Week of February 11, 2018 in UCIS

Monday, February 12

4:30 pm Workshop
Polymaths of Islam: Scholars and Knowledge Networks in a Eurasian Cosmopolis
Location:
3703 Posvar Hall- History Department Lounge
Announced by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies on behalf of
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Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop on James Pickett's manuscript: Polymaths of Islam: Scholars and Knowledge Networks in a Eurasian Cosmopolis. Comments by Professor Devin DeWeese from the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Tuesday, February 13

12:00 pm Workshop
Creative Pedagogies for Global Studies
Location:
4130 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pitt Arts
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Artist-in-residence Rhodessa Jones will offer a brief presentation and lead a discussion on using performance-based pedagogies to teach Global Studies. Jones is an actress, teacher, director, and writer, perhaps best known for the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and HIV Circle, which is a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women and women living with HIV.

4:30 pm Lecture
Archive & Event: Mexico, 1968
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with University Center for Int'l Studies (UCIS)
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Global Legacies of 1968 Lecture:
“Archive and Event: Mexico, 1968”
by Samuel Steinburg, USC
4:00 p.m.--5:30 p.m.
4130 Posvar Hall

Samuel Steinberg is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature at University of Southern California. Steinberg’s research and teaching engage modern and contemporary Latin American literature and visual culture, as well as critical theory and political thought. He is the author of Photopoetics at Tlatelolco: Afterimages of Mexico, 1968 (University of Texas Press, 2016). Currently he is finishing a book on literature and debt, “Ghostscripts: Inheritance of Juan Rulfo,” and beginning another, “The Speculative Image,” on political conceptuality and visual form.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the ‘year that changed the world.’ UCIS is commemorating this with our Global Legacies of 1968 series.
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4:30 pm Workshop
Digital Portfolio Drop-In Sessions
Location:
3127 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Dr. Jared McCormick, Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues, will welcome students to drop by his office to discuss and share ideas on how to effectively create a digital portfolio required for all GSC undergraduate students, that adequately reflects their academic and co-curruicular experiences. Learn more about Dr. McCormick's experience with digital interface and methodologies: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/content/visiting-professor-contemporary-...

Wednesday, February 14

6:30 pm Film
327 Cuadernos (Argentina)
Location:
Graduate Public Health Auditorium G-23
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
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CLAS-Latin American Cinema Series 2018/ CLAS- Serie de Cine Latinoamericano 2018

Documentary Film Screening and Discussion with the Director:
February 14, 2018
327 Cuadernos (Andrés Di Tella, 2015 Argentina)
English subtitles
G-23 Public Health Building
6:30 p.m. Pizza
7:00 p.m. Movie
Free and open to the public!

Ricardo Piglia, one of the great narrators of Hispanic language, returns to Argentina after many years of living abroad. It is proposed to review exhaustively, for the first time, the 327 notebooks that constitute his private diary.
327 Cuadernos Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIR2EAbhaCs

For more information, please visit: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/list.

Thursday, February 15

12:30 pm Colloquium/Panel Discussion
Pernille Røge The Place of the Baltic in the Early Modern French Colonial Empire
Location:
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of History and Humanities Center
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This session explores ways in which the Baltic region enabled the rise and consolidation of the French
colonial empire in the Americas. As a supplier of naval stores, the Baltic has long been viewed as central to
early modern European expansion overseas. Nevertheless, its particular association with French empire
building remains little studied. Drawing on data from the Danish Sound Toll Registers and French consular
records form Copenhagen, Elsinore, Stockholm, and St. Petersburg, the paper delineates how French
colonization began as an attempt to secure commercial independence from the Baltic, only to produce the
opposite effect of binding the French colonial enterprise and the Baltic ever closer together.

Comments will be offered by Niklas Frykman and Allyson Delnore.

2:00 pm Lecture
Critical Research on Africa
Location:
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program and Global Studies Center
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Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Global Structural Violence and International Responses- presents challenges the conventional understanding that international crises are limited to instances of direct physical violence. Instead, it argues that the disproportionate distribution of infectious diseases like Ebola are a form of structural violence that warrants international intervention. In the field of global public health, structural violence is a concept used to describe health inequities and to draw attention to the differential risks for infection in the Global
South, and among those already infected, for adverse consequences including death, injury and illness. This Article clarifies how the concept of structural violence can be operationalized in law. In particular, it illustrates the ways in which the international actors can facilitate conditions for structural violence by analyzing the international public health and peace and security regimes. This Article has several important contributions. First, the way crises are conceptualized needs to be expanded beyond merely addressing direct physical violence internationally, but to also include remedying structural violence. Additionally, this study indicates that the complicated relationship between infectious diseases and conflict warrants more robust attention and resources. Finally, shared international responsibility norms should be developed to assist in expanding the tools available for the protection of human rights and the alleviation of large-scale human suffering caused by infectious diseases like Ebola

4:00 pm Lecture
Global 1968 Film and Discussion: The Nigerian Civil War and Its Impact on Nation-Building in Africa
Location:
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program
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The UCIS Global 68 Series draws themes from events that took place around the world in 1968. As part of this series, the African Studies Program will host an event called "Global 68-The Nigerian Civil War". We will be showing a documentary entitled "Biafra and Nigeria War 1967-1970," followed by discussion of the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War (July 6, 1967 - January 3, 1970) and the ramifications it is having on African society today. Our speaker, Edmond Keller (Department of Political Science, UCLA), will discuss the causes, aftermath and legacy of the conflict and the lessons for independence, democracy and freedom.

