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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Kamran Asdar Ali

Associate Professor Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Kamran Asdar Ali

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Biography

Kamran Asdar Ali is associate professor of anthropology, Middle East Studies and Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (UT Press, 2002). He is the co-editor of Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa (Palgrave 2008) and Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia, both with Martina Rieker, with whom he also coordinates the Shehr Network on Comparative Urban Landscapes. He has published several articles on issues of health and gender in Egypt and on Pakistani politics and popular culture. He previously taught at the University of Rochester (1995-2001) and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1998-99). His more recent work has been on ethnic, class and gender issues in Pakistan and is currently finishing a book length manuscript on the social history of the working class movement during Pakistan's early years.

Additional affiliations: South Asia Institute, Population Research Center, and Women and Gender Studies.

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ANS 391 • Culture, History, And Power

31740 • Fall 2012
Meets T 900am-1200pm SAC 5.118
(also listed as ANT 391, HIS 381, MES 384 )
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Culture, History and Power.  In a cross cultural and inter-disciplinary perspective, the course will critically engage with historiographical debates in on issues related to narrative, the history and politics of the archives, the politics of representation and the construction of facts. We will read works by Hayden White, E. P. Thompson, Reinhart Koselleck, Fernand Braudel, Marshall Sahlins, Carlo Ginzburg and Michel-Rolph Trouillot among others. Over the course of the semester we will also follow the debates in Subaltern Historians by scholars like Ranajit Guha, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Gyan Pandey and Partha Chatterjee. Regionally, the course will be broad. While most of the monographs will be on South Asia and the Middle East, there will be ample discussion of European, Latin American and African cases.

ANS 361 • Pashto Language And Culture I

31470 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 22
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Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 361 • City In S Asia/Mid East/Africa

30945 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 1100-1230pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as ANT 324L, ISL 372, MES 322K, URB 354 )
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The City in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Anthropology 324 L. Spring 2010

Tuesday and Thursday: 11 am - 12.15 pm

Kamran Asdar Ali.

Office: EPS 1.116

Phone: 471 7531

Email: asdar@mail.utexas.edu

 

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm -2 pm and by appointment.

The class will focus on how recent scholarship on cities has concentrated on the informal sector, rural-urban migration and peri-urban spaces. During the course of the semester the students will engage with material from the three regions of the world to address some of the following questions: Does the city represent a site of personal autonomy and political possibilities for women/men? At different moments public discourse in distinct societies has produced the city as both site of modern citizen-making and site of corruption/ pollution. How have different classes of people in distinct temporalities/spatialities negotiated these tensions? How do urban politics and policies reshape households and communities' relationship to the city? What political space is provided for subjects to resist or renegotiate state sponsored attempts to re-order the urban landscape?

Grading Policy and Requirements: The students will be required to regularly attend the class. I shall also expect students to have read the assigned material, as I shall run the class as a seminar rather than a lecture course. I shall intervene and explain where necessary, but the onus will be on the student(s) to lead and engage in discussions.. More than three absences without notice shall reflect on your final grade. There shall be no exams. Instead I shall expect one class presentation, two papers and a final group project. The paper and research topics will be discussed and elaborated upon during the course of the semester.

 

Grades Distribution:

Attendance and Participation:    15 points

Class presentation:                      10   points             

First paper:                                  25 points

Second paper:                             25 points

Group Project:                            25 points

 

Books Ordered at the CO-OP.

Alaa Al Aswany. The Yacoubian Building. Harper Press.

Christopher Davidson. Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success. Columbia University Press

Mike Davis: Planet of the Slums. Verso Press.

Naguib Mahfouz: Midaq Alley. Anchor Books

Laura Ring: Zenana. University of Indiana Press.

 

There is also a course pack available at Speedway (Dobie Mall) that has additional readings.

 

 

 

Week One: January 19 and 21

 

Introduction

Saskia Sassen: Whose City Is It? Globalization and the Formation of New Claims. In Course Pack.

Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker: Urban Margins. In Course Pack

 

Week Two:  January 26 and 28

Timothy Mitchell: An Appearance of Order. In Course Pack

Driss Maghraoui: Gendering Urban Colonial Casablanca. In Course Pack

Zeynep Celik: An Outline of Urban Structure. In Course Pack

 

Week Three: February 2 and 4

William Glover: Changing Houses. In Course Pack

Achille Mbembe: Aesthetics of Superfluity. In Course Pack

AbdouMaliq Simone: People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg. In Course Pack

 

Week Four: February 9 and 11

Derek Gregory:  Defiled Cities. In Course Pack

Danny Hoffman: The City as Barracks. In Course Pack

 

Week Five:  February 16 and 18

Thomas Blom Hansen: Race, Security and Spatial Anxieties in the Post Apartheid City. In Course Pack.

