Center for Cultural Studies Events

The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors.

October 15 – G.S. Sahota: “Veils of the Absolute Subject: Benjamin’s Sublime”

October 15 – G.S. Sahota: “Veils of the Absolute Subject: Benjamin’s Sublime”

G.S. Sahota is currently completing two books, Late Colonial Sublime: Neo-Epics and the End of Romanticism and The Name of Reason: Sikhism, Secularism, Modernism. He is Assistant Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz.

October 22 – Vilashini Cooppan: “World-Scale: World Literature, Comparison, & the Work of Memory”

October 22 – Vilashini Cooppan: “World-Scale: World Literature, Comparison, & the Work of Memory”

Vilashini Cooppan is the author of Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing, published by Stanford University Press in 2009. Her most recent scholarship engages postcolonial studies, race and ethnicity, and comparative and world literature. She is Associate Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz.

October 29 – Nirvikar Singh: “Sikh Studies & Post-Modern Orientalism”

October 29 – Nirvikar Singh: “Sikh Studies & Post-Modern Orientalism”

Professor Singh explores how Sikh Studies in the North American academy is engaging with intellectual currents that can broadly be termed “post-modern.” More specifically, he critiques the asymmetrical privileging of Western “post-modern” scholarship on Sikhs against the Sikh community’s own self-understanding. Professor Singh is the Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies and Professor of Economics at UC Santa Cruz.

November 5 – Juned Shaikh: “Translation & Transmission: Marxism & Social Hierarchies in Bombay, 1928-1934″

November 5 – Juned Shaikh: “Translation & Transmission: Marxism & Social Hierarchies in Bombay, 1928-1934″

Juned Shaikh works on labor, urbanity, and caste in India. His book focuses on the entanglements and contradictions of space in Bombay city in the 20th century. It explores the role of caste – more particularly the former untouchable or Dalit castes – in city planning, labor markets, trade unions, and the field of Literature. Juned Shaikh is Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz.

November 12 – Dean Mathiowetz: “Policing the Sensorium: Rancière, Foucault, & Economies of Luxury”

November 12 – Dean Mathiowetz: “Policing the Sensorium: Rancière, Foucault, & Economies of Luxury”

Dean Mathiowetz’s current work is about the pleasures of luxurious superordination, as a form of what he calls “political sadism.” His work makes sense of the challenges that luxury poses for the realization of democratic aims, and explores the possibilities offered by leisure as a counterpoint to these challenges. Dean Mathiowetz is Associate Professor of Politics at UC Santa Cruz.

November 19 – David L. Clark: “On the Promise of Peace: Kant’s Wartime & the Tremulous Body of Philosophy”

November 19 – David L. Clark: “On the Promise of Peace: Kant’s Wartime & the Tremulous Body of Philosophy”

In addition to completing a book on Immanuel Kant’s late work, Bodies and Pleasures in Late Kant, David Clark is pursuing two projects: on on the question of animality, atrocity, and testamentary, and another on the principle of redaction and avisuality in Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War engravings. David L. Clark is Professor of English and Cultural Studies and Associate Member of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, in Canada.

December 3 – Edmund Burke III: “The Ethnographic State: France & the Invention of Moroccan Islam”

December 3 – Edmund Burke III: “The Ethnographic State: France & the Invention of Moroccan Islam”

Alone among Muslim countries, Morocco is known for its own national form of Islam, “Moroccan Islam.” In his most recent book The Ethnographic State, Professor Burke argues that Moroccan Islam was actually invented in the early twentieth century by French ethnographers and colonial officers influenced by British colonial practices in India. Through this process the monarchy was resurrected and Morocco was reinvented as a modern polity. Edmund “Terry” Burke, III is Research Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz.

The international field of cultural studies has emerged from the challenges posed to traditional humanistic and social scientific agendas by new research strategies in visual studies; anthropology, ethnography, and folklore; feminist studies; comparative sociology and politics; semiotics; social, cultural, literary, and political theory; science studies; colonial discourse analysis; ethnic studies; and the histories of sexualities. These challenges, and the new areas of scholarly activity they stimulate, compose the heart of cultural studies at UC Santa Cruz.