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Yasmin.Saikia@asu.edu

Professor of History, Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies
SHPRS History Faculty
Faculty
Mail Code: 4302

(480)727-9667

Bio

Dr. Yasmin Saikia (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison) is the Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies and Professor of History at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University. Her research and teaching interests straddle peace studies, history and religion with a focus on gender issues, conflict transformation, and Islamic values. She is the author of three monographs, one edited volume, and numerous articles and book-chapters. Her book Fragmented Memories: Struggling to be Tai-Ahom in Assam won the Srikanta Datta best book award from the Nehru Museum and Library, New Delhi, India (2005), and her recent book Women, War and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971 (2011) won the Oral History Association Biennial Book Award (2013). She is currently writing a new book on the subject of freedom and human dignity in Muslim imagination in British India and is conducting a multi-country longitudinal research on how children learn peace and violence. Prior to joining ASU in 2010, she taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Carleton College, Minnesota. She has strong ties with the academic community in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia. She hails from Assam, India.   

Research Interests

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

Courses

Spring 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
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HST 495 Methods of Historical Inquiry
HST 790 Reading and Conference

Fall 2015

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HST 302 Studies in History

Spring 2015

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HST 392 Modern South Asia

Fall 2014

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HST 302 Studies in History
HST 493 Honors Thesis

Spring 2014

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HST 303 Studies in Asian History
HST 492 Honors Directed Study
HST 498 Pro-Seminar

Fall 2013

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HST 494 Special Topics
HST 499 Individualized Instruction
REL 494 Special Topics

Fall 2012

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HST 303 Studies in Asian History
HST 498 Pro-Seminar

Spring 2012

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HST 591 Seminar

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Yasmin Saikia. Destroyed by Love: Nation, Memory and Humanity in South Asia. Women's History Review (2015).

  2. Yasmin Saikia. Unforgettable Abdullah Hall, AMU. Annual Sir Syed Aligarh Magazine (2015).

  3. Yasmin Saikia. Ayub Khan and Modern Islam: Transforming Citizens and the Nation in Pakistan (1958–1971). Journal of South Asia (2014).

  4. Yasmin Saikia. Factional Iraq. Critical Muslim (2014).

  5. Review of: The Black Coat. South Asia Review (2014).

  6. 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).

