Islam Asia Modernity Conference

May 5-8, 2005

Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall - University of Washington campus

8:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School at the University of Washington

Speaker Biographies

Panel Presenters:

Ulil Abshar-Abdalla founded and serves as Director of the Liberal Islam Network (JIL), and is one of the most prominent Muslim intellectuals in Indonesia today. Ulil Abashar-Abdalla graduated from the Faculty of Islamic Law, Muhammad bin Saud University, Indonesia. Born in Central Java, he spent 15 years in Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) in his hometown of Pati. He is concurrently occupying several positions in his professional capacity. These include, Head of the Liberal Islam Network, Project Director of Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace (ICRP) and Head of Research and Human Resource Development Institute of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation with a following of about 40 million. He is a regular contributor to several dailies and magazines in Indonesia, including Indonesia's foremost daily Tempo Magazine. He has also published a book, The Private and The Public in Indonesian Islamic Discourse (1998).

Imtiaz Ahmed is Professor and Chair of the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a regular speaker and consultant at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi and the founding editor of the scholarly journal “Theoretical Perspectives”. His publications include Srilanka Today: Governmentality In Crisis (1993) and the edited volumes Bangladesh and SAARC: Issues, Perspectives, and Outlook (with Ifthekaruzzaman, 1992) and Bangladesh Foreign Policy in the New Millennium (forthcoming 2004). His recent articles include South Asia Without SAARC” (2002), “Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations and the Stateless Rohingyas” (2001), and “State and Statelessness in South Asia” (2003).

Gardner Bovingdon is Assistant Professor of Central Eurasian Studies at the University of Indiana and has taught at taught at Cornell, Yale, and Washington University. He received his Ph.D. (2002) in Government from Cornell University. His research interests are politics in contemporary Xinjiang; history of modern Xinjiang; historiography in China; and nationalism and ethnic conflict state. His dissertation, based on nearly two years of field research, was titled Strangers in Their Own Land: The Politics of Identity in Chinese Central Asia. He is currently working on a book manuscript on politics in modern Xinjiang. His publications include “CCP Policies and Popular Responses in Xinjiang, 1949 to the Present,” Contested Histories" (forthcoming), “The Not-So-Silent Majority: Uyghur Resistance to Han Rule in Xinjiang” (2002) and “The History of the History of Xinjiang” (2001).

Partha Chatterjee is Professor of PoliticalScience at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, U.S.A. Works such as Nationalist Thought and the Colonial WorldThe Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories (1995) have been widely influential in the fields of political science, anthropology, and history and contributed to the development of post-colonial studies. His edited volumes include Subaltern Studies XI: Community, Gender and Violence (with Pradeep Jeganathan, 2000), The Wages of Freedom: Fifty Years of the Indian Nation-state (1998), State and Politics in India (1997), Texts of Power: Emerging Disciplines in Colonial Bengal (1995), and Subaltern Studies VII (Gyanendra Pandey, 1992). His most recent books include A Princely Impostor? The Strange and Universal History of the Kumar of Bhawal (2002) and The Politics of the Governed: Considerations on Political Society in Most of the World (2004). (1986) and

Elmira Köchümkulkizi is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington. Her dissertation title is Reforming Kyrgyz Islam: Banning or Maintaining Traditional Kyrgyz Nomadic Customs? She is originally from Kyrgyzstan and she sings Kyrgyz traditional songs accompanying herself with the komuz, three-stringed instrument of the Kyrgyz and also recites from the Kyrgyz national epic Manas. Her specialization is nomadic cultures and traditions of Central Asia. She received her MA and BA from the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization at the University of Washington as well, focusing on Turkic Oral Epic Tradition, Languages and Literature.

Dru C. Gladney, Professor of Asian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle, has been a Fulbright Research Scholar twice to China and Turkey, and has conducted long-term field research in Western China, Central Asia, and Turkey. Dr. Gladney has authored over 50 academic articles and chapters, as well as the following books: Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic (Harvard University Press, 2nd edition 1996); Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality (Wadsworth, 1998); and Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the U.S. (Editor, Stanford University Press, 1998). A consultant to the Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Bank, the Getty Museum, SAIC, National Academy of Sciences, the European Center for Conflict Prevention, UNHCR, and UNESCO, Prof. Gladney's research has been regularly featured on CNN, BBC, VOA, National Public Radio, al-Jazeerah, and in Newsweek, Time, Washington Post, Honolulu Advertiser, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. Dr. Gladney has served as a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, Academic Dean of the Asia-Pacific Center, a Kukin Scholar at Harvard University, a Senior Scholar at the Max Planck Institute, a MacArthur Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge University. His most recent book is: Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004). Further information and on-line publications can be found at:

