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February 2022

Massimiliano Tomba – Revolutions/Restorations

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Reading revolutions through the prism of a concept of history that is not teleological or unilinear but is instead structured as a pluriverse of historical temporalities, this talk shows how different temporalities and semantic stratification of revolution are reactivated in historical revolutionary moments. From this perspective, the ancient notions of revolution and restoration are not erased but coexist as temporal stratifications. Tomba's analysis is articulated through historical cases, from the German peasant war of 1525 to the Water War in…

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Jorgge Menna Barreto – Voicescapes for the Landless

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

This project expands traditional oral history methodologies by recording the voices of farmers of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) embedded in the soundscapes of the food forests they cultivate. The resulting situated multispecies voicescapes will be used in the creation of pedagogical material for students in rural schools and beyond. Jorgge Menna Barreto, Ph.D. is a Brazilian artist and educator, whose practice and research have been dedicated to site-specific art for over 20 years. In 2014, he worked on…

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Althea Wasow – Policing Blackness and Black Bodies in Bert Williams’s “A Natural Born Gambler” (1916)

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Engseng Ho – Dubai and Singapore: Asian Diasporics, Global Logistics, Company Rule

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Dubai and Singapore are emblematic of the contemporary global moment, embodying dizzying success, frenetic excess, spectacular crash. Are they global cities or port-states? Are they Asian nations or corporations descended from the East India Companies that became colonial governments? Their iconic status today as global cities is not simply a function of globalization, but can be understood in terms of dynamic currents that shape and reshape places in the Indian Ocean, the original Asian venue of an international economy. Dubai…

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March 2022

Mark Nash and Vladimir Seput – Documenta 11 revisited: Platform 6

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Following the untimely death in 2019 of curator Okwui Enwezor, Mark Nash was charged with developing a platform for exploring the work of Enwezor’s Documenta11 (2002) for which Mark was a co-curator. This talk will present several related projects including the Platform 6 website. Vladimir Seput, who is visiting scholar at UCSC, is collaborating on the Platform 6 project and will also contribute to the presentation. Mark Nash is a distinguished independent curator, film historian and filmmaker with a specialization…

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