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25 September 2019

On Comparative Settler Colonialisms: J. Kēhaulani Kauanui and Rana Barakat

Presented by the American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.  Globally, settler colonialism is a present reality not confined to its violent history. The continuing impact of settler colonial practices and institutions continues to shape our political, economic, social, and cultural present. J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Wesleyan University) and Rana Barakat (via Skype from Birzeit University, Palestine) will examine…

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01 October 2019

Thinking #MeToo Transnationally: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Pakistan, India, Morocco

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. What does #MeToo look like beyond the boundaries of Europe and North America? This round table brings together feminist scholars and activists to discuss the different iterations of #MeToo in South Asia, East Asia, and the Arab world. Panelists will consider the shape that sexual violence, and contemporary activism against it, take in local contexts of power and privilege in these…

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02 October 2019

Artist-in-Residence Welcome Event: Ocean Vuong

“What is a country but a borderless sentence, a life?…What is a country but a life sentence?” asks Little Dog, the narrator of Ocean Vuong’s highly anticipated, critically acclaimed debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press, 2019). The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU is honored to welcome award-winning writer and poet Vuong as its 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence. Vuong will read from his breathtaking novel⁠—a letter from a son to his mother that reveals the intergenerational impact and ongoing haunting of war,…

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08 October 2019

Thinking Unruly Aesthetics: A Roundtable with Kandice Chuh, Allan deSouza, and Gayatri Gopinath

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. This round table places in conversation three recently published monographs: Kandice Chuh’s (CUNY Graduate Center) The Difference Aesthetics Makes: On the Humanities “After Man” (Duke University Press, 2019), Allan deSouza’s (University of California, Berkeley) How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change (Duke University Press, 2018), and Gayatri Gopinath’s (NYU Department of Social  and Cultural Analysis) Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic…

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10 October 2019

The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of History, NYU Department of East Asian Studies, and Nodutdol for Korean Community Development. The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History (Princeton University Press, 2019), by Monica Kim (NYU Department of History), is a trans-Pacific history of decolonization told through the experiences of two generations of people creating and navigating military interrogation rooms of the Korean War. Kim demonstrates how the Korean War evolved from…

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15 October 2019

Terrifying Drag: Conversation with Faluda Islam and LaWhore Vagistan

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. This conversation brings together two fabulous US-based South Asian drag queens, Faluda Islam and LaWhore Vagistan, to discuss a broad array of topics connected to the aesthetics of their practices. Specifically: pastiche as a mode of re-making the world; death as well as conviviality as strategies in drag; camp theory and a discussion of it more broadly in relation to race…

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22 October 2019

Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History

Presented by the NYU Institute of African American Affairs. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Department of Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Art, and NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Edited by Deborah Willis, Ellyn Toscano, and Kalia Nelson, Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History charts how women’s profound and turbulent experiences of migration have been articulated in writing, photography, art, and film. The essays cover enslavement, diaspora, and refugees,…

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23 October 2019

Noura Erakat on Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine

Presented by the American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/America Institute at NYU and NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Human rights attorney and scholar Noura Erakat’s (Rutgers University, New Brunswick) Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019) offers a new approach to understanding the Palestinian struggle for freedom, told through the power and control of international law. Focusing on key junctures—from…

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01 November 2019

Siting A/P/A Studies: A Celebration of Scholars

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and NYU Doctoral Program in American Studies/Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. We celebrate three new books by alumni from the NYU Doctoral Program in American Studies with a series of presentations, one-on-one conversations, and a roundtable discussion. In Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War (Duke University Press, 2019), Ronak K. Kapadia (University of Illinois, Chicago)…

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05 December 2019

Imperial Entanglements: Permanent Conditions of War in the Pacific

Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Native Studies Forum. In Sacred Men: Law, Torture, and Retribution in Guam (Duke University Press, 2019) Keith L. Camacho (University of California, Los Angeles) demonstrates how the 1944 and 1948 US Navy tribunals in Guam used and justified imprisonment, torture, murder, and exiling of accused Japanese and Chamorro war criminals in order to institute a new American political order. Camacho presents on Sacred Men, which Lisa Yoneyama (University of…

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