UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory VI: Designing China

Location: Shanghai, China | Time: August 9-22, 2009
UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory VI: Designing China

To date, SECT sessions have been conducted at UCHRI’s facilities in Irvine, California. In August 2009, SECT VI traveled to Shanghai to hold an intensive two-week summer institute on “Designing China.” Design is more than just a matter of combining aesthetics and functionality. Today, more than ever, the stakes of design are very high, raising …

The Revisiting Modernization Conference

Location: University of Ghana-Legon | Time: July 27-31, 2009
The Revisiting Modernization Conference

Revisiting Modernization was an interdisciplinary array of activities that features an academic conference, art exhibition, creative writing competition, film screenings, and two keynote addresses to be held at the University of Ghana, Legon. This conference was the first of three conferences to be held over a five-year period on the African continent (Ghana 2009, Senegal …

Beyond Environmentalism: Culture, Justice, and Global Ecologies

Location: UC Santa Barbara | Time: May 22-23, 2009
Beyond Environmentalism: Culture, Justice, and Global Ecologies

In the global context, right action on the part of humans toward each other and the biotic community, what Aldo Leopold called the land ethic, is difficult to represent in political speech, in policy, and even in the imaginative realm of the arts. Like the troubled concept of the global, the concept of justice, as …

Alterologies: Talk by Ghassan Hage, University of Melbourne, Australia

Location: UC Irvine | Time: May 20, 2009
Alterologies: Talk by Ghassan Hage, University of Melbourne, Australia

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | UCHRI, 338 ALDRICH HALL The talk will examine the degree to which we can augment our understanding of racism by considering racist classification as an instance of a more general, and, questionably, universal, way in which the human mind classifies all kind of otherness …

California, the University, and the Environment

Location: UC Davis | Time: May 7-8, 2009
California, the University, and the Environment

California universities have long played a major role in imagining and managing their nearby environments, from the development of irrigated agriculture in the Central Valley to the incubation of the environmental movement. This multi-disciplinary conference brought together scholars from across the region to examine the many ways that university researchers, communities, campuses, and systems have …

Voces of the New Califas

Location: UC San Diego | Time: April 30, 2009
Voces of the New Califas

The schedule for “Voces of the New Califas” included performances by headRush from Oakland, Teatro Izcalli, and Quinazo; poetry with Cesar Cruz and Aileen Reyes; and an art presentation by Mario Torero. This event was organized by UCCSI Community Outreach and Teaching Grants grantee Jorge Mariscal, Literature, UC San Diego. PDF-flyer | Photos

Property, Sovereignty, and the Theotropic: Paul de Man’s Political Archive

Location: UC Irvine | Time: April 24-25, 2009
Property, Sovereignty, and the Theotropic: Paul de Man’s Political Archive

This conference concerned de Man’s unpublished manuscript Textual Allegories, which is held at UCI’s Special Collections and Archives and is currently being brought to online publication as part of a Paul de Man research project funded by the U.K.’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. Speakers included Etienne Balibar, Ellen Burt, Cynthia Chase, J. Hillis Miller, …

25 Stories from the Central Valley

Location: UC Davis | Time: April 23 - May 8, 2009
25 Stories from the Central Valley

Exhibit: April 23, 2009 – August 23, 2009 The Story Behind The Stories: May 5, 2009 Performance: May 8, 2009 25 stories of personal change and civic engagement—sometimes shocking, sometimes sad, always inspiring. This campus-community project used photos, theater, stories and sound to paint a vivid picture of the environmental problems faced by Central Valley …