"Smiling at Death: Annichang, Ploy Wang, and the Cultural Psychology of Emotion in Contemporary Thailand" Julia Cassaniti, Assistant Professor Psychological and Medical Anthropology, Department of Anthropology Washington State University Dr. Cassaniti is a psychological and medical anthropologist working on issues of contemporary religious experience in Southeast Asia. Her research is on the intersection of Buddhist philosophy and practice, especially the ways that Buddhist ideas are interwoven into the psychology of everyday life. The research ties into a broader interest in the role of culture in mental practices and processes and their implications for health and well-being. In this talk Dr. Cassaniti will speak on local Thai interpretations of abstract Buddhist con
Keren Yarhi-Milo, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs in Princeton University’s Politics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall about "Who Cares About Reputation in International Politics? Leaders, Credibility, and the Use of Force" at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown bag seminar.
Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of International Studies at Wells College in Aurora, New York. He is also Visiting Scholar in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. He is also External Examiner of Political Science at the University of Ghana. His research interests are in comparative politics, international relations, political economy, higher education, philosophy, and classical political and philosophical studies. Since 2013, he has been Coordinator of an Advanced Research Project on Conflicts, Peace, and Stability in the Great Lakes Region (Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, DRC, Republic of Congo, Republic of South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Central African Republic, and Zambia). The project is sponsored by
The China and Asia-Pacific Studies Program (CAPS) is holding a movie night on Thursday, October 15th, 5:00-8:00p.m. in 187 Rockefeller to watch a 1991 Chinese movie (with English subtitles) entitled "Raise the Red Lantern" (大红灯笼高高挂), followed by a post-film discussion led by Professor Andrew Mertha. Pizza and soda drinks will be served. R.S.V.P. via email or on University Calendar by this Sunday so we'd know how much food to order. Feel free to bring your friends in. Look forward to seeing you next Thursday!
Jose Ragas holds a Ph.D. in History (UC Davis, 2015) and is a Mellon Postdoc in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. He is currently working on his book manuscript, which focuses on the rise of an early biometric system in Peru prior to the implementation of standardized ID cards. His research privileges grassroots identification practices and the creation of a body of police officers (“human scanners”) trained to identify people with the technology available between 1820 and 1930.
Annetta Fotopoulos (Ph.D. candidate, Asian Literature, Religion & Culture, Cornell University) will give a free public lecture from 4:30 to 6:00pm in Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.
This presentation will address the Ottoman imperium at the end of World War I and during the half decade that followed it with a geographical focus on Southeastern Anatolia and Northern Syria. It will attempt to critically appraise the certainties and founding myths of Turkish and Arab national histories. In examining the process of Turco-Arab political separation, the presentation will focus on international agreements, covenants, and pledges such as Wilson's Fourteen Points, Mudros Armistice Agreement, and the "Turkish" National Pact that have been incorporated into histories and historical memory in the region. It will identify and explore ambiguities in the text and spirit of some of these compacts and evaluate them in their formative, historical, and relational context.&
This presentation will address the Ottoman imperium at the end of World War I and during the half decade that followed it with a geographical focus on Southeastern Anatolia and Northern Syria. It will attempt to critically appraise the certainties and founding myths of Turkish and Arab national histories. In examining the process of Turco-Arab political separation, the presentation will focus on international agreements, covenants, and pledges such as Wilson's Fourteen Points, Mudros Armistice Agreement, and the "Turkish" National Pact that have been incorporated into histories and historical memory in the region. It will identify and explore ambiguities in the text and spirit of some of these compacts and evaluate them in their formative, historical, and relat
Professor Michael Meyer (English, University of Pittsburg) will give a free public lecture from 4:30 to 6:00pm in Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.
Wednesday, October 21, G08 Uris Hall, 4:30 PM; speaker Stefan Senders - This information session for undergraduate students provides an introduction and application guidance to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright scholarships provide full funding to U.S. citizens to engage in teaching or research in any field in over 155 countries around the world. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are all encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about this prestigious program which is sponsored by the State Department, and supported at Cornell by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
"Thai Red Shirt Protests and Radical Vernacular Protest Sound" Ben Tausig, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Stony Brook University As a global financial crisis rippled through the late 2000s and early 2010s, with mass protest movements rising in its wake, many observers asked a nervous question of keen ethnomusicological interest: where are the protest songs? Focusing on a case study from Thailand's Red Shirt movement in 2010-11, this talk engages with the growing scholarly literature on music, sound, and political dissent that addresses this trenchant but (as I will argue) flawed question. I claim that our inquiries into music and dissent are usefully framed by attending to sonic circulation and aurality by way of sound studies.
