Past Events

December 2, 10:00 am –  4:00 pm    

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, and the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society.

This convening explores the ongoing impact of this Luso-Hispanic moment in shaping identities, social distinction, histories of merchant and commercial capitalism, and histories of aesthetic production and performance.  Working with a broad notion of Luso-Hispanic globality, which dates to the fifteenth century and beyond, we are interested in how Luso-Hispanic trade relations, settlements, and intimacies constituted a critical aspect of Spanish and Portuguese colonial expansion to the Americas, Asia, and Africa. We are especially keen to understand how Portuguese presence in South Asia markedly reshaped social structures of caste, gender, and religion, even as they set the terms by which new mixed race communities would emerge in Southeast Asia, or along coastal Africa, and how these processes relate to the trade in human chattel, and new extractive economies–that assemblage which is today referred to by the term racial capitalism–which effected an epochal geohistorical transition away from more dispersed, if complexly organized social formations of early modernity, to enable the ideological and the economic dominance of the North Atlantic.

The schedule is as follows:

DAY: Friday, December 2, 2022
TIME: from 10 AM to 4 PM
Venue: Heyman Common Room

10:00- 10:15 Introduction/presentation/welcome
Ana Paulina Lee and Anupama Rao


10:20- 10:45
Rochelle Pinto, “Iberia: race, caste, conquest” (in person)

Stuart Mcmanus, “African Diasporas” (virtual)

Response: Amy Chazkel

General Discussion

12 pm – 13:30 pm

13:30 pm – 15:30 pm

Henrique Espada, “Labor and Freedom in the context of the Iberian Mundialization” (in person)

2:00- 2:25
Ananya Chakravarti, “Slavery, Mobility and Identity in the Making of the Konkan”  (virtual)

Bahia Munem, “Muslim/Palestinian Diaspora” (in person)

Response: Iuri Bauler

3:25- 3:50
João Pina
Presentation on Visual Compositions

4:00- 4:45PM
General Discussion, Wrap Up

After Party!
CSER/LAICS/ILCS  – Join us for the end of term – Holiday party with music, dance, and good food!!!!
Jerome Greene Annexe (Law School)!

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December 1, 12:15 pm –  1:45 pm    
Lecture by Emma Shaw Crane
Chaired by Samuel K. Roberts
This lecture takes up the afterlives of scorched earth counterinsurgency in Guatemala in an unlikely place: a migrant suburb of Miami. In South Florida, ornamental plant and palm nurseries produce plant life that populates suburban landscapes across the United States. In contrast to analyses that emphasize the disorder of war, this talk attends to order and beauty in the wake of war. Emma Shaw Crane takes up the Homestead nurseries—and the suburban landscapes they produce—as a lush and lucrative aftermath of scorched earth. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with developers, plant nursery owners, and Maya migrant workers, the talk considers that displacement and policing in the wake of counterinsurgent war nurture (sub)urban regimes of property and personhood.
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November 29, 6:00 pm –  7:30 pm    

The hundred-year anniversary of the historic Thind decision presents itself as an occasion for critical reflection about how we make sense of this particular past, our identification within it, and its relevance to our contemporary moment. Thind has been read primarily as a case about the racialization and exclusion of Indian immigrants from the United States. This talk will explore some of the limits of that framing, arguing that, among other things, it reifies the apparent givenness of racial form while obscuring the historic forces that gave urgency to its formation.

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November 18, 4:10 pm –  5:30 pm    

With Nina Alvarez (Columbia School of Journalism) and Claudio Lomnitz (Anthropology and CSER)

Moderated by Ed Morales (CSER)

Juan D. González Richard D. Hefner Professor of Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is an award-winning journalist and investigative reporter who spent 29 years as a columnist for the New York Daily News. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award, he is co-host of Democracy Now!, author of “Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America,” and a founder and past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Before beginning his career in journalism, González spent several years as a Latino community and civil rights activist, helping to found and lead the Young Lords Party during the late 1960s. He is a graduate of Columbia College.

Date/Time: Friday, November 18, 2022, 4:10 pm

Link to the Poster

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November 17, 5:00 pm –  7:00 pm    
When: Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 5PM EST (note later time than our usual schedule)
Where: 701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology), Columbia U. Morningside Campus, Broadway at 116th St. (Map Link)
The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University is delighted to announce a colloquium talk by Alex E. Chavez, the Nancy O’Neill Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, and the author of Sounds of Crossing:  Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño (Duke UP, 2017).
Free and open to the public, reception to follow. 
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Please be vaccinated and prepared to wear a mask.
November 14, 6:00 pm –  8:00 pm    

Echoes of Attica, a music/theater piece about the 1971 Attica Prison revolt, will be performed by formerly incarcerated actors and musicians, to raise awareness about its relevance to the current outbreak of state violence against communities of color.

Monday, November 14, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Reception to follow the presentation

The Forum at Columbia University

605 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

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For questions or comments, feel free to email centerforjustice@ or check out our website for info on this and future events.

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November 14, 1:00 pm –  2:00 pm    

Indigeneity and Indigenous Voices Series

Adolfo Millabur Ñancuil: El trabajo del primer alcalde mapuche en Chile y su experiencia en el proceso constituyente Chileno.

*This event will be in Spanish.

SPEAKER: Adolfo Millabur Ñancuil


Contact Information

Registration is not required.
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November 11, 5:00 pm –  6:30 pm    

This workshop and performance will feature a new Grammy-nominated Afro-Andean funk band and their debut album, A Sacred Leaf, which brings the legacy of Afro-Andean music and traditions and is mixed with the musical styles and culture of Quechua. Don’t miss out!

Friday, November 11, 5-6:30 PM

622 Dodge Hall

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November 11, 4:10 pm –  5:30 pm    

Ly Tran’s author of a recently published and widely celebrated memoir entitled House of Sticks, will discuss her work in the context of the aftershocks of the Vietnam War, the particularly under-discussed issue of Vietnamese reeducation camp imprisonment, and the specifics of a New York-based diasporic and immigrant experience.

Date: Friday, November 11
Time: 4:10 – 5:30 PM ET

To register to attend this event in-person, please register HERE. *Please note that non-CUID holders need to show proof of their primary series and one booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines.

November 9, 7:00 pm –  8:00 pm    

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is a treasured voice in Korean American literature. Her latest novel, The Evening Hero, follows the trials and travails of Korean obstetrician Dr. Yungman Kwak. In the wake of the Korean War, Kwak left his family and village to pursue the American Dream in rural Minnesota. Lee’s poignant, time-jumping narrative encompasses “rural hospital closures, anti-Asian racism, and how war trauma seeps into everyday life for an immigrant – themes that have become suddenly more urgent and topical” (Simon & Schuster). Lee is also an accomplished YA writer. Her groundbreaking Finding My Voice, first published in 1992, is thought to be the first contemporary-set young adult novel written by an Asian American author and featuring Asian American protagonists. It was rereleased in 2021. In addition to her own writing, Lee is co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and director of the Asian American Diasporic Writers series at Columbia University.

CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.
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