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May 5, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: Censorship and Modern Chinese Literature, Faculty Recital, Writing from the War in Ukraine and more

This week, attend the lecture on censorship and modern Chinese literature, learn ways to assist community building in the face of long-haul trans survival, improve Asian migrant massage and sex workers’ living and working conditions, and more.

May 8, 5:00 – 8:00 PM | Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture – “Inevitable Impositions: Censorship and Modern Chinese Literature” with Professor Michel Hockx, Kane Hall

This lecture by Professor Michel Hockx (Professor of Chinese Literature, University of Notre Dame) will draw on the insights of New Censorship Studies to discuss examples of censorship of modern Chinese literature from both before and after the 1949 communist takeover.

New Censorship Studies shows us that, when it comes to culture, censorship is the norm rather than the exception, and that censorship is a global phenomenon.

Engaging with New Censorship Studies through case studies from modern Chinese literary practice, this lecture will forge connections between censorship before and after the communist victory, between political censorship and moral (obscenity) censorship, and between print censorship and internet censorship. It also assesses the oversimplified representation of Chinese censorship in American and European discourses, considering it a form of censorship in itself, which discredits or silences Chinese writers and artists.

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May 8, 7:30 PM | Faculty Recital: Craig Sheppard, piano, Complete Chopin Nocturnes, Meany Hall

Chopin’s Nocturnes often disprove their title of ‘Night Pieces.’ Each one is a small tone poem with moments of torment and grandeur, as faculty pianist Craig Sheppard demonstrates in his performance of the complete set of Nocturnes.

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May 9, 1:15 – 3:15 PM | T4T: Caring for Our Communities with Aveda Adara and Hil Malatino, UW Bothell campus & Zoom

Join Imagining Trans Futures for a talk and conversation with Aveda Adara and Hil Malatino about the practices and dreams of trans and Two Spirit care and community building in the face of long-haul trans survival.

Aveda Adara will discuss her culture and how it relates to her current profession as a DJ and Musician in the underground nightlife scene, including breaking and refusing archetypes and confronting people’s expectations, how Trans is the definition of PUNK and the current infraction of the radical right’s beliefs in healthcare as well as the trans experience of hitting back, building infrastructures politically and communally to ensure a stable future.

Hil Malatino will present Weathering: Slow Arts of Trans Endurance. In a moment of profound and widespread transantagonism articulated within both liberal-centrist and alt-right political formations, how do trans subjects cultivate arts of endurance? In an historical moment that seems to demand continuous reactive defense, how are trans subjects building capacities to slow down, bear with, and endure? How do practices of collective care support the cultivation of such capacities amidst an urgent now? How are artists figuring the slow and mostly unspectacular art of long-haul trans survival?

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May 9, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Kitchen Insurrections: Porgy & Bess, Mamba’s Daughters & the End of an Era/Error, Kane Hall

This Katz Distinguished Lecture with Daphne Brooks will tell the story of modern music-making and Broadway, about “highbrow” and “lowbrow” cultures, opera and jazz, the politics of race, gender, class and the early recording industry. It’s the story of how intimate and joyous artistic collaboration as well as tense, sometimes fractious competition framed the conditions of creative labor forged by Black women theatrical pioneers and music luminaries—Anne Brown, Ethel Waters, Eva Jessye, to name a few—and white auteurs: George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Virgil Thomson, Gertrude Stein and others.

This talk sets out to reveal how Black women musicians’ aesthetic revolutions in 1920s and ‘30s sound and theater culture were artistic obsessions and objects of inquiry in the lifeworlds of white moderns. Their sounds, this talk argues, are the driving force at the heart of Gershwin and Heyward’s landmark opera Porgy and Bess (1935) as well as Heyward’s lesser-known Broadway drama, Mamba’s Daughters (1939).

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May 9, 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Time of Isolation: Writing From the War in Ukraine, Denny Hall

The Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev’s In Isolation: Dispatches from Occupied Donbas is an extraordinarily courageous chronicle of the war in Ukraine that began nine years ago with Russia’s aggression through its separatist proxies. Written in the period 2015-2017, Aseyev’s dispatches expressed anti-separatist opinions while the author was living in occupied Donbas. The author’s reflections on everyday life and politics are filtered through the theme of time. References to the present, past, and future, calendars, history, and temporal patterns are found throughout the volume.

Situating these dispatches alongside Ukrainian poet Iya Kiva’s work and in the context of Eugène Minkowski’s Lived Time: Phenomenological and Psychopathological Studies and Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition, this talk argues that Aseyev’s work provides a profound investigation into the experience of time that resonates with philosophical reflections on psychological and political implications of what has been called “lived time” both under duress and in “normal” circumstances.

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May 11, 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Human Rights Spring Symposium & Awards – Featuring Strategies for Massage Parlor Workers’ Rights project, Kane Hall

At this annual celebration of human rights work, students conducting human rights research will showcase their research and highlight the newest project, “Strategies for Massage Parlor Workers’ Rights,” in collaboration with the Seattle Massage Parlor Project (MPOP).

This project centers community-led campaigns and research to find systemic ways to improve Asian migrant massage and sex workers’ living and working conditions in the Chinatown/International District and the greater Seattle area.

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May 11, 3:30 – 5:00 PM | Volodymyr Dubovyk – Russia’s War on Ukraine: Implications for the Wider Black Sea Region and Beyond, Thomson Hall

The start of the Russia’s war on Ukraine in 2014 has impacted regional security of the Black Sea, especially the occupation of Crimea. But the massive invasion of the 2022 has led to even more profound implications. The Black Sea area has become a battleground, where all sorts of contemporary weaponry have been used. Despite Russia’s earlier inroads into the south of Ukraine and its total naval domination in numbers, it has failed to convert it into real lasting strategic advantages. The recent liberation of Kherson and fear in Moscow that Ukraine might go into Crimea, changes situation. The instability has effected everyone in the region. The trade has been disrupted, specifically with the blockade of Ukraine’s ports, which had impact around the world.

There is much anxiety in the region. This spills over into wider European space, with Black Sea area serving as its “soft underbelly”. The NATO, EU, US all pay attention to the developments in the area, adjusting their strategic thinking and operational stance accordingly.

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