Experts and Issues
ASSOCIATED FACULTY: ISSUES AND EXPERTS
Research Keywords : Aging, Social Gerontology Anthropology, Critical Anthropology British Columbia, Canada Disability Elderly Gender Issues, Feminist Anthropology Immigration Mental Health Women, Muslim women Migration, Mobility
Andre Gerolymatos, Professor
Office Phone: 778-782-5597
Research Keywords: Ancient Greek History, Ancient Roman History, Diplomatic History, Greece International Relations, Modern History, Political History, Social History
Derryl Maclean, Associate Professor
Office Phone: 778-782-4437
Reseach Keywords: Central Asia,History of religion, India, Iran, Islamic Studies, India Social History
Laura Marks, Associate Professor, Dena Wosk University Professor
Department: Contemporary Arts
Phone Number: 7787823234
I am a scholar, theorist, and curator of experimental and independent media artworks: film, video, and digital media. I am interested in the movement of art, meanings, and people between cultures. My philosophical approach favors the thought of Gilles Deleuze.
Islamic genealogy of new media art My current major project is the book Enfoldment and Infinity: An islamic Genealogy of New Media Art. This research was inspired by formal commonalities between classical Islamic art and contemporary digital art. I show how historically Islamic aesthetics informed European modernism. I suggest ways that Islamic philosophy, which informs the creation of Islamic art, can also enrich the understanding of contemporary art.
Arab Cinema: I am also writing on cinema in the Arab world, and curating programs of Arab experimental and documentary film and video. For this research I travel often to the great city of Beirut, a center of innovation in media arts in the Arab world.
Aesthetics I developed “Experience : Information : Image,” a triadic, enfoldingunfolding model of aesthetics in the new media age. http://vectors.iml.annenberg.edu
The Senses Finally, I continue to be interested in the immediate senses of smell, touch, and taste, as mediums of beauty and knowledge.
Research Keywords: Islamic philosophy experimental cinema video art intercultural senses
Tamir Moustafa, Associate Professor
Other: Best reached by email
Research Keywords: Egypt, Politics of the Middle East
Amyn Sajoo, Scholar-in-Residence
Departments: History, Humanities, Political Science
Reseach Keywords: Human Rights, Civil Society, Public Ethics, Islamic Studies, International Relations
Paul Sedra, Associate Professor
The principal focus of my research is the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East. Most recently, I have examined the connections between education and the rise of the modern state in nineteenthcentury Egypt. To this end, my work has chronicled moments of contestation as to both the methods and the purposes of education — contestation between Anglican and Presbyterian missionaries, Ottoman and Egyptian officials, Coptic priests and Muslim reformers.
In a different vein, given a longstanding interest in the popular culture of the Nasser era, I am undertaking both teaching and research in the history of Egyptian cinema — specifically, the film culture of the 1950s and 1960s. I am particularly interested in exploring the images of village poverty, colonial violence, family discord, and the subjugation of women that pervade such films.
My current research considers the possible links between these images and such state priorities as eradicating ‘backwardness’ and ‘superstition,’ pacifying the ‘social body,’ and consolidating ‘modern’ forms of subjectivity— among them, the companionate spouse, the productive worker, and the patriotic citizen.
Associations: Middle East Studies Association
Paul Sedra is Assistant Professor of History at Simon Fraser University. He has taught at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, and received his doctorate from New York University in January 2006. His doctoral dissertation examined how ideas about monitorial schooling were developed in eighteenth and nineteenthcentury England, how monitorial methods filtered into Egypt in the midnineteenth century and, most importantly, how such methods were appropriated and shaped by Egyptians. Sedra has published articles in Islam and ChristianMuslim Relations, Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, the Journal of Religious History, as well as the Middle East working paper series of Yale and Columbia Universities.
Research Keywords: Middle East, Arab world, Islam, Egypt, Arab Christian-Muslim Relations, Arab cinema history, history of education, history of religion, Coptic church