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【FINDAS】 The 3rd FINDAS Seminar 2016

2016年7月5日 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

【Date and Time】 Tuesday, July 5th 2016, 18:30-20:30


【Place】 Room CR2, 4th floor, Building 18, Komba Campus, University of Tokyo






◆Dr.Nadia Loan 

(Instructor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Oregon)

“Handwriting the Quran: Inscribing Devotion in Contemporary Pakistan”

This paper examines inscriptional/writing practices among women participants of Quranic study in urban Pakistan. New religious educational programs designed to teach women the translation and interpretation of the Quran have become very popular in urban centers of Pakistan. In particular, reading comprehension is braced and performed by the act of inscribing the meaning of the Quran through one’s interpretive labor. This paper ethnographically explores how new pedagogies and knowledge practices related to religious learning are employed in these sites and mediate women’s relationship with the Quran.


◆Dr. Arafaat Valiani

 (Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon)


“Mohandas Gandhi and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS): Two Complex and Overlapping Social Movements in Colonial and Contemporary India”

Scholars of social movements and Indian nationalism juxtapose Mohandas Gandhi’s non-violent movement with the xenophobic Hindu nationalist movement that has organized ferocious episodes of ethnic cleansing against minority communities in contemporary India. Through a close reading of Gandhi’s writing on popular mobilization and resistance, and a detailed historical investigation of hitherto understudied Quit India Movement in 1942, I underscore the continuities and discontinuities between Gandhi’s satyagraha movement and the militant Hindu nationalist movement in the western Indian state of Gujarat in the colonial and postcolonial periods. In particular I describe the competing and complementary visions of both movements which emphasized the virtues of discipline, strategy and affective masculinity.


※Language: English

※Free admission. No need for reservation.

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6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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