Huma Haq is an anthropologist trained at the University of Washington (PhD 1995). She is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and she maintains an active career in public and applied scholarship and recently served as a consultant on the Customary Law Project in the Northern Areas of Pakistan and Co-Director of the Violence Against Women Project of the Applied Socio-economic Research Council. Her recent publications include Customary law regarding use, management and preservation of Natural Resources: A Case Study of Northern AreasFeminist Islam and Sexist Muslims: A Case Study of Rural Punjab Pakistan” (2000), and “Militarization, Popular Cultural Discourse and State Policy-- A War of Positions Against Women’s Body” (2001).

Ali F. Igmen is a historian of 19th and 20th Century Central Asia, specifically Kyrgyzstan, the Soviet Union and Middle East. He earned his Ph.D. in 2004 from the Department of History at the University of Washington. His dissertation is entitled “Building Soviet Central Asia, 1920-1939: Kyrgyz Houses of Culture and Self-Fashioning Kyrgyzness.” He was born in Turkey. In 1983, he received a Master of Public and International Affairs degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1993, he also received a Master of Arts degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington. Since 1995, he has taught numerous history courses at the University of Osh and National State University of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek, and at the University of Washington in Seattle. His course titles include “Stalinism in Central Asia,” “American and European Dissidents in the Soviet Union,” “Central Asia Through Western Eyes” and “Modern Middle East Since 1789.” In pursuit of his research, he has received numerous awards from various institutions, including Fulbright-Hays, Social Science Research Council, Foreign Language and Area Studies and United States Information Agency. He has studied Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Uzbek, Tajik and Russian languages. Since 1993, he has presented papers in ten scholarly conferences such as Middle East Studies and Central Eurasian Studies Conference. Currently, he is an Century Central Asia, specifically Kyrgyzstan, Soviet Union and Middle East. He earned his Ph.D. in 2004 from the Department of History at the University of Washington. His dissertation is entitled “Building Soviet Central Asia, 1920-1939: Kyrgyz Houses of Culture and Self-Fashioning Kyrgyzness.” He was born in Turkey. editor-at-large of the Central Eurasian Studies Review.

Maria Jaschok is Director of the International Gender Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House (Dept of International Development), and seniorUniversity of Oxford. Her research interests are in the areas of religion, gender and agency; gendered constructions of memory; feminist ethnographic practice; marginality and identity in contemporary China. She is involved in on-going collaborative research projects in central China, addressing issues of religious and secular identity, and the implications of growing female membership of religions for local citizenship and civil society. Her recent indicative publications include ‘Gender, Religion and Little Traditions: Henanese Women Singing Minguo’ in Women in China: The Republican Period in Historical Perspective; ‘Kua jie yan shuo- shuxie chenmode lishi’ (Speaking across boundaries – writing muted history) in Bolan Qunshu; ‘Violation and Resistance: Women, Religion and Chinese Statehood’ in Violence Against Women; ‘Sources and methods for research on women and Islamic cultures in China, 1700-1900’ in Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures. Volume I; "Ba Nü Ahong", "Du Shuzhen Ahong", "Yang Huizhen Ahong" in Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women 1912-2000; Chinese Women Organizing; REECASdres, feminists, muslims, queers (co-ed.), Berg; The History of Women's Mosques in Chinese Islam: A mosque of their own, Curzon; ‘Outsider Within’ – Speaking to excursions across cultures’ in Feminist Theory; Women and Chinese Patriarchy (co-ed). Maria Jaschok is a founder member of Women's Initiative on International Affairs in Asia and a co-founder of Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network (WAGNet).

Marianne Kamp is a historian of 20th century Central Asia, especially Uzbekistan. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1985 with a BA in Russian Language and Literature, and earned her PhD in 1998 from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. She has been assistant professor of History at the University of Wyoming since 2000. She was a visiting assistant professor of History at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington from 1997 to 2000, and was a lecturer in Uzbek language at the University of Michigan from 1994 to 1997. She has carried out historical and oral history research in Uzbekistan in 1992-93, funded by IREX; in 1996, funded by the Ford Foundation and NCSEER; in 1999 and 2001, funded by Whitman College and the University of Wyoming; and in 2002-2004, funded by NCEEER and the University of Wyoming. Her book on Uzbek women and the unveiling campaign is forthcoming from the University of Washington press, entitled The New Woman in Uzbekistan (2006). She has published articles in Central Asian Monitor, the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, the Oral History Review, and in a collection edited by Pauline Jones Luong, entitled The Transformation of Central Asia: States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence (Cornell, 2004). Her current research project concerns oral histories of collectivization of agriculture in Uzbekistan. She is also co-editor of the Central Eurasian Studies Review.

