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CANCELLED [CMENAS Colloquium Series. “‘Warrants’ in Research: How to Deconstruct Cognitive Bias and Change the Conversation in Your Field, with Consideration of DEI Issues”]

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Speaker: Samer Ali, CMENAS Director and Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Culture, U-M Department of Middle Eastern Studies
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The 2018 CMENAS Colloquium Series theme, “The Process of Discovery: How Scholars Write Books Today” will discuss how in popular media, writing is fantastically presented as a process whereby inspiration—a muse— comes to the writer (or fails to). In this fantasy, writers type fiendishly or crumple up one sheet after another. The reality is at once more complicated and humble than this. Come discover how scholars discover. The colloquium series will feature presentations from CMENAS faculty on their recent book projects and will explore the research process from start to finish.
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Lecture Abstract:
In the Craft of Research, Booth et al point to “warrant” as the principle that connects reasons to claim. It’s what enables your reader to see the relevance of your reasoning. Today, Prof. Ali will lead a discussion of the textbook Craft of Research, focusing on warrants, and how they might evince and reinforce biases (sexist, racist, or presentist assumptions), thus foreclosing certain discussions. By the same token, you can deploy new warrants to revise and substantiate principles, and in effect change the conversation in your field. Warrants are vital for diversifying discussions to include underrepresented researchers.

Speaker Bio:
Samer Ali conducts research on Arabo-Islamic social life in the Middle Ages through the lens of literature, arts, and culture. He authored Arabic Literary Salons in the Islamic Middle Ages and now writes on the role of women in the Arabic literary tradition and rituals of scapegoating and redemption. He has been honored with seven awards from The Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, the American Institute of Maghrib Studies, and Fulbright Association.

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When and Where

Map Weiser Hall - Room 555

October 2018

12:00pm - 1:30pm

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