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October 2021

Radhika Natarajan – Post-Imperial Contractions: Asian Migration and Marriage in Deindustrializing Britain

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The talk explores how Asian women became unassimilable in social work and public discourse in 1970s Britain. In the context of decolonization and deindustrialization, the Pakistani woman who worked for wages posed a threat to the stability of the white male working class. To keep the Pakistani woman at home, social workers created new forms of intervention into marriages, offered English language classes to mothers at day care centers, and extended the hand of friendship. From this perspective, multiculturalist policies…

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Naya Jones + Jennifer Steverson — The Art of Black Ecologies: A Virtual Studio Visit & Conversation

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The concept of black ecologies underscores the undue impact of climate and environmental injustice on Black diaspora communities while lifting up “insurgent” Black ecological knowledge (Roane & Hosbey 2019). Join us for a virtual studio visit and conversation on art and black ecologies with independent scholar and artist Jennifer Steverson. Steverson uses indigo dye, textiles, and archives to highlight Black diaspora community and resilience practices created through art, craft, and agriculture. She will be in conversation with arts-based geographer Naya…

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November 2021

BuYun Chen – Making the Intangible Tangible: Craft, History, and the Ryukyus

November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

How did the global and regional circulation of resources, techniques, and technologies transform local ecologies, practices, and livelihoods? Located between the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the Ryukyu Kingdom (?-1879; modern-day Okinawa, Japan) was a vital entrepôt in the early modern world, facilitating the movement of goods and people between northeast Asia and southeast Asia. This talk situates craft practices and material knowledge at the center of Ryukyu history to explore the historical entanglements of materials, bodies, and…

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Lital Levy – World Literature, Translation, and Diaspora: The Intimately Global Journey of Grace Aguilar’s The Vale of Cedars

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This talk follows the translation history of the Anglo-Jewish author Grace Aguilar’s 1850 novel The Vale of Cedars from Victorian England to Mainz, Warsaw, Vilna, Calcutta, and Tunis. A case study for Levy's broader project on “Global Haskalah,” it brings together Sephardic studies, world literature and translation studies, transnational literary history, and Jewish literary studies. Through this project, Levy argues for two interventions: a rethinking of the nation-centered model of world literature, and a revision of the Eurocentric narrative of…

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Nasser Zakariya – Questions on “Anthroperiphery”

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Taking recent discussions of "Copernican Forecasting" as a point of departure, this talk will look to historical and probabilistic arguments representing science in terms of ongoing demonstrations of the increasingly marginal position of humanity. A sketch of some of the genealogies of these arguments and their representations suggest how ill-fitting they might be when set against varying historical conceptions of centrality, probability, and forecasting. Nasser Zakariya's doctorate is in history of science, with a secondary field in Film and Visual…

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