Week of January 21, 2018 in UCIS

Monday, January 22

12:00 pm Lecture
Regionalism Resurgent: Political Machines and Labor Migration in Russia
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
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The centralization of political and economic power in Russia has been a theme of Vladimir Putin's reign, gaining control over regional governments through the Kremlin's party of power, United Russia. Against this trend of curtailing contests of federalism, migration policy has emerged as a policy arena in which we observe regions claiming authority against the federal government. Through a qualitative investigation of four regions, this research argues that migration policy will remain a conduit for regions to secure political power for the foreseeable future, as Russia maintains its position as host to the world's third-largest immigrant population.

5:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Occupation, Deportation, Genocide - Agents of Memory in Post-Soviet Latvia
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall- History Department Lounge
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of
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Chapter presented by Katja Wezel (DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh) with comments by Jonathan Harris (University of Pittsburgh) and Emanuala Grama (CMU).

Tuesday, January 23

12:30 pm Information Session
Fictional Narrations of Islamic Pasts
Location:
Humanities Center, Cathedral of Learning 602
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of The Islamicate Studies Working Group at the University of Pittsburgh
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Lunch Provided

The Islamicate Studies Working Group consists of faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh who are exploring the prospects of building an academic program for the study of the Muslim World. Its members come from the Dietrich School’s departments of English; History; Linguistics; Religious Studies; and Sociology; as well as from the Law School; the School of Education; and staff members from the Library and Global Studies, and it incorporates visiting postdoctoral fellows faculty members.

Wednesday, January 24

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Conversations on Europe - Wind, Water, Sun: Clean Energy in Europe
Location:
4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Creative Pedagogies for Global Studies Series
Location:
4801 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Studies Center along with History of Art and Architecture Department as part of Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Carnegie Museum of Art.
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Visiting scholar Koyo Kouoh will offer a brief presentation and lead a discussion on RAW Acádemie, an experimental program for artistic thought and curatorial inquiry that she recently launched as part of the activities of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge, and society in Dakar, Senegal.

Suggested reading: Koyo Kouoh, “Being Africa: Contextual Narratives of Artistic Environments,” in Paul O'Neill, et al, eds., The Curatorial Conundrum: What to Study? What to Research? What to Practice? (LUMA Foundation and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, distributed by MIT Press, 2016), 181–188.
Link to PDF: https://pitt.box.com/s/inue7nluqaejo7d9d8boc8uguyl925f9

Biography: Koyo Kouoh is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar, Senegal (www.rawmc.org). For Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, Kouoh is participating with Dig Where You Stand, an exhibition within the exhibition based on the Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection. Previously, she was the curator of 1:54 FORUM, the educational programme at the Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York, and served in the curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012). Kouoh was also the curator of “Still (the) Barbarians,” 37th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial in Limerick (2016); “Streamlines: Oceans, Global Trade and Migration,” Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2015); “Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the work of six African women artists,” WIELS, Lunds Konsthall, 49N6E FRAC Lorraine (2015–2016); and “Precarious Imaging: Visibility surrounding African Queerness,” RAW Material Company (2014). She edited Word!Word?Word! Issa Samb and the undecipherable form, RAW Material Company/OCA/Sternberg Press (2013), the first monograph dedicated to the work of seminal Senegalese artist Issa Samb; Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa, a collection of essays resulting from the eponymous symposium held in Dakar in January 2012; and Chronicle of a Revolt: Photographs of a Season of Protest, RAW Material Company & Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2012). Besides a sustained theoretical, exhibition, and residency program at RAW Material Company, she maintains a critical curatorial, advisory and judging activity internationally. She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.

12:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Koyo Kouoh Brown Bag Workshop
Location:
4180 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of History of Art and Architecture, Carnegie Museums and Hewlitt Foundation
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KOYO KOUOH is an internationally renowned, Dakar-based curator and educator who will spend two weeks as a scholar-in-residence at Pitt later this month and is deeply involved in the Carnegie International. Kouoh is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar, Senegal. As an independent curator, she has contributed to several major international exhibitions, including documenta 12 (2007) and 13 (2012); most recently, she curated the 2016 EVA International exhibition (Ireland's biennial). As part of her plans for the 57th Carnegie International exhibition (Oct. 2018-Mar. 2019), curator Ingrid Schaffner has invited Kouoh to create an exhibition-within-an-exhibition, entitled Dig Where You Stand, which will be drawn from from Carnegie Museum of Art's permanent collection of African and other "non-western" artworks and artifacts.

4:00 pm Student Club Activity
The Saudi Arabia - Qatar Diplomatic Crisis
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of Global Affairs Club
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Come join the Global Affairs Club in hosting Prof. Jared McCormick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Contemporary International Issues, for a discussion of the Saudi Arabia-Qatar Diplomatic Crisis of 2017. Following a brief presentation by Prof. McCormick, we will open our discussion to the broader context of the Saudi Arabia - Iran regional power dynamic. This will be the Global Affairs Club's first meeting of the semester. Anyone interested in joining the club can speak with an officer at this meeting.

Thursday, January 25

12:30 pm Lecture
Muslim Internationalism and Pan-Islamic Ideas During the Cold War
Location:
Sociology Colloquium Room, Posvar Hall 2431
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of The Islamicate Studies Working Group at the University of Pittsburgh
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The Colloquium discusses the origins of contemporary Islamist narratives of world order in the global Cold War context of the 1970s and 1980s. Prof. Aydin argues that the political movement of Islamism emerged as a transnational ideological movement only in the last two decades of the cold war. Both anti-Western Islamism and Islamophobic discourses in the West carry the characteristics of the Cold War ideological battles. Islamism carries the formative influence of universalist claims and double standards of cold war ideological rivalries. Modern Pan-Islamic narratives, he argues, are modern constructs that emerged in the intertwined crisis of the cold war and decolonization processes. This attention to Cold War can also help us better understand how an imagined Muslim world began to be depicted as the new enemy of the West in Islamophobic ideologies after the Cold war.

Lunch provided
*Attendees are encouraged to read the colloquium materials ahead of the event. They may be requested by writing to Prof. Mohammed Bamyeh at mab205@pitt.edu.

The Islamicate Studies Working Group consists of faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh who are exploring the prospects of building an academic program for the study of the Muslim World. Its members come from the Dietrich School’s departments of English; History; Linguistics; Religious Studies; and Sociology; as well as from the Law School; the School of Education; and staff members from the Library and Global Studies, and it incorporates visiting postdoctoral fellows faculty members.

3:00 pm Information Session
Uganda Field Seminar & Internship- summer 2018
Location:
rm. 3800 posvar hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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In Summer 2018, you can join this field-based seminar and internship opportunity counting towards your African Studies Program certificate and graduation! Applications are being accepted. Come to the info session on 1/25 at 3PM (grads and undergrads from any school/department). If you are interested in attending, email Kelsey at kew132@pitt.edu.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion
EUSA Roundtable: “Will the EU Fall Apart?”
Location:
Posvar 4130, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and European Union Studies Association
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Speakers will include: Abe Newman, Frederic Merand, Matthias Matthijs, and Rachel Epstein

Free and open to the Public
-Advanced registration is requested via https://eusa_roundtable.eventbrite.com

Co-sponsored by the European Union Studies Association, European Horizons – Pitt Chapter, and the German American Chamber of Commerce

4:00 pm Information Session
Topic: Temporary Protected Status: Origins, Policy, and Implications of Termination 
Location:
CLAS Reception Area!
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas at CLAS/UCIS
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Sponsored by Panoramas and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) 

4:30 pm Lecture
Biopolitics, Mobility, and the Politics of Migrant Dispersal
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center
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Dr. Tazzioli is a Lecturer in the Geography Department at Swansea University and Visiting Lecturer in Forced Migration at City University of London. She is the author of Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings (2014), co-author with Glenda Garelli of Tunisia as a Revolutionized Space of Migration (2016), and co-editor of Foucault and the History of Our Present (2015). She is co-founder of the journal Materialifoucaultian. Her talk will focus on the Political aspects of Migrant Dispersal and the way biopolotics and mobility factor into migration today.

