Spring 2014 Public Events

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The Contemporaneity of Postcolonial Thinking?
Committee on Globalization and Social Change
Graduate Center, City University of New York
Spring 2014

Wednesday, February 5th: Academics Writing Fiction: Ruth Behar and Paul Stoller in Conversation
6:30pm to 8pm | Skylight Room
Anthropologists Ruth Behar and Paul Stoller consider the possibilities and place of fiction within the social sciences, and reflect on the kinds of creative and experimental writing that they and other academics have engaged in. The panel will be moderated by Sujatha Fernandes, Associate Professor of Sociology at CUNY.

Friday, February 7th: Imperial Debris: Roundtable with Ann Laura Stoler
1:30pm to 4pm | Skylight Room
A Roundtable with Ann Laura Stoler on the publication of Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (Duke University Press, 2013). In conversation with Fiona Lee, Uday Mehta, Chelsea Schields, Neferti Tadiar, Megan Vaughan, and Gary Wilder.

Friday, March 14th: “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey
6:30 to 8:30pm |Room C198
A discussion of the Gezi Park protests, which erupted in Istanbul in late May 2013 with Anthony Alessandrini, Jay Cassano, Louis Fishman, Aslı Iğsız, Elif Sarı, Cihan Tekay, and Emrah Yildiz. The event coincides with the publication of “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey, published by Jadaliyya and Tadween Publishing, a collection of essays intended as a pedagogical resource for those teaching and studying recent events in Turkey.

Friday, March 21st: The Security Archipelago—Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism: Book launch and discussion with Paul Amar
4:00pm–6:00pm | Room C201–202
In The Security Archipelago (Duke University Press), Paul Amar provides an alternative historical and theoretical framing of the refashioning of free-market states and the rise of humanitarian security regimes in the Global South by examining the pivotal, trendsetting cases of Brazil and Egypt.

Thursday, March 27th: Finding Something Different: Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Book launch and Discussion with Anthony Alessandrini
4:30pm to 6:30pm | Room 5109
Anthony Alessandrini presents Finding Something Different: Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics. With discussants J. Michael Dash, professor of French, Social and Cultural Analysis, and Comparative Lit at NYU and Kandice Chuh, English CUNY Grad Center.

Friday, April 4th: Critical Horizons: Beyond Marxism vs. Postcolonialism: A Symposium
9:30am to 6:30pm | Room 5307
Papers by Vinay Gidwani, Geography, University of Minnesota; Anne-Maria Makhulu, Anthropology, Duke University; and Jini Kim Watson, English, NYU. With comments by Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences, American Studies, and Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center

Friday, April 25th: Globalizing Critical Theory: Symposium
1:00–5:15PM | Room C203/204
With papers by Souleymane Bachir Diagne, French and Philosophy, Columbia University; Manu Goswami, History, NYU; and Yoav DiCapua, History, University of Texas, Austin. With Comment by Uday Mehta, Professor of Politics, CUNY Graduate Center

Monday, May 5th: Rethinking the South African Crisis
7:00–9:00PM | Bluestockings Books (172 Allen St., New York)
Gillian Hart discusses her new book, Rethinking the South African Crisis:  Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony. 

Thursday, May 8th: Conversation with Artist Renzo Martin
Renzo Martens will present the Institute of Human Activities and discuss its relationship to his previous work in the Congo. In conversation with Claire Bishop (Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY) and Ashley Dawson (English,College of Staten and Graduate Center, CUNY).

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