Research

Spring 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.

 


 

April 9
Mark Anderson

Associate Professor of Anthropology, UCSC
Franz Boas, George Schuyler and Miscegenation: A Chapter in the History of Anthropology, Race/Racism, and the Harlem Renaissance.
Mark Anderson is an anthropologist who works on the politics of race and culture, particularly in the Americas. He is currently working on a project tentatively titled Anthropology and Race/Racism: From The Harlem Renaissance to Decolonizing the Discipline, which traces anthropological approaches to race/racism from the 1920s to the 1970s.

April 16
Kris Alexanderson

Assistant Professor of History at the University of the Pacific
Transoceanic Politics and Dutch Maritime Conciliation in East Asia during the 1930’s
Kris Alexanderson’s current work examines the collaborative efforts of the Netherlands East Indies’ colonial administration, Dutch shipping businesses, and Dutch foreign consulates in port cities across the Middle East and Asia to control the flow of anti-Western and anti-colonial ideas across its colonial borders during the interwar period.

April 23
Susan Harding

Professor of Anthropology, UCSC
Secular Trouble: Anthropology, Public Schools, and De/regulating Religion in late 20th Century America
Susan Harding’s recent work explores the nexus of secularism, Christian revivalism, Civil Rights, and decolonialization as they imploded in the controversy over a federally funded elementary school curriculum in Anthropology. She reads the curriculum as a national secularizing project that triggered Christian efforts to regulate secularism.

April 30
Morten Pedersen

Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
Collaborative Damage: A Comparative Ethnography of Chinese Infrastructure Projects in Mozambique and Mongolia
Morten Axel Pedersen has conducted fieldwork in Mongolia, the Russian Far East, and Western China on topics as diverse as shamanism, political cosmology, post-socialist transition, infrastructure, social networks, and hope. He is currently completing a comparative ethnography of Chinese resource-extraction projects in Mongolia and Mozambique.

May 7
Lauren Berlant

George M. Pullman, Distinguished Service Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago
On Being in Life Without Wanting the World: On Biopolitics and the Attachment to Life.
Lauren Berlant’s talk is located in a shattered, yet intelligible zone defined by being in life without wanting the world–a state traversing misery and detachment that, the talk claims, is well-known to historically structurally subordinated people (people of color, of non-normative sexuality, proletarianized laborers . . .).

May 14
Martin Holbraad

Professor Social Anthropology, University College London and Co-Director of Cosmology, Religion, Ontology and Culture Research Group (CROC)
How Myths Make Men in Afro-Cuban Divination
Martin Holbraad’s main field research is in Cuba, where he focuses on Afro-Cuban religions and revolutionary politics. Author of Truth in Motion: the Recursive Anthropology of Cuban Divination (Chicago, 2012). Holbraad currently directs a major comparative project on the anthropology of revolutions.

May 21
Despina Kakoudaki

Associate Professor at American University, Washington DC
Robots and Slaves: History, Allegory, and the Structural Logic of the Robot Story
Despina Kakoudaki’s work focuses on literature, film, visual and cultural studies, and the history of technology. Her new book, titled Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema, and the Cultural Work of Artificial People, traces our fascination with mechanical and constructed people, such as robots, cyborgs, androids and automata.

May 28
Gopal Balakrishan

Professor, History of Consciousness, UCSC
Breakthroughs of the Young Marx
Offering an intellectual history of the phases of Marx’s thought from his dissertation on Greek philosophy to The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, Gopal Balakrishnan seeks to explain why the emergent syntheses of this early Marx broke down in the aftermath of the failures of the revolutions of 1848.

 


 

ALL COLLOQUIA ARE IN HUMANITIES 210.
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.
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