Professor Arshad Ali: “Citizens Under Suspicion: Responsive Research with Community Under Surveillance”

What are the challenges that researchers face when developing responsive research working with marginalized communities? On March 5th, Professor Arshad Ali visited Teachers College as part of the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies Speaker Series, to discuss his research project working with muslim youth and how they make sense of surveillance in multiple spaces in their lives. His qualitative approach to understand these processes aimed to engage with a community following the traditions of a participatory research methodology.IMG_2619

Professor Ali offered a detailed analysis of the ways in which the threat of surveillance permeates multiple spaces for young people, and how it impacts their own sense of identity and citizenship. He also questioned the long-term implications of these threats, particularly within educational contexts, for muslim youth.

Throughout his presentation, Professor Ali posited the importance of developing research methodologies that can be beneficial for marginalized communities and that can challenge hegemonic understandings of these communities within academic institutions.

The CMLL team appreciates the participation of the attendees, and Professor Arshad Ali, who generously shared his academic inquiries with us.

CMLL Speaker Series: Arshad Ali (March 5th)

Professor Arshad Ali, from George Washington University, will be joining us on March 5th to speak about his research, which explores how  marginalized young people make sense of their own identity and agency in an era in which state-sanctioned surveillance is part of their lives. 

His talk is titled “Citizens Under Suspicion: Responsive Research with Community Under Surveillance”

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:30p
Room: 306 Russell

Light refreshments will be served.

Fireside Chat with Dr. Ali for graduate students:
4:30-5:30p
104B Russell

Please note: The fireside chat will take place in a different room than the talk.

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In the 14 years since the 9/11 events, this nation as a whole, and New York City in particular, has escalated its state-sanctioned surveillance in the lives and activities of Muslims in the United States. In this talk, Dr. Ali will explores the ramifications of police infiltration and monitoring of Muslim student and community-based organizations. Drawing upon 24 months of ethnographic fieldwork among multiple research sites with Muslim youth in New York City, he examines  how surveillance affected the relationships within communities utilizing notions of power, panoptic gaze and governmentality. Throughout the participatory action ethnographic study he found that an insidious result of the New York Police Department’s Demographics Unit has been the alarming rise of self-discipline behaviors amid a culture of fear and panoptic gaze, as well as diminished intercommunity trust and sense of solidarity among these youth themselves. Through the participatory action research process of data collection and analysis, these findings point to a need to reconfigure the roles and responsibilities of a social researcher.

CMLL Speaker Series: Amy Stornaiuolo (Feb 5th)

Prof. Amy Stornaiuolo, Assistant Professor in the Reading/Writing/Literacy Division at Penn GSE, will be joining us on Thursday, Feb. 5th when she will present research that explores the intersections of communicative practices, social networks, and adolescents. The title of her talk is, “Exploring Social Reading: Adolescents’ Literacy Practices in Socially Networked Spaces.”

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 7:30-9:00p
Room: 277 GDH

Light refreshments will be served.

Prior to her talk, Prof. Stornaiuolo will be available for a fireside chat with any graduate students who are interested in speaking with her. This will take place in (Room: TBA — check back here or email Cristina for details: cps2127@tc.columbia.edu)

We hope you can join us!

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Looking ahead — Spring 2015

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Welcome back and Happy new year! We had a great start to the academic year, with the screening of “Unequal Education” (co-sponsored with the Media and Social Change Lab) and our inaugural meeting of the multimodality study study. It was wonderful to meet some new people last semester and we hope to continue to grow our reach within and beyond TC.

This spring, we have an exciting lineup of events, including guest speakers and a continuation of our multimodality study group. We would also like to hear from you — what kinds of events or gatherings would support your ongoing inquiries into language and literacy research and practice?

Finally, the special announcement: Please note that the deadline for the Call for Papers for this year’s International Linguistics Association Conference — to be held at Teachers College in April! — has been extended to January 31st. See the following note from ILA President (and CMLL co-founder) Jo Anne Kleifgen:

Below is our second Call for Papers for the 60th Annual Conference of the ILA

Please note our plenary speakers: Ellen Bialystok, William Labov, Ray McDermott, and Jacob Mey. A special WORD Global Roundtable simulcast will include Michael Halliday, Ruqayia Hasan, and Jonathan J. Webster speaking from Beijing Normal University.

 Please submit your proposals and share with colleagues!

Thanks,
Jo Anne Kleifgen, President, ILA
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University

Click here for the complete Call for Papers and additional information about the conference. We hope to see you there and at some of our other upcoming events!

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CMLL Multimodality Study Group – Kickoff!

We have a date for our first study group meeting! Thursday, Dec. 11th, 10:00a – 12:00p. We’ll use this first gathering as a chance to share ideas and see where our understandings of multimodality are rooted. This will also be an opportunity to propose texts for us to read/view over the course of the next several months.

To start us off, I’ll bring a couple of very short texts for us to read and view together as a way to spark our conversation.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

 

CMLL Study Group: Focus on Multimodality

During the 14-15 academic year, CMLL will launch a new study group that will gather faculty and students from across Teachers College who are interested in reading and discussing texts in the area of multimodality. We hope to address multimodality from a variety of perspectives and, in doing so, to engage with a wide range of texts and disciplines. Below, we’ve listed a few recent articles and books that take up the topic as both a point of departure and a framing lens for analysis. As the study group gets underway, we’ll share additional texts and related resources.

In the meantime, stay tuned for additional information about this year’s speakers, workshops, and screenings.

Abridged multimodality reading list:

CMLL Guest speakers presentation featuring Amy Jo Dowd, Save the Children US

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Please join us to for guest speaker Amy Jo Dowd’s talk about the Literacy Boost program which engages the broader community in helping young children learn to read both inside and outside the classroom.

Amy Jo Dowd received her EdD from Havard University Graduate School of Education and is currently the Senior Director, Education Research at Save the Children US.

April 22 from 1:00-2:40 pm in Grace Dodge 461.

CMLL Film Series Presents

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Film: 5 Broken Cameras

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit.

Date: March 27th

Time: 6:00pm

Location: ZB 408 Light refreshments will be served

CMLL FILM SERIES hosts a Film Screening of Winner of the World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary 2012 IMDb rating: 7.9 / Rotten Tomatoes rating: 95%