Thursday, November 17, 2022
Dr. Winter Rae Schneider ’10, Accountable History Network Cofounder
Olin 201 6:40 pm – 8:00 pm EST/GMT-5
This final chapter from Schneider's manuscript Debts of Independence: Rural Accounts of Sovereignty in Haiti’s Nineteenth Century locates the mutual foundation of national sovereignty and rural self-sovereignty in the practice of rural family land ownership. It argues that sitting with ancestral experience and memory in the nineteenth-century agricultural plaine des Gonaïves demands a shift in our understanding of the persistence of colonial property and its meaning over time.
Monday, November 14, 2022
Cars and Jails: Freedom Dreams, Debt, and Carcerality
Olin Humanities, Room 102 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Bard’s new Carceral Studies speaker series launches with a visit from the NYU Prison Education Project. Their recently published book Cars and Jails: Freedom Dreams, Debt, and Carcerality explores how the car, despite its association with American freedom and mobility, functions at the crossroads of two great systems of entrapment and immobility– the American debt economy and the carceral state. We will be joined by four of the Lab members, a group representing formerly incarcerated scholars and non-formerly incarcerated NYU faculty.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
A Human Rights Project Event
Olin Humanities, Room 102 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Photography in Kashmir has emerged as a powerful witness to its troubled present. A new generation of photographers, rooted in photojournalism but escaping its limits when they can, have illuminated Kashmiri life in a period of upheaval. Over the last three decades their work has demonstrated the radical part that can be played by photographs in subverting established views of Kashmir—as a beautiful landscape without its people; as an innocent paradise; and more recently, of a paradise beset by mindless violence.
Witness brings together images by nine photographers from Kashmir, the oldest already a working professional in 1986, and the youngest not yet twenty in 2016. The images are by Meraj Uddin, Javeed Shah, Dar Yasin, Javed Dar, Altaf Qadri, Sumit Dayal, Showkat Nanda, Syed Shahriyar, and Azaan Shah.
The text emerged from conversations with documentary filmmaker Sanjay Kak, and brings out the varied relationships that each contributor has to photography and to Kashmir, in the process raising questions about the place of artistic practice in zones of conflict.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
During the pandemic, Forensic Architecture undertook a process of transformation. Rather than growing to meet the intensity of the challenges they faced, the agency instead decided to morph into an interlinking structure of smaller, situated, activist groups located in different parts of the world and working in solidarity with local political actors. This lecture will present some recent cases undertaken by these groups. Coincidentally, they had all to deal with doors: open when they needed to be closed, locked when they needed to be unlocked. These doors stand for the collapse of the social order which they promised to maintain, and point to systemic racism and the ghosts of our colonial past.
Eyal Weizman is a professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and founding director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2010 he founded the research agency Forensic Architecture and has directed it ever since. Forensic Architecture is an interdisciplinary team of researchers that produce evidence for presentation in national and international courts, human rights forums, parliamentary inquiries, truth commissions, people’s tribunals, and also in art and cultural forums.
Friday, May 6, 2022
Online Event 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Join us for the launch of Putting the Cooker on Low, a new Digital Commission by Ama Josephine Budge. Ama was the 2020/21 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism at Bard, and we are honored to welcome her back to premiere her new video. Ama is a British-Ghanaian speculative writer, artist, researcher and pleasure activist whose intradisciplinary praxis works to hold together Blackness, pleasure, art and ecology towards queerly climate changing futures.
Putting the Cooker on Low explores the daily rituals that allow Black women, femmes, and nonbinary folk to keep creating in the midst of spiritual, emotional, familial, societal, and ecological crises. Putting the Cooker on Low intimates that which happens in the simmer and bubble, on the back burner and the top oven, in the side eye and the hot pot. Thinking with an ancestry of Black feminist petitions for self-preservation, this visual essay works to make visible and then unsettle the ways in which Black womxn artists internalize value-(as)-labor-(as)-capital. The cracks, crevasses, and slippages these antierotic modes of survival engender—as felt by both human and nonhuman ecologies—remain forced from view until they become black holes, into which we are swallowed and disappear. Often without a trace. It is with the cooker on low, that resistance might reduce into potency. It is with the cooker on low that we never run out of gas.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Jorge Maldonado Rivera is a union representative with the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and a former staff organizer with UNITE HERE.
Campus Center, Yellow Room 214 3:30 pm – 4:50 pm EST/GMT-5
This talk is part of a speaker series on political organizing. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Human Rights Project, and the Political Studies program. It is open to all members of the Bard community, especially students interested in labor organizing.