Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

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Ms L.E. (Lara) Mazurski PhD


  • Amsterdam University College
  • Visiting address
    Science Park AUC
    Science Park 113  
  • Postal address:
    Science Park  113
    1098 XG  Amsterdam
  • L.E.Mazurski@uva.nl

Bio

 

I am a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the department of Literary Studies. My research project: Besieged By Burqas: An Analysis of Representations of the Burqa (Mireille Rosello) has been completed and will be defended in June of  2014.

In this study, I engage contemporary representations of the burka in the west, North America and Europe that locates women in burkas into groups, generally situated as: victims, threats, and/or invaders. Victimization is fueled by missionary discourses that frame women in burkas as requiring saving. Current discourses on equality, rights, and freedom-with deep roots in much earlier colonial and missionary rhetoric on Muslim women - suggest they need saving from their culture, community, government, and even themselves. Images of women in burkas emerge from a discourse desirous of liberation and salvation. In this dissertation, I employ the very shards of these discursive engagements as entry points for an analysis of representations of the burka. I take up the remains, the cultural debris, from this past decade's "War": conceptual art, theatre, politics, television, and literature. Each of the objects are useful because they allow me to work through fears and anxieties resurgent in western representations of the burka.

For the 2013-2014 academic year I am teaching two courses at the UvA : Semester 1: Identities in Popular Culture and in the second: Identities in Visual and Cultural Studies (FGW).

My research interests are:  queer theory, immigration, multiculturalism, Islam and women, gender, and include objects taken from literature, theatre, film, contemporary art, and new media.

 

Links

Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) http://www.hum.uva.nl/asca/

The Foucault Reading Group with Enis Dinc (monthly peer group) 

Troublemakers Project: An Interdisciplinary Project on Feminism http://troublemakers.nl/nl/

Europeanizing Spaces: Cultural Encountersand Entangled Histories [Joint ASCA-ICG research project]

 

2012-2013 Foucault Reading Group, co-project leader with Enis Dinc, peer review group, ASCA, UvA.

(2010 –2012) Reading Rancière, co-project leader with Esra Almas,  peer review group, ASCA, UvA.

(2010- 2012) Member of Exclusions Circumference, peer review group, join ICG- ASCA project.

(2008-2009) The Troublemakers Project: An Interdisciplinary Project on Feminism, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Leiden.

 

(2009) Research Analyst, Department of Communication Studies, EU Voting Project, NWO funded, UvA.

(2007) Research Analyst, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), NWO Project, Anja van Heelsum, UvA.

 

(2008-2007) Research Analyst, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), NWO Project: Opkomst en partjivoorkeur van migranten bij de gemeeteraadsverkiezingejn Anja van Heelsum and Jean Tillie, UvA.

 

Invited Lectures in the Humanities (Selections)

 

(2013) Militarized Masculinities, University of Osaka, Japan, Doctoral Program for Multicultural Innovation. December 14-17 2013.

(2013) Besieged by Burkas, UN University for Peace, Costa Rica, Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, 22/02/2013.

(2012) The Second World War & Americanization, Graduate School “European Culture” Program, HvA, Amsterdam, 20/10/2012. 

(2012) The Avant-Garde & World War 1, Graduate School “European Culture” Program, HvA, Amsterdam, 13/10/2012.

(2011) Expats/Gubaidulina 80, Triple A Series (AAA), Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Amsterdam, 21/10/2011. 

(2011) “Representing Difference at the Tropenmuseum.” Stedelijk Musueum, Panelists Anke Bangma and Roy Villevoye, Contemporary Art and Anthropology, 04/07.2011.

(2010) The Representation of Islamic Immigrant Women in the Netherlands, FGW, UvA.

(2010) Rancière: The Politics of Poetics for Literature and Culture for The Politics of the Nobel Prize in Literature, FGW, UvA.

(2007) Afghan Refugees in the Netherlands, Development Studies, ISHSS, UvA.

