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Apr
6
Fri
Feminisms, Genders, Sexualities
Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Feminisms, Genders, Sexualities

This workshop aims to create a collaborative space in which we will discuss feminist, queer, and transgender approaches to literature and culture. This year, we will act as reading group, publication workshop, and pedagogy/praxis collective. As we interrogate the ways that differences of gender and sexuality are imagined and used to create meaning, whether oppressive or liberatory, we will consider how these differences intersect with those of class, race, ethnicity, ability, and nationality. Some questions that shall guide our reflections on our research, teaching, and praxis include the following: How are constructions of gender and sexuality used to sustain white supremacy, a patriarchal and racist set of beliefs and institutions? How are they used to drive neoliberalism, with its economization of all domains of life? And, crucially, what are the possibilities for resisting these historical processes to create more inclusive, democratic worlds? We invite interested graduate students and faculty to participate.

Friday, April 6, 4:00 – 6:00 pm 110 Chittenden Hall: Guest Lecture by Professor Gayle Rubin (Associate Professor, Anthropology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan)

Apr
9
Mon
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Indian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Indian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117 | Boone | North Carolina | United States

The Muslim Studies Program Presents: The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference

Indian Film Night

Moderators: S. Pillai & J. Singh

Apr
10
Tue
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Iranian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference: Iranian Film Night @ Wells Hall, B117 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Muslim Studies Program Presents: The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference

Iranian Film Night

Moderator: Kaveh Askari

Apr
12
Thu
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference @ International Center, Room 303
Apr 12 @ 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference @ International Center, Room 303 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference

International Center, Room 303:
10:30-10:45am – Welcome
10:45-11:45am – Kristian Petersen, “Muslim Movie Stars: The Celebrity Politics of Islam in Public”
12:00-1:00pm – Amir Hussain, “Keeping It Real: Muslims Creating Muslim Cinema and Television”
3:00-4:00pm – Sharofat Arabova, “Poetics of Tajik Cinema”
4:15-5:15pm – Imed Ben Labidi, “Filming Conflicts: Arab/Muslim Films’ Fragmentation and Post-Nationalist Narratives”

Kellogg Center, Auditorium:
7:30-9:30pm – Keynote: Walter Armbrust on the History of Egyptian Cinema

Feminisms, Genders, Sexualities
Apr 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Feminisms, Genders, Sexualities

This workshop aims to create a collaborative space in which we will discuss feminist, queer, and transgender approaches to literature and culture. This year, we will act as reading group, publication workshop, and pedagogy/praxis collective. As we interrogate the ways that differences of gender and sexuality are imagined and used to create meaning, whether oppressive or liberatory, we will consider how these differences intersect with those of class, race, ethnicity, ability, and nationality. Some questions that shall guide our reflections on our research, teaching, and praxis include the following: How are constructions of gender and sexuality used to sustain white supremacy, a patriarchal and racist set of beliefs and institutions? How are they used to drive neoliberalism, with its economization of all domains of life? And, crucially, what are the possibilities for resisting these historical processes to create more inclusive, democratic worlds? We invite interested graduate students and faculty to participate.

Thursday, April 19, 4:30-6:00 pm, C607 Wells: Feminist praxis, social justice (readings TBD)

Apr
13
Fri
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference @ International Center, Room 303
Apr 13 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
The 2018 FilmFest & Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference @ International Center, Room 303 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The 2018 Locating Muslim Cinema(s) Conference

International Center, Room 303:

9:30-10:30am – Sitara Thobani, “Locating the Tawa’if Courtesan-Dancer in South Asian ‘Muslim Cinemas’”

10:45-11:45am – Fakhri Haghani, “Defa-e Moghadas (Sacred Defense) and the Making of Cinema in Post-Revolutionary Islamic Iran”

12:00-1:00pm – Kaveh Askari, “Dandyism and the Circuits of Cinema in 1950s Tehran”

Apr
20
Fri
States of Refuge: A Conference in Recognition of Professor Ken Harrow & a Tribute to the English Graduate Program @ International Center, Rooms 302-303
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
States of Refuge: A Conference in Recognition of Professor Ken Harrow & a Tribute to the English Graduate Program @ International Center, Rooms 302-303 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

One of the defining and intractable issues in contemporary literature of the Global South, African, South Asian, and Postcolonial in general, is dislocated people seeking refuge across national boundaries. This Symposium is a reflection on the different states and cycles of displacement, assimilation, and return, and of the disruptions and transformations of State institutions and structures that mediate these transitions in politics and culture.

Apr
27
Fri
Breaking Neuro Ground: Breaking Literary Neuroscience & the Benefits of Interdisciplinarity @ MSU Union, Lake Superior Room
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Breaking Neuro Ground: Breaking Literary Neuroscience & the Benefits of Interdisciplinarity @ MSU Union, Lake Superior Room | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dr. Phillips will discuss 3 ongoing research projects at the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab (DHLC), and reflect on lessons learned from interdisciplinarity.

Aug
29
Wed
Classes Begin
Aug 29 all-day