Organized by the Center for Folklore Studies with generous support from the Division of the Arts and Humanities and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, with additional support from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Center for the Study of Religion; and the Middle East Studies Center.
Professor Margaret Mills, retiring in June 2012 from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, has made major contributions to the study of women in contemporary Afghanistan, the folklore of the Persian-speaking world and South Asia, women’s oral traditions, and traditional pedagogies. She has helped us to think about the rhetorical dimension of oral traditions; the gendering of religious experience; the partitioning of the traditional public sphere into gendered and performative situations; how literacies and pedagogies are mobilized to form political identities; how individual and collective expressive repertoires respond to war and displacement.
This conference assembles some of her former students and longterm colleagues to discuss new developments in these lines of research. Participants include:
Joyce Burkhalter-Flueckiger (Religon, Emory)
Cati Coe (Anthropology, Rutgers-Camden)
Yücel Demirer (Political Science, Kocaeli U, Turkey)
Ben Gatling (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, OSU)
Deborah Kapchan (Performance Studies, NYU)
Derya Keskin (Labor Economics, Kocaeli U, Turkey)
Frank Korom (Religion and Anthropology, Boston U)
Ulrich Marzolph (Enzyklopädie des Märchens, Göttingen)
Susan Niditch (Religious Studies, Amherst)
Ruth Olson (Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, UWMadison)
Arzu Öztürkmen (History, Boğaziçi U, Turkey)
Leela Prasad (Ethics and Religious Studies, Duke)
Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies, UC-Santa Barbara)
Susan Slyomovics (Anthropology and Near Eastern, UCLA)
Meltem Türkoz (Humanities and Social Sciences, Işık U, Turkey)
Susan Wadley (South Asian Studies, Syracuse)
Bill Westerman (American Folklife Center Green Fellow)
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