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December 2016

Feminist Studies Colloquium Series: Cleo Woelfle-Erskine

December 1, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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"Queer x Trans x Feminist x Ecology: Toward a Field Science Practice" Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow Ecologist are on the front line of the sixth mass extinction, as intimates die at alarming rates. What radical politics and transformative potentials can arise from witnessing these transgressive intimacies, even or especially among more-than-human others dying because of human (in)action? I search for signs of resistant 'world making' (Munoz) in ephemeral moments where scientist were able to speak their grief at…

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PhD+: Meet our Public Fellows

December 2, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Please join us for our next PhD+ Workshop on December 2nd where we will hear from our fist cohort of Public Fellows. These fellowships provide the opportunity for Humanities doctoral students to contribute to research, programming, communications and fundraising at non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, or companies and are meant to allow the students to apply and expand their skills in a non-academic setting while engaged in graduate study. The 9 fellows below will share with us their summer experiences and…

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January 2017

Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record

January 10, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The IHR Research Cluster on Race, Violence, Inequality, and the Anthropocene presents Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record A reading seminar with Dr. Gregg Mitman We will read two chapters by Gregg Mitman and Faye Ginsburg from Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record, edited by Gregg Mitman and Kelley Wilder (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Documenting the World concerns the material and social life of photographs and film made in the scientific quest to document the world.…

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Feminist Studies Colloquium Series: Soma de Bourbon

January 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Parenting Binary Trans Children on the Edge of the Bay Area Soma de Bourbon, Lecturer, Feminist Studies Parents feel urgency to mitigate the disproportionally high rates of depression and suicide among trans youth. There is evidence (Olson at al. 2016)that a gender-affirming environment can, in part, accomplish this. Many Bay Area families are gender supportive, but is the larger Bay Area? I think we need to address the marginalization of binary trans youth of color within the non-binary movement in…

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Susan Buck-Morss: “History as Translation”

January 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Susan Buck-Morss’s current project, Year 1, dives into recent research on the first century in order to topple various conceptual givens that have shaped modernity as an episteme (and led us into some unhelpful post-modern impasses), and argues there is no way forward without retracing our steps and charting another course (while discovering surprising fellow-travellers along the way). Susan Buck-Morss is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at CUNY Graduate Center and a Professor Emerita of Government at Cornell University.…

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Susan Buck-Morss Seminar: “Prolegomena to Any Future”

January 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Susan Buck Morss, CUNY Graduate Center and Cornell University, will conduct a seminar for faculty and graduate students following her Cultural Studies Colloquia. Cultural Studies Colloquia with Susan Buck-Morss: "History as Translation" January 18th 12-1pm in Humanities 1 Room 210 Susan Buck-Morss’s current project, Year 1, dives into recent research on the first century in order to topple various conceptual givens that have shaped modernity as an episteme (and led us into some unhelpful post-modern impasses), and argues there is…

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Emily Mitchell-Eaton: “What’s Free About ‘Freely Associated Statehood’? Preserving Colonial Legacies in the Marshall Islands”

January 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Emily Mitchell-Eaton’s work explores imperial citizenship forms and statecraft in the U.S. Pacific territories. Her research follows territorial migration policies from their enactment in the islands to the new sites of diaspora where imperial migrants resettle, exposing new racial formations, modes of (un)belonging, and immigrant solidarities. Emily Mitchell-Eaton is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Non-citizenship, LALS/Chicano Latino Resource Center at UCSC.   The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions…

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February 2017

Shakespeare and the Common Good: The Value of a Literary Education

February 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Julia Reinhard Lupton, Professor of English and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Humanities at UC Irvine, will conduct a professional development seminar for graduate students. The seminar will discuss the purpose of graduate education in the humanities and conclude with a research narrative development workshop, focusing on practical techniques for translating work in the humanities into statements, programs, and publications that engage a wider public. Readings include texts by Hannah Arendt, Leonard Cassuto, and William Shakespeare. Space…

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Regina Kunzel: “In Treatment: Psychiatry and the Archives of Modern Sexuality”

February 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Regina Kunzel’s current project explores the encounter of sexual- and gender-variant people with psychiatry in the mid-twentieth-century U.S. Drawing on multiple archives, she argues for the importance of psychiatric scrutiny, stigma, and medicalization in the making of modern sexuality. Regina Kunzel is a Professor of History and Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University.   The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions…

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Feminist Studies Colloquium Series: Mikki Stelder

February 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Towards Other Scenes of Speaking and Listening: Palestinian Anticolonial Queer Spatialities Mikki Stelder, Visiting Scholar In 2010, Palestinian Queers for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions called upon international queer communities to support the Palestinian calls for BDS. My dissertation emerged as one way to respond. First, I lay out the terms within which scholars and activists have engaged with PQBDS' call and conditions of possibility within which responses emerged. Secondly, I discuss an event that undermined the logics of settler colonialism…

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Christopher Newfield: “After the Great Mistake: Fixing Public Universities in the Trump Administration”

February 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Christopher Newfield’s (Professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara) new book, “The Great Mistake,“ shows how privatization has weakened the educational quality and the budgetary stability of public universities and wrecked their true public mission. But how can they recover during an administration that promises to accelerate privatization in every arena? Newfield argues that universities should use this period to rebuild their public purpose from the ground up, with special attention to the non-college…

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Rethinking Labor Mobility and Precarity: A Seminar with Guy Standing, Alejandro Grimson, and Biao Xiang

February 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Precarity, the experience of insecurity and constant risk of exclusion, is central to the experience of many labor migrants and citizen-workers in our time. Session II of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, focuses on precarity, labor mobility, and denizenship (the status of being a denizen or inhabitant, as opposed to a full citizen), concepts that highlight the tiered and sometimes overlapping spaces between citizen and non-citizen. Juan Poblete will moderate the seminar with Guy Standing, Alejandro…

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Camillo Gomez-Rivas: “The Ransom Industry and the Expectation of Refuge on the Medieval Western Mediterranean Muslim-Christian Frontier”

February 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Camillo Gomez-Rivas’s current project Refugees of the Reconquista is a history of social responses to displaced populations across the Muslim-Christian frontier over the long territorial decline of al-Andalus. Proceeding from a set of historical questions, the project is based on readings of multiple sources, including Arabic, Castilian, and Catalan legal, historiographical, and literary sources. Camillo Gomez-Rivas is an Assistant Professor of Literature at UCSC, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.   The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday…

