Faculty Profile

Dr. Syeedda Anjum Ara Alvi

Associate Professor

Humanities & Social Sciences

Anjum Alvi, a cultural anthropologist, joined LUMS as an Asisstant Professor in December 2008. She received her PhD in 1999 from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. She taught for 18 years at the same institute. Parallel to this she taught several courses at the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg as well as at the Institute of Sociology of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Her PhD thesis "Bearers of Grief: Death, Women, Gifts, and Kinship in Muslim Punjab" involves a comparative theoretical discussion of the perspectives of Pierre Bourdieu and Louis Dumont and their analytical approaches to kinship which she utilized to approach the social condition of the Pakistani Punjab. The thesis focuses on marriage, the brother-sister relationship, gender relations, gift-exchange and the concept of gift, exemplified most extensively by the mortuary ritual. Her three essays on the Punjab appeared in leading international journals like Social Anthropology (the notion of the Punjabi selfhood and personhood), Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute (the Punjabi kinship and its place in the South Asian context), andCurrent Anthropology (the concept of the Muslim veiling). Her fourth essay on the Punjab, to be submitted, analyzes the different forms of gifts in the Punjab within a South Asian context as well as in relation to a general notion of ethics.

TitleSemesterCode
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2014-151401
Ethnography of PakistanFall Semester 2014-151401
Economic Anthropology: An IntroductionSpring Semester 2014-151402
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2015-161501
The Gift of Marcel Mauss: Is Reciprocity a Founding Principle of Society?Fall Semester 2015-161501
Veiling: Muslim Cultures and the Struggle for Identities in DiasporasSpring Semester 2015-161502
Independent StudyFall Semester 2016-171601
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2017-181701
Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyFall Semester 2017-181701
  • Past Courses
    TitleSemesterCode
    Economic Anthropolgy: The Gift & ReciprocityWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Ethnography of PakistanWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Independent StudySpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Senior ProjectSpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    The Ethnography of the East & the West PunjabSpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Gifts and Commodities: is there a difference between gift economy and market economy?Spring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Classical Anthropological TheoryFall Semester 2009-10901
    Ethnography of PakistanFall Semester 2009-10901
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Understanding Cultural Anthropology: A Reading of Some Key TextsSpring Semester 2009-10902
    Punjab: Kinship, Marriage & SexualitySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Understanding Rituals: IntroductionFall Semester 2010-111001
    Understanding Cultural Anthropology: A Reading of Some Key TextsSpring Semester 2010-111002
    Understanding Rituals: Liminality, Violence, KillingSpring Semester 2010-111002
    Ethnography of PakistanFall Semester 2011-121101
    Independent StudyFall Semester 2011-121101
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2011-121101
    Parda: Muslim veiling in South AsiaSpring Semester 2011-121102
    The Gift of Marcel Mauss: Is Reciprocity a Founding Principle of Society?Spring Semester 2011-121102
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Economic Anthropology: An IntroductionFall Semester 2012-131201
    Veiling: Muslim Cultures and the Struggle for Identities in DiasporasFall Semester 2012-131201
    Independent StudySpring Semester 2012-131202
    An Introduction to the Anthropological Study of KinshipSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Economic Anthropology: An IntroductionFall Semester 2013-141301
    Veiling: Muslim Cultures and the Struggle for Identities in DiasporasFall Semester 2013-141301
    An Introduction to the Anthropological Study of KinshipSpring Semester 2013-141302