CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now
Meredith Oyen (History) and Jason Loviglio (MCS)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 · Noon - 1 PM
Fall 2017 Works-in-Progress Talks
Shanghai Survivors: World war Two's Displaced Persons in Asia and the International Politics of Refugee Resettlement
Meredith Oyen, Associate Professor, History; Dresher Center Summer Faculty Research Fellow
This project examines the complicated international politics of refugee aid in Asia after World War Two, where private, national, and transnational organizations had to contend not only with the ravages of the conflict, but the rise of decolonization, the looming Chinese Civil War, and the emerging global Cold War. Combing personal stories with institutional and national archives, this project brings the refugee situation in China into a global postwar context.
Driveway Moments: The Public Radio Structure of Feeling
Jason Loviglio, Associate Professor and Chair, Media and Communications Studies
The story of US public radio, is the tiny vibrating crystal through which can be heard the death rattle of liberalism and the first vocalizations of the neoliberal order. Listening to NPR, and the other institutions that comprise modern public radio in the context of "the great moving right show," (Hall, 1979), this project aims to understand the complicated relationship between one of the nation's most influential public cultural institutions and a rising political and economic philosophy committed to the replacement of public institutions with private ones.