Anu Aneja is Associate Professor in the departments of Humanities and Classics at Ohio Wesleyan University. Her most recent publication is a translation of Hélène Cixous’ L’Indiade into Hundustani, under the title Unke Sapnô ka Hindustan (Radha Krishna Prakashan, forthcoming). Her work at Santa Cruz will focus on a research project on biligualism and biculturalism in postcolonial anglophone and francophone literatures, to be published in book form under the title Double Trouble: At the Postcolonial Margins of Genders, Cultures, and Languages. Aneja writes that “after the disintegration of the European empire, many third world literary texts have attempted to resolve the conflicts resulting from colonization discursively, that is, through work on language. Certain critics have claimed that these texts represent a privileged and avant-gardist view of post-colonialism, in that they remain politically disengaged from the third world’s various problems. This project attempts to construct a dialogue between such literary texts and postcolonial political aims by critically examining the discursive representation of the postcolonial subject.”
Karma Lochrie is Associate Professor of English at Loyola University, Chicago. Her publications include Margery Kempe and Translations of the Flesh (Pennsylvania, 1991) and Constructing Medieval Sexuality (Minnesota, forthcoming), which she co-edited with James Schultz and Peggy McCracken. While at UCSC, Lochrie will be completing another book, Covert Operations: The Medieval Uses of Secrecy (Pennsylvania, forthcoming). Lochrie writes that the book, which focuses on secrecy in the areas of law, medicine and science, religion, literature, “uses the arguments of Michel Foucalt and Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick, that secrecy constitutes a key structure of modernity governing identities, laws, and literary discourses,” She notes that the work “engages five areas in which secrecy operated in medieval culture, including confession, marriage and work, women’s gossip, medieval science and medicine, and the medieval uncanny.”
Tyrus Miller Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and Film Studies at Yale, is the author of Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts Between the World Wars (UC Press, forthcoming). His time in Santa Cruz will be devoted to a second book, Beyond Authenticity: Technology and Experience in Frankfurt School Theory, in which Miller will “explore how the Frankfurt School thinkers Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and Max Horkheimer, along with the associated figure Siegried Kracauer, analyzed in their critical and theoretical writings a related set of changes in the domains of art, everyday experience, and cultural organization in the early 20th century. These changes were reflected in the work of the Frankfurt School through their central concern with the status of ‘authenticity’ as a way of thinking about experience, both everyday and aesthetic.”
Having finished is Ph.D from UCSC’s History of Consciousness program in 1987, T.V. Reed is now Assosiate Professor of English and American Studies at Washington State University. He is the author of Fifteen Jugglers, Five Believers: Literary Politics and the Poetics of American Social Movements (UC Press, 1992), and is editing a book of critical essays on Evans and Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. His work in the coming year will center on completing a book titled The Arts of Social Change: Movements in Contemporary America. He writes that “the project brings a cultural studies perspective to a survey of cultural texts produced in and around recent social movements…a central theoretical thread in the book is an examination of various relationships between movement cultures (with their relatively well-defined, ideologically self-conscious but usually narrow core constituencies) and cultural movements (with their more diffuse, less ideologically conscious but usually broader constituencies).”
A 1991 History of Consciousness Ph.D, Noël Sturgeon is now Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at Washington State University. Author of Ecofeminist Natures: Race, Gender, Feminist Theory and Political Action (Routledge, 1997), she will spend her time at UCSC revising her dissertation, “Direct Action and Political Theory: The U.S. Nonviolent Direct Action Movement,” for publication. The work, she writes, is “a study of the direct action movement in the Bay Area, especially notions of racial and gender identity deployed in the movements dealing with antimilitarist, environmental, immigration, and affirmative action issues. Working from previous ethnographic research accomplished in the Bay Area, I will be engaging in participant observation and conducting interviews of local activists.”
Sandra Buckley is Chair of Japanese Studies at Griffith University, Melbourne. She is the author of Broken Silence: Voices of Japanese Feminism (UC Press, 1997) and Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture (Routledge, forthcoming). Her current work focuses on Japanese popular culture and Japanese feminism, with a particular emphasis on urban cultural space. Her project while in residence at the Center is entitled “Saving Face: The Make-up of Contemporary Japanese Cultural Practice.”
Brian Massumi is Research Fellow at the English Department at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. He is the author of A User’s Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press, 1992, third edition, 1996), and editor of The Politics of Everyday Fear (University of Minnesota Press, 1993). He is completing a book entitled The Critique of Pure Feeling, to be published by Harvard University Press. Massumi writes that “the project is to cross-fertilize cultural studies with two concepts drawn from philosophy: ‘affect’ and ‘individuation.’ The aim is to inject into cultural studies a new perspective on the bases of social and political belonging, and the processes by which the individual emerges.”
Ien Ang is Professor of Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean. Her publications include Living Room Wars: Rethinking Media Audiences for a Postmodern World and Desperately Seeking the Audience.
Jonathan Stratton is Associate Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies, at Curtin University of Technology, Perth. He is the author of The Desirable Body: Cultural Fetishism and the Erotics of Consumption, The Young Ones: Working Class Culture, Consumption and the Category of Youth, and Writing Sites: A Geneology of the Postmodern World.