Mar 31, 2022 / 2pm (ET) / 8pm CEST / Zoom
EMPIRE'S MISTRESS: THE LABOR OF LOVE IN IMPERIAL CIRCUITS
Speaker: Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez (University of Hawai'i)
This talk examines the sexualized labor of love and hospitality through the relationships that American soldiers built with Filipino women during the U.S. occupation of the Philippines. It reframes the story of Isabel Rosario Cooper, the sometime-mistress of General Douglas MacArthur, away from a tragic romance to that of labor, survival, and creativity within the deeply asymmetrical structure of empire to understand how intimacy was integral to its workings.
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Apr 14, 2022 / 12pm (ET) / 6pm CEST / Zoom
DOING UTOPIA AND COMMUNAL LIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA, JAPAN, AND JAMAICA, 1900–1950
Speaker: Robert Kramm (LMU Munich)
Communes in the early twentieth century were an integral part of the modern world. Despite being located at the geographical, political, and social margins of modern society, these communes never existed in enclosed circles. They were both a niche and hub for radicals, revolutionaries and reformers, and their doing utopia in seeking a better world. This talk investigates communal life in various places of the non-Western world, including unionized South Africa, imperial Japan, and colonial Jamaica. And it discusses the possibilities of communal living and subjectivity beyond capital, empire, and state power.
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Apr 21, 2022 / 6:30pm (ET) / Lecture at GHI Washington
BACKPACK AMBASSADORS: HOW YOUTH TRAVEL INTEGRATED EUROPE
Speaker: Richard Ivan Jobs (Pacific University Oregon)
Richard Ivan Jobs' lecture will tell the story of backpacking in Europe in its heyday, the decades after World War II, revealing that these footloose young people were doing more than just touring the continent. This history of cross-border mobility reconsiders European integration from a social and cultural standpoint rather than the typical political or economic perspective.
May 05, 2022 / 6:30pm (ET) / Lecture at GHI Washington
REACHING THE PEOPLE: AMERICAN GLOBALISM AND THE QUEST FOR UNIVERSAL LITERACY
Valeska Huber (University of Vienna)
Valeska Huber’s talk connects two global phenomena that are rarely brought together: Over the course of the twentieth century, world population grew from less than two billion to more than six billion. At the same time, literacy rates increased equally fast from an estimated twenty per cent to eighty per cent worldwide in 2000. In her talk, Valeska Huber will explore debates about access to information in the twentieth century through a range of microhistories related to the creation of new reading publics. Highlighting agents of cultural globalization that are not usually in the limelight, such as missionaries, primary school teachers and librarians, she will explore the reach and limits of American globalism in the field of twentieth-century information politics.