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BA (University of Pennsylvania)
MA - Anthropology (University of Toronto)
PhD - Anthropology (University of Toronto)

Professor Ivan Kalmar is professor of anthropology, and Hon. Newton W. Rowell Professor in the Vic One Program. His interests focus on how Jews and Muslims have been portrayed in similar ways in western Christian cultural history. More broadly, his research and writing deal with orientalism, cultural studies, and semiotic and linguistic anthropology. At Vic Prof. Kalmar teaches courses on the academic study of everyday life, and on the “life” of some of the famous quotes and images that define the history of the western imagination.

Selected Publications

  • Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the Notion of Sublime Power. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • Orientalism and the Jews, co-edited with Derek J. Penslar. Hannover, NH: University Press of New England, 2005.
  • “Orientalism.” Entry in the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2nd edition, eds. Richard C. Martin, Daniel M. Varisco, Ali Banuazizi, and Asma Afsaruddin. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2016.
  • "Race by Grace: Race and Religion, the Secular State, and the Construction of 'Jew' and 'Arab'," in Efraim Sicher, Jews Color Race: Rethinking Jewish Identities. London: Berghahn Press, 2013, 482-509.
  • “Antisemitism and Islamophobia: The Formation of a Secret,” Human Architecture, 7(2), 135-144. 2009.