6:00 pm Lecture
Institution Building as Curatorial Practice
Location:
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Director's Office and Global Studies Center along with History of Art and Architecture Department as part of Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Carnegie Museum of Art.
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For many countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, cultural production was historically co-opted by the state in anti-colonial struggles and post-colonial nation building, paving the way for decades of tension between private initiatives and government mechanisms. The situation has changed but hardly for the better, with many states neglecting the financial and infrastructural needs of their country’s cultural landscapes. Yet within this void, the last twenty years have born witness to the flourishing of independent, non-commercial art centers across these zones. In developing an expanded curatorial practice that embraces the institution as form, in contexts where aesthetics and knowledge production often escape Western paradigms, such spaces allow for new understandings of the potential of arts organizations as well as the relationship between art and life.

Friday, January 26

8:30 am Conference
Best Practices Showcasing Globalization Across the Curriculum
Location:
548 William Pitt Union
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia
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This conference will bring together Pennsylvania faculty with peers affiliated with the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia for a workshop on innovative ways to internationalize curricula at community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

To attend, please register by January 19, 2018 via https://tinyurl.com/yaf5hjod.

1:00 pm Lecture
ADP/LSAP Colloquium 1/26/18, 1pm- International Education
Location:
Posvar Colloquium Room (5604)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program along with School of Education
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You are invited to our first ADP/LSAP colloquium for Spring 2018.
Our focus will be on International Education. We will be hearing from graduate students in the School of Education who participated in an immersive, Fulbright-funded trip to Ethiopia last summer that was co-sponsored by Pitt’s African Studies program and the Wolaita Sodo University.
Friday January 26th
12noon – 1pm
Posvar Colloquium Room (5604)
All faculty and students are welcome!
Light refreshments will be provided.

3:00 pm Lecture
Food fights at the WTO: political economy of India's focus on food security in international trade negotiations
Location:
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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India is both a major agricultural producer and exporter. Therefore, its steadfast focus on food security and defensive position at the agricultural negotiations surprises observers. In my work I analyze the socio-economic constraints and the political processes that have shaped this focus on food security since the beginning of the Doha Round of negotiations in 2001. Even though Indian agriculture has gone through notable changes since then, India faces substantial challenges in its attempt at structural transformation from an agrarian to a non-agrarian state. These domestic challenges shape India's position on agriculture at the multilateral trade negotiations.

This event is open for public and some Indian refreshments will be served.

6:00 pm Festival
ASO 6th Annual African King & Queen Pageant
Location:
O'Hara Ballroom
Announced by:
African Studies Program on behalf of African Student Organization (ASO)
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The African students organization (ASO) is a student led organization on campus that is dedicated to spreading awareness about the different cultures within Africa and teaching the student body about the political and social issues that effect the continent and its diaspora. The organization does this by engaging students in biweekly general body meetings, monthly large scale events and other student gatherings. ASO also aims to engage students in community service around Pittsburgh through volunteering activities and is dedicated to giving back to the continent through Charity. Currently, ASO is partnered up with Duduzile Academy in Kenya in an effort to highlight the importance of education. Lastly, ASO wishes to create a strong community where students of African descent and any other students who are interested in learning more about African culture may come together.
We meet every other Tuesday starting January 16th in the William Pitt Union room 548 at 8:30 pm. All students interested are welcome to join ASO.

Saturday, January 27

2:00 pm Reception
Mithai Indian Sweets Tasting
Location:
Cloister, Frick Fine Arts Building
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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We will offer many different types of Indian sweets to taste and learn about sweets making and the significance of sweets in South Asia.