Events of Interest for the Week of October 14, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Department of Feminist Studies
Blacklisted Jews Like Us: Gerda and Carl Lerner: Intersectionality Experience as Deviants and the film “Black Like Me”
Vera Kallenberg, UC Santa Cruz
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Humanities 1, Room 210

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Department of Literature
Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans
David L. Eng, University of Pennsylvania
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Humanities 1, Room 202

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Science and Justice Research Center
A New Jim Code? Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life
Ruha Benjamin
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Merrill College Cultural Center

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Department of Anthropology
News of Fish: Techniques and Distributed Ecological Knowledge among Fishermen, Fish Traders and Schools of Mullets in Brazil
Rafael Devos and Viviane Vedana, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Social Sciences 1, 261

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Minorities & Philosophy Chapter
Imagining Otherwise: Resisting and Queering Racial and Gender Violence
José Medina, NorthWestern University
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Humanities 2, Room 259

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Of Interest Events for the Week of October 7, 2019

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Research Center for the Americas & History of Art & Visual Culture
Roundtable: Chicano and Chicana Art: A Critical Anthology
Laura Perez (Latinx Research Center), Amalia Mesa-Bains (CSU Monterey Bay), Catherine Ramirez (UC Santa Cruz), and Felicia Rice (Moving Parts Press) with Jennifer A. Gonzalez (UC Santa Cruz)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Charles E. Merrill Lounge

Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Humanities Institute and the Center for Creative Ecologies
Beyond the End of the World Lecture Series
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Music Recital Hall

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Creative Writing Program
Living Writers Series
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Ashland University
7:10 PM – 8:45 PM
Humanities Lecture Hall

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November 1-2, 2019 – “Against Orthodoxies: Working with Hayden White”

Poster with conference schedule for "Against Orthodoxies: Working with Hayden White"

Registration information available on the Humanities Institute website.


Friday, November 1, 2019

10:30 AM, Gathering at McHenry Library, Special Collections. Hayden White Archive Exhibition.

(remarks at 11:00)

Lunch at campus cafés.

Conference venue: Merrill College Cultural Center

1:00 PM, Welcome: Dean of Humanities

Opening Remarks: Jim Clifford

1:15 PM, Keynote Speaker: Carol Mavor (University of Manchester),

“Everything is Kleptocratic: Mary Glass Dances Happening (1970).”

2:45 PM, Panel #1:

Karyn Ball (University of Alberta), “After Unspeakability.”
Paul Kottman (The New School), “History and the Past: On the Rights to Speculation Today.”
Todd Presner (UCLA), “Toward a Pedagogy of the Practical Past: Approaches to Teaching the Holocaust.”
Roland Greene (Stanford University), “’Interpretation’ in the 1970’s.”

General discussion.

5:30 PM, Reception and Dinner at Cowell Provost’s House

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Merrill College Cultural Center

8:30 AM, Coffee and gathering.

9:00, Keynote Speaker: Susan Stewart (Princeton University),

“The Natural History of Lyric.” 

10:30, Panel #2

Amir Eshel (Stanford University), “Poetic Thinking: On Gerhard Richter’s ‘Birkenau’ (2014).”
David Palumbo-Lui (Stanford University), “A certain perverse experience…made it possible for it to be true…”
Verónica Tozzi Thompson (University of Buenos Aires), “The Exemplary Role of Narrative Argumentation to Escape from the Echo Chamber.
Ethan Kleinberg (Wesleyan University), “The Poros of the Aporia in an Era of Thin Historicization.”

General discussion.

12:30-2:00, Lunch

2:00, Keynote Speaker: Judith Butler (UC Berkeley),

“What Should I Do?”

3: 30 Panel #3:

Amy Elias (University of Tennessee), “History as the Sideways Future Glance.”
Robert Pogue Harrison (Stanford University), “Adolescence: A Vichian Theory of the Sixties.”
José Rabasa (UC Berkeley), “When Globalatinization Does Not Stick.”
María Inés La Greca (University of Buenos Aires), “With or Against Hayden White? Philosophical Reflections from the Argentinian Feminist Movement.”

