Date/Time: Friday, February 17, 9:00 AM China time Location: [ZOOM] 974 1691 6744 Speaker: Kregg Hetherington, Associate Professor at Concordia University in Montreal
Abstract Several years ago, a group of students at Concordia University went looking for water and found a ghost. They weren’t alone in this. Local activists, urban planners and eventually city officials all found themselves, over the past decade, drawn into relation with a long-forgotten river that, for different reasons, had begun to haunt local infrastructure. In 2021 they even held a funeral, played the bagpipes, and tried to come to terms with a new form of mourning. As this paper will argue, the appearance of ghost rivers is a kind of infrastructural inversion proper to the urban Anthropocene, conjured by shifting attention to landscapes of ecological destruction. To know a ghost river is to understand underground pipes and legal histories, it’s to become aware of contamination and histories of disease, and it’s to reflect on the future of human cohabitation. But communing with a ghost, and holding funerals for the deceased, is not the same as repair. Instead, it’s an invitation to reflect on new kinds of Anthropocene beings, and the responses that they demand.Continue reading “Citizenship Lab Presents: Ghost Rivers in the Urban Anthropocene”
Workload: Project based, and up to 10hrs/week (40 RMB/hour) Starting date: Immediately
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Assisting the Lab co-directors with Lab-related research activities. This may include, but is not limited to, identifying potential guest speakers; assisting the lab directors with bibliographic research for citizenship-related publications; and identifying case studies and other materials for inclusion in article and book manuscripts written by the Lab co-directors or affiliates. Continue reading “HRC Citizenship Lab is Seeking a Research Assistant”
Humanities Research Center’s Citizenship Lab proudly funds Professor Alice Xiang’s research project, Poetry, translation, and world citizenship in the long 1950s.
Project members: Professor Alice Xiang & Research Assistant(s) TBD
Project Summary: This project explores the role of poetry as a key force in the production of solidarity between new and emerging nations in the 1950s. From multilateral peace conferences to transnational poetry anthologies, the works of left-leaning poets such as Nazım Hikmet, Pablo Neruda, and Nicolas Guillén were widely disseminated across a range of mediums during this period, making them highly influential in shaping aspirational forms of internationalist belonging and world citizenship. One of Turkish poet Hikmet’s most popular works, Angina Pectoris (1948), for example, opens with the following lines: “If half my heart is here, doctor / the other half is in China / with the army flowing / toward the Yellow River.”
Collective Candidacies in Brazil: Challenges and Pitfalls of a Gambiarra
Date & Time: Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:30 PM (BJT) Zoom ID: 955 0753 0898 Speaker: Ricardo Mendonça
Ricardo Mendonça is an Associate professor of Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). His work is on democratic theory, contentious politics and political communication. Continue reading “HRC Citizenship Lab Manuscript Workshop #3”
THE CITIZENSHIP LAB
RESEARCH ASSISTANT Job Description
Student Job Title: Research Assistant for The Citizenship Lab at the Humanities Research Center Start date and end date: December 2022 – May 2023 (start and end dates flexible depending on student schedule) Number of Students to Hire: 1 (open to students from any track) Stipend: 40 RMB/hour Workload: Project based, 1-5 hours per week (flexible depending on student schedule) Reports to: Professor Alice Xiang
Please send CV and cover letter to email@example.com by November 30, 2022.
Student researcher job description: This project seeks a research assistant with the ability to read Russian. The student researcher would focus on identifying and translating 1950s Russian sources relating to the Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet, as well as commentary on China’s literary initiatives (in particular its push for ‘yafei wenxue’, or ‘Asiafrican literature’). Examples of such sources include major newspapers and periodicals. This project may be of particular relevance to students with a background in literature, history, or international relations, but is open to any student with advanced Russian reading ability and an interest in the topic.
Citizenship Lab is proud to welcome their first post-graduate affiliate, Elena Lopez. Read Lopez’s biography below.
Elena Lopez is a PhD candidate in anthropology at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Her research interests include political philosophy, social- environmental and multispecies justice, conflict, nationhood, and understandings of citizenship. In her doctoral thesis, Elena disturbs current understandings of political community, aiming to learn something new about the conditions that can make living together possible and for decolonial ecologies to flourish. Launching an ethnographic investigation into the White settler and her understandings of shared responsibility, Elena explores the creative processes of political struggle to examine decolonial thought in relation to temporality, citizenship, and notions of white Australian identity.
Humanities Research Center’s Citizenship Lab proudly funds Professor Annemieke van den Dool’s research project, The Role of Citizens in Lawmaking.
Title: The role of citizens in lawmaking in China Project members: Professor Annemieke van den Dool, Ph.D. (Public Policy) and UG student (TBD)
Since the early 2000s, lawmakers in China have started to more formally engage citizens in policy formulation through increased transparency, digitalization, and a public consultation procedure. The Legislation Law (2000) states that “Legislation should embody the people’s will … and guarantee that the people participate in legislative activities through various channels.” However, the question is to what extent the interests of citizens are indeed considered during lawmaking processes by the National People’s Congress.
To address this question, through qualitative content analysis of legislative records and case studies, this project analyses the extent to which NPC delegates draw attention to citizens and citizen concerns during lawmaking processes.
Student Job Title: Research Assistant for The Citizenship Lab at the Humanities Research Center Number of Students to Hire: 1 (open to students from any track) Stipend: 40 RMB/hour Workload: Project based, and up to 10hrs/week Starting date: Immediately