Is it possible to think in a state of emergency? This is now a pressing question when the Anthropocene disrupts the biosphere where we – permanently connected and algorithmically controlled – live in a permanent state of emergency, universal, and unpredictable. Bernard Stiegler is Director at Institut de recherche et d’innovation du Centre Pompidou and Distinguished […]
Paul N. Edwards’ current research concerns the history and future of knowledge infrastructures, the history of climate science, and other large-scale information infrastructures. Edwards is the author most recently of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (2010). Edwards is Professor at the School of Information and Department of History […]
October 26, 2016 – Alma Heckman: “Absence and Counter-Narratives: The Years of Lead and the Moroccan Jewish Exodus”
Alma Rachel Heckman’s research crosses Jewish history, North Africa, French empire and the history of social movements. Her talk emerges from her project “Radical Nationalists: Moroccan Jewish Communists 1925-1975.” Heckman is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz.
November 2, 2016 – Anna Tsing & Isabelle Carbonell: “‘Golden Snail Opera’: The More-than-human Performance of Friendly Farming on Taiwan’s Lanyang Plain”
Written by Anna Tsing, Isabelle Carbonell, Joelle Chevrier and Yen-ling Tsai (Associate Professor of Anthropology at National Chaio Tung University Taiwan), Golden Snail Opera combines video and performance-oriented text into a genre-bending o-pei-la. This piece is a multispecies enactment of experimental natural history considering the “golden treasure snail,” imported to Taiwan in 1979, which is now major pest of […]
Joan Wallach Scott’s recent books, including The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011), focus on the relationship of the particularity of gender to the universalizing force of democratic politics. Her recent work tracks the mutually constitutive operations of gender and politics by examining the discourses of secularism from their nineteenth century anti-clerical origins to their current deployment […]
November 16, 2016 – Robin Hunicke: “The Art of Feel Engineering: Design, Art, Games & Playable Media at UCSC”
Robin Hunicke’s practice focuses on creating boundary-expanding, experimental game experiences by combining unique concepts and technologies. She works to create games that deliver unexpected emotional outcomes to players. This includes games that are peaceful and introspective, creative and healing as well as experiences that encourage intergenerational and international communication and play. Hunicke is Associate Professor of […]
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 […]