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Professor Emeritus Andrew Cohen: “Enhancing the Role of Pragmatics in Teacher Education”

February 8, 2017 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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Enhancing the Role of Pragmatics in Teacher Education flyer

Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics Presents Professor Emeritus Andrew Cohen Enhancing the Role of Pragmatics in Teacher Education Wednesday, February 8 210 Humanities Bldg 1 5:15PM Light refreshments will be served The talk starts with the premise that for many target-language (TL) learners, the actual learning process consists of the rote memorization of lots of vocabulary and grammar rules, sometimes or even often without the knowledge of how to make appropriate use of this information in actual communicative situations. The…

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Gary Wilder: “Black Radicalism/Radical Humanism: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Cooperative Commonwealth”

February 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Gary Wilder

Event Photos:   Gary Wilder is the author of Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World (2015) and The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism Between the World Wars (2005). He is currently co-editing the volume The Postcolonial Contemporary and working on a book entitled “Cooperative Commonwealth: Radical Humanism and Black Atlantic Criticism.” Gary Wilder is a Professor of Anthropology, History, and French; and Director, Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center.…

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Philosophy@Work: Entrepreneurship and Data Analysis in Educational Consulting and Applied Ethics

February 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Philosophy@Work: Entrepreneurship and Data Analysis in Educational Consulting and Applied Ethics  Are you interested in learning more about how graduate training in the humanities can lead to successful and intellectually stimulating careers in consulting? Consulting is an expansive and evolving field, one that many values-driven PhDs are currently shaping by challenging organizational tenets based on profit-motive. PhD alumni in Philosophy Ben Roome and Jake Metcalf discuss how their doctorates prepared them to become independent and influential consultant-scholars in the fields…

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Angel Nieves: 3D Modeling and the Soweto Historic GIS project

February 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Join the Digital Humanities working group for a presentation about 3D Modeling, Digital Humanities, and the Soweto Township by Angel Nieves, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College. Learn more about Digital Humanities and how 3D modeling can be integrated into your teaching.

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Sturt Manning: “Tree-Rings and Radiocarbon in the East Mediterranean and Near East”

February 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The UCSC Society of the Archaeological Institute of America Presents:   Professor Sturt Manning Department of Classics, Cornell University   Tree-Rings and Radiocarbon in the East Mediterranean and Near East: Creating an Independent, Robust and Precise Timeframe for Archaeology and History Professor Manning will discuss his efforts to combine radiocarbon (C14) and dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) to rewrite the chronologies of the civilizations of the Bronze and Early Iron Age eastern Mediterranean. His original and fundamental work has forced a reassessment…

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Rick Prelinger: “Silence, Cacophony, Crosstalk: Archival Talking Points”

February 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Rick Prelinger’s currently researches the political economy and aesthetics of archives. He produces live urban history film events made for participatory audiences and is in the early stages of a film counterposing the lived experience of citydwellers as shown in home movies with the pronouncements of urban theorists and historians. Rick Prelinger is an Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media at UCSC; Founder of Prelinger Archives; and board member of Internet Archive.   The Center for Cultural Studies hosts…

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Loess is More: A Spatial and Ecological History of Erosion on Imperial China’s Northwest Frontier

February 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Loess is More: A Spatial and Ecological History of Erosion on Imperial China's Northwest Frontier Ruth Mostern   Abstract: Beginning in the eleventh century, the Yellow River shifted from a long-term condition of relative stability to a later state of frequent floods and course changes. In recent years, environmental scientists and historians have converged on a set of insights about the timing and processes that brought about these changes. All of the evidence confirms that the primary cause of upstream…

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Susanna Schellenberg “Perceptual Consciousness as a Mental Activity”

February 23, 2017 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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Abstract: I argue that perceptual consciousness is constituted by a mental activity. The mental activity in question is the activity of employing perceptual capacities, such as discriminatory, selective capacities. This is a radical view, but I hope to make it plausible. In arguing for this mental activist view, I reject orthodox views on which perceptual consciousness is analyzed in terms of (sensory awareness relations to) peculiar entities, such as, phenomenal properties, external mind-independent properties, propositions, sense-data, qualia, or intentional objects.…

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Cultural Studies Talk with Erick Lyle: “Streetopia and Beyond”

February 27, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Center for Cultural Studies Presents: Streetopia and Beyond A Talk by Eric Lyle 3-5 pm Monday, February 27 Humanities 1, 210 What does community control look like? How do we organize to build power on a neighborhood level today? In the new Trump Era, cities like Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco have rushed to reassure that their governments intend to oppose new restrictive federal immigration policies and to reinforce these cities' status as Sanctuary Cities. But as…

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March 2017

Hillary Angelo: “Manufacturing Gesellschaft: Urbanized Nature and the ‘Green Screen'”

March 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Hillary Angelo is preparing a book on the history of urban "greening" in Germany’s Ruhr region, as well as projects on infrastructure and sociology, and on equity in urban sustainability planning. Hillary Angelo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCSC.   The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 40-45 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM. Participants…

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Feminist Studies Colloquium Series: Omid Mohamadi

March 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Iranian Women's Movement: Rights and Difference Omid Mohamadi, Lecturer, Feminist Studies My talk centers on the Irania women's movement and the One Million Signatures Campaign that seeks equal rights for all Iranian women within the laws of the Islamic Republic. Focusing on the campaign's central text, The Effect of Laws on Women's Lives, and activists' testimonies, I show how the Iranian women's movement appeals to (and also challenges) multiple sites simultaneously, and highlight and critique scholars who subscribe to…

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The Maghrib Workshop and The Spain-North Africa Project

March 3, 2017 - March 4, 2017
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Event Photos:   Friday, March 3 Law and Movement: Historical Roots and Contexts, 
Contemporary Questions, Part 2 (The Maghrib Workshop) Morning 9:00 Coffee and Introduction 9:30 Camilo Gómez-Rivas, Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, “Refugees of the Reconquista and the Ransoming of Captives” 11:00 Marc Andre, Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes, “Militarizing the Metropolis? The Army during the Algerian War in France through the Fortress Montluc” 12:30 Lunch Afternoon 1:30 Lia Brozgal, French and Francophone Studies, University of California, Los…