AbdouMaliq Simone: Remaking Urban Socialities. In Course Pack.

 

Week Six: February 23 and 25

Film: District Nine.

 

 

First Paper Due on February 25, 2010.

 

Week Seven: March 2 and 4

Mike Davis: Planet of the Slums.

 

Week Eight: March 9 and 11

Planet of Slums, Continued.

Mathew Gandy: Learning from Lagos

Rem Koolhass: Fragments of  a Lecture on Lagos.

 

Spring Break: March 15-20, 2010.

Start Reading Midaq Alley and Yacoubian Building.

 

 

Week Nine: March 23 and 25

Asef Bayat: Cairo Cosmopolitan. In Course Pack.

Naguib Mahfouz: Midhaq Alley

 

Week Ten:  March 30 and April 1.

Alla Al Aswany: Yacoubian Building

 

Second Paper Due April 6, 2010.

 

Week Eleven: April 6 and 8

Film: Q2P by Paromita Vohra

Paromita Vohra: No Man’s Land: A Visual Essay (to be distributed)

Thomas Blom Hansen: Sovereigns Beyond the State: On Legality and Authority in Urban India. In Course Pack.

 

Week Twelve: April 13 and 15

Arjun Appadurai:  Spectral Housing and Urban Cleansing: Notes on Millennial Mumbai. In Course Pack.

Laura Ring: Zenana

 

Week Thirteen: April 20 and 22

Zenana Continued.

Norma Moruzzi: Tied up in Tehran: A Metaphor

Ahmed Kanna and Arang Keshavarzian: The UAE’s Space Race

Christopher Davidson: Dubai.

 

Week Fourteen: April 27 and 29

Dubai Continued

Presentations.

 

Week Fifteen: May 4 and 6.

Presentations

 

Final Paper/Group Project Due on Thursday May 6th, 2010. Before 5 pm in my office.

 

 

 

 

ANS 391 • Cities And Citizenship

31105 • Spring 2010
Meets W 200pm-500pm EPS 1.128
(also listed as ANT 391, MES 381 )
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ANTHROPOLOGY 391.  Spring 2010

CITIES AND CITIZENSHIP

Wednesday 2-5 pm.

 

Kamran Asdar Ali

EPS 1-116           

471-7531

asdar@mail.utexas.edu

 

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2 pm or by appointment.

 

Requirements: I would expect you to come to class regularly and participate equally in the discussion. There would be presentations of the material and we will decide the modalities in class. Please come on time and attend all classes.

 

 1. Each student will hand in a paragraph on the readings for every session. These response papers will not be returned.  

 

 2.  A research paper on a topic of your choice due at the end of the semester. The paper should reflect your engagement with the texts and discussions in the class. We can discuss the exact topics during the course of the semester.

 

The following texts have been ordered at the COOP.

 

Javier Auyero: Poor People’s Politics. Duke University Press, 2000.

Ananya Roy: City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty. University of Minnesota Press, 2002.

Partha Chatterjee: The Politics of the Governed. Columbia University Press, 2004

Giorgio Agamben: State of Exception. University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Michael Taussig: Law in a Lawless Land. University of Chicago Press, 2005.

 

There is also a course-pack at Speedway Copies (Dobie Mall), this has most of the readings.

 

Week 1: Introduction and Overview.

January 20

 

Week 2: Cities and Citizenship

January 27

James Holston and Arjun Appadurai, “Cities and Citizenship” (Public Culture 8(2), 1996), 187-204.

Saskia Sassen, “Whose City is it? Globalization and the Formation of New Claims” (Public Culture 8(2), 1996), 205-223.

Jean and John Comaroff. Occult Economies and the Violence of Abstraction (AE 26(2), 1999), 279-303.

AbdouMaliq Simone, For the City Yet to Come. Chapters, Introduction, 2, 3, 6 and 7.

 

 

Week 3: The Historical Construction of Space and Spatiality

February 3

 

Frederick Jameson.  Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, 1-54

Frederick Jameson. Future City. New Left Review 21 May-June 2003.

