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Yasmin Saikia

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Professor of History, Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Professor of History, Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0802
Professor of History, Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Professor Yasmin Saikia is the Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and a Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Her research and teaching interests invoke a dynamic transnational and interdisciplinary dialogue situated at the intersection of history, culture, and religion. With a specific focus on contestations and accommodations in South Asia between local, national, and religious identities, she examines the Muslim experience in India, Pakistan, and Bangaldesh, and the discourse of nonviolence alongside the practice of violence against women and vulnerable groups.

Research Interests

South Asia, Muslim identity and history, gender and violence, memory, children's history of the present.

Publications
  • Yasmin Saikia. Ayub Khan and Modern Islam: Transforming Citizens and the Nation in Pakistan (1958–1971). Journal of South Asia (2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Factional Iraq. Critical Muslim (2014).
  • . . Review of: The Black Coat (2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. ‘Muslim Women and Everyday Practices of Peace,’ In the 'The Power of Religion: Religion, Conflict and Peace in Contemporary World.'. Chinese University in Hongkong (2013).
  • Yasmin Saikia. A People’s Remembrance of 1971. Tanqeed (2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. A renewal of our human commitment: A People’s Remembrance of 1971. New Age (2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Blame ‘Em, Bludgeon ‘Em. Outlook (2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Connected Histories. Seminar (2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. In the Beginning was the loaded words. Outlook (2012).
  • . . Review of: Ethnic Mobilisation and Violence in Northeast India (2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Women, War and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971. (2011).
Research Activity
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
HST 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 302Studies in History
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 392Modern South Asia
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 302Studies in History
HST 493Honors Thesis
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 303Studies in Asian History
HST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 498Pro-Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 494Special Topics
REL 494Special Topics
HST 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 303Studies in Asian History
HST 498Pro-Seminar
Presentations
  • Yasmin Saikia. Contagious Peace: Humanities and Reaffirmation of the Human. Global Islam Lectures, Lehigh University (Nov 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Uncolonizable: Freedom in the mind of the Muslims in Colonial India. South Asia Lecture, NYU (Nov 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Unruly Subjects and Freedom Imagining: Transborder Connections in Colonial India. South Asia Annual Conference (Oct 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Untraceable History: The Muslims in Assam. South Asia Annual Conference (Oct 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. The Peace Contagion in Muslim South Asia: Friendship, Hospitality, and Humanity. Arizona Muslim Women's Association Annual Lecture (Oct 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Unruly Subjects: Freedom Imagining at the Transborder in Colonial India. South Asia Annual Lecture, SOAS, London (May 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Engendering War and Violence in 1971: Memories as Records of an Alternative History of the Pakistan Army. The Berkshire Conference of Women (May 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. The Loss of History: Memory, Humanity and Peace after 1971. Peace Lecture, Conrad Grebel University College, Canada (May 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. What the Humanities can teach us about Peace. Annual Asian Studies Development Program for College Teachers (Mar 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Women, War, and Peace. International Women's Day, University of Pennsylvania (Mar 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Perpetrators Remember’: in International Conference on ‘Memory and Commemoration: East and West. Memory and Commemoration in Asia and the West: An International Workshop, University of Melbourne (Feb 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Engendering War and Violence in 1971: Memories as Records of an Alternative History of the Pakistan Army. American Historical Association Conference (Jan 2014).
  • Yasmin Saikia. ‘Muslim Women and Everyday Practices of Peace'. International Symposium 'The Power of Religion,' Hong Kong (Dec 2013).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Unruly Subjects: Freedom Imaginings in the Independent Territories of Colonial India. Relgious Studies Forum, ASU (Nov 2013).
  • Yasmin Saikia. ‘(Mis)Communications: Culture, Language, and Survivors testimony of the 1971 war of Bangladesh. 3rd International Conference on Translation,Baghdad, Iraq (May 2013).
