2012 Fall Event Schedule

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All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2012, Goodlad.

Monday, August 27
Levis Faculty Center, Music Room
8:00pm

"Lesbian Life in France"
Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker Jacqueline Julien and Tamara Chaplin (History)

Jacqueline

Monday, September 10
Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor
8pm

"Action and Criticism in Gandhian Satyagraha"

Karuna Mantena (Yale)

What is the structure of criticism embedded in Gandhian forms of action? The lecture considers the ways in which action and criticism can be construed as analogous modes of intervening in politics. In so doing, it hopes to detach the problem of criticism from the paradigm of judgment – and the epistemological conundrums it entails – and resituate it within the domain of action in which questions of efficacy, of means and ends, and consequences come to the fore. Gandhian satyagraha – “truth-force” – is argued to be less a mode of inquiry into truth than a mode of action that seeks to actuate truth by transforming and reshaping social and political relationships. The objective of Gandhian satyagraha, in Joan Bondurant's very suggestive terms, is therefore “not to assert propositions, but to create possibilities.”

Optional Background Readings:
Mantena, Karuna. "Another Realism: The Politics of Gandhian Nonviolence." American Political Science Review 106.2: 2012. 455-470.

Bilgrami, Akeel. "Gandhi, the Philosopher." Economic and Political Weekly 38.39: 2003. 4159-4165.

Walzer, Michael. Ch. 2 "The Practice of Social Criticism." Interpretation and Social Criticism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1987. 35-66.

Bromwich, David. "Moral Imagination." Raritan 27.4: 2008. 4-33; 160.

 

Monday, September 17
Location: IPRH Seminar Room (Lower Level)
8pm

Graduate Student Pizza Event

Learn about opportunities for scholarship and research support offered through the Unit for Criticism while eating pizza with the Unit's staff.

Please RSVP by emailing unitcritra@gmail.com

 

 



 

Wednesday, September 26 NICHOLSON DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR EVENT
Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor
8pm

"The United States as an Honest Broker in the Mideast?"

Rashid Khalidi (Columbia)
Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies

Introduction by Feisal Mohamed (English, Center for South Asian and MIddle Eastern Studies)

Thursday, September 27 NICHOLSON DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR EVENT
"Syria's Spring or Autumn?" A Seminar and Conversation with Rashid Khalidi

Co-organized with The Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the initiative in Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies

1062 Lincoln Hall
3:30-5:30pm
Refreshments will be served.

To register for the seminar email unitRAesti@gmail.com

Background Readings:

Khalidi, Rashid. "Introduction: The Perils of Ignoring History." Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2004. ix-xiv.

Khalidi, Rashid. "Chapter 2: America, The West, and Democracy in the Middle East." (Plus Notes) Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2004. 37-73; 177-193.

 

Monday, October 15*
Levis Faculty Center, 2nd Floor
8pm

Author's Roundtable:
Samuel Moyn (Columbia)

The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010)

Columbia Historian Samuel Moyn will discuss his recent work in a conversational setting with respondents from the University of Illinois.

Respondents: Xinyuan Dai (Political Science), Trish Loughran (English), Zachary Poppel (History)

Background Readings:
Moyn, Samuel. Prologue. The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History. Cambrigde: Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 2010. 1-10

Moyn, Samuel. Chap. 1 "Humanity Before Human Rights." The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History. Cambrigde: Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 2010. 11-43

Additional Readings (optional):
Moyn, Samuel. Chap. 4 "The Purity of This Struggle." The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History. Cambrigde: Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 2010. 120-175

Moyn, Samuel. Epilogue, "The Burden of Morality." The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History. Cambrigde: Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 2010. 212-227

 

*Joint Jewish Studies/Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Workshop with Samuel Moyn. Tuesday, 10/16, 10-11:30am, Jewish Studies Seminar Room (EB 109). This workshop will focus on a pre-circulated essay by Moyn on the topic of Jewish internationalism. For a copy of the paper to be discussed, please contact Michael Rothberg (mpr@illinois.edu).

 

Friday, November 2
Seminar with Tricia Rose (Brown) on material from her two books on rap and hip hop,
The Hip Hop Wars (Basic Books, 2008) & Black Noise (Wesleyan, 1994)
(pre-registration required)

Location: IPRH, Seminar Room (Lower Level) 11am-1pm
Lunch will be served.

To register for the seminar email unitcritra@gmail.com

Background Readings:

Rose, Tricia. "Chap. 1: Voices from the Margins: Rap Music and Contemporary Black Cultural Production (Plus Notes)." Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan UP, 1994. 1-20; 187-189

Rose, Tricia. Introduction. The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters. New York: Basic Civitas, 2008. 1-30

 

Monday, November 12
Levis Faculty Center, Second Floor
8pm

"Stumped: The Pornography of Disability"

Tim Dean (University at Buffalo)

Optional Background Readings:
Dean, Tim. Chap. 2 "Representing Raw Sex." Unlimited Intimacy: Relections on the Subculture of Barebacking. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2009. 97-144.

Ferguson, Frances. Introduction. Pornography, the Theory: What Utilitarianism Did to Action. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2004. 1-33.