Professor Ismail Fajrie Alatas from the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department at NYU joins XE faculty and students to explore interdisciplinary methodologies and practices. Trained as both an anthropologist and historian, Professor Alatas' research interests include: religious authority, social formation, mobility, semiotics, and communicative practices. His recent book, What is Religious Authority: Cultivating Islamic Communities in Indonesia (Princeton UP, 2021), explores instantiations of Islam in relation to politics, space, religion, and authority. XE faculty Sonia Werner and XE students Daniel Alfonso and Umrat Khan will moderate a conversation with Professor Alatas on crossing disciplinary boundaries, the status of specialization in academia today, as well as the possible futures of interdisciplinary research.
The introductory chapter of What is Religious Authority: Cultivating Islamic Communities in Indonesia will be available for pre-circulation to those who RSVP.
Please use the following link to RSVP as an in-person attendee:
This event will be held in person at NYU at XE, 14 University Place, NY 10003. This event is only open to all NYU students.
Organized by XE students Daniel Alfonso and Umrat Khan