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Past GSPS Presenters

Fall 2016
Gender and Geopolitics
As this year’s election cycle in the United States clearly demonstrates, gender and gender identity remain significant issues in the world of politics. International affairs and relations always involve some aspect related to gender, whether that is coded as women's participation – or lack thereof – in different aspects of public life or the manipulation of gendered categories by states and movements for domestic and foreign policy. This fall’s Global Studies Positioning Series explores the topic of “Gender and Geopolitics” from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective.

  • “Hillary Clinton in Global Perspective”
    Diana O’Brien, IU Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science

    Abstract: The election of a female president would represent a historic moment for women in US politics. The Clinton campaign provides a unique opportunity to consider American women’s political representation in a global perspective. Drawing on examples from across the globe, Professor O’Brien discusses the election of female legislators and heads of government worldwide and addresses the consequences of women’s presence in elected office.
  • "The Geopolitics of Your Bathtub: Why who does your housework matters”
    Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor at Clark University, Massachusetts
    An Institute for Advanced Study Branigin Lecture
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Gender Studies

    Abstract: Cleaning someone else's home is one of the most intimate kinds of paid work a person can do. But in today's world it has become also one of the most globalized sorts of labor. It is work done overwhelmingly by women, millions of women who regularly migrate far from their own homes. Against all odds, many of these migrant women have created effective worker rights organizations, which have altered the political and gendered landscape in which domestic workers are hired.  The world of domestic housework therefore extends far beyond homes around the world and ultimately becomes a lens to global phenomena.  Cynthia Enloe will describe the dramatic political change as domestic workers gain more rights and demonstrate how this exemplifies and challenges geopolitical realities and inequalities.
  • "Linking war economies and sexual violence in South Sudan"
    Clémence Pinaud, IU Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies
    Moderated by Aynur Onur-Cifci (Anthropology)

    Abstract: The civil war that started in South Sudan in December 2013 has been dubbed one of the most violent conflicts in the world. Civilians have paid a high price: executions, mutilations, rapes, and other war-related factors account for civilian casualties whose scale remains impossible to estimate given the dearth of reliable data. The war has also been marked by widespread destruction and looting of civilian properties and humanitarian goods. Field research recently carried out in oil-rich Unity state, the scene of the most systematic violence by government troops against civilians so far, shows that sexual violence and looting have been and still are endemic. This talk will address the pattern of sexual violence committed for nearly three years in the country, including recently against foreign aid workers in the capital city, Juba. It will explore the rationale behind sexual violence and its impact on the communities’ practices such as bridewealth exchange. It will also unravel the ties between sexual violence and large-scale looting, and will highlight their relationship in regards to the “reinvestment” of both captive women and looted goods into sustaining the war economy and the running of the army.



The Rise of China and the Changing Nature of Power in the 21st Century

April 11, 2016

Adam Liff is Assistant Professor in the SGIS East Asian Languages and Cultures Department.

Join Professor Liff in an interdisciplinary conversation concerning the rapid emergence of China to “great power” status, widely considered one of the defining phenomena of contemporary international politics. But what does it mean for China to become a “great power” in the 21st century? And what are the likely implications for U.S. policymakers and, by extension, the peace, stability, and prosperity of East Asia and the world? All are welcome. Bring your perspective!


Globalization and Mass Politics: Retaining the Room to Maneuver

March 1, 2016

Timothy Hellwig is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department and the Director of the IU Institute for European Studies. 

Join Professor Hellwig in an interdisciplinary conversation about how global economic interdependence affects how citizens think about and evaluate their elected national representatives. Discuss whether globalization is compatible with representation in western democracies, and if so, how the nature of democracy has changed to adapt to new realities. Hellwig argues that the locus of voter and policy maker contestation has shifted away from the economic-based issues that have defined the political divide in many countries and toward a politics based more on non-economic and cultural considerations. All are welcome. Bring your perspective!
PowerPoint (pdf)

States in Flux in the Middle East

February 3, 2016

Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi is the founding director of the IU Center for the Study of the Middle East. He is also a Professor of Practice (International Law and Diplomacy) in the Maurer School of Law, as well as in the School of Global and International Studies. Istrabadi was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations in 2004, and was principal legal drafter of the Iraqi interim constitution of 2004.

