Seminars

  • Founded
    1954
  • Seminar Number
    429

The concern of this seminar is the history, literature, and culture of the United States, focusing on the period from the nineteenth century to the present. Recent subjects have ranged from Margaret Fuller to the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, from Asian American fashion designers to letters from former slaves who settled in Liberia. A number of presentations have positioned the United States in transnational or comparative contexts. The seminar’s strength is the variety of fields represented by its intellectually active participants. The very lively discussion periods are one of the most appealing aspects of this seminar.


Co-Chairs
Professor James Kim
bjakim@fordham.edu

Professor Matt Sandler
mfs2001@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Matt Cappetta
mc5056@columbia.edu


All seminars will continue to meet virtually through February 2022. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

Meeting Schedule

10/19/2021 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
Making Allies and Affines: Rethinking Racialization
Elda Tsou, St. John's University
Abstract

Abstract

Studies of race have predominantly approached it as a mode of power that produces racial categories to justify exploitation, inequality, subordination and conquest. “Race-making,” as Michael Omi and Howard Winant define it in their seminal Racial Formation in the United States, “can also be understood as a process of ‘othering.’” Racialization therefore operates to exclude certain subjects from humanness, rights and belonging. Recently though scholars have begun to explore how race-making can also involve processes and practices of “inclusion.” This essay uses the Asian American subject, often represented as an “honorary white” to explore an unfamiliar modality of race-making its author calls “a politics of proximity.” In two different historical examples, the paper examines their formal similarity to explore how these Asian American subjects are racialized by claims of affinity rather than difference and alterity.





01/25/2022 Online Meeting
6:30 PM
Making Allies and Affines: Rethinking Racialization
Brandy Monk Payton, Fordham University
Abstract

Abstract

Studies of race have predominantly approached it as a mode of power that produces racial categories to justify exploitation, inequality, subordination and conquest. “Race-making,” as Michael Omi and Howard Winant define it in their seminal Racial Formation in the United States, “can also be understood as a process of ‘othering.’” Racialization therefore operates to exclude certain subjects from humanness, rights and belonging. Recently though scholars have begun to explore how race-making can also involve processes and practices of “inclusion.” This essay uses the Asian American subject, often represented as an “honorary white” to explore an unfamiliar modality of race-making its author calls “a politics of proximity.” In two different historical examples, the paper examines their formal similarity to explore how these Asian American subjects are racialized by claims of affinity rather than difference and alterity.





02/15/2022 Online Meeting
6:30 PM

Mai-linh Hong, University of California, Merced




03/02/2022 Location TBD
7:00 PM

Jeff Santa Ana, SUNY Stony Brook




03/08/2022 Location TBD
7:00 PM

Shana Redmond, Columbia University

Erica Edwards, Rutgers University



04/12/2022 Location TBD
7:00 PM

Sunny Xiang, Yale University