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Michael Uhall's (Political Science) excellent response, "Foucault and the Necropolitics of Reproduction" to the lecture by Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern U), "Foucault's Futures: Reproduction, Biopolitics, and Necropolitics'" is now live on Kritik. As always, we welcome your comments.

Once again, the Unit for Criticism will provide travel grants to support conference paper presentations for Unit student affiliates. We are now soliciting applications for travel support for conferences taking place between September 2016 – June 2017. The amount awarded each affiliated student will depend on the number of entries submitted, distance traveled, etc. The deadline for applications is Monday, November 28. The following outlines the application procedures:

  1. In order to be eligible, you must have blogged for Kritik (http://unitcrit.blogspot.com/) in the last 2 years, have participated in the Unit faculty/grad seminar as a workshop presenter, or have served as a respondent for a Unit event.  Please make sure that your application includes the date of your last post for Kritik.  If you have not yet blogged for Kritik but are signed up to blog for a Fall 2016 event, you are eligible but your grant will be canceled if you do not submit the promised blog in timely fashion. 
  2. To apply, fill out and return the attached application form, along with a letter of acceptance from the conference organizers and a short abstract of your paper.  If you were never given an acceptance letter, you can submit a photocopy of the conference program that lists your name and panel. Mail your completed application to the Unit for Criticism, 100 English, MC-718, ATTN: Travel Grants, or stop by our office to turn it in.
  3. Save and retain all original receipts—do not send them with your application.  If your application is accepted, you will be given the appropriate contact information for reimbursement.  Credit card statements or photocopies of receipts will not be accepted. If this conference is within day trip range (i.e. Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, etc.), you will need to provide verification of an overnight stay.  Also, please note that you cannot be reimbursed for conferences that you have not attended, even if your paper has been accepted and you have paid some money for registration, etc. If you are also applying for and receive support from other sources for the same conference travel, you must have receipts to cover the amounts of both awards; you cannot use the same set of receipts for two awards.

 If you are interested in blogging for Kritik in the future, please write to Susan Koshy (skoshy@illinois.edu) with your idea.  In addition to posts about Unit for Criticism and other campus events, we welcome a wide variety of submissions on topics of broad relevance to theory, culture, and politics. If you have any questions, call us at 333-2581, or email the Unit’s research graduate assistants, Roman (unitraroman@gmail.com) and Ted (unit.tedfaust@gmail.com), or the Unit director, Susan Koshy (skoshy@illinois.edu).

"The Exception That Proves the Rule: The Racial Formation of Refugees"

Asian American Studies
Dr. Eric Tang
Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
5:30 pm, Monday, October 10, 2016
Gregory Hall, Room 223
810 South Wright Street, Urbana

The annual Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans is held to bring a guest speaker to the Urbana-Champaign campus to draw attention to issues of marginality and oppression experienced within Asian American communities. In this year's lecture, Dr. Eric Tang from the University of Texas will explore how refugees in urban America conceive of the continuities between the past and present, between camp and ghetto--two distinct yet related, in not contiguous, territories.  And will elaborate on the concept of "refugee temporality:" the manner in which refugees understand the long an unbroken time a space of their captivity.

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. See attached flyer for more information.

 

 

"Freedom of Speech in the Age of New Media and New Publics: France, Europe and Beyond"

Unit for Criticism Co-Sponsored Event

Department of French and Italian | European Union Center

Roundtable Discussion and Screening of "Networks of Hate" with Director Rokhaya Diallo

Friday, October 21, 2016, Roundtable: 3:00 - 5:00 pm; Reception: 5:00 - 6:30 pm; Screening: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Roundtable: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana
Screening: Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana

 

Due to Rokhaya’s widely recognized work in favor of racial, gender and religious equality, she was targeted on Twitter in a call to rape. The violence of this action prompted her to engage in an investigation on cyber hate and freedom of speech online. During her investigation, she met several victims of cyber hate, both public personalities such as Audrey Pulvar, a popular TV host, and Christine Boutin, a politician, as well as everyday people harassed, for a variety of reasons or no reason at all. Throughout the film she poses questions such as “Is the Internet a vector of hatred?” And “Why do cyber haters favor social media?”
 Networks of Hate documents Rokhaya’s journey for justice against cyber hate. Join her for an enlightening story followed by Q&A.

For more information, visit the website.

 

"Latinos, Immigration, and the Race for President"

The Global Diaspora and Migration Initiative

Juan González

4:30 pm, Monday, October 24, 2016

Main Library 66

1210 W. Nevada, Urbana

 

Juan González (Daily News, Democracy Now!) is a renowned author, investigative reporter, and broadcast journalist. There will be a question and answer period and a book signing immediately following the lecture. See attached flyer for more details.

 

 

Michael Uhall's (Political Science) excellent response, "Foucault and the Necropolitics of Reproduction" to the lecture by Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern U), "Foucault's Futures: Reproduction, Biopolitics, and Necropolitics'" is now live on Kritik. As always, we welcome your comments.

"The Exception That Proves the Rule: The Racial Formation of Refugees"

Asian American Studies
Dr. Eric Tang
Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
5:30 pm, Monday, October 10, 2016
Gregory Hall, Room 223
810 South Wright Street, Urbana

The annual Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans is held to bring a guest speaker to the Urbana-Champaign campus to draw attention to issues of marginality and oppression experienced within Asian American communities. In this year's lecture, Dr. Eric Tang from the University of Texas will explore how refugees in urban America conceive of the continuities between the past and present, between camp and ghetto--two distinct yet related, in not contiguous, territories.  And will elaborate on the concept of "refugee temporality:" the manner in which refugees understand the long an unbroken time a space of their captivity.
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. See attached flyer for more information.
 
 

"Freedom of Speech in the Age of New Media and New Publics: France, Europe and Beyond"

Unit for Criticism Co-Sponsored Event

Department of French and Italian | European Union Center

Roundtable Discussion and Screening of "Networks of Hate" with Director Rokhaya Diallo

Friday, October 21, 2016, Roundtable: 3:00 - 5:00 pm; Reception: 5:00 - 6:30 pm; Screening: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Roundtable: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana
Screening: Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana

 
Due to Rokhaya’s widely recognized work in favor of racial, gender and religious equality, she was targeted on Twitter in a call to rape. The violence of this action prompted her to engage in an investigation on cyber hate and freedom of speech online. During her investigation, she met several victims of cyber hate, both public personalities such as Audrey Pulvar, a popular TV host, and Christine Boutin, a politician, as well as everyday people harassed, for a variety of reasons or no reason at all. Throughout the film she poses questions such as “Is the Internet a vector of hatred?” And “Why do cyber haters favor social media?”
 Networks of Hate documents Rokhaya’s journey for justice against cyber hate. Join her for an enlightening story followed by Q&A.
For more information, visit the website.

 

"Latinos, Immigration, and the Race for President"

The Global Diaspora and Migration Initiative

Juan González
4:30 pm, Monday, October 24, 2016
Main Library 66
1210 W. Nevada, Urbana
 
Juan González (Daily News, Democracy Now!) is a renowned author, investigative reporter, and broadcast journalist. There will be a question and answer period and a book signing immediately following the lecture. See attached flyer for more details.
 
 
 

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