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New Publications: A Reading with Stefania Pandolfo and Minoo Moallem

Lecture | December 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Please join the CMES for readings from two new publications by CMES affiliated faculty, Stefania Pandolfo (Anthropology) and Minoo Moallem (Gender and Women's Studies).

Through a dual engagement with the unconscious in psychoanalysis and Islamic theological-medical reasoning, Stefania Pandolfo’s unsettling and innovative book reflects on the maladies of the soul at a time of tremendous global upheaval. Drawing on in-depth historical research and testimonies of contemporary patients and therapists in Morocco, "Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam" offers both an ethnographic journey through madness and contemporary formations of despair and a philosophical and theological exploration of the vicissitudes of the soul.

In "Persian Carpets: the Nation As a Transnational Commodity" Moallem tracks the Persian carpet as an exotic and mythological object, as a commodity, and as an image from mid-nineteenth-century England to contemporary Iran and the Iranian diaspora. Using an innovative interdisciplinary and transnational feminist approach, Moallem follows the journey of this single commodity-which crosses the boundaries of private and public, religious and secular, cultural and economic, modern and traditional, national and diasporic- to tell the story of transnational interconnectivities in the making of informal imperialism and consumer capitalism. In a highly original theoretical move and through the study of the specific example of Persian carpets, Moallem brings representational practices into conversation with issues of labor, affects, and materiality.


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