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October 2014

  • Oct 3

    Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labour

    Reimaging the Asia Pacific

    This talk introduces “Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor” (University of California Press and Hong Kong University Press, 2014). The book, based on over fifteen months of ethnographic research among Filipino and Indonesian migrant workers who become pregnant while working in Hong Kong, makes three main arguments: (1) that temporary workers must be considered people, not just workers; (2) that policies often create the situations they aim to avoid; and (3) that the stigma of single motherhood often causes migrant mothers to re-enter what is called the “migratory cycle of atonement.” Professor Constable will also discuss the current socio-political climate of Hong Kong today, in relation to the book’s recent reception, including attitudes towards outsiders, economic and class anxieties, and relations with mainland China. Questions will also be raised about the role of “public anthropology” and how this book relates to migratory contexts beyond Hong Kong.

    Nicole Constable is Director of the Asian Studies Center in the University Center for International Studies, and professor of anthropology in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She is author or editor of seven books, including: “Christian Souls and Chinese Spirits: A Hakka Community in Hong Kong”; “Maid to Order in Hong Kong: Stories of Migrant Workers”; and ” Romance on a Global Stage: Pen Pals, Virtual Ethnography”, and “‘Mail-Order’ Marriages”.

    DateTimeLocation
    Friday, October 3, 201410:00AM - 12:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place

    Contact

    Stephanie Taylor
    416-946-8996

    Speaker(s)

    Nicole Constable
    Professor, Director, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

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November 2014

  • Nov 6

    Three Worlds of Relief

    The 2014-2015 Harney Lecture Series in Ethnicity

    Cybelle Fox is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. Her main research interests are in race, immigration and the American welfare state.

    She received her B.A. in history and economics from UC San Diego and her PhD in sociology and social policy from Harvard University. Her most recent book, Three Worlds of Relief (Princeton University Press, 2012), compares the incorporation of blacks, Mexicans, and European immigrants in the American welfare system from the Progressive Era to the New Deal. Fox won six book awards for Three Worlds of Relief, including the 2012 C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Fox’s work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Behavioral Scientist, Sociology of Education, Political Science Quarterly, and Sociological Methods and Research. She is also co-author of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings (Basic Books, 2004).

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY

    DateTimeLocation
    Thursday, November 6, 20141:00PM - 3:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place

    Speaker(s)

    Cybelle Fox
    Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of California Berkley

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December 2014

  • Dec 1

    Hopes, Fears, and the Impact of the New Centers of Islamic Theology at German Universities

    The 2014-2015 Harney Lecture Series in Ethnicity

    Muslims represent approximately five percent of the German population, making them the third largest religious group. Since Germany’s public schools include religious instruction for Catholic and Protestant Christians, the decision was made to extend this privilege to Muslim children as well, which in turn required the establishment of teacher training centers. Four Centers for Islamic Theology at German universities were opened in 2011/2012. The lecture will discuss this new development in the context of Germany’s specific brand of secularism, the hopes and fears it evokes, and what it says about the country’s shifting self-understanding in the European context.

    SPEAKER BIO:
    Monique Scheer is a Professor of Empirische Kulturwissenschaft (Historical and Cultural Anthropology) at the University of Tübingen.
    Her interests include cultural histories of popular forms of Christianity in modern Germany as well as questions of religious diversity and secularism.

    DateTimeLocation
    Monday, December 1, 20142:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place

    Speaker(s)

    Monique Scheer
    Professor of Empirische Kulturwissenschaft (Historical and Cultural Anthropology) at the University of Tübingen

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January 2015

  • Jan 29

    8th Annual Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference

    Information is not yet available.

    DateTimeLocation
    Thursday, January 29, 20159:00AM - 5:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    Thursday, January 29, 201511:00AM - 1:00PM202N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    Friday, January 30, 20159:00AM - 5:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    Friday, January 30, 201511:00AM - 1:00PM202N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7

    Contact

    Momo Podolsky
    416-978-4783

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