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March 2018

Censored Women’s Film Festival

March 23, 2018 | 4:00 pm - March 25, 2018 | 3:30 pm
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  The Censored Women’s Film Festival is an annual, not-for-profit, traveling film festival and summit organized to raise consciousness and women’s rights issues through film and dialogue. Issues of women’s rights and gender equality are too often silenced and kept from mainstream cinema and discourse. The Censored Women’s Film Festival provides a space for filmmakers, activists, practitioners and students to use films as a lens through which to discuss the fight for women’s rights all over the world. Priority is…

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Re-membering Torture: A Conversation with Shahla Talebi and Diana Coleman

March 26, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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  In this workshop, we will be discussing the work of Darius Rejali (“Torture and Democracy”) as well as some of the testimony culled from the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT). Professor Talebi, herself a former detainee under two separate regimes in Iran, will be discussing some of her writings, and her student, Diana Coleman, will discuss her work on Guantanamo.  Light reception to follow. For the readings, please visit here. Sponsored by the D-SIGN working group on…

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April 2018

Lecture: “A Picture of Health: Visualizing Care in Late Ottoman Istanbul” with Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

April 2, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Professor Gürsel examines formal portraits of late 19th century female patients of the Haseki Women’s Hospital from Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit’s palace archive to ask how this album requires us to rethink agency in photography as well as the traditional differences between medical and political imaging technologies. In this thoughtful dive into an unusual archive, Gürsel makes us confront how care is visualized and to what political end. Zeynep Devrim Gürsel is a media anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of…

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