Spring 2015 Events
Militarization, Medicalization, Responsibility
Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder (Book Launch)
The Writing — About Race — Process
Sadia Abbas on “How Injury Travels”
This is War: Notes from Tel Aviv
  • Spring 2015 Events
  • Militarization, Medicalization, Responsibility
  • Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder (Book Launch)
  • The Writing — About Race — Process
  • Sadia Abbas on “How Injury Travels”
  • This is War: Notes from Tel Aviv

The Writing — About Race — Process

A lot of people tuned into the podcast Serial Fall semester. I was one of them. But after five episodes, I was put off enough that I Googled “Serial podcast racism” to see what came up. I found the two articles (among others) that affirmed my disquiet. I stopped listening and I started writing about why.

This is War: Notes from Tel Aviv

Noise itself – the sirens and the booms – produces fear and anxiety. It creates a feeling of danger, of violence and of imminent destruction. However, for those in Tel Aviv, this violence and destruction never came. It was felt only through these everyday noises, these sounds that remind Israelis that their “right to exist” is threatened and create the [read more»]

Anthony Alessandrini: On the BDS Blacklist

The best answer I have—and I imagine it was part of whatever I said in response to my interlocutor all those years ago—is to say that my solidarity is grounded in a call for justice. I would like to think that the best work I do, as a teacher and scholar and writer and editor, circles around this question of [read more»]

2014–2015 Seminar: Humanity

The Committee begins with the observation that existing categories and analytic frameworks are inadequate to grasp the dynamics of our historical present. We are thus interested not only in questioning conventional assumptions in light of contemporary developments but also in the possibility of reclaiming, reworking, and refunctioning seemingly outmoded concepts in and for these times. [read more»]

Thursday, February 5th: Militarization, Medicalization, Responsibility

Thursday, February 5th: Militarization, Medicalization, Responsibility
4:30–6:30 pm | Room C202 A public presentation featuring Nadia Abu El-Haj (Barnard, Columbia): “On Combat and Moral Transgression: emerging psychiatric theories of injury, ethics, and responsibility” and Jennifer Terry (UC Irvine): “Attachments to War: militarization and the production of biomedical knowledge in modern America.” Nadia Abu El-Haj is professor in the Department of Anthropology at Barnard [read more»]

Militarization, Medicalization, Responsibility

February 05, 2015
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Room C202, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Thursday, February 5th | 4:30–6:30 pm| Room C202 A public presentation featuring Nadia Abu El-Haj (Barnard, Columbia): “On Combat and Moral Transgression: emerging psychiatric theories of injury, ethics, and responsibility” and Jennifer Terry (UC Irvine): “Attachments to War: militarization and the production of biomedical knowledge in modern America.” Nadia Abu El-Haj is professor in the Department of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University, and Co-Director [read more»]

Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder (Book Launch)

February 24, 2015
6:00 pm
Room 9204, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Tuesday, February 24th | 6–8pm | Room 9204 Please join us for a discussion and celebration of Freedom Time, Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder. Featuring Gary Wilder in conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University), Judith Surkis (Rutgers) Fouad Makki (Cornell University), Nick Nesbitt (Princeton University), moderated by Anthony Alessandrini (Kingsborough Community, CUNY). A reception to follow in Room 5109. “Freedom Time” is astonishing in its originality, breadth of [read more»]

Sadia Abbas on “How Injury Travels”

February 27, 2015
4:15 pm
Room C415A, The Graduate Center, CUNY
February 27 | 4:15–6:15pm | Room C415A Sadia Abbas explores (Rutgers University) responses to the colonial construction of religious subjects in South Asia. Undertaken in an effort to manage colonized populations, this construction is captured and continued by the postcolonial state, the most well-known example of which is Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Intricate contestations of religious iconography of the state and of the [read more»]

After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now

October 20, 2014
12:00 am - 8:30 pm
Graduate Center CUNY, Room C198
After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS:
Politics in Turkey Now A Conversation Friday, October 20, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Room C198 This panel will present a conversation about the current political context in Turkey, in the wake of popular protests (Gezi and its follow-ups), parliamentary and presidential elections (which have strengthened the hand of the [read more»]

Book Discussion–Anthony Alessandrini’s Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different

September 26, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Graduate Center, CUNY Room 5409
Anthony Alessandrini is an Assistant Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. His new book Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics focuses on a reading of Frantz Fanon’s work and life, asking how the work of a revolutionary writer such as Fanon might be best appropriated for contemporary political and cultural issues. 

November 20/21–Confronting Racial Capitalism: The Black Radical Tradition and the Cultures of Liberation

November 20, 2014 - November 21, 2014
All Day
Co-sponsored with the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. Occasioned by the work of Cedric J. Robinson, this symposium brings together leading radical thinkers to consider the history and ongoing struggle against racial capitalism. From Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition to his more recent work, Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theatre [read more»]