October 5, 2016 – Julia Clancy-Smith: “Spring Equinox in 18th-Century Tunisia: Wrecks, People, and Things in the Sea”

Julia Clancy-Smith is the author of, most recently, Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in an Age of Migration, c. 1800-1900 (2010).  Her current work, From Household to Schoolroom: Education and Gender in North Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean, c. 1900-present, is a multi-sided ethnographic inquiry into gender, education, literacy, and the social circulation of knowledge and people.

Clancy-Smith is Regents Professor of History at University of Arizona.

Date/Time

October 5, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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

October 12, 2016 – Bernard Stiegler: “Beyond the Anthropocene”

Is it possible to think in a state of emergency? This is now a pressing question when the Anthropocene disrupts the biosphere where we – permanently connected and algorithmically controlled – live in a permanent state of emergency, universal, and unpredictable.

Bernard Stiegler is Director at Institut de recherche et d’innovation du Centre Pompidou and Distinguished Professor at Nanjing University.

Respondents:

Wlad Godzich, Professor, Literature, UCSC

Anna Tsing, Professor, Anthropology, UCSC

Hayden White, Professor Emeritus, UCSC

Co-Sponsored by DANM, Film & Digital Media, and the Arts Division

Date/Time

October 12, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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

October 19, 2016 – Paul N. Edwards: “Afterworld: Technosphere, Anthropocene, Geostory”

Paul N. Edwards’ current research concerns the history and future of knowledge infrastructures, the history of climate science, and other large-scale information infrastructures. Edwards is the author most recently of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (2010).

Edwards is Professor at the School of Information and Department of History at University of Michigan.

Date/Time

October 19, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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

October 26, 2016 – Alma Heckman: “Absence and Counter-Narratives: The Years of Lead and the Moroccan Jewish Exodus”

Alma Rachel Heckman’s research crosses Jewish history, North Africa, French empire and the history of social movements. Her talk emerges from her project “Radical Nationalists: Moroccan Jewish Communists 1925-1975.”

Heckman is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz.

Date/Time

October 26, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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

November 2, 2016 – Anna Tsing “Isabelle Carbonell: Golden Snail Opera: The More-than-human Performance of Friendly Farming on Taiwan’s Lanyang Plain”

Written by Anna Tsing, Isabelle Carbonell, Joelle Chevrier and Yen-ling Tsai (Associate Professor of Anthropology at National Chaio Tung University Taiwan), Golden Snail Opera combines video and performance-oriented text into a genre-bending o-pei-la. This piece is a multispecies enactment of experimental natural history considering the “golden treasure snail,” imported to Taiwan in 1979, which is now major pest of rice agriculture. Whereas farmers in the Green Revolution’s legacy use poison to exterminate snails, a new generation of “friendly farmers” attempts to insert farming as one among many multispecies life ways within the paddy.

Anna Tsing is Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz and Co-Director of Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA).

Isabelle Carbonell is a PhD student in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz and a documentary filmmaker.

Date/Time
November 2, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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

November 9, 2010 – Joan Wallach Scott: “Sex and Secularism”

Joan Wallach Scott’s recent books, including The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011), focus on the relationship of the particularity of gender to the universalizing force of democratic politics. Her recent work tracks the mutually constitutive operations of gender and politics by examining the discourses of secularism from their nineteenth century anti-clerical origins to their current deployment in anti-Muslim campaigns.

Scott is Professor Emerita of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Emerging Worlds

Date/Time
November 9, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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

November 16, 2016 – Robin Hunicke: “The Art of Feel Engineering: Design, Art, Games & Playable Media at UCSC”

Robin Hunicke’s practice focuses on creating boundary-expanding, experimental game experiences by combining unique concepts and technologies. She works to create games that deliver unexpected emotional outcomes to players. This includes games that are peaceful and introspective, creative and healing as well as experiences that encourage intergenerational and international communication and play.

Hunicke is Associate Professor of Digital Arts & New Media at UC Santa Cruz.

Date/Time
November 16, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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

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

Sherene Seikaly’s current work explores the construction and regulation of the poor in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Egypt in terms of governance and of popular politics. Through a political economy of the history of food, this project rethinks our understanding of the “masses” and the specter of the “bread riot.” This talk is generously co-sponsored by the Center for Emerging Worlds.

Seikaly is Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Barbara.

Professor Seikaly will also read from her book, “Men of Capital” Wednesday evening as part of the Center for Emerging Worlds and Center for Cultural Studies’ “Book Talk” series.  Click here for more information.

Date/Time
April 6, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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

April 13, 2016 – Roland Tolentino: “Cinema and State in Crisis: Political Film Collectives and the People’s Struggles in the Philippines”

Roland Tolentino works on Philippine film, literature, and popular culture in national and transnational contexts. He is a fellow of the UP Institute of Creative Writing and a member of the Filipino Film Critics Group, Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy, and People’s Alternative Media Network.

Tolentino is Faculty at University of the Philippines Film Institute and Visiting Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley.

Date/Time
April 13, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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

April 20, 2016 – Joshua Brahinsky: “The Cultivated Event: Why Pentecostals Were the Best Organizers of the 20th Century and How to Translate Their Strategies For the Rest of Us”

Joshua Brahinsky’s current book project is “God’s Bodies: Pentecostal Training in Art of Immediacy.” He is working on a research project on global evangelicalism and theory of mind, and is an organizer for UC-AFT and the Economic Justice Alliance.

Brahinsky has his PhD from the Department of History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz.

Date/Time
April 20, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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