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Kamran Asdar Ali

Associate Professor Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Kamran Asdar Ali

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HIS 381 • Culture, History, And Power

39640 • Fall 2012
Meets T 900am-1200pm SAC 5.118
(also listed as ANS 391, ANT 391, 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.

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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