Islamists and Spirit Exorcisms in Contemporary Morocco: A Critique of Anthropological Orthodoxy


Monday, October 30, 2017, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The CMES Director's Series presentsEmilio Spadola

Emilio Spadola
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tufts University; Associate Professor of Anthropology, Colgate University (on leave, 2017-18); President, Middle East Section, American Anthropological Association, 2016-2018

Professor Spadola's current research and writing addresses Muslim politics, with a specific interest in Morocco’s and other Muslim states’ incorporations of contemporary geopolitics of security with historical forms of Islamic authority and rule. This project, funded in part by the American Institute for Maghreb Studies, builds on his ethnographic and historical work on the circulation of new media forms and modern politics in urban Morocco, that is, on the technologization and mass mediation of Muslim ritual and authority. His 2014 book, The Calls of Islam: Sufis, Islamists, and Mass Mediation in Urban Morocco (Indiana), won Honorable Mention for both the 2014 Clifford Geertz Book Prize and the 2015 L. Carl Brown Book Prize in North African Studies.

Contact: Liz Flanagan