Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:00pm
White Hall, 106
815 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Marie Grace Brown (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2012) is a cultural historian of the Modern Middle East with a special interest in questions of gender, empire, and the body as historical text.
Her award-winning book, Khartoum at Night: Fashion and Body Politics in Imperial Sudan (Stanford University Press, 2017), traces gestures, intimacies, and adornment to give a history of northern Sudanese women’s lives under imperial rule. It argues that Sudanese women used their bodies to mark and make meaning of their positions in shifting socio-political systems of tradition, nation, modernity, and global connection. The result is a highly participatory tale of empire, characterized by economic and cultural exchange, mobility and civic opportunity, and evolving measures of beauty and womanhood.
This event is organized by Ottoman and Turkish Studies Inititative (OTSI) and Cornell's Institute for European Studies (CIES). This event is cosponsored by Institute for African Development, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Department of Near Neastern Studies, Africana Studies & Research Center, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Stuies, Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa.