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November 2020

Free

Kendall Lovely, “Dismembering Classicism: Contesting Colonial and Classical Legacies in the Southwest”

November 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom, CA

Classicization in U.S. heritage narratives often involves the imposition of classical elements, derived from Greek and Roman civilization, onto narratives of colonial conquest in Southwestern borderlands and frontier spaces. Ongoing controversies surrounding statues of the conquistador, Juan de Oñate, reflect the ways in which the classical legacy remains prominent in public spheres of historical narrative. In providing a visual narrative of conquest linked to classical imagery, the Spanish history of the settling of the Southwest becomes implicated in broader U.S.…

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December 2020

Free

Nyasha Mboti, “Closing the Loophole: Apartheid Studies”

December 10, 2020 @ 9:30 am
Zoom, CA

Professor Mhoze Chikowero invites all to attend a special guest lecture by Dr. Nyashi Mboti as part of UCSB’s African Studies Series. Dr. Mboti will discuss the new field he founded: Apartheid Studies. He will introduce his forthcoming 4-volume treatise on the subject, Apartheid Studies: A Manifesto, which will change how we think about enslavement, colonialism, neocolonialism, impoverishment, and the exploitation and carnage of humans that has defined global history for at least half a millennium.   Dr. Mboti is an Associate…

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February 2021

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Mia Dragnic and Pierina Ferretti: “An Expansive Rebellion: Feminism and Social Revolt in Chile”

February 1 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA

UCSB and UCSD have joined together to welcome Pierina Ferretti and Mia Dragnic García, sociologists and doctoral candidates in Latin American Studies at the University of Chile. In October 2019, Chile experienced its largest social revolt since the return to democracy in 1990. The mobilization, which began as a spontaneous reaction to protest against a 0.30 USD rise in the Santiago transport fare, soon after became a widespread outburst against the precarious and unjust conditions that affect the majority of…

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Lucía Cavallero: “Gendered Violence and Financialization of Social Reproduction: A Feminist Perspective On Debt”

February 8 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA

UCSB and UCSD have joined together to welcome Lucía Cavallero, a doctoral candidate in Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. The presentation will focus on the relationship between sexist violence and economic violence, specifically the financialization of life and the increase in gender-based violence. It will highlight the Latin American feminist movement’s struggles against debt as articulated in the tactic of the March 8 International Women’s Day Strike and in Argentina’s Ni Una Menos (Not One Less) movement.…

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Mónica Michelena: “We Are Charrúa Women: From Negation to Re-Existence in Our Body-Territory”

February 26 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA

UCSB and UCSD have joined together to welcome Mónica Michelena, Secretary of the Charrúa Nation’s Council and former Advisor on Indigenous Affairs for Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2014-18). Charrúa women have gone through dispossession, exclusion, and negation that left marks on their collective memory and body-territory. This genocidal process did not end in 19th-century Uruguay, but continues today and manifests itself every time that institutions or civil society denies their existence as an indigenous people. For fifteen years, together…

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March 2021

Free

Humanities Decanted–W. Patrick McCray, “Making Art Work: How Cold War Engineers and Artists Forged a New Creative Culture”

March 4 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA

The IHC‘s Humanities Decanted series invites all to a dialogue between Patrick McCray (History) and Alan Liu (English) about McCray’s new book, Making Art Work: How Cold War Engineers and Artists Forged a New Creative Culture (MIT Press, 2020). Audience Q&A will follow. Despite C. P. Snow’s warning, in 1959, of an unbridgeable chasm between the humanities and the sciences, engineers and scientists of that era enthusiastically collaborated with artists to create visually and sonically interesting multimedia works. This new…

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IHC Talk: Utathya Chattopadhyaya, “Cannabis and South Asia”

March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Zoom, CA

The IHC‘s Asian/American Studies Collective welcomes UCSB History professor Utathya Chattopadhyaya for a talk on the role of cannabis in South Asian experiences of empire. Historical scholarship now conceives empire as a webbed uneven field of power relations and a multispecies enterprise. In other words, the anxious and breathless struggle of European imperialism to sustain itself subjected human, plant, animal, and insect bodies to its ambition to govern through logics of colonial difference. This paper argues that the cannabis plant in…

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May 2021

Free

Lily Anne Welty Tamai, “Mixed-Race Black Identities in Postwar Japan and Okinawa”

May 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Zoom, CA

The East Asia Center welcomes UCSB History alumna Dr. Lily Anne Welty Tamai (Asian American Studies, UCLA) for a talk on “Mixed-Race Black Identities in Postwar Japan and Okinawa.” Mixed-race people born at the end of World War II made history quietly with their families and their communities. Wars and the military occupations that followed, coupled with increased migration across the Pacific, created a surge of interracial relationships, resulting in a mid-century multiracial baby boom. Easily identifiable by their mixed-race…

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Center for Cold War Studies Talk: Nancy Mitchell, “Andrew Young: Challenging Anglo-Saxon Foreign Policy?”

May 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Zoom, CA

Andrew Young, one of Martin Luther King’s top aides and a former member of Congress, served as Jimmy Carter’s ambassador to the United Nations. Outspoken and controversial, Young questioned prevailing Cold War assumptions. “Communism has never been a threat to me,” he said. “Racism has always been a threat—and that has been the enemy of all of my life.” Nancy Mitchell is Professor of History at North Carolina State University. She is the author of Jimmy Carter in Africa: Race and the Cold War (2016),…

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June 2021

Free

UCSB Africa Center Inaugural Lecture: Dr. Zoé Samudzi’s “Rewriting the Concentration Camp”

June 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom, CA

The UCSB Africa Center cordially invites you to a special guest lecture on June 4 by Dr. Zoé Samudzi on indigenous demands for restitution, long-contested histories of colonial dispossession and property ownership in the aftermath of the German genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples in Namibia. Her talk will interrogate the trajectories of colonial ideology and practice from the scientific racism-inflected racial geographies and regimes of property ownership during German colonization and the still shrouded story of post-colonial western institutions’ imperial skull-collecting and…

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