Saturday, April 9, 2011
Bay area Borderlanders were treated to a workshop this week at Stanford University entitled "Muslim Identities and Imperial Spaces: Networks, Mobility, and the Geopolitics of Empire and Nation." It was a really enjoyable workshop, and not only because it had the longest title ever.
The workshop brought together scholars working on Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and SW Asia to talk about issues cross-secting mobility, human mobility, and transnationalism. On Thursday and Friday we met all day and were treated to presentations from ten scholars coming from as far afield as Pakistan, Holland, Paris, Japan, DC, and other parts of the worldwide borderland community.
Since it wasn't a public conference I'm unfortunately not at liberty to print the program of speakers and talks, but for those of us who attended it was a marvelous experience.
Stanford was lots of fun as well, and the workshop organizers took care of our every need. Many thanks to all for the good times and stimulating conversations!
Here are a couple of shots from my time in Palo Alto. If you're interested in seeing more, check them out on JMB's brand new facebook page.