Printer-friendly version Send by email PDF version

Consortium Speaker Series

Upcoming Speaker Events

Syrian Refugees in Germany: Gendered Narratives of Border Crossings

Isis Nusair
Associate Professor of Women's Studies and International Studies, Denison University

September 27, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Campus Center, Room 3550B, UMass Boston

RSVP

Based on her extensive ethnographic research, Isis Nusair analyzes how Syrian refugees in Germany cross borders and create, in the process, transnational identities and networks that challenge popular representation of them as invisible and disposable “Others.” Nusair finds that as their narratives contest the rigidity of increasingly militarized, technologized and exclusionary borders, they are also searching for an alternative to war and displacement, and for new modes of transnational social and political transformation.

This event is being cosponsored by the UMass Boston CLA Dean's Office; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Honors College; the Sociology Club; and the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences.

(Re)colonizing Agriculture in the Name of 'Development'

Caitlin Ryan
Consortium Fellow 2018-2019; Assistant Professor of International Security, University of Groningen

October 30, 2018
11:00am - 1:00pm

Campus Center, Room 3540, UMass Boston

RSVP

Drawing from ethnographic research in Sierra Leone, Ryan considers how the language used to encourage and justify large-scale land deals reflects coloniality in its assertion of what counts as ‘good agriculture’ and desirable ‘development.’ While most attention to the “new global land rush” focuses on explaining its relation to historical trends in using land for capital transformation, and its situatedness in global economic processes, Ryan takes a different approach. She analyzes the ways that investing companies, the World Bank, and target countries frame large-scale land deals as having potential to ‘modernize backwards agricultural practices’ and thereby to make agriculture a means of economic development. In this talk Ryan argues that these framings are situated in wider discourses and practices of coloniality, and understanding the conditions that make these investments possible necessitates critical engagement with how the global land rush is both racialized and dependent on vague references to (under)development.

This event is being cosponsored by the UMass Boston CLA Dean's Office; Department of Economics; Department of History; Department of Political Science; and the Honors College.

Gender, Patronage and Race in Modernist Agribusiness

Caitlin Ryan
Consortium Fellow 2018-2019; Assistant Professor of International Security, University of Groningen

November 26, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Campus Center, Room 3540, UMass Boston

RSVP

The overwhelming gender-blindness of the early literature on large-scale land deals in the Global South is slowly being corrected by research that examines the impacts of land deals for women (Arndt, et al. 2011). However, this still leaves open the question of what kinds of gendered relations of power make these deals possible in the first place, and how their implementation augments some, and transforms other gendered and racialized relations of power. The talk explores the gendered and racialized relations of power that make these large-scale agribusiness investment projects possible at all levels – including the international institutions encouraging large-scale agriculture, the investing companies, state institutions, local and regional governance, and interpersonal relations within communities and households. In so doing, it reveals the complexity of power relations implicated in the negotiation and implementation of large-scale agribusiness investment.

 
 
This event is being cosponsored by the UMass Boston CLA Dean's Office; Department of Economics; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and the Honors College.

Pages

© 2018 CONSORTIUM ON GENDER, SECURITY & HUMAN RIGHTSLEGAL STATEMENT All photographs used on this site, and any materials posted on it, are the property of their respective owners, and are used by permission. Photographs: The images used on the site may not be downloaded, used, or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner of the image. Materials: Visitors to the site are welcome to peruse the materials posted for their own research or for educational purposes. These materials, whether the property of the Consortium or of another, may only be reproduced with the permission of the owner of the material. This website contains copyrighted materials. The Consortium believes that any use of copyrighted material on this site is both permissive and in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine of 17 U.S.C. § 107. If, however, you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated, please contact the Consortium at info@genderandsecurity.org.