The GCLR is proud to announce “New Approaches to Art in the German Democratic Republic", a new year-long series of lectures by national and international scholars presents cutting-edge research into experimental GDR art and visually oriented literature, with a special focus on exhibition history; the representation of women and ethnic minority populations in the GDR across a broad range of artistic forms; and innovative approaches to the medium of the artist’s book in GDR art and its intermedia poetry. The series begins in the Spring quarter 2022, and ends in Spring quarter, 2023, and will be presented in a hybrid format. The lecture series is organized by Sven Spieker (UCSB) and Matteo Bertelé (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice). 

Reflecting on distinguished disability scholar Dr. Tanya Titchkosky's recent talk on representations of disability in university life and society as a whole, Amelia Faircloth of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts' article "The Need for a New Normal: Looking at Disability on Campus" shares more considerations about academic commitment to serving students with disabilities through inclusion initiatives, agreeing that public perception must shift before these intiatives can truly take hold, in order to bring them in from what Titchkosky calls the "edges of inclusion". 

We invite graduate students interested in exploring the cultural, cognitive, performative, representational, and technological facets of remembering and forgetting to join the Memory Studies Graduate Research Working Group (GRWG). A cross-disciplinary field, Memory Studies tackles the multifaceted relations between history and memory, past and present, testimony and witnessing, ethics and politics, and the role of visual, digital, and global media in enacting and performing memory work. If you are interested in joining, please write to Sven Spieker.  

Recent Events

Please join us 4pm on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 via Zoom for a talk by Provessor Adrian Ivakhiv...
  1. April 5, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Please join us for a talk by Elske Rosenfeld (Independent scholar) on “Gabriele Stötzer: The...
  1. April 22, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Please join us for this year's second GCLR Dissertation and Prospectus Writing Workshop for graduate students from any department in the Humanities at UCSB. Our presenter will be Linshan Jiang 蒋林珊, a doctoral candidate in the UCSB Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies who is presenting a chapter from her forthcoming dissertation entitled "Mobilizing Shame: Tension between Nationalism and Feminism in Nieh Hualing’s Far Away, A River and Zhang Ling’s A Single Swallow."

  1. April 29, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm