Domesticity & Democracy: Matters of Race, Gender, Sexuality

Wed. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903


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Susan Fraiman (Extreme Domesticity), Johann Neem (Democracy’s Schools), and Rachel Wahl (Just Violence) discuss essential aspects of culture and human rights, how these norms came to be, how they are viewed and used in the United States and other countries, and how this affects us all.

Why should you attend?

In Extreme Domesticity, Susan Fraiman continues to perform the crucial task of challenging―in lucid, fervent prose―the “habitual, unthinking” conflations and repudiations which keep women, or the feminized, at the bottom of hierarchies of value. Using a refreshing range of sources, which includes queers, immigrants, and the homeless alongside the more usual “domestic” suspects, Fraiman sets forth a rethinking of domesticity’s nature, purpose, location, and creators. It’s a timely rethinking that we truly need now. –Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

“Beautifully written, clearly organized, and deeply grounded in a nice mix of primary and secondary sources, Democracy’s Schools is the best short introduction to antebellum public education that I’ve ever read. It is also hugely relevant to ongoing questions about liberal arts and democracy.” –Jonathan Zimmerman, University of Pennsylvania, author of Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know

“Why does human rights training fail to diminish the use of torture by police? Rachel Wahl’s fascinating book argues that police torture is not simply the product of indifference or the legacy of colonial rule but also the moral compass of police themselves as they endeavor to produce security, justice, and order. Just Violence offers an alternative explanation of police violence and the misfit between local conceptions of justice and the general principles of the human rights system. This provocative book offers new insights into human rights education and the enduring tensions between rights and security.” –Sally Engle Merry, New York University