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YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
AT UCSB

February 18 - February 26, 2017

1.  Presidents' Day - Holiday (Campus is Closed)
    Monday, February 20th, 2017

2.  The Price of Salvation: The Medieval Islamic Economy as Contested Terrain (talk)
    Tuesday, February 21 / 4:00 p.m. / HSSB, room 4020 (free)

3.  Cities of Sleep (film screening & discussion with Director)
    Tuesday, February 21 / 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. / UCSB Pollock Theater (free w/reservation)

4.  The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney (performance)
    Tuesday, February 21 / 8:00 p.m. / The Granada Theatre, downtown SB

5.  Fiddle - Cello - Mandolin: Instrumental Music in the Celtic Tradition (peformance)
    Wednesday, February 22 / 12:00 noon / UCSB Music Bowl (free)

6.  9-Man (film screening)
    Wednesday, February 22 / 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater (free)

7.  The Discarded and The Dignified—The Politics of the Fear that “Only One Can Live” (talk)
    Thursday, February 23 / 4:00 p.m. / McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB (free)

8.  An Evening of Chican@ Rock: Quetzal (performance)
    Friday, February 24 / 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. / The Hub at U.Cen

9.  Conference: Invisible Empire: Spirits and Animism in Contemporary Japan
    Saturday & Sunday, February 25-26 / SSMS Conference Room 2135 (2nd floor) (free)

    
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1.  Presidents' Day - Holiday (Campus is Closed)
    Monday, February 20th, 2017

2.  The Price of Salvation: The Medieval Islamic Economy as Contested Terrain (talk)
    Tuesday, February 21 / 4:00 p.m. / HSSB, room 4020 (free)

The unitary Caliphate of the fi rst two or three centuries of Islam is often portrayed as a golden age, including in the economic domain, where its achievements were indeed considerable. At the same time, we can detect plenty of disagreement and confl ict in this area. In modern scholarship we have the convergence of several debates over the emergence of Islamic law, the character of early Arabic historiography, and other things. Meanwhile, a fresh look at the events and developments of that time (so far as possible) also reveals confl ict and contestation, for instance, between eastern and western Arabia at the time of the rise of Islam, and between patrimonial elites and their adversaries in the early Caliphate.

For BIO and flyer http://www.cmes.ucsb.edu/events/Bonner%20Flyer.pdf

3.  Cities of Sleep (film screening & discussion with Director)
    Tuesday, February 21 / 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. / UCSB Pollock Theater (free w/reservation)

The documentary Cities of Sleep takes us into a heady world of insurgent sleepers' communities and the infamous "sleep mafia" in Delhi, where just securing a safe sleeping spot often becomes a question of life and death. The film traces the lives of two individuals, Shakeel and Ranjeet. Shakeel, a renegade homeless sleeper, has for the last seven years slept in a diverse range of improvised places like subways, under park benches, parking lots, abandoned cars and, most recently, at areas controlled by the sleep mafia. Ranjeet runs the “sleep-cinema” community at Loha Pul, a huge double-story iron bridge straddling the banks of the river Yamuna. A thin strip of land under Loha Pul houses shanty cinemas where over 400 homeless people sleep through the day for a nominal price. The flooding of the river Yamuna poses a threat to the people sleeping there each monsoon season. The film not only looks at the tremendous pressure that the need to find a safe place to sleep exerts on the homeless in the city, but also presents a broader philosophical exploration of sleep.

For details and reservations http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/pollock/events/cities-sleep

4.  The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney (performance)
    Tuesday, February 21 / 8:00 p.m. / The Granada Theatre, downtown SB

“Still the world’s best-loved Irish folk band, both for their superb musicianship and their sense of adventure!” The Guardian (U.K.)

Beloved for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention, “virtuosos and historians” (The New York Times) The Chieftains have created their own exhilarating and definitive style. In their more than 50 years together, they have never been afraid to push boundaries. They were the first Western group to perform on the Great Wall of China; were featured at Roger Waters’ The Wall performance in Berlin; and collaborated with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music around the world. Performing with founder and piper Paddy Moloney, The Chieftains remain as fresh and relevant as when they began.