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RESCHEDULED Akash Kumar

March 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Rescheduled for March 15, 2017

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Alan Craig: “VR, AR, and the Brain: Teaching, Learning, and Research With Virtual and Augmented Reality”

March 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Event Photos   Alan B. Craig is the Senior Associate Director for Human-Computer Interaction at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (I-CHASS) and a Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He is also the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science sSpecialist for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). His work centers on the continuum between the physical and the digital. He has done extensive work in virtual reality, augmented reality, and…

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Why I’m reading Joseph Conrad these days

March 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
Jim Cllifford poster

Familiarity with Heart of Darkness helpful, but not essential. Introduction: Prof. David Marriott, Chair, History of Consciousness Discussant: Isaac Blacksin, Ph.D. candidate, History of Consciousness James Clifford is an interdisciplinary scholar who was a Professor in UCSC’s History of Consciousness department for 33 years until his retirement in 2011. He was elected to the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences in 2011. The History of Consciousness department at UCSC continues to be an intellectual center for innovative critical scholarship…

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PhD+: Open Access, Data Management and Library Resources

March 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Open Access, Data Management and Library Resources What does Open Access mean for you? How can you organize and manage your research materials to best support your writing? And, what kinds of resources are available to graduate students for accessing data and information?This PhD+ panel features librarians who will discuss a range of issues, including depositing your dissertation, data management, and the ethics of sharing your work in an Open Access world. We will discuss: The Presidential Open Access Policy,…

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Akash Kumar: “All the World on a Board: Chess and Cultural Crossings in Dante and Boccaccio”

March 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Akash Kumar focuses on the crossing of poetry, philosophy, and science in 13th-14th century Italy, emphasizing multicultural knowledge transmission in the medieval Mediterranean. His talk emerges from his second book project on medieval Italian representations of chess and the exchange made possible by the game across gender, religious, and social boundaries. Akash Kumar is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature at UCSC.   The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The…

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April 2017

Center for Cultural Studies Colloquium Series: Matthew Fuller “In Praise of Plasticity”

April 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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About the Cultural Studies Colloquium Series: The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 40-45 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center provides coffee, tea, and cookies. About "In Praise of Plasticity": Plasticity, in neurology, is the ability to adapt, change, grow and find new forms at multiple scalar levels…

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Jewish Studies Open House

April 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Come discover what makes the Jewish Studies program at UC Santa Cruz such a unique and vibrant educational opportunity. Meet Jewish Studies faculty and students, learn about classes, internship opportunities, and the Jewish Studies intellectual community. Wednesday, April 12, 3-5pm Hum 1, 210    

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Ethics and Language of Conservation Colloquium

April 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Ethics and Language of Conservation Colloquium poster 4.14.17

Event Photos:   Ethics and Language of Conservation What is Lost When a Species Goes Extinct? A Colloquium on the Unspeakable Value of Life Friday, April 14, 2017 2:00-5:30pm Humanities 1, Room 210 Speakers: Claudio Campagna Adjunct Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC Wildlife Conservation Society Daniel Guevara Chair, Department of Philosophy, UCSC Paul Koch Dean of Physical and Biological Sciences, UCSC Distinguished Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences Beth Shapiro Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC Sponsored by: IHR…

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The Fluidity of Status: A Seminar with Tanya Golash-Boza & Rhacel Parreñas (Non-citizenship Series)

April 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Focusing on gender, deportation, and labor, the third and final session of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture, approaches citizenship, denizenship, and mobility as fluid statuses—as formal (in other words, documented) positions that are in flux and as practices of belonging that morph as people of various statuses interact with each other. Please join us for this free, public seminar with Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor of Sociology at UC Merced,…

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Common Front for the Right to Housing in Bucharest

April 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Comparative urban studies are on the rise, raising new questions about translation, fungibility, and transit. How can we study the material effects of global capital in various urban spaces without conflating the spatial struggles and transformations of one space upon another? How can superimposing Western understandings of gentrification upon non-Western places impose onto-epistemological violence? This talk, moderated by Feminist Studies doctoral candidate and Anti-Eviction Mapping Project cofounder Erin McElroy, will feature Bucharest-based housing justice activist, artist, and scholar Veda Popovici.…

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Zac Zimmer: “Conquest, Contact, and Cosmovision: SF Rewritings of the Conquest of the Americas”

April 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Conquest, Contact, and Cosmovision: SF Rewritings of the Conquest of the Americas Zac Zimmer’s current project reads original narratives of the conquest of the Americas and the philosophical debates it engendered with and against recent aesthetic attempts to reimagine that historical moment in marginal genres, especially alternative history and first contact science fiction, creating a point of contact between the contemporary world and the hemispheric American colonial encounter. Zac Zimmer is Assistant Professor of Literature and LALS at UCSC. The…

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The Helen Diller Family Endowment Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies

April 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Mitchell Duneier - Ghetto: Invention of a Place, History of an Idea

The Helen Diller Family Endowment Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies presents: Mitchell Duneier the Maurice P. During, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University on "Ghetto: Invention of a Place, History of an Idea" Lecture at 4:00pm - Humanities 1, RM 210 Reception to follow Parking - Free to attendees - Please follow "Diller Lecture" signs to Cowell/Stevenson parking lots 109 and 110 - Parking attendants will be on hand to issue parking permits

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Humanities Earth Day

April 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Humanities Earth Day Flyer

Please join the Health Humanities Committee and Green Team for our Earth Day Lunch & Learn on April 20th from 12:00 - 1:00pm in Humanities 1, Room 210.

