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SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

09/03/2015

"Hair Apparent: Life Process & the Body Politic in 1965 Indonesia."  Kaja McGowan, Director of the Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) and Associate Professor at the Department of History of Art If one were to write the history of the prison in 1965 Indonesia with all the political investments of the body that inheres in its constricted architecture, one compelling ancestrally charged coordinate would be hair. This paper explores life process and the body politic as a set of material elements and techniques that serve as subtle weaponry, a wished for liberation, communicative channels, and supports for the power and gendered relations that invest human bodies and subjugate them by turning them into objects of knowledge. Hair apparent is at the heart (and head)

Reppy Institute Meet and Greet

09/03/2015

The Reppy Institute welcomes everyone to attend our 2015-2016 seminar series and this special opening reception during our usual seminar time slot. This first seminar meeting will not follow our usual format of a talk followed by a time for questions and discussion, but will be an informal gathering giving us all the opportunity to meet each other and learn more about what the program has to offer, such as fellowships and other funding for students.

A Socialist Peace? Cultural Difference, Modernization, and the Afterlives of a Socialist State in the Republic of Guinea

09/03/2015

Mike McGovern is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He has a Ph.D. in Culture, History, and Theory from Emory University. His recent book chapters and articles have focused on the politics of history in a polarized political setting, the aspirational facet of kinship talk during times of war, and the interplay of Islamist conversion, local politics, and US counterterrorism policy in West Africa. His book Making War in Côte d'Ivoire focuses on the dramaturgy, sociology, and political economy of the Ivorian civil conflict.  A second book, Unmasking the State, traces the processes of state formation and ethnogenesis in Guinea during the 20th century. It was the co-winner of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Amaury Talbot Prize for best

Reason, Passion and the Law: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

09/08/2015

A public lecture by A.D. White Professor-at-Large Albie Sachs

"Biological Sciences at the University of Havana, Cuba: Perspectives and Opportunities"

09/09/2015

Isel Pascual Alonso, Ph.D., leads the research on serine and metallo aminopeptidases and their inhibitors with biomedical and biotechnological applications at the University of Havana. This research is mainly related with metallo aminopeptdases of the M1 family like piroglutamil aminopeptidase II (PPII) and aminopeptidase N (APN), and with serine aminopeptidases like dipeptidil peptidase IV (DPP-IV). These enzymes are involved in various human pathologies like inflammation, cancer, type II diabetes, central nervous system disorders and parasitic infections. Professor Alonso is also the Dean of International Relations at the University of Havana.

Nelson Mandela: Memories of Working with Him Over a Half Century

09/09/2015

Professor-at-Large, Albie Sachs reflects on his role as an activist and his struggles for justice in South Africa in support of Mandela's movement to dismantle the legacy of apartheid and institutional racism while promoting racial reconciliation.  

SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

09/10/2015

“Arrested Autonomy: Posthuman Futures in Sarawak, Malaysia.”  Juno Salazar Parreñas, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University. Abstract: The Forestry Corporation, which is the privatized branch of Sarawak’s Forestry Department, has the mandate to protect orangutans, which are Sarawak’s most famous endangered species. The Forestry Corporation cares for displaced orangutans at Sarawak’s two wildlife centers. The goal of these centers is to have displaced orangutans eventually achieve autonomy (kebebasan) within the space of these centers, even as the material constraints of insufficient space and dependency on food support arrests attempts at autonomy. Such indefinitely deferred in

"Cold Peace: Russia, Germany, the U.S. and the Future of Europe"

09/10/2015

Peter Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall about "Cold Peace: Russia, Germany, the U.S. and the Future of Europe" at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown bag seminar.

Addressing Governance and Security Challenges in Western Sahel-Sahara Region: Facts and Responses

09/10/2015

Dr. Noureddine Jebnoun is a Faculty member at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, where his research interests include governance issues and the security challenges of North Africa and the Sahel region. Dr. Jebnoun teaches at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies-Walsh School of Foreign Service. He previously served as an Assistant Professor of strategy and geopolitics at the Tunisian National War College, the National Defense Institute, and the Command and General Staff College. He has been a lecturer, speaker, and panelist at institutions and think tanks including the NATO Defense College (Rome), the Industrial College for Armed Forces (DC), the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, the United States Institute of Peace, and ot

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa

09/10/2015

The Peabody award-winning documentary film by Abby Ginzberg (60 min runtime). Albie Sachs served for 15 years as a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and has played a prominent role in the country's struggle for justice.  An anti-apartheid activist, Justice Sachs was exiled for 23 years and survived an assasination attempt.  He is the recipient of the inaugural Tang Prize for Rule of Law.

