New Books & Research Methods

Book Launch: Monica Muñoz Martinez, “The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas”

Featuring the author

Monica Muñoz Martinez, Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University

With commentary from

Karl Jacoby, Allan Nevins Professor of American History, Columbia University
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race andRead More

Karen Inouye on Researching and Writing Between the Disciplines

Professor Inouye will discuss the challenges involved in researching and writing an interdisciplinary monograph, as well as the demands of transforming a dissertation into a book.

Speaker

Karen M. Inouye is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at Indiana University,Read More

Karen Inouye, “The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration”

, Room 106

The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration reexamines the history of imprisonment of U.S. and Canadian citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. Karen M. Inouye explores how historical events can linger in individual and collective memory and then crystallize in powerful moments of political engagement. Drawing on interviews and untapped

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Research Seminar with Tanya K. Hernández, Fordham University School of Law

, Room 103

We invite students and faculty to join us for a research seminar led by Tanya K. Hernández, Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. Professor Hernández’s research and teaching areas include discrimination; Latin America/Latin American law; employment; trust and wills; critical race theory, and the science of implicit bias: new pathways to social justice. HerRead More

Tanya K. Hernández, “Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination”

, Room 130

In her new book “Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination,” Professor Tanya Katerí Hernández explores the question of how to pursue racial equality in a growing multiracial world. The growth of a mixed-race population has led some commentators to proclaim that multiracial discrimination is distinct in nature fromRead More

Research Seminar with Martha S. Jones, Johns Hopkins University

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We invite students and faculty to join us for a research seminar led by Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Jones is a legal and cultural historian whose interests include the study of race, law, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women. Her new book, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights inRead More

Book Launch: Leticia Alvarado, "Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production"

Nicholson House, 71 George St, Providence RI 02912

"Abject Performances" draws out the irreverent, disruptive aesthetic strategies used by Latino artists and cultural producers who shun standards of respectability. Alvarado centers negative affect to capture experiences that lie at the edge of the mainstream Latino-centered social justice struggles to illuminate modes of community formation and social critique defined by a refusal of identitarian coherence that nonetheless coalesce into affiliation and possibility.

Research Seminar with Yến Lê Espiritu, "Critical Refugee Studies: The Critical and the Creative"

photo of Yến Lê Espiritu

CSREA, 96 Waterman Street, Providence RI 02912

The hyper-focus on refugee suffering, desperation, and neediness in media and social science scholarship have represented refugees as passive recipients of western generosity and increasingly as the targets of racial profiling, surveillance, and detention. This seminar invites participants to chart new approaches to refugee studies that integrate theoretical rigor and policy concerns with refugees' rich and complicated lived worlds—approaches that fuse the critical and the creative.

Critical Migration and Refugee Studies Series: Yến Lê Espiritu, "Feminist Refugee Epistemology: Reading Displacement in Vietnamese and Syrian Refugee Art"

Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center, 75 Waterman Street, Providence RI 02912

Joining the fields of transnational feminist studies with critical refugee studies, this talk introduces the concept feminist refugee epistemology (FRE) to re-conceptualize war-based displacement as not only about social disorder and interruption but also about social reproduction and innovation. FRE does more than critique Western media representation of refugees; it underlines the refugees' rich and complicated lives, the ways in which they enact their hopes, beliefs, and politics, even when they live militarized lives.

Critical Migration and Refugee Studies Series: Sofian Merabet, "Strange Hospitality: Gay Syrian Refugees in Lebanon"

IBES Room 130, 85 Waterman Street, Providence RI 02912

This paper engages with the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and, specifically, considers how queer-identified Syrians navigate an often-hostile environment in and around the Lebanese capital Beirut. Drawing on hospitality as a philosophical concept and on the sociological notion of the stranger, this paper focuses on discourses and aspirations these refugees express, in terms of language and bodily practices, in the face of what many experience as “hardened borders” within the social fabric of the host country. 

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