  7. Yasmin Saikia. A People’s Remembrance of 1971. Tanqeed (2012).

  8. Yasmin Saikia. A renewal of our human commitment: A People’s Remembrance of 1971. New Age (2012).

  9. Yasmin Saikia. Blame ‘Em, Bludgeon ‘Em. Outlook (2012).

  10. Yasmin Saikia. Connected Histories. Seminar (2012).

  11. Yasmin Saikia. In the Beginning was the loaded words. Outlook (2012).

  12. Review of: Ethnic Mobilisation and Violence in Northeast India. The Book Review (2012).

  13. Yasmin Saikia. Women, War and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971. Duke University Press (2011).

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Presentations

  1. Yasmin Saikia Love’s Destruction: Men, Women and the Memories of 1971 War of Bangladesh. Invited Presentation. (Nov 2015).
  2. Yasmin Saikia Lived Histories: Dialogues with the Local. Punjab University History Department Monthly colloquia. (Oct 2015).
  3. Yasmin Saikia History, Again: Narrating Lived Experiences. Invited Speaker. (Oct 2015).
  4. Yasmin Saikia Becoming free from colonialism: ‘Middle-actors’ and a different imagination of "The Republic of God",. International conference ‘Life Writing – Writing Lives Engaging Knowledge. (Oct 2015).
  5. Yasmin Saikia Musa Say Marx Tak: Sibte Hasan and the life worlds of Pakistani progressives. International conference ‘Life Writing – Writing Lives Engaging Knowledge, Time and Self. (Oct 2015).
  6. Yasmin Saikia Cultural History II. Future Direction in Pakistan Studies Conference. (Apr 2015).
  7. Yasmin Saikia People's Peace: Culture, Agency, Lived Experience. Conference. (Apr 2015).
  8. Yasmin Saikia Uncolonializable: Freedom in the mind of the Muslims in colonial British India. Joint seminar with ISCTSJ. (Mar 2015).
  9. Yasmin Saikia Humanities and the Reaffirmation of the Human: Writing a people’s history of peace in South Asia. Gender Justice and Conflict Transformation and Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation an. (Mar 2015).
  10. Yasmin Saikia Love and Hate in South Asia: Rethinking Humanity after 1971. International Conference ‘Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Thought and Practice. (Mar 2015).
  11. Yasmin Saikia Destroyed by Love: Nation, Memory, and Humanity in South Asia. Critical Approaches in South Asian Studies Workshop. (Feb 2015).
  12. Yasmin Saikia Contagious Peace: Humanities and Reaffirmation of the Human. Global Islam Lectures, Lehigh University. (Nov 2014).
  13. Yasmin Saikia Uncolonizable: Freedom in the mind of the Muslims in Colonial India. South Asia Lecture, NYU. (Nov 2014).
  14. Yasmin Saikia Unruly Subjects and Freedom Imagining: Transborder Connections in Colonial India. South Asia Annual Conference. (Oct 2014).
  15. Yasmin Saikia Untraceable History: The Muslims in Assam. South Asia Annual Conference. (Oct 2014).
  16. Yasmin Saikia The Peace Contagion in Muslim South Asia: Friendship, Hospitality, and Humanity. Arizona Muslim Women's Association Annual Lecture. (Oct 2014).
  17. Yasmin Saikia Unruly Subjects: Freedom Imagining at the Transborder in Colonial India. South Asia Annual Lecture, SOAS, London. (May 2014).
  18. 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).
  19. Yasmin Saikia The Loss of History: Memory, Humanity and Peace after 1971. Peace Lecture, Conrad Grebel University College, Canada. (May 2014).
  20. Yasmin Saikia What the Humanities can teach us about Peace. Annual Asian Studies Development Program for College Teachers. (Mar 2014).
  21. Yasmin Saikia Women, War, and Peace. International Women's Day, University of Pennsylvania. (Mar 2014).
  22. 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).
  23. 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).
  24. Yasmin Saikia ‘Muslim Women and Everyday Practices of Peace'. International Symposium 'The Power of Religion,' Hong Kong. (Dec 2013).
  25. Yasmin Saikia Unruly Subjects: Freedom Imaginings in the Independent Territories of Colonial India. Relgious Studies Forum, ASU. (Nov 2013).
  26. Yasmin Saikia ‘(Mis)Communications: Culture, Language, and Survivors testimony of the 1971 war of Bangladesh.. 3rd International Conference on Translation,Baghdad, Iraq. (May 2013).
  27. Yasmin Saikia ‘Seeking Human Connections in Global Disjunctures: Fieldnotes of an Historian and Anthropologist. Sulaimanyeh University, Kurdistan Iraq.. (Apr 2013).
  28. 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).
  29. Yasmin Saikia Are we losing our Humanity?. Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, 2012. (Oct 2012).
  30. Yasmin Saikia Visions of Coexistence: Thinking Beyond Violence in Northeast India. Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, 2012. (Oct 2012).
  31. 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).
  32. Yasmin Saikia Thinking about Peace: Oral History after the 1971 War. Annual Lecture, Bricklane Society, London. (Mar 2012).
  33. Yasmin Saikia Strangers, Friends, and Survivors: Narratives after the 1971 war of Bangladesh. South Asia Lecture at Harvard University. (Mar 2012).
  34. 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).
  35. Yasmin Saikia Crossroads or Limits? Recognition, Camouflage, and Friendship as Articulations of the Border in South Asia. Annual Asian Studies Conference. (Mar 2012).
  36. Yasmin Saikia Impure History: At the borderland of Assam, India. American Historical Association. (Jan 2012).
  37. Yasmin Saikia Public History Goes Global: A Roundtable of Issues and Themes. American Historical Association. (Jan 2012).
  38. 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).
  39. Yasmin Saikia Impure History: At the Borderland of Assam, India. 3rd Asian Studies Graduate Students Conference, Arizona State University. (Nov 2010).
  40. Yasmin Saikia Islam: A Panel Discussion,’. Scottsdale Community College. (Nov 2010).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Haines,Charles * , Haines,Charles * , Gilger,Kristin G , Saikia,Yasmin , Silcock,Burton William , . ASU-Punjab University Partnership. DOS (8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018).
  2. Cady,Linell E * , Carlson,John , Doty,Roxanne Lynn , Saikia,Yasmin , Thomas,George , . Religion and Global Citizenship Initiative (ASUF 30006113). ASUF (6/1/2014 - 5/31/2017).
  3. Clarke,Deborah Lynn * , Lester,Neal Andre , Sadowski-Smith,Claudia , Saikia,Yasmin , . Globalizing Research and Teaching of American Literature. DOS (9/10/2013 - 8/31/2017).

