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This conference seeks to center the contemporary valences of the concept of the lumpenproletariat, which Friedrich Engels identified as “social scum,” particularly outcasts, such as professional thieves, pimps, and gamblers. More generally, this term refers to those who do not generate profits for employers. In this judgment, the hegemonic working-class paradigm of the left and conservative notion of the “undeserving poor” converge. This conference is organized to honor and extend the work of Glyn Salton-Cox, who was an Associate Professor of English at UC Santa Barbara and who suddenly passed away while working on a book on the topic. Please join us May 24-25 either in person or on Zoom (view attached schedule) to not only honor the legacy of Glyn, but also provide a space for emerging and established scholars to reflect on the untapped potential of the concept of the lumpenproletariat and its varying forms given the unstable and uneven faces of global capitalism today.

How is collectivity imagined, built, and sustained in art, literature, performance, film and media?
This conference brings together papers that research collectivity and its varying manifestations across interdisciplinary fields of study. The GCLR is delighted to announce that the keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Meryem Kamil (Film & Media Studies, UC Irvine). Please join us for what promises to be an enriching conference on Saturday, May 18th, from 9am-3:30pm PST. The event will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Conference Room (4315 SSMS) on UCSB's campus. Please select the "annual conference" heading on the GCLR website for more information and a full program schedule. 
Are you in the early stages of your dissertation and wondering how to get started? Gearing up for long-term writing can be challenging. Join the Graduate Center for Literary Research for a special workshop with UCSB’s Graduate Writing Specialist, Dr. Mia Nowotarski, and learn effective strategies for finding successful writing habits early on!
 
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024
Time: 4pm-5pm PST
Location: Zoom - Register here

Horror movies have long exploited ableist representations of disability. The genre's monsters are often violent, threatening, or vengeful creatures with histories of trauma, disordered minds, or physical deformity, while the genre's defining affects—horror, disgust, and fear—are tied to reductive, misleading, and negative disability images and stories. Please join us for a two-part event with Prof. Angela Marie Smith (University of Utah) where she will discuss examples of recent horror films that continue this tradition, and other films that offer more complex imaginings of disability. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 22 and will include a Zoom talk with Prof. Smith from 11am-12:15pm, followed by a further discussion on disability in contemporary horror from 1pm-2pm. Stay tuned for a Zoom link. 

 

Please join us on May 10 at the Isla Vista Community Center from 7:30pm to 9:30pm for the UCSB Translation Studies Program’s first ever “Translation Open Mic.” We invite undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty alike to share a work-in-progress translation of 10-15 minutes length from any language into English. Any genre is welcome: from prose to poetry to song! Food and drink will be provided.
 
Generously co-sponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature, the GCLR, and the ItalianTransnational Studies Program.

In recent years, we have witnessed a fortunate upsurge in the publication of books dedicated to the exploration of various facets of Iranian modern and contemporary art. These publications have significantly contributed to our understanding of Iranian artistic culture. The Graduate Center for Literary Research at UCSB is pleased to host three separate events that brings together three distinguished scholars, each of whom has recently authored a work on Iranian art in the twentieth century. Please join us on Zoom for the third and final event of this series on Friday, April 19, at 9am PST. To register for this Zoom event, please use this link.