MESA-Palooza!

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MESA-Palooza! is a resource fair filled with food, music, and games! Come learn about the many cultural and justice-oriented student organizations and departments at U-M, while enjoying free gelato.
Join us for a Saturday of fun!

Please contact us for any accessibility needs.

Guided Tour – Beyond Borders: Global Africa

Seydou Keïta, Untitled, 1956-57, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC), Collection Jean Pigozzi, Geneva, Inv# MA/KE.046.D, © Seydou Keïta / SKPEACMore than ever in the era of globalization, ideas traverse geographic, generational, and cultural boundaries, even as national borders seem to be closing. ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa’ reflects on this moment by considering how Africa and its artists have been at the center of complex histories of encounter and exchange for centuries. Bringing together a dazzling array of works made in Africa, Europe and the United States from the nineteenth to twenty-first century, the exhibition demonstrates the international scope and reach of art from Africa and the African diaspora. Join UMMA docents as they explore the significant themes of our times including slavery, colonization, migration, racism and identity.

Lead support for ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa’ is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Michigan Office of Research, African Studies Center, and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Susan Ullrich.

CWPS Faculty Lecture Series

Emily Wilcox | Moonwalking in Beijing: Michael Jackson, Piliwu, and the Origins of Chinese Hip-Hop

FLS flyerDuring the latter half of the 1980s, a popular dance craze known as “piliwu” 霹雳舞 swept urban communities across China. Incorporating two new styles of U.S. urban popular dance–New York-based b-boying/b-girling or “breaking” and California-based popping and locking– piliwu was China’s first localized movement of hip-hop culture, which reflected new circuits of intercultural exchange between China and the United States during the first decade of China’s Reform Era. Analyzing the dance choreography recorded in a 1988 Chinese film, Rock Youth 摇滚青年 (dir. Tian Zhangzhuang), together with media reports and testimonials from members of China’s piliwu generation, this talk reconstructs the history of the piliwu movement, arguing for the central influence of U.S. pop culture icon Michael Jackson, the growth of China’s underground commercial dance (zou xue 走穴) economy, and the agency of dancers’ bodies in transnational movements of media culture.

The Center for World Performance Studies Faculty Lecture Series features our Faculty Fellows and visiting scholars and practitioners in the fields of ethnography and performance. Designed to create an informal and intimate setting for intellectual exchange among students, scholars, and the community, faculty are invited to present their work in an interactive and performative fashion.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Center for World Performance Studies, at 734-936-2777, at least one week in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.

CWPS Faculty Lecture Series

Kelly Askew | Postsocialist Poetics: Articulations of Populist Politics in Tanzania

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Professor Askew presents the research findings for her current book project, exploring how Tanzanians and Zanzibaris musically and poetically respond to the changes that have taken place since the unraveling of socialism in the mid-1980s. With a focus on popularly produced poetry in Swahili-language newspapers or performed as Swahili rap, this talk explores how ordinary citizens interpret, enact and react to the fusing of socialist and neoliberal practices and ideologies in the United Republic of Tanzania.

The Center for World Performance Studies Faculty Lecture Series features our Faculty Fellows and visiting scholars and practitioners in the fields of ethnography and performance. Designed to create an informal and intimate setting for intellectual exchange among students, scholars, and the community, faculty are invited to present their work in an interactive and performative fashion.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Center for World Performance Studies, at 734-936-2777, at least one week in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.

CWPS Faculty Lecture Series

Damani Partridge | Four Years of Filming the Future: Berlin and Detroit

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Professor Partridge’s Filming Future Cities project uses film as a critical means to investigate urban futures and engage a broader public, building on his ongoing collaborative film projects in Detroit and Berlin: “Filming the Future of Detroit,’’ and “Filming the Future from Berlin: Noncitizen Perspectives,’’ begun in 2014 (see filmingfuturecities.org). The point of the project is not only to teach refugees, migrants, youth, and noncitizens the skills required for filmmaking, ethnography, and critical analysis of urban landscapes, but also to teach them how to distribute their work to a broader audience and to participate in the planning for and imagination of their city’s future. Using the project’s films as examples, this talk will think through the efficacy of using film as a technique for shaping the future.

The Center for World Performance Studies Faculty Lecture Series features our Faculty Fellows and visiting scholars and practitioners in the fields of ethnography and performance. Designed to create an informal and intimate setting for intellectual exchange among students, scholars, and the community, faculty are invited to present their work in an interactive and performative fashion.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Center for World Performance Studies, at 734-936-2777, at least one week in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.

C21 Conversation Series

Evelyn Alsultany, Walter Cohen and Sarah Murray
This series, held monthly, brings together four faculty members from different disciplines to offer flash talks about 21st-century arts, culture, and politics and contemporary research methodologies. In the discussion that follows, we’ll have the chance to think together about key questions produced by and animating our present moment. No pre-reading; just join us for conversation and catered lunch! (Lunch will be available at 12:30; presentations will start at 1:00)

Sponsored by Critical Contemporary Studies

Global Citizenship in Practice

Global Scholars Program’s 2nd Annual Conference

GSP Global Citizenship in Practice

Global citizenship is a popular idea among many of us, yet we do not always conceptualize or actualize it in the same ways. This conference is an opportunity to share interdisciplinary approaches to global citizenship, with emphasis on how we put this idea into practice.

December 2, 2017
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Rackham Graduate School

Lunch provided
Attendance is FREE

Registration deadline: Thursday, November 27. Register here.
Session proposals due: Monday, November 13. Click here to submit a proposal.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to share their relevant research, experiences, and actions using a variety of formats by submitting a poster or concurrent session proposal by Monday,
November 13.

Questions? Contact Ashley Wiseman at wisemana@umich.edu.

Sponsored by Global Scholars Program and Global Engagement, Office of the Provost

Cosponsored by Center for Global and Intercultural Studies; Communication Studies; Donia Human Rights Center; Honors Program; Language Resource Center; Michigan Community Scholars Program; Nam Center for Korean Studies; Program in International and Comparative Studies ; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program; Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies

UM-WiSER Mellon Workshop. Decolonizing Sites of Culture in Africa and Beyond

Keynote Speakers: Annie Coombes, University of London; Morag Kersel, DePaul University; Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, The Cleveland Museum of Art; Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Public Affairs Research Institute, South Africa

This 2.5 day workshop, bringing together scholars, theorists, practitioners, artists and cultural producers, will examine and reflect on strategies of decolonization in presentations of public culture in museums, galleries, and heritage sites. Free and open to the public. Registration requested at bit.ly/asc-mellon2017.

For a detailed workshop schedule and museum tour, visit: ii.umich.edu/asc

Center for World Performance Studies | PERFORMANCE TALKS: adaptation

Kaoru Watanabe

Kaoru with flute

Kaoru Watanabe went from being culturally “American,” playing classical music as a child in St. Louis and studying jazz flute and saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music, to being a member of the globetrotting Japanese taiko drumming ensemble Kodo and becoming a leading specialist in the bamboo shinobue flute. He now lives back in New York, creating his own genre of music that reflects the entirety of his musical and cultural experiences and collaborating with artists like pianist Jason Moran, filmmaker Wes Anderson and Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble.

For his talk at the Residential College, Watanabe will address the unending series of adaptations he’s dealt with through this journey and reflect on how it has affected his art.

Watanabe also performs at Kerrytown Concert House on Tuesday, 11/14 at 8pm.

For more information, contact cwps.information@umich.edu

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Center for World Performance Studies, at 734-936-2777, at least one week in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.