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Fall 2019 Events

Archives, Urdu Literature, and Stranger Intimacy: A Genealogy of Jinnealogy

Lecture by Anand V. Taneja   

Part of the Emory Forum for the Ethnographic Study of Religion 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM -2:00 PM

 S107 Callaway Memorial Center

In this session, I will talk about three aspects of the research for my book Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi. One, archival work as ethnography. Anthropologists tend to approach the “archive” and the “field” in methodologically different ways, and also tend to think of them as producing different kinds of knowledge. Here, I will reflect on the insights I gleaned by approaching my quest for archival documents ethnographically. Secondly, I will reflect upon the way in which reading Urdu literature about Delhi—literary memoirs, popular theology, and antiquarian literature—while doing fieldwork, deepened and enriched my ethnographic engagement with place. Finally, I will reflect upon how a great part of the “stranger effect” of anthropological fieldwork might come not from the effect it has on one’s interlocutors, but rather, from the ways that participant-observation can be an act of radical estrangement: defamiliarizing one not just from a landscape one thought was familiar, but also from the habits and pre-conceptions of the self. 

Light lunch provided.

Sponsored by the Department of Religion and co-sponsored by South Asia Seminar, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies of Emory University.


Doing Fieldwork in Revolutionary Times

Lecture by Angie Heo

Part of the Emory Forum for the Ethnographic Study of Religion 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

S501 Callaway Memorial Center

In stories from the field, adapting to unexpected conditions is nearly a rite of passage for anthropologists. But what does this celebrated trope of ethnographic authority mean when a country undergoes radical political transformation and against all conventional wisdom? Drawing on materials from Egypt that precede the 2011 revolution and follow the 2013 coup, this talk reflects on the limits and strategies of writing ethnography for the political present.

Light lunch provided. 

Sponsored by the Department of Religion, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, and Department of Anthropology of Emory University.




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