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STS Food for Thought: Kali J. Rubaii

"Writing with a Cement Pen: Playing with Language to Think About War"
When May 14, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 1246 SS&H
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Please join STS in welcoming Kali J. Rubaii (Graduate Student in Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz) as our next "Food for Thought" guest.

Monday, May 14th, 2012, 12-1:30pm 1246 SS&H; (Map)

She will be sharing a paper she is currently working on, entitled:

"Writing with a Cement Pen: Playing with Language to Think About War"

The paper available for download here.

Following the "Food for Thought" format, we will read her paper before Monday. At the event, Kali will give us a short introduction to her piece and what she is doing with it, after which we will start a discussion of the work while she listens silently. After 30-45 mins of discussion, she will join in and we will continue the discussion for another 30-45 mins.

Please RSVP for lunch.


Kali's description of her work:

"I am a 2nd year graduate student at UCSC's department of Anthropology, working in the "displaced Middle East" (a world of refugees, internally displaced people, diasporas, etc.). I am interested in Displacement, both as the experience of millions of people in the world, and as an intellectual practice of relocating the violence of Empire to its source (ourselves) and understanding the inconspicuous projects of resistance, restoration, repair, and beauty-making that people generate out of the ruins in which they live. Understanding how to "read" each other, and the world around us, gives us new strategies for social transformation. For example, learning to read the temporality of a checkpoint, which demands "waiting," teaches us that reading or singing at a checkpoint (refusing to wait) transforms the space and dismantles its control. I would like to think of this break in the grammar of occupation as a kind of poetry, which I enjoy reading, and even more, enjoy making collaboratively."

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