Derby: “The Gender of the Spell: Explaining Demonic Animal Narratives on the Haitian-Dominican Frontier”

Thursday, November 29, 2012
4 pm
Comm 120

Derby (University of California, Los Angeles) analyzes narratives about the baca–a guardian angel or spirit demon that appears as an animal–from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She compares and contrasts rural Dominican and urban Haitian tales about these creatures which appear as dogs, cattle, boars, or turkeys. Contrary to literature which presumes that Haitian and Dominican religious ideologies are dialectically opposed (Vodou-Catholic), she argues that these tales are more structurally similar than different, and constitute a single genre, even if gender and sin are emplotted somewhat differently in the tales collected here. Derby seeks to explain the fact that in the rural border the stories are primarily about male protagonist heroism vis-a-vis a supernatural foe, while in Port au Prince after the 2010 earthquake they fueled gendered violence as women were stoned to death on the grounds that they had become turkeys and snatched babies in the dead of night. Derby’s research draws upon oral histories collected in the central Haitian and Dominican frontier, as well as Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from 2008-2011.

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UW Program on Values in Society: “Philosophy of Immigration”

Friday, November 2
Savery 408

The Program on Values in Society and the University of Washington Department of Philosophy warmly invite you to participate in a one-day roundtable discussion of the political philosophy of immigration on Friday, November 2nd, from 9.30-4.30 in Savery 408.

The event will feature presentations of philosophical works-in-progress on a number of normative issues surrounding documented and undocumented migration. Topics include the legitimacy (or illegitimacy) of national borders, ethnic selection in liberal democracies, and justice for undocumented migrants. Presentations will be kept brief in order to allow for ample discussion time.

Paper titles and other details can be accessed here:

Feel free to attend any and all of the talks that fit your schedule. Light refreshments will be served and a reception will follow in Savery Hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

Howard: “Gender, Race and Activism in the Academy: Does the Tenure Process Discipline Difference?”

Friday, October 26, 2012
3:30 to 4:30 pm
Smith 304

How can we present politically- or publicly-engaged research in job
interviews and in our writing so that our work will be valued and respected?
Is politically engaged research gendered and/or raced in the academy? Is the
tenure evaluation process being reworked to be more inclusive? Please join
us for a conversation about these issues with Judy Howard.

Professor Howard’s research focuses on social psychology; the sociology of gender;
intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality; and pedagogy. She is
Divisional Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and former chair of the
Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of

Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) at the University of Washington is an
informal professional development and mutual support network open to both
women and men coordinated by graduate students and faculty in the Geography
Department. To find out more about SWIG, join our group, or to be notified
of upcoming SWIG events, contact Sara Gilbert at

Piot: “Migration Stories: The US Visa Lottery and Global Citizenship”

Monday, October 29
3:30 pm
Denny 401

Dr. Charles Piot, (Duke University), discusses his research on Togolese who apply for the US Diversity Visa lottery. More Togolese per capita apply for the Green Card lottery than those from any other African country, with winners attempting to game the system by adding “spouses” and dependents to their dossiers. The US consulate in Lomé knows this gaming is going on and constructs ever-more elaborate tests to attempt to decipher the authenticity of winners’ marriages and job profiles – and of their moral worth as citizens – tests that immediately circulate to those on the street. This paper explores the cat-and-mouse game between street and embassy, situating it within the post-Cold War conjuncture – of ongoing crisis, of an eviscerated though-still-dictatorial state, of social death and the emptiness of citizenship under such conditions, of a sprawling transnational diaspora and the desires and longings it creates, of informationalism and its new technologies, of surveillance regimes and their travails. Piot suggest that the DV lottery constitutes a generative fantasy about exile and citizenship and global membership today.

Charles Piot is the Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Wadewitz: “The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea”

Lissa K. Wadewitz, Linfield College
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
4:00 pm
Petersen Room, Allen Library, University of Washington
Free and open to the public.
Reception to follow.
Lissa K. Wadewitz will present a lecture based upon her recently published book, The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea (Seattle: Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, in association with University of Washington Press, 2012). Richard White (Stanford University) describes it as “the first book anyone interested in Pacific Salmon should read,” and Joseph E. Taylor III considers it “an excellent and timely examination of how humans have organized ecological and social space across time.”

Wadewitz is an assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Linfield College, in McMinnville, Oregon. Her book and lecture are the latest in the Emil and Kathleen Sick Series in Western History and Biography.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington Press, and University of Washington Libraries.

Schmidt Camacho: “Migrant Personhood and the Definition of Sovereign Power in North America”

Thursday, October 25, 2012
4 pm
Comm 120

Alicia Schmidt Camacho (Yale University) examines the migrant circuit linking Central America, Mexico, and the United States as an integrated whole. By taking a migrant-centered approach to the complex issues of state security, political sovereignty, and immigration regulation, she argues that the criminalization of unauthorized migrants has been central to a North American project of governance that is profoundly anti-democratic in nature. Migrant movements seek to protect basic human and labor rights by voicing alternative frameworks for defining belonging and citizenship.