Power and humanity: contesting notions of human rights and humanitarianism in North America

Two-Day Workshop, September 18-19, 2017 at Carleton University

As a critical part of the growing partnership between the John-F-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies at the Free University in Berlin, Carleton will be hosting a two-day workshop devoted to the further development of our common research interests, and the construction of an International Research Training Group or IRTG.

The theme of the workshop revolves around the urgency of finding new ways of conceiving of the world’s diversity and working intelligently within it. At the heart of that question are the dilemmas of instantiating cross-border human rights and mutual aid without using the language of universal “humanity” that animated the age of Euro-American hegemony. Is there an alternative to the ethnocentrism of this universalism, on the one hand, and the essentialism of identity politics on the other? Canada, the United States, and Germany have, for their own peculiar reasons, fraught relationships with these questions. The first two are immigrant, settler colonial societies and agents in promoting contemporary concepts of human rights, humanitarian aid, responsibility-to-protect, and the idea of universal human dignity. Yet they, like Germany, have histories of dehumanization: slavery, territorial dispossession, forced relocation, cultural genocide, and, in Germany’s case, the paradigmatic historical example of crimes against humanity. These developments are the formative, if still much contested, elements of their respective national identities.

This partnership for the creation of an IRTG, entitled Power and humanity: contesting notions of human rights and humanitarianism in North America, addresses these vital questions in an exchange between European and North American traditions. It investigates the relationship between forms of social power that have accompanied globalization, and the articulation of humanity as its principal object. This workshop will bring together the principle members of this project—both established and emerging scholars, as well as graduate students—for two days of research coordination, curriculum development, and discussion of the structure of our proposed graduate training program. For more information, contact Andrew M. Johnston.

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Political Science Public Talk

Brexit, Trumpism and the Rise of Populism: Economic Disadvantage or Cultural Backlash?

Pippa Norris, Paul. F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, John. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Pippa Norris is the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics. She has taught at Harvard for two decades. She is also ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She is a political scientist focusing on democracy and development, public opinion and elections, political communications, and gender politics. She directs The Electoral Integrity Project, a multimillion dollar six year research project with a team based at Sydney and Harvard.
Friday, December 2, 2016

2.45-4.30 pm

A602 Loeb building

Live video feed from Kennedy School Cambridge.

This talk is based on Pippa Norris’ paper “Brexit, Trumpism and the Rise of Populism:  Economic Disadvantage or Cultural Backlash?” which she co-authored with Professor Ronald Inglehart and presented at the American Political Science Association Conference September 2016. If you would like to read Prof. Norris’ paper, please contact Melissa Hausmann (Melissa.Haussman@carleton.ca)

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Carleton University Art Gallery will be hosting a talk by Robert Holton, as part of our exhibition “We are continually exposed to the flashbulb of death”: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953 – 1996). If you can, please join us for his talk: Ginsberg’s Snapshots: Beats, Bohemians and Social Magic. And please spread the word to anyone you think would be interested!

Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 12:15p.m. – 1 p.m.

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Each semester, we showcase a Carleton faculty member whose academic interests complements one of our current exhibitions, and invite them to give a talk on their research.

The photographs in “We are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death”: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1993) create a vivid portrait of the Beat Generation, a term that came to describe those who rebelled against the materialism and conformity of middle-class America and embraced freedom, sexual openness, and spontaneity.

This counter-culture arose from bohemia, a concept that’s been around for more than 150 years, spreading outward from Paris in the mid-nineteenth century and recreated over and over by subsequent generations as young artists and dissidents, eccentrics and risk-takers sought alternatives to mainstream modernity. In this lecture, Robert Holton (Department of English) will consider the photographs in the context of this history and, more particularly, Ginsberg’s “Howl” and his role in the establishment of the Beat Generation as the most significant postwar bohemia.

Bring your lunch, the gallery will provide coffee and tea, and we’ll all learn something new!

Robert Holton is a Professor of English Literature at Carleton University, where his recent research involves an exploration of the linked discourses of conformism and alienation that had a major impact on postwar American culture. He co-edited What’s Your Road? Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (2009) from Southern Illinois University Press.

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The Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America

September 23, 2016 at 3:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Location: A720 Loeb Building
Cost: Free

Dr. Michael Z. Newman, Associate Professor and Chair of the Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

During their decade of emergence – from 1972, when Pong was introduced, to the height of Pac-Man Fever in 1982 – the new medium of video games was understood in contradictory ways. Would video games embody middle-class legitimacy or reflect the lingering disrepute of pinball arcades? Were they a new, participatory use for television or an intensification of television’s power? Would they foster family togetherness or allow boys to escape from domesticity? Would they make the new home computer a tool for education or a potentially wasteful toy?

