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Heim Memorial Lecture: “Translating Erased Histories” with Dr. Maureen Freely

Fethiye Çetin with her grandmother CLICK HERE TO VIEW LECTURE RECORDING   About the Lecture 20 years ago, a loose-knit collective of Turkish journalists, lawyers, writers, publishers, and social justice advocates banded together to tell the truth about the Armenian genocide to the Turkish people, who had by then been subjected to denialist lies for...

Public Talk: Andreas Mayer

Kaplan Hall 348 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Intangible and Recalcitrant Objects: Balzac’s Pedestrian Observations and the Predicament of the Human Sciences   In 1833, Honoré de Balzac published a short essay entitled La théorie de démarche. In this highly original text, he defines for the first time his historical-anthropological approach to the society of his epoch that would lead to the vast...

Book Discussion with Prof. Russ Castronovo (Wisconsin-Madison)

Kaplan Hall 348 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

On Thursday, February 8 from 10:00-11:30 am in 348 Kaplan, the Department of Comparative Literature will host Prof. Russ Castronovo (Wisconsin-Madison) for a discussion of his new book American Insecurity and the Origins of Vulnerability (Princeton UP, 2023). Two chapters from the book, which will serve as the basis of the discussion, are available here.

A Talk with Mark Brudzinski

Kaplan Hall 193

Non-Academic Tracks for Ph.D Students Marc Brudzinski designs system-level solutions to real problems. He is constantly amazed by how a deep understanding of real people can inspire groups to re-frame complex problems. Recent collaborators include government ministries, international agencies, universities, and companies in the arts and telecommunications sectors. He is most excited about awakening people’s...

Book Talk: Melancholy Acts

Kaplan Hall 348

Book Talk Melancholy Acts: Defeat and Cultural Critique in the Arab World ABOUT THE BOOK How do the literatures and cultures of oppressed societies survive and flourish in spite of the overdetermining conditions of precarity and injustice of which they are a product and against which they protest? Might the symptom of oppression become simultaneously...

Experimental Critical Theory (ECT) Seminar: “The Role of the Renaissance in the Transformation of the Western Political Imaginary: Petrarch’s Africa and Death for the ‘Fatherland’”

Royce Hall 236

Etienne Anheim (History, EHESS, Paris) The ideal of “death for the fatherland” (Pro patria mori) may seem to be an invariable reality of the human society, from Sparta and Athens to today’s wars. In fact, it is a political imaginary whose periodization can be traced. Ernst Kantorowicz, in a famous article published in 1951, proposed...

Experimental Critical Theory (ECT) Seminar: “Rethinking Sovereignty with Care and Relationality”

Royce Hall 306

Shannon Speed (Director of American Indian Studies Center; Anthropology/Gender Studies/American Indian Studies, UCLA) This lecture is part of the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory (ECT) and the ECT Spring 2024 seminar on “Ternary Positionality: Relationality, Decoloniality, and Interpretation”, taught by Zrinka Stahuljak (Comparative Literature/ELTS). The Spring 2024 ECT Seminar is generously sponsored by the Deans of...

Experimental Critical Theory (ECT) Seminar: “Intermediaries, Translators and Mediators: The Making of World Authorship”


Gisèle Sapiro (Sociology, EHESS/CNRS, Paris) Register to attend via Zoom This event will only be held virtually via Zoom.  In this public seminar, Professor Sapiro will explore the role of intermediaries and mediators in the process of how literary works cross borders (or not). Based on Bourdieu's analysis of the social conditions of international circulation...

Experimental Critical Theory (ECT) Seminar: “Visualizing Mestizaje through Zapotec Remappings of the Americas”

Hershey Hall Salon

Josefina Saldaña-Portillo (Department of Social & Cultural Analysis (SCA), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), New York University) Inaugural Dean of Humanities’ Lecture in Critical Humanistic Inquiry Thursday, May 2, 2024 5 pm – 6 pm Hershey Hall Salon RSVP to attend in person RSVP to attend via Zoom Followed by a Reception...

Experimental Critical Theory (ECT) Seminar: “Relationality as Ternary Structure: On Challenges and Openings for Relational Critical Thinking”

Bunche Hall 6275 11282 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Kathrin Thiele (Director of the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG); Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University) RSVP to attend in person RSVP to attend via Zoom In this talk I want to approach relationality as “ternary structure,” and explicate what kind of conceptual and practical shifts such onto-epistemological proposition enables. The...