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“Belorussians, the State, and Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union: Perspectives of Minsk Ghetto Survivors”
Professor Epstein continues work emerging from The Minsk Ghetto 1941-1943: Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism (California, 2008), which described cooperation between Jews and non-Jews in World War II Minsk. Interviews with ghetto survivors in Minsk and Israel yield assertions that relations between Jews and Belorussians were excellent before the war and deteriorated afterwards as a result of exclusively state-driven anti-Semitism.
“The Paradoxes of Pluralism: Mediterranean Conflict and Collaboration in the Age of Holy War”
Professor Meister’s talk concerns his forthcoming book, After Evil: A New Discourse of Human Rights (Columbia, 2010). In what ways does a moral consensus that the past was evil require a political consensus that the evil is past? After Evil develops and criticizes the temporal logic of late 20th-century human rights discourse as an attempt to conceive the present as a time in which the project of putting evil in the past is also a postponement of justice.
“The Contemporary Afterlife of Moorish Spain”
Professor Hirschkind studies how Europe's Islamic past inhabits its present and unsettles contemporary efforts to secure Europe's Christian civilizational identity. He analyzes the social and political processes that sustain an active relation to Europe's Islamic heritage in southern Spain and the potential impact they have on forms of cooperation and responsibility linking Muslim immigrants, Spanish converts, and Andalusian Catholics as subjects of Europe.
“I ♥ George Herbert”
Professor Greene’s current research interests include the ethics of reading, material textual studies, and the history of the category of the literary, and her two primary archives are seventeenth-century literature and poststructuralist philosophy. This talk explores the heart as a figure for the porosity of being in the poetry of George Herbert, and the ways faith and writing render Herbert, in the words of Jean-Luc Nancy, “closed open.”
“Still Life: Black Radical Movement and Courtroom Drawings, 1971”
Professor Romero’s research includes post-1964 African American and trans-American literatures and literary history, poverty, memory, and cultural history. She is currently working on a manuscript, Wonder’s Collapse: Art at the Intersection of Embodiment and Sociality. Her talk thinks about drawing and history, and the practice and crisis of black radical movement.
*Mercy Romero's colloquium is replacing the following appearance, which has been cancelled:
Professor Cooppan’s Race, Writing, and the Literary World System combines the economic analysis of world systems theory, world literature models of global literary movement, traditional theory and history of the novel, and psychoanalytic and philosophical studies of political affect. It explores how literary economies have helped to express, translate, shape, and contest the history of modern racial power, from slavery and empire to apartheid and the war on terror.
"Dead and Red: Post-Socialism and the 'Anachronism' of War Commemoration in North Korea and Viet Nam"
Professor Hong's Legal Fictions: Afro-Asian Human Rights Cultural Production and the Pax Americana in the Pacific Rim examines the historic relation of post-1945 human rights literature to the Pax Americana, the U.S. military "peace" that restructured the Asia Pacific following World War II. Her second project is provisionally titled Divided Memories: Museums, Monuments, and Memoirs in the Cold War Asia Pacific.
ALL COLLOQUIA ARE
IN HUMANITIES 1, ROOM 210*
May 26 [In Humanities 202]
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