Spring 2014 Seminar 2
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Critical Inequalities

a faculty/grad seminar and a May 9-10 conference co-organized by the Unit for Criticism, Latina/Latino Studies, and Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy

All meetings are from 8:00-10:00pm at the IPRH Building (lower-level), 805 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana. For password information to access these readings please email Lauren Goodlad, Esti Ezkerra or John Moore.

Monday, March 10

Session co-leaders: Lauren Goodlad (English/Unit for Criticism), Jonathan Inda (Latina/Latino Studies), and Robin Kar (Law/Philosophy)

Cheng, Wendy, Laura Barraclough, and Laura Pulido. "Radicalizing Teaching & Tourism: A People's Guide as Active and Activist History." Left History 15.1 (2011): 111-127.

Romero, Mary. "Conceptualizing the Latina Experience in Care Work." A Companion to Latina/o Studies, ed. Juan Flores and Renato Rosaldo. New York: Blackwell, 2007. 264-275.

Scott, Joan W. "Deconstructing Equality-Versus_Difference: Or, the Uses of Post-Structuralist Theory for Feminism." Feminist Studies 14.1 (Spring 1988). 33-50.

Williams, Patricia. "Foreword." Blind Goddess: A Reader on Race and Justice, ed. Alexander Papachristou. New York: New Press, 2011. viii-xii.

---. "The Monsterization of Trayvon Martin." The Nation July 31, 2013.

Monday, April 28

Session co-leaders: Lauren Goodlad (English/Unit for Criticism), Ellen Moodie (Anthropology), and Jesse Ribot (Geography)

Fraser, Nancy. "Rethinking Recognition." New Left Review 3 (May-June 2000). 107-120.

Haugerud, Angelique. "Introduction: The Comedy of Wealth?" & "Chap. 6: Media Players," No Billionaire Left Behind: Satirical Activism in America. Redwood City: Stanford U P, 2013. 1-21; 163-186.

Nixon, Rob. "Introduction." Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2011. 1-44.

"No Billionaire Left Behind" (documentary). 26:12 min

Sivaramakrishnan, Kaylanakrishnan. "Environment, Law, and Democracy in India." The Journal of Asian Studies 70.4 (2011): 905-928.

Somers, Margaret. "Chap. 6: From Poverty to Perversity: Ideational Embeddedness and Market Fundamentalism over Two Centuries of Welfare Debate." Genealogies of Citizenship: Markets, Statelessness, and the Right to Have Rights. New York: Cambridge, 2008. 150-191.

Varon, Jeremy. "It's Good to Be King: The Crisis Documentary and the American Dreamscape." New Labor Forum 23.1 (2014): 1-5.

---. "Joining the Party for a More Powerful Left." Forthcoming in Tikkun Magazine, Spring 2014. (5 pages)

---. "They Are Not Afraid." Occupied Studies Feb 2012. (5 pages)


Sivaramakrishnan, Kaylanakrishnan. "Courts, Environment, and Public Cultures of Legality: A View from Delhi." DRAFT: Please do not cite without the permission of the author.

Monday, May 5

Session co-leaders: Lauren Goodlad (English/Unit for Criticism), Jonathan X. Inda (Latina/o Studies), Terri Weissman (Art History)

Fassin, Didier. "Preface to the English Edition" & "Chap. 5: Discrimination." Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing. Cambridge: Polity, 2013. ix-xix, 144-173.

       OPTIONAL: Wacquant, Loïc. "Crafting the Neoliberal State: Workfare, Prisonfare, and Social Insecurity." Sociological Forum. 25.2 (June 2010). 197-220.

Piketty, Thomas. "Interview: Dynamics of Inequality." New Left Review 31 March 2014. Web.

Rancière, Jacques. "Reason Between Equals." The Ignorant Schoolmaster. Trans. Kristin Ross. Palo Alto: Stanford UP, 1991. 45-74.

       OPTIONAL: Ross, Kristin. "Translator's Introduction." The Ignorant Schoolmaster. By Jacques Rancière. Trans. Kristin Ross. Redwood City: Stanford UP, 1991.

Somerville, Siobhan B. "Queer Loving," GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 11.3 (2005): 335-370.


Cassidy, John. "Forces of Divergence: Is Surging Inequality Endemic to Capitalism?" The New Yorker 85 (2014). Web.

Scott, Joan W. "Secularism." Politics of the Veil. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2010. 90-123.

Wacquant, Loïc. "The Penalisation of Poverty and the Rise of Neoliberalism." European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research 9 (2001). 401-412.