Sumit K. Mandal is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies at the University Kebangsaan, Malaysia. He holds a PhD in History from Columbia University. His research focuses on Arabs in 19th Century Java and on challenges to authoritarianism in Islamic Southeast Asia. His publications include “Boundaries and Beyond: Whither the Cultural Bases for Political Community in Malaysia?" (in R. Hefner, ed., The Politics of Multiculturalism), Transethnic Solidarities, Racialisation, and Social Equality” (2004), and a co-edited volume Challenging Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (2003).

Norani Othman, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, obtained her MPhil through the University of Hull. In addition to her academic career, Dr Othman is a founding member of SIS Forum Malaysia, a Muslim Women’s group popularly known in Malaysia as Sisters-in-Islam and currently sits on the organization’s Board as well as being a Vice-President of the Malaysian Association of Social Science. She is the editor of two books: Shari‘a Law and the Modern Nation-State: A Malaysian Symposium (1994) and Gender, Culture and Religion: Equal before God, Unequal before Man (with Cecilia Ng, 1995). Her most recent publications include Capturing Globalization (with James Mittelman, 2001), an edited collection in the Malay language entitled Malaysia Menangani Globalisasi: Peserta atau Mangsa? [Malaysia confronting Globalization: As an Actor or Victim?] (2000), and “Grounding Human Rights Arguments in Non-Western Culture: Shari‘a and the Citizenship Rights of Women in a Modern Islamic Nation-State” (1999).

Jakob Rigi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University, has a PhD from London University. He is the author of the book Post-Soviet Chaos: Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan (2002) and articles such as “Corruption in Kazakhstan” and “Conditions of Post-Soviet Youth and Work in Almaty, Kazakhstan.” His main research interests are power, money, commodity and value, class, gender, ethnicity, state, market, Mafia and sex work. He has done extended fieldwork in Kazakhstan and Russia, 1995 - 1996 and 2003; he is working currently on various processes of commoditization in the post-Soviet space.

Azade-Ayse Rorlich, Associate Professor of History, studies Russia and Eurasia social and cultural history, including history of Turkic Muslim people in Russia, Muslim women of imperial Russia She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her publications include a book on The Volga Tatars. A Profile in National Resilience; and chapters on Identities in Flux: Kazakh Cinema at the End of the Twentieth Century, The Challenge of Belonging: Muslim Women and the Contested Terrain of Identity in Late Imperial Russia, and Islam, Identity, and Politics. Kazakhstan:1990-2000. and post-Soviet sovereign republics.

Ziauddin Sardar is a writer, editor, broadcaster, and critical commentator on Islam, culture, and science. He is also one of the world’s leading Muslim public intellectuals. Born in Pakistan, raised and educated in Britain, he is currently Visiting Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the City University, London. Editor of Futures, a journal of forecasting, planning, and futures studies, and co-editor of Third Text, a prestigious journal of arts and visual culture, Sardar is also author of more than forty books on Islam, science policy, media, postcolonial and cultural studies, travel, and autobiography. Sardar is well-known in Britain as regular contributor to New Statesman and the Independent, as well as radio and television programs. His books include the classic studies, The Future of Muslim Civilisation (1979) and Islamic Futures: the Shape of Things to Come (1985) as well as the timely explorations of contemporary U.S. politics at home and abroad, Why Do People Hate America? (2002) and American Terminator: Movies, Myths, and Global Power (2004). His recent autobiography, Desperately Seeking Paradise (2004) offers an intellectual journey into what modernity means for Muslims.

Endo Suanda, is an ethnomusicologist, educator, and an internationally recognized dancer, director, and puppeteer. He teaches at the Indonesian College of the Arts in Bandung and regularly lectures around the world for UNESCO, at international performing arts venues, and universities He was Director of the Indonesian Society for the Performing Arts (MSPI) for many years and he is currently working with the Program Assistant in Media, Arts, and Culture at the Ford Foundation office in Jakarta on a project to integrate a performing arts curriculum into the public schools as a way to teach tolerance and respect in the multicultural society of Indonesia. He publishes articles on education and culture in Indonesian and English, and has done extensive research on the Wayang Golek traditions of Cirebon, West Java.

