Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 24th Street Theater, Sierra 2 Center,
2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
Join us for “The Conversation,” a new public event series hosted by the UC Davis Humanities Institute that invites professors and public intellectuals to consider current issues of the day. The Conversation will offer an open format, including short remarks by each participant as well as plenty of time for questions and discussion by the audience.
In our first installment, we reflect on recent events in Charlottesville and New Orleans, among other places, that have wrestled with how we remember and memorialize the past. Monuments and calls for their removal have become flashpoints for wider debates about our history and identity.
Panelists will include UC Davis Professors Gregory Downs (History), a leading historian of the Civil War and a leader in the effort to create the first National Park site devoted to Reconstruction and emancipation, and Javier Arbona (American Studies and Design), who is completing a project on memorial landscapes, Black Resistance, and World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area. “The Conversation” will be moderated by Professor Jaimey Fisher of German and Cinema and Digital Media, who has written about contemporary Germany’s relationship to its difficult past.
The event is free and open to the public. Please come and join the conversation!
This event is sponsored by UC Davis Humanities Institute
For more information please contact: Becky Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
To grow up on Guam is to grow up in a deeply militarized and colonized place. American bases occupy nearly 30 percent of the territory. Two of the main highways are “Marine Corps Drive” and “Army Drive.” The road from my grandma’s house to my former elementary school is “Purple Heart Highway.” Barbed wire fences with “No Trespassing Signs” snake across our island.
– Craig Santos Perez, Battleship Guam
Glissant offers us a radical spatial politics that harnesses creative energy and the entanglements of world-wide relation engages the difficult project of honoring our collective inter-human lands without the mandate for conquest, without territorialization (Glissant, 1997, p 50, 31). So my ease unraveled into a terrible discursive burden with this old and aging book I wrote but have not read and a subtitle that erases black poetics. I have begun to forget parts of the book and in this have had to face the parts that are unforgettable. The auction blocks, for me, demand a kind of brutal unforgetting.
Katherine McKittrick, “Worn Out”
Ahora bien, como la realidad admite intermedios, gracias a los cuales las contradicciones son posibles y se sostienen, sosteniendo a la realidad misma, hay que reconocer que no se da nunca ni un estado de cosas absolutamente constructivo y estable, ni una permanente actividad destructiva que anula toda posible estabilidad. El acto violento, es, entonces, un acto presente al interior de un cierto estado construido, establecido, que goza de una cierta permanencia. Por eso tiene siempre ese carácter irruptivo, sorprendente, “inusual” aunque sea cada vez más común. La violencia no es, por sí misma, buena o mala, pues hemos visto que incluso manifestaciones en pro de valores que nuestra sociedad actual occidental considera “buenos” (i.e. la libertad) son violentas: buscan destruir, mediante la acción, un orden establecido que se presenta como “malo” (porque viola los derechos fundamentales, etc.)
Cristina Pérez Díaz (2011), “Las tareas de la violencia”
Plus, from friends…
An excellent article by Elena J. Kim in Cultural Anthropology on the ontologies of the landmine:
I depart from these melancholic and abject framings by attending to the posthuman performativity of mines as actants in human-nonhuman networks, in which the material-affective relations of mines and humans prove to be volatile and even counterintuitive. Humanitarian and postcolonial analyses that trace histories of mines as “imperial debris” (Stoler 2008) of U.S. empire and its “slow violence” (Nixon 2011) are certainly not to be discounted. Villagers who live among mines see their own experiences in this light, linking everyday anxieties and mine deaths to U.S. empire and unending war. Yet, theoretically and politically, this constitutes only part of the story and, as I will argue, reduces the politics of mines to one in which mines act as proxies of state violence to which local residents are passively subjected.
Rohit Chopra reviews Pierre Bourdieu’s On the State lectures:
(…)indispensable, not just for Bourdieu scholars, but for anyone interested in social theory and questions of state power, legitimacy, authority, and privilege.
Countering Obama’s parroting of liberal and conservative whines about campus “political correctness”:
Instead of simply trying to silence a voice they found objectionable, the students opposing Rice’s forum raised relevant issues about the selection process and proposed an alternative debate forum that could have provided for critical engagement. – Charles G Häberl in The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The AP asked 20 public universities with notable speakers to provide costs for their graduation speakers since last year(…)
“The University of Houston, which increased tuition this year, paid $166,000 to bring Matthew McConaughey to speak last spring, including $9,500 for his airfare.
“The University of Texas at Austin paid a $3,300 hotel bill last year for Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. The bill included two nights at a Four Seasons Hotel and $450 in charges from the hotel spa.” via (emphasis added)
Not to forget,
…yet another case of the powerful protecting the powerful, and to add insult to injury, the investigation only came up with a “misuse of university stationary.”
& there’s a lot more to peruse in today’s Sunday reading at TNI.…
- Cartography of Naps by Eva Hagberg Fisher; on architectural affinities, fatigue, and gendered labor in academia.
- The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis by Ian Shaw.
- The Waterscape of Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1879-2000 (dissertation review); “Sarah Hines’ new study uncovers the deep historical roots of the Water War and the popular victory that resulted.”
- Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition; ” photographs and documents that confront the nature of contemporary warfare and the invisible mechanisms of state control.”
- Against Infographics; “to challenge the stability of underlying data, in fact or in principle,” re: the work of Gert Jan Kocken.
- Death by rescue in the policies of non-assistance of the Mediterranean.
- Over the Edge; “They were old enough to know better, but too young to care. And now this town is… Over the Edge;” N.b. The best urban history film, according to John Stehlin.
- Fred Turner: The link from anti-fascist art and the “historical problem” of Facebook; Ethan Zuckerman tells us about Fred Turner’s talk: “he starts the story with the “historical problem” of Facebook.”
- Brett Story: The Prison in 12 Landscapes (interview); “the presence of the prison system in our everyday geographies.”
- UC Per Student Spending Reaches Historical Low; Admin at All Time High; “The 54% decline in student allocations correlates with a rise in student loan debt, which is currently at a UC average of $20,210”
Reposted from my Sunday reading picks at The New Inquiry. Thanks to Aaron Bady for inciting. Most, and maybe all of my bookmarked links are saved on Pinboard.