SLAVERY AND SEXUAL LABOR IN THE MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
October 19, 2018 to October 20, 2018
Location: 
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Anthropology, Middle East History / Studies

The 4th annual Iranian Studies Initiative conference

 

SLAVERY AND SEXUAL LABOR IN THE MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA OCTOBER 19-20, 2018

 

FRIDAY October 19, 2018

Location: Mosher Alumni House, UCSB

Room: Alumni Hall

8:45-9:00 • COFFEE & TEA

9:00-9:15 • INTRODUCTIONS

 

Eric Massie (Conference Organizer, UCSB) Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar (Director, Middle East Studies Program, Santa Barbara City College) Janet Afary (Director, Iranian Studies Initiative, UCSB)

 

9:15-9:30

 

Welcome by Dean John Majewski (Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, UCSB)

 

9:30-10:45 • PANEL I

 

INTIMATES AND FAMILIARS: MARRIAGE,

SLAVES, AND FAMILY

 

CHAIR

Behnaz Mirzai (Department of History, Brock University, Canada) Eric Massie (UCSB) The Bonds that Bind: Slavery and Familial Relations in the Persian Gulf, 19th and 20th Centuries.

 

Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar (Santa Barbara City College) Temporary and Permanent Marriages at the Court of Fath Ali Shah Qajar

 

 

Anthony A. Lee (UCLA)

Ziba Khanum of Yazd: An Enslaved African Woman in Nineteenth-Century Iran

 

Ladan Rahbari (University of Ghent, Belgium) All the King’s Slaves: Vulnerability and Sexual Captivity during the Safavid Period

 

10:45-11:00 • COFFEE AND TEA BREAK

 

PANEL 2

MANUMISSION AND MURDER: THE LEGAL

BOUNDARIES OF SLAVERY

 

CHAIR

Ahmad Atif Ahmad (Department of Religious Studies, UCSB)

 

Özgül Özdemir (Stanford University)

Murder in the Palace: The Trial of a Sudanese Eunuch and the Position of Enslaved Africans in the Ottoman Palace

 

Ismail Warscheid (National Center for Scientific Research, France) Saharan Qadis and their Protégés: Women, Orphans, Slaves in the Islamic Courts of Tuwat, Southern Algeria

(1750-1850)

 

11:45-12:30 • PANEL 3

 

PROSTITUTION AND EROTIC PERFORMANCE

IN THE LATE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

 

CHAIR

Juan Campo (Department of Religious Studies, UCSB)

 

Orlin Sabev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) Imperial Power and Non-Manageable Lust:

Prostitution in Late Ottoman Society

 

Erik Blackthorne-O’Barr (Columbia University) Between the Street and the Stage: Erotic and Sexual Performance in Late Ottoman Istanbul

 

12:30-2:00 • LUNCH

2:00-2:30 • KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

CHAIR

Janet Afary (Director, Iranian Studies Initiative, UCSB)

 

SPEAKER

 

Joanna de Groot (Department of History, University of York)

 

’Servitude’?, ‘Slavery’?, ‘Sexual Labor’?: Reflections on the Uses and Usefulness of these Terms for the Study of Iran and the Middle East

 

 

2:30-3:30 • PANEL 4

 

FRAMING SLAVERY AND PROSTITUTION IN

PHOTOGRAPHY, LITERATURE, AND FILM IN

QAJAR IRAN AND ZANZIBAR

 

CHAIR

Anthony A. Lee (Department of History, UCLA)

 

Pedram Khosronejad (Oklahoma State University) Photographs as Objects of Sexual Desire in Iran (1860s -1970s)

 

Staci Gem Scheiwiller (California State University, Stanislaus) Photography and Prostitution in Qajar Iran (1785-

1925)

 

Emily O’Dell (Yale University)

Memories of Slavery in Zanzibar Rendered in Literature, Testimonials, and Film

3:30-3:45 • COFFEE AND TEA BREAK

 

3:45-4:45 • PANEL 5

SEX TRAFFIC AND UNFREE LABOR IN THE

CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EAST (1)

 

CHAIR

Eileen Boris (Department of Feminist Studies, UCSB)

 

Kathryn Hain (Independent Scholar)

The longue durée of Sex Slavery in the Muslim Mediterranean Sawsan Karimi (University of Bahrain) Slavery and Colonialism: An Anthropological Review

 

Sriyani Tidball (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) Slavery of Sri Lankan Housemaids in the Middle East

 

4:45-5:00 • COFFEE AND TEA BREAK

 

5:00-6:00 • PANEL 6

SEX TRAFFIC AND UNFREE LABOR IN THE

CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EAST (2)

 

CHAIR

Chair Alison Brysk (Department of Global Studies)

 

Kevin Dupont (The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts

University)

A Life of Glitz and Horror: An Examination of Female Trafficking into the GCC States and the Levant

 

Martin Jorgensen (Aalborg University, Denmark) A Few Bad Apples? UN Peacekeepers, Prostitution and Sexual Abuse in the Gaza Strip, Cairo and Beirut

 

Muhammad Ala Uddin (University of Chittagong, Bangladesh) Slavery, Sex, and Remittance: Exploring the Plight of the Bangladeshi Women Migrants in the Middle East SATURDAY October 20, 2018

 

Photo Exhibition

Unveiling the Veiled: Royal Consorts,

Slaves and Prostitutes in Qajar Photographs Curated by: Dr. Pedram Khosronejad,

Location: Mosher Alumni House, UCSB

Room: Alumni Hall

9:30-10:30 •COFFEE & TEA

 

CHAIR

Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar (Santa Barbara City College)

 

PRESENTERS

Pedram Khosronejad (Oklahoma State University) Houman M. Sarshar (Founder/Director of Kimia Foundation)

 

10:30-12:00 • ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

ON THE EXHIBITION

 

CHAIR

Janet Afary (Director, Iranian Studies Initiative, UCSB)

 

SPEAKERS

Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar, Pedram Khosronejad, Houman M. Sarshar, Staci Gem Scheiwiller, Behnaz Mirzai, Anthony A. Lee, Joanna De Groot

 

12:30 PM • CLOSING REMARKS: JANET

AFARY