Reading Edward Said and Saba Mahmood in Today’s Context

When: Thursday, 01 November 20185:00 Pm -7:00 PM
Where: Room 2-5, Business Building, University of Alberta

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978), the passing of a distinguished Muslim scholar and a renowned feminist theorist Saba Mahmood (1962-2018), and the passing of the Orientalist historian Bernard Lewis (1916-2018). How relevant are the ideas of Said and Mahmood today? To what extent a critique of Orientalism, reversed-Orientalism, autocratic and militant secularism, and Empire’s War on Terror help us to understand today’s crisis of the Middle East and Muslim majority societies. Please join us for a lively panel discussion of the experts:

Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Political Science
The Legacies of Orientalism

Ann McDougall, History & Classics
The Legacy of Bernard Lewis (1916-2018): A Critique

Cressida Heyes, Political Science
Decolonizing Agency: The Influence of “The Politics of Piety” in Feminist Theory

Joseph Hill, Anthropology
Remembering Saba Mahmood (1962-2018)

Michael Frishkopf, Music
Orientalism in Orient

Siobhan Byrne, Political Science
Orientalism as Critique: Identity Politics and Israel’s New ’Nation-State’ Law

Mojtaba Mahdavi, Political Science
Post-Islamism and its Discontents: Reading Said and Mahmood in Today’s Muslim Context