Leigh Gilmore is Associate Professor in the English Department at The Ohio State University and Research Scholar at the Center for Cultural Studies. Her research has largely centered on feminist theory and autobiography. Her most recent book is The Limits of Authobiography: Trauma and Testimony (Cornell, 2001). In recent years, Professor Gilmore has been working on representations of sexuality in America, drawing on and connecting obscenity, privacy law, and experimental narrative. Her current project, she writes “begins in an effort to understand the crafting of a legal subject in the United States endowed with privacy but not liberty…The ironic legacy of privacy in the U.S. is that it can be extended to citizens in such a way as to reduce their liberty even as it appears to expand it….I anticipate that legal texts will reveal places where privacy’s promise was curtailed, where privacy was welded to unfreedom to produce partial citizenship, where the problem is not privacy per se, but privacy in the absence of power.”

Mary Orgel‘s doctoral dissertation, “Sueno Nuestro: Anarchism and Anthropology in a Spanish Village,” was completed this year at the University of Massachusetts. While at the Center, she will work on a book manuscript based on this work, a local oral/ethnhistory of the Spanish anarchist movement that focuses on its 1930s heydey, the negotiation of its histoical legacy during the Spanish Fascist era and the country’s return to democratic government, and its contemporary relevance. In her colloquium talk she “will discuss some of the affinities and oppositions, both political and intellectual, between the theories and practices of Spanish anarchism and the discipline of anthropology.”

Dimitris Papadopoulos is Assistant Professor of Developmental and Theoretical Psychology at the Free University in Berlin, Germany. His publications include his 1998 doctoral dissertation, a study of Russian psychologist L.S. Vygotsky, a co-edited volume on the culture concept in psychology (2001), and numerous articles, in English and German, on subjectivity, critical psychology, and activity theory. While at the Center, he will pursue a book on the sociohistorical foundations of developmental rationality: An analysis of the historical and cultural situatedness of developmentalism against the background of the neo-liberal, transnational, and biotechnological reorganization of social space.

Caroline A. Streeter is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Cultural Studies and the Department of Sociology at UCSC. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2000. Her postdoctoral research investigates how cultural work by black women negotiates the complex terrain of consumption in mass commercial culture. She has been active in the area of mixed-race scholarship, and her areas of research interest include narratives of race mixing in African American literature, film and visual art, along with politicized emergence of mixed-race identities in the post-Civil Rights era. She has published in The Multicultural Experience (Sage, 1996) and has an essay in the forthcoming New Faces in a Changin America: Multiracial Identity in the 21st Century (Sage).

Yujin Yaguchi is Assistant Professor at the Center for Pacific and American Studies at the Univesity of Tokyo, Japan. His broad area of research is the intercultural history of the U.S. and Japan. His publications include “Hollowing of Industrial Ideology: Japanese Corporate Familialism in America” (with Tomoko Hamada, 1994) and “The Politics of the Picture Bride” (Rikkyo University American Studies, 2000). While at the Center, he will work on his book “The Ainu in U.S.-Japan Relations.” He writes that his colloquium talk focuses on how American-designed buildings in Sapporo, Hokkaido “conditioned the ways in which the Ainu became marginalized not only materially but also symbolically, enabling the Japanese to establish a particular vision of the Hokkaido’s past and future”