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Conference Announcement: Female Visions: The Religious Visual Culture of Contemporary Female Islamic Mysticism, Oct. 16-18, 2020

Conference Announcement: Female Visions: The Religious Visual Culture of Contemporary Female Islamic Mysticism , Oct. 16-18, 2020

by Sara Kuehn

With apologies for cross-posting:

Female Visions: The Religious Visual Culture of Contemporary Female Islamic Mysticism International Conference

Fri 16 Oct, 2020 - Sun 18 Oct, 2020

Drawing on recent research regarding the visual-material turn in the study of religion, this interdisciplinary conference will focus on the often-overlooked role of women in contemporary Islamic mysticism and in the socially-engaged dimension of Sufi belief and practice. This trend in visual-material studies has been accompanied by a broadening of analytical perspectives. Attention is now increasingly paid to religious practices, rituals, and discourses in terms of their connection to certain types of artefacts. Scholars have also begun to focus on the sensory perceptions and the social effects or atmospheres evoked by visual-material engagements. The conference focusses on the sensorium in visual-material culture and on its religious, cultural, and social connections/ implications. In doing so, we hope to present a more nuanced and polyvocal understanding of the role and place of women within mystical Islam and Sufism, a tradition that is in constant dialogue with society and its political, cultural, and economic dynamics.

Conference organized by Christian Ströbele (Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany) & Sara Kuehn (Marie Curie Fellow at the Institut d’ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative (IDEMEC), Aix-Marseille/CNRS, and at the Centre for Islamic Theology (ZITH), University of Tübingen) in collaboration with Erdal Toprakyaran (ZITH, University of Tübingen) & Dionigi Albera (IDEMEC, Aix-Marseille/CNRS), with the financial support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 794958 (SufiVisual).

Conference open to the public. Online live participation free of charge. Registration available at: http://www.akademie-rs.de/vanm_23429

Concurrent Artwork Presentation with Video and Sound Installations:


Further details are to be found on the conference website: https://www.akademie-rs.de/visions

Conference Program


Friday, 16 October 2020

12:30 Registration and Lunch / Coffee 14:30 Welcome and Introduction Opening Remarks from Sara Kuehn (Aix-Marseille/Tübingen) Artwork Presentation. Video and Sound Installations Dionigi Albera (Aix-Marseille) and Meliha Teparić (Sarajevo)

15:00 Panel 1 Chair and Discussant: Erdal Toprakyaran (Tübingen) Stillness in the Eye of the Storm: Mira Burke and the Performance of Spiritual Ecstasy Amila Buturović (Toronto) Break Gender and Sufism: Hindu Sindhi Women and the Transmission of the Sufi Legacy in India Michel Boivin (Paris) Reflections from the Visual World of Zöhre Ana Mark Soileau (Ankara)

17:30 Public Speech and Q&A: Kadıncık Ana’s Visions for Women Gülizar Cengiz (Cologne) 19:00 Dinner 20:00 Public Speech and dhikr Female Mysticism and the Image of Humanity Fawzia Al-Rawi Al-Rifai (Vienna)

Saturday, 17 October 2020

09:30 Panel 2 Chair and Discussant: Esther Voswinckel Filiz (Istanbul) Colours and Visions: A Hybrid of Sufi Mysticism and Science Pnina Werbner (Manchester) Ziyāra and Feminine Harīm in Post-Socialist Albania: The Case of Dervishe Hatixhe’s Grave in Tirana Gianfranco Bria (Rome) 11:00 Break

11:30 Panel 3 Chair and Discussant: Debora Müller (Tübingen) The Female Caliphate: The Qur’ān, Female Voices and Gender Dynamics in Present-Day Sufism Yunus Hentschel (Vienna) Learning Adab, Becoming Muslim: Women within the Global

Networks of Islamic Education Ezgi Güner (Istanbul) 13:00 Lunch

14:00 Panel 4 Chair and Discussant: Christian Ströbele (Stuttgart/Tübingen) Wrapping Body, Voice, and Self: Female Chanters in the Fayḍa Tijāniyya Sufi Community in Senegal Joseph Hill (Alberta) The Visionary Female Guarding of Turkish Cultural Heritage: The Case of the Turkish Rifai Shaykha Samiha Ayverdi Feyza Burak-Adli (Chicago) 15:30 Break

16:00 Panel 5 Chair and Discussant: Dionigi Albera (Aix-Marseille) ‘A Real-Life Jātaka Tale’: Seeking Inspiration from the Life of Pīrzadi-Shahīda Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan Sara Kuehn (Aix-Marseille/Tübingen) Mapping the Vision: Sufi Dream Guidance in Contemporary Afghanistan Annika Schmeding (Boston) Break The Visual Culture of Sufi Mysticism in the Works of Female Artists Meliha Teparić (Sarajevo) and Rosana Ratkovčić (Zagreb) 18:30 Dinner

20:00 Public Speech and Q&A: ‘The Ocean Inside the Womb': The Spiritual Transmission that Flows through the Veins of the Tariqas of Islam Comes to the West Challenging Some of the Old Cultural Stereotypes Amina Teslima al-Jerrahi (Mexico City) 21:00 Womanhood as a Metaphysical Concept Dilek Güldütuna (Frankfurt) The Meaning of Motherhood in Taṣawwuf Cemalnur Sargut (Istanbul)

Sunday, 18 October 2020

09:30 Panel 6 Chair and Discussant: Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino (Tübingen) Female Sufi Scholars in Mauritania: Visions of Pious Women Britta Frede (Bayreuth) Holy Women in the Early Twentieth-Century Red Sea Region: Spatial Spheres, Travelling Images Silvia Bruzzi (Padova) 11:00 Break

11:30 Panel 7 Chair and Discussant: Hilary Mooney (Weingarten) A Matriarch Amongst Patriarchs: Female Leadership in a Non-Reformed Sufi Order in Contemporary Pakistan Aliya Iqbal (Karachi) and Hasan Ali Khan (Karachi) Progressive-Pluralist Sufi Heritage, New Mediatization and Female Artists in Sindh, Pakistan Rafique Wassan (Bern) 13:00 Lunch

14:30 Public Speech and Q&A: Being a Woman on Earth H. Nur Artıran (Istanbul) Women and the Prophetic Way Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi (New York) 16:15 Closing Remarks from Pnina Werbner (Manchester) and Christian Ströbele (Stuttgart/Tübingen)

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