View more news »


  • Authority in Islam in Muslim Eurasia: An International Workshop

    09:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
    IMU Dogwood Room

    Please join the Islamic Studies Program as it welcomes seventeen scholars from the United States, Europe, Russia, and Central Asia to the Bloomington campus for a two-day workshop in which participants will assess the landscape of diverse Muslim authorities, identify types of authorities (institutional, communal, personal), their sources of legitimation, their modes of transmission (textual, scriptural, aural, visual, interactive), their connections to external (regional, national, global) centers or models of religiosity; as well as their relations with the state and among different dimensions or practitioners of authority. Scholars will engage not only the sources of authority but also responses to religious authority among Muslims. Visiting scholars will be put in dialogue with IU faculty and graduate students throughout the workshop. Free and open to the public; no registration required.

  • Urban Guerrilla Tactics: U.S. Performance Art and the Politics of Radical Resourcefulness

    12:00 p.m. - 01:00 p.m.
    GISB 3067

    Urban Guerrilla Tactics: U.S. Performance Art and the Politics of Radical Resourcefulnes is part of the Spring 2017 Global Studies Positioning Series: Art & Human Rights. Faye R. Gleisser, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art, Department of Art History will present. Although the notion of the “guerrilla” or “small war” initially entered the English vernacular during the Peninsular War (1807-1814), by the mid-1960s the term had become synonymous with the media’s representation of an emergent transnational phenomenon of militant resistance groups. During this time artists, too, adapted guerrilla tactics for conceptual performance art. This talk will focus on how the radical performance art of American artist Adrian Piper exposed asymmetrical power structures and renegotiated notions of criminality, citizenship, and legibility. The event is sponsored by IU’s Center for the Study of Global Change. For more information, please visit: Light refreshments provided.

  • Jamal J. Elias (U Penn): " 'Out of Love for my Mother': Revisiting the Emotional in Sufi Historical Works'

    04:30 p.m.. - 06:00 p.m.
    IMU Dogwood Room

    Professor Elias, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the keynote address at the Islamic Studies Program's "Authority in Islam in Muslim Eurasia" Workshop. His lecture explores questions of how important individual motivations are in the course of history, and how they can be studied through historical accounts. Through an examination of a variety of Sufi writings from the 13th-15th century CE, Elias will explore topics of emotion and motivation as representational tropes and as the reasons why people do things and why things happen. The hope and purpose is to suggest alternative strategies to the positivistic approaches to history that often dominate the study of Sufi pasts. Free and open to the public; no registration required.

View More Events