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Hanadi Al-Samman—Decolonizing Arab Queer Bodies

February 19, 2020
Wednesday, 5-6:15pm
New Cabell Hall 056
Refreshments available at 4:45pm

Decolonizing Arab Queer Bodies

Hanadi Al-Samman
Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Culture
Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures
University of Virginia

Arab queer subjectivity underwent local and global pressures intent on hijacking its essence. In response, LGBTQ members are determined to decolonize the Arab queer body through defying and redefining prevalent myths related to concepts of the closet, pride, piety, family, and coming out politics. This talk will explore sites of contestation and contamination resulting from Arab queers’ forced adherence to the politics of the Western “closet.” Through examining recent literary and cinematic queer representations, this talk will highlight the gains and challenges of adopting an international LGBTQ agenda. It will also explore how conflicts in gendered identity have been shaped and sharpened by the politics of authoritarian regimes, civil war, and failed revolutions. I argue that we must shift away from fixed, binary epistemologies of the closet discourse to dynamic models that can accommodate the stretching of the Arab closet borders to accommodate a “coming in” versus a “coming out” discourse, and to capture the Arab queer body’s movements and affects as it performs flexible, intimate models of decolonization, of citizenship and belonging in the era of globalization.

Hanadi Al-Samman is an associate professor of Arabic Language and Culture in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on contemporary Arabic literature, diaspora and sexuality studies, as well as transnational and Islamic feminism(s). She published several articles in Journal of Arabic Literature, Women’s Studies International Forum, Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, and various edited collections. She is the co-editor of an International Journal of Middle East Studies’ special issue “Queer Affects,” 2013, The Beloved in Middle Eastern Literatures: The Culture of Love and Languishing. London: I.B. Tauris, 2018, and author of Anxiety of Erasure: Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women’s Writings. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015, Reprint 2019. Prof. Al-Samman has recently co-edited Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History, Board Editor. New York: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2019, which covered over 56 entries on Middle Eastern LGBT issues and has won the prestigious Dartmouth Medal for Excellence in Reference Award in 2020. She has also served as the President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS, 2017-2019).

Charles Barrett—Social Justice for School Professionals

Friday, February 28
Library Data Commons, Ruffner 302
Coffee and cookies provided

Charles Barrett, PhD, NCSP

Helping future (and current) teachers, administrators, school counselors, school social workers, speech pathologists, and school psychologists understand how constructs such as privilege, implicit bias, and intersectionality affect their service to children, families, schools, and communities.

Anchored by an unwavering commitment to equity and justice, Charles Barrett is a lead school psychologist with Loudoun County Public Schools and an adjunct lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Howard University.  Actively involved in the training and development of future psychologists, he serves as assistant director, internship supervisor, and chair of the Committee on Diversity for LCPS’ APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology.  His current leadership positions within the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) include being a member of the Nomination and Elections, Publications, and Social Justice Committees; chair of the Multicultural Affairs Committee; and the Virginia Delegate to the NASP Leadership Assembly.

Dr. Barrett’s visit is co-sponsored by the Curry School and the PVI.

Erik Linstrum–Covering Counter-Insurgency: Colonial Violence and the Media in Postwar Britain

February 12, 5pm-6:15pm
New Cabell Hall 236
(Refreshments start at 4:45)

Erik Linstrum
Associate Professor
Department of History
University of Virginia

Covering Counter-Insurgency: Colonial Violence and the Media in Postwar Britain1

A copy of the chapter is available here.

Britain’s wars of decolonization after 1945 — in Palestine, Malaya, Cyprus, and Kenya — are today notorious for their brutality, including the use of torture, summary executions, detention camps, and forced resettlement.  What did people in Britain know about these practices at the time?  Surprisingly, perhaps, British news organizations did not consistently suppress unsettling details about the violence committed in Britain’s name.  But the information they disseminated in print and on the airwaves was fragmented, ambiguous, and contradictory.  Paradoxically, it was not despite but because of their commitment to the pursuit of truth — embodied in professional ideals such as neutrality, factuality, and restraint — that reporters often failed to communicate the depth and breadth of violence in the colonies.  In an age when sights and sounds traveled rapidly across time and space, colonial violence was no secret.  But neither was it treated as a moral emergency.

