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OKCIR: Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics) (est. 2002) is an independent research and publishing initiative dedicated to exploring, in a simultaneously world-historical and self-reflective framework, the human search for a just global society.

Since the world’s utopian, mystical, and scientific movements have been the primary sources of inspiration, knowledge, and/or practice in this field, OKCIR aims to critically reexamine the shortcomings and contributions of these world-historical traditions—seeking to clearly understand why they have failed to bring about the good society, and what each can integratively contribute toward realizing that end.

The center aims to develop new conceptual (methodological, theoretical, historical), practical, pedagogical, inspirational and disseminative structures of knowledge whereby the individual can radically understand and determine how world-history and her/his selves constitute one another.

OKCIR promotes creative exercises in liberating sociology and alternative pluriversities of knowledge production and publication in the global cyberspace. As a virtual research center, its publications are available in part freely online in its open-stacks digital library, in part via subscription to its own or other academic database member-stacks, and others for purchase online via the Okcir Store and other online distributors. Selected publications are also available in print for online purchase by libraries, institutions, and interested print readers.

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New Publications

Liberating Sociology: From Newtonian Toward Quantum Imaginations: Volume 1: Unriddling the Quantum Enigma Author: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi


Liberating Sociology: From Newtonian Toward Quantum Imaginations: Volume 1: Unriddling the Quantum Enigma


Deeper methodological grounding to further advance the sociological imagination requires investigating whether and how relativistic and quantum scientific revolutions can induce a liberating reinvention of sociology in favor of creative research and a just global society. This, however, necessarily leads us to confront an elephant in the room, the ‘quantum enigma.’

In this major new study in the sociology of scientific knowledge, social theorist Mohammad H. Tamdgidi reports having unriddled the so-called ‘quantum enigma.’   Read More

Book and Monograph Series: Issues of Human Architecture and More

Liberating Sociology: From Newtonian Toward Quantum Imaginations: Volume 1: Unriddling the Quantum Enigma Author: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi
Gurdjieff and Hypnosis: A Hermeneutic Study by Mohammad H. Tamdgidi Gurdjieff and Hypnosis: A Hermeneutic Study explores the life and ideas of the enigmatic twentieth century philosopher, mystic, and teacher of esoteric dances George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1872?-1949), performing a hermeneutic textual analysis of all his published writings to illuminate the place of hypnosis in his teaching.
Advancing Utopistics: The Three Component Parts and Errors of Marxism Author: Mohammad H Tamdgidi

