Spring 2018 Faculty-Graduate Seminars

Ann Laura Stoler

"History as Renegade Politics"

Friday, January 19, 12:00-3:00 pm
Location: Russel Seminar Room, Natural History Building 2049

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).


Jodi Melamed

"Racial Capitalism"

Wednesday, March 28th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Russel Seminar Room, Natural History Building 2049

Jodi Melamed is is associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Marquette University. Her current research aims to provide an anti-racist critique of contemporary global capitalism and an anti-capitalist critique of historically dominant U.S. anti-racisms. She is the author of Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and a contributor to Strange Affinities: The Sexual and Gender Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University Press, 2011) and Keywords for American Cultural Studies (NYU Press, forthcoming). Her next book project, Capital’s Metabolisms investigates representational and relational dimensions of ‘bio-financialization’ (the nexus linking life and financialization) in neoliberalism. Her areas of interest include critical race and ethnic studies, woman of color feminism and queer of color critique, political economy, and culture and globalization.  Her awards, fellowships, and grants include a Fulbright, a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship, and grants from the American Studies Association, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.  Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of the American Studies Association’s Program Committee and as a member of the Modern Language Association’s executive committee for the division on sociological approaches to literature.

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 Spring 2018 seminars, email Roman Friedman (unitraroman@gmail.com) or Alyssa Bralower (unitra.alyssa@gmail.com).