The CSA conference (April 19-22, 2006) will again feature a series of seminars. Seminars are small-group (maximum 15 individuals) discussion sessions for which participants write brief ''position" papers that are circulated prior to the conference. Those interested in participating in (rather than leading) a seminar should consult the list of seminars below.
In order to participate in a seminar, send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Seminar Request" in the subject line. Your message should list up to two seminars, ranked in order of preference, in which you would like to participate. (Note: You will be allowed to participate in only one seminar.) Your message should also include your name, contact information, and institutional affiliation.<p>
Seminar requests should be sent by <b>November 25, 2005</b>. You will be notified of your seminar assignment by December 20, 2005.
SEMINARS FOR CSA CONFERENCE, APRIL 2006
“Cultural Studies as Cultural Praxis: Reshaping the Research University”
Seminar Description: How can we better connect academic and community-based cultural work? This seminar is designed for participants interested in discussing and critically assessing current efforts to develop and institutionalize cultural studies curricula oriented toward diverse forms of cultural praxis. We are particularly interested in hearing about initiatives aimed at building sustainable arts and cultural pathways for campus-community partnerships – including community and participatory action research strategies, arts and performance-based research projects, and service learning or other experiential pedagogies. We are also centrally interested in the implications of this type of activist scholarship for the future of cultural research in (and outside of) institutions of higher education, and in appraisals of the current neo-liberal policy landscape that enables and encourages this institutional shift in research and teaching priorities.
The co-moderators of this seminar are involved in developing and institutionalizing community-based public humanities and cultural studies graduate curricula at the University of Washington. We envision this seminar as an opportunity to learn more about related initiatives elsewhere and to open a conversation about this type of work to participants who may not be currently involved in such initiatives (and/or may be skeptical about them). We hope to conclude with suggestions for further collaboration among the seminar participants, as appropriate.
Seminar Requirements: Seminar participants will be asked to read three short essays (by Stuart Hall, Ien Ang, and Handel Wright) and to provide a brief (2-3 page) written response in which they raise one or more central questions or concerns. Ideally, these responses should balance a critical assessment of the readings and a description of the participant’s institutional experience (if any) with praxis-oriented forms of cultural studies scholarship. The questions and concerns raised in the responses will serve as a jumping-off point for our discussion.
Response papers should be sent to the seminar moderators by March 21st, and will be distributed to all seminar participants by April 1st. The seminar moderators will also develop and circulate a summary of key questions and concerns raised in these response papers.
Seminar moderators’ names and contact info:
Simpson Center for the Humanities
University of Washington
Communication Building, Suite 206
Seattle, Washington 98195-3710
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program
University of Washington
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011-8246
Brief bios of the seminar moderators:
Miriam Bartha joined the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington in 2004 as Assistant Director, having earned her Ph.D. in American Literature from Rutgers University in 2002. She has taught literary, cultural, and feminist studies at Rutgers and San Francisco State Universities. She previously worked as an administrator at the P.E.N. American Center, an international nonprofit writers’ advocacy organization based in New York, as coordinator of the Poetry and the Public Sphere series at Rutgers, and as project manager for the electronic archiving of HOW(ever), a historic journal of feminist experimental writing. In 2005, she co-directed (with Bruce Burgett) the Simpson Center’s “Institute on the Public Humanities for Doctoral Students.”
Bruce Burgett is Professor of American and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington-Bothell (UWB), and graduate faculty in the English Department at the University of Washington-Seattle. He co-directed the "Placing the Humanities: New Locales, New Meanings" tri-campus faculty development workshop series in 2004-2005, currently co-directs the follow-up activities of the “Cultural Studies Praxis Collective,” and is involved in developing a community-based M.A. in Cultural Studies at UWB (planned to begin in 2007). He is the author of Sentimental Bodies: Sex, Gender, and Citizenship in the Early Republic (Princeton, 1998), and is working on two books: American Sex: Cultures of Sexual Reform in and Beyond the Antebellum U.S. (Chicago) and Keywords of American Cultural Studies (NYU, co-edited with Glenn Hendler). He has taught, researched, and published widely in the fields of American Studies, Cultural Studies, and Queer Studies. He serves on the editorial boards of American Quarterly and American Literary History.
Seminar on Biopower
The paradigm of biopower first elaborated by Michel Foucault has
gained steadily as a means for thinking simultaneously a host of
vital political and cultural issues: race and sexuality, empire and
globalization, governmentality and the state, post-humanism and eco-
politics, technoscience and human capital. The goal of this seminar
will be to compare different applications of, and problematics raised
by, the biopower analytics. Participants should re-read one of the
following texts in preparation for the seminar: Foucault's The
History of Sexuality (Volume One), Foucault's Society Must Be
Defended, Giorgio Agamben's Homo Sacer, or another major theoretical
statement. Participants will also be asked to share 2-3 page
abstracts for whatever research project brings them to the question
of biopower (if they have such a project). We will aim to move back
and forth between our theoretical readings and the research projects
with the aim of generating a deeper knowledge of what is at stake
(and also what are the risks) in bringing this model to bear on our
respective objects of critical inquiry.
Associate Professor of English
Portland State University
Beyond Biopolitics: bodies affect and media
The seminar will explore what Michel Foucault described as 'the demonic mix' of biopolitics and sovereignty to rethink bodies, affect and media. By weaving together theories of ‘new media’ and 'biomedia' that have been deeply influenced by Gilles Deleuze among others, we will explore the status of political economy, ideological analysis, semiotics, the concepts of culture and language in and for critical theory. We will draw out the relationship between digital video technologies (database, compositing, surround sound, digital animation, and digital ‘proprioception’) and entertainment (video games, TV shows, blockbuster cinema, websites). We will take as a larger context the fraught connectivities developing between homeland security, the encrypted security of biomedia, entertainment and racism as exemplified in counter/terrorism, mass incarceration, war and massacre.
Amit S. Rai
Department of English
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580
Patricia Ticneto Clough
Sociology and Women's Studies
The Graduate Center
New York, New York 10016
212 817 8896
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