GCLR Events

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Announcements

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We are looking forward to the Future Between Technics and Poetics workshop that brings together literary, poetic, mathematical and technical conceptions of futurity, combining perspectives from German Studies, Art History, and History of Science. It will be in the UCen Mission Room, date TBA. 

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The GCLR annual confernece, Climate Fictions, is currently accepting paper proposals. Submit proposals by January 25, 2020. 

  • Hans Blumenberg

The German Department and Comparative Literature Program are offering a new graduate seminar on Hans Blumenberg's philosophy. It will be taught by the visiting Kade professor, Dr. Eva Geulen. Tuesdays, 3-5:50 p.m. in Phelps 6206C. 

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Scholars from all disciplines are invited to engage in a joint exploration of "Reduction." The ICI Berlin especially welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in scholarly research. The application deadline is January 19, 2020. 

 

 

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Join us for our Fall Roundtable this Friday, November 22, 2019 fro 3-5 p.m, in the GCLR Conference Room (6th floor of Phelps Hall).

  • Iranian painter Behjat Sadr in Rome, C. 1956-1957
The GCLR is happy to announce the Postwar Italian Art Scene in a Global Perspective colloquium, which will be held on January 31, 2020 at UC Santa Barbara.
  • Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé

Join the Department of Film and Media Studies for their colloquium series on November 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 2135 Social Sciences & Media Studies Building (2nd Floor Conference Room).

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The 2020-2021 Colloquium Series of the Iranian Studies Initiative will be held this next year in collaboration with the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR). Abstracts will be accepted until December 31, 2019. 
 
  • Memory Studies Group Flyer

Join the Memory Studies Group for a discussion on memory and mourning in a Russian and Eastern European context with Professor Sven Spieker. 

  • Alain Badiou

The GCLR is looking forward to meeing with our 2020 distinguished visiting scholar, Alain Badiou from May 25-28. 

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What Graduate Students Are Reading

In Spite of Plato: A Feminist Rewriting of Ancient Philosophy by Adriana Cavarero

Olga Faccani is reading In Spite of Plato: A Feminist Rewriting of Ancient Philosophy by Adriana Cavarero. 

In this book, the author, an Italian feminist and philosopher, borrows four female figures from ancient Greek texts and gives them a new voice, reinterpreting them in light of theories of sexual difference. In the process she broadens the classical texts to evade the patriarchal discourse and encompass questions of identity, power, and sexuality. 

Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left After the Cold War by Jorge G. Castaneda

Caudia Grego March is reading Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left After the Cold War by Jorge G. Castaneda. 

This book is a comprehensive and intelligent analysis of Latin America's poltical left during and after the Cold War, written in a sharp and captivating prose. 

African Art and the Colonial Encounter: Inventing a Global Commodity, by Sidney Littlefield Kasfir

Megan Sheard is reading African Art and the Colonial Encounter: Inventing a Global Commodity, by Sidney Littlefield Kasfir.

What she is really enjoying about this book is the nuanced way Kasfir tracks colonisaztion's impact on the practices and art of the Idoma (Nigeria) and Samburu (Kenya). Kasfir shows how the colonial rupture generated new forms as African practices responded to colonial constraints, but seems to avoid the over-emphasis on African agency that can end up inadvertently romanticsizing the colonial period. 

 

Marshall Plan Modernism: Italian Postwar Abstraction and the Beginnings of Autonomia

Mohammadreza Mirzaei is reading Jaleh Mansoor's Marshall Plan Modernism: Italian Postwar Abstraction and the Beginnings of Autonomia. 

This book recognizes the works of three main portagonists of postwar Italian art (Burri, Fontana, and Manzoni) as indicators of the cultural, economic, and social transition of Italy during that period. 

Andrew Hemingway's Artists on the Left: American Art and the Communist Party, 1926-1956

Mary Okin is reading Andrew Hemingway's Artists on the Left: American Art and the Communist Party, 1926-1956.

She states, "he isn't so fluent in Russian avant garde theory, but he writes a lot about Marxism and Western Marxism and the history of Marxism in art history (excluding the Russian avant garde mostly), and I find him quite interesting."

Mystical Dimensions of Islam

Naz Keynejad is reading Annemarie Schimmel's Mystical Dimensions of Islam

This book traces the development of the Sufi movement throughout the Middle East. 

Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition

Daniel Martini is reading Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition

In the book, Arendt is interested in the vita activa (active life) as contrasted with the vita contemplativa (contemplative life) and she is concerned that the debate over the relative status of the two has blinded us to important insights about the vita activa and the way in which it has changed since ancient times. 

 

Marcel Strobel is reading Mark W. Turner's Backward Glances - Cruising Queer Streets in London and New York.

This book is a beautiful account of the literary representation of male gay street cruising at the turn of the 20th century.

 
The Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women, edited by June Hall McCash

Christene d'Anca is readingThe Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women, edited by June Hall McCash

This book examines the important role women played in the creation of art through a multitude of mediums, and the significant ways in which they participated in the evolution of medieval culture. 

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance, edited by Bruce Baird and Rosemary Candelario

Margarita Delcheva is readingThe Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance, edited by Bruce Baird and Rosemary Condelario

This book traces the history, scholarship, and reception of Butoh, from its connection to Afro-diasporic cultures, to its use of androgyny and the welcoming of taboo. 

 

Kozintsev's Shakespeare Films: Russian Political Protest in Hamlet and King Lear, by Tiffany Ann Conroy Moore

Arpi Movsesian is reading Kozintsev's Shakespeare Films: Russian Political Protest in Hamlet and King Lear, by Tiffany Ann Conroy Moore 

This book situates the Shakespeare films of Soviet director Grigori Kozintsev into their cultural and historical contexts by focusing on Hamlet and Lear in Russia in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as from the Revolution until after Stalin's death, in the "Thaw."

 

Iranian Studies Initiative Colloquium Series CFP

 
The 2020-2021 Colloquium Series of the Iranian Studies Initiative will be held this next year in collaboration with the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR).
 
The theme of the colloquium is:
ART AND LITERARY EXCHANGE BETWEEN IRAN, TRANSCAUCASIA, CENTRAL ASIA, AND RUSSIA IN THE 20th CENTURY
 
We welcome interdisciplinary proposals for papers and seminars addressing such transnational exchanges in roughly three periods: The Tsarist/Qajar Era, the Soviet Union/Pahlavi era, and the Islamic Republic/Post 1991 era, with a focus on Iran, Russia, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia.
 
Although our focus is on literary, artistic, and cultural exchange, we will entertain submissions by historians and political scientists provided they relate to these areas.
The deadline for sending your abstract is December 31, 2019. If you are interested in participating, please send a resume, the title of your presentation, and an abstract (250 words).
 
Please include any theoretical or methodological approaches used in your research. If your paper or seminar is accepted, we ask that you provide a draft of your paper/an outline of your seminar by late September 2020. Your lecture or seminar may be scheduled for the Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters 2020/21 on a Wednesday evening. If you have a preference for a particular time of day, please let us know.
 
Two nights of accommodation and meals, as well as travel expenses (in the US), and a small honorarium will be provided. Funds may be available for international travelers, but will be decided on an individual case by case basis.
 
For questions and paper proposals, please contact:
 
Christene d'Anca
Colloquium Organizer