: Performing Identities (Moderator: Ani Sarkissian)

With Fatemeh Keshavarz-Karamustafa, "Poetry as Politics, Worship, and Education: The Case of Sa'di of Shiraz"; Sean Pue, "Poets in a Muslim Land: Sufism, Modernity, and Indo-Muslim Artistic Subjectivity"; Chantal Tetreault, "Transcultural Teens: Performing Youth Identities in French Cities"

1:00 pm-2:45 pm

Panel Two: Rethinking Practices (Moderator: David Robinson)

With Emilio Spadola, "Practice, Performance, Performativity: Clarifiying Some Terms of Debate for Islamic Studies"; Kai Kresse, "Intellectual Practice: Illustrations and Reflections from the Swahili Context"; Mara Leichtman, "The 'Africantization' of Ashura in Senegal"

3:00 pm-4:45 pm

Panel Three: Transforming Practices (Moderator: Russell Lucas)

With Ahmet Karamustafa, "Sufi Practices in Historical Context"; Emine Evered, "Educating Muslims in the 19th-Century Middle East"; Kyle Evered, "From Raki to Ayran: Drinking and Identity in Modern Anatolia"

Friday morning, March 21

9:15 am-9:45 am: Coffee/tea

9:45 am-11:45 am 

Panel Four: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions (Moderator: Karin Zitzewitz)
With Chen Bram, (MSU, Van Leer Institute), "Sufi Circles in Israel under the Shade of the Conflict" Elisha Renne, (University of Michigan), "Hajj Journeys and the Acquisition of New Textile Practice" Carla Bellamy (Baruch College), "Islamic Places? Locating Dargahs in the Religious Landscape of Contemporary Northern India" Meryem Zaman, (MSU, Ph.D. candidate, Anthropology) "Segregated Spaces: Creating Revivalist Settings in Urban Pakistan"