David Harvey. The Urban Experience, chapter 9.

Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker: Urban Margins. Social Text, 2008.

Susan Buck-Morris, The Dialectics of Seeing, Chapter 8.

 

 

 

Week 4: The Postmodernist City

February 10

Nigel Thrift. But Malice Afterthought: Cities and the Natural History of Hatred

Nigel Thrift. Intensities of Feeling: Toward  a Spatial Politics of Affect

Achille Mbembe and Janet Roitman. Figures of the Subject in Times of Crisis. In the Geographies of Identities.

Arjun Appadurai. “Deep Democracy: Urban Governmentality and the Horizon of Politic”

(Public Culture 14(1), 2002), 21-47.

 

 

Week 5:

February 10

Film: The Blade Runner.

David Harvey. The Condition of Postmodernity, chapter 18.

Simon Cole. “Do Androids Pulverize Tiger Bones to Use as Aphrodisiacs”, (Social Text 42, Spring 1995), 173-193.

 

Week 6: The City Modern or Postmodern

February 17

D. Massey. “Flexible Sexism”. ((Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 9, 1991). 31-57.

Mike Davis. Planet of Slums. New Left Review 26 March-April 2004.

David Scott. Refashioning Futures. Chapter 8.

Mathew Gandi. Learning from Lagos New Left Review 33 May-June, 2005

Rem Koolhas. Fragments of a Lecture on Lagos. In Under Siege Four African Cities

 

 

Week 7: Citizenship Debates

February 24

Wendy Brown. States of Injury. Chapters 5.

Karl Marx. On the Jewish Question

Carole Pateman. The Disorder of Women, 71-89, 118-140, 179-209.

Uday Mehta. The Anxiety of Freedom, Chapters 3-4.

 

Week 8: Citizenship Debates Continued

March 3

Chantal Mouffe. The Return of the Political,  Chapters 2-4 and 9.

Charles Taylor. “Modern Social Imaginaries” (Public Culture 14(1), 2002) 91-124.

Partha Chaterjee.  “Community in the East” (Economic and Political Weekly, Feb. 7, 1998) 277-282.

Uday Mehta. Liberalism and Empire. Chapters 2-3.

John and Jean Comaroff. Criminal Justice. Cultural Justice (American Ethnologist 31(2), 2004), 188-204.

 

 

Week 9: The State of Exception

March 10

Giorgio Agamben. State of Exception.

Georgio Agamben. Mean Without End.

Foucault, Michel. Society Must be Defended. 238-263.

Achille Mbembe. Necropolitics (Public Culture 15(1), 2003) 11-40

 

 

SPRING BREAK

 

Week 10:  Remapping the City and Rethinking Citizens.

March 24

Humphrey Caroline. Rethinking Infrastructure. Siberian Cities and the Great Freeze of January 2001.

Thomas Blom Hansen. Race, Security and Urban Anxieties in the Post-Apartheid City. Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

AbdouMaliq Simone. Remaking Urban Socialities. Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Jean and John Comaroff. Criminal Obsessions After Foucault.

 

 

Week 11:

March 30

Partha Chatterjee. The Politics of the Governed.

 

 

Week 12:

April 7

Javier Auyero: Poor People’s Politics.

 

Week 13:

April 14

Ananya Roy. City Requiem. Calcutta.

 

Week 14:

April  21.

Michael Taussig: Law in a Lawless Land

 

 

Week 15: Review

April 29

 

Week 16.

May 5

Last Day of Class. Paper due on May 5th before 5 pm in my office.

Papers Due on May 4th before 5 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

ANS 391 • Culture, History, And Power

30660 • Spring 2009
Meets W 100pm-400pm EPS 1.130KA
(also listed as ANT 391, MES 381, WGS 393 )
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Study of various subjects with Asian studies-related content.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Some topics are offered on the letter-grade basis only; these are identified in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.


Research Interests

Research Interests

Gender, Health, Development, Labor History, Political Economy; Post-Colonialism;
Urban Social Histories, Popular Culture, Historiography, Memory, Liberalism, Middle
East; South Asia (Egypt, Pakistan).

Shehr Network on Comparative Urban Social Histories. Coordinated by
Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker (AUC)

Middle East Report

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

Books and Edited Volumes     
 
2009 Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia. Edited Volume, Martina Rieker and Kamran Asdar Ali Editors. Oxford University Press.

