October 11-12, 2003 – Arif Dirlik: Lecture & Seminar


Globalization and the Question of Culture 
Thursday, October 11
Oakes Mural Room
4:00 PM


Re-thinking Colonialism: Globalization, Postcolonialism, and the Nation
Friday, October 12
10-12:00 pm
Oakes Mural Room


The seminar reading should be completed in advance. Copies of readings can be picked up at the Center for Cultural Studies, or can be mailed to a campus address on request (cult@hum.ucsc.edu). Please make email requests at least one week prior to the seminar.

Arif Dirlik is one of the most important critics writing at the nexus of globalization, postcolonial theory, historiography, Asia-Pacific Studies, and capital critique. He has published over fifteen books and numerous articles. His 1997 book The Postcolonial Aura: Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism (Westview), is a trenchant analysis and critique of postcolonial theory, and an assessment of its adequacy to the contemporary situation. After the Revolution: Waking to Global Capitalism (Wesleyan, 1994), posed a similar set of challenges to Marxist theory, calling for a new set of oppositional practices and modes of critique that respond to the situation of a newly hegemonic global capitalism and the demise of the socialist states. Other books include Places and Politics in the Age of Global Capital (ed. with Roxann Prazniak, Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), Postmodernity’s Histories: The Past as Legacy and Project (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), What is in a Rim? Critical Perspectives on the Pacific Region Idea (Westview, 1993), and Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution (University of California, 1991). His works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Portuguese, and Turkish. Professor Dirlik’s seminar paper, forthcoming in Engin Isik et al., ed., Handbook of Historical Sociology (Sage), is a provocative intervention into debates about the place of colonialism in contemporary historical cultural studies.