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The Strength of Weak Links in the Sinophone System

Jing Tsu, Yale
Monday, April 27, 2015
102 Kern, 12:15 p.m.

In the Chinese-language literary system, writers’ relations to one another are being reshuffled across time and space. Distant parallels are drawn into ever closer proximities, and the implicit comradeship once presumed between fellow exiles outside of mainland China can be repolarized due to this change. In the ocean that is the world literary space, intimacy can be uncomfortable. The compression of the global literary space is opening new doors and backchannels for loosening and tightening the grip of national literary geographies. New internal horizons and platforms are opening up, each eager to become a new site of comparisons—and perhaps to invite or disinvite renewed relations. For the first time—and never so evident—global, regional, national, and local interests are simultaneously in play. Approaching large-scale literary studies from the perspective of local and regional alliances, my talk explicates these dynamics in terms of the weak, and how margins forge their own margins. I highlight Taiwan in a dynamic triangulation with Hong Kong and Macau that is largely unseen on the world stage, and analyze, at the same time, the proliferation of new internal peripheries in Taiwan literature and how it manages such diversity. What would normally be distinguished as local and transregional accounts, then, works in tandem to animate what I have called “literary governance,” a decentralized but generative process in language-literature systems that is mobilized around hard and soft thresholds of language access, where combinations of affective attachments and institutional, or material, power are reproduced to uneven effects.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Peter Van Buren, Policy Expert, Middle East Policy Council

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
116 Katz Building
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Peter van Buren is a retired 24-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State.

Peter Van Buren spent a year in Iraq as a State Department Foreign Service Officer serving as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Now in Washington, he writes about Iraq and the Middle East at his blog, We Meant Well. His first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, was published in 2011, and his latest book, Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent, has just been published.

Professor and U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Dennis Jett, organizes the semester long event to bring thought leaders on topics ranging from food security to terrorism. The program features 14 speakers. Colloquium topics vary depending upon the current issues of the day. The course surveys some major transnational social problems confronting the world, suggested by the Copenhagen Consensus, such as: climate change; communicable diseases; conflict and arms proliferation; access to education; financial instability; governance and corruption; malnutrition and hunger; migration; sanitation and access to clean water; and subsidies and trade barriers. The course involves team teaching and guest lecturers. The course lectures are open to the public and made available via webcast.

Since leaving the government, Buren’s commentary has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, NPR, Al Jazzeera, Huffington Post, The Nation, TomDispatch, Antiwar.com, American Conservative Magazine, Mother Jones, MichaelMoore.com, Le Monde, Asia Times, The Guardian (UK), Daily Kos, Middle East Online, Guernica and others. He has appeared on the BBC World Service, NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air, CurrentTV, HuffPo Live, RT, ITV, Britain’s Channel 4 Viewpoint, CCTV, Voice of America, and more.

In his talk, Van Buren will be discussing "Nation-building and why it's so hard to do". Nation builders are those members of a state who take the initiative to develop the national community through government programs, including military conscription and national content mass schooling. Van Buren will examine the obstacles faced when in the process of creating a national identity.  

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

2nd Global Conference of International Human Resource Management

Thursday May 14, 2015 – Friday May 15, 2015

With keynote speakers: Professor Xiaoping Chen, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, USA and Professor Michael Morley, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland.

With the significant rise in interest in International Human Resource Management (IHRM), the School of Labor and Employment Relations at The Pennsylvania State University is holding its second two-day conference to facilitate discussion on this important topic amongst scholars from across the globe.

The conference is organized around a number of sub-themes that reflect important contemporary debates in IHRM. All abstracts submitted are peer-reviewed. The conference allows adequate time for presentations and discussion, both in parallel and plenary sessions, ensuring a lively debate and networking opportunities amongst participants.

The registration fee includes conference proceedings, refreshments, lunches and a conference dinner on 14 May 2015. Only payments by credit card or Visa debit card can be accepted online.

The Center for Global Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
102 Old Botany Building | University Park, PA 16802
ph: 814.867.4697 | fax: 814.863.3528 | email: cgsinfo@psu.edu

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