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Muslim Studies Program Annual Conference

Muslim Studies Program 11th Annual Conference & Filmfest

April 12-13, 2018

Michigan State University

Theme:  Locating Muslim Cinema(s): The Politics of Culture and Identity 

Filmfest Wells Hall Room B-117

Monday, April 9th, Indian Film Night, Firaaq
Moderators: S. Pillai & J. Singh

Tuesday, April 10th, Iranian Film Night, Close-Up 
Moderator: Kaveh Askari

Wednesday, April 11th, Egyptian Film Night, The Nightingale's Prayer
Moderator: Ayman Mohamed 


Thursday, April 12th 303 International Center

10:30-10:45am – Welcome
10:45-11:45am – Kristian Petersen, “Muslim Movie Stars: The Celebrity Politics of Islam in Public”
12:00-1:00pm – Amir Hussain, “Keeping It Real: Muslims Creating Muslim Cinema and  Television”

3:00-4:00pm – Sharofat Arabova, “Poetics of Tajik Cinema”
4:15-5:15pm – Imed Ben Labidi, “Filming Conflicts: Arab/Muslim Films’  Fragmentation and Post-Nationalist  Narratives” 

Thursday, April 12th Kellogg Center, Auditorium
7:30-9:30pm – Keynote: Walter Armbrust on the History of Egyptian Cinema

Friday, April 13th 303 International Center

9:30-10:30am – Sitara Thobani, “Locating the Tawa’if Courtesan-Dancer in South Asian ‘Muslim Cinemas’”
10:45-11:45am – Fakhri Haghani, “Defa-eMoghadas (Sacred Defense) and the Making of Cinema in Post-Revolutionary  Islamic Iran” 
12:00-1:00pm – Kaveh Askari, “Dandyism and the Circuits of Cinema in 1950s  Tehran”