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PhD+: Humanities Townhall to Discuss Graduate Education for Graduate Students and Faculty

April 21, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Last year, the NEH awarded UCSC a Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant to help support the campus in instituting wide-ranging changes in its humanities doctoral programs. As such a process process will ultimately affect everyone in the Humanities division, the grant participants would like to invite Humanities affiliates to a town-hall style forum for a short presentation about our NEH grant, as well as to provide an opportunity in which to share ideas, thoughts, and concerns about the state, and future of,…

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Lothar Von Falkenhausen: “Trying to Do the Right Thing to Protect the World’s Cultural Heritage: One Committee Member’s Tale”

April 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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VonFalkenhausen Talk Poster

The UCSC Society of the Archaeological Institute of America presents Lothar Von Falkenhausen Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History, UCLA Trying to Do the Right Thing to Protect the World's Cultural Heritage: One Committee Member's Tale Friday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. Humanities 1, Room 210 Free and open to the public Refreshments at 4:30 p.m. and reception to follow the lecture Professor Von Falkenhausen will give an account of his service as a member of President Obama's Cultural…

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Traci Brynne Voyles: “Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country”

April 25, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Wastelanding: legacies of uranium mining in navajo country

The IHR Research Cluster on Race, Violence, Inequality, and the Anthropocene Presents Traci Brynne Voyles Tuesday April 25, 3-5pm Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country (reading workshop for faculty and graduate students) Humanities 1, room 210 Contact krlyons@ucsc.edu for readings Wednesday April 26, 2-4pm “Can a Sea be a Settler? California’s Salton Sea and Settler Colonial Frames for Thinking about Environmental (justice) History Humanities 1, room 210 Dr. Traci Brynne Voyles is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and…

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Eric Porter, “‘The Future Appears Both Bleak and Promising’: The Politics of Jet Noise Around SFO”

April 26, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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This talk is drawn from Professor Porter’s current book project examining the history of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and various social and political phenomena associated with it as a means of better understanding the core San Francisco Bay Area as a physical, social, and imagined urban space. The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 40-45 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with…

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Traci Brynne Voyles: “Can a Sea be a Settler? California’s Salton Sea and Settler Colonial Frames for Thinking about Environmental (Justice) History”

April 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Wastelanding: legacies of uranium mining in navajo country

The IHR Research Cluster on Race, Violence, Inequality, and the Anthropocene Presents Traci Brynne Voyles Tuesday April 25, 3-5pm Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country (reading workshop for faculty and graduate students) Humanities 1, room 210 Contact krlyons@ucsc.edu for readings Wednesday April 26, 2-4pm Can a Sea be a Settler? California’s Salton Sea and Settler Colonial Frames for Thinking about Environmental (Justice) History Humanities 1, room 210 Dr. Traci Brynne Voyles is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and…

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May 2017

Chris Connery: “Contemporary Chinese Capitalism and Its Critical Landscape”

May 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

"Contemporary Chinese Capitalism and Its Critical Landscape" This talk draws on a work in progress entitled Revolutionary China and its Late Capitalist Fate, an analysis of the nature of post-reform China's political economy, with particular attention to how this has affected everyday life, intellectual and critical work, ideological formation, cultural production, social movements, political action, and social space. Chris Connery is a Professor of Literature at UCSC and Professor of Cultural Studies at Shanghai University. The Center for Cultural Studies hosts…

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Earl Jackson: “Critical Conditions: Japanese Film Theory and Practice”

May 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
Earl Jackson: Critical Conditions: Japanese Film Theory & Practice

Earl Jackson Jr. is Professor at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and Co-Director of the Trans-Asian Screen Cultures Institute in South Korea. Co-Sponsored by Cultural Studies, Cowell College, and the Literature Department.

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PhD+: Mentorship

May 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
Free

Mentorship Managed Up: cultivating successful professional relationships within, alongside, and outside the academy This PhD+ session is being presented in coordination with members of the NEH Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant Committee. Please join faculty, administration, and graduate students in a facilitated discussion and share your thoughts about how to foster and maintain successful mentorship relationships in humanities graduate programs. We'll open with brief introductory comments before moving into a moderated panel discussion addressing: the benefits and challenges associated with establishing…

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Brett Rushforth: “‘Daily Trafficke with the Frenchmen’: Merchant Colonialism and African Sovereignty in the Sixteenth-Century Atlantic”

May 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Brett Rushforth Daily Trafficke

Center for World History Presents Brett Rushforth “‘Daily Trafficke with the Frenchmen’: Merchant Colonialism and African Sovereignty in the Sixteenth-Century Atlantic" May 8, 2017 @ 1:30-3pm Humanities 1, Room 210 Free and open to the public Brett Rushforth is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. He is a scholar of early American and Atlantic history who specializes in slavery, race, and the law in the French Atlantic world. His most recent book, "Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic…

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Debbora Battaglia: “Roots in Air: People/Plants/Ethics in Suspension”

May 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

"Roots in Air: People/Plants/Ethics in Suspension" Out of the urban ruins and food deprivation of World War II came the prototype for growing plants aeroponically. Aeroponics has since taken surprising turns as a technology for anthropocenic conditions – in Global South laboratories; “vertical gardens”; art installations; plant biology experiments for colonizing the cosmos. In its wake, questions open concerning the ethics of plant-people relations in future-making projects. Debbora Battaglia is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Mt. Holyoke College. The Center…

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Conjuncture / Crisis / Critique: A Symposium on Cultural Studies

May 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Conjuncture Crisis Critique flyer

The start time for this event has been changed to 2pm. Featuring: Christopher Chen, Literature Jim Clifford, History of Consciousness Christopher Connery, Literature T.J. Demos, History of Art and Visual Cultures / Center for Creative Ecologies Carla Freccero, Literature / History of Consciousness / Feminist Studies Susan Gilman, Literature Asad Haider, History of Consciousness Donna Haraway, History of Consciousness Sandra Harvey, Politics Gail Hershatter, History Laurie Palmer, Art Warren Sack, Film and Digital Media / Digital Arts and New Media…

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Feminist Studies Colloquium Series: Susan O’Neal Stryker

May 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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What Transpires Now: Transgender History and the Future We Need Susan O’Neal Stryker, Associate Professor, University of Arizona History is a story we tell in the present that links what we know of the past to a future we envision. In this talk, drawn from her forthcoming book of the same title, gender theorist and historian Susan Stryker examines the trans-temporal dimensions of what gets labelled “transgender” today, but which can be thought of as a more general capacity for…

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The Eighteenth Annual Literature Undergraduate Colloquium

May 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Eighteenth Annual Literature Undergraduate Colloquium

