The D-SIGN working group on the Global South invites you to their graduate colloquium:

Epistemologies of Militarization in the Global South After 2010

Duke University, April 12th-13th

Thursday April 12th

Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson Assembly Room)

5:00 -6:30 PM

Light Reception to Follow

Global South (as) Epistemologies of Militarization, Keynote Lecture by Professor Paul Amar (UCSB)

Paul Amar, professor in the Global Studies Department at the  University of California Santa Barbara, is a political scientist and  anthropologist with affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and Latin  American & Iberian Studies. He currently serves as Director of the MA and PhD Programs in Global Studies. He attended Duke University as an undergrad, where he double majored in Literature and in Political Science; and he was the very first graduate of the Arabic Studies certificate program at Duke. Before he began his academic career, he worked as a journalist in  Cairo, a police reformer and sexuality rights activist in Rio de Janeiro, and as a conflict-resolution and economic development specialist at the United NationsHis books include:  Cairo Cosmopolitan (2006); New Racial Missions of Policing (2010); Global  South to the Rescue (2011); Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013); and The Middle East and Brazil (2014).  His book, “The Security Archipelago” was awarded the Charles Taylor Award for “Best Book of the Year” in 2014 by the Interpretive Methods  Section of the American Political Science Association.

Friday April 13th

Rubenstein 249 (Carpenter Conference Room)

10:00-10:30 AM      Breakfast and Introductions

10:30 -12:30  PM     What’s in a name? Selling Militarization at Home

Respondent: Samuel Fury Childs Daly (Duke University)

  • Crossing Through Mexico as a Borderland, Lina Palancares, Duke University
  • The Military and Turkish Cinema, The Paradigm of the “soldier-hero,” Sasha D. Krugman, Columbia University
  • Drones as Racializing Armed Surveillance: U.S. Drone Warfare and Dogma-Line Racism, Utku Cansu, Duke University
  • Reinstating the Military Normal: Civil-Military Relations in Turkey after the July 15 Failed Coup Attempt, Sertac Sen, Brown University
  • Springing Forward: The Arab Spring and Its Role in Ending Algeria’s Nineteen-Year State of Emergency, Sarah Urdiales, University of Houston

12:30-1:30   Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:15 PM        Mediating Trans/National Militarization

Respondent: Michaeline Crichlow (Duke University)

  • Maintaining (Executive) Order, Aliyah Salame, Duke University
  • Mediations of War: Circulation and Disruption of Narratives around the Hemispheric War on Drugs, Agnes Mondragón, University of Chicago
  • Modeling Counterinsurgency Israeli Enclosure and the Green Revolution in Guatemala, Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn, Yale University
  • Citizenship and Media in the Wake of Massacre: The Case of the Ayotzinapa 43, Ian Erickson-Kery, Duke University

3:15-3:30 PM  Coffee Break 

3:30 – 5:30 PM     Local Negotiations of Domestic Militarization

Respondent: Paul Amar (UCSB)

  • Israel and Women Wage Peace: A Place and Space of Contradictions, Sydney McAuliffe, Duke University
  • Then and Now: Decolonization, Non-Alignment, and De-militarization in 1941, 1955, and 2017 , Jeong Eun We, Rutgers University
  • Understanding New Forms Militarized Life and Eco-territorial Conflicts in Latin America: Chronicles of Common Histories, the Shared Present, and “continuums of violence,” Natalia Guzmán Solano, Washington University in St. Louis

5:30-6:00 PM      Concluding Remarks


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This event has been made possible with the kind support of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, the International Comparative Studies Program (ICS), the Department of Romance Studies, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Program in Literature, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Graduate School.