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Colloquium Series


In Winter 2010, the Center for Cultural Studies will continue to host a Wednesday colloquium series, which features current cultural studies work by campus faculty and visitors. The sessions are informal, normally consisting of a 30-40 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center will provide coffee, tea, and cookies.

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January 13
Wlad Godzich
Distinguished Professor of General and Comparative Literature and Critical Studies, UCSC
“Towards an Epistemics of Knowledge: Knowledge and Capital”

Professor Godzich examines how the elevation of knowledge into a motor of economic activity affects the status and organization of knowledge. It is his hypothesis that a knowledge-driven economy poses a challenge to a capital-driven one, and that it foreshadows the advent of a knowledge-centered society. His research examines the role of universities within such a society.

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January 20
S. Lochlann Jain
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
“The Mortality Effect”

Professor Jain discusses her analysis of the politics, history, and culture of cancer treatment in the U.S. She is the author of Injury: The Politics of Product Design and Safety Law in the United States (Princeton, 2006) and a book-in-progress, Commodity Violence: The Politics of Automobility (Duke).

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January 27
Deborah Gould
Assistant Professor of Sociology, UCSC
“Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS”

Professor Gould discusses political emotion, especially affective stimuli and blockages to political activism.  She is interested in political imaginaries and their conditions of possibility; the psychic effects of oppression; social movements as sites of collective world-making; solidarity and its fracturing; political desire; and political despair.

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February 3
Sylvia Chan-Malik
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies, UCSC
“A Part of Islam: Recovering Race and Gender in Muslim America”

Professor Chan-Malik’s research explores the racialization of Islam in the U.S. She examines how national legacies of anti-blackness and late-20th century Black freedom struggles, alongside neoliberal logics of race, gender, class, sexuality, and “multicultural democracy,” have informed constructions of Islamic Terror and Muslim American cultural politics since the 1970s.

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February 10
Nathaniel Deutsch
Professor of Literature, History, and Jewish Studies, UCSC
"The Right to Remain: Jewish Geographies in Imperial Russia"

Unlike others who became part of the Russian Empire as a result of the partitions of Poland, Jews were not viewed as native to the newly colonized territories. Many accepted their doubly alien status; however, there also emerged Jewish views that rejected the assumption that they were necessarily alien. Professor Deutsch discusses the significance of these views against the backdrop of internal Jewish politics and Russian policies.

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February 17
Christine Hong
Assistant Professor of Literature, UCSC
"Dead and Red: Post-Socialism and the 'Anachronism' of War Commemoration in North Korea and Viet Nam"

Professor Hong's Legal Fictions: Afro-Asian Human Rights Cultural Production and the Pax Americana in the Pacific Rim examines the historic relation of post-1945 human rights literature to the Pax Americana, the U.S. military "peace" that restructured the Asia Pacific following World War II.  Her second project is provisionally titled Divided Memories: Museums, Monuments, and Memoirs in the Cold War Asia Pacific.  

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February 24
Hunter Bivens
Assistant Professor of Literature, UCSC
“‘The Great Archaic Utopian Composition’: Labor and Culture in Post-Socialist Germany”

Professor Bivens examines socialist literature in Germany, 1918 to 1989, through a discussion of narrative, ideology, and the built environment.  Grounding the structures of feeling and narrative topoi central to East German literature in the proletarian experience of classical modernity, he moves from the factories and tenements of the Weimar Republic to the socialist cities and peoples' enterprises of the GDR and back to the contested spaces of the “globalizing” Berlin Republic. 

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March 3
Stefan Gandler
Faculty in Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro; Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
"Towards a Non-Eurocentric Critical Theory"

Author of Fragmentos de Frankfurt (Siglo XXI, 2009), Materialismus und Messianismus (Aisthesis, Bielefeld, 2008) and Marxismo crítico en México: (FCE, 2007), Stefan Gandler works on the possibility of overcoming the Eurocentric limitations of the Frankfurt School, confronting its Critical Theory of Society with contemporary socio-theoretical debate in Latin America.

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March 10
Danilyn Rutherford
Associate Professor of Anthropology, UCSC
"Affect and the Empirical in the Making of Stone Age New Guinea”

Professor Rutherford’s work focuses on West Papua.  Raiding the Land of the Foreigners (Princeton, 2003) focused on alterity and the limits of the nation in Biak.  She is now finishing a book on audience and sovereignty in West Papua, working on a book on technology and colonial experience in the Dutch New Guinea highlands, and beginning projects on secular belief and kinship and modernity in the U.S.





Participants


ALL COLLOQUIA ARE IN HUMANITIES 1, ROOM 210

 

January 13
Wlad Godzich
Distinguished Professor of General and Comparative Literature and Critical Studies, UCSC
“Towards an Epistemics of Knowledge: Knowledge and Capital”

January 20
S. Lochlann Jain
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
“The Mortality Effect”

January 27
Deborah Gould
Assistant Professor of Sociology, UCSC
“Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS”

February 3
Sylvia Chan-Malik
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies, UCSC
“A Part of Islam: Recovering Race and Gender in Muslim America”

February 10
Nathaniel Deutsch
Professor of Literature, History, and Jewish Studies, UCSC
"The Right to Remain: Jewish Geographies in Imperial Russia"

February 17
Christine Hong
Assistant Professor of Literature, UCSC
"Dead and Red: Post-Socialism and the 'Anachronism' of War Commemoration in North Korea and Viet Nam"

February 24
Hunter Bivens
Assistant Professor of Literature, UCSC
“‘The Great Archaic Utopian Composition’: Labor and Culture in Post-Socialist Germany”

March 3
Stefan Gandler
Faculty in Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro; Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
"Towards a Non-Eurocentric Critical Theory"

March 10
Danilyn Rutherford
Associate Professor of Anthropology, UCSC
"Affect and the Empirical in the Making of Stone Age New Guinea”


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