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Graduate Student Workshop Series

EACH YEAR, THE GRADUATE FELLOWS OF THE ANDREA MITCHELL CENTER invite graduate students from universities throughout the region to present their work-in-progress to a critical but supportive audience.  The topics are not linked to an annual theme, but each session includes two papers that are thematically linked.  Sessions in the past have been devoted to issues of democracy, constitutionalism, and citizenship, including surveillance, technocracy, migration, race, social rights, empire building, party politics, education, the carceral state, and many more.  Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and members of the public are encouraged to read the papers and attend the workshops to participate in lively academic discussions.  Graduate workshops convene once a month, usually on a Wednesday at lunchtime.  Food is provided.


GRAD WORKSHOP - Colonialism and Settlement

Wed. March 14 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
College Hall, Room 209 (Accessibility)

Free and open to the public / Lunch provided

Dalaina Heiberg (University of Chicago, Political Science)
Canadian Liberal Sovereignty through Territorial Federalism: Illustrations from Francophone and Doukhobor History (PDF)

Tina Irvine (University of Pennsylvania, History)
“The Mountain Problem Solved in One Generation": Alice Lloyd’s Eugenic Settlement Program and the Cultivation of Citizenship in the Mountains (PDF)

SINCE THE 1970S, MULTICULTURALISM HAS BEEN the guiding political policy of Canada's federal government with respect to diversity. However, in the 1990s, a new political idiom began to emerge in political analyses of Canadian politics: “multinationalism.” In her dissertation, DALAINA HEIBERG examines a focal question for Indigenous scholars and theorists of democracy: What possibilities does a multinational approach offer in terms of enhancing the political freedom of Indigenous peoples and Canadian citizens more broadly?  To get at these issues, she explores two cases of non-Indigenous groups – Francophone nationalists and the utopian Doukhobors, both “volunteers” to the Canadian project – and their struggles to achieve space for alternative forms of politics from the Anglo nation-state. These cases, she argues, illustrate the challenges that lie ahead when claims are made on federalism to go beyond making space for its own citizens’ plurality in order to make space for distinct political orders on land simultaneously claimed by the state.

ALTHOUGH IDEAS OF “GOOD BREEDING” and inherited genetic value pervaded efforts to “Americanize” immigrants and lower-class whites in the early part of the twentieth century, TINA IRVINE argues in her paper that eugenic methods were uniquely central to the work of reformer Alice Lloyd in Appalachia. Although other reformers in the region similarly understood their work in a national context, and sought to preserve the purity of the white Anglo-Saxon heritage and aspects of their mountain culture, Lloyd was exceptional for her emphasis on genetic heritage in cultivating ideal American citizenship and in her dismissal of certain families as beyond the reach of her civilizing efforts.  Although most local interventionists rejected Lloyd’s ideas about the place of eugenics in producing socially, culturally, and politically integrated Appalachian Americans, many Americans in urban northeastern circles remained committed to Lloyd’s project for decades. Irvine argues that considering her eugenic settlement, outlier though it is, alongside better-known and mainstream approaches therefore provides important contextualization of turn-of-the-century debates over scope, direction, and methodology of Appalachian reform.

GRAD WORKSHOP - The Politics of Jurisprudence

Wed. April 11 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
College Hall, Room 209 (Accessibility)
Free and open to the public / Lunch provided

Rajgopal Saikumar (New York University, English)
“Jurisdictional Thinking in Kashmir-Literature: Tying up the Three L’s- Law, Land and

Samuel Garrett Zeitlin (UC-Berkeley, Political Science)
“Tyranny and the Jurisprudence of Value: Carl Schmitt’s Tyranny of Values (1960/1967/1979)”

GRAD WORKSHOP - Legacies of Violent Orders

Wed. May 2 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
College Hall, Room 209 (Accessibility)
Free and open to the public / Lunch provided

Shom Mazumder (Harvard University, Government)
“The Slave Order in American Political Development: Evidence from the New Deal Era”

Nick Millman (University of Pennsylvania, English)
“Fitful Transitions: Memory Museums and Transitional Justice in Peru”