Department of Anthropology

Amira Mittermaier - Seminar Series 2010-2011

Mon, March 28, 2011 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

“Beyond Self-Cultivation: Egyptian Dreams and Subjectivities”

How do Egyptian dream-stories complicate the paradigm of self-cultivation which has in recent years become hegemonic in the anthropology of Islam? Drawing on narratives of visitational and prophetic dreams, Dr. Mittermaier suggests that "self-cultivation" works well to describe certain practices that are central to the Islamic piety movement, but it obscures other modes of religiosity that revolve around neither acting-against nor acting-within but that revolve around being-acted-upon. These other modes of religiosity are just as prominent in Egypt today and, as the talk aims to show, pose an even more radical challenge to the liberal autonomous self.

A light lunch will be served.

Part of the Department of Anthropology 2010-2011 Seminar Series. For further information, please contact Dr. Sofian Merabet at

Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

*The SAC, or Student Activity Center, is a new building on campus and may not be marked on your map. It is located at 2101 Speedway, adjacent to the Gregory Gym. SAC 5.118 is in the East Wing of the building on the fifth floor.

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