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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Winter 2014

HUM 597A

Society for Cinema & Media Studies Seattle: A Micro-seminar

1 credit, C/NC

Instructor: Jennifer Bean (Comparative Literature)

*Permission required: Add code only. Apply by October 12.

The annual convention of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) will be held in Seattle March 19-23, 2014. The conference is a stimulating intellectual experience, bringing together approximately 1,500 scholars from around the world.

The purpose of this micro-course is to spark discussion and deliberation on matters highlighted by the annual event—on the protocols of professional development; on the shape of doctoral education in cinema and media studies; on the diversity of methodologies, theories and objects of study in the field. Students will immerse themselves in the conference. Approximately 8-10 panels and workshops will run concurrently throughout each day. The awards ceremony and reception, which all class members are encouraged to attend, will take place on Friday evening.

Course Meetings and Requirements:

  • Friday, March 14, 3:00-5:00 pm, Communications 202. Pre-conference seminar session. Please note this is the last day of instruction for winter quarter.
  • Conference, March 19-23. Attend at least 4 panel sessions and 1 workshop at the conference. 2 required sessions will be announced when the preliminary program has been posted online in December 2013; other sessions should be selected according to your interests. 
  • Monday, March 24, 1:00-3:00 pm, Communications 202. Post-conference seminar session

Submit a 2-page response paper or journal-style entry by Tuesday, March 25, 12:00 pm.

*Eligibility and enrollment: Graduate students from all departments in the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to participate, with permission of the instructor. Email by October 12 with a short paragraph outlining your intellectual interests in the field of Cinema & Media Studies and where you are in your degree program. Students will be notified of their enrollment status by November 24.

Stipend and fees: Participants will receive a stipend of $100 to help defray the costs of attending SCMS. Through January 17, 2014, registration fees for graduate students are: $75 for SCMS members; $85 for nonmembers. Subsequently, registration is onsite only and significantly higher: $125.00 for students. Click here for more information.

HUM 597B

Islam and Forgiveness: Reflections on Justice and Conflict Resolution in Muslim Contexts

1 credit, C/NC

Instructor: Arzoo Osanloo (Law, Societies, & Justice)

Location: Communications 218D, unless otherwise listed

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, January 23, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 30, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday and Friday, February 6 and 7 - students are required to attend at least one panel session on each of the two days of the “Islam and Forgiveness” symposium or make alternative arrangements with the instructor ahead of time. Click here for symposium information.  
  • Thursday, February 13, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Time Schedule

Offered in conjunction with the “Islam and Forgiveness” symposium on February 6-7, 2014, this microseminar invites participants to examine the Islamic mandate of forgiveness in its everyday applications in comparative contexts. While scriptural texts compel Muslims to be merciful and compassionate in their actions towards others, little is known about the actual practices and effects of this mandate in their local contexts. Although mercy, as commonly understood in Western traditions, and forgiveness are not entirely interchangeable concepts, Islamic mercy encompasses forgiveness and often takes shape through it. Despite the religious obligations, portrayals of Islamic justice often showcase retribution. As such, one might ask: where is the compassion that guides Muslims? How does Islamic mercy manifest in the daily lives of Muslims, those living in Muslim-majority societies and not?

This microseminar examines the intersection of social organization, local practice, and state institutionalization to better understand forgiveness as a situated practice by exploring daily actions, religio-legal sanctions, and post-conflict reconciliation. Readings are multidisciplinary and include essays by Khaled Abou El Fadl, Bertram Turner, Yazid Ben Hounet, and other contributors whose work is central to the study of Islam, justice, and conflict resolution. Through readings and attendance at the symposium, students will focus on the growing scholarship on human rights, restorative justice, and reconciliation within Muslim-majority societies in two ways: by engaging with intellectual debates on questions of humanity and forgiveness and by considering the application of Islamic restorative justice practices in Muslim-majority societies.