POSTPONED: Christina Schwenkel – University of California, Riverside
Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and Iowa State’s move to online instruction through the first summer session in 2020, CEAH Symposium events will be rescheduled in 2021.
Christina Schwenkel, an associate professor of anthropology and Southeast Asian studies at the University of California, Riverside, and author of the forthcoming book, Building Socialism: The Afterlife of East German Architecture in Urban Vietnam (Duke University Press, 2020), will give the keynote address as part of the CEAH Symposium “Learning from Socialism: Alternative Modernities in the Second World,” organized by College of Design faculty Vladimir Kulic, associate professor of architecture; Kimberly Zarecor, professor of architecture; and April Eisman, associate professor of art and visual culture (art history), with colleague James Andrews, University Professor of history.
Schwenkel has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Vietnam on the transnational co-production of historical memory and postwar reconstruction of urban infrastructure. Shel is the author of The American War in Contemporary Vietnam: Transnational Remembrance and Representation (2009) and a co-edited special issue of positions: asia critique (with Ann Marie Leshkowich), “Neoliberalism in Vietnam” (2012). Her most recent publications examine the social and architectural legacies of the global Cold War through socialist circulations of knowledge, labor and technology between Vietnam and East Germany, including Vietnamese contract workers and architecture students in the GDR (Critical Asian Studies; Central and Eastern European Migration Review) and East German urban planning and reconstruction of Vinh City (Cultural Anthropology; International Journal for History, Culture, and Modernity; American Ethnologist).
Schwenkel’s work has been supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities, Fulbright-Hays, American Council of Learned Societies, and the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program.