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