In this talk, Dr. Michael Newman charts the emergence of video games in America from ball-and-paddle games to hits like Space Invaders and Pac-Man, describing their relationship to other amusements and technologies and showing how they came to be identified with the middle class, youth, and masculinity.

The event takes place next Friday, September 23, from 1500-1630 in Loeb A720.  Information about the talk can be found by clicking this link: http://carleton.ca/sjc/event/atari-age-emergence-video-games-america/

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Anne Sisson Runyan

“Contesting Disposability: Indigenous, Feminist, and Transnational Resistances to Gendered Nuclear Waste Colonialism in North America.”

Anne Sisson Runyan is Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in North American Integration at York University for Fall 2016. Her books include Global Gender Issues, Gender and Global Restructuring, and Feminist (Im)Mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America. Her Fulbright project is entitled “Contesting Disposability: Indigenous, Feminist, and Transnational Resistances to Gendered Nuclear Waste Colonialism in North America.”

Monday, September 12, 2016

12.00-1.30 pm

2203 Dunton Tower

carleton.ca/polisci

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The Canadian Association of American Studies (CAAS)

Homeland Insecurities Conference

October 21-23, 2016 • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB

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Homeland Insecurities is an interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fredericton, New Brunswick, from October 21-23, 2016.

Neoliberalism has ushered in new forms of global insecurity, which instill in American citizens the desire for enforced security. Through tightened border controls, antiterrorism laws, the expansion of the prison system, the war on drugs, and other measures, the United States government both provokes and assuages American insecurities about imagined and real terrors, both foreign and domestic. Often, these measures erode welfare institutions that actually provide a degree of safety against economic and social uncertainty, thereby perpetuating a vicious cycle intrinsic to neoliberalism’s creative destruction.

What are the origins of the insecurity state, and how has it shaped American culture? More broadly, what does it mean to imagine the United States as a secure homeland? Can non-indigenous Americans ever feel at home in North America without inventing abject social categories meant to contain their insecurities?

Two members of the RCAS will be giving papers: Priscilla Walton will present on “‘The Enigma She Was’: Ethel Rosenberg and her Fictional Autobiography.” And Andrew Johnston is speaking on “‘Apathy, Passive Resistance, and Cynicism’: Randolph Bourne’s Sociology of the Liberal State.”

For registration and the current program go to Homeland Insecurities Conference.

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American Studies Association Annual Meeting 2015 will be held in Toronto this October 8-11

The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance, October 8-11, 2015, Toronto, Canada

The theme of this year’s annual meeting, “The Reproduction of Misery and the Ways of Resistance,” provided ASA members multiple paths for proposing panels and papers and engaging in the work of the Association. The submissions help to realize what we as Co-Chairs of this year’s Program Committee have seen as an especially rich opportunity to consider the systemic and ideological sources of the suffering that seems to spread more and more even as evidence of a gathering movement of change in the streets and on campuses becomes harder to ignore.

As of now, the Toronto meeting is slated to feature 1,638 participants in over 350 sessions, including 297 that were proposed as sessions and 48 that the committee created from individual paper submissions. Along with accepting the 297 sessions, the committee rejected 49, an acceptance rate of 86 per cent. We received 344 individual paper proposals, of which we accepted 189 and turned down 155, an acceptance rate of 55 per cent. This acceptance of individual paper proposals is somewhat higher than recent years.

Though some might not imagine “misery” a contender alongside the intellectual vibrancy generated by last year’s theme of pain and pleasure, the ASA’s membership has given pleasure a run for its money. For instance, we can look forward to “The Miseries of Marriage: What Do Queers Lose When We “Win?”,” which will bring together Susan Stryker, Lisa Duggan, Chandan Reddy, and others in an up-to-the-minute assessment of how marriage law affects other queer movements and their fights for economic, racial, and social justice that transcend the politics of homonormativity. Although so much of the discourse surrounding marriage victories focuses on narratives of progress, this panel examines what gets lost after winning marriage.

Marking anniversaries is once again an important part of the program. Contributors to an American Studies special issue on Ralph Ellison, whose centennial was in 2014, will explore facets of his personal relationship with language, writing, notions of race, public intellectual life, and American culture writ large. James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son is fifty this year and one catalyst for the panel “American Studies and the Theoretical Legacies of James Baldwin.” This year is also the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Afro-Asian Conference of Non-Aligned States in Bandung, Indonesia. The panel “Non-Aligned” focuses on Bandung as a way to theorize and strategize responses to standing forms of dispossession and empire. By the time of the annual meeting, of course, the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri will be upon us. Among other sessions and papers, we will have an advance screening of Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory, followed by a question and answer session with filmmaker Orlando de Guzman and St. Louis area attorney Brendan Roediger, who has been involved in uncovering much of the evidence used in making the documentary.

