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Presented by: Sarah R. Graff
Title: Strainers and Malting Vats: An Ancient Brewery in the Phrygian Highlands
Description: The Phrygians were known in antiquity for their beer and archaeological evidence exists of Phrygian beer from King Midas’ tomb at the site of Gordion in western Anatolia. However, there has been scant evidence of Phrygian breweries. If the beer was so well known, then where were they making it and how? Current research at the site of Kerkenes in central Anatolia may have the first evidence of Phrygian beer production. This lecture will discuss the evidence collected to date and why it is significant for our knowledge of food, culture, and commensality.
Presented by: Abby Wheatley
Title: Africa-EU Migration: Disembarkation and Reception in Lampedusa, Italy
Description: Drawing on ethnographic research conducted between 2016 and 2018, this talk examines the experience of African migrants transiting through Lampedusa, Italy, after surviving a potentially fatal boat crossing in the Central Mediterranean. Using Lampedusa as a case study, it considers the impact of restrictive immigration policies and securitized international borders on migrant journeys as well as the ways in which migrants themselves navigate a dangerous and deadly migrant trail. Why are we witnessing an uptick in migrant fatalities in the Mediterranean? Despite the intense militarization of the EU-Africa Border, can we also imagine Lampedusa as a potential site of solidarity and action where scholars, human rights workers, and activists can support the movement and escape of people in transit?
Presented by: Jenny Brian
Title: Controlling Reproductive and Sexual Agency
Description: This presentation interrogates the recent deployment of two kinds of embodied technologies of containment. First, we look at the recent proliferation of Medicaid policies incentivizing the insertion of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) in low-income postpartum women. Second, we look at a set of old and newer laws that allow sex offenders to voluntarily elect to be surgically or chemically castrated in exchange for reduced jail time. LARC and castration are promoted in the media and policy statements using the language of empowerment, prevention, health and citizenship. But what gets chosen, and in what sense? Whose agency is denied through technological fixes because of what those bodies have done and, importantly, what we imagine (fear) they will do?
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