Welcome to Dr. Attiya Ahmad and Dr. Anya Bernstein – Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs

IRCPL is excited to be hosting two of this year’s Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs – Dr. Attiya Ahmad and Dr. Anya Bernstein.

Luce/ACLS Fellowships support scholars in the humanities and related social sciences pursuing research on any aspect of religion in international contexts with a desire to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. The ultimate goal of the research will be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant and concrete steps to engage journalistic and media audiences. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

More information on both Dr. Ahmad’s and Dr. Bernstein’s current work can be found in their abstracts submitted to Luce/ACLS, which are available here.

Dr. Attiya Ahmad
is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Georgetown. Broadly conceived, her research focuses on the gendered interrelation of Islamic reform movements and political economic processes spanning the Middle East and South Asia, in particular the greater Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean regions. Her book, Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait (Duke, 2017), analyses why domestic workers in the Arabian Gulf region are converting to Islam, and what their conversions tell us about emergent forms of subjectivity, affinity and belonging in our contemporary transnational world. Dr. Ahmad is currently examining the development of global halal tourism networks.

Dr. Anya Bernstein is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and a documentary filmmaker. Bernstein’s main work has been on the changing geopolitical imaginaries of mobile religious communities across Eurasia. Her book, Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism (Chicago, 2013), explores the transformation of Buddhist practice among a Siberian indigenous people known as Buryats. She is currently at work on two projects. The first one deals with religion, secularism, and censorship in Russia, while the second project explores the interplay between questions of immortality and life extension industries across the Soviet Union and postsocialist Russia.

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