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April 11, 2018 – Amanda Smith: “Cartographic Delusion: When Maps Lie & People Believe Them”

Amanda M. Smith approaches literary expression as a point of entry into spatialities effaced from other official records. She proposes a reading practice of rigorous intertextuality to recover geographic textures smoothed by homogenizing processes of spatial integration. In this talk, she addresses the stakes of such a spatial reading by exploring the legacy of misreading in contemporary Amazonia.

Smith is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She specializes in 20th and 21st-century Latin American literatures and cultures, working across the fields of Indigenous studies and the spatial humanities, with emphasis on the Andean and Amazonian regions. Her current project, tentatively titled Novel Maps, examines how literature and cartography have both overlapped and clashed in transforming Amazonia into a landscape of extraction.

Date/Time

April 11, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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

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April 18, 2018 – Mayanthi Fernando: “SuperNatureCulture: Human/Nonhuman Entanglements Beyond the Secular”

Mayanthi Fernando works on Islam, secularism, and the politics of difference in the North Atlantic. Her current project tracks the secular genealogies of the recent posthumanist turn. Reading this scholarship alongside other traditions of nonhuman ontologies, including Islamic sciences of the unseen, she asks whether we might rethink “natureculture” as “supernatureculture.”

Mayanthi Fernando is an associate professor of Anthropology at UCSC, and the director of the Center For Emerging Worlds. Her current project attends to the nexus of sex and religion in the articulation of modern secularity, analyzing how the secular state’s project of regulating and transforming religious life is interwoven with its project of sexual normalization, i.e. the production of secular, sexually “normal” citizens. She is interested in how proper religion and proper sexuality are mutually constituted (often in opposition to each other) by secular rule.

Date/Time

April 18, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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

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April 25, 2018 – Yiannis Papadakis: “Here/There: Immigrants, Comparison & Critique”

Yiannis Papadakis published work on Cyprus has focused on ethnic conflict, borders, nationalism, memory, museums, historiography, history education and cinema. His recent work explores issues of migration and social democracy in Denmark, based on fieldwork with Greek and Greek Cypriot immigrants in Copenhagen.

Papadakis holds an appointment in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus, and is a visiting scholar at UCSC.

Date/Time

April 25, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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

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May 2, 2018 – Kyla Schuller: “The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, & Science in the Nineteenth Century”

Kyla Schuller investigates the intersections between race, gender, sexuality, and the sciences in U.S. culture, and is particularly interested in ideas about how the body interacts with its environment from the periods both before and after classical genetics, i.e. the 19th century and the present. Overall, she examines how science and culture function as systems of knowledge that share methods and sources in common, even as they rhetorically claim distinct spheres.

Schuller is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and an External Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2017-2018). She has previously held fellowships from ACLS and the UC Humanities Research Institute and a visiting scholar position at UC Berkeley.

Date/Time

May 2, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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

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May 9, 2018 – Stephanie Bosch Santana: “The Digital Worlding of African Literature: From Blog and Facebook Fiction to the Blockchain”

Stephanie Bosch Santana’s work focuses on Anglophone and African language fiction from southern Africa. Her current book project examines an alternative history of literary forms in periodical print and digital media from the 1950s to the present. It argues that writers from South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have developed new genres of fiction in these media to imagine changing modes of interconnection across space.

Stephanie Bosch Santana is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work, which has been supported by the Mellon foundation, focuses on Anglophone and African language fiction from southern Africa. Her current book project examines an alternative history of literary forms in periodical print and digital media from the 1950s to the present. It argues that writers from South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have developed new genres of fiction in these media to imagine changing modes of interconnection across space.

A Cultural Studies Colloquium / UCLA Junior Faculty Exchange Talk

Date/Time

May 9, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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

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May 16, 2018 – Jennifer Doyle: “Harassment & the Unravelling of the Queer Commons”

This talk will attempt to speak to the difficulty of this moment for queer/feminist theorists—for teachers, students and staff who live and work with harassment, with forms of misogyny that are so embedded in professional life as, in some ways, to feel synonymous with it. This work is a return to a scene many of us have never left, but which critical formations tend to represent as having passed: super-sexual political writing calling for openness against an intolerable future.

Jennifer Doyle is a Professor of English at UC Riverside.

Date/Time

May 16, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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

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May 23, 2018 – Saein Park: “Dancing Waste of History: Lumpen in Heine, Marx, & Benjamin”

Saein Park’s current project argues that the discourses of Lumpen record the changing demarcations of disposable lives during the emergence of European industrial modernity. She researches 19th- and early-20th-century German-language literature, political philosophy, and critical theory, focusing on translation and reception studies, theories of waste, and plant studies.

Saein Park is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz.

Date/Time

May 23, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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

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May 30, 2018 – Robin Coste Lewis: “Voyage of the Sable Venus: Bodies, Art, Race, & Poetry”

Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (2015), which won the National Book Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts ReviewCallalooThe Harvard Gay & Lesbian ReviewTransition, and VIDA.

Date/Time

May 30, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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

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January 24, 2018 – Megan Moodie: “Emerging Genres: What Lies between Fiction and Ethnography”

Megan Moodie’s work focuses on feminist political and legal anthropology and experimental ethnographic writing in India, East Europe, and the U.S. Moodie will read from her full-length novel-in-progress, The Wishful, based in part on fieldwork in Rajasthan, India, and discuss the relationship between aesthetics and analytics in ethnographic practice and textual production.

Megan Moodie is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz.

Date/Time

January 24, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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

January 31, 2018 – Derek Murray: “On Post-Blackness: Queer Satire in Contemporary African-American Art”

Derek Conrad Murray is an interdisciplinary theorist specializing in the history, theory and criticism of contemporary art, visual culture and cultural studies. Author of Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights, Murray is completing two additional book manuscripts, Regarding Difference: Contemporary African-American Art and the Politics of Recognition and Mapplethorpe and the Flower: Radical Sexuality and the Limits of Control.

Derek Murray is an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz.

Date/Time

January 31, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Venue/Location

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