- Will Africa Feed China?
- 02/18/2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
- University Park Campus Annenberg School for Communication ASC 207
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a book talk by Deborah Brautigam, one of the world’s leading experts on China and Africa. "Will Africa Feed China?" explores China’s evolving global quest for food security and Africa’s possibilities for structural transformation. Is China building a new empire in rural Africa? Few development topics are as controversial and emotionally charged as the belief that the Chinese government is aggressively buying up huge tracts of prime African land to grow food to ship back to China. In Will Africa Feed China? Deborah Bräutigam, one of the world’s leading experts on China and Africa, probes the myths and realities behind the media headlines.read more
- Understanding Syria's Refugee Crisis
- 02/26/2016 all day
- University Park Campus Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism ASC 207
A one-day conference at the University of Southern California will bring together scholars, journalists and activists to explore the historic roots of the crisis, seeking to understand how religious and political forces over the last century have created the landscape for the next century.read more
- Rising Sun, "Rising Soul": Mixed Race Japanese of African Descent
- 02/26/2016 2:00pm - 5:00pm
- University Park Campus TBD
Rising Soul is a documentary film that explores the question, “What is the impact of Afro-Japanese offspring and their origins as children of Japanese war brides?” At the end of World War II, many Japanese women married American men of African descent and immigrated to the United States. While several stories examine the lives of Japanese war brides who married white Americans, none delve deeply into the history of Japanese war brides who married African Americans, and the journeys of their mixed-race children. Rising Soul explores the transnational juncture of Japanese and African American cultures embodied in the African-descent offspring of Japanese war brides, women that not only faced the challenges of life in the U.S., but who also confronted the adversities of interracial marriages to African Americans – hardships that emanated not only from white society, but also from Japanese including other Japanese war brides married to whites, from African Americans, and from Asian Americans. The documentary seeks to de-mystify Asian and Black identity from a perspective that does not see it as an anomaly or a subset of Hapa or Haafu identity but as something very real, primary, and organic to mixed race. Through interviews, glimpses into cultural phenomena, and historical artifacts, the film illuminates the complexity of that identity, and the betwixt and between and fusion that multiple heritages of color can foster. A panel will feature Rising Soul producer Monique Yamaguchi, screenwriter Velina Hasu Houston; and subjects from the film including Linda Gant, Sumire Gant, Kiyoshi Houston, Curtiss Takada Rooks, and Rika Houston. Excerpts from the film also will be screened.read more
- Book Talk- "After Darkness" By Christine Piper
- 02/27/2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
- University Park Campus East Asian Seminar Room DML 110C 3550 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Half-Japanese Australian author Christine Piper will discuss her award-winning novel, After Darkness, and its themes of identity, otherness and the immigrant experience. Set during World War 2, After Darkness is narrated by a Japanese doctor who is arrested as an enemy alien in the pearling port of Broome and then interned at a remote camp in South Australia. When tensions between the nationalist Japanese and the Australian-born Japanese internees escalate, the doctor’s long-held beliefs are thrown into question and he is forced to confront his dark past: the promise he made in Japan and its devastating consequences.
Christine will comment on the novel’s inspiration and her approach to the research (see http://lovedayproject.com), as well as more general topics such as the Japanese community in Australia and issues facing a mixed-race writer.
Christine Piper is a writer concerned with social justice and the immigrant experience. Born in South Korea to an Australian father and a Japanese mother, she was raised in Australia and now lives in New York. She won the Vogel’s Literary Award for manuscripts by writers under the age of 35, and her debut novel, After Darkness, was published in Australia and New Zealand in 2014. It has since been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Christine also won the 2014 Calibre Essay Prize for her essay about Japan’s wartime memory and the struggle to recognize the victims of war (www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-online/current-issue/114-april-2014-no-360/1898-unearthing-the-past). She has studied creative writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Technology, Sydney, where she wrote a version of After Darkness as part of her doctoral degree. More information about Christine Piper can be found at www.christinepiper.comread more
- USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute Annual Conference
- 03/03/2016 - 03/04/2016 all day
- Off Campus Huntington Library Board Room 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, California 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, California
“Global Maritime History” is intended as a reflection on and response to the growing body of scholarship that examines particular oceans and seas (“Atlantic,” “Pacific,” “Indian Ocean,” etc.). The work done under these signs has been wide-ranging, including not only traditional maritime topics such as the social history of sailors but also studies of business networks, intellectual currents, the circulation of objects and cultures, and aquatic environments. This “oceanic turn” has been highly productive: it has led, indeed, to some of the best recent scholarship on areas as far apart as India, North America and the South Pacific.
Yet while framing a study in terms of a particular ocean or sea has the virtuous effect of encouraging us to integrate the maritime into terrestrial histories, it also has significant downsides. Framing work in terms of individual oceans tends to obscure commonalities among maritime histories across places and times. Similarities, that is, in the lifeways of people living on oceans and the practices of exchange, labor, law and social organization that they shared. Scholarship framed in oceanic terms has also had a pronounced tendency to revert to national and imperial frameworks that overlap with particular oceans. This has limited histories built around the water from fulfilling what for many is their greatest promise: to form bridges and break down barriers among fields that have been artificially isolated by national and imperial borders.read more
To chart a new course in this field, this conference brings together a group of leading scholars who will present synthetic papers on central themes in maritime history across time and space. The format of the conference is designed to encourage in-depth discussion of the papers and help participants prepare revisions to their essays for publication. Papers will be pre-circulated to presenters and other participants in the conference.
- American Origins with Caitlin C. Rosenthal
- 03/07/2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
- University Park Campus Social Sciences Building SOS 250
The American Origins seminar brings the best of new research on early North America and its global connections to scholars in the Southern California area and also provides a forum for local scholars to present their own work. Meeting once a month during the academic year at either the Huntington Library or USC, the seminar usually pre-circulates papers in order to place the emphasis on discussion. Each year besides hosting researchers from all over the U.S. and abroad, we feature at least one public history session and a dissertation workshop where advanced graduate students have an opportunity to get feedback on their projects.read more
RSVP to receive the pre-circulated reading.