Edited Collection Series: Issues of Human Architecture and More

Mentoring, Methods, and Movements: Colloquium in Honor of Terence K. Hopkins by His Former Students and the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations Twentieth Anniversary Second Edition, Jan. 2017 Editors: Immanuel Wallerstein and Mohammad H Tamdgidi
Rod Bush: Lessons from a Radical Black Scholar on Liberation, Love, and Justice Edited by Melanie E. Bush
Conversations with Enrique Dussel on Anti-Cartesian Decoloniality & Pluriversal Transmodernity HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume XI • Issue 1 • Fall 2013 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Decolonizing the University: Practicing Pluriversity Proceedings of the International Conference on “Quelles universités et quels universalismes demain en Europe? un dialogue avec les Amériques” (“Which University and Universalism for Europe Tomorrow? A Dialogue with the Americas”) Organized by the Institute des Hautes d’Etudes de l’Amerique Latine (IHEAL) with the support of the Université de Cergy-Pontoise and the Maison des Science de l’Homme (MSH), Paris, June 10-11, 2010 HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume X • Issue 1 • Winter 2012 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Contesting Memory: Museumizations of Migration in Comparative Global Context Proceedings of the International Conference on “Museums and Migration” held at the Maison des Science de l’Homme (MSH), June 25-26, 2010, Paris HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume IX • Issue 4 • Fall 2011 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Teaching Transformations 2011 Contributions from the May 2011 Joint Annual Conference of the Center for Innovative Teaching (CIT) and Educational Technology (EdTech) at UMass Boston HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume IX • Issue 3 • Summer 2011 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Learning Transformations: Applied Sociological Imaginations from First Year Seminars and Beyond HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume IX • Issue 2 • Spring 2011 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Graduate Theorizations: Imaginative Applied Sociologies—Manifest and Latent HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume IX • Issue 1 • Winter 2011 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Islam: From Phobia to Understanding Proceedings of the International Conference on “Debating Islamophobia” Co-organized by Casa Árabe-IEAM (www.casaarabe.es) and the Program of Comparative Ethnic Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley Madrid, Spain, May 28–29, 2009—In Celebration of Nasr Abu Zayd (1943–2010) HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VIII • Issue 2 • Fall 2010 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Teaching Transformations 2010 HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VIII • Issue 1 • Spring 2010 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
“If I touch the Depth of Your Heart … ” : The Human Promise of Poetry in Memories of Mahmoud Darwish HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VII • Special Issue • 2009 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VII • Issue 4 • Fall 2009 Migrating Identities and Perspectives: Latin America and the Caribbean in Local and Global Contexts Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Sociological Re-Imaginations in & of Universities HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VII • Issue 3 • Summer 2009 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Historicizing Anti-Semitism Proceedings of the International Conference on the Post-September 11th New Ethnic/Racial Configurations in Europe and the United States: The Case of Anti-Semitism Maison des Science de l’Home (MSH) Paris, June 29-30, 2007 HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VII • Issue 2 • Spring 2009 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Teaching Transformations 2009 Contributions from the Annual Conferences of the New England Center for Inclusive Teaching (NECIT) and the Center for the Improvement of Teaching (CIT) at UMass Boston HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VII • Issue 1 • Winter 2009 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Microcosms of Hope: Celebrating Student Scholars Award-Winning and Honoree Contributions—2006-2007 Esther Kingston-Mann Student Achievement Awards for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VI • Issue 4 • Fall 2008 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Thich Nhat Hanh’s Sociological Imagination: Essays and Commentaries on Engaged Buddhism Plus Proceedings from the Panels on “Buddhist Contributions to Social Justice” at the Fifth International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak held in Hanoi, Vietnam—May 2008 HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VI • Issue 3 • Summer 2008 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Sociological Imaginations from the Classroom: Plus A Symposium on the Sociology of Science Perspectives on the Malfunctions of Science and Peer Reviewing HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VI • Issue 2 • Spring 2008 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Teaching Transformation: Contributions from the January 2008 Annual Conference on Teaching for Transformation of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching, UMass Boston HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume VI • Issue 1 • Winter 2008 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston Issue Co-Editor: Vivian Zamel, UMass Boston
Reflections on Fanon: The Violences of Colonialism and Racism, Inner and Global—Conversations with Frantz Fanon on the Meaning of Human Emancipation Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Social Theory Forum, March 27-28, 2007, UMass Boston HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume V • Special Issue • Summer 2007 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Insiders/Outsiders: Voices from the Classroom HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume V • Issue 2 • Spring 2007 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Othering Islam: Proceedings of the International Conference on “The Post-September 11 New Ethnic/Racial Configurations in Europe and the United States: The Case of Islamophobia”—Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France, June 2-3, 2006 HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume V • Issue 1 • Fall 2006, Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Re-Membering Anzaldúa: Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldua in Self and Global Transformations Proceedings of the Third Annual Social Theory Forum—April 5-6, 2006, UMass Boston HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume IV • Special Issue • Summer 2006, Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Student Scholarships of Learning HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume IV • Issues 1&2 • Fall 2005 / Spring 2006 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Course Topic as well as Pedagogical Strategy HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume III • Issues 1&2 • Spring 2004 / Fall 2005 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Students’ Critical Theories in Applied Settings HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume II • Issue 2 • Fall 2003/Spring 2004 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Social Theories, Student Realities HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume II • Issue 1 • Spring 2003 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Student Spiritual Renaissances & Social Reconstructions HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume I • Issue 2 • Fall 2002 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston
Student Life Courses & Social Policies HUMAN ARCHITECTURE Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge Volume I • Issue 1 • Spring 2002 Journal Editor: Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston

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