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The Faculty of Arts and Sciences in association with the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies cordially invites you to a lecture Does The Nation-State Have a Hymen? The State of Sexual, National, and Gendered Regulation in Lebanon Dr. Maya Mikdashi, Rutgers University March 16th, 2015 2pm – 3.30pm West Hall, Auditorium B Bio: Maya Mikdashi is a Mellon Postdoc at the Institute for Research on Women and the Department of Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her upcoming book length manuscript entitled " Sex and Sectarianism: Secularism, Secularity and War in Contemporary Lebanon," is both an archival and ethnographic study of the regulation of sexual and religious difference within secular political systems. Maya works at the intersection of legal anthropology, feminism, queer theory, critical race studies, and theories of sovereignty, secularism and religion. She has worked on a number of documentary film projects, and continues to edit and write for Jadaliyya, an ezine that she co-founded and that is centered on critical approaches to studying the transnational Middle East.