THE EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL LITERATURE UNDERGRADUATE COLLOQUIUM Opening Remarks 9:30 a.m. Deanna Shemek, Chair, Literature Department Panel One: Translating Tradition 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Moderator: Christopher Chen Victoria Jones: Ion Elli Levin: Baby's First Inferno, or Dante Alighieri and the Nine Circles Jessica Ness Poetic: Language in Translation Alexander Pérez: The Nation in You Panel Two: Cross/Cultural Encounters 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Moderator: Martin Devecka Marcus Dovigi Language and the Law: A Comparison of the American and Islamic Legal Systems Savanna…

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Non-citizenship Fellows Forum with Emily Mitchell-Eaton, Claudia Lopez, and Tsering Wangmo

May 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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  With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CLRC awarded two outstanding UC Santa Cruz graduate students year-long fellowships and hired a postdoctoral scholar as part of our 2016-17 Sawyer Seminar on non-citizenship. In this free, public forum, our three Mellon fellows will discuss their research and tell us a bit about what their awards allowed them to achieve and their plans for the future.   Geographies of Imperial Citizenship Emily Mitchell-Eaton, Postdoctoral Scholar, Chicano Latino Research Center…

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Johan Mathew, “Smoke on the Water: Hashish Smuggling and Imperial Surveillance between Asia and the Middle East”

May 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Johan Mathew’s current project, Opiates of the Masses: Labor, Narcotics, and Global Capitalism, explores the history of narcotics in order to interrogate the concepts of “consumer demand” and “rational choice” in market exchange, focusing on the consumption of narcotics by workers in Asia and Africa to alleviate the stresses of labor under capitalism. Johan Matthew is Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University. The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions…

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Shahzad Bashir, “Islamic Pasts and Futures: Conceptual Issues”

May 31, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

This talk emerges from Professor Bashir’s current project, Islamic Pasts and Futures: Conceptual Explorations, a critique of the conceptualization of Islamic history in modern scholarship. Bashir suggests alternatives emphasizing multiple temporalities and engaging contemporary academic debates regarding language, historiography, and history on the basis of materials of Islamic provenance. Shahzad Bashir is professor in Islamic Studies and Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University. The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work…

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June 2017

Mat Callahan, “The Explosion of Deferred Dreams”

June 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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MatCallahan

Presented by The History of Consciousness, The Center for Cultural Studies, & UCSC University Library Special Collections & Archives, with support from Logo’s Books. With special musical guest Dry Days As the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love floods the media with debates and celebrations of music, political movements, “flower power,” “acid rock,” and “hippies”; author, musician, and native San Franciscan Mat Callahan’s new book, The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965–1975…

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PhD+: Thinking Ahead: Grants and Fellowships Workshop for Graduate Students

June 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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PhD+ Workshop Series Please join us for the second year of PhD+ Workshops, hosted by the Institute for Humanities Research. We will meet monthly, over lunch, to discuss: possible career paths for PhDs, internship possibilities, grants/fellowships, work/life balance, elements of style, online identity issues, and much, much more. This year-end workshop is devoted to developing your fellowship / grant strategy to support your graduate career. We'll focus on year-long prestigious fellowships such as American Council of Learned Societies, Ford Foundation, American…

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OpEd Project Workshop: “Write to Change the World”

June 9, 2017
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The OpEd Project 2017 workshop poster

Write to Change the World The "Write to Change the World" program builds participants' capacity to translate their research for the public and to engage in debate at a national level based on their areas of
 expertise. This program focuses on increasing the number of underrepresented voices in the media and bringing the humanities to bear on public debates. Working in partnership with the OpEd Project, we will host three one-day workshops led by OpEd Project facilitators, with approximately 20…

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Symposium on Oaxacan Linguistics

June 12, 2017
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Guest Speakers: Eric Campbell (UC Santa Barbara) Emiliana Cruz (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Christian DiCanio (State University of New York, Buffalo)   Organized by the Workshop on the Languages of Meso-America.   *Stay tuned for more information.

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October 2017

Briohny Doyle, “Postapocalypse Now”

October 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Event Photos Briohny Doyle’s research positions the postapocalyptic imagination as a reply to apocalyptic forms that obliterate & totalize. Her work considers postapocalyptic literary & theoretical texts that move beyond revelation to consider the various breakdowns of capitalism through potent figures like the ruin, the virus, & the nomad. ​ Briohny Doyle is a Melbourne-based writer and academic. Her debut novel, The Island Will Sink, is the critically acclaimed first book published by The Lifted Brow. Her first book of nonfiction Adult…

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“Writing Across Cultures in the Early Modern World” Symposium

October 6, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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"Writing Across Cultures in the Early Modern World” In the past decade, historians and literary scholars have become increasingly interested in the global circulation of the written word. Much of this scholarship has focused on the movement of printed books. Other projects, such as Stanford’s Mapping the Republic of Letters initiative, have traced epistolary networks that spanned continents and oceans. But what about the cross-cultural movement of textual artifacts that weren’t books or letters? This symposium will explore the limits of book…

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Linguistics Colloquium: Ashwini Deo

October 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Linguistics Colloquium 2017-2018 Ashwini Deo, "Alternative circumstances of evaluation and the ser/estar distinction in Spanish" Abstract: The Spanish copulas ser and estar have distributional and interpretational patterns that have resisted an adequate analysis. In this talk, I work towards a unified analysis that treats the two copulas as being presuppositional variants that are differentially sensitive to properties of the circumstances at which the truth of the copular sentence is evaluated. On the proposed analysis, estar presupposes that the prejacent is…

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Calamities, Prose, Houses: The Art And Writing of Renee Gladman

October 10, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Please join us next Tuesday October 10th for a Creative/Critical symposium on the art and writing of Renee Gladman--featuring a talk and reading by the author from 10:30-12 in Hum 1 210. There will also be a later panel on Gladman's work from 1:30-3 in Hum 1 210 featuring Mary Wilson, Cathy Thomas, and David Buuck. This event is part of Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today, a joint UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley conference on the legacy of New Narrative--a literary movement emerging from…

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Carrie Smith, “Digital Feminist Futures: Creative Resistance, Art Activism, & the Affects of Political Practice”

October 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Carrie Smith-Prei’s research examines how the digital restructures cultures of feminism, including creative materializations & world-making practices. It asks after the future of feminist craft & activism in the digital sphere & the meaning (and limits) of global feminist solidarity, intersectional community-building, & transnational collaboration in developing just futures on & offline. Smith-Prei Associate Professor of of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty…

