Outsiders: Citizenship & its Others

April 2, 2015 - 9:00am to 7:30pm




"Who belongs, and what are the stakes of belonging?  How have the rules and practices governing membership within political communities structured patterns of inequality within and between societies?  Has the development of meaningful participation for some necessarily gone hand in hand with partial or categorical exclusions of others? Over the past two decades, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and students of cultures have debated the theoretical concomitants and empirical trajectory of citizenship.  Comparative studies have illuminated the conflictive processes through which political, civil, social, and economic rights have expanded or contracted in modern societies, highlighting the multiform strategies through which subordinate or marginalized individuals and groups have attempted to claim full membership in the states that govern them."  

---Lara Putnam, Professor and Chair of History, and CLST Common Seminar instructor

The CLST Common Seminar Colloquium and Invited Lecture Series is the program's premier event of the year.  It brings to campus three distinguished scholars who are well-known for their work on the theme of the Common Seminar, to deliver lectures and to comment on student papers from the current semester's seminar. The two-day event this year is generously co-sponsored with the Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Communication, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Sociology, the Global Studies Center, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and the Humanities Center. 


Noon-1:15: Introductory Plenary Lecture (William Pitt Union Lower Lounge) 

Welcome: Ronald J. Zboray, Professor of Communication & Director of the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies

Introduction: Jane Feuer, Professor of English and Film Studies

“After Cultural Citizenship”: Toby Miller, Emeritus Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside; the Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at Murdoch University; Profesor Invitado at the Universidad del Norte; Professor of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University/Prifysgol Caerdydd; and Director of the Institute of Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University in London. The author or editor of over thirty books, his most recent volumes are The Sage Companion to Television Studies (edited with Manuel Alvarado, Milly Buonanno, and Herman Gray, 2015), The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture (edited, 2015), Greening the Media (with Richard Maxwell, 2012) and Blow Up the Humanities (2012). His books on issues of cultural citizenship, include: The Well-Tempered Self: Citizenship, Culture, and the Postmodern Subject (1993); Technologies of Truth: Cultural Citizenship and the Popular Media (1998); and Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism, and Television in a Neoliberal Age (2007). 

Response: The Audience

1:30-3:30 Panel: Mediated Geographies (602 Cathedral of Learning)

        • Ben Ogrodnik, Film Studies Program. "From Fantasmatic Pleasure to Dissensual Politics: The Use of Anti-Commemorative Reenactment in Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing (2012)."

        • Dominique Johnson, Department of Communication. “Confrontations withCitizenship: Interrogating Social Order as an Effect of Antiblackness, Misogynoir, and Homoantagonism.”

        • Daniel Rosenmund, Department of Music. “Locating the Pitch: Sound, Space, and
Belonging in Televised Baseball.”

Commentator: Sujatha Fernandes

6-8 pm Panel: Mediated Bodies (402 Cathedral of Learning)

        • Hillary Ash, Department of Communication. “Perceptions of Risk: The Social Construction and Pervasive Myth of HIV/AIDS Immunity among Women Who Have Sex with Women.”

        • Tyler Brunette, Department of Communication. “Slime and the Restriction of Childhood."

        • Jennifer Reinwald, Department of Communication. “Fitting in Fat:  The Fat Acceptance Movement and Digital Belonging.”

Commentator: Toby Miller


9-10:30 Panel: Art, Space, Belonging (1228 Cathedral of Learning)

        • Kevin O'Brien, Department of Music. “Paris and Vienna: More than ‘Paris’ and ‘Vienna.’’’

        • Paulina Tomkowicz, Department of French and Italian. “Surrealism, ‘Pataphysics, Oulipo: Citizenship of French Literary Movements.”

        • Jeff Weston, Department of Music. “They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top: Julius Eastman, Tompkins Square Park and the Politics of Belonging.”

Commentator: Toby Miller

11-12:30 Panel: Inclusion and Exclusion in Latin America (1228 Cathedral of Learning)

        • María Lis Baiocchi, Department of Anthropology. “‘Neither Maids, nor Servants: Workers’: An Analysis of the Exclusion and Inclusion of Domestic Work from Labor Law in Argentina.”

        • Araceli Mendiluce, Department of History. “Exclusive Circles: Intellectual Communities in 21st Century Bolivia.”

        • Juan Velasquez, Department of Music. “Listening the Lettered City: Modernization, Music and Civilization in Two Colombian Cities (1886-1910).”

Commentator: Aihwa Ong

12:30-1:45 Midconference Plenary Lecture (501 Cathedral of Learning):

Welcome: Ronald J. Zboray, Professor of Communication & Director of the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies

Introduction: Caitlin Frances Bruce, Assistant Professor of Communication

"Citizenship as a Class Project: Good Immigrant Subjects and their Others”: Sujatha FernandesAssociate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  She is author of Cuba Represent!: Cuban Arts, State Power and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (2006); Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela (2010); and Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation (2011).

Response: The Audience

1:45-3:15 Panel: Immobility and Exile (362 Cathedral of Learning)

        • Lauren Kilgour, School of Information Sciences. “Electronic Exile: Data, Deportation, Wearable Computing, and Social Death.”

        • Treviene A. Harris, Department of English. “The Cuba in Miami and Miami in Cuba: Exile and Memory in Ana Menendez’s Short Stories.”

Commentator: Aihwa Ong

3:30-5 pm Panel: Movements in Dialogue (362 Cathedral of Learning)

        • José A. Fernandez Montes de Oca, Department of History. “Rights and Nation: Race Consciousness and the Reform Movement in Trinidad, 1880-1930.”

        • Daniel P. Burridge, Department of Sociology. “Movement Territories and Logics from Below: The Struggle for Critical Participation in El Salvador”

        • Sebastian Cuellar, Department of Sociology. “‘Carrying the Burden of Violence’: Victims, Social Movements and Civil Repair in Contemporary Colombia.”

Commentator: Sujatha Fernandes

5:00-7:30 pm Annual Distinguished Lecture (324 Cathedral of Learning)

5-5:30 pm Reception (Hallway)

5:30-7:30 pm 

Welcome: Ronald J. Zboray, Professor of Communication & Director of the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies

Introduction: Nicole Constable, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Asian Studies Center

"Constellation and Flow: How Citizenship Captures Capital Flight": Aihwa OngProfessor of Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley.  She is the author of the now classic Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory Women in Malaysia (1987); Flexible Citizenship: the Cultural Logics of Transnationality (1999); Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America (2003); and Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty (2006). She also co-edited Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics and Ethics as Anthropological Problems (2005); and Privatizing China, Socialism from Afar (2008). Her latest collection is Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate.

Response: Sujatha Fernandes, Toby Miller, and the Audience

Closing Comments: Ron Zboray, CLST Director