 

Teaching Undergraduate Level

Courses

(2013) Identities in Popular Culture,Literaturrwetenschap, University of Amsterdam.

(2013) Identities in Visual and Cultural Studies, Literaturrwetenschap, University of Amsterdam.

(2012) Identities in Popular Culture, Literaturrwetenschap, University of Amsterdam.

(2012) Identities in Visual and Cultural Studies Part 2, Literaturrwetenschap, University of Amsterdam.

(2011) Identities in Popular Culture Part 1, Literaturrwetenschap, University of Amsterdam. 

(2011) Mass Media, Culture, and Identity, College of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam.

(2010) Representing Identity Through Film and Literature, College of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam.

 

Courses include:

·      Representing Identity through Film and Literature

·      Mass Media, Culture and Identity

·      Identities in Popular Culture

·      Identities in Visual and Cultural Studies (Part 1 and 2)

·      Reading the City: Cultural Analysis and Representations of the City

 

Papers Presented: Conference (Selection)

(2013) Mediating Creative Destruction, IAMCR, Dublin, Ireland. 2013.

(2013) International Conference Media Ethics, Scapegoating of Islamic Immigrant Women, Seville, Spain. 04/04/2013-06/04/2013.

(2012) ASCA International Conference, Besieged By Burqas: An analysis of Sverigedemokraterna’s 2010 Election Advert,  the 2011 ASCA International Workshop, Amsterdam. Netherlands.

(2011) Politicizing The National. American Anthropology Association (AAA) International Conference, (November 15-20 2011), Montreal, Canada.

(2011) Besieged By Burqas: An analysis of Sverigedemokraterna’s 2010 Election Advert  International Annual Conference NCG “Religions and their Despisers: Criticism and Vilification of Religions and Believers” 4-5 November 2011, Amersfoort, Netherlands.

(2011) Singularity Diffracted Memories in Transnational Literature, Transnational Memories Research, Utrecht University, 23 to 24 June 2011, Utrecht, Netherlands

(2011) Besieged by Burqas: An Analysis of Sverigedemokraterna 2011 Election Campaign, June 11, 2011, ASCA Mini Conference, UvA.

(2011) Heroic Victims: An Analysis of Eve Ensler’s, Under The Burqa, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Practicing Theory the 2011 ASCA International Workshop, Amsterdam

(2010) Subjectivity and the Veiled Women’s Body, FORUM Institute, Leiden

(2010) On the Borders of My Dreams I Encountered My Double’s `ghost: An Analysis of Jean-Ulrick Deserts, Articulations: 2010 Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis International Workshop, March 22nd-24th, UvA.

(2009) Gendered Cultures at the Crossroads of Imagination, Knowledge and Politics, 7th European Feminist Research Conference June 4-7 2009, Utrecht, The Netherlands

 

Publications (Forthcoming)

 

(2014) “Cultures of Peace:  A Gender Perspective” chapter in a upcoming book project, ‘Communication for Peace’ eds. Julia Hoffmann and Virgil Hawkins. Routledge. Jan. 2014.

 

Druxman, Helga and Patricia Anne Simpson, book project Extreme Cultures: Right-Wing Politics and Popular Media in Europe and North America ( submitted August 2013),  contribution: “Besieged by Burqas: An Analysis of the Sweden Democrats Campaign Advert”

(2014) “Politicizing the (trans)national” Mapping the Intersections of Politics, Art, and Space, (Collected Volume). Cambridge Scholars. Confrence Preceedings.

 

(2013) “Scapegoating of Islamic Immigrant Women” IC JOURNAL – Scientific Journal of Information and Communication, Seville, University of Seville.

 

(2011) “Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? Journal of Visible Culture, New York, The University of Rochester.

 

(2006) Research Contributor ‘Een Ander Justitie’ Informatie Over Een Ander Justite Vindt, Ministerie Van Justitie Directie Coordinatie Integratiebeleid Minderhede, Den Haag.

 

2015

  • Mazurski, L. E. (2015). Besieged by burqas: Analyzing representations of the burqa [details] 
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