December 2017

micha cárdenas publishes "Dark Shimmers" and exhibits "Becoming Dragon" in Germany

IAS faculty member micha cárdenas has published a chapter in the new book "Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the politics of Visibility" (MIT Press). Part of the "Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture" series, the essays in the book "attest to how trans people are frequently offered 'doors'—entrances to visibility and recognition—that are actually 'traps,' accommodating trans bodies and communities only insofar as they cooperate with dominant norms." Her essay, "Dark Shimmers: The Rhythm of Necropolitical Affect in Digital Media" engages in ...

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Jason Lambacher publishes "Extinction & Democracy" and "Exploring the Green Nobel"

IAS faculty member Jason Lambacher published "Extinction & Democracy: Wildness, Wilderness, and Global Conservation" in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (December 2017). The article promotes cross-cultural dialogue regarding species loss centered on the concept of wildness, as distinguished from the legal-philosophical idea of wilderness.  Responding to critiques of wilderness conservation "gone global" that point out an insufficient attention to social and political dimensions, Lambacher argues that wildness holds special potential as a hybrid concept capable of linking ecological goals with social critiques that ...

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Melinda Bocci builds inclusive communities through education and employment

Melinda Bocci (’06) had worked several years in the developmental disabilities sector when she decided to pursue a master’s in Policy Studies. Much of her work was driven by policy, and she wanted to impact change at a systemic level. While earning her degree, critical disability legislation was being implemented in Washington state. Melinda chose to ...

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IAS faculty members receive support from the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities

Seven IAS faculty members received support from the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities in its fall 2017 funding round.  Naomi Bragin will be a Society of Scholars fellow in 2018-19, enabling her to work on her book manuscript, “Black Power of Hip-Hop Dance: On Kinethic Politics.”  Ron Krabill and Ben Gardner are teaming up with Anu Taranath on a project focused on “Pedagogies of Reciprocity: The Politics of International Education.”  Two ...

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Shannon Cram discusses Environmental Worlds: Between Craft and Emergence

IAS faculty member Shannon Cram attended the annual American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington D.C. where she served as discussant for a panel entitled, "Environmental Worlds: Between Craft and Emergence."  Bringing together scholars from multiple disciplines and institutions, this panel explored the embodied relations of labor and environment through ethnographic research in high-end food cultivation in Japanese strawberry fields and "geoparks," "dead labor" in ...

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