2010 Fall Event Schedule
Past Events | Past Conferences

All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2010, Goodlad.

Monday, September 13
Levis Faculty Center, Music Room
8:00pm

Author's Roundtable, I:
Kathleen Woodward (Director of the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington)

Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions (Duke 2009)

Respondents: Ericka Beckman (Spanish/Comparative Literature), Jane Desmond (Anthropology/GWS/ International Forum for US Studies), and Elizabeth Hoiem (English)

The first of two events in which scholars will discuss their recent books in a conversational setting with respondents from the University of Illinois.

Background readings:
Woodward, Kathleen. "Introduction: Thinking Feeling, Feeling Thinking." Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions. Duke, 2009. 1-27.

Woodward, Kathleen. "Ch. 7: Statistical Panic." Statistical Panic: Cultural Politics and Poetics of the Emotions. Duke, 2009. 195-218.

 

Monday, September 27
IPRH seminar room, 805 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana
8:00pm

Graduate Student Pizza Event.

Learn about opportunities for scholarship and research support offered through the Unit for Criticism. Refreshments to be provided. Please RSVP to unitcritga@gmail.com

 

Monday, October 4
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor
8:00pm

"The Dispositif of the Person"

Roberto Esposito (Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Italian Institute for the Human Sciences in Naples), Nicholson Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Background readings:
Esposito, Roberto. "Immunization and Violence"

Esposito, Roberto. "Immunitarian Democracy"

Agamben, Giorgio. "What is an Apparatus?" What is an Apparatus? And Other Essays. Stanford, 2009. 1-24.

Deleuze, Gilles. "What is a Dispositif?" Michel Foucault: Philosopher. Routledge, 1992. 159-166.

Haraway, Donna. "Biopolitics and Postmodern Bodies." Feminist Theory and the Body. Eds Janet Price and Margrit Shildrick. Routledge, 1999. 203-214.

Saint Augustine. "Book 15: Absolute Inadequacy of the Perfected Image." The Trinity. Trans Edmund Hill. New City, 1991. 395-443.

The Invisible Committee. The Coming Insurrection. France 2005.

Weil, Simone. "Human Personality." Two Moral Essays. Pendle Hill Pamphlet, 1981. 13-32.

 

Tuesday, October 5
IPRH Seminar Room, 805 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana
9:00am - 11:00 am
By advance registration only

"Community and Violence"

Roberto Esposito (Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Italian Institute for the Human Sciences in Naples), Nicholson Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Email unitcritga@gmail.com for registration information.

 

Monday, October 11
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor
8:00pm

"The Killer in Me is the Killer in You: Homosexuality and Fascism"

Judith Halberstam (English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Gender Studies, University of Southern California)

Co-organized with the Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Initiative.

Background readings:
Mosse, George L. "Ch. 9: On Homosexuality and French Fascism." The Fascist Revolution: Towards a General Theory of Fascism. Howard Fertig, 1999. 175-182.

Hewitt, Andrew. "Ch. 3: The Philosophy of Masculinism." Political Inversions: Homosexuality, Fascism, and the Modernist Imaginary. Stanford, 1996. 79-129.

 

Tuesday, October 26
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080FLB
4:00pm

"Christopher Nolan's Dark Worlds"

Todd McGowan (Film and Television Studies, University of Vermont)

Panel Participants: Jim Hansen (English), Julie Turnock (Media and Cinema Studies), Ezra Claverie (English)

Co-organized with the department of Media and Cinema Studies

 


Thursday, October 28

Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor
8:00pm

"What Does It Mean to Claim that Sex, Gender and the Body are Socially Constructed?"

Toril Moi (Director of the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature, Duke University)

Co-organized with Anna Stenport and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Background readings:
Moi, Toril. "What Is a Woman? Sex, Gender and the Body in Feminist Theory." What Is a Woman? and other essays. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. 3-121.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble. Chapter 1, "Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire." NY: Routledge, 1990.

Butler, Judith. Introduction. Bodies That Matter. NY: Routledge, 1993.


Friday, November 5
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
4:00pm

"Exodus and the Americanization of Zionism"

Amy Kaplan (University of Pennsylvania)

CAS/MillerComm presentation
Hosted by International Forum for US Studies in collaboration with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Background readings:
Schueller, Malini Johar. "The Borders and Limits of American Studies: A Picture from Beirut." American Quarterly, 61.4: 2009.

Makdisi, Ussama. "'Anti-Americanism' in the Arab World: An Interpretation of a Brief History." The Journal of American History, 89.2: 2002.

Monday, November 29
Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor
8:00pm

"Moving Beyond Preservation: ‘Traditional’ Music, Arts Institutions, and Modernity in Papua New Guinea"

Gabriel Solis (Musicology) 

Respondent:  Jodi Byrd  (American Indian Studies / English)

Background readings:
Byrd, Jodi A. "'In the City of Blinding Lights': Indigeneity, Cultural Studies and the Errants of Colonial Nostalgia," Cultural Studies Review, 15.2: 2009.

Sahlins, Marshall. "Goodbye to Tristes Tropes: Ethnography in the Context of Modern World History," from Culture in Practice: selected essays, 2000.

 

Thursday, December 9
Levis Faculty Center, Music Room
8:00pm

Author's Roundtable, II:
Dana Polan(New York University)

Julia Child's The French Chef (forthcoming 2011, Duke)

Respondents: Lawrence Schehr (French), James Hay (Communications), Jing Jing Chang (History)

The second of two events in which scholars will discuss their recent books in a conversational setting with respondents from the University of Illinois.

To participate in Dana Polan's seminar on Raymond Williams, media, and culture, also on December 9, please email unitcritga@gmail.com for registration information.

Background readings:
Polan, Dana. Chap.1, "The Difference She Made." Julia Child’s The French Chef, forthcoming 2011, Duke.

Polan, Dana. Chap. 8, "Kitchen Drama." Julia Child’s The French Chef, forthcoming 2011, Duke.

 

Friday, December 10
Soma Ultralounge, 320 North Neil, Champaign
9 - 11pm private party (afterwards general Soma admission)

"Brave New Dance Party"
DANCE LIKE AN ALPHA PLUS!
The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the Social Dimensions in Environmental Policy Initiative invite you and your friends to a year-end DANCE PARTY at Soma Ultralounge in downtown Champaign.
Admission free to all University of Illinois people between 9-11 pm who know the password ("Aldous Huxley").