CUGS Global Vantage Point Lecture Series Includes Talks on Urban Planning, Apartheid

Trinity College Faculty Members and Students Present Research as Part of Spring Semester Programming

​Hartford, Connecticut, February 26, 2018 — The spring 2018 Global Vantage Point Lecture Series at the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) includes discussions led by Trinity faculty, students, and other speakers on various topics of urban and global significance. All the lectures take place from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the CUGS building at 70 Vernon Street. Lunch is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trinity College Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Justin Fifield will present his research, “Articulating the Ascetic Body: Locating Disability in South Asian Buddhist Monasticisms,” on February 27. The lecture focuses on the Buddhist monastery’s ambivalence about the body and body aesthetics. Fifield will examine how, on the one hand, non-normative bodies are denied ordination and the ascetic body is articulated as beautiful and well-formed. On the other hand, Buddhist meditative practices train the ascetic gaze to dis-articulate and de-form the body in order to realize the truth of existence.

Ivan Small, assistant professor of anthropology at Central Connecticut State University, will give a talk on March 20 titled, “Affecting Mobility: Consuming Driving and Driving Consumption in Southeast Asian Emerging Markets.” The talk evaluates emergent consumption patterns in Vietnam’s shifting transportation market while viewing them in the broader design and marketing infrastructures shaping emerging markets in the Southeast Asian region.

This will be followed by a lecture on March 27 by Alexander Manevitz, Trinity College visiting assistant professor of American studies, “How to Destroy a Neighborhood: Marginalizing Land and People to Build Central Park in Nineteenth Century New York City.” The talk will illuminate a crucial mechanism and lessons of displacement and redevelopment in 19th-century American cities.

On Thursday, April 12, Yunchiahn Sena, Kluger Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Trinity College, will present her research on “Urban Planning and Japanese Colonial Vision in Taipei and Changchun.” The talk will reconstruct the historical context of these cities’ transformations to discuss what they have in common as exemplary centers of Japanese Colonial modernism.

The New School Associate Professor in International Affairs Antina von Schnitzler will speak about “Lifelines: Infrastructure, Material Politics and Apartheid’s Remains” on April 17. The talk aims to track the centrality of infrastructure as a medium and terrain for politics from the apartheid period to the present. 

On April 24, the Luce Symposium will welcome scholars, practitioners, and policy makers from Trinity, the Hartford region, and the Yangtze River Economics Belt in China to conclude the lecture series. “A Tale of Two River Regions” will explore comparative policy issues regarding sustainable urban development and regional cooperation in a small and deindustrialized region (the lower Connecticut River valley) versus an industrializing regional corridor from Shanghai to Chongqing.

The Global Vantage Point Lecture Series began the semester on February 13 with presentations by Trinity students Noor Malik ’18 and Nikola Kostic ’19. Malik presented on “CPEC for Pakistan: An Analysis of the Benefits and Challenges,” which was followed by Kostic’s talk on “The Dublin System and the Migration Crises in Italy and Serbia.”

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