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Twin Oaks

Twin Oaks: Insight into an Egalitarian Community

Stephan Przybylowicz and Ari Tupelo Sandler
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Gibson Hall 296
Lunch provided.

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.

Gabe Rosenberg

Gabriel Rosenberg—No Scrubs Livestock Breeding, State Power, and Eugenic Knowledge in the Early 20th Century United States

Presented Wednesday, March 20
117 Wilson Hall
Lunch will be provided
Please RSVP to Aida Barnes
before March 15

This talk explores the “Better Sires-Better Stock” campaign of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Industry. Initiated at the end of World War I, the Campaign aimed to improve the quality of the nation’s livestock by promoting the use of purebred studs in beef, dairy, pork, and other forms of animal agriculture. The Campaign pursued these goals by educating farmers about the value of purebred male animals, securing financing for their use, and emphatically urging farmers to “eradicate” inferior, or “scrub,” sires immediately. In the most sensational and popular element of the program, members of the local bar collaborated with agents of the Campaign to put a scrub sire on public trial for its hereditary defects. Before audiences of hundreds and thousands at state and county fairs, juries of farmers weighed evidence, testimony, and speeches before condemning the unfortunate scrub sires to death.

The trials and the Campaign linked capitalist logics of value to the governance of reproduction, populations, and racialized violence. Scrub livestock eradication programs circulated knowledge about livestock breeding and food production. But the Campaign also educated rural publics about the threat posed by the reproduction of eugenically unfit persons, as well as the capacities of the state to effectively govern life—human and non-human alike. More broadly, the Campaign shows how livestock breeding was a popular arena for millions of Americans to explore the interrelations among inheritance, value, and reproduction. The talk encourages us to consider how human interactions with non-human animals shaped the history of American race.

Julia Barnes

Julia Barnes—Caves, Graves, and the Restless Dead: Remembrance as Statecraft in Slovenia

Julia BarnesJulia Barnes, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Virginia

February 11, 2019
New Cabell Hall 236

The next meeting of the Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Working Group will take place on Monday, February 11th at 2pm in New Cabell Hall 236. Our presenter will be Julia Barnes, a PhD student in the Anthropology department. Her talk, entitled "Caves, Graves, and the Restless Dead: Remembrance as Statecraft in Slovenia," examines pacifist reconciliationists taking part in the exhumation and proper burial of victims of ethnic cleansing at the sites of mass graves in western Slovenia. By centering antifascist and antiracist activists, Julia's work points to alternative visions of state and nation which challenge dominant regional discourses of ethnic purity and genetic superiority heavily reliant on ethno-nationalist deployments of historical memory.

My research project examines an emerging form of pacifist nationalism at the site of the first Yugoslav ethnic cleansing, the so-called Foibe Massacres of 1943-1949. It is designed to comprehend contemporary mechanisms of ethnic differentiation and unification strategically deployed among people living in western Slovenia. These massacres claimed some 115,000 people altogether and forced an exodus of 300,000 more. For the past 70 years, the region has been haunted by the memory of neighbors turning on neighbors, stoking a deep and unrelenting ethnic nationalism in public sentiment. Modern Slovenian political and religious groups in favor of ‘ethnic purity’ make claims to genetic superiority to those outside their political alignment. They essentialize the link between family and political affiliation, and foreground narratives of wartime victimhood and persecution to justify their exclusionary politics. The strength of Slovenian ethno-nationalism has been exemplified brutally in the country’s handling of the contemporary refugee crisis, and in the September 2018 appearance of an illegal, paramilitary “ethnic defense militia.” In the midst of this, I focus my anthropological research on the ideological minority: those who seek, through the deliberate wielding of cultural memory as a mechanism of the state, to configure an alternative vision for a multiethnic Slovenian nation. I follow the movement of reconciliationists, whose work has begun with the exhumation and proper interment of human remains. I posit that, couched within the subjective relations of both the ethno-nationalists and reconciliationists to the past, there is a fundamental idea of what the “nation” should be.


Call for Abstracts for the First Annual Far Right and Antifascism Conference

An early-career and graduate student conference hosted by the Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Working Group at UVA, sponsored by the Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective

27 April, 2019
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Plenary Panel

Natasha Roth-Rowland and Rosa Hamilton, History, University of Virginia
Keynote: Claudrena Harold, Professor of African American and African Studies and History, University of Virginia

Call for abstracts

On 27 April, 2019, the Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Working Group at the University of Virginia will host a one-day interdisciplinary conference dedicated to new and novel studies of fascism, anti-fascism, and the far right. This graduate conference will provide opportunities for early-career scholars and graduate students to meet and share their work. Particularly welcome are intersectional approaches and topics involving transnational and post-1945 movements, especially those originating outside the United States and Europe. We are also interested in areas of study that tie into broader themes associated with fascism and anti-fascism, even if they do not address these two concepts directly, for example: structural oppression and state violence, white nationalism/supremacy, racism, antisemitism, disability studies, queer issues, feminism, indigenous struggles, and intersections of race, class, gender, and religion.

Our goal is to seek out a diverse range of potential topics from outside of traditional understandings of fascism and antifascism, and in so doing critique and appraise the usefulness and specificity of these terms. At the same time, we hope to challenge reductive and exclusionary approaches to identifying and understanding fascism. Among our guiding questions are: While general theories of fascism abound, which hold the most value for a new wave of scholars? And how might we begin to conceptualize antifascism in similarly broad ways, or should we refrain from doing so?

