Keynote: “Global” Christianity in the Postcolony: Reflections on the Politics of Knowledge

 

Keynote address: Ruth Marshall, University of Toronto

“Global” Christianity in the Postcolony: Reflections on the Politics of Knowledge

Ruth Marshall is Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous articles on the study of Pentecostalism, postcolonial politics, war and citizenship in West Africa.  Her current research, funded by a grant from the Social Science Research Council, investigates prayer as political praxis, exploring the ways in which global charismatic Christianity attempts to ‘revive’ Christian faith as a veridictive force through the experience and dissemination of religious speech: tongues, prayer, prophecy, witness and testimony. She is currently working on a book that examines the ethico-political force of religious discourse in the postcolonial world, using concepts of translation and translatability to critically reflect on the problematic work that figures of ‘fundamentalist’ religion play in much contemporary political theory.  This academic year she is on leave as a Chancellor Jackman Fellow in the Humanities at the U of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute.

Deadline extended to 21st January!

Dear colleagues and friends,

The organizing committee of the 2014 MESAAS Graduate Conference wishes you a warm and pleasant holiday season, and an energized start to the new year!
Thank you to everyone who has submitted abstracts or panel proposals so far! We’ve got a wonderful crop of submissions and we have begun the review process. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance as soon as possible, and no later than mid-January.
We are delighted to announce that we have extended the deadline for submissions to 21st January, so please find below the most updated CFP. Please circulate widely! We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Happy new year!

Call For Papers: MESAAS Graduate Conference 2014

27 – 28 February, 2014

Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Columbia University in the City of New York

Keynote speaker: Ruth Marshall

Extended submission deadline: 21st January, 2014

Submission instructions: http://mesaasgradcon.org/submit/

The organizing committee of the 2014 MESAAS Graduate Student Conference at Columbia University is pleased to invite paper submissions and panel proposals addressing themes that broadly relate to the MESAAS regions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Literatures and aesthetics (Classical, early modern, and contemporary genres of imaginative literature; the visual and performing arts; cinema studies)

  • Knowledge systems, classical and contemporary (in law, ethics, science, language, and other fields; the history of Oriental Studies; the university)

  • Genealogies of the political (discursive and institutional histories of contemporary political practices)

  • Histories, disciplinary and subaltern (comparative studies of academic or professional modes of history writing and the vernacular or popular forms of retelling the past)

MESAAS is heir and host to a number of intellectual traditions that resist division between the humanities and social sciences. We are interested in examining both classical and emergent questions in area studies, not as objects of research but as sources of generative knowledge, and as such, aim to formulate new and post-disciplinary modes of inquiry beyond the prevalent conditions of both scientism and universalist historicism. As such, we are equally interested in the limits of disciplinary knowledge production, hegemonic epistemes and paradigms of thought, the work that goes into the construction of ‘areas’ of study, as well as the past and future of area studies.

To that end, we especially encourage work that rethinks the boundaries and conditions of the disciplines with reference to regionally specific work, particularly as that relates to critical geographical imaginaries from and within the regions represented in the department.

Students interested in presenting should submit their abstracts or panel proposals no later than January 21st, 2014. Notifications will be sent by mid January. Submission instructions are to be found online at http://mesaasgradcon.org/submit/ Exceptional papers by undergraduate students will be considered. For other inquiries,  please contact us via: mesaasgradcon@gmail.com

Keynote Speaker: Ruth Marshall

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We are honored and delighted to officially announce that our keynote speaker for the 2014 MESAAS Graduate Conference is Professor Ruth Marshall! 

Ruth Marshall is Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. She is the author ofPolitical Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous articles on the study of Pentecostalism, postcolonial politics, war and citizenship in West Africa.  Her current research, funded by a grant from the Social Science Research Council, investigates prayer as political praxis, exploring the ways in which global charismatic Christianity attempts to ‘revive’ Christian faith as a veridictive force through the experience and dissemination of religious speech: tongues, prayer, prophecy, witness and testimony. She is currently working on a book that examines the ethico-political force of religious discourse in the postcolonial world, using concepts of translation and translatability to critically reflect on the problematic work that figures of ‘fundamentalist’ religion play in much contemporary political theory.  This academic year she is on leave as a Chancellor Jackman Fellow in the Humanities at the U of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute.

 

Call For Papers: MESAAS Graduate Conference 2014

Call For Papers: MESAAS Graduate Conference 2014

27 – 28 February, 2014

Submissions deadline: 1st January, 2014

Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Columbia University in the City of New York

The organizing committee of the 2014 MESAAS Graduate Student Conference at Columbia University is pleased to invite paper and panel submissions addressing themes that broadly relate to the MESAAS regions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Literatures and aesthetics (Classical, early modern, and contemporary genres of imaginative literature; the visual and performing arts; cinema studies)

  • Knowledge systems, classical and contemporary (in law, ethics, science, language, and other fields; the history of Oriental Studies; the university)

  • Genealogies of the political (discursive and institutional histories of contemporary political practices)

  • Histories, disciplinary and subaltern (comparative studies of academic or professional modes of history writing and the vernacular or popular forms of retelling the past)

MESAAS is heir and host to a number of intellectual traditions that resist division between the humanities and social sciences. We are interested in examining both classical and emergent questions in area studies, not as objects of research but as sources of generative knowledge, and as such, aim to formulate new and post-disciplinary modes of inquiry beyond the prevalent conditions of both scientism and historicism. As such, we are equally interested in the limits of disciplinary knowledge production, hegemonic epistemes and paradigms of thought, the work that goes into the construction of ‘areas’ of study, as well as the past and future of area studies.

To that end, we especially encourage work that rethinks the boundaries and conditions of the disciplines with reference to regionally specific work, particularly as that relates to critical geographical imaginaries from and within the regions represented in the department.

Students interested in presenting a 20-minute paper should submit a 500 word abstract and one-page resume here by January 1st, 2014. Notifications will be sent by mid January. Panel submissions are encouraged.  For other inquiries,  please contact us via: mesaasgradcon@gmail.com