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  • Islamophobia: Roots and Repercussions

    06:00 p.m. - 09:00 p.m
    SGIS Auditorium

    Join us for an expert panel of IU faculty and students on the topic of Islamophobia. Short media clips and Q&A sessions will punctuate the panel presentations.

  • Sixth Annual McCloskey Lecture. Empty Nation, Empty State: Living Democracy in the Post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina

    04:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m
    IMU Sassafrass Room

    A cultural anthropologist with research interests in the anthropology of international policy in the context of peace-building and democratization, Azra Hromadzic is the author of Citizens of an Empty Nation: Youth and State-Making in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), which examines the polarizing effects of everyday ethnic divisions in the wake of the devastating Bosnia-Herzegovina conflicts. Her talk will address the unintended consequences resulting from the consociational (power-sharing) model of postwar state inserted into Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the inability of its citizens, especially youth, to knit their society back together after the war. The principal focus of her remarks will be the discourses and practices at play in the reconstruction of the highly symbolic Mostar Gymnasium in the deeply divided town of Mostar, a context that vividly exposes the international diplomatic visions, local ethno-nationalist projects, and ethnicization of everyday life that have congealed to produce an empty nation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The annual McCloskey Lecture honors the memory of the late Frank McCloskey, who represented Indiana’s 8th District in Congress from 1983 to 1995. As a congressman who took a passionate interest in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, he withstood the resistance of his party and the White House by persistently advocating for US action to stop the genocide in former Yugoslavia. His efforts spurred US involvement in the diplomatic process that eventually led to the Dayton Accords of 1995. After an unsuccessful re-election campaign in 1994, McCloskey devoted his energies to the cause of ending ethnic strife in the Balkans, making numerous trips to Bosnia and serving the National Democratic Institute as Kosovo Director.

  • Noah Salomon (Carleton), "For Love of the Prophet: The Art of Islamic State-Making in Sudan"

    04:00 p.m. - 05:30 p.m
    Hoagy Carmichael Room, Morrison Hall

    Join us in welcoming Noah Salomon (Religion/Middle East Studies, Carleton College) to Indiana University. For some, the idea of an Islamic state serves to fulfill aspirations for cultural sovereignty and new forms of ethical political practice. For others, it violates the proper domains of both religion and politics. Yet, while there has been much discussion of the idea and ideals of the Islamic state, its possibilities and impossibilities, surprisingly little has been written about how this political formation is staged and experienced in the cloud of contingencies that make up modern political life. Based on more than ten years of fieldwork in the Republic of Sudan, this lecture will examine the nature of an Islamic state by exploring its formation not only as a political ideal, but as an aesthetic and epistemic provocation, at the culmination of a particularly unstable period of Sudanese history. Paying particular attention to the intricate means through which the desire for Islamic politics is produced and sustained, this talk goes beyond the often narrow conclusions about Islamic politics as a response to the West, and examines it as a node in a much deeper conversation within Islamic thought, augmented and reworked as Sudan’s own Islamist experiment became an object of debate and controversy. Reading from and reflecting on his recent book, For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan’s Islamic State, Salomon will interrogate our scholarly understanding of Islamic politics, reassessing the categories commonly used to evaluate and understand it. Professor Salomon is a guest of IU's Department of Religious Studies.

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