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.


Association for Border Studies CFP: December 1, 2012

The Association for Borderlands Studies invites proposals for individual papers and complete panels related to the study of borders. The organizing theme for the 2013 annual conference is BORDERS, TRANSNATIONALISM AND GLOBALIZATION: Contradictions, Challenges and Resolutions. This theme encompasses a wide range of topics and approaches, and it focuses on the continuing theoretical challenges of defining what borders are and how they work. Are borders actually changing in the 21st century? Are we resolving the basic questions of how borders both stop and allow, define and permit, open and close, separate and join? What we do know is that borderlands function as laboratories to understand changes due to globalization and transnationalism, and they allow us to capture and analyze these complex processes.