5/23 Urban Reader Series: Maple Razsa— Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics After Socialism

Urban Reader Series: Maple Razsa— Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics After Socialism


Wed, May 23, 6:00pm • Seminary Co-Op (5751 S Woodlawn Ave) • Free and open to the public


Maple Razsa discusses Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics after Socialism. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.


Presented by UChicago Urban in collaboration with the Seminary Co-Op Bookstores, the Urban Readers Series is an author-centered series of readings and conversations at the Seminary Co-Op. At Urban Readers, people from all over Chicago can hear from the university’s scholars and connect with one another over urban issues, histories and futures. All books in the series are written by UChicago’s faculty, alumni, and affiliates.


Maple J. Razsa is Associate Professor and Director of Global Studies at Colby College. He is committed to using text, images, and sound to embody the lived experience, as well as the political imaginations of contemporary social movements. Trained as a filmmaker and anthropologist at Harvard University, Maple has conducted fieldwork with alterglobalization protesters, anarchist-punk squatters, migrant-labor organizers, video activists, and, most recently, opponents and transgressors of the European border regime. His films—including The Maribor Uprisings, Occupation: A Film About the Harvard Living Wage Sit-In, and Bastards of Utopia—have shown in festivals around the world. The Society for Visual Anthropology named Uprisings the Best Feature Film of 2017. Maple has held appointments at Stockholm and Harvard Universities, Amherst College, and fellowships from IREX, NSF, Wenner-Gren, ACLS, Fulbright and Truman Foundations. His current research project is Insurgent Mobilities (in collaboration with Nadia El-Shaarawi), an ethnography of refugee and activist struggles to enact freedom of movement in Europe.


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