Upcoming Research Workshops – Marriage, Family, Religion, and Culture in the Multiethnic Empires of Ancient Iran

Upcoming Research Workshops – Marriage, Family, Religion, and Culture in the Multiethnic Empires of Ancient Iran

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2016 & SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2016

RESEARCH WORKSHOPS

Marriage, Family, Religion, and Culture in the Multiethnic Empires of Ancient Iran

(Part of Research Hub on Religion, Culture, Identity, and the State)

Co-sponsored by the Iranian Studies Initiative, the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Funds at UCSB, and the Gramian-Emrani Foundation

WORKSHOP VENUE:

State Stree Room – University Center

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2016

PANEL 1: THE ACHAEMENID PERIOD (10:00-12:30)

Chair: Janet Afary, UCSB

1. John W.I. Lee, UCSB

Achaemenid Mixed Marriages and Other Relationships: Perspectives from the Western Frontiers

2. Jenny Rose, Claremont Graduate University

“For the increase of the house:” Ancient Iranian Marriage and the Family in the Achaemenid period

3. Tamara Eskenazi, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Jacob L. Wright, Emory University

The Bible and Jewish Marriage in the Achaemenid Period

4. Caroline Waerzeggers, University of Leiden

Why did Babylonian elite marriage lose its exclusivity under Persian imperial rule?

LUNCH 12:30-2:00

PANEL 2: THE SASANIAN PERIOD (2:00-4:30)

Chair: Haleh Emrani, UC Irvine

1. Touraj Daryaee, UC Irvine

Queens, Mothers and Wives: The Noble Ladies of the Early Sasanian Empire

2. Haleh Emrani, UC Irvine

“Who would be mine for the day!” Temporary Marriage and its Possible Legal and Cultural Roots

3. Dvora Weisberg, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Jewish Marriages in the Sasanian Period: Views from Rabbinic Sources

 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2016

Panel 1.  Arabia, Central Asia and the Nation-State Identity (10:00-12:30)

Adrienne Edgar, Dept of History, UCSB – Chair and Discussant

1. Zamira Yusufjonova, Dept of History, UCSB

The beneficiaries of Soviet state feminism: Tajik women professionals and their short-lived influence: 1953-1982

2. Cynthia Kaplan, Dept of Political Science, UCSB

Tatar and Kazakh Identity: Nation and State Status and Its Effects on Subjective Group Identification (with A. Zabirova, R. Musina, G. Makarova, G. Gabdrakhmanova)

3. Margarita Safronova, Dept of Political Science, UCSB

Does the new Post-Soviet generation have a new Post-Soviet culture? Cultural choices and political attitudes of university students in Kazakhstan

4. Juan Campo, Dept of Religious Studies, UCSB

Hajj Rituals and Gender: The Biopolitics of Wahhabism

LUNCH 12:30-2:00

Panel 2. Democracy and the Religious Right: Turkey and Iran (2:00-4:00)

Sherene Seikaly, Dept of History, UCSB – Chair and Discussant

1. Nesrin Unlu, Dept of Religious Studies, UCSB

Conservative Democracy and Its Reception by Religious Groups in Turkey

2. Onur Kapdan, Dept of Sociology, UCSB

The Old Lingers On: The Reproduction of Unitary Hegemonic Citizenship in Turkey under the Justice and Development Party

3. Navid Yousefian, Dept of Political Science, UCSB

A Meeting in Iran: Islamic Reformation and Postcolonial Critique