Welcome Letter

Dear students,

Welcome to Contested Bodies! This program addresses questions that currently fuel (and trouble) our artistic and scholarly practices; we’re excited to bring you into this collaborative inquiry and to begin learning with and from you.

Meanwhile, we wanted to give you some basic details about the program.

Program Schedule

Pasted below, previous blog post. Also available here.

Program texts:

We have done our best to limit the number of books you are required to buy. The following titles will be available through the campus bookstore. Additional readings will be provided as PDFs.

Karen Armstrong, Holy War

Talal Asad, On Suicide Bombing


Equitable access is important to the success of everyone’s learning. Formal documentation through Access Services is the best way to ensure that any necessary accommodations are handled fairly and professionally, but if you do not have formal documentation please don’t let that stop you from discussing your individual learning needs with us. During Week 1, we will discuss some collective best practices that can help us create more inclusive conditions within our classroom. We also encourage you to write to us about any concerns you may have about encountering and analyzing violent images.

Program expectations:

  • Consistent attendance and active engagement in program activities
  • Successful completion weekly synthetic response papers
  • Successful seminar co-facilitation
  • Successful development and execution of a final, research-based project (you will conduct this research independently, but present it collaboratively)

Don’t see your questions answered here? Please write to us with any questions or concerns you may have.


Amjad Faur


Elizabeth Williamson



Welcome to Contested Bodies!

Dear students,

A formal welcome letter will be posted here in August with information about the program. Faculty are making every effort to save you money by providing a majority of readings via pdf. There will be two required texts, however: Talal Asad’s On Suicide Bombing and Karen Armstrong’s Holy War. Both will be available through the campus bookstore.

The schedule will be as follows:


Lecture / 10am-12pm

Seminar / 1-3pm

Optional: Critical and Creative Thinking Series / 5:30-7pm [alternating weeks]


Curation workshop / 9-11:30am

Artist’s lecture series / 11:30am-1pm 


Lecture / 10am-12pm

Seminar / 1-4pm