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Global South Center: Last Events of the Academic Year

APRIL 4, 5-7pm, Alumni Reading Room, Pratt Institute Library
Sonya Atalay will give a talk: Braiding Strands Of Wellbeing: Reclaiming, Healing, & Sending Knowledge Into The Future. Dr. Atalay is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UMass, Amherst. Her work is in the area of engaged (public) anthropology, particularly in community-university partnerships and utilizing community-based research methods to conduct research in full partnership with indigenous and local communities. Dr. Atalay finds value in working across disciplinary boundaries to incorporate aspects of cultural anthropology, archaeology, heritage studies, and Native American and Indigenous studies.
Dr. Atalay is involved in research partnerships with Native American and Turkish communities, and includes community members in all aspects of the research process, from development of research designs to grant writing, ethics and IRB review, fieldwork, analysis and mobilization of results. Her decolonial praxis has consistently argued for research being at its best when everyday people are engaged in the work of studying, protecting and teaching about their own cultural heritage. The projects she is involved with originate locally from within communities; they build capacity, and provide substantive benefits that contribute to community well being.

Yasmin Gunaratnam
APRIL 8, 12:30-2pm, Alumni Reading Room, Pratt Institute Library (co-sponsored with SSCS Department).
Yasmin Gunaratnam, will give the GOLDSMITH-PRATT Inaugural Lecture, “Narrative Reconstruction: Researching Climates of Racialised Hostility”
I use speculative and creative methods to investigate how migrant bodies can bear and express the weight of living in climates of racialised hostility and debilitation.Drawing from my research with migrants and refugees in English hospitals, hospices and in the community, I have followed Saidiya Hartman (1997) in giving attention to ‘the terror of the mundane and quotidian rather than exploit the shocking spectacle’ (p.4). I will present examples of a methodology that brings together empirical materials with the expressive arts to reconstruct climates of hostility in order to evidence their long drawn out force. The method attends to the complex sensual and organic residues of how social injustice and violation can be lived and carried in the body at the end of life, as well as how liminal states such as deliria and hallucinations can intimate constellations of untold experience. I will discuss how art can sometimes evoke, if only fleetingly, what is withdrawn from the now, from thought and from symbolisation. Temporal otherness and complex embodiment are key themes.
Yasmin Gunaratnam is a Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths (University of London). Her publications include ‘Researching Race and Ethnicity: methods, knowledge and power’ (2003, Sage), ‘Death and the Migrant’ (2013, Bloomsbury Academic) and ‘Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies’ (2017, Manchester University Press). Yasmin has edited nine collections including ‘A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger’ (2016, Zed). She is a member of the editorial collectives of Feminist Review and Media Diversified.

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