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 […]
Christopher Newfield’s (Professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara) new book, “The Great Mistake,“ 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 […]
February 8, 2017 – Camilo Gomez-Rivas, “The Ransom Industry and the Expectation of Refuge on the Medieval Western Mediterranean Muslim-Christian Frontier”
Camilo 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 […]
March 1, 2017 – Hillary Angelo, “Manufacturing Gesellschaft: Urbanized Nature and the ‘Green Screen'”
Hillary Angelo is preparing a book on the history of urban “greening” in Germany’s Ruhr region, as well as projects on infrastructure and sociology, and on equity in urban sustainability planning. Angelo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCSC.
March 15, 2017 – Akash Kumar, “All the World on a Board: Chess and Cultural Crossings in Dante and Boccaccio”
Akash Kumar focuses on the crossing of poetry, philosophy, and science in 13th-14th century Italy, emphasizing multicultural knowledge transmission in the medieval Mediterranean. His talk emerges from his second book project on medieval Italian representations of chess and the exchange made possible by the game across gender, religious, and social boundaries. Akash Kumar is an […]
March 9, 2017 – Bianca Freire Medeiros, “25 Years of Favela Tourism: Continuities, Changes and Challenges”
Bianca Freire-Medeiros, professor of sociology at Universidade de São Paulo and Tinker Visiting Professor at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses her work on tourism in favelas and takes part in a screening of Felippe Schultz Mussel’s 2012 documentary A Place to Take Away.