Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture
Feb
19
5:00 PM17:00

Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture

Molecular Death, Desire, and Redface Reincarnation:
Indigenous Appropriations in the USA and Canada

The Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Project, co-sponsored by Precision Medicine & Society and the Center for the Study of Social Difference, welcomes Dr. Kim TallBear (University of Alberta) to give a talk on "Molecular Death, Desire, and Redface Reincarnation: Indigenous Appropriateness in the USA and Canada", on Tuesday, February 19th, 5pm-7pm, in the Seminar Room (IRWGS), 754 Schermerhorn Ext, 1200 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027.

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The event is open to the public and co-sponsored by Columbia University's Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality (IRWGS); Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER); the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities. The talk will be followed by a small reception. 

The Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Project is co-directed by Rachel Adams, PhD, Professor of English; and Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics. For more information on this project, please visit socialdifference.columbia.edu

Columbia University is committed to creating an environment that includes and welcomes people with disabilities. If you need accommodations because of a disability, please email Srishti Sardana at ss4677@tc.columbia.edu as soon as possible.

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Book Launch:  Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Book Launch: Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad

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CSSD working group Racial Capitalism co-sponsors the launch of Manu Karuka’s new book. Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad (University of California Press, 2019).

Karuka’s book boldly reframes the history of the transcontinental railroad from the perspectives of the Cheyenne, Lakota, and Pawnee Native American tribes, and the Chinese migrants who toiled on its path. In this meticulously researched book, Manu Karuka situates the railroad within the violent global histories of colonialism and capitalism. Through an examination of legislative, military, and business records, Karuka deftly explains the imperial foundations of U.S. political economy. Tracing the shared paths of Indigenous and Asian American histories, this multisited interdisciplinary study connects military occupation to exclusionary border policies, a linked chain spanning the heart of U.S. imperialism. This highly original and beautifully wrought book unveils how the transcontinental railroad laid the tracks of the U.S. Empire.

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Queer Disruptions III
Feb
28
to Mar 1

Queer Disruptions III

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This will be the third year of Queer Disruptions (QD3), and this year an international slate of esteemed scholars, activists, and artists will convene to celebrate GLQ’s 25th anniversary and to reflect on the seminal conference Black Nations/Queer Nations from 1995.

Prior to the start of the conference, we invite you to a concert performance by queer Colombian sound artist Ana Maria Romano on Wednesday, February 27, organized by the Department of Music and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. The performance will serve as an opening to what is sure to be a dynamic and enriching discussion during QD3.

This program is hosted by the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Council at Columbia University in the City of New York and sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion.

Additional support provided by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, the Center for the Study of Social Difference, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Program for the Study of LGBT Health.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Pre-Conference Programming | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019

Here and Queer in Networked Space: A conversation with Zach Stafford and Jack Halberstam
moderated by Mark Hansen

5:00-6:30 pm
Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Pulitzer Hall, ground floor

Ana Maria Romano Concert and Discussion
Free and Open to the Public
7:30pm (doors at 7:15)
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 West 129th Street, between Broadway and 12th Avenue

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

 4pm-6pm The Forum

Black Nations/Queer Nations
Kendall Thomas (Columbia Law School), moderator
Cathy Cohen (University of Chicago)
Chandan Reddy (University of Washington)
Rinaldo Walcott (University of Toronto)

 6pm-8pm The Forum
Conference Reception

Friday, March 1, 2019

 10am-11:30am | The Forum

NYC Queer History and Theory
Tey Meadow (Columbia University), moderator
Kenyon Farrow (Independent Writer/Activist)
Katherine Franke (Columbia Law School)
George Chauncey (Columbia University)

 11:30am-12:45pm | The Forum
Lunch

 1pm-2:30pm | The Forum

Queer Art/Queer Theory
Tavia Nyong’o (Yale University), moderator
Iván Ramos (University of Maryland, College Park)
Xandra Ibarra (Independent Artist)
Kara Keeling (University of Chicago)

 3pm-4:30pm | The Forum

Queer/Trans Intersections
Vanessa Agard-Jones (Columbia University), moderator
Marquis Bey (Cornell University)
Dora Silva Santana (John Jay College – CUNY)
Aren Aizura (University of Minnesota)
Boychild (Independent Artist)

 8:30pm-10:30pm | KGB Bar, The Red Room (85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003)

Trans/gression: An Evening of Performance
Curated by Kiyan Williams
Performances by Linda Labeija and NIC Kay

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Our History is the Future With Nick Estes
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

Our History is the Future With Nick Estes

Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance by Nick Estes

In 2016, a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century. Water Protectors knew this battle for native sovereignty had already been fought many times before, and that, even after the encampment was gone, their anticolonial struggle would continue. In Our History Is the Future, Nick Estes traces traditions of Indigenous resistance that led to the #NoDAPL movement. Our History Is the Future is at once a work of history, a manifesto, and an intergenerational story of resistance.

Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance is available from Verso

Co-sponsored by the Racial Capitalism Working Group, the Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University, Barnard’s New Directions in American Studies, Verso Books, and The People’s Forum.

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Corporate Feminism & Its Discontents
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Corporate Feminism & Its Discontents

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 6pm - 8pm
Women Creating Change
Corporate Feminism and Its Discontents  
Columbia University - Maison Francaise, East Gallery
Cosponsored by the Center for Gender + Sexuality Law and Maison Francaise

Description

Despite gains in recent years, gender and racial disparities in the corporate sector, especially in its higher echelons, remain significant in the United States and Europe. This round table will explore successes and limitations of policies to promote diversity and inclusion. Panelists will identify successful strategies but also roadblocks and unintended consequences, and raise the issue of how backlash and stasis might be addressed. 

The event is free and open to the public, please register here.

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Apr
5
3:00 PM15:00

Art Theft and Restitution

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A round-table with Ariella Azoulay (Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature, Brown University), Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Professor of French and Philosophy, and Director of the Institute for African Studies, Columbia University) and Brian Wallis (Curator, The Walther Collection), Moderated by Marianne Hirsch and Andreas Huyssen.

Co-Sponsors: University Seminar on Cultural Memory, Columbia Center for the Study of Social Difference, Maison Francaise.


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Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

Women CLAP BACK: Music and the Arts


The Center for the Study of Social Difference is proud to co-sponsor:

Women CLAP BACK: Music and the Arts

Women CLAP BACK: Music and the Arts is a series of programmed events featuring woman-identified speakers working on the fringes of music and the arts that speak about their interventions in the White and patriarchal dynamics of their fields. The goal of CLAP BACK is to foster cross-disciplinary conversation among musicians, composers, multimedia artists, playwrights, bloggers, academics, and activists. The inaugural CLAP BACK  premiered at The New School / Eugene Lang College in April 2016.

This second event will feature film director and visual artist James Spooner, who directed 2003's Afropunk: The Rock n' Roll Experience, a groundbreaking independent film that sparked a global movement. Centered on the experiences of black rock, punk and hardcore musicians in New York City, it spearheaded a nationwide conversation on black artists within the DIY (Do-it-Yourself) underground music scenes. Most importantly, it highlighted the experiences of black women who successfully navigated their gender and ethnocultural status while actively participating within these white-centric and male-dominated genres and cultures that have historically been resistant to marginalized communities. This event, free and open to the public will include women who were featured in the 2003 documentary, as well as young women of color who are currently involved in the New York punk and hardcore scenes. 

At this event, we will screen the 70-minute documentary and Spooner will give a presentation on the making of the documentary, as well as discuss the cultural shift that has happened in the 15+ years since the initial release. We will also moderate a panel of 3-4 women on their experiences as artists within the underground music scenes.

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Colonial Pasts and Violent Present of Confinement in Counterinsurgencies
Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

Colonial Pasts and Violent Present of Confinement in Counterinsurgencies

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CSSD working group Racial Capitalism co-sponsors Colonial Pasts and Violent Present of Confinement in Counterinsurgencies with Laleh Khalili, Professor of Middle East Politics SOAS University of London, on the evolution of modern regimes.

Detention and confinement— both of combatants and large groups of civilians—have become fixtures of asymmetric wars over the course of the last century, with a huge increase in the employment of detention camps, internment centres, and the enclosure or isolation of groups of people. Khalili examines the practices and historical roots of two major liberal counterinsurgencies of our day – the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the U.S. War on Terror. She argues that although practices of incarceration have been defended by the assertion that they constitute measures to “protect” populations against violence and terrorism, liberal states have in fact consistently acted illiberally in their confinements, and that this has increasingly encouraged policymakers willingly to choose to wage wars.

There will be a reception after the talk.