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Feminist Studies Colloquium: Fatima Mojaddedi

October 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Fatima Mojaddedi, "Body Mike: Alternating Words on the Afghan Frontier" This talk examines how the U.S. military’s counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan relies on a fetishistic misrecognition of speaking as inspiration, and takes linguistic expression as the dissemination of terroristic violence through oral networks of exchange and emboldening. It suggests that the more obvious powers of language (particularly a language that demands its own translation (English) into one that signifies what Afghans do not know (Persian/ Pashto), doubles as a harbinger…

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Philosophy Colloquium: Jonathan Cohen, “Many Molyneux Questions”

October 12, 2017 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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"Many Molyneux Questions" Mohan Matthen and Jonathan Cohen Molyneux asked whether a newly sighted man would recognize and distinguish a sphere and a cube by sight alone, assuming that he could previously do this by touch. The most historically important responses to Molyneux arise from views that apply uniformly to questions about the transferability of representations of (not just shape, but) any arbitrary feature shared by any two modalities. Our starting point is that this is over-simple. The scientific literature…

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PhD+: Pedagogy Beyond the College Classroom – Careers in Curriculum Development & Instructional Design

October 13, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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"Pedagogy Beyond the College Classroom: Careers in Curriculum Development & Instructional Design" is the first event for the 2017-2018 PhD+ series. Three panelists who completed their PhDs in the humanities at UC Santa Cruz will will discuss their careers in curriculum development and instructional design and offer insights into transferring skillsets and content knowledge into this field of work. A moderated question and answer period will follow the panel presentation. Panelists Joanna Meadvin PhD Literature, 2016 Sobrato Early Academic Language…

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Taking Scholarship Public: White Supremacy, Medieval Studies, and Mass Media

October 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The “unofficial medievalist to CNN,” David M. Perry is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in CNN.com, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and many other venues. In addition to commenting on Medieval History in the news, he focuses on issues of history, higher education, and disability rights. He is currently at work on Cult of Compliance: Disability Is Not A Crime, expected from Beacon Press in 2018. Trained…

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María Inés La Greca: “The Collective Shout of ‘Ni una menos’ (‘Not one less’) in the Streets, the Media & the University: Feminists & Women’s Movement Against Gender Violence in Argentina”

October 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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María Inés La Greca's research focuses on the relationship between narrativity, performativity and gender. In light of Judith Butler’s work, especially her recent ethical interest on narrative, psychoanalysis & subject formation, her aim is to offer a critical reflection on discourse, embodiment & identity constitution in gender theory and feminist writing. Inés La Greca is an adjunct professor at Tres de Febrero National University in Argentina. The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and…

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Linguistics Colloquium: Judith Aissen

October 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Linguistics Colloquium 2017-2018 Judith Aissen is Professor Emeritus in the Linguistics Department at UCSC. Her research focuses on morphosyntax, especially in the Mayan languages, especially Tzotzil, a language spoken in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Carla Freccero, “Queer/Animal/Theory: Psychoanalysis & Subjectivity”

October 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Psychoanalysis is queer insofar as it does not presume a model of sexuality & gender from which to extrapolate a normative outcome. Likewise, psychoanalysis does not presume “the human” as the starting point for analyzing how adult human subjectivity is achieved. How might we describe a non-anthropocentric subjectivity in psychoanalytic & queer theoretical terms? Carla Freccero is Distinguished Professor of Literature and History of Consciousness, and Professor of Feminist Studies, at UC Santa Cruz. The Center for Cultural Studies hosts…

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Informal Reading Seminar on Assembly by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

October 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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In conjunction with Michael Hardt’s lecture on Friday October 27, we will hold an informal reading seminar for faculty and graduate students on Wednesday October 25 from 5-7pm (Humanities 1, Room 210) to discuss excerpts from Assembly (Oxford, 2017). Please email sjetha@ucsc.edu for a PDF of the reading (Ch. 1-3, 5, 14-15; though you are welcome to read more of the book if you can). Please note that Hardt himself will not be there; this is simply an occasion to discuss his and Negri’s work in anticipation of…

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November 2017

Najat Abdulhaq, “Unconventional Revision of Narratives: The Emergence of the ‘Arab Jew’ in Contemporary Arabic Literature”

November 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Event Photos: For decades, two official nationalist narratives, Arab-Egyptian & Israeli, dominated the discourse on the history of Egypt’s Jews. Recently, a different narrative is emerging in the Arabic speaking sphere, with documentaries, films & novels taking a cardinal role in this process. How and why is this emergence taking place? Najat Abdulhaq is the author of Jewish and Greek Communities in Egypt: Entrepreneurship and Business Before Nasser (I. B. Tauris). This week's Cultural Studies colloquium is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies…

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Marina Rustow: “The Cairo Geniza and the Middle East’s Archive Problem”

November 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The Helen Diller Family Endowment Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies Presents: Marina Rustow: "The Cairo Geniza and the Middle East’s Archive Problem"  The Cairo Geniza, a cache of 400,000 manuscript pages preserved in a medieval Egyptian synagogue, has yielded many unexpected finds, but perhaps none so unexpected as thousands of documents in Arabic script from the archives of the Fatimid caliphs (969–1171). How did papers from a state archive in Cairo find their way into the hands of the Jewish scribes…

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PhD+ : Gateway to Digital Humanities – an Introduction to Digital Methodologies & Resources at UCSC

November 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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This co-led event provides students with first-hand experience working in DH, resources to continue building upon this project, and a larger discussion regarding the possibilities for individual and collaborative digital research. Rachel Deblinger will open with a 45 minute hands-on workshop, introducing the process of building a dataset and visualizing data as an analytical method. She will also share the resources available through the Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC) and discuss the range of digital skills sought on the academic job…

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Feminist Studies Colloquium: “Agrarian Questions in Urban India”

November 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Flyer for Feminist Studies event

Fall 2017 Feminist Studies Colloquium Series: "Agrarian Questions in Urban India" Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota Priti Ramamurthy, University of Washington Based on recent life histories of urban migrants who work within informal sector occupations in Delhi and Hyderabad, we ask how “agrarian questions” orient workers’ attitudes to forms of labor and habitation. By also considering gender and caste, we ask how these, as embodied imprints of the agrarian, impose limit conditions on possible politics for urban migrants. We explore two propositions:…

