All events will be held online via Zoom. To register follow event links below. This Series is presented by the Department of Anthropology and the Center for the Humanities at Tufts and cosponsored by the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


Monday, March 15, 3:30-4:45 pm EDT
Resisting Gendered Violence and Emergent Palestinian Feminisms

Register for Zoom link

Speaker:
Sarah Ihmoud (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross)

How do Palestinian women and girls understand the relationships between patriarchal violence in their own communities and the violence of settler colonialism? What are the challenges and opportunities for reenvisioning Palestinian feminisms in the post-Oslo era? Drawing on the stories of indigenous women and girls in occupied East Jerusalem, this talk explores relationships between the ongoing gendered politics of settler colonial violence and Palestinian women’s oppositional geographies; their embodied, everyday efforts to claim space, place and belonging in Jerusalem and beyond. In doing so, it considers emergent Palestinian feminisms from a decolonial perspective.  

Co-Sponsors: The Center for the Humanities at Tufts; Department of Anthropology; the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora; the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and the Middle Eastern Studies Program


Wednesday, March 31, time tba
The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence
book discussion with the author

Speaker:
Laurence Ralph (Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University)

Co-Sponsors: The Center for the Humanities at Tufts; Department of Anthropology; the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Wednesday, April 7, 2:30-3:45pm EDT
Meritocracy and Democracy: The Social Life of Caste in India

Speaker:
Ajantha Subramanian (Professor/Department Chair of Anthropology, Harvard University)

Co-Sponsors: The Center for the Humanities at Tufts; Department of Anthropology; the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies;


Wednesday, April 28, 2:00-4:00pm EDT
American Apprehensions: A Semiotics of Racial and Linguistic Profiling

Speaker:
Jonathan Rosa (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University)

Co-Sponsors: The Center for the Humanities at Tufts; Department of Anthropology; the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies;


Past Events

Tuesday, February 23, 12:00-1:30 pm EST
Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, & Homeland in Germany

Speakers:
Nitzan Shoshan (Professor, Centro de Estudios Sociológicos at El Colegio de México)
Sultan Doughan (Postdoctoral Fellow, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, Boston University)

What are the everyday sites of the production of rightwing ideology in Germany? How do practices apparently designed to teach tolerance in fact exclude some groups? What is the relationship between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Germany, and how does the state mediate the meanings of these terms? In this conversation between two scholars, we hear about the significance of “homeland” in Germany today and consider the relationships among citizenship, race, and religion. Finally, we consider what all of this suggests about current events in the United States today.

Co-Sponsors: The Center for the Humanities at Tufts; Department of Anthropology; the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora,the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and the Middle Eastern Studies Program


Friday, February 5, 12:00-1:30 pm EST
Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice
book discussion with authors

Speakers:
Hanna Garth (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UCSD/Princeton University)
Ashanté Reese (Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin)

Co-Moderators:
Alex Blanchette (Associate Professor, Tufts University)
Kareal Amenumey (Class of 2021,  Tufts University)

Black Food Matters book cover

Black Food Matters (2020) analyzes how Blackness is contested through food, differing ideas of what makes our sustenance “healthy,” and Black individuals’ own beliefs about what their cuisine should be. This comprehensive look at Black food culture and the various forms of violence that threaten the future of this cuisine centers Blackness in a field that has too often framed Black issues through a white-centric lens, offering new ways to think about access, privilege, equity, and justice. Join us for a moderated discussion with the authors Hanna Garth (Assistant Professor, UCSD/Princeton University) and Ashanté Reese (Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin).

Co-Sponsors: The Center for the Humanities at Tufts; Department of Anthropology; Environmental Studies Program; and the American Studies Program.