2014 Spring Event Schedule

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All readings will be on electronic reserves, listed under UNIT 2014, Goodlad.

Friday, February 7

Worlding Realisms (Symposium)
Alice Campbell Alumni Center

A Symposium featuring papers by Jed Esty (Penn), Ulka Anjaria (Brandeis), Ayelet Ben-Yishai (Haifa), Colleen Lye (Berkeley), Sean O'Sullivan (Ohio State), Miriam Thaggert (Iowa) and Terri Weissman (Art History), and a closing roundtable with Eleanor Courtemanche (English), Harriet Murav (Slavic/Comparative Literature), Safiya Noble (GSLIS), François Proulx (French), and Robert A. Rushing (Italian/Comparative Literature).

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Monday, March 31
Alice Campbell Alumni Center, Ballroom

Author's Roundtable:
Vivek Chibber (NYU)

Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital (Verso, 2013)

NYU Sociologist Vivek Chibber will discuss his recent work in conversational setting with respondents from the University of Illinois.

Respondents: Anustup Basu (English/Cinema & Media Studies), Hina Nazar (English), Utathya Chattopadhyaya (History)


Chibber, Vivek. "Chap. 8: Interests and the Other Universalism." Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital. New York: Verso, 2013. 179-208.

Chibber, Vivek. "Chap. 10: The Nation Unmoored." Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital. New York: Verson, 2013. 249-283.


Monday, April 7
Lincoln Hall 1027

"Environment as Colony: Media Aesthetics and the Material Turn"

Sean Cubitt (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

How do we rethink aesthetics environmentally after Rob Nixon's 'slow violence' and Maxwell and Miller's 'Greening the Media'? As feminism moved from representation to global critique, so ecocritique has ambitions to move from explicit portrayals of nature towards new understandings of materiality, labour and form. Anti-anthropocentrism weakens ecocritical arguments philosophically and politically: from decolonisation literature we can begin to learn how to undertake an aesthetics that is more than merely aesthetic.

Co-Sponsored by Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy


Monday, April 21
Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor

"Criminalizing the Dead"

In this talk, Cacho examines how young men of color, who are innocent victims of violent crimes, have been blamed for their own deaths. By invoking fictive figures of Black and Latino criminality, defense teams and mainstream media are able to decriminalize whiteness in ways that make it seem as though the violence originated from the body of the victim rather than at the hands of the murderer. To illustrate this "reverse victimization," Cacho will offer a few examples ranging from indiscriminate white gang crime to racially motivated murder as self-defense.

Annual Faculty Lecture by Lisa Cacho (Latino/a Studies, Asian American Studies)

Response by Margareth Etienne (Law)


Friday & Saturday, May 9-10

Critical Inequalities

A two-day Conference featuring keynote lectures by Didier Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study) and Patricia Williams (Columbia Law), and papers by Angelique Haugerud (Rutgers), Toussaint Losier (Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Associate, Illinois), Laura Pulido (USC), Mary Romero (Arizona State), Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan (Yale), Margaret Somers (Michigan), Siobhan Somerville (Illinois), and Jeremy Varon (New School).

Co-organized by the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, Latina/Latino Studies, and Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy, with the co-sponsorship support of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; the Center for Advanced Study; the department of French/French@Illinois; the departments of English, Gender & Women's Studies, and Anthropology; the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures; the departments of African American Studies and Sociology; the Program in Comparative & World Literature; the European Union Center via US Dept. of Education Title VI; and the departments of Political Science and History.

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