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May 2018

Area Impossible: Sexuality and Geopolitics Symposium

May 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am 6:30 pm

Within queer studies, the geopolitical has posed a much-needed challenge to the spatial and temporal logics of the field (logics that often mire the field in the US), especially in the aftermath of the turn to transnationalism. Comparative literature has historically fashioned its domains outside US borders, but despite its range has remained somewhat tied to nationalist coagulations/formations.  This symposium brings together speakers who engage comparative analytical forms towards a more disruptive and capacious queer geopolitics. Program 9:30-10:00am Introductory remarks…

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Indigenous Knowledge. Taiwan: Comparative and Relational Perspectives

May 11, 2018 May 12, 2018

       Important conference news from UCLA Professor of Comparative Literature, Shu-mei Shih (shih@humnet.ucla.edu) RSVP FOR THIS EVENT HERE The UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative Conference Indigenous Knowledge, Taiwan: Comparative and Relational Perspectives Friday–Saturday, May 11–12 Royce Hall 314 UCLA This conference aims to engender transnational conversations about indigenous knowledge, with Taiwan as its comparative pivot and relational node. Setting discussions on indigenous knowledge and settler colonialism in Taiwan in dialogue with those in the United States, Okinawa, and the Philippines,…

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Primo Levi Symposium

May 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am

  This half-day symposium brings together an array of international scholars and writers engaged with the history, literature, and impact of Primo Levi, a chemist, writer, and humanist who survived Auschwitz and, through his writing, provided generations of students and scholars with the philosophical language to understand the Shoah—and the modern condition. The symposium celebrates the publication, in 2015, of Levi’s complete works in English (by translator Ann Goldstein, published by W. W. Norton) and probes the literary, philosophical, and…

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April 2018


5th Annual Michael Henry Heim Memorial Lecture

April 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

The 2018 Michael Henry Heim Annual Memorial Lecture in Translation and Translation Studies, entitled “Self-Translation and Its Discontents; Or: The Translational Work Lost in the Theory of Bilingualism”, will be given by Dr. Sigrid Weigel (Professor of German Literature and Director of the Centre for Literature Research in Berlin). Members of the community are welcome to attend.

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March 2018

ACLA Conference 2018

March 29, 2018

  The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California between March 29th and April 1st, 2018. The ACLA’s annual conferences have a distinctive structure in which most papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for three days of the conference to foster extended discussion. Some eight-person (or smaller) seminars meet just the first two days of the conference. This structure…

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Making Maya Men: Fantasy, Voyeurism, and Queer Abjection

March 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

Figure 1 from Making Maya Men: Fantasy, Voyeurism, and Queer Abjection Abstract: Franciscan friar Diego de Landa, in the mid sixteenth century, and Hollywood film producer and director Mel Gibson, in the early twenty-first century, created Maya men as abject queer beings. In 1566 Landa wrote his Relación de las cosas de Yucatán, an extensive ethnographic text. In 2006, Gibson released Apocalypto, a Hollywood film in which all dialogue was in Yucatec Maya. Landa and Gibson both argued that they showed…

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Peter Sigal: “Thinking with Trash: Nahua Knowledge and Queer Being”

March 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

The second event in the 2017-2018 Sexuality & Geopolitics Seminar Series will feature Peter Sigal, Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. His lecture, “Thinking with Trash: Nahua Knowledge and Queer Being” discusses how the Nahuas of central Mexico help us to see how indigenous meaning-making relates to the intellectual enterprise that we now call queer theory.

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February 2018

Souvenirs of the Organ Trade: The Diasporic Body in Chinese Literature and Art

February 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

 Li Zhiwang, “Female Nude.”    Abstract:  This chapter argues that the works of controversial Chinese contemporary experimental artists known as the “Cadaver Group”—some of whom were at the center of a recent controversy surrounding a retrospective of Chinese art at the Guggenheim—should not be dismissed so easily as “shock art.”  Instead the works could be understood as documenting a transition from an earlier, “composite” model of politicized corporeality in the spirit of Frankenstein, to one that speaks more directly to the global biopolitical commons of contemporary Chinese identity and aesthetics:…

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Ari Heinrich: “Chinese Bodies as Biological Surplus: Plastinated Cadavers and Geopolitical Heirarchies of the Human”

February 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

The first event in the 2017-2018 Sexuality & Geopolitics Seminar Series will feature Ari Heinrich, Associate Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at UCSD. Their lecture, “Chinese Bodies as Biological Surplus: Plastinated Cadavers and Geopolitical Heirarchies of the Human” will question what a comparative examination of Chinese-language discourse on the plastinated human cadaver exhibits might reveal about the political economics of race and capital distribution that inform them.  

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November 2017

Humanists @ Work: Graduate Career Workshop

November 13, 2017

Our Riverside Workshop is November 13, 2017 at the Riverside Art Museum. APPLY FOR A TRAVEL GRANT REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 8:00–8:45 AM: Breakfast 8:45–9:00 AM: Welcome 9:00–10:30 AM: Stories from the Field Four UC humanities PhDs share their stories as humanists at work in the world. Magdalena Edwards, PhD Writer, Translator, Actor, Director, Producer President | Zoom & Emar Productions Contributing Editor | LA Review of Books Maggie Gover, PhD Director, Graduate Student Professional and Academic Development |…

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