Speaker Series Lunch Talk: Dr. Balu Balasubramaniam

09/11/2015

FALL SPEAKER SERIES The Local and the Global: Dialogues on Community Engagement "What constitutes quality community partnerships?" Higher education is witnessing an unprecedented growth in community-engaged learning programs. Faculty, staff and students work in concert with various external stakeholders and organizations to address a wide range of problems through the integration of teaching, research, and service.  Yet, what constitutes a quality campus-community partnership? How do campus and community partners build trusting and respectful relationships, maximize participation and learning for all stakeholders, and generate knowledge that is useful and beneficial to all concerned.  Dr. Balu Balasubramaniam, one of Cornell’s most prominent and long-stan

"Latin American Net Art"

09/14/2015

"In this talk, I want to think together the three strands of net.art, arte útil, and post-internet art with respect to its implications for contemporary aesthetic and critical theory through an analysis of three representative projects from the Hispanic world that engage with these questions in different ways. These case studies include the individual work of Argentine-Spanish artist Belén Gache,  Mejor Vida Corp (MVC, created by Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas), and the Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT a collective project of Ricardo Domínguez, Micha Cardenas, Amy Carroll and other collaborators in b.a.n.g lab’s Electronic Disturbance Theater).  While these works of art have been created at different points in the last fifteen years through

CCCI: The Ecology of Organizational Growth: Chinese Law Firms in the Age of Globalization

09/14/2015

Professor Sida Liu (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will give a free public lecture from 4:30-6:00pm in Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. Lecture is co-sponsored by the Cornell Clark Program in East Asian Law and Culture.

SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

09/17/2015

"The Indecency of Adultery: Censorship and Morality in Thai Cinema"  Rebecca Townsend, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Cornell University The Thai state dramatically increased the censorship of cinema during the period of authoritarian, military rule from 1958 through 1973. Primarily enforced through the Board of Film Censorship comprised of senior bureaucrats and police officers, official censorship of film evidenced a concern by the Thai state about the impact of depictions of so-called deviant social practices on Thai audiences. The censors most often focused on depictions of sexuality, intimacy, and family relationships, with censors’ attitudes reflecting urban bureaucratic norms of social appropriateness. A large number of films were censored

"The Possibility of Much Bigger Bangs: U.S. Official Interest in ‘Very High Yield’ Nuclear Weapons, 1942–1963"

09/17/2015

Alex Wellerstein, Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall about "The Possibility of Much Bigger Bangs: U.S. Official Interest in ‘Very High Yield’ Nuclear Weapons, 1942–1963" at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown bag seminar.

New Perspectives on Conflict, State-Building and Development in Africa

09/17/2015

Philip Roessler is an Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Maryland. His work offers new perspectives on conflict, state-building, and development, with a focus on the region of sub-Saharan Africa. He has held fellowships at Stanford and Oxford Universities, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the British Academy, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute of International Education and USAID. He is currently working on two books, Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa: Escaping the Coup-Civil War Trap, which is based on extensive field research in Sudan and the DRC and gives a theoretical account of the logic of war and peace in sub-Saharan Africa; and Why Comrades Go to

LASP Seminar Series

09/21/2015

LASP hosts a Seminar Series every semester in which Latin Americanists from all over the world are invited to speak at Cornell.

CCCI: The Chinese State and Green Buildings in China

09/21/2015

Professor Yu Zhou (Geography, Vassar College) will give a free public lecture from 4:30 to 6:00pm in Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program and Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (for graduate students only)

09/22/2015

Tuesday, September 22, G08 Uris Hall, 4:30 PM; speakers Gil Levine and Mike Walter - Graduate and professional students from all disciplines are invited to attend this information session. Learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program which provides full funding to U.S. citizens to engage in teaching or research in any field in over 155 countries around the world. Explore the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program that provides funding to individual doctoral students through the university to conduct research abroad in other countries, except Western Europe for periods of six to twelve months. The emphasis is on conducting research in the language of the host country and in area studies. This grant is open graduate and professional students who are U.S. citizens or p

SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

09/24/2015

"God’s Left Eye Crosses the Pacific: Caodaism’s Transpacific Transformations 1926-2015" Janet Alison Hoskins, Professor of Anthropology and Religion, University of Southern California Abstract: Caodaism is a new religion revealed to a group of colonized intellectuals in southern Vietnam in 1926 who fused Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism with French Spiritism, Theosophy and Catholic hierarchies.  Its syncretistic mixture has always been dynamic, renewed and revised through spirit séances, and often mixed with nationalist aspirations.  After 1975, many Caodai leaders went into exile, establishing congregations in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.  The initial vision of “bringing the gods of the East and West

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