Time: 7PM to 8:30PM

Place: 25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan

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Online Notes
Chapter 5: Producing Race
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Presenter: Falguni A. Sheth (Hampshire College)
Commentator: Alyson Cole (CUNY Graduate Center)

Professor Falguni Sheth (Philosophy, Hampshire College) will present the key ideas of her book, Toward a Political Philosophy of Race (SUNY Press, 2009) that examines how, in fact, liberal society enables racism and other forms of discrimination and racialized hatred such as islamophobia in the US today. The discussion, facilitated by Professor Alyson Cole (Political Science & Women’s Studies, Queens College & The Graduate Center, CUNY), will focus and expand on Chapter 5: Producing Race: Naturalizing the Exception Through the Rule of Law. All the participants are encouraged to read it in advance.

About the book:Toward a Political Philosophy of Race draws on the examples of the internment of U.S. citizens and residents of Japanese descent, of Muslim men and women in the contemporary United States, and of Asian Indians at the turn of the twentieth century, Falguni A. Sheth shows that racial discrimination and divisions are not accidents in the history of liberal societies. Race, she contends, is a process embedded in a range of legal technologies that produce racialized populations who are divided against other groups. Moving past discussions of racial and social justice as abstract concepts, she reveals the playing out of race, racialization of groups, and legal frameworks within concrete historical frameworks.”

Falguni A. Sheth, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College, writes and teaches in the areas of continental and political philosophy, philosophy of race, and legal and feminist theory. She has published articles on Heidegger, Foucault and race as a technology of juridical and political institutions; racial and intra-racial dynamics in the U.S. political imaginary; the tendency of liberal polities to locate "exceptions" to its ethos of universalism and equal rights; the feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and the ethics of various public policy issues. Her book, Toward a Political Philosophy of Race (SUNY Press, 2009), explores the situation of Muslims and Arabs, the caste system, the practice of veiling, and the framework of liberalism, to illustrate that racial divisions are a fundamental feature of polities. Her current research is in several areas: the hybrid subjectivity and race; Foucault’s biopolitics in the context of legal subjectivity; and South Asians at the turn of the 20th century.

Alyson Cole, a Mellon Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center, is Associate Professor of Political Science at Queens College and the Graduate Center, where she has been based since 2002. She is the recipient of the 2008 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and her research and teaching interests bridge political theory and American politics/culture. Cole’s work links central questions of political thought—especially formulations of justice, the nature of subjugation, and the possibility of resistance or change—with an examination of concrete political ideologies, rhetoric, and law/policy-making, emphasizing aspects of subject-formation, gender and race/ethnicity. Cole is the author of The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror (Stanford University Press, 2007). Her articles have appeared in Signs, American Studies, Feminist Studies, the Michigan Law Review, and the National Women’s Studies Association Journal. She is on the editorial boards of Women’s Studies Quarterly and International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory. For the 2009-10 academic year, Cole is working on a new project on affective labor.

Series Organizer: Kyoo Lee, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College, CUNY, and a Resident Mellon Fellow at CUNY Graduate Center.

Details on full schedule of Fall 2010 seminar sessions: www.kyoolee.net/faculty-seminar-in-asian-american-studies.html




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