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Program for the Study of Religion presents Spring Religion Forum  

Co-sponsors, Third World Studies, Department of Literature 

Location: Room 155, Literature Building, UC San Diego 

Time: 3pm-5pm 

Date: May 1st, 2019 


Schirin Amir-Moazami (Freie Universität Berlin)

"Inspecting Muslims. Secular power and the Politics of Knowledge Production on Islam in Europe" 

Schirin Amir-Moazami is Professor for Islam in Europe at the Institute of Islamic studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She studied Political Sciences and Sociology in Frankfurt/Main, Berlin, Aix-Marseille and Paris. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Department of Social and Political Sciences.Schirin Amir-Moazami has published widely on topics related to Muslims in Europe, especially Germany and France, with a focus on political secularism, public controversies, body politics and governmentality. She is the editor of a blog, located at Forum Transregionale Studien called “Provincializing Epistemologies”. Most recently she edited a volume on the politics of knowledge production on Muslims and Islam in Europe (“Der inspizierte Muslim. Zur Politisierung der Islamforschung in Europa”). Currently she is finishing an English monograph which critically investigates integration politics oriented towards Muslims in Germany with the title “Interrogating Muslims. The politics of Integration in Contemporary Germany”.



Feminist World-Building in Japanese Cinema / Building Feminist Worlds in Japanese Cinema

University of California, San Diego | May 2-3, 2019 | Literature Building, Room 155 (de Certeau) 

Across the production, criticism and scholarship of Japanese cinema, there remains startlingly little feminist work. We might attribute this to who controls the means of cinematic production in the Japanese film industry, to Japan’s starkly gendered division of labor, to the limitations on film content that these structural conditions reproduce, to the flows that gender film audiences, or to the systems that assign value with the academy, privileging certain narratives, actors, voices, etc. Whatever the calculus, in Japanese cinema as elsewhere, we have arrived at a moment of what Sara Ahmed recently described as “feminist snap,” that breaking point when “she[/we/you/I] just can’t take it anymore” and when feminist work seems more necessary than ever. Interested as much in film practice as film criticism, theory and scholarship, we ask: what are feminisms in the context of Japanese cinema? What, now, can feminist knowledges help us address or even rectify in Japanese cinema? What might they be insufficient to address? What prompts a split between the study of gender and sexuality in Japanese cinema and a feminist politic? What forms of intersectionality, transnationality, and comparison does a feminist take on Japanese cinema necessitate? We invite you to join us in an exercise of "creative" and "affirmative world-building" (Ahmed) in, through, and with Japanese cinema.

Organized by Kim Icreverzi and Daisuke Miyao

Thursday, May 2, 2019

4:00-5:45pm SCREENING 1: 

Body Trouble: Otoko ga onna ni naru byoki (Sachi Hamano, 2015, 92min)

6:15-8:15pm SCREENING 2:

Yukiko san no ashioto  (Sachi Hamano, 2019, 112min)  U.S. Premiere!

8:15-8:45pm Q&A with Sachi Hamano (Director) and Kuninori Yamazaki (Screenwriter)

Friday, May 3, 2019 


Kim Icreverzi and Daisuke Miyao

9:45-11:30am PANEL 1: Feminist Authorship out of Gender Trouble

Ayako Saito, “When Actresses Direct: Female Authorship Reconsidered”

Ayako Kano, “Finding Feminist Paradoxes in Early Japanese Cinema”

Colleen Laird, “Gender Trouble and Gendered Directors in Contemporary Japanese Cinema”

12:30-2:30pm PANEL 2: Dissident Perspectives: Transformative Critique 

Nina Cornyetz, “Sex and Power in Japanese Cinema”

Ryan Cook, “The Melodramatic Household: Japanese Cinema and Queer Family”

Keiji Kunigami, “Gesture/Image: Race, Reproduction, and the Limits of Cinema”

Dawn-Elissa Fischer, “Representing the Unseen: Black, Femme, Animated”

