October 7, 2015 – Tyler Stovall: “White Freedom: Race and Liberty in the Modern Era”

October 7, 2015 – Tyler Stovall: “White Freedom: Race and Liberty in the Modern Era”

Tyler Stovall is currently working on two research projects. One concerns the history of migration from the French Caribbean to France during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The other explores the relationship between freedom and race, arguing that modern concepts of liberty are often racialized. Stovall is the Dean of Humanities and Distinguished Professor […]

October 14, 2015 – Ronnie Lipschutz: “Utopia or Catastrophe”

October 14, 2015 – Ronnie Lipschutz: “Utopia or Catastrophe”

This talk is connected to Professor Lipschutz’s work on politics and popular culture, of which his most recent publication was Political Economy, Capitalism and Popular Culture. Lipschutz is Professor and Chair of Politics and Provost of College Eight at UC Santa Cruz.

October 21, 2015 – Tyrus Miller: “The Non-Contemporaneity of György Lukács: Cold War Contradictions and the Aesthetics of Visual Arts”

October 21, 2015 – Tyrus Miller: “The Non-Contemporaneity of György Lukács: Cold War Contradictions and the Aesthetics of Visual Arts”

Tyrus Miller has recently published Modernism and the Frankfurt School, and his forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis will appear in 2015. He is the translator/editor of György Lukács’s, The Culture of People’s Democracy: Hungarian Essays on Literature, Art, and Democratic Transition and series co-editor (with Erik Bachman) of Brill’s Lukács Library Series. Current work […]

October 28, 2015 – Juliana Spahr: “The Politics of Poetry Production > The Politics of Poetic Form”

October 28, 2015 – Juliana Spahr: “The Politics of Poetry Production > The Politics of Poetic Form”

This talk is part of a larger project about contemporary US literature that asks a very old question about the relation between literature and politics. Professor Spahr suggests that turn of the century US literature is somewhat analogous to the earth’s ailing ecosystem, at risk because of multiple forces– economic changes, government interference, liberal foundations, […]

November 4, 2015 – Jasmine Syedullah: “‘Not Contraband, but Soldier:’ Against the Domestic Violence of National Security”

November 4, 2015 – Jasmine Syedullah: “‘Not Contraband, but Soldier:’ Against the Domestic Violence of National Security”

Jasmine Syedullah’s current project, “No Selves to Defend: Fugitive Justice and Black Feminist Loopholes of Abolition” is a political theory of abolition rooted in the antislavery writings of Harriet Jacobs, the anti-prison testimonies of political prisoners Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, and narratives from the 1971 uprising at Alderson Federal Reformatory for Women. Syedullah is a […]

November 18, 2015 – Catherine Sue Ramírez: “’Our Porto Ricans’:  Puerto Rican Students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1898-1923″

November 18, 2015 – Catherine Sue Ramírez: “’Our Porto Ricans’: Puerto Rican Students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1898-1923″

Catherine Ramírez works on 20th-century Mexican-American history, histories of migration and assimilation, Latino literature, feminist theory, and comparative ethnic studies. She is writing a book on the history of assimilation in the U.S. and was recently awarded a grant from the Mellon Foundation for her work on migration, belonging, and non-citizenship. Ramírez is Associate Professor […]

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

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”

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”

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”

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 […]