  • Yasmin Saikia. ‘Seeking Human Connections in Global Disjunctures: Fieldnotes of an Historian and Anthropologist. Sulaimanyeh University, Kurdistan Iraq (Apr 2013).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Writing a Muslim History of Northeast India: Is there a need for such a history?. International Workshop ‘Far From the Nation Close to the State,' Stanford University (Mar 2013).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Are we losing our Humanity?. Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, 2012 (Oct 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Visions of Coexistence: Thinking Beyond Violence in Northeast India. Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, 2012 (Oct 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Abdullah Hall, AMU: Living Adab in a Women’s World. International Symposium on ‘Being Muslim in the World: Everyday Ethics and Cultures of Adab (Jun 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Thinking about Peace: Oral History after the 1971 War. Annual Lecture, Bricklane Society, London (Mar 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Strangers, Friends, and Survivors: Narratives after the 1971 war of Bangladesh. South Asia Lecture at Harvard University (Mar 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Human Rights and Man’s Dignity: Reading the post-1971 memories from an Islamic perspective for Peace. Conference on Human Rights through the Prism of Gender and Religion (Mar 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Crossroads or Limits? Recognition, Camouflage, and Friendship as Articulations of the Border in South Asia. Annual Asian Studies Conference (Mar 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Impure History: At the borderland of Assam, India. American Historical Association (Jan 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Public History Goes Global: A Roundtable of Issues and Themes. American Historical Association (Jan 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Global Dialogue on the Advancement of the Humanities in the Muslim World. Workshop on the Humanities and Social Science in Pakistan (Jan 2012).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Impure History: At the Borderland of Assam, India. 3rd Asian Studies Graduate Students Conference, Arizona State University (Nov 2010).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Islam: A Panel Discussion,’. Scottsdale Community College (Nov 2010).
  • Yasmin Saikia. War, Rape and Traumatic Memories: Reconciling with 1971 in South Asia. Religious Studies Lecture Series (Nov 2010).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Pakistan. Spirit Of Senses Monthly Salon (Nov 2010).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Babri Masjid Decision: Law and History. 39th Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, Wisconsin (Oct 2010).
  • Yasmin Saikia. Margins and Centers in Modern South Asian Muslim Politics. 39th Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, October 17, 2010 (Oct 2010).
Service
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2014 - Present)
  • Playing Music for Peace, Organizer and discussant (2014 - Present)
  • New Books in Gender, Co-Editor (2013 - Present)
  • Doctoral Committee, External Examiner (2013 - Present)
  • Faculty Head Advisory Committee, Member (2013 - Present)
  • Veterans Engaged, Member (2013 - Present)
  • CSRC, Peace Studies, Organizer (2013 - Present)
  • CSRC, Peace Studies, Organizer (2013 - Present)
  • Tenure Review, External Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • President’s Committee of Humanities Innovators, Member (2012 - Present)
  • Faculty Wives and Women, Presented a talk on 'Peace: An Islamic Horizon' (2012 - Present)
  • Center for Asian Research, Executive Committee (2011 - Present)
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Dissertation-to-Book Workshop,, Workshop Leader (2010 - Present)
  • Islamic Studies Commitee, Religious Studies, Core member (2010 - Present)
  • Journal of Women's History, Secretary (2014 - 2020)
  • Journal of Women's History, Member, Editorial Board (2012 - 2017)
  • Journal of Women's History, Editorial Board (2012 - 2017)
  • Journal of Women's History, Editorial Board (2012 - 2017)
  • Journal of Women's Studies, Editorial Board (2010 - 2016)
  • Global Citizenship Faculty Seminar, Leader (2014 - 2016)
  • New Books in Gender, Co-Editor (2013 - 2016)
  • University Grant Commission, India, Research Mentor (2014 - 2015)
  • American Institute of Pakistan Study, Executive Committee (2012 - 2015)
  • American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Executive Board Member (2012 - 2015)
  • American Institute of Pakistan Study, Executive Committee Member (2012 - 2015)
  • Society of Historians for the Advancement of the Study of South Asia (SAHSA), Executive Committee (2008 - 2015)
  • Islamic Studies Research Alliance seminar 'Utopia in Islam,', Organizer and leader (2014 - 2014)
  • Founder’s Day Celebration’ of the Aligarh Muslim University Arizona Alumni Federation, Organizer and leader (2014 - 2014)
  • Peace Film Screening, Organizer and discussant (2014 - 2014)
  • US Embassy grants for research scholars from Pakistan, Mentor (2013 - 2014)
  • Higher Education of Pakistan, Research Mentor for doctoral fellows (2013 - 2014)
  • Next Generation Leader from McKain Institute for International Leadership, Mentor (2014 - 2014)
  • Asian Studies major, Executive Committee (2013 - 2014)
  • CSRC, Peace Studies, Organizer (2013 - 2014)
  • Faculty Seminar 'Contesting Visions of Peace', Organizer and leader (2013 - 2014)
  • Muslim community of Greater Phoenix, Monthly Seminar (2014 - 2014)
  • Asian Studies Minor, Chair (2012 - 2013)
  • Islamic Studies Research Alliance, Co-Chair (2012 - 2013)
  • Affinity Group, Constituted and Led (2012 - 2013)
  • Asian Studies Major, Chair (2012 - 2013)
  • CSRC, Peace Studies, Organizer (2012 - 2013)
  • Center for Asian Research, Executive Commitee (2012 - 2013)
  • SAHSA, Affiliated to American Historical Association, Executive Board Member (2008 - 2013)
  • Personnel Committee, Member (2013 - 2013)
  • Society for the Advancement of South Asian History, Executive Board (2009 - 2012)
  • President Community Enhancement Program, Presented a set of 3 lectures on 'Islamic Dialogues' (2012 - 2012)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, Dean's Advisory Committee (2010 - 2011)
  • Council for American Overseas Research Center, Evaluator for South Asian Language Studies (2010 - 2010)
  • Voice of America, Bangladesh, Evaluator (2010 - 2010)