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Emerging Scholars: Ethics in Practice

We invite you to attend one of more of the following speakers under the Emerging Scholars: Ethics in Practice speaker series. This series spotlights five emerging scholars, from around the country, whose research addresses issues of ethics, particularly as they apply to historically marginalized communities. Listed below are the details of each presentation.

Critical Relationalities: Reframing the U.S.–Mexico Border and Immigration/Migration Struggles

Raquel MadrigalRaquel Madrigal, Ph.D. – Mount Holyoke College
Friday, February 21, 2020
4PM – Rehm Library, Smith Hall

Abstract: Tohono O’odham land/peoples are dissected/bisected by the U.S.-Mexico border. They assert their Indigenous sovereignty against the border in critical relation to immigrant/migrant activists in Tucson. This talk highlights the erasure of Native presence/land in discourses regarding the border and undocumented immigration/migration into the United States, and will expose the limitations to immigrant/migrant justice if gained at the expense of Indigenous erasure.

CANCELED / On the Ethics of Negativity, or What to do if the Anthropocene is Founded on Anti-Blackness

Megan Finch, Ph.D. Candidate – Brandeis University
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
4PM – Hogan 401

Abstract: This talk reads environmental disaster in post-apocalyptic, afro-futurist fiction through the tension between the world ending “ethics” of afro-pessimism and the world building praxis of black feminism. Focusing on Octavia Butler’s Parable series and Rivers Solomon’s An Unkindness of Ghosts, it explores how these texts link environmental destruction, anti-blackness, and the historical maligning of the black maternal. 

The Ethics of Political Engagement: Seeking Monetary Reparations via Tunisia’s Post-Uprising Truth Commission

Douaa Sheet, Ph.D. Candidate – The City University of New York
Monday, March 23, 2020
4PM – Levis Browsing Room, Dinand Library

Abstract: Situated in the context of post-uprising Tunisia, this talk analyzes how the powerful moral trope “dignity” dominated the Truth and Dignity Commission’s proceedings in the form of the following question: “Is it ethical for former political prisoners to seek monetary reparations for the former regime’s violations when the country is suffering economically?” Through ethnographic data, this talk shows how moral claims are animating Tunisia’s political present. 

Reggae’s New Space: Class, Colour and the Politics of Revival

Traci-Ann Wint, Ph.D. – University of Texas at Austin
Monday, March 30, 2020
4PM – Rehm Library, Smith Hall

Abstract: Rastafari’s Black radical, anticolonial, and antinationalist origins historically put the movement at odds with the Jamaican state. However, beginning with the rise of Bob Marley, Reggae and Rastafari became synonymous with Jamaicanness in the global imagination. Engaging this contradiction, this paper examines the ethical dilemma presented by capitalism’s embrace of Reggae and the rise of a ‘colour blind’ Rastafari.

A New Ethics of HIV/AIDS Care Among Young HIV-Positive Jamaican Women

Jallicia Jolly, Ph.D. Candidate – University of Michigan
Friday, April 17, 2020
4PM – Hogan 320

Abstract: This talk explores the ethics of HIV/AIDS care among young Black women in postcolonial Jamaica during the purported aftermath of HIV/AIDS. Bringing together a feminist ethics of care in conversation with intersectionality, the talk explores how HIV-positive young Jamaican women’s embodied care practices contest the moral logics of HIV containment that prioritizes individual self-sufficiency and medication adherence.


This speaker series is supported through a Mellon-Funded C3 (Creating Connection Consortium) initiative.

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