Events in UCIS

Thursday, October 5

1:30 pm Lecture
From Habsburg Galicia to Cocoaland: History of Development and Polish Social Scientists from 1880s to 1960s
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Humanities Center; Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies; Ford Institute for Human Security
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Few historians have asked about 'development' as an idea unfolding within one specific historical space and representing three big socioeconomic regimes: capitalism, developing/post-colonial economy and socialism. Witnessing transformation of Poland from a supply hinterland of Western Europe (and a space of economic exploitation under Nazi rule), into a modernizing socialist nation-state, Polish economists studied these socio-economic systems comparatively and in a world perspective. But what is even more interesting, they also understood all three of them as overlapping and following each other in their own country's recent past and present. What lessons did Polish social scientists try to convey from this experience to the post-colonial world and how may their contributions change our understanding of history of international development?

Malgorzata Mazurek specializes in modern history of Poland and East Central Europe. Her interests include twentieth-century social sciences, international development, social history of communism and Polish-Jewish relations. Her lecture is based on a new book project that deals with the intellectual history of East Central European involvement in the making of the non-Western world between the late 19th century and 1960s. Dr. Mazurek is part of Socialism Goes Global, an international research project housed at the University of Exeter and funded by the British Arts and Humanities Council, Dr. Mazurek's previous book, Society in Waiting Lines: On Experiences of Shortages in Postwar Poland (Warsaw: Trio 2010), has been shortlisted among the ten best books in contemporary Polish history in a 2011 nationwide contest. She is also the author of several articles on comparative and transnational history of labor and consumption in twentieth-century Poland.

This lecture is part of the REES Fall Series: Eastern Europe in the World.

3:00 pm Lecture
The Politics of Imagining Asia in the Americas: The Global Contours of Orientalism and Yellow Peril in Early 20th Century Peru
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Latin American Studies
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During the 1910s and 1920s, a wave of Orientalism took root in Peru. Peruvian diplomatic officials dispatched to Eastern Asia turned their homes into self-fashioned Asian art museums, donned Kimonos and published travel narratives of their adventures in the “Orient.” Indigenista intellectuals imagined Japan and China as sites of revolutionary inspiration for a post-colonial global politics. Simultaneously, labor movements and state officials targeted Chinese and Japanese businesses and dwellings as sources of theft, contamination and social degradation. This talk explores how the 1930s global economic crisis and expansion of US hegemony shifted the politics of imagining Asia in the Americas.

ANA MARIA CANDELA is a historian of Modern China and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University. Her research focuses on Chinese migrations to Latin America and on the global dimensions of Chinese history and China’s social transformations. Her current book project Intimate Others: Peruvian Chinese Between Native Place, Nation and World examines the translocal histories and nationalist imaginaries forged by two generations of Cantonese migrant elites in Peru during an era of expanding industrial capitalism, settler colonialism and nation making