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Amina Tawasil

Program: Anthropology and Education

Degree:
Ph.D. candidate

Previous Graduate Education:
Stanford University

Research Interests:
Iranian seminaries for women, political socialization, labor migration, state violence, refugee studies, Islamic schools, Islamic education, gender in liberation theology, role of women in religious education, indigenous movements, human/sex trafficking

Geographical Interests:
Middle East, Southeast Asia


Award Merits:
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Middle East & North African Studies Program, Northwestern University (2013-2015)

Projects:
Closed-Workshop, "The Power of Women in Islamic Education" with Lila Abu-Lughod, Women Create Change project for the Center for Critical Study of Social Difference, Columbia University.

Seminar, "The Future of Anthropology in Schools of Education" with Herve Varenne, Lesley Bartlett and Michael Scroggins. Teachers College, Columbia University.

Publications:

Tawasil, A. June 2013. “Islamic Education and the Howzevi (Seminarian) Women from Pirouzi-Tehran,” Anthropology News, Middle East Section.

Tawasil, A. January 1, 2013. “On the Edge of Protest in Tehran: Shifting, Discontinuing Boundaries.” Anthropology News, Breaking Boundaries series, 2013.

Tawasil, A. (collaborator), Still Waiting: Stories, Struggles, and Strength from RMSC, Student Press Initiatives, Teachers College, Columbia University

Tawasil, A. (ed.), This is Where I Need to Be: Oral Histories of Muslim Youth in NYC, Student Press Initiatives, Teachers College, Columbia University

Presentations:

Tawasil, A. “Mobaheseh (Argumentation) in Tehran: the Howzevi (Seminarian) Woman’s Practice of Seeking Dissensus”. Paper presented at the Future of Anthropology in Schools of Education Seminar 2013, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY

Tawasil, A. “The Houzevi and the Jang-e Narm (Soft War) against Iran”. Paper presented at the Annual American Anthropological Association 112th Meeting 2013, Chicago, IL

Tawasil, A. “'This Is the Best Place In Tehran': An Ethnographic Metanarrative Tracing the Remaking and Expansion of the Women's Houzeh Elmieh (Seminaries) of Post-Revolution Iran”. Paper presented at the Annual American Anthropological Association 111th Meeting 2012, San Francisco, CA     

Tawasil, A. “Imam Khomeini Advised Us to Learn English”: The Place of English between Researcher and the Practice of Seminarian Women in Tehran. Paper presented at the Southwestern Anthropological Association Meeting 2012, Chico, CA

Tawasil, A. Mobaheseh: The Art of Argumentation in the Women’s Seminaries in Iran. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association 108th Annual Meeting 2009, Philadelphia, PA

Tawasil, A. A Case Study of Learners in the Houzeh Elmieh for Women in Iran. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association 108th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia 2009, PA

Tawasil, A. The Ijazah of Iranian Muslim Women: The Reproduction of Shia' Islamic Knowledge in Iran. Paper presented at the 9th Annual International Education Week 2009, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Tawasil, A. Women in the Ijazah Tradition: The Reproduction of Shia' Islamic Knowledge in Iran. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association 107th Annual Meeting 2008, San Francisco, CA

Tawasil, A. Civic Education During Wartime: A Comparative Case Study of Two Islamic School Teachers after September 11. Paper presented at:
- 29th Annual Ethnography of Education Research Conference 2008, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,PA
- 2008 Harvard Graduate School of Education Graduate Student Conference, Cambridge, MA

Tawasil, A. Civic Education During Wartime: A Comparative Case Study of Two Islamic School Teachers after September 11. Poster presented at the American Anthropological Association 106th Annual Meeting 2007, Washington,D.C.

Tawasil, A. The Role of Theoretical Frameworks in Building an Expanded Civic Education Curriculum for Islamic Schools. Paper presented at the Islamic Society of North America 8th Annual Education Forum 2007, Rosemont, IL

Grants/Fellowships

American Association of University Women 2012

Earth Institute Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and
Complexity 2011

Middle East Institute, Columbia University 2011

Zankel Urban Fellowship 2008

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Honorable Mention 2008

Stanford University Ettinger Foundation Fellowship 2007

Business & Professional Women's Foundation 2006

Goetz Higher Education Scholarship 2006