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Fisher Center Series Explores “Futures of Revolution”

Throughout the academic year, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men will host a series of lectures to spur an interdisciplinary conversation around the successes and failures of revolutions, as these political, social, economic and technological forces are envisioned, imagined, realized and lived.

The 2017-18 “Futures of Revolution” series begins on Wednesday, Sept. 13, with “Caribbean Left: Diasporic Circulations,” a talk by Carole Elizabeth Boyce Davies, focusing on the revolutionary work of Caribbean women.

The recipient of the 2017 Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Boyce Davies is a professor of Africana studies and English at Cornell University. She is the author of the prize-wining book, Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones (2008) and the classic Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (1994). Her most recent book is a study of transnational migration and Caribbean culture, Caribbean Spaces: Escape Routes from Twilight Zones (2013). She is currently studying the political leadership of black women in the African Diaspora.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Artemy Magun presents “Spontaneity and Revolution,” an examination of the legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution that considers the role of spontaneity in the future of left political movement.

A professor at the European University at Saint-Petersburg and a visiting professor at Bard College during the fall semester, Magun is the author of Negative Revolution (2013) as well as multiple books and articles available only in Russian. He is the editor of the social and political philosophy journal, Stasis. He is a member of the art and philosophy collective, “Chto Delat” (What is to be Done?).

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Sarah Raymundo explores U.S. imperialism, the anti-imperialist class war in Philippine history, and the ongoing revolutionary armed struggle in her talk “The Bells of Balangiga: Resonances of the Philippine National Democratic Revolution Toward Socialism.”

Raymundo teaches at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Center for International Studies. She is a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. She chairs the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Committee for International Relations, which steers the International League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS) Commission 11. She is the chairperson of the Philippines-Venezuela Bolivarian Friendship Association and the vice chairperson of the Philippine Anti-Imperialist Studies (PAIS). She publishes a regular column, “Blood Rush,” on bulatlat.com, an online alternative platform, which advocates “journalism for the people.”

In the final talk of the fall semester, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, Bruno Bosteels presents “Viewing the October Revolution from the Land of Zapata,” which will assess the Russian 1917 revolution from the perspective of revolutionary events in Latin America.

Bosteels is a professor in the department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. His books in English include The Actuality of Communism (Verso) and Marx and Freud in Latin America (Duke). He is a past editor of the journal Diacritics and the editor and/or translator of half a dozen books by the French philosopher Alain Badiou.

All talks begin at 7 p.m. in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall Room 212.

Established in 1998, the Fisher Center brings together faculty, students and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society. The Center supports curricular, programmatic and scholarly projects to more nearly realize the democratic ideals of equity, mutual respect and common interest in relations between men and women.

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