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June 11, 2018 – Asad Haider: “Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump”

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From advanced reviews of Mistaken Identity:

Asad Haider renews the critique of identity politics for the contemporary Left. Drawing on the work of British cultural studies, black feminism, and theories of the subject (and subjection), Haider writes in an open and persuasive prose to show how identity is always partial and ambivalent, deflecting from the larger racial ideologies while reproducing its terms. This is a fresh and timely book, thoughtful and provocative.”

– Judith Butler, author of Gender Trouble and Frames of War

“Reviving what has become a deeply unfashionable anti-racist standpoint, Asad Haider indicts the complicity of “identity politics” from the left. For him, the dissident mentalities and meticulous historical methods of open-ended, ecumenical commitment to radical social transformation are still valid. This spiky little book shows how opposition might be salvaged from an ocean of pessimism and despair.”

– Paul Gilroy, author of The Black Atlantic and There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack

Mistaken Identity will inspire some, piss off others, and compel all of us to reconsider how we fight back. A bold, fresh, and radical critique of so-called “identity politics,” this book deserves a wide reading—especially now, when liberal multiculturalism, the “renaturalization” of capitalism, and a resurgent bourgeois black nationalism draped in radical language forecloses the possibility of revolutionary solidarity. Asad Haider proclaims another universality is possible, and it’s probably not what you think.”

– Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

Asad Haider offers a devastating and constructive critique of what is commonly understood as “identity politics,” while still maintaining the centrality race, racism and racist oppression in capitalism.”

– Bill Fletcher, Jr., coauthor of Solidarity Divided and former president of TransAfrica Forum

“Pithy, smart and readable, Mistaken Identity is a wonderful book for our time. Notwithstanding his critique of identity, there is a compelling authenticity to Haider’s voice, making him someone one wants to think with about shaping a left vision today.”

– Wendy Brown, author of States of Injury and Undoing the Demos

“[Haider] constructs a comprehensive and critical dissection of identity politics in his hard-hitting debut … This book is an important contribution to discourses on American politics, race, and social movements.”

-Publishers Weekly

 

Commentary with be provided by: History Professor and Humanites Dean Tyler Stovall and History of Consciousness Professor Banu Bargu. Refreshments served. For a pdf of the book (114 pp. of text) please email mwuerth@ucsc.edu. Hope to see you there!

Date/Time
June 11, 2018 | 2:00-3:50 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue
Humanities 1, Room 210
University of California, Santa Cruz

May 4, 2016 – Donna Haraway: “Manifestly Haraway”

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Manifestly Haraway brings together Donna Haraway’s seminal “Cyborg Manifesto” and “Companion Species Manifesto.” Manifestly Haraway also includes a wide-ranging conversation between Haraway and Cary Wolfe on the history and meaning of the manifestos in the context of biopolitics, feminism, Marxism, human-nonhuman relationships, making kin, material semiotics, the negative way of knowing, secular Catholicism, and more.

Donna J. Haraway is distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of, among other works, “Primate Visions,” “Modest_Witness@Second_Millenium,” and “When Species Meet.”

Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University, where he is also founding director of 3CT (Center for Critical and Cultural Theory). He is the author of “Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal and What Is Posthumanism?”

Date/Time
May 4, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue
Humanities 1, Room 210
University of California, Santa Cruz

April 6, 2016 – Sherene Seikaly: “Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine”

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Men of Capital examines British-ruled Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s through a focus on economy. In a departure from the expected histories of Palestine, this book illuminates dynamic class constructions that aimed to shape a pan-Arab utopia in terms of free trade, profit accumulation, and private property. And in so doing, it positions Palestine and Palestinians in the larger world of Arab thought and social life, moving attention away from the limiting debates of Zionist-Palestinian conflict.

Professor Sherene Seikaly is a historian of capitalism, consumption, and development in the modern Middle East. She is Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Barbara. She previously taught at the American University in Cairo. She is Co-founder and Co-editor of the important journal Jadaliyaa.

UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Emerging Worlds and the Center for Cultural Studies present this new series, Book Talks, which invites authors to read from their books and engage in discussion. Please visit the Center for Emerging Worlds’ website for more information on their work.

Date/Time
April 6, 2016 | 6:00-7:30 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue
Humanities Building 2, Room 259
University of California, Santa Cruz

March 9, 2016 – Anna Tsing: “The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins”

TSING PosterA tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, The Mushroom at the end of the World follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism. In all its contradictions, the matsutake mushroom offers insights into areas far beyond just mushrooms and addresses a crucial question: what manages to live in the ruins we have made? By investigating one of the world’s most sought-after fungi, The Mushroom at the End of the World presents an original examination in to the relation between capitalist destruction and collaborative survival within multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for continuing life on earth.

Anna Tsing is Professor of Anthropology at UCSC and a Neils Bohr Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark, where she codirects Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA). She is author of “Friction” and “In the Realm of the Diamond Queen.”

UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Emerging Worlds and the Center for Cultural Studies present this new series, Book Talks, which invites authors to read from their books and engage in discussion. Please visit the Center for Emerging Worlds’ website for more information on their work.

Date/Time
March 9, 2016 | 6:00-7:30 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue
Humanities Building 2, Room 259
University of California, Santa Cruz

February 24, 2016 – Gil Anidjar: “Blood: A Critique of Christianity”

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Blood, according to Gil Anidjar, maps the singular history of Christianity. As a category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as determining, sometimes even defining Western Culture, politics, and social practice and their wide-ranging incarnations in nationalism, capitalism, and the law. Flowing across multiple boundaries, infusing them with violent precepts that we must address, blood undoes the presumed oppositions between religion and politics, economy and theology, and kinship and race.

Dr. Anidjar is professor of Religion, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. His books include The Jew, The Arab: A History of the Enemy and Semites: Race, Religion, Literature.

UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Emerging Worlds and the Center for Cultural Studies present this new series, Book Talks, which invites authors to read from their books and engage in discussion. Please visit the Center for Emerging Worlds’ website for more information on their work.

Date/Time
February 24, 2016 | 6:00-7:30 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue
Humanities Building 2, Room 359
University of California, Santa Cruz