Hassan Blasim, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, and Roy Scranton
Introduction by Chris Hedges
War from the Inside: A Reading
Thursday, April 3rd @ 6PM
The Iraq War is over and the war in Afghanistan is winding down — for Americans, at least. As we struggle to understand these wars, we often turn to literature. So far, however, most of the stories and novels about Iraq and Afghanistan have been about Americans. We have yet to hear from the Iraqis and Afghans who live with the consequences of a decade of war. We have yet to reckon with what these wars meant for the people who lived through them. Labyrinth, Princeton's Lewis Center, and the OMI International Arts Center invite you to an evening of readings and conversation dedicated to this reckoning.
These readings seek to open up a conversation between the Iraqi point of view, represented by Hassan Blasim, author of The Corpse Exhibition, the Afghan point of view, represented by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s book about the war in Afghanistan, The Watch, and the point of view of American soldiers, represented by Roy Scranton’s edited collection Fire and Forget.
Hassan Blasim’s The Corpse Exhibition offers the first major literary work by an Iraqi writer in English, whom The Guardian calls "perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive." He was born in Baghdad and was persecuted under Saddam Hussein's regime. In 1998 he fled to Iraqi Kurdistan, where he made films and taught filmmaking under a pseudonym. A year into the Iraq War, he escaped to Finland, where he is a filmmaker, poet, fiction writer, and coeditor of the Arabic literary website Iraq Story. His previous books in English are The Iraqi Christ and The Madam of Freedom Square. Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya's novel, The Watch , a retelling of Sophocles' Antigone set in Afghanistan, has been nominated for the International IMPAC Prize, shortlisted for the Criticos Prize (UK) and the Boeke Prize (S. Africa), longlisted for the DSC South Asian Prize in Fiction, and selected as one of the ten best novels of 2012 and ten best contemporary war novels by PublishersWeekly. His previous novels are The Gabriel Club and The Storyteller of Marrakesh. Roy Scranton's edited collection Fire and Forget brings together fiction by fourteen American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and one military spouse. He is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Princeton University. His poems and essays have been published in Boston Review, the New York Times, LIT, The Massachusetts Review, Theory & Event, and elsewhere. He was an artilleryman in the US Army from 2002 to 2006, and served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. Chris Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He was part of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He writes a weekly original column for Truthdig, and has written for Harper's magazine, The New Statesman, the New York Review of Books, The Nation, Adbusters, Granta, Foreign Affairs, and other publications. He is the author of the bestsellers Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion, and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, among others.
All events are free and open to the public
122 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
Monday, February 18
211 Dickinson Hall
Craig Steven Wilder
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Very Name of a West Indian": Atlantic Slavery and the Transformation of the College of New Jersey
The Intersections Working Group in English
Spring 2013 Calendar of Events
Thursday, February 21st @ 4:30 p.m., 100 Jones Hall
“The Archives and Genealogies of Intersectionality”:
A Conversation with Roderick A. Ferguson (American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) and Grace Kyungwon Hong (Gender Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles)
the coeditors of Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University Press, 2011)
This conversation will engage the intellectual and political stakes of interdisciplinary scholarship in race, gender, and sexuality in the context of neoliberal capitalism and affirmative power. What is the importance of “intersectional” work? How can we address the tendency to dismiss or deploy the concept of “intersectionality” without serious attention to the genealogies of Black feminist and woman of color feminist theory and activism out of which this concept emerged? What kinds of unlikely archives must be assembled in order to excavate such a genealogy? How is intersectionality a methodology as well as a concept that engages archival and genealogical imperatives, and how are interdisciplinary programs and projects positioned in relation to the conceptual and methodological possibilities of intersectional work?
Roderick A. Ferguson is a professor of race and critical theory. From 2009 to 2012, he was the chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. From 2007 to 2010, he was the associate editor of the journal American Quarterly. He is the coeditor of the University of Minnesota Press series Difference Incorporated. He is also the coeditor, with Grace Kyungwon Hong, of Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University Press, 2011). He is also the author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) and The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (University of Minnesota Press, 2012).
Grace Kyungwon Hong is an associate professor in the Department of Gender Studies and the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Ruptures of American Capital: Women of Color Feminism and the Culture of Immigrant Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and the coeditor, with Roderick A. Ferguson, of Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University Press, 2011). She is also the coeditor, also with Ferguson, of the Difference Incorporated book series from the University of Minnesota Press.
