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Collectionism: From Life to Dust

PIGOTT HALL RM:216 We have the pleasure to announce that for our last event of this Winter series, we will be joined by Professors Samuel Frederick, Associate Professor of German at Penn State and Felipe Martínez-Pinzón, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University. They shared the following description of their talks: Dust. Collecting. Glauser. […]

Queerness, Hybridity, Unfolding

PIGOTT HALL, 216 We are thrilled to announce a reading discussion led by Evan Alterman (Slavic Languages and Literatures) and Alberto Quintero (Modern Thought & Literature). Evan will discuss hybrid language, space, and temporality in Vladimir Korolenko's "Makar's Dream" as a reflection of Korolenko as a product of empire and as an authorial technique establishing […]

Nature vs. Culture?

Levi Bryant, Professor of Philosophy (Collin College) “Thinking the Wilderness” This talk proposes what I call 'Wilderness Ontology'. The central claim of wilderness ontology is that the wilderness is all there is. Regardless of whether you are in a remote, uninhabited region of Svaerholt, Norway or the heart of Los Angeles, California, you are in the […]

Reading Discussion: New Extractivisms

PIGOTT HALL (BUILDING 260), ROOM 216 We are thrilled to anounce that we will be discussing new extractivisms for our first meeting of the term 2019-2020. We will base our discussion on Verónica Gago and Sandro Mezzadra's article "A Critique of the Extractive Operations of Capital: Toward an Expanded Concept of Extractivism". The meeting will […]

Borders & Technology

PIGOTT HALL (B260, RM. 216) On Monday, November 4th at 5:45pm we will be joined by Professor Micah Donohue (ENMU) and by Professor Tom McEnaney (UC Berkeley). The theme of this upcoming event will be "Borders & Technology". Professors Donohue and McEnaney have shared the following descriptions of their talks: Micah Donohue (ENMU) “Between the […]

Asynchronous Avant-Gardes

We are pleased to announce on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 6 pm we will be joined by Professors Chad Wellmon (German Studies, University of Virginia) and Justin Read (Spanish and Portuguese, University at Buffalo) for a session about knowledge, search, and the self-actualization of technology. The theme of this upcoming event will be Asynchronous Avant-gardes. Professors Wellmon and Read […]

Secrecy and Virtuality

PIGOT HALL (B260), ROOM 216. We are pleased to announce that on Monday, January 27th at 6pm we will be joined by Juan Esteban Plaza (Iberian and Latin American Cultures) and Jason Beckman (East Asian Languages and Cultures) for a discussion on their ongoing research. The theme of this upcoming event will be Secrecy and […]

Post-Naturalist Fictions

On Monday, May 11th at 5pm, doctoral candidates Daniel Hernández (ILAC, Stanford) and Sebastián Figueroa (Hispanic and Portuguese Studies, UPenn) will be discussing their research in progress and leading our discussion on the theme of Post-Naturalist Fictions: Representations of Capital and Forest in Colombia and Brazil. Presenters have kindly shared the following descriptions of their […]

Money & War

We are thrilled to announce that materia's sixth year will kick off with a discussion on Money & War led by PhD Candidates Colin Drumm (History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz) and Harleen Kaur Bagga (Art History, Stanford). Colin and Harleen have shared the following descriptions of their brief talks: Drumm (History of Consciousness, UC […]

Impolitical Critiques & Decolonial Grammars

María del Rosario Acosta López (UC Riverside) "Grammars of Listening as Decolonial Grammars: Notes for a Decolonization of Memory" This talk engages in a self-critical reflection on the limits and decolonial potential of the project advanced by the author and entitled ‘grammars of listening’. In the first part, the author explores the theoretical context that […]

Light, Matter, Meat & Flesh

Valeria Meiller (Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown) "Matadero Modelo: Argentine Rural Modernity Seen Through The Slaughterhouse” This work is an examination of the slaughterhouses built by the architect Francisco Salamone in the 1930s as spaces that hold valuable answers to how the meat industry helped shape a nation known worldwide for its meat production and steak […]

Uncontained Toxicity

What happens when toxicity breaks through its spatial containment? How can a virus contaminate spheres, bodies, media, places and landscapes? How do parasites, viruses or toxins penetrate, subvert, destabilize and/or promote and establish power structures and economic paradigms? In this workshop, Gisela Heffes & Arndt Niebisch address these questions and highlight how the politics of […]

Women’s Contributions to Digital Literacy

The Forgotten History of Operative Writing: Women's Contributions to Digital Literacy Sybille Krämer (Aesthetics and Culture of Digital Media, Leuphana University) with respondent Hank Gerba (Art & Art History, Stanford) What does writing mean, what does 'script' mean? Within the framework of the Western alphabetic form of literacy, the answer is usually: writing is fixed […]

Discussion: Jameelah Morris & Reagan Ross

We are pleased to announce that our next gathering will be held on Thursday, May 13 and will feature Jameelah Morris (Anthropology, Stanford) and Reagan Ross (Communication, Stanford). Our guest speakers have kindly shared the following description of their talks: Jameelah Morris (Anthropology, Stanford) - "No innocence to be found: On Gendered Anti-black Violence against Black Youth" In this presentation, […]

Anthropodecentric Writings

In her talk "The Inhuman and the Anarchist: Rafael Barrett’s Anthropodecentric Writings," Prof. Jennifer French (Williams College) will be continuing her exploration of the Hispano-Paraguayan anarchist Rafael Barrett (1876-1910) by focusing specifically on the anthropodecentric aspects of his writing. A pre-circulated paper by French on Barrett will provide an overview of his work, specifically his best-known […]