Social Theory Lectures

Spring 2015: Transnational Lives

All Lectures to be held at 2pm.

February 6th, Dr. Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester.

Held in conjunction with ST 600, "Transnational Lives," Dr. Glick Schiller is the first lecturer in the Commitee on Social Theory Spring Lecture Series.  She is an Associate of the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale Germany and a senior associate of the Max Planck Institute for Ethnic and Religious Diversity, an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University of New Hampshire. Her recent book,  Locating Migration: Rescaling Migrants and Cities,  (Cornell University Press),  explores the relationship between variations in the scalar positioning of cities and the forms of migrant local and transnational incorporation.


February 27th, Professor Otto Santa Ana, UCLA.

Held in conjunction with ST 600 "Transnational Lives," Dr. Otto Santa Ana is the second lecturer in the Committee on Social Theory Spring Lecture Series. Professor Otto Santa Ana’s scholarship over the past 15 years focuses on language that constructs social hierarchies and on how mass media amplifies the construction of unjust social inequity. His first book, Brown Tide Rising (2002) provides a close study of newspapers and mass media representations of Latinos. The American Political Science Association named it Book of the Year on Ethnic and Racial Political Ideology. He continues to refine his research tools (and with undergraduate co-authors), recently explored the national newspaper coverage of immigrants during the Great Immigrant Rights Marches of 2006. This article, “A May to Remember” appeared in the Du Bois Review (2007).

April 3rd, Dr. Floya Anthias, University of East London.

Held in conjunction with ST 600 "Transnational Lives," Dr. Floya Anthias is the third speaker in the Committee on Social Theory Spring Lecture Series. Her research spans a range of theoretical and empirical concerns relating to this.  This has included a focus on racism, diaspora and hybridity, multiculturalism, gender and migration, labour market disadvantages and class position.  Her most recent work has been developing the concept of translocational positionality as a way of addressing some of the difficulties identified with concepts of hybridity, identity and intersectionality. Her recent book, Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration, is co-edited with Mojca Pacnik (Palgrave). 

April 24th, Dr. Arlene Davila, NYU.

Held in conjunction with ST 600 "Transnational Lives," Dr. Arlene Davila is the fourth speaker in the Committee on Social Theory Spring Lecture Series. Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, media studies, and Puerto Rican national identities. She has written five books and many articles on issues ranging from depictions of public images of Latinos, marketing to Latinos, cultural politics in Puerto Rico, and Latinization of the United States. Her most recent book, Culture Works: Space, Value, and Mobility Across the Neoliberal Americas (NYU Press), addresses and critiques an important dimension of the “work of culture,”  an argument made by enthusiasts of creative economies that culture contributes to the GDP, employment, social cohesion, and other forms of neoliberal development.



ST 600-001: "Transnational Lives"
Fridays: 2:00-4:30pm

How can we theorize the increasingly common lived experience of transnationalism?  How is a sense of belonging negotiated and experienced across often marginalized spaces? How is “home” imagined and subjectively experienced from transnational spaces? This seminar critically examines the varied contours  and resulting subjectivities of transnational lives.  Based on critical dialogues that situate and question transnationalism through scholarship across humanities and social sciences, we will examine and compare gendered and racialized transnational citizenship; violence across borders (including feminicide, sex work); gendered and racialized inequalities and exclusions; family formations and parenting across borders; transnational identities as these are represented in personal, print and digital narratives; representation, objectification, and stigmatization of transnational subjects in society, including popular media; and discourses of illegality, detention, and security.  Recognizing the diverse and rich textures of transnational lives and the sometimes conflicting theorization of “transnationalism,” the seminar will underscore the importance of approaching lived experiences through multiple disciplinary lenses in the service of understanding grounded subjectivities theoretically and understandings of how transnational spaces are created and experienced by individuals in our globalized world.

The seminar will be led by four University of Kentucky professors:

M. Cristina Alcalde, Gender and Women’s Studies

Steve Alvarez, Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies

Francie Chassen-Lopez, History

Ana Liberato, Sociology

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