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CLAS Lecture Series: Speech, Words and Power: Psychoanalysis among Dispossessed Populations in Buenos Aires, Argentina

After two decades of ethnographic research on several health issues linked to urban poverty in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, Professor Maria Epele will explore the psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapies in marginalized populations. This presentation opens verbal actions to scrutiny and analyzes the ways in which they model - and are modeled by psychotherapies, local economies and logics of power in marginalized settings. 

International Discussion Series: The Effort of Congolese Women Against Sexual Violence

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women and the President of Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Intergrated Development (SOFEPADI), a coalition of 40 women’s organizations in the Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SOFEPADI works to defend and protect women’s rights and provide support to survivors of sexual violence by advocating for justice. Julienne became an activist in 1998 when inter-ethnic war arrived at her doorstep. After witnessing members of armed groups raping and brutalizing women in her community, Julienne was compelled to act.

"A Perfect Storm. Antisemitism in South Africa 1930 – 1948" with Milton Shain

Milton Shain is Professor Emeritus of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town and the former Director of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research. He has written and edited several books, including The Roots of Antisemitism in South Africa (University Press of Virginia, 1994). Most recently he co-edited with Christopher Browning, Michael Marrus and Susannah Heschel, Holocaust Scholarship. Personal Trajectories and Professional Interpretations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

"Goethe's Free Market Approach to World Literature" - A Lecture by Professor Martin Puchner

Why would a German writer living in provincial Weimar correctly predict our global marketplace in literature? In answering this question, I consider Goethe’s position at the receiving end of French and English metropolitan culture; his interest in newly arrived literatures from colonial and trade empires; his experience as a traveler; and his insight into market mechanisms for the circulation of literary products. These elements created the condition for his coinage of the term world literature. All that was needed was a trigger . . .    

Maria Stepanova: A Reading from Her Poems (in Russian)

Maria Stepanova is one of the most visible figures in post-Soviet culture. The poet, essayist, and journalist is the author of nine poetry collections and a recipient of several Russian and international literary awards (including the prestigious Andrey Bely Prize and Joseph Brodsky Fellowship). She is the founder of the Colta, the only independent crowd-funded source of information that exists in Russia today, with 900,000 unique visitors per month.
Russian appetizers will be provided.

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