Join Ambassador Istrabadi in an interdisciplinary conversation about the region’s shifting power dynamics in the wake of the Islamic State, Iran Nuclear Deal, and refugee crisis. All are welcome. Bring your perspective!!

Cybersecurity and Changing Notions of Power States

January 20, 2016

Fred Cate is IU Vice President for Research, Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, Senior Fellow of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Director of the Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information. 

Join Dr. Fred Cate in an interdisciplinary conversation about how cybersecurity is affecting, and affected by, changing conceptions of power across the world. Moderated by Professor Scott Shackelford, Assistant Professor, Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Business, W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Stanford University Hoover Institution, and Senior Fellow at the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. All are welcome. Bring your perspective!
Flyer (pdf)

Building and Burning Bridges: South Asian Diasporas and Nation States November 9, 2015

Ishan Ashutosh, Assistant Professor, IU Department of Geography, is a critical human geographer whose research examines the multiple and contested representations of South Asia through projects situated in migration and area studies.

This interdisciplinary conversation with Professor Ashutosh examines the changing relationship between South Asian diasporas and the nation-state. While diaspora is often framed in contrast to the nation-state, he provides a more nuanced account of this shifting dynamic through a focus on the Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil diasporas in North America. The Indian state no longer views segments of its diaspora through ambivalence, the primary characteristic that guided the Indian state’s position towards its diaspora since the partition and independence of British India in 1947. In the past 25 years, however, the Indian state has increasingly attempted to transform the dispersed Indian diaspora as a central feature of neoliberal India through a range of practices that include diaspora philanthropy and various citizenship schemes. The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, by contrast, has long challenged the exclusions of the Sri Lankan state through political transnational practices centered on Tamil Eelam. These practices, while using the language of national self-determination and the demand for territory, produced forms of diasporic belonging that lie beyond the rights and obligations of national membership. By placing these two South Asian diasporas in relation to the nation-state, this paper illuminates the contours of post-colonial nationalism, diasporic belonging, and the practices that characterize the transnational activity of South Asian diasporas.
PowerPoint (pdf)
Flyer (pdf)

The Global Refugee Crisis: Teaching the Successes and Perils of International Response

October 22, 2015

Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Associate Professor, IU Departments of Geography and International Studies, SGIS. She has spent more than 18 months in camps for internally displaced people in the Republic of Georgia. Her work as appeared in American Ethnologist, Antipode, and Humanity.

The global refugee population has doubled in the last four years to more than 60 million people.  Leading into this interdisciplinary conversation, Professor Dunn will discuss her own research on the response of the international humanitarian system, and share the ways she uses simulations and models to show students the problems that keep international aid agencies from helping more effectively.
Video, October 2015
Flyer (pdf)

Political Communities of Convenience: Migration, Urbanization, and Work in Sub-Saharan

October 1, 2015

Loren Landau, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Director, South African Research Chair on Mobility and the Politics of Difference, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

This interdisciplinary conversation with Professor Landau will not focus on labour migration as it is often understood – people moving toward structured industries like agricultural or manufacturing – but rather what it means to move when there are no jobs (or there are very few which are often highly unstable). This is happening across much of Africa, generating a somewhat novel kind of politics and citizenship – what Landau is calling ‘political communities of convenience’.
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Personifying the State: The Individual in International Relations April 14, 2015

Robert Oprisko, Ph.D., Research Fellow, IU Center for the Study of Global Change, SGIS; Director and Editor-at-Large at E-International Relations; Political Science and International Relations specialist editor at Lynne Rienner Publishers. Author of Honor: A Phenomenology (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Michael A. Weinstein: Action, Contemplation, Vitalism (Routledge, 2014).

Based upon his forthcoming book Existential Theory in (International) Politics (Routledge) and his current major research project "Resurrecting International Relations Theory.," Dr. Oprisko will discuss how individual persons remain the foundation of all politics, creating the international system through human experiences of anxiety, opportunism, and generosity.
Flyer (pdf)

The Political Ecology of Water: Human-Water Relationships in a Changing Climate March 5, 2015

Stephanie Kane, Professor, IU International Studies, School of Global and International Studies. Cultural anthropologist, ecologist, and author of Where Rivers Meet the Sea: The Political Ecology of Water (Temple University Press, 2012).

