Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface

Location: Duke University | Time: April 19-21, 2007
Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface

“Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface” was the first HASTAC conference, featuring ideas, demos, art, and conversation driven by digital visionaries and practitioners from across domains and disciplines. The conference was co-sponsored by Duke University, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and was held at Duke University. Event …

STUDIO-SESSIONS: Rosi Braidotti Transposing Life in the Era of Genetic Bio-capital

Location: UC Irvine | Time: April 12, 2007
STUDIO-SESSIONS: Rosi Braidotti Transposing Life in the Era of Genetic Bio-capital

Rosi Braidotti, Professor of Women’s Studies in the Arts Faculty of Utrecht University and scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Women’s Studies and of the Expertise Centre Gender and Multiculturalism (GEM), delivered a lecture on April 12, followed the next day by a workshop in collaboration with UCI’s Women’s Studies department. Braidotti founded …

Rethinking The Terms Of The Social

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa | Time: February 23-25, 2007
Rethinking The Terms Of The Social

The documents from the Chicago Center for Critical Theory and from the University of California Humanities Research Institute raised important and challenging questions across a very wide range of themes ­ which, in effect, asked the participants of this workshop to think about the kind of world order that we currently inhabit. They intended to …

STUDIO-SESSIONS: Lu Tonglin

Location: UC Irvine | Time: January 25, 2007
STUDIO-SESSIONS: Lu Tonglin

Professor Lu Tonglin of the University of Montreal presented her lecture “Fantasy and Reality of a Virtual China In Jia Zhangke’s Film The World” in advance of a screening of the film.

STUDIO-SESSIONS: Achille Mbembe

Location: UC Irvine | Time: November 15, 2006
STUDIO-SESSIONS: Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe presented his lecture “Humanism in an Age of Terror: Reflections from South Africa.” Mbembe is a Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature and the Critical Theory Emphasis, UC Irvine. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) and Research Professor in the department of History at …

UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory III: technoSpheres: Futures of Thinking

Location: UC Irvine | Time: August 14-25, 2006
UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory III:  technoSpheres: Futures of Thinking

The third annual UCHRI Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory, titled “TechnoSpheres: FutureS of Thinking,” was held at UCHRI from August 14-25, 2006. The seminar was developed and organized by UCHRI Director David Theo Goldberg and Anne Balsamo, Professor and Director of Academic Programs at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy. Participants in …

Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CI-HASS) Summer Institute

Location: UC San Diego | Time: July 24-28, 2006
Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CI-HASS) Summer Institute

Organized by UCHRI and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the first CI-HASS workshop took place at International House Great Hall on the UC San Diego campus. The workshop was designed to introduce humanists, artists, and social scientists to common and emergent cyberinfrastructure with potential application to HASS fields. Such technological resources go beyond digital …

STUDIO-SESSIONS: Militarizing Critical Theory: Asymmetric Warfare and Culture

Location: UC Irvine | Time: May 18, 2007
STUDIO-SESSIONS:  Militarizing Critical Theory: Asymmetric Warfare and Culture

Current instrumentalities of war rely heavily for their concept and inspiration on poststructuralist thinkers, among several others. These appropriations act as a provocation for scholars in the humanities to think freshly, within the frame of intended and unintended complicities, about these legacies at the present juncture. This might immediately suggest something like the Heidegger and …

Gender, Sexual Dissidence, and Critical Human Rights: A Dialogue across the U.S. and Egypt

Location: Live Webcast: An On-Line Critical Dialogue | Time: March 16th, 2006
Gender, Sexual Dissidence, and Critical Human Rights:  A Dialogue across the U.S. and Egypt

This dialogue with researchers and activists in Cairo was held to learn from people involved on the community level about urgent issues pertaining to Muslim communities. Organized by a UCHRI residential research group studying Muslim dissidence, the virtual dialogue’s agenda was to understand localized human rights approaches in Egypt, eschewing ahistorical Western conceptions of “Arab …

Cloning Cultures: Normativities, Homogeneities, and the Human in Question

Location: UC Irvine | Time: May 13-14, 2005
Cloning Cultures: Normativities, Homogeneities, and the Human in Question

This conference raises profound questions about the nature of our contemporary society and the social injustices and inequalities compelled by “hidden” normativities; it seeks to make visible the myths of homogeneity and the paradoxes of difference and sameness. There is more global interconnection between people than ever before but, at the same time, strong (intra- …