Pablo Iglesias of PODEMOS, introduced by Amy Goodman (Democracy Now)

Pablo Iglesias of PODEMOS, introduced by Amy Goodman (Democracy Now)

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Proshansky Auditorium


Hope is Changing Sides: Understanding Spain’s Political Change

Pablo Iglesias of PODEMOS, introduced by Amy Goodman (Democracy Now)

Proshansky Auditorium,

CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue

Tuesday, February 17th, 1-3pm.

This event will be LIVESTREAMED: Go to  and click on the link in the “Live Videos” box on the upper right hand side of the page.  The talk is titled “Hope Is Changing Sides”.



Within just one year of its existence, PODEMOS has shaken politics in Spain. Started in January 2014, as a “citizens tool”, as a “method to turn indignation into political change,” and to challenge the existing Spanish political system, PODEMOS has become an unprecedented political phenomenon. In just four months, PODEMOS grew spectacularly, achieving 1.2 million votes in the May 25 European Elections, and gaining five seats in the European Parliament.

“Since then, PODEMOS has continued to increase its presence and gain further support. Opinion polls anticipating the upcoming November elections, indicate PODEMOS would be second most voted for political option. On January 31st, a “March for Change” organized by PODEMOS gathered hundreds of thousands in Madrid.” Its success can certainly be explained by the dire economic and social situation the Spanish people have been experiencing since 2008: austerity measures in healthcare and education, a housing crisis, and an unemployment rate that has risen to 25%.

But other factors contribute to the explanation of PODEMOS’ growth, such as its innovative use of political language and media visibility and its ability to relate to the preexisting horizon of social and economic discontent and desire for political change opened by the 15M movement in May 2011, and successive waves of citizen mobilization.

Why and how did PODEMOS emerge? From where has it come? What are the reasons for their spectacular growth? What are their methods and their political alignments? What is PODEMOS’ relation to Spain’s social movements? How does PODEMOS relate to existing political forces? What are the main proposals of their political program?

Introduced by Amy Goodman (Democracy Now), PODEMOS’ General Secretary Pablo Iglesias will address a NYC audience in a special opportunity to understand the political, social and economic context of PODEMOS’ emergence as a rising political force, and a unique political phenomenon.


To watch the LIVESTREAM: Go to  and click on the link in the “Live Videos” box on the upper right hand side of the page.  The talk is titled “Hope Is Changing Sides”.



Left Forum

Center for Place, Culture and Politics (Graduate Center, CUNY)


Advanced Research Collaborative (Graduate Center, CUNY)

Left East

Urban Democracy Lab (NYU) –

Verso Books



Fair Food Program’s 2014 Annual Report Launch

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room 9206/9207

Please join us for the launch of the Fair Food Program’s 2014 Annual Report

Thursday, December 11th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Room 9206,  The Graduate Center, CUNY


Watch the livestream here:

Presentation by:

Lucas Benitez, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Sean Sellers, Co-Founder and Senior Investigator, Fair Food Standards Council

Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Executive Director, Fair Food Standards Council

Roundtable discussion with:

Erik Brown, Senior Global Produce and Floral Buyer, Whole Foods Market

Janice Fine, Associate Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University

Greg Tzeutschler Regaignon, Research Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Moderator: Cathy Albisa, Executive Director, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

CIW Field Shot


To see the report, please go to:

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This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.
It is open and free to the public.


Global Crisis, New Mobilizations, and the Fate of Democracy: a reconsideration of notions from a world-systems perspective on post-socialism

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sociology Lounge, Room 6112

Global Crisis, New Mobilizations, and the Fate of Democracy: a reconsideration of notions from a world-systems perspective on post-socialism

A discussion with  Agnes Gagyi 

Monday December 8

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sociology Lounge


Dec. 8 event


New ‘global’ mobilizations linked to the economic crisis are frequently interpreted in the framework of a decline of representative democracy, and the consequent threats and promises of populism and participation. That framework tends to brace together mobilizations in different positions in global hierarchies. Agnes Gagyi’s, coming from a world systems perspective, is that this gesture implies an universalization of the democratic experience of core countries, and  hides rather than illuminates the global social dynamics connected to the movements. To support that argument, Gagyi will offer a non-core perspective on democratization and recent movements for democracy, from post-socialist Eastern Europe.

 Agnes Gagyi is a social movements researcher with a background in social anthropology and political economy. She writes on Eastern European politics and social movements in a long-term global historical perspective, inspired by world-systems analysis. She received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Pécs, is Adjunct Professor at the Eszterházy Károly College, Eger. She is presently carries out post-doctoral research at George Mason University, supported by a Fulbright grant, entitled “The Transnational History of Contemporary Hungarian Politics and Social Movements”.