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Nirvikar Singh, “The Other One Percent? Indians in Trump’s America”

November 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Event Photos: What is the selection process that governed the migration of people of Indian origin to the United States? How has that selection been important in determining of the economic success of this group? This talk highlights the diversity within this broad group, & the lessons of that diversity, and concludes by exploring some of the challenges that Indian Americans face as a minority in the contemporary United States & the implications of events in contemporary India. Nirvikar Singh…

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On Barak, “Against Energy: Provincializing Thermodynamics between Aden and Port Said”

November 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Event Photos: Despite feigning perpetuity, "energy" is a child of its time, the nineteenth century. Born from the related challenges of steam engineering and British imperialism its legacies still haunt and limit our thinking on matters ranging from fossil fuels to race, from labor to the underground. This talk seeks to situate the emblematic energy source – coal – back in its imperial context, revealing what may be called "coalonialism" at play in the territories between the two major global…

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Linguistics Colloquium: Brian Dillon

November 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The Department of Linguistics presents: Brian Dillon  "Process and representation in morphosyntactic processing: A psychophysical approach using Signal Detection Theory"   Abstract: Intuitive acceptability judgments have long formed the empirical foundation of syntactic and (to a lesser extent) psycholinguistic theories (Schütze, 1996). Despite their centrality, there remain many open issues in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of acceptability judgment data. One important thread of research in experimental syntax addresses these issues by borrowing methodology from psychophysics, such as magnitude estimation (Bard et al. 1996; Cowart, 1997), to…

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SPOT (Syntax-Prosody in OT) Workshop

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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SPOT Cluster

Event Photos: This is a one-day IHR-sponsored workshop (Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017), called SPOT ("Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory", which is part of a research project aiming to create a computational platform that generates prosodic candidate sets from syntactic structure. The syntax-prosody interface is the study of how syntactic (grammatical) structures are mapped onto the prosodic structures in different languages. Several strands of work in prosodic theory have recently converged on a number of common themes, from different directions, broadly couched…

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Jenny Reardon, “The Postgenomic Condition: Meaning and Justice After the Genome”

November 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Event Photos: Jenny Reardon’s research draws into focus questions about identity, justice and democracy that are often silently embedded in scientific ideas and practices, particularly in modern genomic research. Her training spans molecular biology, the history of biology, science studies, feminist and critical race studies, and the sociology of science, technology and medicine. Dr. Reardon is a Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at the UC Santa Cruz. The Center for Cultural…

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December 2017

PhD+: Proposal Writing – Framing Your Research for Fellowship and Grant Proposals

December 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Event Photos: This workshop is devoted to developing a fellowship and grant strategy that will assist you in making your research proposals competitive to a wide range of selection committees. We'll discuss how the jargon of field-specific descriptions can affect both the clarity and persuasiveness of funding proposals, and focus instead on teasing out the larger humanistic stakes of individual research projects. Please upload an abstract of your own by Friday, November 24 to the shared Google Drive folder at…

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January 2018

PhD+: “Undisciplining Your Research: A Hands-On Workshop to Translate Academic Humanities Research for Multiple Publics”

January 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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"Undisciplining Your Research: A Hands-On Workshop to Translate Academic Humanities Research for Multiple Publics" Event Photos: Panelists:  - Sarah Papazoglakis, PhD Candidate, Literature - Kara Hisatake, PhD Candidate, Literature & MLA Public Engagement Fellow About: As doctoral students in the humanities, how do we communicate the importance of our work outside of our disciplines without it sounding reductive? How do we communicate what we do and why it matters to people outside of academia, including prospective employers?   In this workshop,…

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CANCELED: Roddey Reid: “Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying: Affect and Activism in the Trump Era and Beyond”

January 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Roddey Reid is Professor Emeritus of French Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Reid is the author three books including most recently of Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying: A Citizen’s Guide for the Trump Era and Beyond; of Families in Jeopardy: Regulating the Social Body in France, 1750-1910; co-editor with Sharon Traweek of Doing Science + Culture; and author of Globalizing Tobacco Control: Anti-Smoking Campaigns in California, France, and Japan. His latest writing has been on trauma, daily life, and…

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Martina Wiltschko: “Nominal speech act structure. A personal view.”

January 19, 2018 @ 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The concept of person is in many ways tied to speech acts. This is obvious just by exploring the interpretation of pronouns: 1st person pronouns are used to refer to the speaker, 2nd person pronouns are used to refer to the addressee, and 3rd person is used for individuals other than the speech act participants. Another way in which person plays a role for speech acts has to with the fact that in much of the current literature that seeks…

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Megan Moodie: “Emerging Genres: What Lies between Fiction and Ethnography”

January 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Event Photos: Megan Moodie’s work focuses on feminist political and legal anthropology and experimental ethnographic writing in India, East Europe, and the U.S. Moodie will read from her full-length novel-in-progress, The Wishful, based in part on fieldwork in Rajasthan, India, and discuss the relationship between aesthetics and analytics in ethnographic practice and textual production. Megan Moodie is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz. The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors.…

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Derek Murray: “On Post-Blackness: Queer Satire in Contemporary African-American Art”

January 31, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Derek Conrad Murray is an interdisciplinary theorist specializing in the history, theory and criticism of contemporary art, visual culture and cultural studies. Author of Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights, Murray is completing two additional book manuscripts, Regarding Difference: Contemporary African-American Art and the Politics of Recognition and Mapplethorpe and the Flower: Radical Sexuality and the Limits of Control. Event Photos: Derek Murray is an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa…

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February 2018

PhD+: Effective Interviewing Practices & Job Offer Negotiation Skills: A Workshop with Annie Maxfield (UCLA Career Center)

February 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Persuasive Interviewing and Negotiation Tips for Humanities PhDs with Annie Maxfield Excelling in interview settings is a skill that requires thought, practice, and confidence. During this interactive workshop, attendees will practice and refine their interviewing skills by learning persuasive techniques that enhance their storytelling abilities and highlight their key contributions. Annie Maxfield is the associate director for graduate student relations and services at the UCLA career center, where she leads campus-wide initiatives to prepare PhDs for careers in and beyond…

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Roddey Reid: “Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying: Affect and Activism in the Trump Era and Beyond”

