Spring 2013 Seminar 2
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The 80s in Theory & Practice

a faculty/grad seminar and conference on the 1980s.

The 80s in Theory & Practice is a faculty/grad seminar organized by the Unit for Criticism and faculty in a number of disciplines. Your hosts for the seminar—as well as the organizers of the conference—are Lauren M. E. Goodlad (Director of the Unit for Criticism/English), J. B. Capino (Unit/English), Jennifer Greenhill (School of Art & Design), Justine Murison (English), Gabriel Solis (Musicology/African American Studies), and Terri Weissman (School of Art & Design).

All meetings are on Monday nights from 8:00-10:00pm at the IPRH Building (lower-level), 805 W. Pennsylvania, Urbana. All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2013, Goodlad. Please email unitcritra@gmail.com with any questions about readings.

Monday, February 25
Session Co-Leaders: Gabriel Solis (Musicology) and Lauren Goodlad (English/Unit for Criticism)

Jeremy Gilbert, "After '68: Narratives of the New Capitalism," New Formations 65 (2008): 34-53.

Travis A. Jackson, "Post-Punk Sound and Vision: Empire, Pastiche, Primitivism." Draft Lecture: Do not cite or distribute without permission of the author. Circulating via email.

Monday, March 25
Session Co-Leaders: Terri Weissman (Art History) and Jennifer Greenhill (Art History)

Johanna Burton, "Subject to Revision," Artforum, 43.2 (2004): 259-305.

Johanna Burton, "A Few Troubles with 'The Eighties'," in This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, ed. Helen Molesworth, Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2012. 244-256.

Howard Singerman, "Pictures and Positions in the 1980s," in A Companion to Contemporary Art since 1945, ed. Amelia Jones, Malden: Blackwell, 2006, 83-106.

Howard Singerman, "The Myth of Criticism in the 1980s," X-tra 8.1 (Fall 2005):3-16.

Monday, April 15
Session Co-Leaders: Richard T. Rodríguez (Latina/Latino Studies/English) and J.B. Capino (English/Unit for Criticism)

Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed, "Introduction: In the Interest of Time," in Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past, Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2012, 1-37.

Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed, "Chap. 4: Queer Theory is Burning: Sexual Revolution and Traumatic Unremembering," in Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past, Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2012, 145-174.

Roger Hallas, "Chapter Two: The Embodied Immediacy of Direct Action: Space and Movement in AIDS Video Activism," in Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness, and the Queer Moving Image, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2009, 77-111; 266-271 (notes).

Monday, April 29
Session Co-Leaders: Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic/Comparative Literature), Justine Murison (English) and Siobhan Somerville (English/Gender & Women's Studies)

Nancy Condee, "From Emigration to E-Migration: Contemporaneity and the Former Second World," in Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity, eds. Terry Smith, Okwui Enzewor, and Nancy Condee, Durham: Duke University Press, 2008, 235-249.

Jonathan D. Katz, "'The Senators Were Revolted:' Homophobia and the Culture Wars," in A Companion to Contemporary Art since 1945, ed. Amelia Jones, Malden: Blackwell, 2006, 231-248.

*Kembrew McLeod, "Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport." in Freedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity, New York: Doubleday, 2005. 62-113.

*The UIUC library is currently adopting a new service when accessing copyrighted content. Some of the ereserves for the Unit for Criticism have been affected. In order to access these double protected readings, you must create an SIPX account. These accounts are available for those affiliated with UIUC. Here are some instructions for how to access ereserves that are protected by SIPX from the library:

"Some links below may take you to a new service called SIPX we are using to help provide access to some copyrighted content. You will need to provide your university email address to create a SIPX account. Make sure to use your @illinois.edu email address when signing up to verify you are a U of I student and enable full access."

Optional Readings:

Johanna Burton, "Fundamental to the Image: Feminism and Art in the 1980s," in Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art, ed. Cornelia H. Butler and Alexandra Schwartz, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2010. 429-443.

Jeremy Gilbert, "Chap. 7: Beyond the Activist Imaginary: Nomadic Strategies for the New Partisans," in Anticapitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics, Oxford: Berg, 2008. 203-235.