Plenary Panel

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Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications
Goldsmiths, University of London

Islamic Republic of Iran and Rediscovery of America

Gholam Khiabany is the author of Iranian Media: The Paradox of Modernity (Routledge, 2010), and co-author of Blogistan, with Annabelle Sreberny (I.B.Tauris, 2010). He is an editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, and is a member of council of management of the Institute of Race Relations.

Associate Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis,
New York University

Race, Crime and Police Power in the Making of US Empire

This talk considers the historical importance of racialized criminality (and criminalized racial difference) within US imperial culture. It specifically examines how historical precedents of 'slave crime' and 'native crime' are foundational to the development of American legal thinking and security regimes built upon expansive conceptions (and indeed an expansionist blurring) of anticipatory policing and preventive war.

Nikhil Pal Singh is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History. A historian of race, empire, and culture in the 20th-century United States, Singh is the author of Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004) and Climin’ Jacob’s Ladder; The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell (California, 2010). Singh has published extensively on topics ranging from US liberalism to the role of race in US foreign policy. His new book Exceptional Empire: Race and War in US Globalism is in-progress and forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Professor and Chair of Women's Studies,
Barnard College

Dead Exchanges and the Potentials and Possibilities of Anti-Imperialism Today

Neferti X. M. Tadiar is Professor and Chair of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College. She is the author of Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization (2009) and Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order (2004). Her current book project is entitled Remaindered Life: Becoming Human in a Time of War, a meditation on the disposability and surplus potential of life-making under present conditions of global empire.

Canada Research Chair and Professor, School of Communication,
Simon Fraser University

10 Reasons Why the Internet Has Not Brought China’s Counterrevolution

Despite all the high expectations, false starts, and the US imperial state’s “Internet Freedom” ideological offensive, a Chinese version of the “Twitter Revolution” or “Arab Spring” has not materialized as of spring 2014. What explains this “great divergence” between the trajectory of China’s post-Mao reform from that of the Soviet Union and former Eastern European communist countries then and that of Tunisia and Egypt now? This talk addresses this question by starting with Lin Chun’s following insight in China and Global Capitalism: “The very meaning of socialist ‘reform’ entails opposition to a wholesale capitalist transition; and any ‘revolution’ in the historically postrevolutionary context would logically denote counterrevolution.” The purpose, of course, is not to advance “Chinese exceptionalism,” but to challenge any teleology or technology inspired hope for a full scale “capitalist restoration” on the one hand and expose the folly of any imperial design on the other.

Dr. Yuezhi Zhao is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy of Global Communication at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, where she is the Founding Director of the M.A. Double Degree Program in Global Communication. Dr. Zhao is also a Changjiang Chair Professor at the Communication University of China and a Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Dr. Zhao’s work concerns both domestic Chinese communication politics and the role of media and information technologies in the global transformations linking to China’s real and imagined rise as a major political economic power. Her books include Communication and Society: Political Economic and Cultural Analysis (in Chinese, 2011), Communication in China: Political Economy, Power, and Conflict (2008), and Global Communications: Toward a Transcultural Political Economy (co-edited, 2008).