Colloquium Series Fall 2005



Monday, September 26 Matti Bunzl Anthropology, UIUC: “Were We Wrong? Rethinking the Postmodern Paradigm”

Manisha Desai, Sociology
Karen Kelsky, EALC/Anthropology

Background Reading:

James Clifford, "Introduction: Partial Truths." In James Clifford & George Marcus, eds., Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986), pp. 1-26.

Lila Abu-Lughod, "Writing Against Culture." In Richard Fox, ed., Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present (Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, 1991), pp. 137-162.

Time and Place: 8 pm, Levis Faculty Center
Saturday, October 8

CONFERENCE: "Rethinking Secularism in the Age of Belief"

Dwight McBride, African American Studies, Northwestern University
Saba Mahmood, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Gauri Viswanathan, English, Columbia University
Michael Warner, English, Rutgers University

Co-sponsored with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Time and Place 10 am - 6 pm, Levis Faculty Center
Monday, October 17

Joel Pfister

English, Wesleyan University: “Conquest Theory: Mark Twain on the Americanization Racket"


Bruce Michelson, English
Naomi Reed, English

Background Reading:


Time and Place 8 pm, Levis Faculty Center, Music Room
Monday, October 24

Jane Gallop

Distinguished Professor of English, University of Wisconsin Milwaulkee: "The Ethics of Close Reading"

Background Reading:

"The Ethics of Reading: Close Encounters," Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Vol. 16, no. 3 (Fall 2000).

"Making the 'One' Impossible." (unpublished manuscript)

Time and Place 8 pm, Krannert Art Museum Room 62
Monday, November 28

Debbie Hawhee

Speech Communication & English, UIUC: “Kenneth Burke, Mysticism, and the Body”

Respondent: Julia Walker, English
Background Reading:


Time and Place 8 pm, Levis Faculty Center