Sheila Croucher and Elizabeth Wilson, Altman Fellows

Globalization facilitates, and in some cases necessitates, human border crossing.  It also shapes the conditions in which individuals and groups negotiate belonging.  In the modern era, states have been central to the formation and maintenance of boundaries, and corresponding national communities have been primary sites of cultural and political belonging.  Yet, despite the contemporary preeminence of the nation-state, human history has been and will continue to be characterized by a range of shifting, sometimes contradictory, formations of “us” and “them”: ethnic groups, social classes, diasporas, transnational communities, and global religions.  As contemporary globalization compresses time and space, familiar attachments are transcended, new forms of identification emerge, and long-established bonds, and enmities, are revived and reinvented.  

The 2013-14 Altman Program unites 11 Miami University faculty, six student fellows, and two dozen visiting scholars from a range of academic disciplines.  Through public lectures, seminars, films, symposia, and formal courses, this research community will join hundreds of students and faculty across campus in a sustained interrogation of questions critical to our moment in human history: how is identity constructed and maintained in a world with porous boundaries?  What does it mean to identify with a nation, an ethnic group, a religion, a state, or a global community?  How do narratives and other cultural forms affect belonging and migration?  What historical precedents and contingencies undergird contemporary patterns of global interconnectedness?  What are the political and human effects of global migration, both voluntary and coerced?  And what insights do the humanities offer for imagining more peaceful and inclusive forms of belonging?

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2013-14 Altman Program 

Pico Iyer

Award-winning author of 13 books and over 100 articles and essays
“The Global Soul”
Tuesday, September 10, 4 p.m.
102 Benton

Elizabeth Horodowich
Professor of History at New Mexico State University
“Armchair Travelers and the Venetian Discovery of America”
Thursday, September  19, 5 p.m.
Miami University Art Museum

Sophia McClennen
Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for Global Studies at Penn State University 
“Ethics and Belonging: What Latin American Film Teaches Us about Globalization”
Thursday, November 14, 4 p.m.
MacMillan Hall Great Room

Symposium – “Globalization and Belonging in Central Africa and Its Diasporas”
Monday, November 18 – Tuesday, November 19
Presentations by visiting scholars
Venues to be announced
Keynote Lecture
Peter Geschiere
Professor of African Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.
 “Perils of Belonging: Citizenship, Autochthony, and Exclusion in a Globalizing World”
Tuesday, November 19, 5 p.m.
MacMillan Great Room

Wendy Brown
Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley
 “Does Human Capital Have a Gender?  Homo Oeconomicus and the Neoliberal Transformation of Politics”
Shriver Center Multipurpose Room
Thursday, February 13, 4 p.m.

Wendy Brown
Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley
Walled States: A Colloquium on Professor Brown’s Research
Bachelor Reading Room
Friday , February 14, 11 a.m.

Robert Lemelson
Anthropologist, Psychiatrist, and Filmmaker at UCLA
Memory of My Face and Other Adventures in Transcultural Psychiatry”
Film Screening and Discussion
Location TBA
Monday, February 24, 4 p.m.

Dialogue – Curry to Sushi: Globalization and the Asian American Palate
Monday, March 10, 4 p.m.
Location TBA
Robert Ku
Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at SUNY, Binghampton
“The Culinary Cult of Authenticity: The Case of Sushi in the Diaspora”
Martin Manalansan
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois,
“Visceral Cosmopolitanism: ‘Asian Food,’ Culinary Globalization and the Senses"

Conference – Globalization and Belonging
Thursday, April 10 – Friday, April 11
MacMillan Hall Great Room
Keynote Lectures:
Jacqueline Stevens
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Deportation Research Clinic at Northwestern University
“States Without Nations”
Thursday, April 10, 5 p.m.
Lisa Lowe
Professor of English and American Studies at Tufts University
“The Intimacies of Four Continents: A History of the Present”
Friday, April 11, 1 p.m.
Vered Amit
Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal
“Between Disjuncture and Interconnection: Opportunities, Happenstances and Improvisations amond Mobile Dual Nationals"
Friday, April 11, 4 p.m.  
Presentations and Roundtables
Altman Faculty
Altman Student Fellows
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