We are also looking forward to some special events, including additional film screenings and a performance by Australian-Bengali comedian Aamer Rahman. A law school graduate and former political organizer, Rahman’s standup has been described by the National (Abu Dhabi) as “incisive, cutting and controversial observations about society’s ills, sprinkled with sardonic humour and pop-culture references.” A walking history tour of sites important to the Indigenous present and past, a staged reading of Lisa B. Thompson’s “Underground,” and various arts projects are among those creative efforts that assist us in understanding and imagining beyond miserable times.

It is precisely those types of visions that motivated much of our planning for the 2015 conference. Small wonder, then, that in the collaborative space of the Program Committee meetings some equally compelling and exciting topics arose with wonderful scholars, writers, and artists agreeing to participate. We have a panel of Canadian authors — featuring Dionne Brand, Thomas King, and Shyam Selvadurai — who will read from their work; a roundtable to engage literary scholar Lisa Lowe’s forthcoming The Intimacies of Four Continents; a number of distinguished scholars in discussion of “Misery and Resistance in the Great Recession”; and a multi-panel series on race and violence. These excavations are, for us, critically significant for the work of a transnational and vigorous American Studies practice that brings light to conditions of dispossession but also highlights the strategies of resistance and performances of solidarity that animate our histories and present.

The work of the Program Committee is among the most rewarding service available to members of the association, but it is also a lot of work and requires an intense amount of concentration and dedication. Thus, we are indebted to Jean O’Brien, Michael Innes-Jiménez, Gayatri Gopinath, Jeanette Jones, Christina Sharpe, Jason Ruiz, and Nadine Suleiman Naber. We additionally thank site committee coordinator Katherine McKittrick and her team of volunteers. No program committee could hope to complete its work without the expertise of ASA Executive Director John Stephens, as well as Ilyas Abukar, who works with John in the national office. We are both delighted and grateful to Dave Roediger for the honor of entrusting us with this responsibility. Lastly, we appreciate the vibrancy of the ASA’s membership, your innovative ideas, and the renewed hope you have brought to us through your submissions.

See you in Toronto!

Jennifer Pierce (co-chair), University of Minnesota
Shana L. Redmond (co-chair), University of Southern California
Robert Warrior (co-chair) University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

For registration details, visit ASA Toronto 2015. For the full program click here.

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Fulbright Canada Programs for Canadian Scholars and Students

You will find below a list of all programs for Canadian Scholars and Students.

Awards for Canadian Students follows.

Awards for Canadian Scholars
Applicants can apply to the:

Visiting Research Chairs in:
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Arctic Studies at the University of Washington
Canadian Studies at Kennesaw State University
Canadian Studies at Michigan State University
Canadian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley
Canada-U.S. Relations at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars
Environmental Humanities at the University of California, Irvine
Military Social Work at the University of Southern California
Nanosystems Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles
North American Studies at American University
Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California
Québec Studies at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
Science at Illinois Institute of Technology
Peace and War Studies at Norwich University
Open Field at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Open Field at Vanderbilt University 
Inquiries: Brad Hector, Program Officer (Scholars), bhector@fulbright.ca

Core Facts about the awards

  • The Fulbright Canada competition for Canadian scholars is now open, and closes November 15, 2015
  • The competition is for awards taken up September 2016 and/or January 2017

Eligibility

  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens,
  • Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree as appropriate. Candidates outside academia (e.g., professionals, artists) with recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments are also eligible
  • Be proficient in English

Awards for Canadian Students

Graduate Students can apply to the:

  • Traditional Fulbright student awards: US$15,000 for one nine-month academic year. These all-discipline awards can be taken up at any college, university, think tank, or government agency in the United States
  • Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program: Grants allow students to live in the United States for a period of 10 months. The award includes a $400-$600 stipend per month (commensurate with average cost of living in host city, room and board, visa services, health insurance, and a bursary to complete two courses per semester that are most beneficial to the student’s teaching career.

Core Facts about the awards

  • Fulbright Canada competition for Canadian graduate students is now open, and closes on November 15, 2015
  • The competition is for awards taken up for one 9-month academic year starting September 2016

Eligibility

  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens,
  • Be in receipt of a bachelor’s degree prior to the proposed start date of the grant, and

Inquiries: Michelle Emond, Program Officer (Students), memond@fulbright.ca  

Fulbright Canada at a glance

  • With approximately 360,000 Fulbright alumni in more than 155 countries, the Fulbright program is the gold standard in academic exchange and a leader in public diplomacy.
  • The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange.
  • The mandate of Fulbright Canada is to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States of America by providing support to outstanding individuals. These individuals conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the other country. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity, and assist in the shaping of future leaders.
  • For more information

*Please follow these links if you are an American Scholar or Student interested in Fulbright Canada Awards.

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Fulbright Canada
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