This roundtable will focus on new ways of approaching microhistory and family history. The panelists include Mostafa Minawi, Leyla Amzi-Erdoğdular and Madina Thiam. Aslı Iğsız will serve as the discussant. The roundtable will be followed by a 30-minutes Q&A session.
Roundtable: Family/Intimate Histories
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Mostafa Minawi is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of Critical Ottoman & Post-Ottoman Studies at Cornell University. Minawi researches different forms of imperialism in the Middle East and Northeast Africa at the turn of the 20th century. He also investigates how global events and the internal crisis in the empire were refracted through the lived experience of Arab-Ottoman imperialists and their families, living in Istanbul through the turbulent political and social changes leading up to WWI and the breakup of the empire. Minawi is the author of The Ottoman Scramble for Africa: Empire and Diplomacy in the Sahara and the Hijaz (Stanford, CA. Stanford University Press, 2016) and Osmanlılar ve Afrika Talanı:Sahra'dan Hicaz'a İmparatorluk ve Diplomasi (Istanbul: Koc University Press, 2018).
Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Rutgers University Newark where she teaches Middle East and Islamic Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the history of the Ottoman Empire and Southeastern Europe with a focus on migrations, Muslim modernities, empires and their legacies. Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular’s forthcoming book titled, Afterlife of Empire, explores Ottoman continuities in Habsburg Bosnia Herzegovina and the imperial imprint on modern institutions, citizenship, and allegiance. She founded the Rutgers University Newark Middle East Music Orchestra.
Madina Thiam is an Assistant Professor at New York University. She received her PhD from University of California Los Angeles in 2022. Her research and teaching explore the circulations of people and ideas in and out of West Africa; social histories of Islam in Mali and the Sahel; Malian women’s histories; anti-colonial movements; and pan-Africanism. She is the author of several articles such as The History of Mali: Connectivity and State Formation since the 18th Century (with Gregory Mann) in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History (ed. Thomas Spear) and Women in Mali in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African Women's History (ed. Dorothy Hodgson).
Aslı Iğsız is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Her research interests include political violence, eugenics, humanism, spatial segregation and forced migration, and cultural policy. Her first book Humanism in Ruins: Entangled Legacies of the Greek-Turkish Population Exchange (Stanford University Press) was published in 2018. Humanism in Ruins sought to offer a critique of liberalism from the angle of the management of difference, and explored the underlying racialized logics of population transfers, partitions, segregation, apartheid, and border walls. Currently she is working on a new project on the notion of civilizationism in the contemporary world context. Iğsız was a member at the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ in 2021-2022, and is currently working on this monograph.
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