Schedule

September 25, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society. Paulina Garcia Del Moral. Criminalizing Feminicidio in Mexico: On Law, Feminism, and the State

    September 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Title: Criminalizing Feminicidio in Mexico: On Law, Feminism, and the State

    In this paper, I examine the struggles surrounding the criminalization of feminicidio in Mexico at the federal level and in the state of Chihuahua. Feminicidio emerged in Mexico as an adaptation of the radical feminist concept of femicide in the context of the systematic abduction and murder of hundreds of young women in Chihuahua and the failure of the state to address this violence. Femicide is defined as the misogynous murder of women by men. Feminicidio expands this term, identifying the complicity of the state in this violence by tolerating its impunity and intersecting structural gender and class inequalities. The paper analyzes how feminist activists and state actors mobilized international law to create feminicidio as crime. Feminicidio was criminalized federally, but not yet in Chihuahua, where they, nevertheless, succeeded in having the murder of a woman punished more severly than the murder of a man. Feminists' appeal to law and the state to create mechanisms to prevent violence does not sit well with feminist and socio-legal scholarship on criminalization, which view it less as a means of resistance and more as a means to strengthen the punitive and carceral powers of the state without addressing the root causes of gender violence. My analysis suggests that feminists are not so naive as to think that the criminalization of feminicidio is a solution to their problems, but rather a means force the state to reckon with its failure to investigate this violence and to institutionalize a gender perspective.

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October 2, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society. Michael McCarthy

    October 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Michael McCarthy
    Talk title: Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and Retirement Income since the New Deal

    Why have capitalist markets come to play a growing role in the distribution of retirement income in the US since the New Deal? Drawing on rich archival data that covers more than fifty years of American history, this talk argues that the critical driver was policymakers’ reactions to capitalist crises and their political imperative to promote capitalist growth. Pension development has followed three paths of marketization in America since the New Deal, each distinct but converging: occupational pension plans were adopted as an alternative to real increases in Social Security benefits after World War II, private pension assets were then financialized and invested into the stock market, and, since the 1970s, traditional pension plans have come to be replaced with riskier 401(k) retirement plans. Comparing each episode of change, this talk will make two broad arguments: (1) structural mechanisms pushed policymakers to intervene to promote capitalist growth and avoid capitalist crises and (2) contingent historical factors in the balance of power between labor and business drove them to intervene in the particular ways they did and shaped how their interventions bore on the transformation of old-age income provisioning. By emphasizing the capitalist context in which policymaking occurs, I will turn our attention to how the structural factors that constrain policy change are situated within the balance of class forces.
    This talk is based on McCarthy's book Dismantling Solidarity
    http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/soc/pcs/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MAM-BOOK-FLYER.pdf

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October 9, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society

    October 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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October 16, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society: Katrina Quisumbing King

    October 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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October 23, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society. Michael Roll.

    October 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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October 30, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society. Tiffany Neman & Emma Frankham & possibly others Half Baked Ideas

    October 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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November 6, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society. Kris Arsaelsson. Polarization.

    November 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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November 13, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society. John Eason. “Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation.”

    November 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    http://www.johneason.com/

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November 20, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society. Peter Ramand

    November 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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November 27, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society

    November 27, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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December 4, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society

    December 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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December 11, 2017
  • Politics Culture & Society. Sherry Chan

    December 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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