With an eye on our location and recent global developments, we also want to consider how our work might extend beyond the academy. What is our level of responsibility in discussing these topics academically in our current moment amidst the resurgence of fascism and the far right? How can we connect our work to our activism and our local communities?

Attendance at the conference will be free to all. The conference will begin with introductory notes from working group directors. Speakers will have 20 minutes. Once panelists have finished speaking, Q&A will last 30 minutes. Lunch will be provided, and will include kosher for Passover.

The conference will end with a keynote presentation by Professor Claudrena Harold, followed by a reception.

For consideration, please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a biographical statement indicating institutional affiliation (not exceeding 100 words) to and by 15 January, 2019. Selections will be made by mid-February.

Please feel free to contact Rosa Hamilton or Natasha Roth-Rowland for further information.

To follow the work of the Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Working Group, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook @FRAFGroup.

Susan Burton

Susan Burton Book Discussion

Susan BurtonThe Carter G. Woodson Institute & the Power, Violence & Inequality Collective present the Slavery Since Emancipation Speaker Series

Susan Burton is a widely recognized leader in the national criminal justice reform movement. She is author of the NAACP Image Award-winning book, Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, and founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:00–7:30 pm
Minor Hall, Rm. 125
Book signing 7:00–7:30 pm


Meredith Clark—We Wish to Tweet Our Own Cause: Black Twitter and the Power of Digital Counternarrative

Clark12:30 Wednesday,
Gibson 296
Lunch will be served

Meredith Clark is a former newspaper journalist whose research focuses on the intersections of race, media, and power. Her award-winning dissertation on Black Twitter landed her on The Root 100, the news website's list of the most influential African Americans in the country, in 2015. She's a regular contributor to's diversity column, and her research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, the Journal of Social Media in Society, and New Media & Society. Dr. Clark is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and comes to UVA from the University of North Texas, where she spent three years as a tenure-track assistant professor of digital and print news.

Andrea Press and Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia Francesca Tripodi Postdoctoral scholar, Data & Society Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:30-2:00 296 Gibson Lunch will be served

Andrea Press & Francesca Tripodi—Swipe Right for Assault: Tinder, Technology, and the Problem of Campus Sexual Assault

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
296 Gibson
Lunch will be served

Andrea Press is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Virginia, and was the Executive Director of the Virginia Film Festival.

Francesca Tripodi is a postdoctoral fellow at Media & Society. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia in 2017, and next year will join Sociology & Anthropology Department at James Madison University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology.


2018 PVI Fellows Mini-Conference

April 20, 2018
New Cabell Hall 236


Abigail L. Palko Director
Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center

Panel I: Limits of Justice; Limits of Law

Discussant: Nomi Dave, Department of Music

Brittany Crowley

Public Perceptions of Juvenile Defendants: Effects of Shackling and Race

Trina Kumodzi

The Human and Financial Costs of Fatal and Non-Fatal Firearm Injury in the United States: A Systematic Review

Macario Garcia

Mobility and Gendered Punishment in an American Southwest Prison

Panel II: Democracy and Difference

Kyle Chattelton

Sounding Out (My) Citizenship: A Manual for Performing Democracy in Charlottesville

Quinn Hirschi

How will the race-based violence that occurred in Charlottesville impact underrepresented minority students’ sense of belonging in a local high school?

Jennifer Simons

Strategic Tolerance from the Radical Right

Panel III: Sexual Violence

Discussant: Cori Field, Women, Gender & Sexuality

Paromita Sen

Straight from the Politicians Mouth: ‘Official’ Talk on Rape

Maya Hislop

Hearing (In)Justice: The Role of Voice in Gayl Jones’s Corregidora and State of North Carolina v. Joan Little

Lucy Guarnera

When Women Conceive in Rape: A Qualitative Investigation of Legal Choices, Experiences, and Outcomes

Panel IV: Responding to Violence

Indu Ohri

Some Cracks in the Structure, Left by the Last Bombing: Female War Trauma in Modernist Women’s Ghost Stories

Jeremy Sorgen

Violent Abstractions: Perception and Mediation in the Economy of Violence

Jieun Sung

Language Learning by Adult Refugees and Implications for Identity and Legitimacy

Hector Amaya

Hector Amaya—Public Anonymity in the Mexican Blogosphere

Hector AmayaWednesday, 04/11/2018
296 Gibson Hall
Speaker website

The rules of participating in the Mexican blogosphere have changed because of violence. To remain safe, bloggers, including the makers of El Blog del Narco, have resorted to anonymity. This presentation analyzes this celebrated anonymous Mexican blog in relation both to the uses and misuses of anonymity and the connections between anonymity, displacement, and technology. Anonymity enables participation in the Mexican public sphere. Yet, I show, a public sphere based on anonymity is fraught and often disintegrating.

Hector Amaya is Professor of Media Studies at University of Virginia. He writes on Latino media studies, transnationalism, the cultural production of political identities, and Latin American film/media. In addition to publishing roughly twenty articles, he has single-authored two books: Screening Cuba: Film Criticism as Political Performance During the Cold War (2010: U. of Illinois P.) and Citizenship Excess: Latinos/as, Media, and the Nation (2013: NYUP). His third book, Trafficking: The Violent Restructuring of Publicity in Mexico and the United States, is forthcoming with Duke University Press.