Negotiating the State and the Persianate: Ernst's Living Legacy at the Universoty of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Words of Experience - Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst - Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

Candace Mixon [+-]
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD candidate
Candace Mixon is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Islamic Studies, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation is on material artifacts of devotion to the family of the Prophet Muhammad in contemporary Iran. She is especially interested in how Shi'ite devotion is gendered, materialized, and ritualized.

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Though we have likely all benefited from the written work of Dr. Carl Ernst in his sharp scholarship, one less-discussed aspect of Ernst’s scholarship is his active role in global networking and fundraising that can make all of our projects, research or pedagogical, possible. In this essay, I explore what I have called an ‘Ernstian model’ of demanding projects, careful scholarship, and networked resources in order to demonstrate how Dr. Ernst leads by example in not only the quality and expansive nature of his scholarship but the mechanics of how to make it a successful venture. In order to embrace the Ernstian model, one should embrace or learn to have a proclivity for connection in diverse circumstances. For me, this has primarily come through his work in the “Persianate,” including navigating research and opportunities in Iran.

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Mixon, Candace. Negotiating the State and the Persianate: Ernst's Living Legacy at the Universoty of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Words of Experience - Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781799109. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38430. Date accessed: 20 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38430. Oct 2020

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