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Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Fail States: Dispossession and the Grounds of Relationality
Lecture by Jodi Byrd (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Reading closely teamcherry’s videogame Hollow Knight through work by Kamau Brathwaite, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Édouard Glissant, this talk will discuss how antiblackness, theft of land, and the ontological turn to objects within technology and software studies are part of settler colonial proceduralisms. How do race and indigeneity function as recursion within the databases, code, and play structuring videogames? How might the nonhuman disrupt the normative structures of settler colonialism? And finally, what could grounded modes of relationality mean as resistance to such technological economies of dispossession?
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 2:00pm
Writing Human Rights (U Minnesota Press, 2017)
Seminar with author Crystal Parikh (New York University)
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Segal Theatre
Ordinary Violence: On Democratic Governance and
Racial Capitalism
Lecture by Jodi Melamed (Marquette University)

How can we explain the open secret of permissible violence for capitalist accumulation, in the U.S. and globally?  Jodi Melamed argues that we must come to grips with the diffuse and deadly capacities of administrative power to give impunity to racial capitalist violence through seemingly neutral repertoires of ‘democratic’, ‘procedural’, and ‘technical’ governance. In this talk, she examines administrative power rooted in rights. That is, Melamed examines how capitalist economies are constituted, operationalized, and administrated through differential rights. In particular, she looks at the administration of today’s financial, extractive, and logistical neoliberal capitalism through differential rights and identifies two racialized repertoires of rights powerfully at work in the present: the right of investor classes to be unencumbered by concern for the wellbeing of others, and assetless individuality as the right to be handled.

Jodi Melamed is associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Marquette University. She is the author of Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and has published many articles and chapters in a wide array of journals and editions.  She is an editor of a recent volume of Social Text focused on “Economies of Dispossession.”  This lecture is drawn from her current book project, Dispossession by Administration. Melamed is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, and grants, including a Fulbright, a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship, and grants from the American Studies Association, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Co-sponsored with the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, details TBA
The Extractive Zone (Duke University Press, 2017)
Seminar with author Macarena Gomez-Barris (Pratt Institute)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, details TBA
In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship
Jillian Baez in conversation with Arlena Davila (NYU)
Co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Women and Society
Friday, May 3, 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm, room 9207
Remaking Reality (film screening)

Latinx Colloquium (Works-in-Progress series)
October 12, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm, room 3212
William Orchard, Queens College/ CUNY, On Being Stuck: Dwelling in the Impasse in Wilfred Santiago's In My Darkest Hour
November 2, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm, room 3306
Renee Hudson, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Maria Cristina Mena and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution
February 15, 2019, 3:00pm-5:00pm, room 8301
Thomas Conners, University of Pennsylvania,  Affective Readings of Form and Subjectivity
in Salvador Plascencia's The People of Paper

March 15, 2019, 3:00pm-5:00pm, room 8301
Cecilia Marquez, NYU, Not a Negro: The Problem of Latinidad in the 1940s South
April 12, 2019, 3:00pm-5:00pm, room 8402
Maia Gil'Adi, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, "I Think About You X--": Teaching Junot Díaz after "The Silence"