Joshka Wessels (Malmö University) discusses her latest book on Syria, now one of the most important countries in the world for the documentary film industry. “Documenting Syria: Filmmaking, Video Activism and Revolution” describes the origin, history, development and growth of Syrian documentary cinema and video activism, from the 1970s until contemporary productions and YouTube activism.
Iris Marion Young once described herself as a bandita – a feminist bandit who selectively steals resources from male philosophers to serve her own political purposes, while leaving behind whatever of their work is sexist or unhelpful.
Rebecca Wanzo: “I Still Have to Protest This Shit?! The Handmaid's Tale and Competing Rights Temporalities”
This talk explores the nature of the competing rights claims and how both the novel and television series adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale explore how competing temporalities is one of the essential challenges facing all conflicts about progress in the United States.
Journalists face a barrage of information and they must make choices about which stories to cover based on available source materials. Some stories, though, are just that, stories. Dr. Joan Donovan’s research maps and tracks attempts by “media manipulators” to influence journalists and bait them into picking up false stories.
The current moment calls for a reconsideration of how we might build a political program for the many. This day-long symposium tackles these questions by bringing together scholars, organizers, and political strategists for a discussion whose goal is to achieve clarity on the way forward.
Rhetoric about humiliation has been pervasive in the 20th and 21st-centuries, tethered to a wide array of political contexts as an act and an experience, a cause and a consequence, a trope and an event, an emotion and an epoch. At the same time, humiliation has come to be most closely associated with the bodies and minds of Muslims in recent decades, posited as an explanation for Islamist recruitment, a motivation for “Muslim violence,” or a rationale for retaliation against particular Muslim-majority societies.