This event is cosponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and the Department of Anthropology, Graduate Center, CUNY, and LeftEast (

Bridging Resistance: U.S. Militarism in Asia-Pacific and NYC

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 6112

Asia Pacific Peoples’ Solidarity presents an international conference and multimedia event with activists and organizers from South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines, and New York City organizing around the issue of US bases in the Asia Pacific region and US militarism.

Friday December 5, from 6:30-8:30 P.M.
Sociology Lounge RM 6112, CUNY Graduate Center


Peoples’ resistance to militarism in the Asia-Pacific region is growing as the US military increases its presence under the auspices of the so-called “Asia Pivot”. At the same time, communities in the US, particularly in New York City, increasingly face a rapidly militarized and violent police force in our neighborhoods, streets, and schools.

Hear from activists from South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and New York City share stories and short films on peoples resistance against US militarism. Discuss how we can strengthen our solidarity and bridge our struggles for peace.

Ko Youkyoung (International Women’s Network Against Militarism, South Korea) is a long time peace activist in South Korea as the Former Director of the National Campaign for Eradication of Crimes by U.S. Troops in Korea and member of the Korean Women’s Network against Militarism, SAFE-Korea. She is also a member of the PyeongTaek Peace Center.

Raymond Palatino (BAYAN, Philippines) is an activist and writer in the Philippines. He’s the Southeast Asia Editor in the Global Voices and contributor to the ASEAN Beat of the Diplomat magazine. He’s also the chairperson of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Metro Manila.

Kozue Akibayashi (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Japan) is an activist and researcher on gender and peace. She has researched on Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence, and has worked on building transnational networks of demilitarization with them. She has been active in international feminist peace movements.

Tafadar Sourov (Revolutionary Student Coordinating Community NYC, New York) is a student activist and a member of Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee New York City (RSCC NYC). As a member of RSCC, he has been leading and organizing struggle against military presence on the campus of CUNY (City University of New York).

Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities
Island X
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
Sloths Against Nuclear State – SANS

Asian Student Collective at The New School
NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute
Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee

Contact us: Email:

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.

It is open and free to the public.


Relocating Capitalism: The Global Spread of Export Processing Zones and Special Economic Zones Since 1947

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9205

This presentation by Patrick Neveling  based on a book project, which will offer a pioneering empirical study and analysis of a major development in the global political economy of capitalism after the Second World War; the rise of export processing zones (EPZs) and special economic zones (SEZs), which are set up by nation-states offering tax breaks and pre-built industrial infrastructure to bring in foreign-direct investment in manufacturing.

Monday December 1
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Room 9205
Graduate Center, CUNY




Based on worldwide ethnographic and archival research in various UN agencies, the World Bank, several nation-states, multinational corporations and development agencies, the presentation offers a historical anthropology of the global spread of EPZs and SEZs from the first zone in Puerto Rico in 1947 to 3,500 zones employing more than 70 million workers in more than 130 nation-states in the present.

Three crucial analytical points emerge from the global spread of EPZs and SEZs. First, common periodizations of neoliberalism can be revised. Instead of a radical rupture in the 1970s it is suggested that a comprehensive neoliberal project for reorganizing global manufacturing began in the late 1940s. Second, and building on this, a post-regulationist approach to global capitalism can be sketched, which focuses on struggles over how relations between capital, state and labor should be framed. In the global spread of EPZs and SEZs such struggles were closely related to international relations of the Cold War. Individuals, institutions, governments and corporations central for promoting EPZs and SEZs – such as the Boston-based consulting corporation Arthur D. Little, development agencies in Puerto Rico and Ireland, or the United Nations Industrial Development Organization – often worked in concert with US and other Western Cold War development programs like Point Four and the Alliance for Progress. Third, the direction of the global spread of EPZs and SEZs is from periphery to center and this adds important data to David Harvey’s concept of the “historical geography of capitalism”, enabling us to say how this historical geography is “made” in the sphere of global light-industrial manufacturing.

Patrick Neveling (PhD, Social Anthropology, Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg) is temporary Professor at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg. He is also Researcher at the Department for Cultural Anthropology and Sociology, University of Utrecht, and Associate at the Historical Institute of Berne University. Patrick’s current research focuses on the global spread of export processing zones and special economic zones since 1947 and on earlier comparable regimes in the Indian Ocean. He is the author of Manifestationen der Globalisierung: Kapital, Staat und Arbeit in Mauritius, 1825–2005 (forthcoming, Cologne: Boehlau) and has published widely on the historical anthropology of capitalism. Patrick is also an editor of the Focaalblog, published by Berghahn Books and the journal for Focaal.

Several of Patrick’s publications are available here as open access:

This event is sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics. It is free and open to the public.


