02/19 Sunday

Carpets and Computers - Lecture Series

Inside Islamic Science: Dialogues and Discussions
Moderated by Angie Coiro

Each interview, panel discussion, or lecture offers constructive dialogue on culture, religion, knowledge and beliefs, sparked by The Tech Museum's latest exhibition, Islamic Science Rediscovered.

Participate. Exchange ideas. Get in depth perspectives. Take part in a forum bringing balanced perspective on Islam and its contributions throughout history. Engage with others to probe a culture that is often demonized and misunderstood.

This lecture by Prof. Minoo Moallem is entitled Carpets and Computers, and it focuses on the influence of weaving and carpet looms on the development of computers in the West.

Minoo Moallem is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley challenges the mainstream stereotypical representation of Islam and Muslims as backward, fanatical, and pre-modern by showing how Islamic nationalism and fundamentalism are by-products of modernity. Using magazines, novels, and films, she offers a feminist transnational analysis of contemporary Iranian culture that questions dominant binaries of modern and traditional, West and East, secular and religious, and civilized and barbaric.

She is the author of "Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister. Islamic Fundamentalism and the Cultural Politics of Patriarchy in Iran". Her on-line project "Nation-on-the Move" was recently published in "Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular". Among other projects Professor Moallem is currently working on a book manuscript on the commoditization of the nation through consumptive production and circulation of such commodities as the Persian carpet.

Santa Clara County Library
The Tech Museum
201 S Market Street
San Jose 95113-2008
(408) 294-8324
Lecture Only: $10; only $5 for members. One price for all ages. Admission to Lecture, Museum and Exhibition:$24; only $13 for members. One price for all ages. Combination rates good only for on-site and over the phone sales.

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