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Book talk: "Familiar Futures: Time, Selfhood, and Sovereignty in Iraq"

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Monday, March 9, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Lecture,Social Sciences Organization/Sponsor:
CMES Modern Middle East Speaker Series Speaker(s): <strong>Sara D.
Pursley</strong><br /><em>Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern and
Islamic Studies, New York University</em> Cost: Free and Open to the
Public Contact Info: elizabethflanagan@fas.harvard.edu Link:
Sara D. Pursley works on the cultural, social, and intellectual
history of the modern Arab Middle East, mainly Iraq. The thread that
runs through her work is an interest in how imaginaries and
experiences of time, space, and selfhood were reordered in the region
during the 20th century, especially at the dawn of the global "age of
development" around World War II. She has explored questions related
to economic development and modernization theory, histories of
psychology and pedagogy, gender and sexuality, childhood and youth,
revolution and decolonization, Islamic and secular family law, land
settlement projects, and the transition from British to American
empire. Professor Pursley's first book, "Familiar Futures: Time,
Selfhood, and Sovereignty in Iraq", (Stanford University Press,
January 2019), looks at how various understandings of time and
selfhood, both secular and Islamic, shaped pedagogical interventions
into the intimate lives of Iraqis in the name of economic development
and/or anti-colonial revolution. Her planned second book will explore
the social and ecological effects of postwar land settlement projects
in Iraq, Syria, and Jordan that relocated peasants and pastoral nomads
onto isolated nuclear-family farms in accordance with US Cold War
modernization theories of agrarian reform and political stability.
Before coming to NYU in 2016, Professor Pursley taught courses on the
modern Middle East for seven years at Princeton University, the CUNY
Graduate Center, and Queens College. Her courses have included "Youth
and Youth Movements in the Modern Middle East"; "Gender, Sexuality,
and Modernity in the Middle East"; "Cultures of Imperialism: Britain,
the US, and the Middle East" (co-taught); and "Comparative Revolutions
in the Middle East and North Africa." Please note: CMES events are
open to the public (no registration required), and off the record.
Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES.



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Monday, March 9, 2020 - 16:30 to 18:00



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