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.

Semester Title Code
Fall Semester 2017-18 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1701
Fall Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1601
Spring Semester 2015-16 Veiling: Muslim Cultures and the Struggle for Identities in Diasporas 1502
Fall Semester 2015-16 The Gift of Marcel Mauss: Is Reciprocity a Founding Principle of Society? 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1501
Spring Semester 2014-15 Economic Anthropology: An Introduction 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Ethnography of Pakistan 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Spring Semester 2013-14 An Introduction to the Anthropological Study of Kinship 1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Veiling: Muslim Cultures and the Struggle for Identities in Diasporas 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Economic Anthropology: An Introduction 1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13 An Introduction to the Anthropological Study of Kinship 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Independent Study 1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Veiling: Muslim Cultures and the Struggle for Identities in Diasporas 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Economic Anthropology: An Introduction 1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Senior Project II 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 The Gift of Marcel Mauss: Is Reciprocity a Founding Principle of Society? 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Parda: Muslim veiling in South Asia 1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Senior Project I 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Independent Study 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Ethnography of Pakistan 1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Understanding Rituals: Liminality, Violence, Killing 1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Understanding Cultural Anthropology: A Reading of Some Key Texts 1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Understanding Rituals: Introduction 1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Punjab: Kinship, Marriage & Sexuality 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Understanding Cultural Anthropology: A Reading of Some Key Texts 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Independent Study 902
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Ethnography of Pakistan 901
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Classical Anthropological Theory 901
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Gifts and Commodities: is there a difference between gift economy and market economy? 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 The Ethnography of the East & the West Punjab 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Senior Project 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Independent Study 803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Ethnography of Pakistan 802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Economic Anthropolgy: The Gift & Reciprocity 802