IRW Distinguished Lecture Series

Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis

Each year, IRW's distinguished lecture series presents a variety of talks showcasing interdisciplinary work on women, gender and sexuality by a variety of eminent speakers. The lecture series revolves around an annual theme that is also shared by our interdisciplinary seminar and undergraduate learning community. In 2016-17 our annual theme is "Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis."

Thursday, September 22, 2016
"Queer Domesticity in the Time of Insecurity"
Martin F. Manalansan IV, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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How do we engage with queer modes of life that are exiled from the secure and triumphant LGBT contemporary moment? How do we confront wobbly quotidian trajectories, messy entanglements, uncomfortable socialities, and awkward vulnerabilities? Engaging with the infra-ordinary experiences of a handful of undocumented queer immigrants of color, this presentation rethinks the idea of refuge, domesticity and dwelling in an era and world devoid of welcoming sanctuaries and stable shelters. This presentation is a lively confrontation with longings, musings, and aspirations as fuel for an alternative politics of care, community, and transformation.

Thursday, November 3, 2016
"Playing on Insecurities"
Felicity D. Scott, Columbia University

Felicity ScottThis lecture will address Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-insurgency, recently published by Zone Books (April 2106). Focused on the 1960s and 1970s, the book investigates the role of architects and other players in a volatile historical period whose concerns remain all too familiar today: rising urban instabilities within both the “West” and the so-called developing world; environmental discourses mobilizing the rhetoric of emergency and planetary togetherness; Western panic over population growth in the Global South; rapid transformations in communication technologies and expanded forms of environmental control; increased militarism and forces of globalization; and rising claims to self-determination and environmental justice.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
"Why Is It So Hard to Get Women to the Peace Table? And Why Is That Not Even the Right Question?"
Carol Cohn, Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights, University of Massachusetts Boston

Carol CohnimagecroppedWomen activists from war zones around the world have fought for women’s participation in peace negotiations, seeing women’s inclusion as a path to ending wars more quickly and to creating more gender-equitable postwar societies. Although UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (October 2000) has provided an international policy framework which asserts women’s right to participate, gaining roles for women in peace processes has remained a struggle, with notably scant results.  This talk examines not only the reasons the demand has met so much resistance, but also some of the assumptions underpinning the belief that getting women to the peace table would result in the desired political outcomes.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
"The Right to Maim: States of Debility/Capacity/Disability"
Jasbir Puar, Rutgers-New Brunswick

jasbir puarIn this lecture, which is an overview of my forthcoming book, I present a theory of biopolitical debilitation that foregrounds the injuring mechanisms of racialization, capitalism, and imperialism. In challenging liberal disability rights frames, debility illuminates not only what is left out of disability imaginaries and rights politics, but also the constitutive absences necessary for capacitating discourses of disability empowerment, pride, visibility, and inclusion to take shape. Thus, I argue, disability and debility are not at odds with each other. Rather they are necessary supplements in an economy of injury that claims and promotes disability empowerment at the same time that it maintains the precarity of certain bodies and populations precisely through making them availability for injury.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
"Who Will Save the Children? Feminist Perspectives on the Contradictions of Education in States of In/Security and Crisis"
Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Rutgers-New Brunswick

Thea AEHAcross the globe, optimistic, globally circulating “policyscapes” posit education as the balm to heal myriad social and political conflicts that are producing dispossession and extreme vulnerability for so many people today. Overlooked in these policy discourses are teachers as state actors who are charged with “securing” the future of the nation. Drawing on feminist perspectives, and looking closely at the case of educational policy-making in Lebanon, this talk analyzes the contradictory nature of teaching in the midst of conflict and crisis.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
"Paranoia, Sex and the Workplace"
Jennifer Doyle, University of California Riverside

Jennifer Doyle 2016In this talk, I use Freud’s essay “A Case of Paranoia Running Counter to the Theory” in order to open up our thinking about harassment dynamics and the university campus. Weaving together Marxist feminist scholarship on the division of labor, and theories of the relationship of individual subjects to groups and institutions, I approach the problem of harassment as a haunting of the workplace by difference and divisions of labor.

 

All talks are free and open to the public and will be held at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, Douglass Campus, Rutgers-New Brunswick at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception.

 


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Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis

 

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IRW Distinguished Lecture Series

The Perils of Populism: Feminist Conversations

 

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The Perils of Populism: Feminist Conversations

Each year, IRW's distinguished lecture series presents a variety of talks showcasing interdisciplinary work on women, gender and sexuality by a variety of eminent speakers. The lecture series revolves around an annual theme that is also shared by our interdisciplinary seminar and undergraduate learning community. In 2017-18 our annual theme is "The Perils of Populism: Feminist Conversations."

