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January 2022

  • Thursday, January 20th Blood: Populist Eugenics

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    Thursday, January 20, 20224:00PM - 5:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    Excerpted from my forthcoming book, Mud, Blood, and Ghosts: Populism, Eugenics, and Spiritualism 1870-1930, “Blood” traces my great-grandfather, the Populist Congressman from Nebraska, Omer Madison Kem, in his avid adoption of eugenics as he expressed it throughout the extensive archive he left behind. Focusing on blood as a symbolic marker of value (class, race, and strength) and of bodily vulnerability at once, I explore the concept of blood contamination running through segregationist policies, eugenics, and the anti-immigration crusades of the 1910s and ‘20s. As my own family participated in and benefited from these ideologies, I explore this history from a sense of deep implication, tracing the inexhaustible threads of invitation and rejection, belonging and barrier, weaving through my family’s history and all of our lives now.

    —Speaker Bio—
    Julie Carr is the author of 10 books of poetry and prose, including Real Life: An Installation, Objects from a Borrowed Confession, and a book of essays, Someone Shot my Book. Earlier books include 100 Notes on Violence, soon to be reissued, RAG, and Think Tank. With Jeffrey Robinson she is the co-editor of Active Romanticism (University of Alabama Press, 2015). Her co-translation of Leslie Kaplan’s Excess-The Factory was published by Commune Editions in 2018. Climate, a book of epistolary essays written with the poet Lisa Olstein, is forthcoming from Essay Press.

    Carr was a 2011-12 NEA fellow and is a Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder in English, Creative Writing, and the Intermedia Art Writing and Performance PhD. She is currently the Chair of the Women and Gender Studies Department. She has collaborated with dance artists K.J. Holmes and Gesel Mason. With Tim Roberts she is the co-founder of Counterpath Press, Counterpath Gallery, and Counterpath Community Garden in Denver. Www.reallifeaninstallation.com; www.juliecarrpoet.com;www.counterpathpress.org

    — Respondent Bio—
    Dr. Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of six novels, three collections of short stories, five collections of poetry and three non-fiction books. Originally written in Spanish, these works have been translated into multiple languages, including English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Korean. The recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature (Paris, 2013); as well as the Anna Seghers (Berlin, 2005), she is the only author who has won the International Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice, in 2001 for her novel Nadie me verá llorar (translated into English by Andrew Hurley as No One Will See Me Cry ) and again in 2009 for her novel La muerte me da. In 2020, she received a MacArthur Fellowship.
    The Restless Dead, her most recent book of criticism, comparatively explores the contemporary discussions surrounding conceptualist writing in the United States, post-exoticism in France, as well as communally-based writing throughout the Americas.
    She was born in Mexico (Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 1964), and has lived in the United States since 1989.

    Contact

    Mio Otsuka
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Julie Carr
    Speaker
    Professor, English and Intermedia Art Writing and Performance; Chair, Women and Gender Studies Department, University of Colorado Boulder

    Nicholas Sammond
    Moderator
    Director, Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

    Cristina Rivera Garza
    Discussant
    Distinguished Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Houston



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February 2022

  • Thursday, February 3rd Race, Justice, and the Ecological Legacy of the Plantation in Southern Louisiana

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    Thursday, February 3, 202212:00PM - 1:30PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    The humanitarian disaster triggered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 exposed the racial violence and class domination that structures New Orleans and the broader U.S. South. This talk uses ethnography to explore the social impact of the privatization of public services in Southern Louisiana in the years since Katrina made landfall. With a particular focus on the quasi-privatization of public schools, this presentation analyzes how the politics of space, place, and class in Black New Orleans are being transformed.

    Speaker
    Dr. Justin Hosbey
    Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
    Emory University

    Dr. Justin Hosbey a cultural anthropologist and Black studies scholar. His research explores Black social and cultural life in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mississippi Delta regions. His current ethnographic project utilizes research methods from the digital and spatial humanities to explore and visualize how the privatization of neighborhood schools in low income and working class Black communities has fractured, but not broken, Black space and place making in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

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    This lecture is a part of the Oxford-Penn-Toronto International Doctoral Cluster speaker series.

    Contact

    Mio Otsuka


    Speakers

    Justin Hosbey
    Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Emory University



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