Tickets:  $39 - $59 General Public, $20 UCSB Students
For tickets and information https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3562

5.  Fiddle - Cello - Mandolin: Instrumental Music in the Celtic Tradition (performance)
    Wednesday, February 22 / 12:00 noon / UCSB Music Bowl (free)

Music in the Celtic Tradition with Dominic (age 13), Joseph (11), and Angela Rose (10) Padula

Repertoire ranges from traditional tunes—Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton—to contemporary compositions in the Celtic style, presented with compelling arrangements and unique textures of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Weaving traditional Irish dancing into the music, these accomplished young musicians enthrall audiences of all ages.

This is part of the Winter 2017 World Music Series presented by the Ethnomusicology Program and the MultiCultural Center every Wednesday at noon.  For more information, contact the MultiCultural Center at 893-8411.  In case of rain, the event will be held in the Music Room 1145 in the Music Building.

http://music.ucsb.edu/news/world-music-series

6.  9-Man (film screening)
    Wednesday, February 22 / 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. / MultiCultural Center Theater (free)

“Not only does her film convey the color and excitement of the event, it also analyzes it as a microcosm of the changing identity and role of the Chinese in American culture.” – Boston Globe

9-MAN uncovers an isolated and unique streetball tournament played by Chinese-Americans in the heart of Chinatowns across the USA and Canada. Largely undiscovered by the mainstream, the game is a gritty, athletic, chaotic urban treasure traditionally played in parking lots and back alleys. A 9-Man tournament grew in the 1930’s, at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws forced restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves. Today it’s a lasting connection to Chinatown for a dynamic community of men who know a different, more integrated world, but still fight to maintain autonomy and tradition. (English and Chinese w/ English subtitles, 2015, 89 min)

This film is part of the MultiCultural Center's weekly "Cup of Culture" coffee house and movie screenings. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the MCC lounge at 5:00 followed by film screening. For more information, contact the MultiCultural Center at 893-8411.  

MultiCultural Center Events http://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu/events/winter-2017

7.  The Discarded and The Dignified—The Politics of the Fear that “Only One Can Live” (talk)
    Thursday, February 23 / 4:00 p.m. / McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB (free)

Jessica Benjamin (Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NYU)

In this talk Benjamin brings together her psychoanalytic theory of the Third together with her experience with dialogue in the Middle East and with colleagues involved in post-war reconciliation in Rwanda, South Africa and Chile. She suggests ways in which we can think about deep psychological structures in both collectives and individuals that lead to fear-based hatred of the “Other.” Why is it so hard for some of us to meet the urgent call of victims? Why do some political movements, as we see in the present, engage in denial or even destructive attacks on those who are vulnerable? The historical efforts to redress this find that we may be in a struggle over whose suffering is considered worthy of attention. In such cases we find the imaginary position to be “Only one can live.” This fantasy may underlie the fact that in some instances where people are subjected to great suffering and helplessness this makes them and their injuries appear threatening to those who are (more) safe. The ultimate issue becomes the denial versus recognition of all suffering and human needs with the idea that “all should be able to live.”

For BIO and flyer http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/discarded-and-dignified/

8.  An Evening of Chican@ Rock: Quetzal (performance)
    Friday, February 24 / 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. / The Hub at U.Cen

A Grammy-Award winning East LA Chican@ rock group, Quetzal is the collaborative project of Quetzal Flores (guitar), Martha González (lead vocals, percussion), Tylana Enomoto (violin), Juan Pérez (bass), Peter Jacobson (cello), and Alberto Lopez (percussion). The ensemble is influenced by an East LA rock soundscape composed of Mexican ranchera, cumbia, salsa, rock, R&B, folk, and fusions of international music. Their political vision is based in social activism, feminism, and the belief that there is radical potential in expressive culture.

Tickets on sale now: $5 for UCSB students and children under 12. $15 general admission.
For tickets and information http://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu/events/winter-2017

9.  Conference: Invisible Empire: Spirits and Animism in Contemporary Japan
    Saturday & Sunday, February 25-26 / SSMS Conference Room 2135 (2nd floor) (free)

This conference is an attempt to take seriously the metaphysical implications of the contemporary Japanese culture of spirits. Presentations will analyze various modes of representation of spirits (in contemporary art, architecture, visual culture, cinema, diffuse spirituality) and at the same time addressing their underlying intellectual and religious assumptions which, in the case of a few important authors, were made explicit as part of larger philosophical endeavors. The papers will analyze specific cases of “animistic attitudes” in which the presence of “spirits” and spiritual forces is alleged, attempt to trace cultural genealogies of those attitudes, and produce conceptual maps of current animistic ideas about spirits.

Visit the conference website for full details:
http://www.eastasian.ucsb.edu/invisible-empire/