Additional co-sponsorship by the Center for Social Difference, Columbia University, Barnard’s New Directions in American Studies, Verso Books, and the People’s Forum.

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Unsettling Spaces
Feb
12
12:00 PM12:00

Unsettling Spaces

Technologies of Violence in Palestinian Jerusalem

with Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence co-director
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Unsettling Spaces

Moderated by Prof. Nadia Abu el-Haj
Department of Anthropology
Co-Director, Center for Palestine Studies
Columbia University

Presentations:

Speaking Life, Speaking Death: Jerusalem’s Children in the “Showroom” of Violent Technologies

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Chair in Global Law, Queen Mary University of London and Lawrence D Biele Chair in Law, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Who speaks life and who speaks death in Occupied East Jerusalem? Children’s words and acts provide unique insight into the daily experiences of domination, colonization and occupation that are part of Israel’s "combat proven" politics. Surveillance, spatial control, imprisonment, torture, and professional training of security personnel have turned the old city into a showroom for states, arms companies, and security agencies to market their technologies as tested, and "combat proven." From over 600 letters written by children in the old city and observations of their daily walks to school, we can learn about the effects and refusals of these technologies of violence as they speak life. The geostrategic significance of controlling Jerusalem for Israel and the sacralized politics invoked to turn it into a “show room” speak death.

Settler-Colonial “Displaceability”: Living Behind the Wall in Jerusalem

Nayrouz Abu Hatoum, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University

Kufr Aqab, a neighborhood in Jerusalem that was cut off from the city after the construction of the Israeli wall in 2003 has been increasingly neglected by the Jerusalem municipality. In administrative and legal limbo, outside the reach of both Israeli state and the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian neighborhoods like Kufr Aqab are frontiers on which the contours of Israeli settler-colonial geography and demography are being drawn. Palestinians live there in a liminal zone facing the realities of disposability, displaceability, and infrastructural catastrophe. How do Palestinians live and thrive in such grey zones of colonial legality? Does dwelling in-between open up grounds for imagining a new (sovereign) future?


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Tankers, Tycoons, and the Making of Modern Regimes of Law, Labour, and Finance
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Tankers, Tycoons, and the Making of Modern Regimes of Law, Labour, and Finance

CSSD working group Racial Capitalism presents Tankers, Tycoons, and the Making of Modern Regimes of Law, Labour, and Finance, an evening talk with Laleh Khalili, Professor of Middle East Politics SOAS University of London, on the evolution of modern regimes.

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Event is FREE. Click here for more information.

Additional support for this event is provided by the Department of Anthropology, Institute of Religion, Culture, and Public Life, The Racial Capitalism Working Group, Department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies, and the Middle East Institute.




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Religion and Public Health Series: Religion and Menstruation
Feb
11
11:30 AM11:30

Religion and Public Health Series: Religion and Menstruation

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Please note, the location of this event has changed. It will now be held at:
Hammer Science Building, Room 401 
701 W 168th St, NYC 10032

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Description

A series to explore public health topics through the lens of different religious faiths. This event is co-sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health, the Office of Diversity, Culture and Inclusion, and the Center for the Study of Social Difference working group Menstrual Health & Gender Justice.

Register here.

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Feb
8
to Feb 9

Scholar and Feminist Conference: The Politics and Ethics of the Archive

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February 8-9, 2019
The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) presents:
44th Annual Scholar and Feminist Conference: THE POLITICS AND ETHICS OF THE ARCHIVE
The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Friday, February 8, 4 PM–8 PM & Saturday, February 9, 10 AM–6 PM

Co-Sponsors: The Center for the Study of Social Difference (CU), Program in American Studies (BC), Barnard College Library and Archives, the Consortium of Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (BC), Digital Humanities Center (BC), Department of Africana Studies (BC), Department of English (BC), the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (CU), the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (BC), and more (list in progress).

Featuring 

Diana Carolina Sierra Becerra, La Vaughn Belle, Maria Cotera, Jarrett Drake, Akwaeke Emezi, Jennifer Guglielmo, Michelle Joffroy, Justin Leroy, Laura McTighe, Chinelo Okparanta, Cameron Rowland, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, C. Riley Snorton, and more.

Plus workshops with the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College, Librarians and Archivists for Palestine, the NYC Trans Oral History Project, Torn Apart/Separados, XFR, and more.

