2013 Spring Event Schedule

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All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2013, Goodlad.

Monday, January 28
Levis Faculty Center, Second Floor

"Body, Cause, Politics: The Beginnings of Biology for Humanists"

Annual Faculty Lecture by Samantha Frost (Political Science, Gender & Women's Studies)
Response by Stephanie Foote (English, Gender & Women's Studies)

Biology for Humanists reconsiders what is at stake in the turn to biology in recent feminist and other theory. In particular, I critically examine the epistemological assumptions that underpin questions about "the implications of-" and suggest that instead of conceiving of biology as a critical re-grounding for theory and politics, we think of it as a refiguration of the relationship between biology and culture and thus a re-mapping of the fields and possibilities for politics.

Friday, February 8

Marxism & the Interpretation of Culture at 25: Theories for the New Millennium(Symposium)
Levis Faculty Center, Second floor

A Winter Symposium featuring papers by Gopal Balakrishnan (University of California, Santa Cruz), Laura Chrisman (University of Washington), David Kazanjian (University of Pennsylvania), Shu-mei Shih (University of California, Los Angeles), Carolyn Lesjak (Simon Fraser University, Canada), and Nikhil Pal Singh (New York University).

Lead Organizers: Lauren M.E. Goodlad (Unit/English), Michael Rothberg (English/Holocaust, Genocide, & Memory Studies Initiative)

Co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study; the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; the Department of English; the Program in Jewish Culture & Society and the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies; the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative; the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese; the Department of Anthropology; the International Forum on US Studies; the Department of History; the Department of Political Science

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Monday, March 4
IPRH, Main Floor

"The Politics of Identity in the 21st Century"

A graduate student event

Event Postponed to Fall


Monday, March 11
Levis Faculty Center, Second Floor

"Hitchcock à la carte"

Jan Olsson (Stockholm University)
Response by Pat Gill (Communication/Gender & Women's Studies)

The talk will explore Alfred Hitchcock's body politics as integral to the marketing of the brand across media with a emphasis on photoessays and his work for television. Olsson argues that television sanitized Hitchcock as the former grotesque was substituted for alimentary modernism running in tandem with his screen practices.

Co-sponsored by Film Studies Committee (English), INSPIRE, Media & Cinema Studies (College of Media)


Monday, April 8
Levis Faculty Center, Second Floor

Author's Roundtable: "The Writing of Colonial Time"

Stefan Helgesson (Stockholm University)

Respondents: Dara Goldman (Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, Latino/Latina Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Director of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies), Ken Salo (Urban & Regional Planning), Matthew Nelson (Comparative & World Literature)

The works of Euclides da Cunha (1866-1909, Brazil), Olive Schreiner (1855-1920, South Africa) and Thomas Mofolo (1877-1948, South Africa) all deal with questions of time and historical change under conditions of colonial conflict. While temporality has long been a key concern in the humanities, not least in postcolonial studies, the implications of the theoretical debates point in two different directions. On the one hand, notions of multiple temporalities, alternative modernities or entangled durées in the postcolony are presented as advances on earlier, hegemonic conceptions of modernity. Other theorists, however, argue just as forcefully that positing temporal difference is an act of epistemic violence that serves to mask the interests of power. While the chapter presented at this roundtable begins by assessing some attempts to solve this aporia – notably the well known interventions of Johannes Fabian and Dipesh Chakrabarty – it will ultimately argue that a theorization of literary temporality by way of Da Cunha's, Schreiner's and Mofolo's narratives will provide a more enabling and less binaristic account of the problem.

Co-Organized by the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory and the Trowbridge Office on American Literature, Culture, and Society

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Thursday May 2nd-Friday May 3rd

The Eighties in Theory and Practice

A Conference on the 1980s
Levis Faculty Center, Second Floor

Keynote Lectures: Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London), Howard Singerman (University of Virginia)

Panelists: Johanna Burton (Bard), Chris Castiglia (Pennsylvania State), Nancy Condee (University of Pittsburgh), Roger Hallas (Syracuse University), Travis A. Jackson (University of Chicago), Jonathan Katz (University at Buffalo), Kembrew McLeod (University of Iowa)

Lead Organizers: Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Unit/English), J. B. Capino (Unit/English), Jennifer Greenhill (School of Art & Design), Justine Murison (English), Gabriel Solis (Musicology/African American Studies), Terri Weissman (School of Art & Design)

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