Winter 2005 Colloquium Series

Colloquium Series

In winter 2005, the Center for Cultural Studies will continue to host a Wednesday colloquium series, which features current cultural studies work by campus faculty and visitors. The sessions are informal, normally consisting of a 30-40 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center will provide coffee, tea, and cookies. 





January 12
Eduardo Mendieta
(Philosophy, Stony Brook University, SUNY)
The Spaces of War and the Wars for Space: Technology, Law, City

January 19
M. Theresa Hernandez
(Social Work and Anthropology, University of Houston)
Cemeteries of Ambivalent Desire

January 26
Tony Crowley
(English Literature and Language, University of Manchester, UK)
James Joyce and the Politics of Language in Ireland: From Finnegans Wake to Human Rights

February 2
Dean Mathiowetz
(Politics, UC Santa Cruz)
Smuggling the “Self” into “Interest”: A Critical Reflection on a Liberal Dissimulation

February 9
Vilashini Cooppan
(Literature, UC Santa Cruz)
Global Literature: Race, Writing, and the World System

February 16
Kären Wigen
(History, Stanford University)
Sacred Peaks, Secular Visions: Reorienting Mountains in Modern Japan

February 23
Jason Ferreira
(President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz)
Medicine of Memory: Third World Radicalism in 1960s San Francisco and the Politics of Multiracial Unity

March 2
David Marriott
(History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz)
Spooks(II): That Within



EDUARDO MENDIETA, currently Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Cultural Studies, is the author of The Adventures of Transcendental Philosophy: Karl-Otto Apel’s Semiotics and Discourse Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), and editor of numerous works including Latin American Philosophy: Currents, Issues, Debates (Indiana, 2003). He writes, “This talk considers the way in which types of war correlate with particular topologies (earth, sea, air), which in turn correlate with different legal orders (European, American, Global, etc). The city registers these dialectical interplays, becoming a palimpsest of the war for space, but also a supplement that challenges the logic of war.”

MARIE THERESA HERNANDEZ is the author of Delirio: The Fantastic, The Demonic, and The Réel: The Buried History of Nuevo León (University of Texas, 2002). Her current project, The Prophecy: Death, Legacy, History, and the Survival of Jim Crow, critiques the history of a strategic plantation county in southeast Texas, the site of the state’s first official white colony. Hernandez analyzes the county’s genealogy of origins and tragedy, using literature, anthropology, and ethnography to explore the past and the present of its narrative.

TONY CROWLEY‘s talk is based on two forthcoming works: Wars of Words: The Politics of Language in Ireland 1537-2004(Oxford, 2005), and In the Shadow of His Language: James Joyce and the Language Questions (Oxford, 2007). Wars of Wordsincludes an account of the roles of language in cultural and theoretical debates around race, national and cultural identity, gender, literature, religion, theories of legitimacy, historicity and cultural memory. The talk will discuss the language of Finnegans Wake, Joyce’s critique of cultural nationalism, and the importance of the politics of language (including language rights) to the future formation of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

DEAN MATHIOWETZ, Assistant Professor in the Politics Department at UC Santa Cruz, is working on a manuscript entitled “The Politics of Interest.” He writes, “Liberal theories of politics are typically defended on the basis of their reverence for individual self-interest. In the talk, I criticize Stephen Holmes’s influential historical defense of liberalism on the basis that he smuggles into the foundations of his argument what his liberalism presumes: the stable, identifiable self. I observe the migrations of the word ‘interest’ through his own argument to mark the restrictions and exclusions he needs to define the ‘self’, and explore the potential that invocations of ‘interest’ hold for a politics beyond liberalism.”

VILASHINI COOPPAN is Assistant Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz, completing a manuscript entitled “Inner Territories: Fictions and Fantasms of the Nation of Postcolonial Writing.” Her talk will explore the transnational literary traffic that emerged as the corollary to such systems of world capital as slavery, empire, apartheid, and globalization. Tracing the connection between the ideologies of national sovereignty, racial identity, and literary genre, this project attempts to discern the cultural and political work that genre performs. The talk will trace the rise of the novel through the migrations of the slave trade, from Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Behn’s Oroonoko through the British, United States, and Cuban slave narratives of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the twentieth century postcolonial writings of the Caribbean novelist Caryl Phillips.

KÄREN WIGEN teaches Japanese history and the history of early modern mapping. Her research interests include the historical geography of East Asia, early modernity in Japan, regional economies and rhetorics, and geographies of the imagination. She is the author of The Making of a Japanese Periphery (California, 1995), which won the Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association, and co-author with Martin Lewis of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography (California, 1997). Her current work centers on the discovery of the Japanese Alps at the turn of the twentieth century.

JASON FERREIRA is completing a book manuscript entitled “All Power to the People: A Comparative History of Third World Radicalism in San Francisco, 1968-1974.” His work explores how activists of color articulated a radical Third World identity that expressed a transformative set of politics, enabling them to view their separate histories and circumstances as fundamentally related. His study outlines how the boundaries separating the different struggles of communities of color were extremely porous, allowing a profound cross-fertilization of both ideas and people.

DAVID MARRIOTT is the author of On Black Men (Columbia, 2000), Letters to Langston (forthcoming), and several essays on race and psychoanalysis, as well as LativeDogma, and other poetry chapbooks. His talk will explore the phenomenology of the racial double in Sartre, Fanon, and Rosenberg.