Events in UCIS

Thursday, February 15

12:30 pm Colloquium/Panel Discussion
Pernille Røge The Place of the Baltic in the Early Modern French Colonial Empire
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
4130 WWPH
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies 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
WWPH 4130
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies
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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
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.

4:30 pm Workshop
Anne Allison Workshop
3106 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
6:30 pm Lecture
La Maquina de Proyectar Sueños
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.