Jessica Achberger is a Senior Research Fellow at the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR), based in Lusaka, Zambia. At SAIPAR, she was previously Associate Director of Research and Programmes. She has also held a post-doc at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, and she is on the editorial board of the Southern African Journal of Policy and Development and the Zambia Social Science Journal. Her research spans the range of history and anthropology, centering on Zambia; she has written a monograph exploring Zambian economic development in the immediate post-independence period. Her current research is with Chinese small and medium agricultural entrepreneurs in peri-urban Lusaka, where she is examining issues of migration, interaction, consumption, and urbanization
"Politics Bytes: Digital Media and Activism in Indonesia" Merlyna Lim, Canada Research Chair in Digital Media & Global Network Society, Carleton University Merlyna Lim's research interests revolve around the mutual shaping of technology and society, the socio-political history of technology, and the politics and culture of technology, especially digital media and information and communication technology (ICT), in relations to issues of globalization, democratization, and social equity. She interested in theoretical challenges in how we understand how ideologies and power relations are being inscribed in the production and uses of spaces, offline and online, at the local, regional, national, international and transnational level. In investigating
** Co-sponsored with Near Eastern Studies This paper examines Idris ᶜAli’s al-Nubi (2001) and Bahaᵓ Ṭahir’s Wahat al-ghurub (2006) and their significant novelistic undertakings of Nubian and Amazigh experiences in Egypt, respectively. Departing from the ethnically confined and linguistically monolithic picture of the nation-state, both novels shift their creative concern toward the marginal communities of Nubia and Siwa, whose other cultures, languages, and histories are often overlooked due to dominant cultural discourses and reductive historical narratives. The article demonstrates how the novels are deeply historical and suggests we can only understand the implicit inequalities of contemporary Egyptian society by looking to the past.
Nicholas L. Miller, Frank Stanton Assistant Professor of Nuclear Security and Policy, Department of Political Science and Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall about "Nuclear Energy and Proliferation: Examining the Links" at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown bag seminar.
The ILR School is bringing together international scholars from top universities to present original research on investment, social change, trade, labor and other critical issues as these relate to and impact developing countries. The conference will also feature discussion of the consequences of South-South development for a civil society and the world of work, along with keynotes from leading experts in the field: Beverly Silver, Professor of Sociology, The Johns Hopkins University Kristen Hopewell, Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh Wendy Wolford, Professor, Department of Development Sociology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University The public is invited to attend the research presentations and keyno
"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
"Assessing the Greek Election and What it Means for Austerity in Europe" A Panel Discussion: - Robin Best, Political Science at SUNY Binghamton - Mona Krewel, Government, Cornell - Kenneth Roberts, Government , Cornell ** CIES Fall Reception To Follow Discussion **
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 relat
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.&
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