4:30 pm Lecture
Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with and Humanities Center
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Drawing on interviews with one-and-a-half and second generation Salvadoran immigrant youth, Exiled Home details the temporal, spatial, and biographical disjunctures that the Salvadoran civil war and emigration to the United States caused in these young people’s lives, as well as the strategies through which youth have sought to overcome such ruptures. Denied full membership in the United States for at least some portion of their lives, many youth also encountered silences or an “un-knowing” of conditions in El Salvador, the nature of the civil war, and their own histories. As they negotiated gaps between belonging and exclusion, pasts and futures, normality and abnormality, and El Salvador and the United States, these youth became part of U.S. neighborhoods, encountered racism and discrimination, developed and rejected particular social identities in school, qualified for or lost legal status in the U.S., learned particular versions of Spanish and English, and repositioned themselves within families and between countries. In so doing, some became activists, seeking passage of the Federal and California DREAM Act, founding transnational and transuniversity student organizations, and producing new literature that creates space and marks time for their generation. Through these and other strategies, youth re/membered, that is, they sought an accountability that would enable them to realize a more just future.

The Global Studies Center's support of the Faculty Development Seminar, "Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human," now in its third year, in partnership with Pitt's Year of the Humanities initiative, will continue, with three more events scheduled through the spring. The popular and provocative lecture series which began in the fall examines the global and humanistic themes of Migration.

6:30 pm Lecture
La Maquina de Proyectar Sueños
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
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La escritora argentina Cecilia Szperling hablará de su trabajo en torno a la escritura del yo y del concepto de lecturas expandidas. Hará referencia a su propia obra literaria y perfomática y a las distintas formas d eponer la literatura en escena. La autora leerá extractos de su novela, La máquina de proyectar sueños (Fábula autobiográfica), y hablará de sus fuentes de insporación. se poryectarán asi mismo extractos de la performance basada en la novela.

Friday, February 16

3:00 pm Presentation
Enlightened by Oblivion
Location:
602 Cathedral of Learning--Humanities Center
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
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Presentation and round table follow by a reception

Enlightened by Oblivion explores different uses of materials labelled as “found”: anonymous photographs, old news shows, recycled television shows, and found footage. The “found” materials, almost by definition, had to be lost previously: illuminated by forgetfulness. In the discarding, in the abandonment, there is an insubordinate energy, an unexpected illumination that cannot be found in that which is deliberate, in what was searched for and found. In this sense, even one’s own material can become “found” material. This talk features unreleased material.

Andrés Di Tella is a filmmaker, writer, and curator based in Buenos Aires, Argentine. He has directed: Montoneros, una historia (1995), Macedonio Fernández (1995), Prohibido (1997), La televisión y yo (2002), Fotografías (2007), El país del Diablo (2008) Hachazos (2011), ¡Volveremos a las montañas! (2012), Máquina de sueños (2013), El ojo en el cielo (2013) and 327 cuadernos (2015)

Enlightened by Oblivion will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring: Laura Podalsky, the Ohio State University, and Rocio Gordon, Christopher Newport University. 

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3:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Undergraduate Research Toolkit Series
Location:
5400 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
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Global Studies will host a 4-part series with sessions on January 19th, February 2nd, February 16th, and March 16th to equip students to pursue research within the framework of the multidisciplinary field of global studies. The series is designed for students at any stage of their academic career. It's a must for students considering pursing a BPHIL, an honor's thesis, or enrolling in a graduate program in the future. Dr. Michael Goodhart, GSC Director and Professor of Political Science, along with GSC faculty will provide insight based on their experience on conceiving research ideas, formulating research questions, identifying methods to consider to collect and analyze data, ethically gathering data working within university research guidelines and lastly presenting and disseminating data using traditional methods and new forms of digital media. Each session will include ample time for discussion so bring your ideas and questions!

3:00 pm Lecture
Matter of Death
Location:
Anthropology Lounge, 3106 Posvar
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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At a moment when marriage and childbirth are on the decline, employment is increasingly short-term and precarious, and more and more people are living longer and all alone, sociality is changing in Japan. Away from the workplace or the family, ever more attention is placed on a free-floating, mobile but responsible self. Consistent with this streamlining of the social is a new trend in “simple living” spurred by de-clutter guru, Marie Kondo. Encouraged to detach from all but the most essential, most joyful of personal possessions, the stress is on matter that materializes life in a very particular way. But in this presentist, self-oriented lifestyle, what happens at the time of death? To those possessions the deceased has left behind, and to bodies of the dead, in cases when there is no social other to attend to these persons and things? Asking what the matter of death is in an age of decluttered belonging(s), I examine new businesses emerging in Japan (ihin seiri gaisha) that help clients sort through the possessions left behind, or that they may leave behind themselves, at the moment of death. Special clean-up of the "lonely dead" is one of their services—sanitizing the landscape of the waste left behind by a wounded sociality.

Anne Allison is the author of Nightwork: Sexuality, Pleasure, and Corporate Masculinity in a Tokyo Hostess Club (1994), Permitted and Prohibited Desires: Mothers, Comics, and Censorship in Japan (1996), Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination (2006), and Precarious Japan (2013). She is currently conducting research on new demographic/social trends in Japan involving death, solo sociality, and self-management of mortuary and post-mortem arrangements.