Center for Integrative Studies (CIS) Sponsored Events

AY 2021-2022

CSUCI Archiving the Local: Producing and Preserving Community Based Histories

This workshop and speaker series brings together experts in curating, preserving, and promoting public history and community archiving initiatives. By sharing their experience working with community partners to document and curate projects, the speakers will introduce students to the work, methodologies, and discussions that are part of the production and preservation of community-based histories. Digitizing library workshops will open each event. Participants who attend one workshop and three talks will receive a digital badge compatible with Linkedln and other online professional platforms.

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Organized by the Minor in Global Premodern Studies

Five Talks with faculty from anthropology, history and art history

Gender, sex and violent encounters among central california hunter-gathers

Presented by: Dr. Marin Pilloud, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Nevada Reno

Date: Monday, October 4
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Del Norte Hall 1555
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Slavery, Gender, and the Image in medieval islam

Presented by: Dr. Lamia Balafrej
Associate Professor, Arts of the Islamic World, University of California Los Angles
Images of female slaves abound in medieval Islamic art, whether in manuscript painting or on portable objects; they depict servants, musicians, dancers, or concubines. Free women, by contrast, were seldom represented, a discrepancy that has received little scholarly attention. Why this emphasis on the enslaved in medieval Islamic art, and what was unfree women's role in visual representation?

Date: Wednesday, November 17
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Broome Library 2325
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Dr. Lamia Balafrej specializes in the arts of the medieval and early modern Islamic world with particular interests in the intersection of labor, materiality, and representation, as well as the relation between aesthetics and ethics. Her first book, The Making of the Artist in Late Timurid Painting (2019), revealed how artists engaged with self-reflection and theories of authorship in Persian painting, using aspects of composition, facture, and representation to define artistic authority.

Her current book project, Animated Instruments, addresses the relation between body and instrument in medieval Islam. The book explores a range of issues: the presence and role of enslaved artists in courtly workshops; the theme of the artist as “corporeal instrument” in medieval sources; the connection between slavery and courtly art and aesthetics; and the conceptual linkage between slavery and technology. Her lecture connects to these interests

Title: Concubines & Merchants in the Late Medieval Mediterranean

Presented by: Michelle Armstrong-Partida, Emery
Date: April 21, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM 
Location: Zoom 


title: tbd

Presented by: Stella Nair, University of California Los Angeles
Date: May 2022
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

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