Imaginary Pathologies of Contagion and Crisis Politics at the Border

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9205

In this presentation Claudia Tazreiter considers the global context of irregular migration, focusing on temporary migrant workers and asylum seekers who in many jurisdictions are labeled ‘illegal’ and are the cause of anxieties and crises in receiving societies. The presentation draws on interviews conducted with asylum seekers and irregular migrants in the Asia Pacific region.  Immanuel Ness will moderate discussion after the presentation.

Please join us on Tuesday November 25
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Room 9205
Graduate Center, CUNY


The presentation will focus on the concept of crisis and its deployment in forms of governmentality and in the biopolitics of everyday life where heterotopias as ‘non-places’ of suspended life area apparent in form such as detention camps, off-shore processing and interdiction on the high seas, applied to manage perceived crises in irregular migration. Diagnoses of twenty first century anxieties and pathologies point to multiple and often overlapping orders and disorders that evoke various crisis narratives that will be explored. The presentation considers whether crisis is a warranted narrative in the context of irregular migrant arrivals; what its consequences are; and explores alternatives such as a ‘politics of becoming’. As a case study, the externalization of borders in the case of the Australian state’s treatment of asylum seekers arriving by boat as an example of deployment crisis narrative will be explored.

Claudia Tazreiter (PhD, Sociology, University of New South Wales) is senior lecturer in sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW, Australia. Her research focuses on forced and irregular migration, human rights and social change and gendered forms of violence. She is the author of Asylum Seekers and the State. The Politics of Protection in a Security-Conscious World (Ashgate, 2004, 2006), Fluid Security in the Asia Pacific. Mobility, National Security and Human Rights (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015) with Sharon Pickering, Leanne Weber, Marie Segrave and Helen McKernan, and co-editor of Globalisation and Social Transformation in Two Culturally Diverse Societies: The Australian and Malaysian Experience (Palgrave 2013) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She is currently managing editor of The Australian Journal of Human Rights and is an associate of the Australian Human Rights Centre.

Immanuel Ness teaches political science at Brooklyn College CUNY and is author of numerous books on migrant labor and workers movements.


This event is sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics
It is open and free to the public.




Between Representation and Marginality

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Skylight Conference Room, 9th Floor

Between Representation and Marginality

Lucia Trimbur, James Newitt and Genève Brossard

24.11.2014, 6pm

Skylight Room (9100)

Graduate Center, CUNY

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This panel discussion brings together three streams of research which independently explore the boxing gym as a complex site to discuss class, gender, race and social relations through investigations undertaken in New York and Lisbon, Portugal. Within the session Lucia Trimbur will discuss how pugilistic training can be used to answer back to forms of inequality, such as anti-black racism, class stratification, and gender subordination. Lucia argues that the boxing gym in post-industrial New York offers its members the ephemeral possibilities of new identities while at the same time packaging and commodifying their lived experience. James Newitt will present documentation and excerpts from his recent exhibition in at Lumiar Cité in Lisbon titled, A Sort of Shadow, where he explored shadow boxing as a form of choreographed movement that represents inter-personal struggle without direct conflict. Within his videos and text, the idea of the shadow represents the nonspecific image of the ‘other’ that the boxers negotiate through their own reflected image in the impossible ‘there’ of a mirror. Genève Brossard will further discuss the possible forms of representation of the boxer beyond the image of a static body, speaking from the perspective both as an artist and former competitive boxer.

Lucia Trimbur is an Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College, the City University of New York (CUNY) and Doctoral Faculty in Criminal Justice at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Prior to joining CUNY, she was an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow on Race, Crime, and Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice. She completed her doctoral degree in African American studies and sociology at Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include race and racisms, gender, urban sociology and inequality, the sociology of crime and punishment, sport studies, occupational health and mining in South Africa, and ethnographic field methods. Her book, Come Out Swinging: The Changing World of Boxing in Gleason’s Gym, was published by Princeton University Press in 2013. She is currently doing work on a class-action suit against the gold mining industry in South Africa on behalf of black workers who developed occupational-health diseases, such as silicosis.

James Newitt is an artist and lecturer in Fine Arts at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, where he completed a doctoral degree in 2008. James’ work explores specific social and cultural relations, often embracing mutability and paradox. His videos and installations investigate the spaces between individual and collective identity, memory and history, fact and fiction through personal, observational and performative approaches. James’ has exhibited extensively in group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia and Europe. He has been awarded international studio residencies in Los Angeles and Liverpool, UK through the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Samstag Scholarship to participate in the Maumaus Independent Study Program in Lisbon. In 2010 he won the City of Hobart Art Prize and in 2009 he was awarded the Qantas Foundation, Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award. He currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

Genève Brossard is an artist/educator/researcher with an international record of exhibitions at venues such as Kentler Drawing Space and Frere Independent Miami/Paris. She also has work in the permanent collection of University Of London Women’s Art Library. She contributes to a variety of publications, including Texte Zur Kunste and N+1. She is a 2000 NYC Teaching Fellow and has been working in public art education for 15 years. She is currently finalizing a PhD in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College in London. Genève has competed internationally as an amateur boxer and is a two-time NY Golden Gloves Champion, a three-time Metro Games Champion, a three-time Empire State (NYS) Champion, and was Nationally ranked at #4. She is based in NYC and the Berkshires.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics

It is open and free to the public.