2008 Urban Margins: Envisioning the Contemporary Global South. Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker, Editors. Guest Edited Journal, Social Text, Volume 26, Number 95.  

2008 Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker Editors. Palgrave Press.

2002 Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves. University of Texas Press.       


Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals
 
2008 Introduction with Martina Rieker, Urban Visions of the Margins.  In Urban Margins: Envisioning the Contemporary Global South  Special edition of Social Text. Volume 26, number 95.

2005 Strength of the State meets the Strength of the Street: The 1972 labor struggle in Karachi.” International Journal of Middle East Studies. #37, 83-107. Reprinted with permission in Crisis and Beyond: Pakistan in the Twentieth Century. Naveeda Khan, Editor. Routledge India (2008).

2004 “Pulp Fictions: Reading Pakistani Domesticity.” Social Text #78. pp 123-145. Reprinted with permission inGendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker  Editors. Palgrave Press (2008)

2003 “Myths, Lies and Impotence: Structural Adjustment and Male Voice in Egypt.” Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East #23(1):321-334

2002 “Faulty Deployments: Persuading Women and Constructing Choice in Egypt.” Comparative Studies   in Society and History, 44(2):370-394. 



Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

2009. Men and their “Problems”: Notes on Contemporary Karachi. In Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia. Edited Volume, Martina Rieker and Kamran Asdar Ali eds. Oxford University Press.

2009. Introduction with Martina Rieker.  In Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia. Edited Volume, Martina Rieker and Kamran Asdar Ali Editors. Oxford University Press.

2008 Introduction with Martina Rieker, Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker Editors. Palgrave Press.


Other Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters

Forthcoming (2009). Structural Adjustment, Impotence and Family Planning: Men’s Voices in Egypt. In Markets and Malthus: Gender, Health and Population in Neoliberal Times (Sage Publications). Sarah Sexton and Mohan Rao Editors. 

2009  Foreword, Muhajirs and Nation: Bihar in the 1940s by Papiya Ghosh. Delhi: Routledge India

2008 The Fracturing of Pakistan (with Humiera Iqtidar). ISIM Review #21.

2007 Rounding Off our Space on Anthropologists and the Middle East. In Focus, Anthropology News, pp. 13-14. May 2007.

News and Recent Work:

Books and Articles

Books and Edited Volumes     

  2009 Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia. Edited Volume, Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker Editors. Oxford University Press.

 2008 Urban Margins: Envisioning the Contemporary Global South. Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker, Editors. Guest Edited Journal, Social Text, Volume 26, Number 95.   

2008 Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Martina Rieker and Kamran Asdar Ali Editors. Palgrave Press.

2002 Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves. University of Texas Press.       

2003  Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves, Middle East Edition, American University in Cairo Press.

 

Under Review. 

SURKH SALAM (Red Greetings): Communists in a Muslim Land. Book Length Manuscript under review at Indiana University Press.

 

 

Recent Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

Forthcoming Progressive, Punjab and Pakistan: The Early Years. In the Journal of South Asian History and Culture. Special Issue on State of Subversion: Radical Politics in 20th Century Punjab. Issue Editors, Shalini Sharma and Virinder Kalra

2012 Women, Work and Public Spaces: Conflict and Co-Existence in Karachi’s Poor Neighborhoods. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.  36/3. 585-605.

2011 Progressives and “Perverts”: Partition Stories and Pakistan’s Future. Social Text .  Fall, #108.

 2011 Communists in a Muslim Land: Cultural Debates in Pakistan’s Early Years. Modern Asian Studies.  45/3. 501-534.

 2010: Voicing Difference: Gender and Civic Engagement among Karachi’s Poor. In Wenner Gren Symposium Series, Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas. Current Anthropology Volume 51, Supplement 2 (October): S313-S320.

2008 Introduction with Martina Rieker, Urban Visions of the Margins.  In Urban Margins: Envisioning the Contemporary Global South, Special edition of Social Text. Volume 26, number 95. 

 2005 Strength of the State meets the Strength of the Street: The 1972 labor struggle in Karachi.” International Journal of Middle East Studies. #37, 83-107. Reprinted with permission in Beyond Crisis: Pakistan in the Twentieth Century. Naveeda Khan, Editor. Routledge India (2010).

2004 “Pulp Fictions: Reading Pakistani Domesticity.” Social Text #78. pp 123-145. Reprinted with permission in Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker  Editors. Palgrave Press (2008)

 

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