Thursday, October 5, 2017
"From Progressive Neoliberalism to Reactionary Populism? Distribution, Recognition, and the Crisis of Hegemony"
Nancy Fraser (The New School for Social Research)

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We are currently facing a severe crisis of political authority: a dramatic weakening of the credibility of established political classes, parties, and the commonsense that underpinned them. I chart the eruption of progressive and reactionary populisms in 2016 after a period in which neoliberalism left many Americans without a voice. I also map the unfolding of Trump’s presidency as a hyper-reactionary neoliberalism. Looking at the current “resistance,” I suggest we are stranded in an interregnum in which, quoting Gramsci, “the old is dying and the new cannot be born.”

Thursday, November 2, 2017
"Organizing, Resisting, Surviving"
Kenyon Farrow (activist,writer), L.A. Kauffman (author, organizer), and Robyn Magalit Rodriguez (University of California, Davis)

Images of "Organizing, Resisting, Surviving" panelistsFrom the massive Women’s March on Washington, to groups like Indivisible and immigrant rights efforts, in recent months we have seen an extraordinary outpouring of popular resistance. This panel brings together experts on social movements who are also activists to probe the history of grassroots organizing, the uses of different strategies (such as marches, boycotts, direct action, and community organizing), and how to best get involved.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
"Truth, Power, and the Media"
Jessie Daniels (Hunter College), Sarah Leonard (The Nation), and Bilge Yesil (College of Staten Island)

Images of "Truth, Power, and the Media" panelistsThough journalism has never been a transparent window to the truth, the rise of the Internet, the proliferation of “fake news,” and a presidential administration that seeks to discredit the press, call for fresh understandings of the relationship between truth and power. It is possible to distinguish “real” from “fake” news in the digital age? How can we use the tools at our disposal to invigorate a democratic public sphere?

Thursday, December 7, 2017
"Discursive Dispossessions: Gender as a Resource for the Construction of Authoritarian Us/Them Dichotomies"
Sabine Hark (Technical University of Berlin)

Image of Sabine HarkNeo-authoritarian movements simultaneously reject, attack and discredit notions of gender while reclaiming them. We see this in Germany today, where the right uses the discourse of “anti-genderism” to construct racist, neo-authoritarian us/them-dichotomies. This talk explores the paradoxical ways right-wing critics discredit Gender Studies for not being a “proper” academic discipline, while using gendered appeals.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
"Angry White Men"
Michael Kimmel (Stony Brook University)

Image of Michael KimmelIn this illustrated presentation, Michael Kimmel develops an intersectional analysis of the extreme right wing. Based on interviews with White Nationalists in the US and ex-neo-Nazi skinheads in Sweden, he looks at class background and racial ideologies through the prism of gender, and discusses the ways that gender—masculinity—provides a critical lens through which to understand both how young men get into extremist movements and how they can get out.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
"The Perils and Paradoxes of Hindu Nationalism"
Amrita Basu, Amherst College

Image of Amrita Basu Prime Minster Narendra Modi, who heads the current Hindu nationalist government in India, is extremely popular, despite his failure to execute economic reforms, his assault on democratic freedoms and violence against minorities. Some attribute his appeal to his appropriation of religious and political traditions embodied by Mahatma Gandhi. But if Gandhi personified nonviolence and androgyny, Modi personifies violent masculinity. How can we account for Modi’s appeal? How might a gender analysis aid in resisting his dominance?

 

All talks are free and open to the public and will be held at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, Douglass Campus, Rutgers-New Brunswick at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception.

 


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IRW Distinguished Lecture Series

Public Catastrophes, Private Losses

Each year, IRW's distinguished lecture series presents a variety of talks showcasing interdisciplinary work on women, gender and sexuality by a variety of eminent speakers. The lecture series revolves around an annual theme that is also shared by our interdisciplinary seminar and undergraduate learning community. In 2018-19 our annual theme is "Public Catastrophes, Private Losses."

Thursday, October 11, 2018
"The Inheritance of Loss: Transnational Families and Memory Work"
Grace M. Cho (Sociology and Anthropology, College of Staten Island, CUNY) and Katka Reszke (Writer, Filmmaker, Photographer)

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Thursday, November 1, 2018
"My City Was Gone: Gentrification, AIDS, and Urban Change"
Mindy Fullilove (Urban Policy and Health, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, The New School), Amber Hollibaugh (Writer, Filmmaker, Activist), Carmen Vázquez (AIDS Institute of the NYS Department of Health)

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
"Slavery’s Shadows: The Afterlife of Dispossession"
Yvette Christiansë (Africana Studies & English, Barnard College), Marisa J. Fuentes (Women’s and Gender Studies & History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick), Christina Sharpe (Humanities, York University)

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
"Labor of Loss: Climate Change and the Emerging Economy of Care and Repair"
Naomi Klein (Journalist, Author, Activist)

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
"Whose Lives Matter? Drugs, Criminalization, and Social Justice"
Angela Garcia (Anthropology, Stanford University), Donna Murch (History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick), Jennifer Flynn Walker (Center for Popular Democracy)

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All talks are free and open to the public and will be held at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, Douglass Campus, Rutgers-New Brunswick at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception.

 


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