Nazif Shahrani is Professor of Anthropology and Central and Middle Eastern Studies Indiana University, Bloomington, where he is also the Chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Director the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program. He received his training in Anthropology at the University of Washington (PhD 1976) and he has held a number of prestigious fellowships including a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowship (1998). He has conducted research in Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan and is the author of The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan: Adaptation to Closed Frontiers and War (1979, 2003) and Family Lives and Public Careers in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan: Dynamics of a Muslim Tradition in a Political Culture of ‘Scientific Atheism’ (forthcoming 2005). He also edited Revolutions and Rebellions in Afghanistan: Anthropological Perspectives (with Robert Canfield, 1984) and publishes on a wide range of topics including “Afghanistan's Muslim 'Refugee-Warriors' in Pakistan: Politics of Mistrust and Mistrust of Politics” (1996), and “Pining for Bukhara in Afghanistan: Poetics and Politics of Exhilic Identity and Emotions” (2001), “War, Factionalism, and the State in Afghanistan” (2002).

Chairs & Discussants:

Tani E. Barlow is Professor of History and Women’s Studies. Her most recent books include The Question of Women in Chinese FeminismCinema and Desire: The Cultural Politics of Feminism Marxist Dai Jinhua (Verso Press, 2003), co-edited with Jing Wang. Her current research focuses on the Shanghai advertising industry and the rise of social science in Chinese colonial modernity. Barlow is the founding editor of positions: east asia cultures critique and the 2004-05 director of the Project for Critical Asian Studies.

Carlo Bonura is a political theorist and Luce Assistant Professor of Islamic Societies of Southeast Asia in the Department of Politics and Government and the Asian Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. His current research interests include the politics of Islamic education in Thailand and Malaysia as well as examining the current turn toward civil society in anthropologies of Islam in Southeast Asia.

R. Kent Guy is Professor of History and Chair of the China Studies Program at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History and East Asian Languages at Harvard University. Professor Guy’s research interests include pre-modern China and Chinese political and cultural history. He has authored several articles as well as the following books: Inspired Tinkering: The Qing Creation of the Province, The Limits on the Rule of Law in China (2000), and The Emperor’s Four Treasuries: Scholar and the State in the Late Chi’ien-lung Period (1987).

Stephen E. Hanson (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is Boeing International Professor at the University of Washington, Associate Professor of Political Science, and the Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies. He is the author of Time and Revolution: Marxism and the Design of Soviet Institutions (University of North Carolina Press, 1997), winner of the 1998 Wayne S. Vucinich book award from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. He is also a co-editor of Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule, (Cambridge University Press, 2003), a co-author of Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2001), and the author of numerous journal articles examining postcommunist politics in comparative perspective.

Laurie J. Sears is a Professor of History at the University of Washington. She teaches Indonesian and Southeast Asian histories and literatures, historiography, and postcolonial theories. She is the author of Shadows of Empire: Colonial Discourse and Javanese Tales and the editor of Fantasizing the Feminine in Indonesia. Her forthcoming edited volume is Knowing Southeast Asia: New Transnationalisms and Disciplinary Doubts. She is currently finishing a manuscript on postcolonial literatures of trauma and haunting in Java.

K. Sivaramakrishnan is Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies. His research interests include environmental history, political anthropology, migration, cultural geography, South Asia. He is the author of Modern Forests (Stanford, 1999, rpt. 2002) and co-editor of Agrarian Environments (Duke 2000), Regional Modernities (Stanford 2003), and Ecological Nationalisms (University of Washington Press, forthcoming). He is currently an ACLS Fellow (2004-05), working on various essays and a book on the politics of nature conservation in India and other tropical locations.

Daniel Waugh is a member of the History Department, Jackson School of International Studies and Slavic Department and a former Director of the REECAS program in JSIS, Daniel Waugh teaches early Russian history and the history of Central Asia. He is co-editor of Civil Society in Central Asia (Univ. of Washington Press, 1999), editor of both The Silk Road (a journal published by the Silkroad Foundation) and the educational resources section of Central Eurasian Studies Review, and project director of Silk Road Seattle ( He has traveled extensively in Central Asia and is currently completing a book on the Kashgar writings of British Consul C. P. Skrine.

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