Description

This year’s Scholar and Feminist conference builds on BCRW’s close collaboration with the Barnard College Archives to address the complex questions that circulate around the politics and ethics of archival work. Central to traditional scholarly work in reconstructing and interpreting the past, archives are perhaps even more crucial to the preservation of the stories and legacies of marginalized communities and political movements.

The S&F Conference will bring together archivists, librarians, artists, activists, and scholars to discuss the particular political and ethical challenges that reside in the project of creating archives for communities and social justice movements. How do we move beyond the notion of the archive as indifferent repository of textual, material, and digital materials and toward an archive of engagement? How can archival material be put to use to draw attention to muted histories and otherwise invisible networks of affiliation and connection? What difference do recent digital tools and capabilities make in the archiving and accessing of the past? How can archives empower communities to tell their own stories and offer others access to those stories without falling into the trap of appropriation? What political and ethical questions weigh most heavily on the contemporary work of the archive?

In addition to traditional keynotes and panels, the conference will feature workshops and exhibits to introduce participants to the wide array of work taking place among communities and their archivists at the current moment.

Registration information

Registration is preferred but not required. Online registration will be open until the morning of the conference on Friday, February 8. Day-of registration will be available at the conference.

Please consider making a contribution with your registration. Your support makes our programming possible. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Accessibility information 

The venue is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact BCRW for additional access needs.

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Reframing Transgender Violence
Jan
24
to Jan 25

Reframing Transgender Violence

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Please join CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence for the final public workshop in this project, organized by Professor Kendall Thomas.

Speakers Include:

C. Riley Snorton
Asli Zengin
Sergio Suiama
Joss Taylor Greene
Catherine Clune-Taylor
Chinyere Ezie
Che Gossett
Christina B. Hanhardt
Chase Strangio

Videos from the workshop:

Day 1, Panel 1: Catherine Clune-Taylor & Asli Zengin, moderated by Jennifer Boylan
Day 2, Panel 1: Segio Suiama, Chinyere Ezie & Chase Strangio
Day 2, Panel 2: C. Riley Snorton & Christina B. Hanhardt, moderated by Kendall Thomas
Day 2, Panel 3: Joss Taylor Greene, moderated by Jack Halberstam

Thursday, January 24th:

4:15-6pm: Catherine Clune-Taylor & Asli Zengin, moderated by Jennifer Boylan


Friday, January 25th:

10am: coffee

10:15am-11:30am: Sergio Suiama, Chinyere Ezie, & Chase Strangio

11:30-1pm: lunch break

1-2:30pm: C. Riley Snorton & Christina B. Hanhardt, moderated by Kendall Thomas 

2:30-2:45pm: coffee

2:45-3:45pm: Joss Taylor Greene & Che Gossett, moderated by Jack Halberstam

Reception to follow

Free registration here (requested but not required) 

Thank you to:
Queer Theory: Here, Now, and Everywhere working group at CSSD
Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Just Societies Initiative
Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
Society of Fellows & Heyman Center for the Humanities
Dean of Humanities

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Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere Conference
Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere Conference

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The Center for the Study of Social Difference working group Queer Theory: Here, Now, and Everywhere presents: Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere conference at the Columbia Global Center in Paris, France.

This conference brings scholars together from France and the US to discuss queer theory, race, nation and immigration in Columbia’s Global Center in Paris. In the wake of a fierce “anti-gender” movement in Europe, queer theory has been characterized as a foreign import, as an American imperialism promoting ideas fundamentally antithetic to French political culture.

What fantasies of contagion and reproduction lie at the heart of this French (conservative) version of “queer theory” and what is the actual state of queer theory in the French academy today?  The goal of this conference is to bring together French and American scholars to reflect on these questions, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations. In fact, in the US, scholars working under the banner of “queer theory” or “queer studies” comprise a wide-ranging group of thinkers with projects that range across numerous fields including disability studies, the politics of austerity, militarism and masculinity, urban planning, transgender surgeries in a global frame, queer diasporas, immigration, sex work, racial capitalism, state violence and so on. Most significantly perhaps, US based scholars have been vigorous in opposing the notion of a “global gay” or of a singular model of gender, sexuality and desire, and have even critiqued the cultural imperialism inherent in both the circulation of queer theories globally and the circulation of queer bodies within circuits of sexual tourism. Perhaps the most significant difference, moreover, between European based queer theory and US based queer studies has less to do with marriage and the family and more to do with race. Perhaps the most important version of queer theory that should travel to Europe, then, is the work of queer scholars studying race, ethnicity and migration. This conference facilitates exchanges between and across communities of scholars at a time of global political crisis.

