• Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars – An Author Night with Chris Woods

    Less than a month after the September 11th attacks, a tiny, CIA-controlled Predator drone flew over Kandahar, searching out the home of the Taliban supreme commander Mullah Mohammed Omar. A lack of understanding of the drone’s capabilities combined with a messy chain of command allowed Omar to escape, but the strike on a nearby convoy […]

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  • Exploring the City in the Classroom: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cities, Urban Experience and the Built Environment in Latin America

    Intended primarily for high school and community college educators (but open to all interested parties), this workshop will incorporate perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, and architecture to explore cities, urban experience, and the built environment in Latin America. By approaching the city as “a living history textbook,” the workshop will discuss how Latin American cities can be lenses through which we can better […]

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  • Late Industrialism: Producing Inequalities

    Drawing on long-running anthropological research on the lived experience, science and politics of toxic chemicals, this presentation will explore the dynamics of  today’s “late industrialism,”  a historical period characterized by aging industrial infrastructure, landscapes dotted with toxic waste ponds, rising incidence of cancer and chronic disease, climate instability, exhausted paradigms and disciplines, and remarkable imbrication […]

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  • Empire of Chaos: Climate Change and the Political Ecology of American Power

    In his 2011 book, Tropic of Chaos, Christian Parenti explored the incipient era of climate wars, in which extreme weather is breeding banditry, humanitarian crisis, and state failure. Traveling along the front lines of this gathering catastrophe–the belt of economically and politically battered postcolonial nations and war zones girding the planet’s multitudes, Parenti found both […]

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  • Towards a Theory of Energy Access

    With 1.4 billion people lacking electricity to light their homes, provide other basic services, or to conduct business, all of humanity (and particularly the poor) are in need of a decarbonized energy system that can close the energy access gap and protect the global climate system.  With particular focus on addressing the energy needs of […]

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  • Repurposing Magic: A Colloquium

    This one-day colloquium gathers people from diverse fields and practices (history, visual arts, anthropology, literary studies, gender and sexuality studies, creative writing, philosophy) in order to revisit the very idea of magic. Join us as we explore, not the familiar magic of stage tricks and illusionism, nor the magic of some exotic rituals, nor even […]

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  • New Directions in Global History: Rethinking Scale & Temporality

    While historians have traditionally been less explicit than other social scientists in their use of theory, we have witnessed in the past half year an unprecedentedly polemicized debate within the profession over the direction, methodology, and theoretical orientation future history-writing must take. Book length treatises by Lynn Hunt (Writing History in the Global Era, September […]

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  • Russia’s Real Stake in Ukraine

    In this talk, investigative journalist David Satter traces the roots of the present conflict in Ukraine back to the consolidations of power that took place in Russia in the wake of the Soviet Union.  Following on Boris Yeltsin’s government–one that left Russia in economic shambles, with massive popular discontent, and with a war in Chechnya–Vladimir Putin […]

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  • Upper Caste Racism: The Marked and Unmarked Across the Globe

    In an essay written twenty years ago, Gyanendra Pandey spoke of “upper caste racism” as a central feature of the politics of the Hindu upper castes and classes.  In this presentation, Prof. Pandey will extend that proposition, and suggest that all racism is upper caste racism. Upper caste, because ruling and dominant groups and classes […]

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  • Neoliberal Frontiers: Language and Political Economy Revisited

    This symposium gathers scholars whose work exemplifies emergent themes in the language-focused investigation of neoliberal social forms, institutions, and affective experiences. Motivating the conference is the realization that twenty-five years have passed since the 1989 publication of several key articles that set out a theoretical and research agenda for the investigation of language and political economy. […]

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