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February 2019

The Global Dimensions of Religious Othering

February 15
Mosher Alumni House,

Organizers: Professors Kathie Moore and Mark Juergensmeyer Abstract: The topic of religious othering -- stereotyping of people of other faiths in a prejudicial way  -- has become an aspect of nationalist politics and social conflict around the world. At Goettingen University in Germany and UC Santa Barbara in the United States, the global dimensions of religious othering will be the focus of two workshops, exploring the various ways in which religious phenomena are related to the process of othering -- identifying and…

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March 2019

Research Agendas for the Study of Terrorism Workshop

March 1 - March 2
The Upham Hotel, 1404 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara, CA United States
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The Orfalea Center is bringing together leading scholars of terrorism to focus on research agendas for deepening our collective understanding of terrorism, counterterrorism, media presentations and public perceptions of the problem of terrorism and responses to it.

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Fukushima + Eight: Lessons from Citizen Science in Japan

March 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
SSMS 2135,

In the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Japanese state has assembled technologies of decontamination and monitoring that fundamentally reconfigured the environment, together with its human and non-human inhabitants. In the eight years since, civic organizations across Asia have enlisted citizen science to grapple with the uncertainties of radiation. In Iitate, a former evacuation zone and farming village, citizen scientists deploy novel technologies to engage the state in critical assessments of the risks of radiation, and thereby enact…

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May 2019

Zucked Book Event Photos

May 1 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Governing for Revolution

May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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Abstract:Why do some rebel groups undertake costly, intensive governance projects that trigger resistance and violence, undermine their legitimacy, strengthen rival rebel groups, and even put their own combatants and civilians at risk, while other rebel groups do not? Some rebel groups undertake maximal and intensive governance that is so unpopular, it inflames civilian-led violent resistance against rebel groups, and triggers defections that feed the ranks of rivals. Other rebel groups limit their governance interventions by co-opting pre-existing sociopolitical organizations, efficiently…

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Criminalizing Immigrant Families: Race, Gender, and Family Separations at the U.S.-Mexico Border

May 3 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Loma Pelona Conference Center, Loma Pelona Conference Center
Goleta, 93117 United States
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Race and gender have shaped the law, public policy, and the emotional and physical experiences of migration throughout history. At the present moment, however, shifting patterns of migration

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‘The Last Earth’: On Reclaiming the Palestinian Narrative and Recreating the Self

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UCSB Multicultural Center Theater

Dr. Ramzy Baroud will talk about his latest book, The Last Earth, a narrative nonfiction story of modern Palestinian history. The book comprises the stories of complex characters whose accounts overlap in terms of the collective experience. It tells the story of modern Palestine through the memories of those who have lived it. Ordinary Palestinians have rarely narrated their own history. Dr. Baroud drew on dozens of interviews to produce vivid and intimate accounts of Palestinian lives - in in…

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North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths

May 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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The stories of North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are two of Asia’s most difficult. For decades they were infamous as the region’s most militarized and repressed, self-isolated and under sanctions by the international community while, from Singapore to Japan, the rest of Asia saw historic wealth creation. Andray Abrahamian, author of the recent book North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths (McFarland, 2018), examines and compares the recent histories of North Korea and Myanmar, asking how both became pariahs and why Myanmar has…

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Dare We Reclaim Our Futures? A Systems Perspective on the Climate Crisis

May 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Girvetz 2320, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States
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Friday, May 24 with talk at 11 a.m. and conversation with students at noon in Girvetz Hall 2320Futures studies deals with complexities of the world on the systems level. One of the key systemic problems we now confront is something we call climate change.This talk will cover the specific perspective of futures studies for the understanding of climate change as a planetary problem that deals with our complex and largely problematic relationship to nature.The talk will explore more than twenty…

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SPECIAL EVENT: Flows of Vulnerability

May 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Goleta Beach, 5986 Sandspit Rd
Goleta, CA 93117 United States
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A special event organized by Dr. Summer Gray, UCSB Department of Environmental Studies. Join us for a panel discussion on the intersection of resilience building in Montecito and sediment dumping on Goleta Beach followed by a walking tour of Goleta Beach.

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