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   CALL FOR PROPOSALS / 2014-15
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Call for Proposals
The Institute for Comparative Modernities’ 2014–15 Graduate Reading Groups
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   PROJECTS OF THE INSTITUTE
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2013-2014 GRANT RECIPIENTS
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2012-2013 GRANT RECIPIENTS

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2011-12 GRANT RECIPIENTS

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2010-11 GRANT RECIPIENTS
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2009-10 GRANT RECIPIENTS
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ICM NEWSLETTER #1 - SPRING 2009

ICM NEWSLETTER #2 - FALL 2010

ICM NEWSLETTER #3 - SPRING 2012


ICM NEWSLETTER #4 - FALL 2012


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   ICM VIDEO ARCHIVE
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   RETHINKING COSMOPOLITANISM
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   CONFERENCE 2012 (FALL)
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   ABOUT THE ICM
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the Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM) addresses a key problem in the study of modern culture and society: the transnational history of modernity and its global scope. A broad range of scholarship over the last few decades has contested and complicated the two primary dimensions of the received narrative of modernity: that it arose strictly within the confines of Europe; and that its extension outside Europe was a matter of simple diffusion and imitation. What is emerging instead is an account of modernity as a global process in which deep and multifarious interconnections have created complementary cultural formations.

The Institute is dedicated to the study of modernity in such a transnational and comparative perspective. Its primary emphasis will fall on neglected or under-studied articulations of modernity outside of the historically constituted hegemonic spaces of Europe and the United States, but it will also give serious attention to conflicts and complexities within the West. Inadequate understandings of the complex history of modernity have led to simplistic and untenable positions that unknowingly repeat colonialism’s ideological juxtapositions of “us” and “them,” with modernity (and all the positive connotations of historical progress that accrue to the term) all on one side and inscrutable backwardness all on the other. This results in ghettoized scholarship that is damaging to all.

The standard equation of modernity with the West needs to be problematized and opened up to comparative examination. The Institute hopes to galvanize work in this direction by encouraging cross-disciplinary collaborative research that advances a genuinely global analysis of modernity that is also empirically faithful to geographical and historical specificity. By bringing attention to less frequently studied aesthetic and social practices from non-Western and immigrant communities, the Institute hopes to correct accounts of modernity as primarily Western in origin and dynamics.
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The Institute for Comparative Modernities
PHONE: 607.255.8073 • FAX: 607.254.7244
EMAIL: ab449@cornell.edu

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   SPRING 2014 EVENTS
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Monday, 2/10, 4:45 p.m.
Philip McMichael, International Professor & Chair, Development Sociology, Cornell University
Historicizing the Land Grab: The Unfolding, and Unraveling, of the Global Food Regime
165 McGraw Hall
Cornell University
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Abdullahi An-Na’im
, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, School of Law, Emory University

Lecture: American Muslims of Imagined and Re-Imagined Communities
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
4:45 p.m.
Kaufmann Auditorium
Goldwin Smith Hall
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Seminar: Muslims and the Secular State: The View from Practice
Thursday, March 13, 2014
10 a.m.
Toboggan Lodge
38 Forest Home Drive
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Critical Theory and (post)Colonialism

A joint workshop with the Institute for German Cultural Studies
Organized by Natalie Melas and Paul Fleming

Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
A.D. White House
27 East Avenue

* Registration required
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John Akomfrah, Director, Smoking Dog Films
The Stuart Hall Project
Film screening and panel discussion
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Cornell Cinema
104 Willard Straight Hall
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New Conversations events:

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Enzo Traverso
, Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities, Romance Studies, Cornell University
Marxism and Memory: from Teleology to Melancholy
Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:45 p.m.
Toboggan Lodge
Forest Home Drive
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Jasbir K. Puar
, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University; Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University
Disabled Diaspora, Rehabilitating State: The Queer Politics of Reproduction in Israel/Palestine
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
4:45 p.m.
Toboggan Lodge
38 Forest Home Drive
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   ARTIST/SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCE
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   HIGHLIGHTS
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