Colloquium Series Fall 1996
Levis Faculty Center Monday 8.00 pm
9 September Panel Discussion Alan Sokal and Social Text: The Science Wars and the Social Construction of Reality

Michael Bérubé English
Andrew Pickering Sociology
Abigail Salyers Microbiology
Paula A. Treichler Medicine and Communications Research
Michael Weissman Physics
Bruce Williams Communications Research and Urban and Regional Planning
(and others to be announced)
Background Reading: Alan Sokal, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gavity"
Andrew Ross and Bruce Robbins, "Mystery Science Theater"
Dorothy Nelkin, "What Are the Science Wars Really About?"
selections from Paul Gross and Norman Levitt, Hither Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Ouarrels with Science,a dossier of responses and press accounts
7 October Molly Anne Rothenberg
Joseph Valente
English, Tulane University
English, UIUC:

"The Wages of Performativity, or Foreclosing on the Social"
Respondents: Amanda Anderson English
Cary Nelson English
Background Reading: Judith Butler, "Imitation and Gender Insubordination"
Homi Bhabha, "The Other Question," "The Postcolonial and the Postmodern"
4 November Eliza Steelwater Urban and Regional Planning:
"Belle Starr, Outlaw/ Belle Starr, Housewife: The Personal, the Political, and the Formation of History"
Respondents: Stephanie Foote English
Sonya Michel History
Background Reading: Samuel W. Harman, "Belle Starr, the Female Desperado," from Hell on the Border: He Handed Eighty-Eight Men (1898)
2 December Anna Livia Brawn French:
"The Butch Grunt Syndrome: Do Lesbians Talk Like Men?"
Respondents: Cris Mayo Educational Policy Studies
Tracy Ore Sociology
Background Reading: Gayle Rubin, "Of Catamites and Kings: Reflections on Butch, Gender, and Boundaries"
Joan Nestle, "Flamboyance and Fortitude"
Jennifer Coates, Chapter 6, from Women, Men, and Language