General Discussion

5:30, Closing Reception


Organizing committee: 

Paul Roth, Professor of Philosophy, UCSC

James Clifford, Professor Emeritus, History of Consciousness, UCSC

Sponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz. With support from UCSC’s Cowell College and Stanford University’s Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages.

January 17, 2019 — Ralina Joseph, “Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity”

Flyer for Ralina Joseph's talk, "Postracial Resistance"

January 17, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm, Humanities 1 Room 210

Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity. How African American women celebrities, cultural products, and audiences subversively used the tools of postracial discourse — the media-propagated notion that race and race-based discrimination are over — in order to resist its very tenets.

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

A flyer showing Haider's book and text is shown

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 Hope to see you there!

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

Humanities 1, Room 210
University of California, Santa Cruz

May 27, 2016 – Simone Browne & Simon A. Cole: “Historicizing Surveillance”


Friday May 27th, 2-5 pm, Humanities 1 Room 202


417AOZ8yxlL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Simone Browne, Draw a black line through it: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Situating blackness as an absented presence in the field of surveillance studies, this talk questions how a realization of the conditions of blackness— the historical, the present, and the historical present can help social theorists understand our contemporary conditions of surveillance.

Simone Browne is Associate Professor in the Department of African and American Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Si51cpUC4seIL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_mon A. Cole, Identity or “Mere Identification”? Biometric Databases from Fingerprinting to DNA.

This talk traces the history of biometric identification technologies from their origins through to the present and the ethical and humanistic issues that have persistently been raised by them. It then discusses how we should understand these issues in the present moment of rapid technological advancement. It focuses in particular on the relationship between “mere” identification and broader notions of identity—behavioral, racial, and so on, and implications for the increasing expansion of genetic databases.

Simon Cole is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Newkirk Center for Science and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

These talks will be followed by a conversation about research projects, new issues and directions, information exchange and coffee and cookies. The colloquium is open to the public, and graduate students are encouraged especially to attend. This colloquium is sponsored by the UC Biosurveillance Working Group, the UC Humanities Research Institute and the UCSC Institute for Humanities Research.

Click here for a live stream of the event.

May 27, 2016 – Ruling Passions: Sexuality, Science and the (Post)colonial State


The past decade or so has witnessed a rapid rise in scholarship that seeks to seize or transform the language of the “science” for liberatory ends. Such an attachment to the reparative and/or divisive logic of “science” is most evident in minoritized knowledge-formations such as sexuality studies and colonial/postcolonial studies. In the face of contemporary challenges about the limits of scholarship bowing out to the forces of globalization, the colloquium will examine what is at stake for sexuality studies and postcolonial studies to carve out a critical relationship to histories of science?

The types of issues we envisage participants addressing will engage three central questions:

What are the conversations instituted about sexuality in relationship to the colonial and postcolonial state in the global south?
How does sexuality studies’s own adherence/attachment to science studies parochialize key assumptions about freedom, rights and the subject?
What are the ways in which modalities of sentiment, affect, emotion entangle with the logic of state discourses and what role does sexuality play within such exchanges?


10:00am–10:15am: Introductory Remarks
Anjali Arondekar, Feminist Studies, UCSC

10:15am-10:30am: Poetic Techne
Ronaldo Wilson, Literature, UCSC

10:30-12:30: The Arabic Freud and the Invention of the Psychosexual Subject
Omnia El Shakry, History, UC Davis
Respondent: Alma Heckman, History, UCSC

12:30-1:30: Break

1:30-3:30: Origins and the Sexuality of Science in Colonial India
Durba Mitra, History, Fordham
Respondent: Megan Moodie, Anthropology, UCSC


Durba Mitra, Department of History, Fordham University

Origins and the Sexuality of Science in Colonial India

Durba Mitra is an assistant professor of history at Fordham University. She is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania for the year of “Sex.”

