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March 2018

Aimee Meredith Cox, Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Black Girls, Dubious Protection, and the Public

March 15 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

In this structured conversation, Cox will draw from her first ethnography, Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship, as well as on work with young Black women in the urban and suburban U.S., to consider how their experiences in and through various publics offers a reframing of the concepts of protection, social accountability, care, legibility, and value. Aimee Meredith Cox is jointly appointed as an Associate Professor in the departments of African American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University.…

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February 2018

Ari Heinrich, “Chinese Bodies as Biological Surplus: Plastinated Cadavers and Geopolitical Hierarchies of the Human””

February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UCLA Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States

Part of Area Impossible: Sexuality and Geopolitics The first event in the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature 2017-2018 Sexuality & Geopolitics Seminar Series will feature Ari Heinrich, Associate Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at UCSD. Their lecture, “Chinese Bodies as Biological Surplus: Plastinated Cadavers and Geopolitical Hierarchies of the Human” will question what a comparative examination of Chinese-language discourse on the plastinated human cadaver exhibits might reveal about the political economics of race and capital distribution that inform them.A…

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Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method

February 10 - February 11
UCLA Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States

At a time when performative resistances to exploitative mainstream cultural practices are increasingly under attack, punk persists as an important space for cultivating and curating expressive means. Punk’s resistant literacies and performances are often in defiance of institutional rigors that carve exclusionary boundaries. Yet, as punk celebrates its long fortieth birthday, punk’s contested annals are increasingly not only part of but also help shape institutional efforts to exceed canonic representations. Bringing together scholars, musicians, fans, writers, and community members, including…

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16th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join the UCLA Armenian Graduate Students Association for their 16th annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies. Featured speakers will include: Carla Kekejian (University of Utah): “Harsneren: Language of the Bride” Rosie Aroush (UCLA): “A Life of Otherness: The Significance of Familial Support and Community Inclusivity for LGBQ Armenians” Co-sponsors: UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and UCLA Department of History

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December 2017

Weaving Generations Together: Evolving Creativity in the Maya of Chiapas

December 15, 2017 - February 28, 2018

This exhibition explores cultural transmission and learning through children’s play weaving and apprenticeship in the Maya Highland community of Zincantán, Chiapas, Mexico. The exhibition shows over one hundred textiles from Zincantán drawn from a research collection spanning from 1943 to the present, including hand-woven and embroidered ponchos, shawls, and huipils in vibrant colors and metallic threads as well as looms and weavings made by children. Maya people wear traditional clothing today and the exhibition demonstrates both continuity and change through…

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November 2017

Josh Lambert, “New Media Jews: Transparent, Podcasting, and the Place of Jews in 21st-Century American Culture”

November 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

A talk by Josh Lambert (Yiddish Book Center/University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Naftulin Family Lecture on Studies in Jewish Identity How can we explain the prominence of Jews and Jewishness in 21st-century American media? At a moment when companies like Amazon and Netflix were making billion-dollar gambits to reach massive audiences with their own original content, it turned out to be Jill Soloway’s Transparent, that proved that a website could beat out the cable and broadcast television networks at the Golden Globes…

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Film Screening: Dolores

November 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A special screening of Dolores, the new documentary film about activist Dolores Huerta. History tells us Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers’ union. But missing from this narrative is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who fought tirelessly alongside Chavez for racial and labor justice and became one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. Like so many powerful women advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were – and still are…

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Film Screening: Dolores

November 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A special screening of Dolores, the new documentary film about activist Dolores Huerta. History tells us Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor movement by leading the first farm workers’ union. But missing from this narrative is his equally influential co-founder, Dolores Huerta, who fought tirelessly alongside Chavez for racial and labor justice and became one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. Like so many powerful women advocates, Dolores and her sweeping reforms were – and still are…

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Ranjani Mazumdar, “Technological Networks and Obsolescence in Contemporary Bombay Cinema”

November 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A talk by Ranjani Mazumdar Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Dehli, India Organized by the UCLA Center for India and South Asia This paper looks at the role of media and communication technologies in the sensorial imagination of urban spaces in contemporary Bombay cinema. If surveillance practices and their resultant structuring becomes one part of this imagination (No Smoking 2007, LSD 2010, Ugly, 2013), we also see the role of the Internet and social media in the framing…

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Tiphanie Yanique, “Belonging: Immigrating into Our Own Country”

November 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A reading by Caribbean feminist and author Tiphanie Yanique. Yanique will read from her novel Land of Love and Drowning which deals with U.S. imperialism through the lives of three generations of women on St. Thomas. Land of Love and Drowning won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, and was listed by NPR as one of…

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