February 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Roddey Reid is Professor Emeritus of French Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Reid is the author three books including most recently of Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying: A Citizen’s Guide for the Trump Era and Beyond; of Families in Jeopardy: Regulating the Social Body in France, 1750-1910; co-editor with Sharon Traweek of Doing Science + Culture; and author of Globalizing Tobacco Control: Anti-Smoking Campaigns in California, France, and Japan. His latest writing has been on trauma, daily life, and…

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Victoria Bañales: “Community College Teaching – A View From Inside”

February 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The Literature Department Graduate Program Alumni Speaker Series Presents: "Community College Teaching: A View From Inside" Victoria Bañales Victoria Bañales earned a Ph.D. in Literature with a Parenthetical Notation in Feminist Studies from UCSC. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Beyond the Frame: Women of Color and Visual Representations and Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/ a Américas. Victoria is a tenured English faculty member at Cabrillo College where she has taught for over twelve ears. She…

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March 2018

Peter Svenonius: Linguistics at Santa Cruz

March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Every year towards the end of the Winter Quarter, the Linguistics at Santa Cruz conference showcases the research of second and third year graduate students. This conference coincides with a visit to campus of prospective graduate students, and it always features as an invited speaker, a Ph.D. alum of the department. This year's invited speaker is Peter Svenonius (PhD, 1994), Professor of English Linguistics & Senior Researcher at the University of Tromsø. Click here for more information.

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April 2018

Laura Rosenzweig: “The Story of Hollywood’s Spies: Jewish Resistance to Nazism in Los Angeles in the 1930s”

April 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Laura Rosenzweig will present at the Stevenson Distinguished Alumni Lecture during Graduate Recruitment Day on April 4. The title of her talk is: “The Story of Hollywood’s Spies: Jewish Resistance to Nazism in Los Angeles in the 1930s” and will include a discussion about her journey from a UCSC doctoral student to a bestselling author. The talk will be from 4-5:30 at the Stevenson Fireside Lounge and will be followed by a reception at the Stevenson provost’s house.

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2018 Graduate Student Alumni Career Paths Panel

April 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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  Distinguished graduate student alumni honorees serve as panelists to discuss their career paths from UCSC after receiving their graduate-level degrees to their positions of distinction. Current and alumni graduate students encouraged to attend. The Humanities recipient is Naomi J. Andrews, associate professor of history at Santa Clara University, had a comprehensive educational experience at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned a B.A. in history in 1988, an M.A. in history in 1993, and a Ph.D. in history in 1998.

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June 2018

LURC: Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference

June 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Towards the end of the spring quarter each year, the Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference (LURC) showcases the research of the department's undergraduate students. This conference always features as an invited speaker, a distinguished alumnus or alumna of the department.

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March 2019

Stevenson College Winter 2019 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Phillip L. Hammack

March 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

"Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Era of Radical Authenticity" Professor Phillip L. Hammock will present on findings that challenge traditional scientific paradigms—historically rooted in static, binary notions of gender and sexual identity—and call for new understandings of identity, community, and stigma. The twenty-first century is a time of heightened recognition of diversity in gender, sexuality, and relationships—an era of “radical authenticity” in which individuals are increasingly able to align their internal sense of identity with its external presentation. Cultural attitudes…

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Linguistics at Santa Cruz 2019

March 9, 2019
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

About eight times each year, the department hosts colloquia by distinguished faculty from around the world. For more information: https://linguistics.ucsc.edu/news-events/colloquia/index.html

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May 2019

Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference (LURC)

May 31, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Program: 1:00 PM- Refreshments 1:15 PM- Opening remarks: Amanda Rysling Session 1: Session Chair: Jennifer Bellik 1:20 PM- Madeleine King and Koy Ruguma: "Recency and Semantic Difference: Effects on Verbatim Memory" 1:45 PM- Max Tarlov: "Trans-derivational Correspondence beyond the Word Level" 2:10 PM- BREAK Session 2: Session Chair: Steven Foley 2:20 PM- Melanie Gounas: "The Syntactic Representation of Constituent Negation" 2:45 PM- Jared Crawford-Levis: "Subject Bridging: Exploring a New Construction" 3:10 PM- Distinguished Alumnus Address: Introduction by Margaret Kroll Marcin Morzycki 4:05 PM- Closing remarks: Amanda Rysling

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July 2019

39th Annual Dickens Universe

July 13, 2019 - July 20, 2019
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

The Dickens Universe is a unique cultural event that brings together scholars, teachers, students, and members of the general public for a week of stimulating discussion and festive social activity on the beautiful Santa Cruz campus of the University of California—all focused on one or two Victorian novels, usually (but not always) one by Charles Dickens. In 2019, the Universe will feature Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens. Full event info and registration: https://dickens.ucsc.edu/universe/index.html In this early and seldom studied historical novel,…

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October 2019

Jasmin Young: She Stood There by Him with a Gun – Mabel Williams and the Philosophy of Armed Resistance

October 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Stevenson Fall Lecture Presented by Jasmin Young: Mabel Williams practiced armed resistance when white vigilante violence and police repression threatened the lives of activists. This talk interrogates the gendering of armed resistance and reveals the complex set of struggles between Black men and women about Black self-defense.  Jasmin A. Young is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African American Studies. She is currently developing her manuscript, Black Women with Guns: Armed Resistance in the Black…

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February 2020

Linguistics at Santa Cruz (LASC) 2020

February 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Every year towards the end of the winter quarter, the Linguistics at Santa Cruz (LASC) conference showcases the research of second and third year graduate students. This conference coincides with a visit to campus of prospective graduate students, and it always features as an invited speaker, a PhD alumna or alumnus of the department. This year's invited speaker is Aaron Kaplan (PhD, 2008), Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Utah. More information available here.

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July 2021

Open Now – Out of the Ashes: Stories from the CZU Lightning Complex Fires

July 2
Stevenson Fireside Lounge, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Set upon a historical archive of art, objects, and stories from communities affected by the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fires, for decades the MAH has archived and stored oral histories, artifacts, and more from the natural disasters that have impacted the history of our community. This collection has allowed Santa Cruz County historians and educators to more deeply understand and learn from those moments of impact. In the summer of 2020, the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burned more than 80,000…

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