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A Look Inside Gender, Film, and Appalachia

Carol Mason's class examines the range of representation in images of Appalachia and Appalachians in popular media.

After Neoliberalism? Resignifying Family, Nation and Economy in Ecuador.


In this presentation Amy Lind addresses how “the family” has been resignified in Ecuador’s 2008 Constitution, potentially opening new possibilities for understanding intimacy, love and kinship, and linking this new “familia diversa” to Ecuador’s postneoliberal redistributive project. She discusses some of the new policies, programs and forms of state support that resulted from this resignification, but also the ways in which this resignification has stalled, failed and/or been re-appropriated by the very state itself in its hegemonic project to manage diversity, the (pluri)nation, and the economy. In this sense, Ecuador’s Citizen Revolution raises broader questions about the possibilities of moving away from neoliberalism, toward a postneoliberal or decolonial future, in the region at large. Furthermore, it raises questions about how notions of family, identity and intimacy influence and get mapped onto the kinds of (often conservative) moral imagined communities we are witnessing in Latin America’s “turn to the Left.” Finally, it asks us to question how love and affect – often understood as lying “outside” politics – are in fact central to nationalist imaginaries and forms of governance.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 2:00pm
Patterson Office Tower 18th Floor, West End Room

Defining Borders: Social Theory Graduate Course

Every spring the Committee on Social Theory offers the team-taught seminar—always with four professors. Previous course themes/names for the seminar have included “Law, Sex, and Family” “Autobiography,” and “Security.” But previous seminars may not have spoken so directly to the professors’ personal backgrounds as “Transnational Lives” does with this team of four.

A Reading & Conversation with Emily Raboteau

American Book Award winnder Emily Raboteau will read from and discuss her most recent work "Searching for Zion:  The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora"

Sponsored by African American & Africana Studies Program, English Creative Writing Program, Jewish Studies Program, and Social Theory Program.  


Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Niles Gallery
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GWS 302-001

Gender Across The World: Anne Boleyn

Course Description

Interdisciplinary comparative and transnational examination of issues of gender focused around particular themes and locations. Thematic focus explicating gender which also illuminates questions of history and political economy in specific locations. Introduces students to research and a variety of analytical questions in the field as well as the interaction between locales/people and structural processes. May be taken up to 9 credit hours under different subtitles. Does not allow multiple bookings in same semester.

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