Friday December 7:

10am – 10:30 am: Introductions
Arnaud Esquerre (IRIS - EHESS)
Jack Halberstam (Columbia University)

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Panel one: Race and The Making of France

Moderator: Tina Campt (Barnard College)

Todd Shepard (Johns Hopkins University): “The ‘Arab Revolution’ and ‘Revolutionary Homosexuality’ in France’s Postalgerian 1970s”

Camille Robcis (Columbia University): “National Reproduction in the French Gay Marriage Debates” 

Françoise Vergès (Collège d'études mondiales): “Race and the Making of France Yesterday and Today”

 

12pm to 2pm: LUNCH

 

2pm to 3:30pm
Panel two: Feminisms, Trans and Gender Theories
Moderator:
Gil Hochberg (Columbia University)

Amélie Le Renard (CNRS, CMH): "A Feminist Postcolonial Approach of White Heteronormativity: Queer Perspectives on Structural Advantages and Distinction"

Emmanuel Beaubatie (IRIS - EHESS, Ined): "A Gender Perspective on Sex Change: The Effects of Sexism and Heteronormativity on Trans Individuals' Trajectories and Experiences in France"

Dominique Grisard (University of Basel, Switzerland), “Pink and Blue Gender Trap or Transgender Revolution? Entangled Discourses of Gender in Childhood Today”

 

4pm to 5:30pm
Panel three: Queer Cultural Production in an Age of Crisis
Moderator:
Elizabeth Ladenson (Columbia University)

João Gabriell (Marseille): "Trans Revolutionary Politics in Neoliberal Times" 

Damon Young (University of California, Berkeley): “Melodramas of Subjectivity (James Baldwin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Ming Wong)”

Salima Amari (Cresppa, Université de Lausanne), "Lesbians from Maghrebian Immigration: Familial and Sexual Trouble"

Jack Halberstam (Columbia University): Conclusions


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Whose Feminism? Critical Perspectives on Gender and Security Policy
Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

Whose Feminism? Critical Perspectives on Gender and Security Policy

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The Center for the Study of Social Difference working group Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence (RGFGV) cosponsors: Whose Feminism? Critical Perspectives on Gender and Security Policy.

Eighteen years after the passing of UN Resolution 1325 and the establishment of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, a critical examination of its usages and consequences on global governance institutions and security policy is in need. Join SIPA’s Gender Policy Working Group for a panel discussion on the consequences of 1325, securofeminism and how gender discourse is employed to different political agendas.

Panelists:

Lila Abu-Lughod
Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University
Director of Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence (RGFGV)
Author of Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (2013)

Nimmi Gowrinathan
Director of the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative
Visiting Research Professor at the Colin Powell Center for Global and Civic Leadership at City College New York
Author of Radicalizing Her (Forthcoming, 2018) and Emissaries of Empowerment (2017)

Rafia Zakaria
Media Fellow/Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence (RGFGV)
Attorney
Author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate Story of Pakistan (2015) and Emissaries of Empowerment (2017)

Additional support provided by: Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence working group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, SIPA's Gender and Public Policy Specialization, Women in Peace and Security Working Group (WIPS), Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENA), Conflict Resolution Working Group (CRWG), UN Studies Working Group (UNSWG)

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Building Resilience Against Health Catastrophes
Nov
27
8:30 AM08:30

Building Resilience Against Health Catastrophes

  • Columbia University Irving Medical Center School of Nursing, 7th Floor (map)
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Click here to watch video from the workshop.

A Workshop Featuring:

Elizabeth (Beth) Cameron, Vice-President, Global Biological Policy & Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Jennifer Nuzzo, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security Associate Editor, Health Security

Andrew Weber, Senior Fellow, Council on Strategic Risks, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs

From Columbia University:

W. Ian Lipkin, Lawrence Stanberry, Philip Larussa, Jennifer Dohrn, Kathleen Pike, Yanis Ben Amor

Space is Limited: RSVP to Noel Manu at nm3091@cumc.columbia.edu

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"Keywords for Today" and "Political Concepts": A Dialogue on the Terms We Use and Don't Use
Nov
15
2:30 PM14:30

"Keywords for Today" and "Political Concepts": A Dialogue on the Terms We Use and Don't Use

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Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, due out this fall, is the result of years of work by a collective of scholars from the UK, the US, and elsewhere. Working on the basis of Raymond Williams' 1976 classic Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, the new volume extends and updates 40 of the original entries and adds 85 more short essays on the twists and turns, emphases and omissions, contests and usages: love along with network, truth along with youth, democracy along with violence.  This afternoon event features the volume's two head editors, Colin MacCabe and Holly Yanacek, as well as two members of the editorial collective, Jonathan Arac and Arjuna Parakrama.

