After 1948: Realignments in Politics and Culture

Sawyer Seminar at the University of Chicago, 2011-2012                               Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation      (Note: Audio recordings of 1 to 1 1/2 hours can take from seconds to several minutes to load.  While lectures are fully audible, the quality of follow-up discussions is variableYou can either listen to audio recordings from the page that opens up when you click “listen here,” or (once that page is loaded) pause the recording and download the mp3 recording to your computer by using “save this page as” in your browser menu.

AFTER 1948: REALIGNMENTS IN POLITICS AND CULTURE
SPRING CONFERENCE APRIL 25, 26, 27

Spring Conference Abstract

DAY 1
Pre-conference Screening
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

DAY 2
Opening Remarks
Leela Gandhi, Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

Disalignments and the Postwar Left
Chair: Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor, History and South Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago                  “Nehru, the Nation-State and Bandung: Zhou, Highland Asia and the Actual Politics of Decolonization”                                                                                                                                John Kelly, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago                                                “The Sundering: The Dis-Entangling of Black Radical Movements and Post-World War II Degenerate Politics in the U.S.”                                                                                                Michael Dawson, John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor, Political Science, University of Chicago                                                                                                                      listen here

Realignments in South Asia
Chair: Leela Gandhi, Professor, English, University of Chicago                                          “Heart Warfare, Counterinsurgency, and the Politics of Territory in Kargil, India, 1948 to 1999”                                                                                                                                                   Mona Bhan, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, DePauw University
Commentary: Arvind Elangovan, Sawyer Dissertation-Year Fellow, History, University of Chicago                                                                                                                               “Decolonization and Film Cultures: An Indian Perspective”                                          Rochona Majumdar, Associate Professor, South Asian Languages & Literatures University of Chicago
Commentary: Paola Iovene, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago                                                                                                                      listen here

Politics Disaligned: Civil Rights, Anticolonial, and Anti-Nuclear Activism in the Case of Bayard Rustin
Chair: Deborah Nelson, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago                                                                                                                                        Nancy Kates, Independent Documentary Filmmaker, Director, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”                                                                                                       Commentary:
Adam Green, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago
Judy Hoffman, Senior Lecturer, Cinema & Media Studies and Visual Arts, University of Chicago                                                                                                                                              listen here                                                                                               Kates_PowerPoint_Presentation

Keynote Address
“Economentality: How the Future Entered Government”
Timothy Mitchell, Professor, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University                                                                                                                       Chair: Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago listen here

DAY 3
Africa’s Late Colonialism
Chair: Stephan Palmié, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago                      “French Africa, 1947-48: Reform, violence, and uncertainty in a colonial situation”       Fred Cooper, Professor, History, New York University                                                          “South Africa, 1948: Apartheid in the twilight of Empire”                                                     Adam Ashforth, Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan listen here

Invisible Colonies? Legality, (Neo-) Colonialism, and Disalignment in the Americas during the Post-War Era
Chair: Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago                                                                                                                “Colonial Alignments: Puerto Rico after 1948”                                                                        Efrén Rivera-Ramos, Professor, School of Law, University of Puerto Rico       “Democracy and Decolonization in Bolivia, around 1948 and Today”                                  Laura Gotkowitz, Associate Professor, History, University of Pittsburgh                     listen here

Things to Come – Realignments and Aspirations: The Circulation of Jazz after 1948
Chair: Kaley Mason, Assistant Professor, Music, University of Chicago                          “Beyond Playing the Changes: Jazz Strategies, Technologies, and Experiments around and after 1948”                                                                                                                                       Travis Jackson, Associate Professor, Music, University of Chicago                            “Postwar Aspirations and Government Support for Jazz: Writing the History of the State Department’s ‘Jazz Tours'”                                                                                                       Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Associate Professor, Music, Ohio State University               listen here

Roundtable and Reception: Legacies: “Where Do We Go From Here?” (M.L. King, Jr.)                                                                                                                                    Michael Dawson, John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago                                                                                                                       John Kelly, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago                                                Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago                                                                                                                                              listen here

 

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