Past Events

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. 

Research Seminar with Leisy J. Abrego, “Legal Violence and the Study of Marginalized Communities: Research Challenges and Responsibilities”

CSREA, 96 Waterman Street, Providence RI

We invite faculty and students to join us for a research seminar with Leisy J. Abrego, Associate Professor in Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, titled "Legal Violence and the Study of Marginalized Communities: Research Challenges and Responsibilities."

The Critical Migration and Refugee Studies Series dynamically considers the crucial issues of racial, ethnicity and migration in the contexts of displacement.

Critical Migration and Refugee Studies Series: Leisy J. Abrego, “Liberation, Not Integration: Immigrant Activists Making Claims and Making Home in Los Angeles”

Smith-Buonanno, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street, Providence, RI 02912

Undocumented Latino immigrants envision their futures here. Current policies, however, restrict their ability to thrive. Without legalization, they are hindered in their use of the very mechanisms that ensured economic mobility for other immigrants throughout U.S. history: jobs, education, and social services. To this end, one sector of the undocumented immigrant population—the 1.5 generation (often called DREAMers)—has witnessed the benefits of collective mobilization.

Comparative Literature presents Lorgia García-Peña

CSREA, Lippitt House, 96 Waterman Street

"Writing from El Nié: Racexile and the Poetics of Dominicanidad in Diaspora"
Through a historicized reading of Dominican literature of exile and diaspora, this talk explores the ways diasporic Dominican blacks interpellate the nation(s) and archives, reclaiming el nié—neither here nor there— a space of belonging.

Jennifer Ho, “Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture”

IBES 130 (Carmichael Auditorium)

Jennifer Ho will discuss concepts relating to the ambiguity of race—the ways in which our understanding of racial categories exceeds the boundaries society places around them, particularly by looking at Asian Americans who cannot be neatly typed into boxes: those who are multiracial, transracial adoptees, and existing as an Asian body at a time when race is often talked about in black and white terms.

Banned: Racialization of the Middle East and its Diasporas in U.S. Culture

Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center

Banned brings together Evelyn Alsultany and Melani McAlister, two American Studies scholars, to consider how the representations of Middle Eastern populations both domestically and abroad influence U.S. policy. In particular, we hope that this event will allow the Brown community to dig deeper into the problematics of new policy, such as the Immigration Ban, in order to advance understanding of the dangers of conflation and visual marking that brown bodies undergo. 

Research Seminar with Cathy Schlund-Vials

CSREA, Room 101, 96 Waterman Street,

Please join us for a discussion with Cathy Schlund-Vials, Professor in the Department of English and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at at the University of Connecticut.

This seminar will focus on recent and ongoing academic projects which repeatedly examine moments of dislocation, rupture, and movement, and reflect “global” migrations between the fields of critical Asian and comparative Asia American studies.

Critical Migrations and Refugee Studies Series: Cathy Schlund-Vials, "Prosthetic Ecologies"

Smith-Buonanno, Room 106

This talk examines the role disability plays in the making of refugee subjects; such subjects, as this presentation maintains, are necessarily situated in catastrophic environs formed in the troubling aftermaths of war, natural disaster, and economic crisis. To access the various man-made mechanisms responsible for bringing these disabled subjects "into being," this talk strategically utilizes the following schema: "prosthetic ecologies." "Prosthetic ecologies" operates as a flexible and generative analytic upon which to syncretically chart longue durée histories of state-sanctioned violence, state-authorized violation, and internationally-supported contravention during the Cold War era. 

"We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân" Film Screening and Discussion with Jennifer Weston

Smith-Buonanno, Room 106

We Still Live Here, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace, tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language. The film interweaves the present-day story Wampanoags reclaiming their language with historical events that silenced the language for more than a century and obliterated much of their culture – epidemics, missionary pressures, land loss, and the indenture of Native children.