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Fall 2017

Mostafa Minawi, "Juridical Colonialism, International Law, and the Ottoman Response"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:45pm

Toboggan Lodge, 38 Forest Home Drive
ICM New Conversations Series

Jolene Rickard, “Indigenous Thought Recentering the World”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 4:45pm

Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall
ICM Lecture Series

Esra Akcan, "Homo Oeconomicus of the ‘New Turkey’: Urban Development of Istanbul in the 2000s”

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:45pm

Toboggan Lodge, 38 Forest Home Drive
ICM New Conversations Series

Associate Professor, Architecture, Cornell University
Director, Cornell Institute for European Studies

Siba N'Zatioula Grovogui, "Our Future is Another's Past"

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:30pm

Toboggan Lodge, 38 Forest Home Drive
ICM New Conversations Series

Professor, Africana Studies, Cornell University

Naiza Khan, "Objects from the Deep: The Art of Naiza Khan"

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:45pm

Toboggan Lodge, 38 Forest Home Drive
ICM Artist's Talk Series

Artist, London and Karachi

Spring 2017

Film Screening and Discussion, "Children of Cemetery Dwellers"

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm

Toboggan Lodge, 38 Forest Home Drive
ICM Film Series


Stacey Langwick, "A Politics of Habitability: Plants, Healing, and Sovereignty in a Toxic World"

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 4:45pm

Toboggan Lodge, 38 Forest Home Drive
ICM New Conversations Series

Associate Professor, Anthropology, Cornell University

These are toxic times. Perhaps nowhere are the stakes in the problematization of toxicity clearer than in Africa. The story of colonialism and postcolonialism might also be told as a story of the struggle over how to articulate and engage that which harms (Kiswahili, uchawi) and that which heals (uganga)—or more precisely, the relations that constitute remedy and those that facilitate toxin. These layered histories shape the question of what it means to live through toxicity. What is required to sustain, to endure, if not also to thrive? For Tanzanians, modern bodies bear complicated toxic loads not only because of the dumping of capitalism’s harmful byproducts, but also because of the very products that facilitate modern living (e.g., plastics, kerosene), agriculture (e.g., pesticides, chemical fertilizers), and health (e.g., antiretroviral, contraceptives). This double-bind has forged a new configuration of plant-based healing in Tanzania that includes both therapeutic foods and herbs. It is a re-imagining of the cosmopolitics of the pharmakon. This contemporary herbalism navigates the relations between remedy, poison, memory, and scapegoat through a commitment to return (rather than the logic of dosage). This is a form of therapy that belongs to the current moment: of AIDS, of industrial agriculture, of the epidemiological transition and the rise of noncommunicable diseases, of the pharmacologicalization of therapies, and of the transnationalization of health and health interventions. Tanzanian herbal producers and users are exploring what it means to create spaces of nourishment and to work across temporalities of healing today. What makes a place, a time, a body habitable? Following Tanzanian herbal producers as they align with food sovereignty movements, this talk will turn to gardens. These gardens are dense areas, thick with vital forces, where habitability arises as a space of potential and as an intimacy with the very forces that structure return and transformation. Tanzanian strivings for a habitable future rest in such ontologically complex relationships between plants and people.

Aziz Rana, "The Rise of the Constitution"

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 4:45pm

Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall
ICM Lecture Series

Professor, Cornell Law School

This talk, drawn from a book manuscript, explores how the Federal Constitution became a site of near unanimous public support in American life. It argues that the dominance and substantive meaning of constitutional veneration is actually a relatively recent development—the product of a series of interconnected political struggles between the American emergence onto the global stage with the Spanish-American War and World War I and the fallout of student and civil rights protest in the 1970s. In the process, the book raises a series of questions that have thus far been largely overlooked but that should be central to our conversations about the Constitution. How did our current consensus emerge? To what degree did such acceptance depend on the active suppression of alternatives? And what are the implications of this consensus and its history for contemporary political discourse and institutional possibilities? In engaging with these questions, Rana highlights how the Constitution became wedded to a very specific account of national purpose—one grounded in universal equality—which a century ago existed only at the margins of American politics. Indeed, the rise of modern constitutional veneration is ultimately a story of how the document became synonymous with a once highly embattled view of national identity and, through that process, effectively rose above meaningful political dissent.

Fall 2016

Michael Denning, "'A Noisy Heaven and a Syncopated Earth': The Transcolonial Reverberations of Vernacular Phonograph Music"

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:45pm

Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall
ICM Lecture Series

William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of American Studies, Yale University

Reassessing the origins of our musical world, Denning’s presentation will explore the soundscape of "modern times," the musical and cultural revolution triggered by the worldwide recording of vernacular musics in the years between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s. The musical styles and idioms etched onto shellac disks reverberated around the world, igniting the first great battle over popular music, becoming the soundtrack of decolonization, and remaking our musical ear.

Copies of Professor Denning's book, Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution, will be available for sale at the lecture courtesy of Buffalo Street Books.

Film Screenings and Q&A with Jihan El-Tahri

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:30pm to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 7:30pm

Multipurpose Room, Africana Studies & Research Center
ICM Film Series

Filmmaker and Author

Nasser (97 mins.)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Film Screening and Q&A Session

Sadat (57 mins.)
Mubarak (58 mins.)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Film Screening and Q&A Session