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Renowned Israeli writer and peace activist Amos Oz delivers the Herman Wouk Visiting Lecture
Mandeville auditorium, April 22, 2013
Photo by Dirk Sutro, DAH

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Post Doc Lecture Series - Ronak Kapadia

Post Doc Lecture Series

Ronak Kapadia: "Warm Data: US Military Imprisonment and the Sensorial Life of Empire"

Friday, October 24, 2014


Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau)

Ronak K. Kapadia, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Over the past decade, the US security state has engaged in an immense data collection project on racialized "Muslim" populations not just in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also in the US and around the world. How have contemporary artists from the South Asian and Arab diaspora responded to these new tactics of US counterinsurgency warfare in their aesthetic practices and cultural forms? This talk investigates the critical and social potential of visual and installation art by Rajkamal Kahlon, Mariam Ghani, and the Index of the Disappeared. Kapadia will focus on these artists' incorporation of newly released government documents detailing widespread abuses in US military practices of torture, interrogation, kidnapping, and rendition in their artworks. This talk will explore how South Asian and Arab diasporic artists employ these documents as raw materials for their creative interventions, and in so doing, offer a more imaginative account of militarized security and 'the sensorial life of empire.'

Prof. Kapadia is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and affiliated faculty in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is completing his first book, The Sensorial Life of Empire, a study of contemporary South Asian, Muslim and Arab diasporic visual cultures and their critical intersections with the logics and tactics of US counterinsurgency warfare.

His writings have been published or are forthcoming in Asian American Literary Review, Journal of Popular Music Studies, South Asian Diaspora, Women & Performance, and edited volumes including: Shifting Borders: America and the Middle East/North Africa (Ed. Alex Lubin), With Stones in Our Hands: Racism, Muslims and US Empire (Ed. Sohail Daulatzai and Junaid Rana), and Critical Ethnic Studies: An Anthology. With Simone Browne and Katherine McKittrick, he is co-editor of the forthcoming special issue on 'race and surveillance' for Surveillance & Society.

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The Digital Persianate: Satirical Cybercultures of the Iranian Internet Publics

The Digital Persianate: Satirical Cybercultures of the Iranian Internet Publics

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

12:00-1:00 pm

Literature Bldg Room 155 (deCerteau)


Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Neda Atanasoski

Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Neda Atanasoski

Humanitarian Violence: Postsocialism and the Question of Transitional Justice

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau)

This talk addresses the time and space of humanitarian catastrophe as a way to think through the production of racialized (precarious) populations as constitutive of postsocialist notions of transition and justice. Developing postsocialism as an analytical and theoretical entry point for understanding the rearrangement of political action in the present, it considers how a reconceptualization of political time can disrupt the seeming dominance of liberal capitalist rights-based and restorative justice models.

Neda Atanasoski is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her book, Humanitarian Violence: The U.S. Deployment of Diversity (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), addresses the rise of U.S. humanitarian imperialism that has depended on the racialization of religious difference in places like the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan since the end of the Cold War. Her research and publications have focused on U.S and Eastern European new media and cultural studies, with a focus on the politics of religion and sexuality, postsocialism, human rights and humanitarianism, and war and nationalism.

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