March 5, 2014
5:30 P.M., L140 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
Professor of History and Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison
'Re-emerging Superpowers: Turkey, Iran, India, and China in the 21st Century'
Turkey, Iran, India, and China are historical superpowers. All four were dramatically eclipsed by European imperialism and industrial progress in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Today, in the early years of the 21st century, they are on the rise again. And they have been making attempts to reconnect with their imperial past. In this lecture it will be argued that it is the imperial heritage of these countries that, together with economic growth, made possible their re-emergence as potential superpowers of the future but that it is the same heritage that is also holding them back. This is the unique dilemma of the world's re-emerging superpowers in the 21st century: for their historical transformation to be successful they have to reconnect with the past, but the past is marred by a failure they may be destined to repeat unless they let go of it.
André Wink (PhD, 1984, University of Leiden) has been teaching South-Asian and World History at UW-Madison since 1990. He is the author of Al-Hind: The Making of the Indo-Islamic World 3 Volumes (Leiden, Boston, Oxford, New Delhi, Abu Dhabi, 1990-2012, numerous editions).
April 24, 2014
7:30 P.M., L160 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
English and the Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
'Sushi, Otters, and Mermaids: Race at the Intersection of Food and Animal Studies'
What do sushi, food, race, and anthropology have to do with each other? Taking a scene of sushi eating in David Wong Louie's short story "Bottles of Beaujolais" as a spring board into a larger meditation on the "nature" of human eating, this paper traces the often unspoken racial logic that subtends and connects the question of who is human and what is it that we eat.
Anne Anlin Cheng is Professor of English and of the Center for African American Studies. She specializes in race studies, aesthetic theory, film and psychoanalytic theories, working primarily with twentieth-century American literature with special focus on Asian American and African American literatures. She is the author of The Melancholy of Race: Assimilation, Psychoanalysis, and Hidden Grief and Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface. Recent articles by Cheng include: “Sheen: On Glamour, Race, and the Modern,” PMLA; “Skins, Tattoos, and Susceptibility,” Representations; “Psychoanalysis without Symptom,” Differences; “Skin Deep: Josephine Baker and the Colonial Fetish,” Camera Obscura; and “Ralph Ellison: Melancholic Visibility and the Crisis of American Civil Rights,” Journal of Law, Philosophy, and Culture.