Fall 2017 Faculty-Graduate Seminars

Ann Laura Stoler

"History as Renegade Politics"

Friday, September 8, 11:00-1:45 pm
Asian American Cultural Center Lounge, 1210 W Nevada St

Ann Laura Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research in New York since 2004. She has worked for thirty years on colonial governance, racial epistemologies, and the sexual politics of empire. She was a visiting distinguished professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and is a recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and Social Science Research Council fellowships. Her books include: Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979 (Yale, 1985), Race and the Education of Desire (Duke, 1995), Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power (California, 2002), Along the Archival Grain (Princeton, 2009), Duress: Imperial Durabilities in Our Times (Duke, 2016), and the edited volumes, Tensions of Empire with Frederick Cooper (California, 1997), Haunted by Empire (Duke, 2006), and Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination (Duke, 2013).

To register or for readings please email Roman Friedman (unitraroman@gmail.com) or Alyssa Bralower (unitra.alyssa@gmail.com).

Viet Thanh Nguyen

"Transpacific Frames of War, Memory, and Representation"

Thursday, September 149:00-10:45 am
Asian American Cultural Center Lounge, 1210 W Nevada St
Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer (2015) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, a California Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association and numerous other awards. His latest work of fiction is a collection of short stories titled The Refugees (2017).
Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His academic writing includes Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002) and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (2016), which was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction and the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is also co-editor with Janet Hoskins of Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field (2014).
To register or for readings please email Roman Friedman (unitraroman@gmail.com) or Alyssa Bralower (unitra.alyssa@gmail.com).

What Is a Seminar?

A Unit seminar is a non-credit faculty/graduate student reading group that generally meets five times per semester on Monday evenings from 8:00 - 10:00 pm. Attendance at all meetings is not required. Topics change each semester and grow out of the interests and recommendations of Unit-affiliated faculty and students. Most seminars lead to a symposium or conference enabling us to read the work of ourspeakers in advance of their visit to our campus. Recent topics have included: Interrogating the Nonhuman Turn, Beyond Utopia? Freedom and Its Discontents, Bios, Mad World, Feminist Futures. 

Information on upcoming Spring conferences will be up shortly. To register for any of the above Fall seminars, email Roman Friedman (unitraroman@gmail.com) or Alyssa Bralower (unitra.alyssa@gmail.com).