Omnia El Shakry, Department of History, UC Davis

The Arabic Freud and the Invention of the Psychosexual Subject

Omnia El Shakry specializes in the the intellectual history of the Arab world and Europe, with a special emphasis on the history of the human sciences in Egypt. Her current book project, The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt, traces the lineaments of psychoanalysis in postwar Egypt.

CANCELLED – Duana Fullwiley, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

The Racial Embrace: DNA Sequences meet Dream Sequences in Struggles for (Scientific) Liberation

Dr. Duana Fullwiley is an anthropologist of science and medicine interested in how social identities, health outcomes, and molecular genetic findings increasingly intersect. She is the author of The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa (Princeton, 2011), which examines how structural adjustment policies in Africa affected not only the lived experiences of sickle cell patients in Senegal, but also influenced the genetic science about them.

March 9, 2016 – Dr. Ramzi Fawaz: “‘Flame on!’: Nuclear Families, Unstable Molecules, and the Queer History of ‘The Fantastic Four'”


The Department of Feminist Studies and the Affect Working Group at UC Santa Cruz Present:

“Flame On!”: Nuclear Families, Unstable Molecules, and the Queer History of The Fantastic Four


Released to popular acclaim in 1961, Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four told of four anticommunist space adventurers who gain extraordinary powers when cosmic rays alter their physiology, respectively granting them control over living flame, invisibility, impenetrable rock-like skin, and physical pliability. In this talk, Ramzi Fawaz explores the surprisingly queer evolution of the series, which used the mutated bodies of its heroes to depict the transformation of the bread-winning father, doting wife and bickering male siblings of the 1950s nuclear family into icons of 1960s radicalism: the left-wing intellectual, the liberal feminist, the political activist, and the potential queer.

About the Author: Ramzi Fawaz is assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press, 2016), which received the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship award for best first book manuscript in LGBT Studies. Dr. Fawaz’s research has been published in American Literature, Callaloo, and GLQ.

March 9, 2016 | 12:00-1:30PM
Free and open to the public

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

Program Overview

March 8, 2016 – UCSC Emeriti Lecture: James Clifford, "Discovering the UC Santa Cruz Campus"

The UC Santa Cruz Emeriti Group presents the 2016 Spring Emeriti Faculty Lecture
Discovering the UC Santa Cruz Campus 
James Clifford
Professor Emeritus, History of Consciousness Department, UC Santa Cruz
The University of California, Santa Cruz, built in a redwood forest overlooking Monterey Bay, is famously beautiful. But the usual language of aesthetics does little to reveal what makes the place extraordinary. The lecture, based on years of walking the rugged site, uses color photography and historical research to explore the interaction of architecture and ecology. It traces UC Santa Cruz’s experience of environmental design through changing times and ponders its continued significance.

Complimentary parking will be available in the Performing Arts parking lot. Questions? Please contact the Special Events Office at (831) 459-5003 or email

(No registration required, seating is limited)

March 8, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Doors Open at 7:00PM
Free and open to the public

Music Center Recital Hall
University of California, Santa Cruz

March 3, 2016 – Visual & Media Cultures Colloquium – Wendy Chun

“Wendy Chun: Current Research and Perspectives”
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author ofControl and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics  (MIT, 2006), and Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011). She is co-editor (with Tara McPherson and Patrick Jagoda) of a special issue of American Literature entitled New Media and American Literature, co-editor (with Lynne Joyrich) of a special issue of Camera Obscura entitled Race and/as Technology and co-editor (with Anna Fisher and Thomas Keenan) of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader, 2nd edition (forthcoming Routledge, 2015). She is the Velux Visiting Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School; she has been the Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon, Visiting Professor at Leuphana University (Luneburg, Germany), Visiting Associate Professor in the History of Science Department at Harvard, of which she is currently an Associate. She has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and a Wriston Fellow at Brown. Her forthcoming monograph is entitled Habitual New Media ( forthcoming MIT 2016).

For more information see the Visual and Media Cultures website or email

March 3, 2016 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Porter D Building, Room 245
University of California, Santa Cruz