CHR Third Annual Research Symposium: Democracy, Disposability, and Repair (April 11-12, 2024)

April 11, 2024, 4:00 PM to April 12, 2024, 3:30 PM EDT
Merten Hall 1204 (Thursday) & 1201 (Friday)

CHR Third Annual Research Symposium: Democracy, Disposability, and Repair (April 11-12, 2024)

Registration required, please use this form to register for one or both days.

*Updated to reflect Nancy Fraser will be joining us VIRTUALLY rather than in person as originally planned. Thanks for your understanding!

CHR's third annual research symposium (April 11-12, 2024) centers on our annual theme for 2023-24, Democracy, Disposability, and Repair. 

Forms of disposability have been characteristic (or even constitutive) of modes of social and political life, past, present, and in envisioned futures. Various forms of rendering people and places "disposable" haunt and hound the world we live in. To what extent are historical and contemporary political systems dependent on forms of disposability and extraction? In what ways are democratic modes of governance bound up with disposability? Could democracy offer possibilities for resistance, reparation, and repair? How might these issues be illuminated by transdisciplinary approaches drawn from the critical humanities? These are the questions we confront in CHR’s third annual symposium. 

The CHR is honored to announce that this year’s symposium will feature a keynote address by Professor Nancy Fraser on Thursday afternoon. (UPDATE: Professor Fraser will be delivering this address virtually, to an audience of mixed in person and virtual attendees.) Professor Fraser is the Henry A and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science, The New School for Social Research and will deliver the keynote address “Three Faces of Labor: Uncovering the Hidden Ties among Gender, Race, and Class.” Professor Fraser will continue to be part of the discussions during the panels on Friday. 

The CHR is grateful to our co-sponsors: Cultural Studies, English, History and Art History, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, Schar School, Sociology and Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies

Symposium Schedule 

Thursday, April 11 (Merten Hall 1204 and Zoom)

4:00 - 5:30 pm Keynote Address by Professor Nancy Fraser, “Three Faces of Labor: Uncovering the Hidden Ties among Gender, Race, and Class.”

UPDATE: Professor Fraser will be delivering her address virtually, to an audience of mixed in person and virtual attendees

A light reception will follow 

Friday, April 12 (Merten Hall 1201)

9:15 am Introductory Remarks by CHR Director Alison Landsberg

9:30 am Panel One: Disposability and Agency in Erotic Economies (with Rachel Lewis as moderator)

  • Elizabeth Gibson, “Naked Capitalism: Trans Women Porn Content ProducersContesting Neoliberal Disposability”
  • Kylie Erfani, “Sex work: work, sex, neither?”
  • Toby Hickson, “‘You know it when you see it’: How Increased Visibility and (Il)eligibility of Sex Work Under Late Capitalism Reveals Resistance Along with Threats of Disposability”

11:15 am Panel Two: Paradoxes of Democracy and Repair (with Stefan Wheelock as moderator) 

  • Rashmi Sadana, “Shapeshifting at the India-Pakistan Border: Disposability and Repair in Geetanjali Shree’s Tomb of Sand
  • Samuel Clowes Huneke, “Bootstrapping Democracy: Ordinary Germans, Allied Occupation, and the Paradox of Democratization”
  • Shyam Patel, “Metabolizing Misery: Irrevocable Injustice and the Body Politic in Oscar Wilde's Prison Writings”

12:45-1:30 pm Lunch (sandwiches provided) 

1:30 pm Panel Three: Empowering Community, Resisting Disposability (with Todd Stafford as moderator)

  • Matt Karush, “Dancing Against Neoliberalism: The Politics of Argentina's 'Movida Tropical’”
  • Levi van Sant, “Toward a Right to the Rural? Spatial Justice, Value, and Repair”
  • Jamie Aprile, “Chatting with Looters: Archaeological Destruction as an Opportunity for Repair”

3:00-3:30 pm Concluding Discussion

 

Introducing a new resource created by Alok Yadav (Associate Professor, Department of English)

 

 

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