28 Thursday / February 28, 2019

Sovereignty as a Work of Art: The Debates on Political Authority in Fifteenth Century Iran and Central Asia

04:00 pm
Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union

The talk will be followed by a roundtable featuring IU’s Paul Losensky (Comparative Literature), Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (Religious Studies), and Andrew Archey (History).

Abstract: Recent debates on the concept of sovereignty in the early modern period have reminded us of the importance of politics and constitutional ideas for changes in intellectual and cultural life. In the Islamic context of fifteenth century Iran and Central Asia, intellectual life was clustered around certain regions with strong urban cultural centers, such as Herat, Shiraz, or Khwarazm, and they were connected to each other by strong informal and formal intellectual networks. The intellectual activity in these regional centers was supported by the corporate dynastic politics and the appanage system of the Timurid polity. This lecture will contribute to the ongoing debates on sovereignty by focusing on the competing ideas of sovereignty and different constitutional principles that emerged from this very process of competition of the regional centers and appanages. It will show how these ideas were integral to the development of a vibrant Timurid intellectual and cultural life. Timurid intellectuals formulated novel approaches to sovereignty by combining various strains of intellectual thought and practice. This paper will argue that interregional competition, far from being the product of dynastic power struggles between competing appanage holders, was indeed a reflection of competing notions of sovereignty expressed in the language of contractualism and eschatological absolutism, among other constitutional paradigms.

Evrim Binbaş’s visit is made possible through the support of the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Islamic Studies Program, the Sinor Research Institute, the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center. The event will be followed by a reception.

Education / Speakers

28 Thursday / February 28, 2019

Rosie & the Riveters: Women’s Wartime Fashion

05:30 pm to 07:00 pm
Monroe County History Center, 202 E 6th Street

From the jumpsuit made famous by Rosie the Riveter to the functional fabrics of the everyday woman, join us as Kelly Richardson from Indiana University’s Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection presents a discussion on women’s wartime fashion during World War II.

Education / Entertainment

28 Thursday / February 28, 2019

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Ivy Tech John Waldron Whikehart Auditorium

An irresistibly irreverent show about the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s award winning musical is full of parodies and catchy songs including the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Come along as we sing and dance our way through Egypt with Joseph and his brothers and sisters!


28 Thursday / February 28, 2019

Something Rotten!

08:00 pm to 11:00 pm
IU Auditorium

SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).

Entertainment / Live Music / Theater

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