Saturday, February 23
Makoto Fujimura, a contemporary artist known for his unique fusion between fine art and expressionism. He has trained in the traditional Japanese art of Nihonga and combines this style with his experience in Western culture. He has also written two books. His talk will be on the Four Holy Gospels, a celebration of his illuminations of the King James Bible on its 400th anniversary. More information on both his background and his works can be found here: http://www.makotofujimura.com/
Makoto Fujimura will not only be talking about his work, but also how his Japanese heritage and his American cultural upbringing have combined to influence his artwork. He draws from both contemporary American ideas as well as traditional Japanese forms to create unique artwork. This type of multicultural influence is essential to what many first-generation Americans experience. His work is so unique because it combines such different backgrounds. This cultural mixing is also at the core of what America is.
Sponsored by with Manna Christian Fellowship, an evangelical chaplaincy on campus.
Monday, February 25
211 Dickinson Hall
Lolita Buckner Inniss '83
Hamilton College, Cleveland State University
James C. Johnson and the Princeton Fugitive Slave Case
Wednesday, March 6th
@ 4:30 p.m., Hinds Library, B14 McCosh Hall
History of a Book:
A Seminar with Simon E. Gikandi (English, Comparative Literature, and African American Studies at Princeton University)
Join Professor Gikandi as he discusses the evolution of his award-winning book, Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton University Press, 2011).
The Department of English’s History of a Book seminar is a biannual series of lectures/discussions on how a book of criticism came to be. Guest speakers bring to the table not a work in progress, but a finished book, between covers, and they explain how it got made. Authors share ideas, inspiration, and accidents, and share techniques of research and writing: how they take notes on primary and secondary texts, how they keep track of ideas and information, what they do in the archive, how they move from research to writing, how they set schedules, etc.
Simon E. Gikandi is the Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and the editor of PMLA.
Monday, April 1st @ 4:30 p.m., 40 McCosh Hall
“Migrant Personhood and the Defense of Sovereign Power in North America”:
A Lecture by Alicia Schmidt Camacho (American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University)
This talk examines the construction of borders in North America and the concurrent criminalization of unauthorized migrants as an expression of a defensive form of governance, which seeks to reconstitute the sovereign power of the nation-state within a transnational security project. My focus is the ways border crossers have sought to defend their migrancy against militarized border regulation and immigration enforcement.
Alicia Schmidt Camacho is a professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. She is the author of Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the US-Mexico Borderlands (New York University Press, 2008), winner of the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Prize, and articles about gender violence, migration, labor, and human rights in the Mexico-U.S. border region. Her current book project concerns social violence, border construction, and the criminalization of undocumented migration in the Americas. She serves on the board of Junta for Progressive Action, a community agency serving the Latina/o community of Fair Haven, and is a contributor to local and transnational projects for immigrant and human rights.
April 2013--Date, Time, and Location TBA
The First Annual Claudia Tate Writers-of-Color-at-Work Public Conversation
This public conversation honors the life and legacy of Professor Tate whose landmark 1984 volume Black Women Writers at Work remains a key and influential text in black feminist literary studies and criticism.
From Oak Creek to the Ballot Box
The changing role of South Asians in American democracy
A discussion with Manar Waheed
Policy Director at SAALT
Thursday | 4.30PM
Robertson Bowl 002
Sponsored by SASA, AASA, Program in South Asian Studies and USG Projects Board
There will be a reception!
As the South Asian American community grows, the strength of our voice grows as well. From the tragedies of the summer in Oak Creek, Wisconsin to the election of the first Hindu-American congresswoman this month, awareness about the issues that affect South Asians is on the rise. Come join us for a discussion with Ms. Manar Waheed, Policy Director at South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). She will be discussing a wide range of issues related to the South Asian community in the United States - from their role in the election, to issues about hate crimes and discrimination, a topic that gains much media attention but slips into the shadows at Princeton.
Mrs. Waheed joined SAALT as Policy Director in August 2012. Prior to working at SAALT, she worked with Legal Services of New York City where she provided direct services to domestic violence survivors who were primarily from immigrant communities. Additionally, Manar co-taught a seminar on domestic violence and legal intervention which included the impact of media and television on violence at Wagner College and, from 2009 to 2012, she served on the board of the Muslim Bar Association of New York. Prior to living in New York, Manar worked with the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, where she provided technical assistance on cases in which battered women were charged with crimes and participated in national trainings focusing on domestic violence in immigrant communities. Her note on domestic violence in Pakistan was published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law in 2004. Manar received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in June of 2004 and her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1999.