Jane Sharp, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of War Studies, Kings College London, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall about "Humiliation and Terrorism" at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict studies weekly brown bag seminar.
Carl LeVan focuses on comparative political institutions, democratization, and African security. His book, Dictators and Democracy in African Development: The Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria (Cambridge University Press, 2015) explains two categories of public policy performance over fifty years, challenging conventional explanations that blame ethnicity, oil, foreign debt, and other factors. He has also published influential critiques of power sharing in Africa and on the Department of Defense's U.S. Africa Command. His 2011 essay "Questioning Tocqueville in Africa" won the Frank Cass Prize for Best Article by a Young Scholar from Routledge/Taylor & Francis Publishing. Other recent research examines the economic consequences of coalition governments
Gerard Aching is professor of Africana and Romance Studies and currently directs the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University. His research and teaching fields include Caribbean Colonial Literatures, Slavery and Philosophy, Just War Theory and Colonialism, 19th and 20th-Century Caribbean Intellectual History, and Caribbean and Latin American Postcolonial Theories. He is the author of The Politics of Spanish American Modernismo: By Exquisite Design (Cambridge, 1997), Masking and Power: Carnival and Popular Culture in the Caribbean (Minnesota, 2003), and Freedom from Liberation: Slavery, Sentiment, and Literature in Cuba (Indiana, 2015). Professor Aching has begun a research project on just war theory, colonialism, and slavery in the
"Grand Prix Racing: Thai nationalism and ambiguous Thai (elite) identities." Thak Chaloermtiarana, Professor, Southeast Asian and Thai Asian Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University Prince Chulachakrabongse and Prince Birabongse were sent to England to study at Harrow and Eton in the 1920s. They lived as Thai princes among the British upper class and indulged in past times such as athletics, flying, and motorcar racing. Bira became a successful race car driver of the White Mouse Racing team managed and financed by Chula. Bira even won the coveted Gold Star awarded to the best “British” race car driver competing in international races in three consecutive years—1936, 1937 and 1938. This is a feat that no ot
Sidney Tarrow, Maxwell M. Upson Prof. of Government Emeritus, Cornell University, will speak will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall about "Making and Opposing War in Peacetime: American Democracy After 9/11" at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown bag seminar.
Megan Shore is Associate Professor of Social Justice and Peace Studies at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario. She has a PhD from University of Leeds, UK. Her research focuses on the ambivalent relationship between religion and conflict. She has conducted research on the role of religion in Guatemala, the Middle East (specifically Palestine/Israel), and recently South Africa. Her recent book, Religion and Conflict Resolution: Christianity and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Ashgate 2009) examines the ambiguous role that Christianity played in South Africa's TRC and highlights certain consequences that may be instructive to future international conflict resolution processes. The book also highlights the importance of account
Ricardo received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. His teaching and research privilege twentieth and twenty-first-century literature and film from the Americas as a prism though which to explore the evacuation of language around contemporary issues of race. His current book project, Becoming Darkness: Mexico, the United States and the Psychic Vanishing of Radical Blackness, responds to a growing tendency to view the United States as moving toward a more fluid idea of race that characterizes, at least in the imaginary, many Latin American nations. By investigating the historical archive along side literature and film from the United States and Mexico, the project looks to articulate, from the perspectives of their respective national psycholo
Professor Nick Admussen (Asian Studies, Cornell University) will give a free public lecture from 4:30 to 6:00pm in Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.
Our CMS seminar today will be led by two curators (and friends of CMS!) in Olin Library, who will be hosting a group to come and see precious objects in the library's collection about Islam. We have many world-class books, some of them centuries old, which show the history and evolution of Islam over a long period, and across many cultures. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the treasures of Cornell’s collection that are rarely seen, and which span centuries of time and thousands of miles of geography in Islamic lands from Morocco to Indonesia. This hour-long session will be open and free to the public.