Erik Linstrum is a historian of modern Britain in its imperial and global contexts.  His research explores the politics of knowledge and the circulation of information, with particular interests in science and technology, war and violence, and the long history of decolonization.  His first book, Ruling Minds: Psychology in the British Empire, won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book of the year in European international history.  He is now writing a history of knowledge about colonial violence in post-1945 Britain.  Tentatively titled Age of Emergency, it traces reports of atrocities in Malaya, Kenya, and Cyprus as they circulated through British society: from the anticolonial left to the unabashedly imperialist right, from Fleet Street to the Church of England, from veterans’ associations to the British Red Cross, from BBC teleplays to the West End theater scene.

Twin Oaks–Insight into an Egalitarian Community

Wednesday, February 5
Stephan Przybylowicz and Ari Tupelo Sandler
Gibson Hall 211
5pm-6pm (reception at 4:45pm)

Twin Oaks is a local, income-sharing, intentional community. Stephan Przybylowicz and Ari Tupelo Sandler will discuss the community’s commitment to non-violence, how their income-sharing model works to help combat structural inequalities (such as sexism), and how the community grapples with internal power dynamics to lessen its effects.

Cas Mudde—The Far Right Today

Friday, February 7
Minor Hall 125
Reception Follows

Today’s far right is neither your grandfather’s world-destroying fascism, nor your father’s ineffective radical right. Its mainstreaming and normalization is the major threat to liberal democracies around the world. Cas Mudde explains why it’s high time to help fight off this threat.

In his new book, The Far Right Today, Mudde analyses how the far right has left the political margins for the political mainstream, blurring the distinction between the two. From Jerusalem to London to Washington, no country is immune to it. In the last years far right parties entered parliament in Germany and Spain and government in Estonia. In the US, President Donald Trump is reshaping the Republican Party in his own image, as hate crime and white terrorism surges, while the BJP is on track to extend its government rule in India. All the while, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is moving his country closer to its right-wing authoritarian past. In response to these global developments Mudde calls out to strengthen liberal democracy for the future.

Cas Mudde is the Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia (USA) and Professor II at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo (Norway). His book Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2007) won the Stein Rokkan Award for Comparative Social Science Research in 2008. His recent books include (with Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser) Populism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), The Far Right in America (Routledge, 2018), and The Far Right Today (Polity, 2019). His forthcoming book (with Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler) is Settling for Success: The Israeli Settler Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2020).


Joan W. Scott—Accounting for History: The Movements for Reparations for Slavery in the U.S.

Thursday, January 30
Rotunda Dome Room
Reception Follows

Reviewing the long history of demands for reparations and looking closely at the current movements, Joan Scott will argue that although material compensation is certainly part of the effort, the demand for reparations is best understood as a critique of the conventional writing of American history.  It is an example of a critical politics that takes its aim at the way history represents the past.

Joan Scott is Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Her groundbreaking work has challenged the foundations of conventional historical practice, including the nature of historical evidence and historical experience and the role of narrative in the writing of history. She is the author of numerous books that have been important for numerous disciplines and debates. These include Gender and the Politics of History (1988), Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man (1996), Parité: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism (2005), The Politics of the Veil (2007), The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011), Sex and Secularism (2017), and Knowledge, Power, and Academic Freedom (2018).

Prof. Scott’s visit is co-sponsored by the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy, the Departments of Politics and of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, and the Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective.


Cathy Cohen

RESCHEDULED! Cathy J. Cohen—Race, Rage & Vulnerability: The Politics of Millennials in the Era of Trump

Cathy CohenTuesday, September 17
3:30–5:00 pm
Rotunda Dome Room
Reception follows

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor at the University of Chicago. She formerly served in numerous administrative positions, including chair of the Department of Political Science, director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and deputy provost for Graduate Education at the University of Chicago. Cohen is the author of two books, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press) and Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press). She is also co-editor of the anthology Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU Press) with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto. Her articles have been published in numerous journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, NOMOS, GLQ, Social Text, and the DuBois Review. Cohen created and oversees two major research and public-facing projects: the GenForward Survey and the Black Youth Project. She is the recipient of numerous awards, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-editor with Frederick Harris of a book series at Oxford University Press entitled “Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities.”

