Center for Cultural Studies Events
The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors.
Susan Buck-Morss’s current project, Year 1, dives into recent research on the first century in order to topple various conceptual givens that have shaped modernity as an episteme (and led us into some unhelpful post-modern impasses), and argues there is no way forward without retracing our steps and charting another course (while discovering surprising fellow-travellers along […]
January 25, 2017 – Emily Mitchell-Eaton, “What’s Free About ‘Freely Associated Statehood’? Preserving Colonial Legacies in the Marshall Islands”
Emily Mitchell-Eaton’s work explores imperial citizenship forms and statecraft in the U.S. Pacific territories. Her research follows territorial migration policies from their enactment in the islands to the new sites of diaspora where imperial migrants resettle, exposing new racial formations, modes of (un)belonging, and immigrant solidarities. Mitchell-Eaton is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Non-citizenship, LALS/Chicano […]
Regina Kunzel’s current project explores the encounter of sexual- and gender-variant people with psychiatry in the mid-twentieth-century U.S. Drawing on multiple archives, she argues for the importance of psychiatric scrutiny, stigma, and medicalization in the making of modern sexuality. Kunzel is Professor of History and Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well as the Director of […]
February 2, 2017 – Christopher Newfield: “After the Great Mistake: Fixing Public Universities in the Trump Administration”
In his new book, The Great Mistake, Christopher Newfield shows how privatization has weakened the educational quality and the budgetary stability of public universities and wrecked their true public mission. But how can they recover during an administration that promises to accelerate privatization in every arena? Newfield argues that universities should use this period to […]
February 8, 2017 – Camillo Gomez-Rivas, “The Ransom Industry and the Expectation of Refuge on the Medieval Western Mediterranean Muslim-Christian Frontier”
Camillo Gomez-Rivas’s current project Refugees of the Reconquista is a history of social responses to displaced populations across the Muslim-Christian frontier over the long territorial decline of al-Andalus. Proceeding from a set of historical questions, the project is based on readings of multiple sources, including Arabic, Castilian, and Catalan legal, historiographical, and literary sources. Gomez-Rivas is […]
February 15, 2017 – Gary Wilder, “Black Radicalism/Radical Humanism: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Cooperative Commonwealth”
Gary Wilder is the author of Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World (2015) and The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism Between the World Wars (2005). He is currently co-editing the volume The Postcolonial Contemporary and working on a book entitled “Cooperative Commonwealth: Radical Humanism and Black Atlantic Criticism.” Wilder is Professor of Anthropology, History, and French, […]
Rick Prelinger’s currently researches the political economy and aesthetics of archives. He produces live urban history film events made for participatory audiences and is in the early stages of a film counterposing the lived experience of citydwellers as shown in home movies with the pronouncements of urban theorists and historians. Prelinger is an 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.