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Spring 2017 Center for Cultural Studies: Colloquium Series

     

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    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 5
    Matthew Fuller
    Professor of Cultural Studies; Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
    “In Praise of Plasticity”
    Plasticity, in neurology, is the ability to adapt, change, grow and find new forms at multiple scalar levels whilst retaining, rerouting or developing function. Professor Fuller examines the notion of plasticity as it is articulated by cybernetics, machine learning, and anarchism.

    April 12
    Ewa Domanska
    Professor of History, Adam Mickiewicz University; Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
    “Unbecoming Human: Necrotic Metamorphosis”
    Necrotic metamorphosis is the biological transformation of the body after death. Humus, trees containing chemical elements drawn from human bodies, diamonds, and vestiges, all constitute figurations of the post-human. Professor Domanska describes manifestations of natural and technical metamorphosis, anticipating the future emergence of various new species.

    April 19
    Zac Zimmer
    Assistant Professor of Literature & LALS, UCSC
    “Conquest, Contact, & Cosmovision: SF Rewritings of the Conquest of the Americas”
    Zac Zimmer’s current project reads original narratives of the conquest of the Americas and the philosophical debates it engendered with and against recent aesthetic attempts to reimagine that historical moment in marginal genres, especially alternative history and first contact science fiction, creating a point of contact between the contemporary world and the hemispheric American colonial encounter.

    April 26
    Eric porter
    Professor of History, History of Consciousness, & CRES, UCSC
    “‘The Future Appears Both Bleak & Promising’: The Politics of Jet Noise Around SFO”
    This talk is drawn from Professor Porter’s current book project examining the history of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and various social and political phenomena associated with it as a means of better understanding the core San Francisco Bay Area as a physical, social, and imagined urban space.

    May 3
    Christopher Connery
    Professor of Literature, UCSC; Professor of Cultural Studies, Shanghai University
    “Contemporary Chinese Capitalism & Its Critical Landscape”
    This talk draws on a work in progress entitled Revolutionary China and its Late Capitalist Fate, an analysis of the nature of post-reform China’s political economy, with particular attention to how this has affected everyday life, intellectual and critical work, ideological formation, cultural production, social movements, political action, and social space.

    May 10
    Debborah Battaglia
    Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Mt. Holyoke College
    “Roots in Air: People/Plants/Ethics in Suspension”
    Out of the urban ruins and food deprivation of World War II came the prototype for growing plants aeroponically. Aeroponics has since taken surprising turns as a technology for anthropocenic conditions – in Global South laboratories; “vertical gardens”; art installations; plant biology experiments for colonizing the cosmos. In its wake, questions open concerning the ethics of plant-people relations in future-making projects.

    May 17
    Martin Devecka
    Assistant Professor of Literature & Classics, UCSC
    “Socratic Economics”
    Martin Devecka is in the early stages of a research project on leisure and labor in fourth-century Athens. His work explores the processes through which competing claims to leisure and to the labor of others led to the privileging of politics as a way of thinking about collective action.

    May 24
    Johan Mathew
    Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers University
    “Smoke on the Water: Hashish Smuggling & Imperial Surveillance between Asia & the Middle East”
    Johan Mathew’s current project, Opiates of the Masses: Labor, Narcotics, and Global Capitalism, explores the history of narcotics in order to interrogate the concepts of “consumer demand” and “rational choice” in market exchange, focusing on the consumption of narcotics by workers in Asia and Africa to alleviate the stresses of labor under capitalism.

    May 31
    Shahzad Bashir
    Professor in Islamic Studies; Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University
    “Islamic Pasts & Futures: Conceptual Issues”
    This talk emerges from Professor Bashir’s current project, Islamic Pasts and Futures: Conceptual Explorations, a critique of the conceptualization of Islamic history in modern scholarship. Bashir suggests alternatives emphasizing multiple temporalities and engaging contemporary academic debates regarding language, historiography, and history on the basis of materials of Islamic provenance.

     


     

    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.
    WINTER 2017
    (831) 459-3872 / cult@ucsc.edu
    http://ccs.ihr.ucsc.edu/

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