Monday 03/26/2018
5:00 – 7:00 PM
FHI Conference Room C107
Light Reception to Follow
In this workshop, we will be discussing the work of Darius Rejali (“Torture and Democracy”) as well as some of the testimony culled from the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT). Professor Talebi, herself a former detainee under two separate regimes in Iran, will be discussing some of her writings, and her student, Diana Coleman, will discuss her work on Guantanamo.

Shahla Talebi is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Talebi’s research interests include questions of self sacrifice and martyrdom, violence, memory, trauma, death, burial, funerary rituals, commemoration and memorialization or their banning, religion, revolution, and nation-state in contemporary Iran. She currently holds a fellowship at the National Humanities Center.

Diana Murtaugh Coleman is a Doctoral Candidate in Religious Studies (Islam in Global Context) at Arizona State University. Her interests, the intersections of religion, militarism, violence, torture, race, and carceral practices, come together in her research on ‘how’ Guantánamo means within the context of U.S. Empire.



Date: January 25, 2018

Time: 10:00 A.M.–4:30 P.M.

Location: FHI Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4 Smith Warehouse

This symposium is for faculty and students who are interested in scholarly communication in the Global South and the challenges of interlingual scholarly exchange and translation generally. It is also for anyone who is working on a translation that they would like to publish.


Militarization,Statelessness, and Refugees in the Global South

The Global South After 2010: Epistemologies of Militarization is hosting its final workshop of the semester on December 5th from 6-8pm in the FHI Conference Room (Room c107, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse). This workshop is organized around the theme of “Militarization, Statelessness, and Refugees in the Global South.” our guests will be Professor Ranjana Khanna (English, the Program in Literature, and GSFS) and Professor Robin Kirk (Co-Chair of the Human Rights Center, Cultural Anthropology). 

Discussion questions:
– Are we facing a trend of rising statelessness (in/voluntary)? If so, what does that mean for the Global South? Does this mean that the Global South is always escaping the strictures of the Global North?

– How and where do we see this happening in the Global North?

– Does anyone succeed in “regulating” these spaces?

– What are the ways militaries have interacted with stateless populations and refugees? Which of these are valid? What roles have they not yet played that they should? What roles should they relinquish?

– What does it mean for the Global North to grant you access as a refugee? 

– Who bears responsibility for refugees? What forms of contract do & do not protect the stateless?

… Up Next …

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19th from 6-8pm in the FHI Conference Room (Smith Warehouse, Bay 4). We will be joined by the University of Virginia’s Professor Camilla Fojas to discuss drone surveillance on US borders. The readings have been posted under the “Readings” tab.

On October 20th and 21st, Duke University Divinity School will be hosting a Conference Against the Use of Drones (


“The Global South After 2010: Epistemologies of Militarization” is a yearlong working group involving graduate students and professors from various disciplines. The aim of this working group is to explore the representation, ethics and politics of transnational violence in the Global South through the framework of militarization. It is sponsored by the Vice Provost’s Office for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Department of Asian and MiddleEastern Studies, and the Program in Literature.