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Thom van Dooren in a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). His research examines power and governance in more-than-human agricultural communities, and some of the various practices surrounding extinction, death, and burial in the modern world. He is co-editing (with Rose) a collection of essays, Unloved Others: Death of the Disregarded in the Time of Extinctions. Their research project brings humanities and ecology into dialogue around the current mass anthropogenic extinction event. They will focus on the ethics of witness in multispecies communities.
Derek Conrad Murray is Assistant Professor of Critical Theory in Art at UC Santa Cruz. He has contributed to Parachute, Art in America, Art Journal, ExitEXPRESS, the Documenta 12 Magazine Project, Third Text, and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, where he currently serves as Associate Editor. He is completing a book titled Obscene Jouissance: Contemporary Visual Art and the Politics of Recognition. His research considers how notions of identity, culture, and belonging inform the valuing structures and methodologies of art and often contribute to border building and the formation of closed communities.
Karen Bassi is Professor of Literature and Classics at UC Santa Cruz. She is the author of Acting Like Men: Gender, Drama and Nostalgia in Ancient Greece (Michigan, 1998) and co-editor of a special volume of the journal Parallax on Classics and Cultural Studies. She is working on a book about the temporal meaning of material objects in Greek literature and history writing. The paper focuses on the Book of Daniel and draws on scholarship in Jewish apocalyptic literature and literary and cultural theory.
Catherine S. Ramírez is Associate Professor of American Studies at UC Santa Cruz and the author of The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory (Duke, 2009). In this talk, she asks what it means to be Chicana or feminist in the early twenty-first century, a moment frequently characterized with a series of “posts.” How do these labels differ from and overlap with the increasingly widespread and important label Latina? The paper examines the simultaneous mainstreaming and Latinization of recent Chicano cultural production, with a focus on chica lit.
Neda Atanasoski is Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Her work in U.S. and Eastern European cultural studies is concerned with war and nationalism, the politics of gender, ethnicity, and religion in the Balkans, liberalism and human rights, and imperialism. She is completing a book, Afterimages of Empire: The Culture and Politics of American Liberalism from the Iron Curtain to the Evil Empire and Beyond. She is also working on the politics of religious difference in Central and Eastern Europe and Roma rights in the post-socialist period.
Colin Koopman is Resident Scholar in the Center for Cultural Studies and Lecturer in Philosophy at UC Santa Cruz. His current research is at the intersection of the philosophical traditions of American pragmatism and French poststructuralism. His current book projects, Pragmatism as Transition: Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty (Columbia, forthcoming) and Genealogy as Problematization, propose a genealogical pragmatism according to which critical inquiry must fulfill a genealogical requirement, which diagnoses the problems conditioning our present possibilities, and a pragmatic requirement that responds to these problems in reconstructive and ameliorative fashion.
Antonis Balasopoulos is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus. He has co-edited Comparative Literature and Global Studies: Histories and Trajectories (Aristotle, 2005); Conformism, Non-Conformism and Anti-Conformism in the Culture of the United States (Winter Verlag, 2008); and States of Theory: History and Geography of Critical Narratives (Metaichmio, 2009). He is working on two essays, one on the interface between Kafka’s fascination with the inhuman and the complex negotiation of utopian and dystopian modalities in his work; the other tracing the ideological character of Agamben’s reception in the U.S.
Shoshana Magnet is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Her book, When Biometrics Fail: Culture, Technology and the Business of Identity, investigates the origins and development of biometric technologies in Canada and the U.S. She is also a video artist working on a documentary film about Paula Treichler’s life and contribution to feminist science studies. In 2009, she will be Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her next project concerns the relationship between animals, military conflict, and imperialism, particularly military research aimed at excavating the bodies of insects and replacing their cores with machines.
Margaret Brose is Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz. She has been the recipient of numerous grants. Her book, Leopardi sublime (Re Enzo, 1998) won the MLA Marraro Prize in 2000 for outstanding work in Italian Literary Studies. She is completing a book, The Body of Italy: Female Figures in Italian Lyric, and translations of the poetry of Biancamaria Frabotta. Her talk focuses on the diaphanous veil that drapes Laura's hair, face, or body. The rhetorical figure of the veil in Petrarch's poetry maps the psychological battle of the poet's own failed conversion and points to the development of drapes and veils as commodity objects in the early Renaissance.
Mayanthi Fernando recently joined the Department of Anthropology at UCSC. She was previously an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Washington University in St. Louis, and received her PhD from the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on Islam, secularism, and the politics of difference in contemporary France, and she is currently working on her first book book, tentatively titled 'Reconfiguring France: Muslim Citizens in the Shadows of Secularism.' Her talk concerns the recent emergence of 'secular Muslim' women in the French public sphere.
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