Islamic Tiles by Effervescing Elephant
Man praying at the Western wall in a traditional Tallit or Prayer Shawl by Beggs

About the Department

The Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (JINELC) is devoted to the study of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern languages and literatures; the history and cultures of the Near East; and the Jewish and Islamic civilizations, both individually and comparatively. Its integrated curriculum offers a focal point for crosscultural academic exchange that highlights the shared experiences and mutual influences of the two civilizations while paying close attention to the historical context of social change and cultural production. The members of the faculty conduct their research and teaching through a wide array of methodologies and disciplinary approaches and offer courses in language, literature, history, religion, politics, and culture.

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November 2, 2017

Interior Frontiers: Concept, Diagnostic, Dispositif?

Ann Stoler

This lecture is part of an extended effort to identify some of the conditions that produce ways of thinking and being about what is rendered inside and outside the circumferences of comfort and the circumscribed parameters of care- how those demarcations and what Clifford Geertz once called the “delicacies of distinction” are drawn. It makes a case for thinking about what Etienne Balibar once called the “astonishing” term “interior frontiers,” touches on some chilling features of the relationship between personal and polity, and why closure, confinement, and removal from the “interior” is made to make ‘common sense.’  Ann Stoler looks here at the polyvalence of a term “interior frontiers” that both promises comfort and even in its most seemingly benevolent strains invests in the distinctions of human kinds and appraisals of inequitable worth.