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Circuits and Networks: Muslim Interactions in the First Age of Globalization

Day 1 of a two-day conference examining the role of transnational Islam and new technologies on the circulation of ideas in the globalized world order.

Thursday, February 25, 2010
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Kerckhoff Grand Salon
Los Angeles, CA 90095

In recent years, academics and policy-makers have focused much attention on the phenomenon of transnational Islam, particularly the role of new technologies and media on the circulation of ideas in the globalized world order. It is easy to forget that this is hardly the first age of globalization, nor is it the first age in which new technologies and media have facilitated the circulation of ideas. This conference will bring together scholars whose work focuses not only on Islam in one or another region, but on the impact of telegraphy and steamships, print and the emergence of a modern public sphere, new conceptions and constructions of global and urban space, and shifting patterns and unprecedented levels of trade, travel, and migration of Islam and Islamic communities worldwide during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

10:00 Opening/Coffee

10:15 Introduction
James Gelvin, UCLA

10:30 Panel 1: Centre & Periphery
Chair: Michael Laffan, Princeton University
• Eric Tagliacozzo, Cornell University
“Hajj in the Time of Cholera: Pilgrim Ships and Contagion from Southeast Asia to the Red Sea”
• Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, New York University
“Filastin fi al-Ssin”: The Islamic World in China and Vice Versa

12:00 Lunch Break

1:30 Panel 2: Reproduction & Reception
Chair: Amal Ghazal, Dalhousie University
• Michael Laffan, Princeton University
A Sufi Century in Southeast Asia?
• Ann Lucas, UCLA
Concerts for Iran, Recordings for the World: The Impact of Modern Institutions and Technology on Music from the Qajar Court, c. 1880-1914

3:00 Coffee Break

3:30 Panel 3: Commodities & Linkages
Chair: Jens Hanssen, University of Toronto at Mississauga
• Robert Crews, Stanford University
The Global Arms Trade and the Politics of Disorder
• Mathew Hopper, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
The Globalization of Dried Fruit: Transformations in the Eastern Arabian Economy, 1860s-1920s

5:00 End – Day 1

Cost : Free and open to the public.

Amy Bruinooge, Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1455
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