The science of climate change introduced dramatic uncertainty into human-water relationships, destabilized established protocols of storm prediction, complicated the design and operation of flood control systems, and should stretch the time frame of environmental impact assessment. Based on her fall 2014 ethnographic research among engineers and geographers in the urbanized wet prairielands of Manitoba, Professor Kane will discuss the possibilities and limits of incorporating “known unknowns” into technical traditions.
Flyer (pdf)

Ocean Trade: Window into Global History February 12, 2015

Professor Machado will discuss how ocean trade provides a window into global history and the global present. He will illustrate this by describing 18th and 19th-century Indian Ocean social, cultural, and economic networks, as explained in his recent publication, Ocean of Trade: South Asian Merchants, Africa, and the Indian Ocean, c. 1750-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Flyer (pdf)

Discuss with Machado how oceans provide a window into global history and the global present, illustrated by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Indian Ocean social, cultural, and economic networks, and their dynamics of circulation and mobility. How do oceanic studies inform the spatial and temporal connections of local, national, regional, trans-regional and global histories? Buy his new book Oceans of Trade: South Asian Merchants, Africa, and the Indian Ocean, c. 1750-1850 and bring it to be signed.

Cybersecurity and the Search for Global ‘Cyber Peace’ January 27, 2015

Professor Shackelford will discuss his interdisciplinary, polycentric, and global views on managing cyber attacks, as explained in his new book, Managing Cyber Attacks in International Law, Business, and Relations: In Search of Cyber Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
PowerPoint (ppt)
Flyer (pdf)

Discuss with Shackelford his interdisciplinary, polycentric, and global views on managing cyber attacks – Why interdisciplinary? Why polycentric? Why global? Buy his new book Managing Cyber Attacks in International Law, Business, and Relations: In Search of Cyber Peace and bring it to be signed.

Madelin Pérez Noa October 15, 2014

Lyrical Surrealist Artist from Caibarien, Cuba, specializing in colorful paintings, textile art, murals, and illustrations. Her paintings have been exhibited in Cuba, Canada, and the U.S. She has illustrated both books of poetry and children's books. In addition to winning several important awards in Cuba, she also founded her own community project, Por La Costa; it promotes the arts by recycling items that are washed up on the town’s shores and creating a festival showcasing town arts. Her passion is not only creating whimsical fairy-tale stories in her paintings, but also teaching the visual arts to children within her community. This GSPS discussion will touch on the local and global impact of art, and role of art in promoting social justice. 

Peter Davis November 20, 2013
Internationally-recognized documentary filmmaker. His documentaries include Madiba and Me; Che, Fidel, and Me; Hoagy, and dozens of others on topics from around the world.

Fariba Nawa October 22, 2013
Freelance Journalist on the intersection in Afghanistan of the drug trade and sex trafficking of young girls
Author of Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey through Afghanistan (2011)
Flyer (pdf)
IU Framing the Global Fellows September 26, 2013
Framing the Global: A Grounded Approach to Global Studies
IU Framing the Global Fellows
Linda Woodhead April 5, 2013
Professor, Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University, Great Britain
Director, Religion and Society Programme, Lancaster University, Great Britain
Discussion with students on the rights and roles of women in religion.
Matthew Connelly March 21, 2013
Professor, History, Columbia University, New York
IU Framing the Global Visiting Scholar
Kathleen Claussen February 22, 2013
Visiting Assistant Professor, Maurer School of Law, IU Bloomington
Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, The Netherlands
Anne Griffiths January 17, 2013
Professor, Legal Anthropologist, Law School, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
IU Framing the Global Visiting Fellow
Michael Curtin September 24, 2012
Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Co-director, Media Industries Project, Carsey-Wolf Center, University of California, Santa Barbara
IU Framing the Global Visiting Scholar
Alison Klayman September 6, 2012
Director/Producer/Cinematographer of human rights documentary feature film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
IU Framing the Global Fellows May 14, 2012
IU Framing the Global Fellows
Carolyn Nordstrom January 27, 2012
Professor, Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Faculty Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
IU Framing the Global Visiting Scholar
Richard Wilk December 1, 2011
Professor, Anthropology, IU Bloomington
Director, Anthropology of Food Program, IU Bloomington
Saskia Sassen September 27, 2011
Professor, Sociology, Columbia University, New York
Co-chair, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, New York
IU Framing the Global Visiting Scholar

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