Humanities in Circulation

Apr 18–Apr 19, 2013
UC Los Angeles

25th anniversary celebration of the UC Humanities Initiative

Opening Event

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 | The Fowler Museum at UCLA

6:30 pm | The Terrace
25th Anniversary Opening Reception

7:30 pm | Lenart Auditorium
Race, Representation, Repression and Resistance: Thinking Through Ernest Cole

Ernest Cole’s photographs of apartheid in South Africa during the 1960s document a brutal reality of the country’s storied history. Issues of race, repression, representation and resistance intrinsic to these arresting images will be the focus of an esteemed panel including political activist and scholar Angela Davis, artist Ken Gonzales-Day and anthropologist Jean Comaroff and moderated by political theorist Wendy Brown.

This co-sponsored event is part of the Fowler OutSpoken Conversation Series.

More on the Fowler Museum’s exhibition: Ernest Cole, Photographer

2012-13 Society of Fellows Meeting

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013 | Charles E. Young Research Library UCLA

Faculty Panel I: Crisis and/in Counternarratives

The Falls of Rome: Responses to Crises, 270-604
Michele Salzman, History, UC Riverside

The French Connection: Henri Corbin and Iran, Islam, Philosophy and Revolution
Roxanne Varzi, Anthropology, UC Irvine

Growing Up with the Country
Kendra Taira Field, History, UC Riverside

Fear and Democracy in Postwar Germany
Frank Biess, History, UC San Diego

Graduate Panels I | Scenes of Cultural Exchange

Reorienting Khrushchev’s Russia: Indo-Soviet Cultural Diplomacy, 1948-1968 
Jeremiah Wishon, History, UC Riverside

Assembling Maori Architecture: Indigenous Knowledge and Expert Collaboration in an Emerging Science 
Jacob Culbertson, Anthropology, UC Davis

The Art of Parties: Downtown New York Cultural Scenes, 1978-1983
Kristen Galvin, Visual Studies, UC Irvine

Acting and Expressing the Self

Disciplinary Measures: Temporal Metrics and the Time Standard
Anna Finn, English, UC Irvine

Embodied Rational Agency
Yannig Luthra, Philosophy, UCLA

In Corporation: Lecoq-Based Pedagogy’s Body-Bound Theory  and Cognitive Science
Maiya Murphy, Theater & Dance, UC San Diego

2:15-3:15 pm
Faculty Panel II | Textual Excavations/Resistant Histories

The Worlding of Marco Polo
Sharon Kinoshita, Literature, UC Santa Cruz

Insurgency Interrupted: Cuban Slaves and the Resistance Movements of 1843-1844
Aisha Finch, Gender Studies and Afro-American Studies, UCLA

The Origins and Evolution of Journalistic French: From the First Periodical to the French Revolution
Mairi McLaughlin, French, UC Berkeley

Representing October 17: Algeria, France and the Writing of History
Lia Nicole Brozgal, French, UCLA

3:30-4:15 PM
Graduate Panels II | A:  Language, Cinema, and Literary Effects

Mechanical Reproduction in the Age of Immediacy
Daniel Clinton, English, UC Berkeley

A Theory of Nominal Concord
Mark Norris, Linguistics, UC Santa CruzIn the Realm of the Sexes: Cinema and the Liberal Sexual Subject
Damon Young, Film & Media, UC Berkeley

The Local Community In Distress

National Reform and Municipal Revolt in a Revolutionary Spain: Seville and Western Andalusia, 1766-1823
Charles Nick Saenz, History, UC San Diego

 Seeing Through Violence: Murder and Gentrification in West Oakland
Jeffrey Schonberg, Medical Anthropology, UC San Francisco

The Smell of Petroleum: Citizenship, Health, and Insecurity in “Revolutionary” Ecuador
Nicholas Welcome, Cultural Anthropology, UC Riverside

4:15-5:00 pm
Graduate Panels III | 
Virtual Reproductions

Beyond Words: The Visual Turn in Jacobean England
Pavneet Aulakh, English, UC Santa BarbaraTalking about Things: A Cognitive Approach to Digital Heritage and Material Culture Studies in Archaeology
Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, World Cultures, UC MercedPsychonautic Media
Anastasia Yumeko Hill, Film & Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Literacies of Geographic Spaces

Sentimental Literacies: Grief, Writing, and American Indigenous Rights, 1820-1920
Sarah Klotz, English, UC Davis

On the Threshold of Eurasia: Intersecting Discourses of Empire and Identity in the Literature of the Russian Empire
Leah Feldman, Comparative Literature, UCLA

Wetland Americas: Mapping a Literary History of New Orleans
Matthew Suazo, Literature, UC Santa Cruz

5:00-6:00 pm
Faculty Panel III | Playing with Time/Space/Matter/Identity

New Urban Practices and Configurations of Public Space in São Paulo
Teresa Caldeira, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

Too “Chinese” to play a “Chinese”: Anna May Wong, the Segregationist Era, and American Cinema         
Yiman Wang, Film and Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz

Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter
Colin Milburn, English, UC Davis

Consciousness and the Passage of Time
Geoff Lee, Philosophy, UC Berkeley

Click here to see the Fellows’ Research Abstracts

Closing Event

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 | The Fowler Museum at UCLA

6:30 pm | The Terrace
25th Anniversary Closing Reception

7:30 pm | Lenart Auditorium
Writers, Reading and Riffing

Novelists Bharati Mukherjee, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Héctor Tobar and Karen Tei Yamashita join writer-critic David Kipen for an evening of readings and conversation exploring the creative process and the humanities in circulation across texts and times, genres and geographies.

Vocal Strings
Representing the leading edge of China’s avant garde, experimental creatrix Liu Sola and avant musician Liu Yijun close the celebration with a dynamic performance.