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Monday, October 28, 2019 | 3:00-5:00pm | GLAS 311

Latinx Studies Working Group
The Latinx Studies Working Group will host the first paper workshop on Monday 10/28 3-5 pm in Glasscock 311. This session will focus on Communications major Anthony Ramirez’s work-in-progress, "Historia de la frontera: a framing analysis of Latinx Identity and Border Representation in Comic Books.” The event is meant to provide Ramirez a space to discuss his ideas, develop this work, and to engage A&M scholars in Latinx research.
Contact: Denise Meda Calderon, Hispanic Studies

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 2:00-3:30pm | GLAS 311

Sonic Landscapes in Black and White | Dr. Matthew DelCiampo (TAMU)
Sound Studies Working Group
This presentation explores how American landscapes are racialized through the music of rapper Kanye West and indie-folk musician Justin Vernon. Kanye West’s 2018 album release party—held on a Wyoming ranch—prompted the ranch owner to declare that there would be “no more rappers” in the future (Trock 2018). Despite the fact that Kanye West wrote and recorded the album primarily in Wyoming, the owner’s subsequent comments positioned Kanye West, his music, and his many Black guests as belonging elsewhere. These comments continue a history of racially linking musical production to specific geographic areas by ghettoizing communities of color to urban areas and simultaneously excluding them from the rural, wide-open spaces like those of the ranch. Conversely, Justin Vernon is widely associated with the Wisconsin woods and the isolated cabin where he recorded his band’s debut album in 2007. Over a decade later, Justin Vernon remains a benefactor of the accepted naturalness of a white musician retreating into nature for the purposes of creativity. As American landscapes have repeatedly been self-imagined as white spaces within paintings (Outka 2008, 2016), so too does the auditory policing of space enforce racialized notions of what those landscapes ought to sound like (Morrison 2017). By placing these case studies in dialogue, I argue that the continued construction of whiteness in language and in sound does double duty to license white Americans to lay claim to western landscapes while positioning nonwhite communities as intrusive and transgressive of the “sonic color line” (Stoever 2016).
Contact: Dr. Leonardo Cardoso, Performance Studies

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 4:00pm | GLAS 311

7th Annual Native American Heritage Month Film Series
Film 3 of 3 (Title forthcoming)
Indigenous Studies Working Group
College of
Architecture
Contact: Dr. Angela Hudson, History

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 12:00pm | GLAS 311

Flock, Herd, Swarm: A Shakespearean Lexicon of Creaturely Collectivity | Dr. Joseph Campana (Rice University)
Early Modern Studies Working Group
In this paper, Campana considers terms for creature collectives and how their various uses in Shakespeare’s canon indicate an attempt that early modern thinkers were concerned with questions of population long before Thomas Malthus and that non-human, creaturely life offered one place to explore not only population but also grammars of collectivity. The essay was commissioned for the forthcoming Routledge Handbook on Shakespeare and Animal Studies (to be published in 2020).
Contact: Dr. Kevin O'Sullivan

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 6:30pm | ARCC 105

7th Annual Native American Heritage Month Film Series
Film 1 of 3 (Title forthcoming)
Indigenous Studies Working Group
College of
Architecture
Contact: Dr. Angela Hudson, History

Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 4:00-5:00pm | GLAS 311

The Iberian Infatuation: Identity and Regionalism in the Revolutionary West, 1776-1799 | Dr. Timothy Hemmis (TAMU Central TX)
War, Violence, and Society Working Group
Contact: Ashley Vance, History

Monday, November 11, 2019 | 4:00pm | GLAS 311

Berlin Wall or Berlin Gap? Policing the Border During the Refugee Crisis of the 1980s | Lauren Stokes
TAMU History Department
Contact: Dr. Adam Seipp, History

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 4:00pm | GLAS 311

7th Annual Native American Heritage Month Film Series
Film 2 of 3 (Title forthcoming)
Indigenous Studies Working Group
College of
Architecture
Contact: Dr. Angela Hudson, History

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 12:30-1:30 | Rudder 401

Tribal Environmental Professionals (CommUnity Conversation Luncheon) | Dr. Laurel Smith (University of Oklahoma)
Indigenous Studies Working Group
Department of Multicultural Services
College of Architecture
Contact: Dr. Angela Hudson,
History