Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

    • 12:00 pm
    • 306 Coble Hall, 801 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL 61820

    Taher highlights the place construction of first-generation immigrant Bangladeshi women living in New York, mainly by examining their dwellings and a network of locations within their residential environments and analyzes research participants’ physical and sensory ways of reconstructing spatial memories and their bodily experiences of transnational displacement.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

    • 12:00 pm
    • 108 Coble Hall, 801 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL 61820

    The paper discusses the impact of Syrian refugees on the Jordanian economy and infrastructure, as well as the challenges and opportunities for their integration. It argues that the Syrian presence has both positive and negative effects on various sectors, such as public services, housing, trade, and the labor market. It highlights the role of donor funding..........

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    • 12:00 pm
    • 108 Coble Hall

    This talk revisits the Bhopal gas explosion of 1984 to consider the plural ways in which the Indian state has been imagined in its wake and to offer an example of what my larger book project, Reading Better States, calls a utopian method of reading. Bhopal has been dubbed the world’s worst industrial disaster and it is also a notorious example of environmental, corporate,