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Carpets and Computers

Carpets and Computers: The influence of weaving and carpet looms on the development of computers in the West

Sunday, February 19, 2:00 p.m. 
 
Lecture by Prof. Minoo Moallem 
Carpets and Computers: The influence of weaving and carpet looms on the development of computers in the West. 
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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.