Debating Materiality of Words and Things in Iran: Namaz, Du’a and the Sincere Subject


Monday, February 23, 2015, 4:15pm to 6:00pm


Tozzer Anthropology Building 203

Harvard Social Anthropology Program Seminar Series and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies present

Niloofar Haeri
Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Professor Haeri is turning her work back to sincerity.  For her, it involves thinking more about interiority, its historicization, how one can be more systematic about studying it, etc. and also to the question of what is exactly the move being made in reading “modern subjectivity” off of semiotic ideology (as in the case of Webb Keane’s work).

Professor Haeri's research interests include Islam, gender and linguistics/semiotics. Her principal book Sacred Language, Ordinary People: Dilemmas of Culture and Politics in Egypt was published in 2003, and her current research project is on questions of prayer and subjectivity.

ContactKaren Hendrickson-Santospago
SponsorsHarvard Social Anthropology Program Seminar Series and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies