Fall 2014 Center for Cultural Studies: Colloquium Series

The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring
work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 40-45 minute presentation followed
by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM. Participants are
encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center provides coffee, tea, and cookies.



October 15
Bali Sahota

Assistant Professor of Literature, UCSC
Veils of the Absolute Subject: Benjamin’s Sublime
Sahota is currently completing two books, Late Colonial Sublime: Neo-Epics and the End of Romanticism and The Name of Reason: Sikhism, Secularism, Modernism.

October 22
Vilashini Cooppan
Associate Professor of Literature, UCSC
World-Scale: World Literature, Comparison, & the Work of Memory
Vilashini Cooppan is the author of Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing, published by Stanford University Press in 2009. Her most recent scholarship engages postcolonial studies, race and ethnicity, and comparative and world literature.

October 29
Nirvikar Singh
Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies and Professor of Economics, UCSC
Sikh Studies & Post-Modern Orientalism
Professor Singh explores how Sikh Studies in the North American academy is engaging with intellectual currents that can broadly be termed “post-modern.” More specifically, he critiques the asymmetrical privileging of Western “post-modern” scholarship on Sikhs against the Sikh community’s own self-understanding.

November 5
Juned Shaikh
Assistant Professor of History, UCSC
Translation & Transmission: Marxism & Social Hierarchies in Bombay, 1928-1934
Juned Shaikh works on labor, urbanity, and caste in India. His book focuses on the entanglements and contradictions of space in Bombay city in the 20th century. It explores the role of caste – more particularly the former untouchable or Dalit castes – in city planning, labor markets, trade unions, and the field of Literature.

November 12
Dean Mathiowetz
Associate Professor of Politics, UCSC
Policing the Sensorium: Ranciere, Foucault, & Economies of Luxury
Dean Mathiowetz’s current work is about the pleasures of luxurious superordination, as a form of what he calls “political sadism.” His work makes sense of the challenges that luxury poses for the realization of democratic aims, and explores the possibilities offered by leisure as a counterpoint to these challenges.

December 3
Terry Burke
Research Professor of History, UCSC
The Ethnographic State: France & the Invention of Moroccan Islam
Alone among Muslim countries, Morocco is known for its own national form of Islam, “Moroccan Islam.” In his most recent book The Ethnographic State, Professor Burke argues that Moroccan Islam was actually invented in the early twentieth century by French ethnographers and colonial officers influenced by British colonial practices in India. Through this process the monarchy was resurrected and Morocco was reinvented as a modern polity.



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