Confronting Racial Capitalism: The Black Radical Tradition & Cultures of Liberation

Confronting Racial Capitalism: The Black Radical Tradition & Cultures of Liberation

11/20/2014 - 11/21/2014
All Day
Skylight Conference Room, 9th Floor

Occasioned by the work of Cedric J. Robinson, this symposium brings together leading radical thinkers to consider the history and ongoing struggle against racial capitalism. From Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition to his more recent work, Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theatre and Film Before World War II, Robinson’s scholarship has been unafraid to think big. Through two days of conversation, we aim to do the same.

The Toxic Edge: A Screening and Conversation with Sarah Kanouse and Elizabeth Povinelli moderated by Denisse Andrade

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Union Docs
The Toxic Edge: A Screening and Conversation with Sarah Kanouse and Elizabeth Povinelli moderated by Denisse Andrade
Toxicity figures in a range of contemporary political, economic, social, and environmental discourses, from the toxic waste of the gulf catastrophe or Fukushima and the toxic assets of financial institutions, to concerns over toxic lifestyles and the biomonitoring of toxic bodies. In Around Crab Orchard Sarah Kanouse investigates the deep flows of toxicity in the natural environment and how these shape their materiality and the politics of their existence.
Crab Orchard calls itself a unique place to experience nature. As the only wildlife refuge in the United States whose mission includes industry and agriculture alongside conservation and recreation, Crab Orchard claims a harmonious balance between past and present, nature and culture. Assembled from documents, found footage, and conversations with activists, writers, and local residents, Around Crab Orchard questions the ideal of natural harmony while meditating on the persistence of history, the creation of knowledge, the limits of representation, and the commonplace of environmental hazard. Around Crab Orchard ultimately argues for forms of storytelling, image-making, and action that respond to the full complexity of the social and ecological landscape.
more info:
Sunday, Nov. 16th. 7:30p.m. $9. NY Premiere
322 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Sarah Kanouse is an interdisciplinary artist and writer examining the politics of landscape and public space. Her research-based projects trace the production of landscape through ecological, historical, military, and legal forces. Her work has appeared at Documenta 13Cooper UnionThe Museum of Contemporary Art ChicagoThe Smart MuseumThe Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, among others. Kanouse has written extensively about performative and site-based contemporary art practices in Art JournalAcmeLeonardoParallax and in the forthcoming volume Critical Landscapes. Sarah Kanouse is Associate Professor of Intermedia at the University of Iowa.
Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University where she also teach in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality. She is the author of four books and numerous essays exploring the sources and trajectories of the otherwise late liberalism. She is also a founding member of the Karrabing Film Collection whose films have shown in venues including the Berlinale, dOCUMENTA-13, the Wexner Center, and e-flux gallery. She is currently finishing Geontologies: A Requiem to Late liberalism.

Elena: Cuban Housing Crisis

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room C198, CUNY Graduate Center


Screening and Conversation

Nov 11, 2014

6:30 pm

Room C198

Join us for a screening of a documentary film exploring the state of Havana’s deteriorating housing stock, the lack of meaningful repairs by the Popular Power’s housing brigades, and the impact this disrepair has on the health and livelihood of Havana’s residents.


Elena follows several residents in the Elena building located in Central Havana who, after a decision by the government to demolish the bathrooms and kitchens of the building, have been awaiting repairs since 1988. For anyone living and working in New York City’s public housing developments, this story is far too familiar.

Following the screening there will be a discussion with the filmmaker, Marcelo Martín, whose documentary represents one of the first contemporary investigative documentaries made in Cuba. Martín is part of a new generation of filmmakers who are documenting the serious issues facing Cuban society with the intent to provoke discussion within Cuba.He will be joined by Alexandra Halkin, director of the Americas Media Initiative, Damaris Reyes, Executive Director of GOLES, and Cathy Deng, Executive Director of CAAAV.

The screening and conversation will be introduced by Sujatha Fernandes. Read Sujatha Fernandes and Alex Halkin’s article “Stories That Resonate: New Cultures of Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba” about Elena and the context of Cuban documentary filmmaking here:

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This event is cosponsored by The Center for Humanities, The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, Graduate Center, CUNY, , and the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV), and GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side), a member-based organization that mobilizes public housing residents.

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