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Under Review Episode 2: It’s Not Working (UCHRI X UF CHPS)
We need to talk about work, and what’s not working, in graduate school. Graduate students are instructors, teaching assistants, research assistants, and researchers, but our stipends are often not enough to make ends meet. First, we look back at the Columbia University graduate student strikes with Sourav Chatterjee, a PhD student at the Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies program at Columbia. Then we chat with Dr. Nick Mitchell, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Graduate Feminist Director at UC Santa Cruz, about the jobs crisis, academic labor as labor, the UCSC graduate strike, and what can and needs to change around working conditions in the academy.
Under Review Episode 1: Rethinking Prestige (UCHRI X UF CHPS)
Under Review is a podcast hosted by June Ke and Lauren Burrell Cox, two PhD students who ask questions about humanities graduate education. In the first episode, we spoke with Dr. Rachel Arteaga, Assistant Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, and co-author of ‘We All Have Levers We Can Pull’: Reforming Graduate Education.” We spoke about what we can learn from community colleges, the “prestige economy” of higher ed, resistance to alt-ac career paths, and what can be done to reform graduate education today.
Episode resources here: https://humwork.uchri.org/blog/2022/04/under-review-episode-1/
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Under Review is a podcast about rethinking humanities graduate education, produced and hosted by two PhD students in the humanities, June Ke and Lauren Burrell Cox. In a time when 70 percent of academic positions are off the tenure track, we speak to experts about issues surrounding prestige, labor, contingency, and diverse post-doctoral pathways. This podcast is a collaboration of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and the University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.
Living Through Upheaval: Under Fire
We explore the power and perils of fire. Standing apart from water, earth, and air, fire is discussed as a centerpiece of human developments, dynamics, and transformations, of narration across most all modes and forms of cultural expression, and as a catalyst for developments in food and shelter, not to mention sometimes unwelcome, if significant shifts in our contemporary culture. Joined by: Elizabeth Hoover (UC Berkeley), Abrahm Lustgarten (ProPublica), Elizabeth Povinelli (Columbia), Brandi Summers (UC Berkeley), and Karen Tei Yamashita (UC Santa Cruz).
The driving question today is no longer whether this or that conflict is a civil war but what political work the notion of “civil war” is being exercised to do. States descend into civil wars when contrasting conceptions of life within them are deemed irreconcilable. Living, for a considerable proportion of the state’s inhabitants, is made unbearable. Those at least nominally controlling the state apparatus insist on obedience and deference to its way of being, on pain of erasure. Civil wars are struggles over competing ways of being in the world, over their underlying conceptions, over control of the state and its apparatuses to materialize and advance these commitments.
A critical discussion on cultures of civil warring in our times. On Wednesday, October 28, at 12:00 pm PDT, UCHRI will host a critical conversation on civil war with Elisabeth Anker (George Washington University), Adom Getachew (University of Chicago), Brad Evans (University of Bath), and Achille Mbembe (University of Witwatersrand).
In the background:
Giorgio Agamben, Stasis: Civil War as a Political Paradigm
Elisabeth Anker, Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom
Walter Benjamin, “Critique of Violence”
Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism
W.E.B. DuBois, Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860–1880
Brad Evans, Deleuze & Fascism: Security, War & Aesthetics; “Histories of Violence”
Michel Foucault, Society Must Be Defended
Adom Getachew, Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination; “The Promise of Freedom: Orlando Patterson’s Modern World”
David Theo Goldberg, “On Civil War”
Nicole Loraux, The Divided City: On Memory and Forgetting in Ancient Athens
James Martel and Brad Evans, “Why We Should All Read Walter Benjamin Today”
Achille Mbembe, Out of the Dark Night: Essays on Decolonization
Stephanie McCurry, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South
Nasser Mufti, Civilizing War: Imperial Politics and the Poetics of National Rupture
Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism
Warsan Shire, “Home”
Stephen Smith, The Scramble for Europe: Young Africa on Its Way to the Old Continent
Race at Boiling Point: Powers of the False
Counterfeit is our culture, our history forged, our idols fraudulent. We seek sources of truth as an active concept. But when the line dividing fact from fiction is buried beneath layers of bigotry, senselessness, and corruption, supposition becomes indistinguishable from the real, and we risk mortal wounds as victims to the powers of the false. How can we reinvigorate mechanisms of scrutiny and systems of representation? Where are the spaces from which the silenced might emerge?
On Friday, August 14, at 12:00 pm PDT, UCHRI hosted Race at Boiling Point: Powers of the False, a conversation with Beth Coleman (University of Toronto), Natalie Diaz (Arizona State University), Isaac Julien (UC Santa Cruz), George Lewis (Columbia University), and moderator Nina Sun Eidsheim (UC Los Angeles).