Society of Scholars

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The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress. 

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2024 - 2025 Society of Scholars

Oya Rose Aktaş
Doctoral Candidate
History
Danya Al-Saleh
Assistant Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
M. Aziz
Assistant Professor
American Ethnic Studies
Jennifer Baez
Assistant Professor
Art History / School of Art + Art History + Design
Jacob Beckert
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
Bianca Dang
Assistant Professor
History
Diana Flores Ruíz
Assistant Professor
Cinema & Media Studies
Ungsan Kim
Assistant Professor
Asian Languages and Culture
Josh Reid
Associate Professor
American Indian Studies
Kyle J. Trembley
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
JohnMorgan Baker
Doctoral Candidate
English
Andreas P. Bassett stands in front of a large shrubbery while wearing a dark jacket blue shirt and tie.
Doctoral Candidate
English
Anne Duncan
Doctoral Candidate
English
Kathleen Escarcha
Doctoral Candidate
English
medium close-up of Yandong. He is on the left of the frame in a black t-shirt looking at the camera. To the right is a light flare form the setting sun, while the background shows buildings and a park.
Doctoral Candidate
Cinema & Media Studies
Eric Villiers
Doctoral Candidate
School of Drama

2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars Fellow

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Ananya Sikand (she/her/hers)

Doctoral Candidate

Muslim Unbelonging: Conceptual and Performance Art in Post-Independence South Asia (1970-2020)

This project reframes histories of conceptual and performance art across South Asia and its diaspora in the wake of Partition. By re-centering their bodies as archives, the artists Rasheed Araeen, Nasreen Mohamedi, Rummana Hussain and Zarina Bhimji offer new configurations and alternative understandings of “Muslimness.” This theoretical and ethnographic approach considers how these artists inhabit a specific lived experience. It also examines how they express their subjectivity, pain and joys. By using archival evidence, ethnography and exhibition histories in Africa, England and South Asia, Sikand suggests “Muslimness” and Islamic art accommodate new improvisations within the bounds of solidarity and sociability.