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Mar
13
Tue
Tanja Petrovich, “Military Service in Socialist Yugoslavia” @ S107 South Kedzie Hall
Mar 13 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Tanja Petrovich, "Military Service in Socialist Yugoslavia" @ S107 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Lecture by Tanja Petrovich, Institute for Culture and Memory Studies, Slovenia

“Military Service in Socialist Yugoslavia:  Making Sense of (Post)Yugoslav Masculinity.”

This lecture is part of GSAH’s “Rethinking State Socialism” speaker series organized by Dr. Nikolary Karkov.

The lecture discusses the meaning of memories of the gendered, collective national experience of mandatory military service in socialist Yugoslavia. These memories still connect several generations of men – the same men who in the 1990s more or less actively participated in the violent destruction of the country they had served. Irrespective of their personal and professional trajectories, for most of former recruits their army service experience remains important and meaningful. How does the aftermath of national trauma reveal dimensions of this militarized, yet fractured, contested, impassioned, and even sentimental masculinity? How did selves, shaped by the homogenous, socially cohesive experiences in a hierarchical military, survive the centrifugal forces of civil war? How are these memories incorporated into broader narratives through which Yugoslavia is historicized? What light they shed on the relationship between manhood, violence and nationhood? How do they complicate our understanding of state socialism and its disciplinary mechanisms, and what lessons do they hold for the future?

GSAH Tanja Petrovic Flyer Mar 13 2018 draft

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
12
Thu
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
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
31
Fri
“A Place at the Table” Screening & Reception @ East Arbor Architecture + Gallery
Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"A Place at the Table" Screening & Reception @ East Arbor Architecture + Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

A Place at the Table is in many ways an MSU project because it features interviews with MSU graduate students, faculty, and staff who attended the 2017 Women’s March.

The 17-minute film attempts to unpack the experience of the 2017 March on Lansing, featuring the voices of 16 attendees. The interviewees reflect on three questions: why they attended the march, what the experience was like, and what we can do to keep the momentum of the march going. As we hear their disembodied voices, we see footage of the march that brings to life the collective experience of that day. The film features diverse voices: Latinxs, American Indian, Black, Queer, and others.

This event is free and open to the public, so come along and bring your friends and family. In case you need more incentive, there will be free food and drinks for all.

The screening is sponsored by Michigan State University, the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, The Doc Lab, the Department of Media and Information, the Diversity Research Network-Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Center for Gender in Global Context, and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.

Oct
3
Wed
Welcome Reception for WOCI Artist-in-Residence, Nanibah Chacón @ International Center, Room 303
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception for WOCI Artist-in-Residence, Nanibah Chacón @ International Center, Room 303 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please join us in welcoming our Fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Nanibah Chacon! Chacon is bringing her talent as a painter, muralist, and art educator to shine a spotlight on Indigenous voices, traditions, and ecology. The Welcome Reception will take place October 3, 2018, from 5:00-7:00p, in the International Center, Room 303.

Oct
8
Mon
Zig Jackson Visiting Artist Lecture @ B310 Wells Hall
Oct 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Zig Jackson Visiting Artist Lecture @ B310 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

ZIG JACKSON / OCTOBER 8 / B310 WELLS / 7PM

Photographer and Professor at SCAD, Zig Jackson identifies and tackles issues that sometimes radically different Native American tribes have in common such as how to deal with tourism. marketing, myth, traditions, and stereotyping. He uses his work to raise awareness about cultural identity, representation, and appropriation to touch on issues like paternalism, sovereignty, and commodification.

For more information about Zig Jackson, please visit:

http://www.risingbuffaloarts.com/bio.html

Oct
12
Fri