Guest Lectures Spring 2019
Race and Racialization from Pre-Modernity to Today: Juxtaposing Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific Experiences - Professor yasuko takezawa
Date: 2 May
Venue: 22-1017, Engelska parken, Uppsala University
Yasuko Takezawa, Takezawa is a professor of anthropology/sociology at the Institute for Research in Humanities of Kyoto University, Japan. Her specialties include race, ethnicity, and migration. Since 2001, she has been leading a multidisciplinary and international collaborative research project on ethnicity/race, winning consecutively one of the largest grants in the humanities and social sciences from the Japanese government.
Her English publications include: Breaking the Silence: Redress and Japanese American Ethnicity (Cornell University Press, 1995, the Japanese version won the Shibuzawa Award from the Japanese Association of Cultural Anthropology) Racial Representations in Asia (Takezawa ed. Kyoto University Press/ Transpacific Press, 2011); Transpacific Japanese American Studies: Dialogues on Race and Racializations (co-ed. with Gary Okihiro, U of Hawai’I Press, 2016).
The prevailing rhetoric within the field of race studies is that the concept of race is a modern Western construct. This arises principally from the Trans-Atlantic encounter of slavery and the colonization of indigenous peoples, in addition to the birth of the scientific racism complicit in both. However, few studies have attempted to juxtapose the experiences of racism and racialization in the Trans-Atlantic with those in the Trans-Pacific. In this talk, I seek ways of understanding race and racialization distinct from the existing theory of race as a modern Western construct, juxtaposing the experiences of both Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific case-studies, in particular those in Japan such as Burakumin, from pre-modern times to provide a common understanding. Adopting an abstraction of the highest common factors from the various phenomena constituting the idea of race, we can identify three dimensions which I call (1) race (where perceived differences are understood as inherited and developed indigenously); (2) Race (seen as a scientific concept based on classifying people); and RR (Race as Resistance, emphasising the agency of a minority against hegemony, domination, and inferior placing in racial hierarchies). Using this terminology applied to the juxtaposed Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific cases, I argue that the idea of race is not a modern Western product, nor is it universal. By promoting dialogue amongst scholars on race we can come to a more nuanced understanding of the term.
"RETURNING TO THE HISTORIES OF MIGRATION OF THE LATE NINETEENTH AND EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY"- RANABIR SAMADDAR
Date: 6 March
Venue: 2-0076, Engelska parken, Uppsala UNiversity
Ranabir Samaddar is the Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, India. He belongs to the critical school of thinking and is considered as one of the foremost theorists in the field of migration and forced migration studies. His writings on the nation state, migration, labour, and urbanization have signaled a new turn in critical post-colonial thinking. Among his influential works are: Memory, Identity, Power: Politics in the Junglemahals, 1890-1950 (Orient Longman, 1998), The Marginal Nation: Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal (Sage, 1999), and (co-authored) Beyond Kolkata: Rajarhat and the Dystopia of Urban Imagination (Routledge, 2014). His latest work is Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).
CEMFOR, Critical Border Studies in collabration with Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre
GENDER TRAVELS: FEMINISM, VIOLENCE AND MALE AUTHORITY IN AN AGE OF RIGHT-WING POPULISM - PROFESSOR CLARE HEMMINGS
Date: 21 February
Venue: Humanistic Theatre, Engelska parken Uppsala University
Professor Clare Hemmings, London School of Economics. Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory. She has been working at the Department of Gender Studies (formerly Gender Institute) since 1999.
Chair: Ulrika Dahl
CEMFOR In collaboration with Centre for Gender Research, EJWS and with support from Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice
DECOLONISING QUEER-FEMINIST PEDAGOGIES:TEACHING TRANS/GENDER IN THE FACE OF THE RISE OF THE GLOBAL RIGHT - DR. ALYOSXA TUDOR
Date: 22 February
Venue: Humanistisc Theatre, Engelska parken Uppsala University
An open lecture with Dr Alyosxa Tudor SOAS, University of London
Alyosxa Tudor received their PhD from Tema Genus at Linköping University and is Assistant Professor of Gender studies at SOAS, University of London, UK. Their work connects trans and queer feminist approaches with transnational feminism and postcolonial studies, with a focus on (knowledge production on) migrations, diasporas and borders in relation to critiques of Eurocentrism and processes of gendering and racialisation.
Presented as part of the international symposium European Gender Research in an Age of Right-Wing Populism, Growing Racism and Anti-Gender Ideologies, this lecture is co-sponsored by The Centre for Gender Research, the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism, The European Journal of Women’s Studies, and with support from Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice.
(The lecture is free of charge and open to the public).
Guest Lectures in Fall 2018
Islamophobia and Authoritarian Populism
Date and time: 14 November 2018, kl. 10–12.
Location: Humanistiska Teatern (Uppsala University, Campus Engelska parken).
Salman Sayyid is based at the University of Leeds, where he holds a Chair in Social Theory and Decolonial Thought and is the Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Additionally, he is a Senior Research Associate at Al-Sharq Forum, based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Professor Sayyid’s work is recognised for its innovative and transformative impact. His studies of the political, Islam, Islamophobia and racism are highly influential, and have been translated into half a dozen languages. Further consolidating his work, he founded a new international peer-reviewed academic journal ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies. Previously, Sayyid was Professor and the inaugural Director of the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding in Australia. As the centre’s director, he made a film entitled Everything You Wanted To Know about Muslims But Were Afraid to Ask and worked with the Australia Day Council to develop a schema for an annual national award for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding. He has also held academic positions in London, Manchester and Adelaide.
Professor Sayyid is a political theorist, whose work engages with critical theory and the politics and cultures of the Global South. Some of his major publications include: A Fundamental Fear (a book, despite being banned by the Malaysian government, is now in its third edition), A Postcolonial People (co-edited), Thinking Through Islamophobia (co-edited with Abdoolkairm Vakil) and Recalling The Caliphate (a Turkish translation of this book has just recently been published). Currently, Professor Sayyid is leading a major inter-disciplinary research programme based on a dialogue between decolonial thought and political theory. He is a frequent contributor to national and international media.
SEEING: THE PROBLEM
RUTH WILSON GILMORE
Date and time: 23 October, 15.00–17.00
Location: Ihresalen (Uppsala University, Engelska parken/English Park Campus)
Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Director for Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, Graduate Center at City University of New York.
The lecture is organized by Critical Border Studies Initiative. More info here.
"Mothers" Alexandra Pascalidou
- Date: 1 October, 18:00–20:00
- Location: Humanistiska teatern (Engelska parken)
- Lecturer: Alexandra Pascalidou, Author and journalist Irene Molina, Professor of Human Geography. Researcher at CEMFOR
"The Mothers From The Outside Speak" - A Conversation Between Alexandra Pascalidou, Author Of The Book Moms And Irene Molina Who Researches In The Immigrant Mothers - Raced Children Project. Road selection, conflicts and visions.
The conference will be in Swedish
Registration is required here
Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism
(CEMFOR) Uppsala university