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Spring 2020 Colloquium Series: Rachel Heiman 2.28.20

 

RACHEL HEIMAN, The New School

February 28, 2020 4:15 – 6:15 pm in room C415A (one floor below the Lobby) Ph.D. Program in Anthropology | The Graduate Center, CUNY

SUSTAINABLE SUBURBANISM IN THE AMERICAN WEST: an unlikely convergence of Mining, Mormon, and Planning Practice

ABSTRACT: This talk draws on four summers of fieldwork in an unlikely site for the production of environmental subjects and expertise: a massive master-planned community in Utah spearheaded by one the largest mining conglomerates in the world and developed with equal parts attention to sustainable suburbanism and values of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Now 16 years into an anticipated 30-year build out on remediated mining lands, the suburb in which the project is located is one of the fastest growing U.S. cities and has become an object lesson in sustainable development in politically conservative areas of the American West, including for its award-wining advanced stormwater retention system that integrates landscape architecture, infrastructural design, and earthquake preparedness. My research sheds light on the generative power of diverse temporalities and modes of legitimacy in this long-term build-out, as architects, mining officials, planning non-profits, builders, municipal workers, residents, marketers, master gardeners, and politicians negotiate aspirations for—and anxieties about—the material, social, aesthetic, and environmental future of the American suburb.

Spring 2020 Colloquium Series: Alex E. Chávez

2-21-20 Chavez

Chávez Verses and Flows: Migrant Lives and the Sounds of Crossing

Alex E. Chávez
Nancy O’Neill Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

ABSTRACT
In his award-winning book Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño (Duke 2017), Dr. Alex E. Chávez explores the contemporary politics of Mexican migrant cultural expression manifest in the sounds and aural poetics of huapango arribeño, a musical genre originating from north-central Mexico. In this presentation, he draws on this work to address how Mexican migrants voice desires of recognition and connection through performance, and the politics such desires attain amidst the transnational context of migrant deportability. As a researcher, artist, and participant, Chávez has consistently crossed the boundary between scholar and performer in the realms of academic research and publicly engaged work as a musician and producer. In this presentation, he draws on these experiences to address the politics of his intellectual and creative work and how he engages both to theorize around the political efficacy of sound-based practices, the “voice,” and the disciplinary futures of borderlands anthropology.

Friday, February 21, 2020
4:15-6:15 PM | room C415A
The Graduate Center | 365 Fifth Ave.

gc.cuny.edu/anthropology

Spring 2019 Colloquium Series schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia take place 4:15-6:15 pm in rm. C415A at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Refreshments follow in the Brockway Room (rm. 6402). for more information visit:  gc.cuny.edu/anthropology

FEBRUARY
2.1 DAME CAROLINE HUMPHREY CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
REVOLUTIONARY CIRCLES: SHADOWY IDENTITIES & THE CONSPIRATORIAL METHOD
*a special event celebrating the retirement of KATHERINE VERDERY
2.8 JANET ROITMAN THE NEW SCHOOL
AFRICA RISING? CLASS OR FINANCE
2.15 DOUG ROGERS YALE UNIVERSITY
WAS THE MICROBE A PROLETARIAN? ENERGY, LIFE & LABOR IN THE COLD WAR
2.22 ANNA BOOZER BARUCH COLLEGE
THE DIRT ON RUBBISH: WHAT DISCARD TELLS US ABOUT DAILY LIFE IN ROMAN EGYPT

MARCH
3.1 MARIA LUISA MENDONCA CPCP, THE GRAD CENTER
TRANSNATIONAL “MIGRATION” OF FINANCIAL CAPITAL & LAND SPECULATION IN THE U.S. AND BRAZIL
3.8 JESSE RIBOT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
CRISIS DOES NOT FALL FROM THE SKY: SAHELIAN EMIGRATION IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
3.22 MAMYRAH PROSPER IRADAC, THE GRADAUTE CENTER
QUEER AFTERSHOCKS IN OCCUPIED HAITI: CONSTRUCTING A NEW “HOMOSEXUAL” SUBJECTIVITY
3.29 SAMEENA MULLA MARQUETTE
“HE HAS MANY NEEDS”: ADDICTION, PHARMACEUTICALS & DEFINING THE SEX OFFENDER IN SENTENCING

APRIL
4.5 MISCHA SUTER UNIVERSITY OF BASEL
MONEY BETWEEN VIOLENCE & FRAGILITY:
HISTORY & ANTHROPOLOGY OF A POLITICAL EPISTEMICS, 1870-1923
4.12 THE WORK OF INEQUALITY: PAPERS IN HONOR OF MICHAEL BLIM
with NANDINI SIKAND LAFAYETTE, AHILAN KADIRGAMAR UNIVERSITY of JAFFNA, and RODOLFO HERNANDEZ BENEMÉRITA UNIVERSIDAD AUTONÓOMA de PUEBLA

MAY
5.10 PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM COLLOQ:
SPEAKER TBA