Commentators will include several New York scholars: political theorist Susan Buck-Morss, anthropologist Miriam Ticktin, and literary scholar Emily Apter, co-editor of the monumental Dictionary of Untranslatables.  The event also brings the Keywords Project into dialogue with representatives of a kindred and ongoing project housed in part at Columbia: Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon.  The flavor of its work can be tasted by some of the concepts posted thus far: agency and animals, archive and authority, blood and bubbles.  Political Concepts speakers will include Etienne Balibar, Akeel Bilgrami, Stathis Gourgouris, and Ann Stoler.

The format of the event asks speakers from each project to direct comments to the project of the others.  All are welcome as far as space permits.

Schedule: 

2:30 Introduction: Bruce Robbins, Columbia University

2:45-4:00 PM:  The Keywords Project
Moderator: Miriam Ticktin, Anthropology, The New School
Colin MacCabe, University of Pittsburgh
Holly Yanacek, James Madison University
Arjuna Parakrama, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Response: [from the Political Concepts team] Emily Apter, New York University

4:00 to 4:15 Coffee Break

4:15-5:30 PM: The Political Concepts Project
Moderator: Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University
Ann Stoler, The New School
Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University
Etienne Balibar, Columbia University and the University of Paris

Response: [from the Keywords team]: Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh

5:30 -6:30 PM: Final Roundtable
Susan Buck-Morss, City University of New York
Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University
Arjuna Parakrama, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Emily Apter, New York University
Holly Yanacek, James Madison University
Jonathan Arac, University of Pittsburgh
Colin MacCabe, University of Pittsburgh

This event is co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) as part of our Keywords project. Additional sponsorship by: The Heyman Center, University Seminars, The Department of English and Comparative Literature, The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and The Office of the Dean of Humanities.

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Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)

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The Reframing Gendered Violence project at the Center for the Study of Social Difference is proud to co-sponsor a talk organized by our affiliate the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality:

“Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)”
(in conjunction with the Posing Modernity exhibit at Columbia’s Wallach Gallery)

This talk will address the only two extant oil portraits of enslaved women produced during the periods of emancipation in the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. By underscoring the conflictive political and ideological forces, affective dynamics, and aesthetic principles at work in their composition, it will focus on the conditions that made possible the visual configuration of black people as subjects of freedom and on its problematic re-articulation of the boundaries between the human and the animal.

Organized by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and co-sponsored by: Maison Française, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Barnard Art History, Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference: Reframing Gender Violence Project, The Society of Fellows and the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures.

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Epigenetics, Precision Medicine, and Responsibility Towards Children. What Can We Learn From Neurodevelopmental Disorders?
Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

Epigenetics, Precision Medicine, and Responsibility Towards Children. What Can We Learn From Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

CSSD working group Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture presents "Epigenetics, Precision Medicine, and Responsibility Towards Children. What Can We Learn From Neurodevelopmental Disorders?" a talk by Dr. Kristian Hen

Abstract:

In the second half of the twentieth century, there was a prevailing hope that the increasing knowledge of genomics would lead to major breakthroughs in drug development and personalized medicine. Since the beginning of the 21stcentury, however, it has become apparent that many of these expectations were based on a naïve view on what genes actually do. Recent discoveries in the field of epigenetics suggest a more dynamic concept of human nature and human diseases and disorders. In this talk I will first analyze the ethical consequences of these new findings. What does it mean, if anything, that environmental and psychosocial factors resonate on a molecular level and may be passed on to future generations? Second, I will discuss what this implies for individual and collective responsibility towards children. Finally, I will use my own research on neurodevelopmental disorders to demonstrate that the additional complexity yielded by these new findings also opens up opportunities for a nuanced view on children’s health and wellbeing.

