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The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory presents

Critical Inequalities


May 9-10, 2014
IHotel, Alma Mater Room


Click here for schedule and links to readings for our concurrent Spring 2014 faculty/grad seminar on this topic

Friday, May 9

9:15am: Coffee Reception

9:45am: Opening Remarks: Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Director, Unit for Criticism/English)

10:00am-11.30am: Keynote Lecture 1

    Dider Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study), "What Is (a) Life Worth? Biolegitimacy and Inequality"

    Introduction: Jonathan Xavier Inda (Latina/o Studies)

11:30am-11:45am: Coffee Break

11:45am-1:15pm: Panel 1

    Margaret Somers (Michigan), "Social Inequality or Social Exclusion? Why Karl Polanyi is the Necessary Thinker of Our (Dark) Times"

    Siobhan Somerville (Illinois), "Naturalizing Civil Rights"

    Moderator: Samantha Frost (Political Science/Gender and Women's Studies)

1:15pm-2:15pm: LUNCH

2:15pm-3:45pm: Panel 2

    Angelique Haugerud (Rutgers), "Critical Inequalities and the Satirical Turn"

    Jeremy Varon (New School), "Much Ado About Who Knows What: The Ecstasy and Agony of Occupy"

    Moderator: Daniel Gilbert (Labor & Employment Relations)

3:45pm-4:00pm: Coffee Break

4:00pm-5:30pm: Panel 3

    Laura Pulido (USC), "Landscapes of Environmental Justice"

    Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan (Yale), "Environmental Jurisprudence and Inequality in India"

    Moderator: Melissa Orlie (Political Science)



Saturday, May 10

10:30am: Coffee Reception

11:00am: Opening Remarks: J.B. Capino (Unit for Criticism/English)

11:15am-12:45pm: Keynote Lecture 2

    Patricia Williams (Columbia Law), "Racial Ventriloquism and The Crazy-Making of America"

    Introduction: Robin Kar (Law)

12:45pm-1:45pm: LUNCH

1:45pm-3:15pm: Panel 4

    Toussaint Losier (Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Associate affiliated with the Department of African-American Studies, Illinois), "'The rich get probation and the poor get prison': Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice in the Age of Inequality"

    Mary Romero (Arizona),"Critical Perspectives on Carework: Placing Domestics and Nannies at the Center of Analysis"

    Moderator: Faranak Miraftab (Urban & Regional Planning)

3:15pm-3:30pm: Coffee Break

3:30pm-5:00pm: Closing Roundtable
Jennifer Baldwin (Medicine/Anthropology)
Jonathan Xavier Inda (Latina/o Studies)
Ellen Moodie (Anthropology)
Jesse Ribot (Geography/SDEP)
Moderator: Lauren M.E. Goodlad (Director, Unit for Criticism/English)



Conference Organizers: Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Unit for Criticism/English); J.B. Capino (Unit for Criticism/English); Jonathan Xavier Inda (Latina/o Studies); Ellen Moodie (Anthropology); Jesse Ribot (Geography/SDEP); Graduate Assistants: Esti Ezkerra & John Moore

Co-organized by the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, Latina/Latino Studies, and Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy, with the co-sponsorship support of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; the Center for Advanced Study; the department of French/French@Illinois; Women & Gender in Global Perspectives; the departments of English, Gender & Women's Studies, and Anthropology; the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures; the departments of African American Studies and Sociology; the Program in Comparative & World Literature; the European Union Center via US Dept. of Education Title VI; and the departments of Political Science and History.