RACIAL BANISHMENT: THE HOUSING QUESTION IN POSTCOLONIAL AMERICA
Date: 12 November, 2019
Time: 15:15 - 17:00
Venue: Campus Gamla torget, room Brusewitz, Uppsala University
This talk is concerned with dispossession and displacement in the contemporary American metropolis. Eschewing familiar vocabularies of eviction and gentrification, I emphasize processes of state-instituted violence against targeted bodies and communities. Conceptualizing such dispossession as racial banishment, I situate the contemporary housing question within the long histories of racial capitalism and a postcolonial critique of liberal democracy.
Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography and The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is inaugural Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA, which promotes research and scholarship concerned with displacement and dispossession in Los Angeles and in cities around the world and seeks to build power to make social change. Ananya’s research and scholarship has a determined focus on poverty and inequality. Her work has focused on urban transformations and land grabs in the global South as well as on global capital and predatory financialization. Her books include City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty; Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, South, Asia, and Latin America;Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global; Territories of Poverty: Rethinking North and South; and most recently, Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World. Two research priorities are central to Ananya’s current commitments. First, she leads a National Science Foundation funded research network on Housing Justice in Unequal Cities. This network is concerned with advancing policies and programs that address housing precarity in Los Angeles as well as in other parts of the world. Second, she has been actively involved in scholarship about sanctuary cities and cities of refuge. As evident in her recent article, The City in the Age of Trumpism: From Sanctuary to Abolition, she seeks to expand practices of welcome and hospitality in order to take account of the long histories of settler-colonialism, imperialism, and slavery.
Organizer: Uppsala University, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, IBF in collaboration with The Center for Multidisciplinary research on Racism, CEMFOR and The Department of Social and Economic Geography.
Guest Lectures Spring 2019
THE AFTERLIFE OF SOIL
Guest Lecture: With Professor Christina Sharpe, York University
Date: 13 May. Time: 13:15-15:00. Venue: Inhresalen, Engelska parken Uppsala universitet.
In this talk, The Afterlife of Soil, Sharpe will think about wakes, slavery museums and memorials, about soil and dust. In order to do this she will turn to The Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Legacy Museum from Slavery to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama, among other sites. Sharpe will explore what soil might allow for in thinking about Black life and diaspora. She will also look to the work of Black women visual artists Torkwase Dyson and Courtney Desiree Morris.
"Christina Sharpe is a Professor at York University, Toronto in the Department of Humanities. She is the author of two books: In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016) (named by the Guardian and The Walrus as one of the best books of 2016 and a nonfiction finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award) and Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010), both published by Duke University Press. She is currently completing the critical introduction to the Collected Poems of Dionne Brand (1982-2010) to be published by Duke University Press. And she is working on a monograph: Black. Still. Life."
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