Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Location: The Renaissance Society
This talk will pose the following questions: If Danh Vo was born in Vietnam, does his work readily fit the category of "Vietnamese art?" If not, what is Vietnamese art and who is a Vietnamese artist? In examining Danh Vo's work within the context of Vietnamese art history and other Vietnamese artists, this talk will engage in a discussion about ethno-national labels in art history while deconstructing the category of Vietnamese art. Far from forcing the label of Vietnamese on the artist and his work, rather, this discussion aims to critique the enduring legacy of the association made between Vietnam, the country, and Vietnam, the war in the United States. Taylor specializes in Vietnamese modern and contemporary art and is the author of Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art (Honolulu 2004 and Singapore Press 2009)
Abdelmajid Hannoum, Associate Professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Harraga, "those who burn" in Arabic, refers to North Africans who attempt to illegally migrate to Europe via the Straits of Gibraltar. Hannoum's talk is based on a 2009 ethnography he conducted with young Harragas.
Hannoum is Associate Professor of Anthropology and African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He is the author of Violent Modernity: France in Algeria (2010) and Colonial Histories, Postcolonial Memories (2001). He is currently working on immigration and globalization in Tangiers.
Arab Spring: Unfoldings Refoldings
Laila Lalami, novelist, journalist
Ahmed El Shamsy, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Using Egypt and Morocco as grounding for a discussion about Arab Spring, these two scholars will compare notes about events in these two countries as they continue to unfold—Egypt on the eve of presidential elections and Morocco as an example of liberalized authoritarianism. El Shamsy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The University of Chicago. He studies the intellectual history of Islam, focusing on Islamic law and theology. Lalami is a journalist and novelist whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post and elsewhere. She is the author of the short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and the novel Secret Son. She is currently associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. This event is co-sponsored with the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Department of Political Science.
Globalization on the Margins, Tangiers’ Socio-Spatial Fabric
William Kutz, PhD candidate, Clark University
Over the past several years Kutz has conducted extensive fieldwork in Tangiers, documenting development of the city’s megaprojects, using it as a case study to understand the agents and effects of urban globalization. Kutz is a PhD candidate in geography at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.
McKean is the author of Divine Enterprise: Gurus and the Hindu Nationalist Movement (University of Chicago Press, 1996). She was a research associate in the Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and former managing editor of Public Culture. McKean was recently called upon to testify before the Senate regarding the surge in Hindu nationalism. This will serve as the backdrop for her reflections on Kanwar's films.