Faculty Profile

Dr. Syeedda Anjum Ara Alvi

Associate Professor

Department Of 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.

SemesterTitleCode
Fall Semester 2018-19Economic Anthropology: An Introduction1801
Fall Semester 2018-19Ethnography of Pakistan1801
Spring Semester 2017-18Marcel Mauss and Postmodern Critique:How Law, Language, Morality, and Justice are related to Economy1702
Spring Semester 2017-18Ethnography of Pakistan1702
Fall Semester 2017-18Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1701
Fall Semester 2016-17Independent Study1601
Spring Semester 2015-16Veiling: Muslim Cultures and the Struggle for Identities in Diasporas1502
Fall Semester 2015-16Marcel Mauss and Postmodern Critique:How Law, Language, Morality, and Justice are related to Economy1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1501
Spring Semester 2014-15Economic Anthropology: An Introduction1402
Fall Semester 2014-15Ethnography of Pakistan1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1401
  • Past Courses
    SemesterTitleCode
    Spring Semester 2013-14An Introduction to the Anthropological Study of Kinship1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14Veiling: Muslim Cultures and the Struggle for Identities in Diasporas1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Economic Anthropology: An Introduction1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13An Introduction to the Anthropological Study of Kinship1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Independent Study1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13Veiling: Muslim Cultures and the Struggle for Identities in Diasporas1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Economic Anthropology: An Introduction1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12Senior Project II1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Marcel Mauss and Postmodern Critique:How Law, Language, Morality, and Justice are related to Economy1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Parda: Muslim veiling in South Asia1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12Senior Project I1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Independent Study1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Ethnography of Pakistan1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11Understanding Rituals: Liminality, Violence, Killing1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11Understanding Cultural Anthropology: A Reading of Some Key Texts1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11Understanding Rituals: Introduction1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10Punjab: Kinship, Marriage & Sexuality902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Understanding Cultural Anthropology: A Reading of Some Key Texts902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Independent Study902
    Fall Semester 2009-10Ethnography of Pakistan901
    Fall Semester 2009-10Classical Anthropological Theory901
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Gifts and Commodities: is there a difference between gift economy and market economy?803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009The Ethnography of the East & the West Punjab803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Senior Project803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Independent Study803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Ethnography of Pakistan802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Economic Anthropolgy: The Gift & Reciprocity802