Events: Week of September 14, 2020
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THIS WEEK: Racism, Racialization, Anti-Blackness
Date: September 15, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM EST

Theodor Herzl: A Biography for Our Time

Webinar featuring Derek Penslar (Harvard) and Ronald Zweig (NYU)

Hosted by the
Taub Center for Israel Studies

This event is open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM EST
Zoom Link:

Swahili Mosques Between Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean

Stéphane Pradines, Aga Khan University, London

Silsila Fall 2020 Lecture Series, Islam in Africa: Material Histories

The lecture will present the archaeological works carried out by the author and his teams during the past twenty years in East Africa, on the sites of Gedi in Kenya, Kilwa, Songo Mnara, Sanje ya Kati and Kua in Tanzania and Dembeni in Mayotte (Comoros). Two important themes will be developed, first the diffusion of ideas, people and material cultures in the Indian Ocean; second the role of Islam in the building of maritime regional identities, international trading networks and urbanization of the Swahili coast.

Stéphane Pradines is an archaeologist and Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) in London. He was the director of the excavations of the Walls of Cairo and many other excavations in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros) and the Indian Ocean (Maldives, Pakistan). He is a specialist of Indian Ocean trade and material culture of war.

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Silsila: Center for Material Histories is an NYU center dedicated to material histories of the Islamicate world. Each semester we hold a thematic series of lectures and workshops, which are open to the public. Details of the Center can be found at:

Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM EST
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Upcoming Events:

Critical China Scholars Webinar

The Critical China Scholars present:

China’s Rural Capitalism: Land, Labor, and Environment

Crucial to understanding contemporary hostility between the Chinese and US states is China’s growing significance and positioning within global capitalism. While often viewed from abroad primarily in terms of an urban, export economy, China’s capitalism is uneven, varied, and full of tensions. Beginning a new series on “China’s Capitalism,” this webinar looks at the emergence, dynamics, and effects of capitalist agrarian change in China.


Alexander F. Day, Occidental College

Zhan Shaohua, Nanyang Technological University

Jia-Ching Chen, UC Santa Barbara

Julia Chuang, Boston College

Joshua Goldstein, University of Southern California

Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM EST
Register: Email; after registration you will receive a link

Global Asia

Global Asia Colloquium 

1. Nicola di Cosmo: “Environmental Aspects of the Mongol Conquest”
November 5th, 8AM EST/9PM CST = 9AM NY time
2. Jonathan Brack: “Religious Tolerance and Interreligious Encounter in the Mongol Empire.”
November 12th, TBD
3. Michal Biran: “The Mongol Imperial Space: From Universalism to Gocalization.”
December 3rd, TBD
4. Guy Burak: Post-Mongol Islam as historiographical issue (TBD)
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COMING UP: Mediating the News: Digital Platforms and Publics
Date: September 24, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM EST

News & Announcements:

New Book Announcement:

We are pleased to congratulate Dr. Julia Rose Kraut. who received her Ph.D. from the NYU Department of History in 2015 (advisor Thomas Bender) on the publication of her first book:

Threat of Dissent: A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2020).

New York Times Review:

Many congratulations, Dr. Kraut!

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