Brown Bag Lectures

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies sponsors Brown Bag lectures during the fall and spring academic semesters. The Brown Bag lectures are held on Tuesdays at 12-1pm in the Lucy Ellis Lounge, Room 1080, Foreign Language Building. Please join us in learning about CSAMES members' current research, pedagogical issues, recent research trips, and conference paper presentations.


Please see the Brown Bag and Other Events flyer for a printable PDF version of the schedule.

Fall 2017 Schedule


Tue, Sept 12 

Borja Franco-Llopis, Ramon Y Cajal Researcher at the Department of Art History, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Madrid

“The Conversion of Muslims in Iberia and Their Visual Representations (15th-17th Centuries)"

Tue, Sept 19 

Vaasanthi Sundaram, Writer and Journalist

“Jayalalitha's Journey from Movie Star to Political Queen"


Tue, Oct 3 

Cynthia Buckley, Professor, Department of Sociology

“One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Reproductive Health and HIV Awareness"


Tue, Oct 10

Mara Thacker, South Asian Studies Librarian and Assistant Professor

“The Revival of Indian Comics: Perspectives from Stakeholders ”


Tue, Oct 17

Janice Jayes, Instructional Assistant Professor of History at Illinois State University

“From iPhones to ISIS: Social Media and the Non-State Actor”


Tue, Oct 24

Sanjeev Vidyarthi, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago

“Understanding India's New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development: A Salient Shift?”

Tue, Nov 7

Saloni Chawla, MFA Graduate Student in the Department of Landscape Architecture

“Landscapes of an Indian Religious Pilgrimage and Experiences of Western Pilgrimages in Europe”          


Wed, Nov 15

Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology and Catherine & Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies

“Arab Spring: Revolution at the Base”
Tue, Nov 28

Avital Livny, Assistant Professor of Political Science

“Persistent Effects of Inter-Religious Contact on Tolerance: The Case of Ottoman Turkey"


Tue, Dec 5

Ahmed Orabi, Adjunct Instructor at LAS Global Studies and Visiting Scholar at CSAMES

 “A Battle on Behalf of the Reactionary: How Egyptian Religious Discourses through Satellite Channels Counter Progressiveness”




Past Brown Bag Lectures