News & Events
You can find recordings, helpfully indexed, of 2013-14 faculty workshops at www.youtube.com/PennDCC, including the opening event – "Healthcare as a Social Right," featuring Jack Geiger, Dorothy Roberts, and Jeffrey Goldhagen.
Beth Henzel (Philosophy, Rutgers University)
Tom Leavitt (Political Science, Columbia University)
Rational Decision Theory and Its Implications for Normative Defenses of Democracy
Sponsored by The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Penn DCC
Discussant: Michael Hanchard (Africana Studies)
PROFESSOR KEMPADOO CONSIDERS THE ATTENTION to human trafficking in the Caribbean by governments of the region. She first examines how countries in the region have been positioned in the annual US Trafficking in Persons Report from 2001 to 2016, discussing shortcomings of hegemonic discourses to trafficking such as problems with definitions, statistics and evidence, the political underpinnings of the TIP report, and contradictions in indices of ‘development’ in the region. She then turns to examine Caribbean government responses. She argues that a tension identified in earlier state responses between an increase in anti-trafficking policies alongside a growing refusal to accept the definitions and information produced by the US State Department has intensified, and that the ‘collateral damage’ of anti-trafficking interventions continues to affect some of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the region. Building from counter hegemonic discourses, her paper also suggests ways to address the subject that support human rights.
Hadas Aron (Political Science, Columbia University)
“The Nationalist Capture: The State, Far Right Groups, and National Ethos in Central Europe"
“Mechanisms of Hegemony, Revisited: The underdevelopment of political discourse and practice as a constraint on social movements"
Discussant: Dorothy Roberts (UPenn Law)
PROFESSOR HANCOCK PROPOSES A PROVOCATIVE “UPDATE” to our understanding of the First Amendment that considers contemporary research documenting the physical impact of verbal abuse, hate speech and other forms of “microagression.” She argues that such speech should no longer be considered permissible in light of its documented harmful physical impact, which is similar to the impact of other harmful behaviors.
Minju Bae (History, Temple University)
“The Mutinous Origins of the Asian American Labor Movement, 1984-1992"
“Labor Market Segmentation and the Production of Ethnicity and Race Ideologies in Arizona Copper: Ethnic and racial group-making and the construction of tractable workforces"
Dannah Dennis (Anthropology, University of Virginia)
“In the Name of the Mother: Gendered and Regional Exclusions in Nepali Citizenship"
“Does Citizenship Travel? Constitutional Reform and Diaspora Voting Rights in Africa"
ALONDRA NELSON is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is Chair-elect of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. She is the author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (2016), which traces how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures, and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (2011). She is also editor or coeditor of the volumes Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life (2001), Afrofuturism (2002), and Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (2012).