2019-20 Graduate Research Fellows Program—Request for Applications

Fellows MiniConThe UVA Power, Violence and Inequality Collective (PVI) brings together scholars, students, and others in the University community and beyond to advance research, mentorship, and teaching focused on violence rooted in power and inequality, and to foster collaboration in those areas across disciplines, methods, and university units.

An integral element of our mission is to support graduate training and research from across the disciplines on the topic of power-based violence, broadly understood. Therefore, we invite applications for our second cohort of Graduate Research Fellows. Fellows will receive funding to support their research during the 2019–20 academic year and will participate as a cohort in the activities of the PVI. Ph.D. students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Curry School, and the School of Nursing are eligible to apply. We anticipate awarding approximately seven fellowships of $2,000 each.

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2019 PVI Fellows Mini-Conference

9:15-9:30: Opening Remarks
Claudrena Harold, Professor of African American and African Studies and History

11:00-12:15: Roundtable II
Meret Hofer, The Challenge of Community Policing: Understanding Barriers to Positive Interactions between Police and the Public
Victoria Mauer, The Enduring Prevalence of Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Exploring Student Perspectives on Prevention Programming
Commentator: Brian Williams, Associate Professor of Public Policy.

1:00-2:15: Roundtable III
Daniel Henry, Writing Human and Revolution in W.E.B. Du Bois’s Dark Princess
Samantha Wallace, The #MeToo Effect: "Certainty" as Rhetoric and Discourse in Contemporary Narratives of Sexual Violence
Commentator: Meredith Clark, Assistant Professor of Media Studies

2:30-3:45: Roundtable IV
Shira Lurie, Liberty Poles and the Contested Right of Protest
Brian Neumann, A New Reign of Terror: Imagining Disunion in South Carolina, 1830-1835
Commentator: Cynthia Nicoletti, Legal Historian and Professor of Law

3:45-4:00: Closing Remarks
Denise Walsh and Nick Winter

Co-sponsored by
Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center
Department of Politics
Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality
Lisa Smith (College, 1985)
Curry School of Education

Onoso Imoagene

Broken Mirrors and Reflections: A Study of Footprints from the US Diversity Visa Lottery Program

Onoso ImoageneOnoso Imoagene
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Gibson Hall, Room 296
Lunch will be provided

My current research project—the Dreams Project—a qualitative study, investigates the impact of the US diversity visa lottery program on winners from Ghana and Nigeria, their families, and sending countries. The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program was created by the US Congress as part of the 1990 Immigration Act to help increase the diversity of immigrants from regions with low rates of legal migration to the United States. The diversity visa program is popular in many developing regions of the world. In recent years approximately 9–12 million people (this includes spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21) play the visa lottery. Despite the program being in existence for over two decades and its increasing popularity not much is known about the impact of the program on winners and their families and about the experiences of diversity visa lottery winners pre- and post-migration to the United States.

My talk, Broken Mirrors and Reflections: A Study of Footprints from the US Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which is drawn from the Dreams Project, presents findings on DV migrants experiences and strategies for mobility in the United States and the cottage industry of migration industry actors around the DV program in Ghana. It examines how winning the DV impacted DV migrants from Ghana and Nigeria while they were in the country and after their arrival in the United States. It examines how administration of the diversity visa program affects immigrants’ pre- and post-migration. It then discusses the links between the DV as a mode of entry and DV migrants’ experiences in the United States. My findings enrich our understanding of the link between theories of international migration and immigrant incorporation, and on how immigration policies become contextual determinants of immigrant incorporation. It  adds to what we know about the timing and activation of social capital and how governments can disrupt social networks.


Onoso Imoagene is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary areas of research in the areas of International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation with a special focus on first and second generation African immigrants in the British and American Diasporas; Inter-ethnic group (black-on-black) relations, the intersection of race, ethnicity and class in assimilation outcomes of the African second generation; Impact of National Factors on Assimilation; and Migration and Development. She takes a comparative approach in her research. Her first book, Beyond Expectations: Second Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain (University of California Press 2017) examines the nature of incorporation of the Nigerian second generation in the United States and Britain. Her current project – the Dreams Project – studies West African US Diversity Visa Lottery Winners and their families and communities back home. Onoso will be a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar during AY 2019-2020, where she plans to complete her second book manuscript from the Dreams Project.