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Faculty & Graduate Student Brown Bag Presentations

Held on Fridays from 11am-noon in 348 PLC. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

What are Brown Bag presentations?  Short (15-25 minute), semi-formal presentations about research being conducted by members of our department.  We started doing Brown Bags last year as an effort to give graduate students a chance to learn more about the research our faculty are working on.  It also provides a great opportunity for graduate students who have already conducted research to share their process with other students, to get questions and comments about their methods and arguments, and to practice presenting their findings. We try to draw the connections between faculty and graduate student research as well. Finally, it is great for first year students to attend as you will see all the wonderful and interesting things that your fellow students are working on (while also being assured that you too can do it!), and get a chance to know more about professors in the department.


Schedule for AY 2013-14

Spring Term Presentations

May 30: Geoff Kennedy *Special Location- 159 PLC (Oregon Humanities Center Conference Room)

IS adjunct faculty member Geoff Kennedy’s presentation is entitled “The Market Order against the Masses: The Ideological Construction of ‘Neoliberal Democracy’ “

This work in progress examines the ideological development of ‘neo-liberal democracy’ over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The project begins with the ideological divisions amongst liberals in the context of the onset of European industrialization and the rise of an increasingly militant working class. In this context, liberalism tended to split between a social liberalism that shifted to the left and embraced the popular sovereignty of industrial democracy at the expense of the free market order, and an authoritarian liberalism that opposed democracy in favour of preserving the sanctity of private property. Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s however, self-proclaimed ‘classical liberals’ such as Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich von Hayek, actively sought to reconcile capitalism and democracy by synthesizing ‘classical liberalism’ with the innovations of elite theory. The result was a redefinition of democracy that significantly diminished the scope of political activity and subordinated democracy to the rules of a spontaneous ‘market order’. Despite these ideological innovations, neoliberal thought has never been able to overcome the tensions between capitalism and democracy immanent in liberal ideology, a fact that has become apparent in the context of the current Eurozone crisis.

May 16: Sara Clark

The “Other” Side of Cultural Exchange: Host Perspectives & Power Dynamics

All are welcome to participate in this presentation and discussion of findings from Sara’s thesis research in Costa Rica with 31 women hosting students, mostly from the US, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland. She has found that women begin hosting out of economic necessity, and those who continue hosting for years find hosting generally enjoyable and beneficial. Sara will highlight ways in which women make hosting work for them (exert agency) and the role of students’ attitudes and behaviors in creating a positive (or negative) experience for hosts. We will also discuss the complexity of power relations in hosting. Questions, suggestions, and discussion are encouraged.

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April 25: Professor Yvonne Braun

An Ethnography of ‘Doing Development’: Practices of Hybridization and Marginalization in a Major World Bank Project in Lesotho, Africa

In this work-in-progress talk, Professor Braun aims to render visible the practices and discourses of governance that incorporate local personnel into positions that “do development,” thereby hybridizing global institutional norms and locally embodied administrative employees in ways that serve to privilege and marginalize certain knowledges and experiences. Analyzing local participation in a major World Bank project in Lesotho, the configuration of a development authority discourse about a “dependency syndrome” and an institutionally rationalized grievance claim procedure offer windows into the exercise of international development industry (IDI) authority and the transformation of local social relations in the process of doing development.

April 4: Kelsey Provo

“Incorporating International Human Rights Laws and Standards into US Immigration Detention and Deportation Policies”

An informal discussion on current U.S. immigration laws and the role international human rights law plays in immigration law and policy in the United States. I will focus on my internship experience last summer in Arizona, where I worked for a non-profit that provides legal services to immigrants held in detention. The discussion will center on my internship and interviews with attorneys at the non-profit, and their thoughts on international law and human rights abuses in U.S. immigration policy.


Winter Term Presentations

March 14: Patricia Peña Peraza, a visiting M.A. candidate from the University of Sinaloa, Mazatlán

“Diabetes: Social And Economic Effects In The Clínica Hospital ISSSTE Mazatlan.”

Abstract: We know the measures we have to take to prevent diabetes. We know it is a preventable disease. However, we have not been able to control diabetes. This disease has a strong economic impact on health institutions and the families. It has been considered one of the major health challenges of this XXI century. This is reflected in the development of society and the standard of living. Diabetes causes social and economic problems, because it affects The Clínica Hospital ISSSTE Mazatlan and to society in Mazatlan. I hope to find solutions to these problems, and propose a plan to change how people are treated, and increase the quality of life of society in Mazatlan.

February 28: Will Johnson

“The 2013 Election: Changes in Civil Society, Youth Mobilization, and Perceptions of Corruption in Pakistan”

Will’s presentation will discuss his thesis project on perceptions of corruption, which has included fieldwork in both El Salvador and Pakistan. Additionally, Will hopes to go into detail about the evolution of his thesis project as well as his recent research experience in Pakistan.

Abstract: “The 2013 election: changes in civil society, youth mobilization, and perceptions of corruption in Pakistan. This presentation will address how the 2013 Pakistani national elections exemplify the changing political, social, and cultural dynamics of a country where the contrast between modernity and tradition is particularly stark. It will also briefly discuss my recent research on perceptions and misperceptions of corruption in Pakistan, with an emphasis on how these perceptions effect anti-corruption programs and the (perceived) legitimacy of the Pakistani state.”

February 14: Amy Price

“Beyond the Beauty of a Dozen Roses: Implications of Free Trade on Women in Colombia’s Cut-flower Industry”

Amy conducted fieldwork for her MA thesis during the summer of 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia and the surrounding savannah region, where most of Colombia’s cut flower cultivation occurs. Her research focused on the impact of the 2012 US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement on female cut flower workers. Amy’s thesis project analyzes data collected from interviews with workers, labor organizers and NGOs within the context of the Labor Action Plan, a social clause in the free trade agreement.

January 17: Professor Dennis Galvan (cancelled)

Fall Term Presentations

November 8: Jessica Cavas

INTL recent graduate and current instructor Jessica Cavas will present “Reflections from the Field: Towards Determining the Effectiveness of Community-led Responses to Domestic Violence in Rural India.”

Jessica received a concurrent M.A. degree in International Studies and PPPM last spring, and is currently teaching INTL 399 “Education and Development”. She returned in March from 14 months in South Asia where she conducted fieldwork on the impact of a domestic violence intervention programs in rural India. Jessica will be returning to India at the end of this term where she plans to work with a local NGO on projects related to program monitoring and evaluation

October 11: Nick MacDonald

IS adjunct faculty member Nick Macdonald’s presentation is entitled “Confessions of a Humanitarian Aid Worker: The Realities of Running Refugee Camps in Disasters and Wars.”

In addition to teaching courses on development for the Department of International Studies at the University of Oregon, Nick has over fifteen years of experience in conflict, natural disasters, and developing countries working for a variety of relief and development organizations. This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the hands-on experience of international development work through the professional history of one of our own faculty members. Additionally, in consideration of Nick’s wide breadth of experience and expertise, the floor will also be open for discussion of related topics such as humanitarian intervention, post-war reconstruction and recovery, and careers in international development.