"Militarized Freedoms: Vietnamese American Soldiers and the Vietnamization of Iraq/Afghanistan"

International Studies Program presents:

Speaker:

Long T. Bui
Former UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 16, 2017
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Event Location:
Social Science Plaza B, Room 1208
Contact for Further Information:
Internationalstudies.socsci.uci.edu
Gloria Simpson, simpsong@uci.edu or 949-824-8687

This talk reconsiders the controversial legacy of the Vietnam War through the loss of South Vietnam, the former puppet regime of United States, which collapsed and fell to communist forces in 1975. Through a contemporary global/international lens that centers marginalized voices of former refugees, Bui investigate how individuals remember this defunct state (and its abandonment by the US), and how the wartime experiences of Vietnamese American soldiers who had fought in the Middle-East reframe US foreign policies abroad.
Taking Richard Nixon's policy of Vietnamization as the critical starting point, Bui argues that governmental efforts to domesticate international conflicts by ceding responsibility to regional allies in Southeast Asia shapes the ways countries like Iraq and Afghanistan are "Vietnamized." In an interdisciplinary multi-method project that revisits two of the most disastrous conflicts in modern U.S. history, this project brings together key issues of national security, political sovereignty, citizenship, and postwar community formation.

Long Bui received his PhD in transnational ethnic studies from UC San Diego, and his BA degree in political science at UC Irvine. He was formerly the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside. Bui has published and taught in subjects related to area studies, transnational feminism/sexuality, digital media, refugee studies, and globalization studies. He is currently a faculty member at Vassar College in the Department of Sociology and the Program in Science and Technology Studies.

 

"Home as Thoroughfare: Surveillance, Infrastructure and the 'War on Terror' in East Africa"
 

 International Studies Program and Department of Anthropology present:

Speaker:

Samar Al-Bulushi
Former UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
3:30-5:00 p.m.


 

Event Location:
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1321
Contact for Further Information:
Internationalstudies.socsci.uci.edu
Gloria Simpson, simpsong@uci.edu or 949-824-8687

As the U.S.-led 'War on Terror' expands across the African continent, the intimate everyday space of the home is increasingly folded onto the battlefield. Drawing on ethnographic research in the Kenyan cities of Nairobi and Mombasa, this talk will explore how the governing intrusion into the homeplace---through police raids, arrests, and aerial and telecommunications surveillance‚ÄĒconstitutes subjects and structures social relationships. Traumatic events related to the homeplace have implications for our understandings of material infrastructures as repositories for meaning, as well as for the home's relationship to race and empire---made poignantly visible in the 2016 film, 'Eye in the Sky,' in which Euro-American drone strikes are rationalized not only as legal, but as ethical and necessary. The so-called terror suspect's home is a site through which to understand how the 'local' and the 'global' are co-constituted: it is a space where geopolitical knowledge circulates with a certain urgency, as family members and visitors relay the latest information about the scattered hegemonies of the counter-terror apparatus, and about the ongoing search for missing kin

Samar Al-Bulushi is a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research and teaching interests include critical security studies, the racialization of Islam and Muslims, and Africa's relationship to empire. Her work has appeared in Africa is a Country, Transforming Anthropology, Jacobin, Intercepted, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, and Pambazuka News.

 

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