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  • Joseph Hellweg (Florida State University): Singing the Hunters' Qur'an: Dozo Music, Literacy, and Apostasy in the Songs of Dramane Coulibaly (Northwestern Côte d'Ivoire)

    04:00 p.m. - 05:30 p.m
    02-23-2017
    GISB 1100

    Professor Hellweg's visit is principally sponsored by the Islamic Studies Program and co-sponsored by the African Studies Program, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology. Abstract: In the 1990s, singer Dramane Coulibaly sang the praises of initiated dozo hunters in the majority Muslim region of Northwestern Côte d'Ivoire. He provocatively called the harp that accompanied him, "the dozos' Qur'an," challenging the textual bias of Islamic Studies and throwing down a gauntlet to Salafi Muslims who condemn dozos as apostates for the sacrifices they make to their patron spirit, Manimory. This talk explores how the dozo funeral performances Dramane led with his songs entextualized his words without writing and edified the lives of Muslim dozos without Arabic, undermining staid distinctions between orality and literacy and between folk and erudite Islam.

  • IU Cinema Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series: Ana Lily Amirpour

    03:00 p.m. - 05:00 p.m
    02-24-2017
    IU Cinema, located at 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, Indiana. We are located at the East end of the IU Auditorium building. Our main entrance is on the North side, facing the Wells Library.

    Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2014, Ana Lily Amirpour is an Iranian-American director, writer, producer, and actor who is most known for her feature-film debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an “Iranian vampire spaghetti western” that rocked the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Born in England and settled in Bakersfield, Calif., she attended art school at San Francisco State University and graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Amirpour has been making films since she was 12 years old: “I make films to make friends,” “It’s just me, lonely, trying to figure out how to be a human being.” Her second feature, The Bad Batch, won the Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. The “post-apocalyptic cannibal love story,” as she describes it, is “Road Warrior meets Pretty in Pink with a dope soundtrack” and opens in 2017.

  • Dutch Coffee Hour

    04:30 p.m. - 06:00 p.m
    02-27-2017
    Germanic Studies Lounge

    Practice your Dutch over a cup of coffee.

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