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Can These Bones Live? The Politics of Death in the Hebrew Bible

February 1

https://youtu.be/-ODXuuUOOiM Can These Bones Live?: The Politics of Death in the Hebrew Bible Kerry Sonia (Colby College)  Moderator: Aaron Burke (UCLA)  The Bible and the Ancient World Seminar Series UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies https://levecenter.ucla.edu/ https://www.facebook.com/UCLACJS https://www.instagram.com/uclalevecen... Cosponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Caring for the Dead in Ancient Israel (SBL Press, 2020) available now: https://www.amazon.com/Caring-Ancient... The cult of dead kin in ancient West Asia was a complex…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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Works-in-Progress session: “Orality, Writing, and Authentication”

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

by Rebecca Jean Emigh (Professor of Sociology, UCLA) When speaking to a person face to face—which Berger and Luckmann consider to be “prototypical” communication—authenticity, truth, and social position can be judged by seeing, listening, and speaking. Seeing and listening allows individuals to judge a person’s appearance and demeanor and thus understand their intentionality and positionality. Speaking allows individuals to ask questions, to clarify, and to probe. How are authenticity, truth, and social position judged in disembodied forms of communication, such…

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As Inconvenient and Offensive as Abundance

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Adam Talib on “As Inconvenient and Offensive as Abundance.” This lecture is part of the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory co-directed by Giulia Sissa (Political Science/Classics) and Zrinka Stahuljak (Comparative Literature/ELTS). Generously sponsored by the Dean of Humanities and the Dean of Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies. Register to attend on Zoom.

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

February 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The reading group…

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POSTPONED – Magdeburg, 1554: Flacius Illyricus Applies for a Grant

February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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POSTPONED. A new date will be announced soon. A lecture by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University). Ecclesiastical history began in the 1550s, when the Lutheran Matthias Flacius Illyricus organized a collaborative century-by-century history of Christianity. This confessional project never reached completion, and its thick volumes met with severe criticism from co-religionists as well as Catholics. Nonetheless, it provided a new model for the study of the past, inspiring a revolution in historiography. That’s the standard story. It’s not wrong: Flacius did…

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Works-in-Progress session: “Regency Noir: Romance, Race, and the Rise of ‘The Woman of Colour’”

February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

by Leigh-Michil George (English/Humanities Educator, Department of English, Geffen Academy, UCLA) Zoom event This talk reimagines the term “Regency Noir” as encompassing two different strands of Regency romance-inspired narratives which foreground Black characters. The first strand of Regency Noir follows historical events, while the second strand presents alternative history storylines. An example of the first type is Vanessa Riley’s novel Island Queen (2021), based on the life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color, while Shondaland’s Bridgerton series…

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Elliott Piros | “Just as Honeycomb”: Queer Money in Petronius’ cena Trimalchionis

February 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Bilingual Lecture Series: Ali Banuazizi

February 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

هویت فرهنگی، ملی گرائی، و ناسیونالیسم اسلامی در ایران / Iranian Cultural Identity and the Politics of Religious Nationalism The lecture begins with an exploration of the various bases for Iranian “cultural identity” (Iraniyat)—including a long pre-Islamic legacy, the Persian language, Shi’ism, and the bonds and affinities among a people who have inhabited roughly the same territory for nearly three millennia. It makes a distinction between Iranian “cultural” and “national” identities and examines how the latter view of Iranian “national”…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: Ali Banuazizi

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Iranian Cultural Identity and the Politics of Religious Nationalism The lecture begins with an exploration of the various bases for Iranian “cultural identity” (Iraniyat)—including a long pre-Islamic legacy, the Persian language, Shi’ism, and the bonds and affinities among a people who have inhabited roughly the same territory for nearly three millennia. It makes a distinction between Iranian “cultural” and “national” identities and examines how the latter view of Iranian “national” identity was transformed into nationalist political ideologies from the last…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Zoom Meeting,

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Céline Redard

February 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Current Trends in Avestan Studies This lecture discusses the major progress made in our understanding of the Avestan corpus/texts in the last years. Based on her recent publication co-written with Jean Kellens, L’introduction à l’Avesta, Céline Redard introduces the new vision of the Avesta, leading to the new editions currently undertaken. The important ritual aspect will also be underlined, with some concrete examples taken from her books The Srōš Drōn – Yasna 3 to 8, and The Gujarati Ritual Directions…

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Invisible Persons, Invisible Texts: Translation and Translators in Medieval and Modern Afghanistan and the West

February 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Winter New Book Salon A book panel on Zrinka Stahuljak’s Les Fixeurs au Moyen âge – Histoire et littérature connectées with Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA), Jawanshir Rasikh (Independent Scholar), and Arezou Azad (Oxford). Discussant: Domenico Ingenito (UCLA). Register to attend on Zoom. Organized by the UCLA Program on Central Asia. Afghanistan through Afghan Voices is a series of virtual workshops that highlights and critically engages with recent scholarship on one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. It aims to open…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Zoom Meeting,

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The reading group…

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Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Kianoosh Rezania

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

How Did the Ancient Iranians Coordinate Space? On the Old Iranian Absolute Frame of Reference For verbal expression and nonverbal cognitive processing of spatial relations between two objects, the speakers of a language use different frames of reference. (Psycho)linguistics classifies these into three main groups: intrinsic, relative, and absolute. This lecture aims to identify the old Iranian absolute frame of reference. After a short explanation of different frames of reference, the presentation will examine four sorts of evidence to this…

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A Two-Way Road: Comparative Anthropology of Eros and Sensuality in Latin Elegy and the Greek Novel

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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A lecture by Romain Brethes (Sciences Politiques, Paris), part of the Winter 2022 CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar, Classics 250, “Eros. Amor. The erotic cultures of the early global world” taught by Professor Giulia Sissa (Political Science and Classics). In all societies and cultures, the erotic experience is complex. It is shaped by norms, habits, emotions and manners of living the body. Such an experience crosses a variety of discourses and domains of knowledge. We will look at this phenomenon, the erotic, as a matter of desire,…

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Bilingual Lecture Series: The Collective for Black Iranians

February 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

A Talk with the Collective for Black Iranians: On the Importance of Centering Erased Black and Afro Iranian Histories from Iran and the Diaspora A Panel Discussion Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 11:30am Pacific Time via Zoom Panel in Persian Registration Required Please join the UCLA Program of Iranian Studies and the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies for a discussion centering the importance of storytelling and the point of view – two guiding principles in the Collective for Black…

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March 2022

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

March 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Zoom Meeting,

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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Why (and How) Should a Platonist Laugh at Eros? Humor and Love in the “Symposium”

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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A lecture by Pierre Destrée (Université de Louvain), part of the Winter 2022 CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar, Classics 250, “Eros. Amor. The erotic cultures of the early global world” taught by Professor Giulia Sissa (Political Science and Classics). In all societies and cultures, the erotic experience is complex. It is shaped by norms, habits, emotions and manners of living the body. Such an experience crosses a variety of discourses and domains of knowledge. We will look at this phenomenon, the erotic, as a matter of desire,…

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Contactless Comparison

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Today’s speaker is Alexander Beecroft. The title of his talk is “Contactless Comparison.” This lecture is part of the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory co-directed by Giulia Sissa (Political Science/Classics) and Zrinka Stahuljak (Comparative Literature/ELTS). Generously sponsored by the Dean of Humanities and the Dean of Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies. Register to attend on Zoom.

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