Events in UCIS

Friday, February 16

3:00 pm Presentation
Enlightened by Oblivion
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.

3:00 pm Lecture Series / Brown Bag
Undergraduate Research Toolkit Series
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
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.