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September 2022

  • Friday, September 30th Conversation with Grace M. Cho, the Author of 'Tastes Like War'

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    Friday, September 30, 20222:00PM - 4:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 0A7
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    PLEASE NOTE: This event will be conducted in a hybrid format with limited in-person attendance and live broadcast via Zoom webinar. Please follow the registration link to either register via Eventbrite to attend the event in-person OR to access the Zoom registration to attend the event virtually.

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    ABOUT THE BOOK:

    Tastes Like War

    A Korean American daughter’s exploration of food and family history, in order to understand her mother’s schizophrenia.

    Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life.
    Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. In her mother’s final years, Grace learned to cook dishes from her mother’s childhood in order to invite the past into the present, and to hold space for her mother’s multiple voices at the table. And through careful listening over these shared meals, Grace discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her—but also the things that kept her alive.

    BIO:

    Grace M. Cho is the author of Tastes Like War (Feminist Press, 2021), a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award in nonfiction and the winner of the 2022 Asian Pacific American Literature Award in adult nonfiction. Her first book, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), received a 2010 book award from the American Sociological Association. Her writings have appeared in journals such as Catapult, The New Inquiry, Poem Memoir Story, Contexts, Gastronomica, Feminist Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Qualitative Inquiry. She is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

    Organized by the Centre for the Study of Korea and co-sponsored by the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute, the Department of Sociology, the Women and Gender Studies Institute, the Department of English, and the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School, University of Toronto


    Speakers

    Grace M. Cho
    Speaker
    Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY; Author of 'Tastes Like War' (Feminist Press, 2021)

    Hae Yeon Choo
    Chair
    Director of the Centre for the Study of Korea and Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for the Study of Korea

    Co-Sponsors

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Department of Sociology

    Department of English

    Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto


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October 2022

  • Wednesday, October 19th Material Struggles: A Symposium on Histories of Infrastructure in the United States

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    Wednesday, October 19, 202210:30AM - 6:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 0A7
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    Recent political debates have focused on the role of physical infrastructure as a key driver of growth, stability and an equitable society in America for this generation and those to come. Infrastructure in the American context includes roads, bridges, telecommunication systems, electrical grids and vital public health interventions such as water pipe construction. This event will draw on themes from the disciplines of history, sociology, economics and media studies to explore the origins and evolution of American infrastructure and its impacts on the development of American society and especially persistent racial and ethnic inequities.

    — Program —

    10:30am                               Coffee and Pastries 

    11:10am – 11:55am              Edson Severnini – “The U.S. Electricity Infrastructure over the 20th Century (and Beyond): Benefits and Costs”

    12:00pm – 2:00pm                Break

    2:10pm – 2:55pm                  Isaiah Ellis – “Masters of Sentiment: Race, Expertise, and Empire in Southern Roadbuilding”

    2:55pm – 3:10pm                  Break

    3:10pm – 3:55pm                  Orit Halpern – “The Planetary Test”

    3:55pm – 4:10pm                  Break

    4:10pm – 5:40pm                  Keynote Lecture Yuri Furuhata moderated by Deb Cowen – “Into the Clouds: Atlases of Anthropogenic Weather”

    5:40pm                                  Adjourn

    — Speaker Bios —

    Deborah Cowen
    Deborah Cowen is a Geographer at the University of Toronto whose work is concerned with the intimate life of war, the logistics of supply chain and racial capitalism, and the contested geographies of settler colonial infrastructure. Deb is the author of The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade and Military Workfare: The Soldier and Social Citizenship in Canada, co-editor of War, Citizenship, Territory and Digital Life in the Global City: Contesting Infrastructures.

    Isaiah Ellis
    Isaiah Ellis is an Arts & Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.

    Yuriko Furuhata
    Yuriko Furuhata is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Cinema and Media History in the Department of East Asian Studies and an associate member of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Her first book, Cinema of Actuality: Japanese Avant-Garde Filmmaking in the Season of Image Politics (Duke University Press, 2013), won the Best First Book Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Her second book, entitled Climatic Media: Transpacific Experiments in Atmospheric Control (Duke University Press, 2022) explores the geopolitical conditions underpinning environmental art, weather control, digital computing, and cybernetic architecture in Japan and the United States. She is currently working on a new book project, titled The Edges of Deep Time: Archipelagic Archives of the Anthropocene, which explores scientific photographs and films of fossils, clouds, snow and ice in relation to the settler colonial histories of geosciences in Japan and North America.

    Orit Halpern
    Orit Halpern is Full Professor and Chair of Digital Cultures and Societal Change at Technische Universität Dresden. Her work bridges the histories of science, computing, and cybernetics with design. She completed her Ph.D. at Harvard. She has held numerous visiting scholar positions including at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, IKKM Weimar, and at Duke University. She is currently working on two projects. The first is a history of automation, intelligence, and freedom; the second project examines extreme infrastructures and the history of experimentation at planetary scales in design, science, and engineering.

    She has also published widely in many venues including Critical Inquiry, Grey Room, and Journal of Visual Culture, and E-Flux. Her first book Beautiful Date: A History of Vision and Reason (Duke UP 2015) investigates histories of big data, design, and governmentality. Her current book with Robert Mitchell (forthcoming MIT Press December 2022) is titled the Smartness Mandate. The book is a genealogy of our current obsession with smart technologies and artificial intelligence. She also directs two design history and practice research platforms Governing Through Design and Against Catastrophe.

    Https://governingthrough.design/; www.againstcatastrophe.net; https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262544511/

    Edson Severnini
    I’m an Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy (without tenure) at Carnegie Mellon University (Heinz College), a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a Research Affi liate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). My research interests lie at the intersection of Energy and Environmental Economics, Economic History, and Labor Economics. My work focuses on examining the impacts of the expansion of energy access, pollution, and environmental regulation on local development, health outcomes, and firm behavior since the age of electrifi cation in the United States. I am also interested on the impact of climate change on air pollution, electricity generation, and infectious disease, and on racial issues in local labor markets and in higher education. I’m a proud first-generation college student, immigrant, and queer. My pronouns are he/him/his.

    FURTHER INFORMATION AVAILBLE ON THIS PAGE:

    Contact

    Mio Otsuka


    Speakers

    Yuriko Furuhata
    Keynote
    Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Cinema and Media History, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University

    Deborah Cowen
    Moderator
    Professor, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto

    Isaiah Ellis
    Speaker
    Arts & Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

    Orit Halpern
    Speaker
    Full Professor and Chair, Digital Cultures and Societal Change, Technische Universität Dresden

    Edson Severnini
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

    Nicholas Sammond
    Opening Remarks
    Director, Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Co-Sponsors

    Department of Geography and Planning

    Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

    Cinema Studies Institute

    Department of History

    Urban Studies Program

    McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology

    Department of Economics

    School of Cities


    If you are attending a Munk School event and require accommodation(s), please email the event contact listed above to make appropriate arrangements.

    Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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