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Seminar with Peggy Levitt, Professor, Wellesley College and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, USA.

Peggy Levitt will give a talk on "Decentering and Re-centering: Toward More Inclusive Ways of Producing, Disseminating, and Acting upon Knowledge".

2020.01.10 | Christian Buono Kolborg

Date Tue 21 Jan
Time 10:00 12:00
Location Room 415, building 1453, Nobelparken.

Nearly one billion people, or roughly one out of every seven people in the world today, are internal or international migrants who move by force or by choice, with great success or great struggle. At the same time, the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union, President Trump's militarization of the U.S and Mexican border, and the rise of the far right in many parts of the world reflect heightened nationalism and xenophobia and increased efforts to thwart mobility, especially among refugees, the poor and unskilled.

These dynamics challenge long-standing assumptions about how people live and work and about how social institutions function, what categories such as "development",  "social inclusion", and "Global South" actually mean, and where the rights and responsibilities of citizenship get fulfilled. Much of mainstream scholarship on migration, race, and ethnicity is off key because it still relies unreflexively on old categories, without considering their intellectual genealogies or the assumptions about space, scale, and values upon which they are based.  It still takes the nation as a bounded, rooted space rather than exploring the ways in which the national and the transnational are co-produced.

Cultural inequality are part and parcel of socioeconomic inequality. We won't do better at addressing economic inequality if we don't confront cultural inequality as well. This talk explores the possibilities for different, more inclusive ways of creating, disseminating, and acting upon knowledge. So many interventions stop at critique without charting a path forward. How can we pledge to reconstruct as well as deconstruct?

Following this, there will be time for short introductions to on-going research projects and new ideas from the seminar participants as part of a joint discussion. If you just want to come and join the discussion without a specific project or idea, you are also welcome!

In order to know how many people will attend, just let me know if you are coming and if you have a project you would like to discuss: Marie Vejrup Nielsen, mvn@cas.au.dk.

The seminar is organized by the Center for Contemporary Religion and the department for the Study of Religion. Peggy Levitt is visiting in connection with the Ph.D.-defense for Tina Langholm Larsen on Monday the 20th, if you are interested in attending the defense, you are of course welcome:  cas.au.dk/fileadmin/ingen_mappe_valgt/Tina_Langholm_Larsen_-_PhD_defence_-_20_January_2020_-_Announcement.pdf