The GCLR proudly co-sponsors the online conference "Nabokov from Novel Perspectives" that presents innovative approaches to the work of novelist Vladimir Nabokov, with international participants. The conference is organized by Prof. Pankenier Weld (Germanic and Slavic Studies, UCSB). The event will take place on Friday, March 1st, from 11:15 am-2:45 pm PST. Zoom Meeting ID: 825 7855 3258. Everyone is welcome to attend and we hope to see you there!

The GCLR's Winter Roundtable, focusing on "Film & Media in the Humanities", will feature 3 graduate student presentations that examine interdisciplinary and transnational aspects of film and media studies. Please join us in these cross-disciplinary discussions and in offering the presenters feedback on their papers! The event will take place on Tuesday, January 30th, from 5-7pm in Phelps 5316.

Letícia Cobra Lima, a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of History of Art and Architecture, will present on aspects of her dissertation entitled "Assembling the Body: Sculpture in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, 1960-1996." Graduate students and faculty, please attend and share your feedback with Leticia! The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 7, at 10am on Zoom.

How do our environments define us? To what extent can photography convey the experiences of living in a certain place? Photographer Matt Walla will present questions surrounding the artistic choices and complications of photographing a familiar place and how photography can give new expression to our built environments. The talk will take place on Thursday, Feb. 29th, at 6pm in ARTS 2324. Please RSVP here.


We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for 15-minute paper presentations. Proposals from enrolled graduate students in any discipline will be considered: MA, MFA, and PhD. To apply, please submit an abstract and a CV to by Sunday, February 18th, 2024.

On Friday, March 1, 2024, 10am-11.30am PST (on Zoom), this international panel discussion addresses questions of figuration in the global postwar era, with specific reference to the utopian potential of Socialist Realism. Embedding Eastern European art in a global context, participants will investigate the social function of Socialist Realism in various socialist societies, placing them in relation to other politically engaged art forms. Apart from this they will look at different national historiographies and ask how these in their turn determine different perspectives on Socialist Realism.