Goals & Objectives
1. Intellectual Continuity and Growth: To
continue the dialog started by “The Subaltern and the
Popular” Conference of March 2004 held at UC Santa Barbara.
2. Research Center: To provide a platform
for research and intellectual exchange for faculty and graduate
students across the UC system in the humanities. Those who
work on issues relating to subalternity and popular culture
are at present scattered among many different disciplines
and departments. The Subaltern-Popular MRG will provide both
a rationale and a locus of conversation. The goal is to create
within the UC system an intellectual center that will have
the capacity to generate research on the subaltern and the
popular. It will also become a resource for those faculty
and students who are interested in these issues but have not
yet become actively engaged.
3. Comparative Studies: To create the opportunity
for a sustained exchange between scholars working in different
disciplines and geographical areas on the question of subalternity,
lending an important comparative perspective to the problem.
We are particularly interested in fostering a comparison between
Asia, Latin America, the Middle-East, and Ireland in the next
4. Archive and Dissemination: To create
a permanent UC archive of the intellectual proceedings of
the workshops and conferences. This will be in the form of
publishing papers presented at the workshops in the form of
“occasional papers,” done in house (both paper
and electronic versions), or as a special issue of a peer-reviewed
journal. The proceedings from the conference will be published
as co-edited volumes from a scholarly press.
5. Graduate Education: To enrich graduate
student instruction by offering an annual graduate seminar
on the subject at one of the participating UC campuses. The
participation of students in the conference will further their
links with other UC campuses and with the international intellectual
6. Graduate Student Mentoring: To facilitate
and encourage field research among graduate students and to
share faculty research expertise with students.
7. Outreach: To enable UC faculty and graduate
students to interact and share their research with scholars
and activists from outside the UC system. We expect this to
be an important step in connecting academic endeavor with
grass-roots movements for social justice and equity.