Shadow and Light (virtual exhibit)

In partnership with Beau Beausoleil and Heather Hughes, Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies) co-curated a virtual exhibition of The Shadow and Light Project that honors Iraqi academics killed in Iraq between 2003-2012. The exhibit is hosted by the UCSB Library and has just gone live: https://spotlight.library.ucsb.edu/starlight/shadow-and-light About the Exhibit The Shadow and Light project compiled by Beau Read More …

Professor Stephen Humphreys (History) publishes on adaptation to Muslim rule in a Syrian Orthodox community

Professor Stephen Humphreys (History) has a new article out about adaptation to Muslim rule in a Syrian Orthodox community. The paper titled “Adapting to Muslim Rule: The Syrian Orthodox Community in Twelfth-Century Northern Syria and the Jazira” is available in the edited volume Syria in Crusader Times: conflict and Coexistence (Edinburgh Univ Press, 2020), pp. Read More …

Laila Shereen Sakr has a solo exhibition and two installations in group exhibitions

Assistant Professor Laila Shereen Sakr (Film & Media Studies)  has had a busy and creative year. February to March, 2020, Laila’s solo exhibition at the American University of Cairo’s (AUC) Tahrir Cultural Center, Beit Um Amel /بيت ام امل X“, shared a virtual archive of “Pixelated self-portraits, digital archives of social media activity in the Read More …

Faculty Spotlight: Elliot Wolfson (Religious Studies)

Professor Elliot Wolfson (Religious Studies) publishes several chapters and articles on Kabbalah (part of Jewish tradition that deals with the essence of God) in 2020. A few highlights are below. “Ṣimṣum, Lichtung, and the Leap of Bestowing Refusal: Kabbalistic and Heideggerian Metaontology in Dialogue.” In Tsimtsum and Modernity: Lurianic Heritage in Modern Philosophy and Theology, edited by A. Read More …

James White (History) successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia”.

James White of the UCSB History Department successfully defended his PhD dissertation, Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia, on Friday, 28 August.  Combining Greek and Near Eastern textual, visual, and material evidence with insights from archaeological reconstruction of ancient military equipment, this dissertation makes a groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of warfare and culture in the Achaemenid Read More …

Faculty Spotlight: Adam Sabra (History)

Admar Sabra (History) publishes Kitāb Dustūr al-gharāʾib wa-maʿdan al-raghāʾib and Related Texts with Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Publishers. This is the first publication of the official correspondence of the leading religious scholar and literary figure, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abi al-Hasan al-Bakri al-Siddiqi al-Shafi‘i Sibt Al al-Hasan. It provides a window into the world of an influential Read More …