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Oct
20
4:30 PM16:30

FOR THE DAUGHTERS OF HARLEM: WORKING IN SOUND RECEPTION AND SHOWCASE

Center for the Study of Social Difference – Women Creating Change co-sponsors For the Daughters of Harlem: Working in Sound, a two-day music workshop for young women of color from New York public high schools. The workshop will culminate in a reception and showcase of students’ musical work, produced under the guidance of workshop leaders Sondra Woodruff, Rachel Devorah, Seth Cluett, and Kamari Carter. As part of the event, musicologist Matthew D. Morrison will engage in conversation with award-winning producer Ebonie Smith about her advocacy for more inclusive spaces in music production and technology.

Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer and singer songwriter, as well as founder and president of Gender Amplified, a nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports women and girls in music production. Smith is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University, and New York University.

Matthew D. Morrison is Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and 2018-2019 Hutchins Fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard University. His research explores race and performance, and is working on a book titled Blacksound: Making Race and Identity in American Popular Music. Morrison received a PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University.

The project is supported by an Action Grant from Humanities New York and a Public Outreach Grant from Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society. Additional funds from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Ethnomusicology, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, the Computer Music Center, the Department of Music, and the Center for the Study of Social Difference – Women Creating Change at Columbia University, as well as the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Barnard College make the event possible. 

The Daughters initiative is directed by Lucie Vágnerová, Core Lecturer in Music, and Ellie Hisama, Professor of Music.


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Oct
18
to Oct 19

Bi-Annual Ambedkar Lecture

B.R. Ambedkar is arguably one of Columbia University’s most illustrious alumni, whose ideas and activism has shaped the world’s largest democracy, India. The Ambedkar Lectures explore his continued relevance for discussions of social justice, affirmative action, and democratic thinking in a global frame.

Global Ambedkar 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 6:30PM- 8:30PM

Venue: James Room, Barnard Hall

Etienne Balibar (Anniversary Chair Professor, CRMEP and Columbia University)

Nahum Chandler (UC-Irvine)

Gopal Guru (JNU, Editor, Economic and Political Weekly)

Gayatri Spivak (University Professor, Columbia)

Moderated by Anupama Rao (Barnard, Columbia)

Welcome and introductions by David Madigan, Sarah Cole, and Anupama Rao.


Ambedkar Now

Friday, October 19, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:30PM

Venue: Davis Auditorium

Sudipto Mondal (Investigative journalist, Hindustan Times)

Gaiutra Bahadur (Author of Coolie Women)

Closing remarks by Ira Katznelson

Please contact Josue David Chavez, jdc2196@columbia.edu for further details.

The Ambedkar Lectures are hosted by Institute for Comparative Literature and Society with additional support by: Office of the EVP (Columbia); Dean of Humanities (Columbia); Office of the Provost (Barnard); Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; Institute for Research in African-American Studies; The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; South Asia Institute; the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

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Reimagining Money workshop and Caribbean Syllabus launch
Oct
10
4:00 PM16:00

Reimagining Money workshop and Caribbean Syllabus launch

CSSD working group Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy presents:

Caribbean Syllabus: Second Edition

and

Max Haiven's Art After Money, Money After Art Book Launch

with: Tao Goffe, Monica Jiménez, Sarah Muir, Frances Negron-Muntaner, and Jason Wozniak

About Max Haiven:

Max Haiven is assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media, and Social Justice at Lakehead University and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab.  

About Caribbean Syllabus:

In May of 2018, the Unpayable Debt working group, a project of the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, released the first edition of Caribbean SyllabusLife and Debt in the Caribbean. The most comprehensive available public resource on the topic, the syllabus stimulated considerable conversation among scholars, journalists, artists, activists and others in the Caribbean and across the world.

As a result of those discussions, the Unpayable Debt working group created a second edition of Caribbean Syllabus with three new sections created by innovative young scholars, on indenture, law, and education. In an effort to widen the conversation, the present edition also contains translations of key syllabus sections to other important languages in the Caribbean, including Spanish, French and Dutch.

Caribbean Syllabus is the second in a series of three syllabi that the Unpayable Debt Working Group is producing. The first was the Puerto Rico Syllabus, published in 2017 and focusing on the Puerto Rican debt crisis. The last syllabus will consider debt regimes in a global context and will be released in 2019.

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Envisioning Change
Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Envisioning Change

  • Pulitzer Hall, World Room, 3rd Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence co-sponsors an interactive panel exploring lessons learned from the past 40 years in the field of sexual violence, examine the current landscape, and identify key strategies for the future.

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