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 […]
January 13, 2016 – Elena Gapova: “Suffering and the Soviet Man’s Search for Meaning: the ‘Moral Revolutions’ of Svetlana Alexievich”
Elena Gapova’s research focuses primarily on the issues of gender, class, and nation building in the post-soviet region. In particular, she examines how intelligentsia articulate and negotiate emerging class formations and new forms of inequality specific to the post-industrial world. Gapova is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University and Founding Director […]
Nicholas Mitchell’s current project, Disciplinary Matters: Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Neoliberal University, locates the institutional projects of black studies and women’s studies at the heart of the consolidation of the post-Civil Rights U.S. university. Mitchell is Assistant Professor in Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at UC Santa Cruz.
Joes Segal has published extensively on Cold War culture, German cultural history, and art and politics in the twentieth century. He is chair of the Culture Network of the European Social Science and History Conference and managing editor of the International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity. Segal is Chief Curator at The Wende Museum of […]
February 3, 2016 – Jonathan Beecher: “Visions of Revolution: European Writers and the French Revolution of 1848”
Jonathan Beecher’s current project consists of linked essays on writers who witnessed and wrote about the first months of the French revolution of 1848, some familiar, others less so. The central question: How do these writers explain the collapse of the radical dreams that inspired revolutionaries in 1848? Jonathan Beecher is Professor Emeritus of History at […]
February 10, 2016 – B. Ruby Rich: “The Public and the Private: New Queer Cinema in the Age of Streaming”
Ruby Rich is the author of New Queer Cinema. Her new research explores notions of the public as constituted by theatrical exhibition from the postwar era to century’s end. As editor of Film Quarterly, she is currently preparing dossiers on the films of Eduardo Coutinho and Chantal Akerman. B. Ruby Rich is Professor of Social Documentation […]
February 17, 2016 – Aaron Benanav: “Too Many People, or Too Few Jobs? A Critique of Political Demography in the Post-WWII Era”
Aaron Benanav’s current research examines the global forces giving rise to both an oversupply of labor and an underdemand for labor, worldwide. He has developed a theory of “surplus populations” to explain the consequences of persistently slack labor markets for working people, who have to work even when no steady work can be found. Aaron […]