Center for Cultural Studies Events
The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
April 27, 2016 – Irene Lusztig: “Yours in Sisterhood: Utopian Conversation, Public Feminisms, and Talking to the 70’s”
Irene Lusztig’s recent nonfiction moving image projects engage the methods and questions of 1970’s collaborative feminist documentary practice, interrogating the contemporary status of public feminism. The presentation focuses on materials and methods from her current work in progress, Yours in Sisterhood, a participatory documentary project based on published and unpublished letters to the editor of Ms. magazine. Lusztig […]
May 4, 2016 – Donna V. Jones: “’I want more life’: Reflections on Time, Race and Duration in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner”
Donna V. Jones is the author of Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Vitalism, Negritude and Modernity. Her publications and research interests include comparative modernisms, postcolonial literature, life philosophies and biopolitics, and science fiction and science studies. Her current project is Cursed Immortality: Life, Duration, and Biopolitics in Late Capitalism. Jones is Associate Professor of English at UC […]
May 11, 2016 – Stephanie Rogers-Jones: “Lady Flesh Stealers, Female Soul Drivers, and She-Merchants: White Women and the American Slave Market”
Stephanie Jones-Rogers is completing her manuscript “Mistresses of the Market: White Women and the Economy of American Slavery.” It examines white women’s economic investments in American slavery and reveals their active participation in the South’s slave market economy. Jones-Rogers is Assistant Professor of History at UC Berkeley.
Ronaldo Wilson’s current project AVATAR|DIASPORA, wrestles with the idea of the obliterated black body and its juncture with poetry and visual culture. This project documents his current practice through sonic landscapes, video, dance, and writing as ways to explore race, sexuality, and representation. Wilson is Associate Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz.
Dai Jinhua is currently researching the cultural politics of China after the post-Cold War, the “rise of China,” and the erasures and elisions of China’s anti-colonial, third world socialist past. Bringing her feminist Marxism to bear, Dai Jinhua interprets Chinese film and culture, examining traces of forgotten histories. This talk is generously co-sponsored by the […]
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.