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Photos from our recent Cultural Studies Colloquia.

Center for Cultural Studies Events

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

April 8, 2015- Neloufer de Mel: “The ‘Perethaya’s’ Fury: Ethical Frameworks and Zones of Justice in Post-War Sri Lanka”

Neloufer de Mel is the author of Militarizing Sri Lanka and Women and the Nation’s Narrative. Her current research is on cultures of justice in postwar Sri Lanka, disability performance, and the politics of aesthetic work in contexts of violence.  De Mel is Professor of English at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

April 15, 2015- Karen de Vries: “Queer Storytelling, Secular Religion, and the Anthropocene Blues”

Working at the intersection of religion, science, and feminist studies, Karen de Vries examines structures of knowledge and power in the Contemporary American West. Her current book project deploys queer storytelling both to explore tensions and schisms between religious and secular knowledge formations and to produce more livable futures.  De Vries is a lecturer in […]

April 22, 2015- T.J. Demos: “Rights of Nature: The Art and Politics of Earth Jurisprudence”

T.J. Demos’s current work explores the intersection of visual culture, art, environmental and indigenous activism, and the recent biocentric turn in law, particularly as it relates to political ecology in the Americas. His research accompanied the preparation for Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, a 2015 exhibition he co-curated at Nottingham Contemporary […]

April 29, 2015-Brian Connolly: “The Curse of Canaan: A Fantasy of Race in the Nineteenth-Century United States”

Brian Connolly is currently working on two book projects.  The first, Sacred Kin: Sovereignty, Kinship, and Religion in the Nineteenth-Century United States, excavates the relationship between national sovereignty and religion. The second project, Against the Human, is a genealogy of the human as a category of emancipation. Connolly is Associate Professor of History at University of South […]

May 6, 2015-Joshua Dienstag: “The Human Boundary: Democracy in a Post-Species Age”

Joshua Dienstag is the author of Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit and many books and articles on the history of political thought, film, literature and democratic theory.  He is currently working on a project entitled The Animal Condition: A Political Theory of Human Citizenship. Dienstag is Professor of Political Science and Law at UCLA and Andrew W. Mellon […]

May 13, 2015-Megan Thomas: “Lascars, Sepoys, and the Traveling Labor of British Empire (Manila, 1762-4)”

Megan Thomas’s research focuses on the British forces that occupied Manila in 1762, just as East India Company rule in the subcontinent began. She traces their composition, the conditions under which they labored, and the strategies they employed for what they can tell us about the British Empire in and around the Indian Ocean.  Thomas […]

May 20, 2015-Jonathan Beller: “The Computational Unconscious”

Johnathan Beller is the author of The Cinematic Mode of Production: Attention Economy and the Society of the Spectacle and Acquiring Eyes: Philippine Visuality, Nationalist Struggle and the World-Media System. His current book projects include The Rain of Images and Computational Capital. Beller is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Media Studies at the Pratt […]

May 27, 2015-John Modern: “Toward a Religious History of Cognitive Science”

John Modern is the author of Secularism in Antebellum America and The Bop Apocalypse. John is currently at work on two projects: the first explores the intersections of religion and cognition in American history and the second is a meditation on entropy, tentatively entitled Akron Devo Divine: A Delirious History of Rubber. Modern is Chair and Associate […]

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.