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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.
Attendees are encouraged the read Prof. Moghadam's paper, available here.
Discussant: Eve Troutt Powell (UPenn History)
RESISTANCE TO WOMEN’S EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT is widely assumed to be an intrinsic part of the politics and culture of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, as with other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. And yet, the region has experienced significant changes in women’s legal status, political participation, and social positions, along with continued contention over Muslim family law and women’s full and equal citizenship. Do the institutional and normative changes signal a shift in the “gender regime” from patriarchal to modern? To what extent have women’s rights organizations contributed to such changes? While mapping the changes that have occurred, the paper will also identify the persistent constraints – endogenous and exogenous alike – that prevent both the empowerment of all women and broader socio-political transformation.
Anurag Sinha (Political Science, Yale University)
“A Curious Appointment: Malthus at Haileybury and the Remaking of Global Political Economy"
Roberto Saba (History, University of Pennsylvania)
“The Spirit of Enterprise: American Entrepreneurs in Brazil of the 1860s"
LYNNE HANEY is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her research examines how states shape and regulate a variety of social relations, particularly gender relations. Her early work centered on state systems of welfare, while more recently it has shifted to focus on punishment—and on how the institutions of social control and confinement shape the lives and livelihood of those connected to them. She is the author of Inventing the Needy: Gender, Politics, and State Development in Hungary (2002) and Offending Women: Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire (2010), which explores the lived reality of prison for women in the United States today.
Tom Leavitt (Political Science, Columbia University)
“Philosophy of Social Science and its Implications for Normative Democratic Theory"
“Constructive Consent: A Dangerous Fiction"
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"
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.
ANGE-MARIE HANCOCK is Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen” (2004) and a globally recognized scholar of the study of intersectionality – the study of the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality politics and their impact on public policy. Her second book, Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011) focuses on the development of intersectional solidarity as a method of political engagement for individuals, groups and policy practitioners in U.S. politics. Her most recent book is Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2016).
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"