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Service

  1. Aligrarh Muslim University Alumni Association, organizer and leader (2015 - present)
  2. Global Citizenship, Organizer of an international conference (2015 - present)
  3. People's Peace Conference, organizer and leader (2015 - present)
  4. Youth and Peace Conference, Invited Speaker (2015 - present)
  5. University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2014 - present)
  6. Playing Music for Peace, Organizer and discussant (2014 - present)
  7. Doctoral Committee, External Examiner (2013 - present)
  8. CSRC, Peace Studies, Organizer (2013 - present)
  9. CSRC, Peace Studies, Organizer (2013 - present)
  10. Journal of Women's History, Secretary (2014 - 2020)
  11. Journal of Women's History, Secretary (2014 - 2020)
  12. American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Ex-Comm member (2015 - 2018)
  13. People's Peace, organizer and leader (2015 - 2018)
  14. People's Peace, organizer (2015 - 2018)
  15. Personnel and Tenure Committee, member (2014 - 2018)
  16. Journal of Women's History, Editorial Board (2012 - 2017)
  17. Journal of Women's History, Member, Editorial Board (2012 - 2017)
  18. Journal of Women's History, Editorial Board (2012 - 2017)
  19. Journal of Women's History, Editorial Board (2012 - 2017)
  20. Journal of Women's Studies, Editorial Board (2010 - 2016)
  21. Personnel and Tenure Committee, Chair (2015 - 2016)
  22. Global Citizenship Faculty Seminar, Leader (2014 - 2016)
  23. New Books in Gender, Co-Editor (2013 - 2016)
  24. Ad-hoc committee for 'Vision Plan' for History, member (2015)
  25. University Grant Commission, India, Post-doctoral advisee (2014 - 2015)
  26. University Grant Commission, India, Research Mentor (2014 - 2015)
  27. American Institute of Pakistan Study, Executive Committee (2012 - 2015)
  28. American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Executive Board Member (2012 - 2015)
  29. American Institute of Pakistan Study, Executive Committee Member (2012 - 2015)
  30. Society of Historians for the Advancement of the Study of South Asia (SAHSA), Executive Committee (2008 - 2015)
  31. Islamic Studies Research Alliance seminar 'Utopia in Islam,', Organizer and leader (2014)
  32. Founder’s Day Celebration’ of the Aligarh Muslim University Arizona Alumni Federation, Organizer and leader (2014)
  33. Peace Film Screening, Organizer and discussant (2014)
  34. US Embassy grants for research scholars from Pakistan, Mentor (2013 - 2014)
  35. Higher Education of Pakistan, Research Mentor for doctoral fellows (2013 - 2014)
  36. Next Generation Leader from McKain Institute for International Leadership, Mentor (2014)
  37. Asian Studies major, Executive Committee (2013 - 2014)
  38. CSRC, Peace Studies, Organizer (2013 - 2014)
  39. Faculty Seminar 'Contesting Visions of Peace', Organizer and leader (2013 - 2014)
  40. Muslim community of Greater Phoenix, Monthly Seminar (2014)

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Curriculum Vitae / Resume

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