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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

Edited Collection Series: Issues of Human Architecture and More

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
Human Architecture, X, 1, Winter 2012

Decolonizing the University: Practicing Pluriversity

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
Human Architecture, IX, 3, Summer 2011

Teaching Transformations 2011

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
Human Architecture, VIII, 2, Fall 2010

Islam: From Phobia to Understanding

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
Human Architecture, VIII, 1, Spring 2010

Teaching Transformations 2010

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
Human Architecture, VII, 3, Summer 2009

Sociological Re-Imaginations in & of Universities

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
Human Architecture, VII, 2, Spring 2009

Historicizing Anti-Semitism

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
Human Architecture, VII, 1, Winter 2009

Teaching Transformations 2009

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
Human Architecture, VI, 1, Winter 2008

Teaching Transformations

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
Human Architecture, V, 2, Spring 2007

Insiders/Outsiders: Voices from the Classroom

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
Human Architecture, V, 1, Fall 2006

Othering Islam

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
Human Architecture, IV, 1&2, Fall 2005 / Spring 2006

Student Scholarships of Learning

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
Human Architecture, III, 1&2, Spring 2004 / Fall 2005

Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Course Topic as well as Pedagogical Strategy

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
Human Architecture, II, 2, Fall 2003 / Spring 2004

Students’ Critical Theories in Applied Settings

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
Human Architecture, II, 1, Spring 2003

Social Theories, Student Realities

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
Human Architecture, I, 1, Spring 2002

Student Life Courses & Social Policies

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