Michele Rivkin-Fish, Dept of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An exploration of popular narratives of Soviet history as a key site in which urban Russians articulated class-based subjectivities for themselves and others in the 1980s and '90s, as the legitimating institutions of state socialism collapsed. Through ethnographic examination of debates between the author and Russian interlocutors on Mikhail Bulgakov's story "Heart of a Dog," the essay identifies local narratives of the Soviet past that indict communist "class" policies for long-standing injustice against educated groups. These narratives map comparative experiences of suffering onto essentialized social categories -- "workers" and "intelligentsia" -- depicted as enduring social entities with distinct moral characters. Invoked in the late Soviet era and first decade after the Soviet collapse, such visions legitimized renewed privileges for educated groups and erased the ambivalence people otherwise felt toward market refo
Globalization before the globe: Regulation of intercontinental trade in southern Africa, ca. CE 700-1800
Ed Wilmsen, Dept of Anthropology, University of Texas, author of "Land Full of Flies: A Political Economy of the Kalahari" (U. of Chicago Press, 1989), a critique of Richard Lee's Kalahari project from archaeological, historical and ethnographic perspectives. Abstract: In this paper, I engage a social geography in order to map the processes by which intercontinental trade was regulated in interior southern Africa during the 8th-15th centuries. This region was at that time part of an early form of "globalization" encompassing the entire Indo-Pacific province as well as the Islamic caliphates of the eastern Mediterranean. There are no written records for or from this interior region until the beginning of the 16th century, when Portuguese captured the Swahili trading entrepôts on the east coast and began to penetrate into the interior. Other forms of evidence must be adduced to illuminate the social processes active in the interior in the centuries I am considering. Mater
Aja Rieger, MSc final seminar. Supervisor: Dr. Bar-Or. Chair: Philippe Saikali.
Allan Brandt, Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, Harvard University
Results for Work Study will be posted on the Work Study website the week of January 20. Students can also view their results on Minerva.
Discussion and cocktail reception
The Faculty of Law welcomes the Quebec Court of Appeal for a live hearing in the Moot Court. Come see experienced pleaders debate a case of tremendous public importance before three judges. Doors open at 9 am in order to permit everyone to be seated before the judges take their places on the bench. The hearing will begin at 9:30 and will adjourn at 10:20 for 15 minutes. First-year students can head over to Constitutional Law at that time, and any students who want to come in during the break, in order to see the second half of the hearing, are most welcome. The bench is made up of the Honourable Justices Nicole Duval-Hesler, René Dussault and Yves-Marie Morissette.
A student-run inter-university conference supported by the Management Undergraduate Society (MUS) of the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. The conference goal is to spark and nourish interest among students in the role that business plays in the environmental and social sphere. This year's opening keynote speech, by world-renowned environmentalist and activist Dr. David Suzuki, will take place January 31 at 6:30 pm, with a book signing from 4 - 6 pm. For more information and a detailed schedule see website below. Ticket sales information: 10 am-5 pm, Monday through Thursday, in the Bronfman Bldg.
Morphogens as brain wiring molecules: Identifying the molecular mechanism underlying Sonic hedgehog-mediated axon guidance
Frédéric Charron, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM). Host: Stefano Stifani.