2:45-4:45pm PANEL 3Experiments in Feminist Media Ecology

Anne McKnight, “Butterflies and Smog: Mid-century Female Directors, Realism and Experiment”

Tomiko Yoda, “Prince is Dead, We Have Killed Him:  Revolutionary Girl Hits the Big Screen”

Chika Kinoshita, “Scripting Unwanted Pregnancy in Post-Occupation Japan: Mizuki Yoko and the Rise of Women’s Public Sphere”

Christine Marran, “Free Indirect Disclosure and Animal Images in the Films of Soni Kum”



Interrogating Early Modern Empire

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too. (Marcus Aurelius) 

2nd annual interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by the Global Early Modern Studies research group at UC San Diego 

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: Lecture Hall 15-A West Village Building, 15th Floor, UC San Diego campus 

9:00-9:30 am      coffee and pastries 

9:30-9:45            opening remarks (Daniel Vitkus, UC San Diego) 

9:45-11:00           Panel #1  Defining Empire 

Todd Kontje (UC San Diego), “Herder’s Humanism: Between Nation and Empire”

Babak Rahimi (UC San Diego), “’Gunpowder Empire’ and the Islamicate State: the case of the Safavids”

Nina Zhiri (UC San Diego), “Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Empire” 

11:10 am-12:15 pm  Keynote Lecture: Scott Manning Stevens (Syracuse University), “Coveting and Questioning Empire in Early Modern North America”  

12:15-1:00 pm      lunch (provided at the symposium) 

1:00-2:15    Panel #2  Spanish Empire: Expansion and Resistance 

Thomas Barton (U of San Diego), “Deconstructing the Medieval/Early Modern Divide Through the Lens of Ethno-Religious Relations: The Case of Spanish Empire" 

Jody Blanco (UC San Diego), “Contribution to the Critique of Spiritual Conquest in the Americas and the Philippines”

Christine Hunefeldt (UC San Diego), "Crafting Borders: From Tordesillas and Q'osqo to Andean Nation-States" 

2:15-2:30    coffee break 

2:30-3:45   Panel #3 Gender and Empire 

Kailey Giordano (UC San Diego), “Stewarding the Land of the English Empire in Anne Bradstreet's Poetry”

Heidi Keller-Lapp (UC San Diego), “Embodied Jesuitesses: Ursulines of New France, 1633-1672”

David Ringrose (UC San Diego), “No Empire Without Women” 

3:45-5:00   Panel #4 Imperial Structures 

Nina Evarkiou (UC San Diego), “Sculpting New Worlds: Thomas More's Utopia, Enclosure and Empire”

Sal Nicolazzo (UC San Diego), “Empire’s Biopolitics”

Daniel Vitkus (UC San Diego), “Sacrificial Circumnavigations: World System, Empire, and the Oceanic Turn” 

5:00-6:00   Concluding Roundtable Discussion: “Interrogating Early Modern Empire”



Hi‘ilei Hobart – Local Color: Hawaiian Shave Ice, Aesthetics, and State Multiculturalism 

Thursday, May 16th 2019 4:00pm 

Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau) 

Sponsored by: Department of Literature & the International Institute Working Group


Nothing says Hawaiʻi like Shave Ice,” the Los Angeles Times declared in a 2014 travel article. The recent popularization of Hawaiʻi-associated foods dovetails with renewed interest in the Pacific across multiple cultural registers. Focusing on shave ice as part of this phenomenon, this presentation reconstructs the history of Hawaiian shave ice by taking settler colonial and Indigenous politics into account. Given the complex social context of migration, diaspora, and Asian settler colonialism in forming Hawaiʻi’s ‘local’ identity, shave ice presents a useful illustration of how state multiculturalism operates in everyday, gustatory life. Much like the way that Hawaiʻi’s “melting pot” became an aspiration – albeit a complicated one – for the future of American society, shave ice coheres nationalist renditions of U.S. “Hawaiian” subjectivity through food: for all of its specificity to Hawaiʻi’s pre-Statehood past, it has been deployed to produce unexpectedly American narratives.