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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Proposals are due via email by Friday, March 4, 2016. If you are a graduate student in the Humanities, either at the MA or PhD level, please submit an abstract of 200-300 words to GCLR Student Coordinator Katie Jan, katieljan@gmail.com, and please be sure to include your presentation title, academic affiliation and contact information. Participants will be notified of their acceptance in late March. Conference date: May 27, 2016 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California

THE FIFTH BIENNIAL BORDERLANDS INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE Forging Faith(s) in Global Borderlands Keynote Speaker: Christine Shepardson (Religious Studies, University of Tennessee at Knoxville) Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13, 2016 McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Borderlands are spaces where people of different ethnicities, cultures, religions, political systems, or...

Reading for May 18, 2016: Vittorio Gallese & Alessando Gattara, ‘Embodied Simulation, Aesthetics, and Architecture’ (chapter 8), and Thomas D. Albright, ‘Neuroscience for architecture’ (chapter 10) in Sarah Robinson and Juhani Pallasmaa (eds.), Mind in Architecture: Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Future of Design (Cambridge, Ma.: MIT Press,...

The Digging into Data Challenge aims to address how "big data" changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. Now that we have massive databases of materials available for research in the humanities and the social sciences -- ranging from digitized books, newspapers, and music to information generated by Internet-based activities and mobile communications, administrative data from public agencies, and customer databases from private sector organizations -- what new, computationally-based research methods might we apply?

The Public Scholar program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Although humanities scholarship can be specialized, the humanities also strive to engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest.

Anne Knowles (Geography, Middlebury College) Alberto Giordano (Geography, Texas State University) Monday, February 2, 2015 / 4:00 PM UCEN Flying A Room Anne Knowles and Alberto Giordano (eds.) present Geographies of the Holocaust. This book is the result of a multi-year collective project that has explored the geographies of...

Announcing the 2015 UC Student Veteran Summer Writing Workshop June 20-25, 2015 University of California, Santa Barbara “Creative writing offers veterans a way to integrate their military experiences into their larger life narratives. When veterans write and share their stories, they build bridges to the civilian community, and...

Vivek Chibber (History, New York University) Thursday, November 13, 2014 / 7:00 PM HSSB 6020, McCune Conference Room This talk inaugurates a conference on “Labor and Empire” that continues through November 15. Chibber is the author of Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital (2013). Conference participants...

Leslie Mitchner (Rutgers University Press, Editor in Chief) Wednesday, November 5 / 4:00 PM SSMS 2135 In spite of the frequent coverage in the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Publishers Weekly, Inside Higher Ed, and on listservs, websites, scholarly journal articles and beyond, the...

Thomas Doran is a Doctoral Candidate in English. His dissertation is titled Vulgar Ethology: A Prehistory of Animal Protection in Atlantic Natural History Vulgar Ethology examines how American naturalists conducted, narrated, and valued their interactions with animals in the period leading up to the nineteenth-century animal...

  ABOUT The Anthropocene, a newly-coined geologic term, designates the age during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. While subject to the forces of nature, the human species is itself a force that acts upon the natural world. We have...

Call for Nominations The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, on behalf of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Graduate Division, is now accepting applications for the UC Graduate Fellows in the Humanities program, now in its fifth year. Part of the system-wide University of California Humanities Network, this program is designed to support advanced doctoral students in the final stages of completing their dissertations, and to encourage the collaboration, interdisciplinary dialogue, and innovation that are fundamental to research in the humanities in the University of California. Along with Faculty Research Fellows, Graduate Fellows will be members of the UC Society of Fellows in the Humanities, sponsored by the UC Humanities Network.

Friday, May 16 / 1:00 PM Loma Pelona 1108 Speakers: Janet Fiskio (Enviornmental Studies, Oberlin College) Adrian Parr (Sociology, University of Cincinnati) Steven Vanderheiden (Political Science, University of Colorado) Following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's publication of the "5th Assessment Report," this Symposium will ask how the ever-increasing scientific consensus...

Deke Weaver (School of Art and Design and Department of Theater, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Monday, April 14 / 1:30 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB WOLF is Deke Weaver’s third performance in his life-long project, The Unreliable Bestiary – a performance for each letter of the alphabet,...

Saturday, September 28 / 7:00 PM Sunday, September 29 / 7:00 PM Anisq'Oyo' Park With their tongue-in-cheek production of Rosenstern and Guildencrantz, UCSB's Shakespeare in the Park takes a jocular Commedia dell'Arte approach to the two characters of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead and Shakespeare's Hamlet....

This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

Bianca Brigidi holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research dissertation analyzes the California Native American rebellions in the 18th and 19th centuries.Brigidi's work marries folklore, contemporary ethnographic data, historical data, and interdisciplinary explorations of intercultural violence. As a...

Conveners: Mario T. Garcia, Chicano Studies, garcia@history.ucsb.edu Ellen McCracken, Spanish and Portuguese, emccr@spanport.ucsb.edu Description: This group is concerned with the historical and contemporary experiences of people of Chicano/Latino background in the United States. Numbering some 45 million people, Chicano/Latinos have become the largest minority group in the United...

  Sarah K. Harris' research interests include information technology regulation and access, digital media literacy and utilizing ethnography to measure IT policy impact. In 2013, she earned her Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies, with a doctoral emphasis in Global Studies, from UC Santa Barbara. Her dissertation,...

  Ayla Bozkurt Applebaum is an ethnic Kabardian from Turkey. Kabardians are among the Circassian people which, although indigenous to the Northwest Caucasus, live primarily in exile in Turkey and the Middle East due to their expulsion by Czarist Russia in the mid 19th century. Dr. Bozkurt...

Barbara L. Taylor is a Doctoral Candidate in Music. Her dissertation is titled The Ghosts of Banjos Past: The Early Banjo Revival and Remapping America's Racial Terrain. Diverse cultural activists are contesting conventional knowledge of early banjo history as they construct a subversive reading of "America's...

Rahul Mukherjee is a Doctcoral Candidate in Film and Media Studies. His dissertation is titled Competing Knowledges, Uncertain Futures: A Study of Mediated Technoscience Publics in India. "Through case-studies in India, my dissertation explores media’s role in science controversies. The cases include arguments about effects of...

Andrew Magnusson is a Doctoral Candidate in History. His dissertation is titled Muslism-Zoroastrion Relations and Religious Violence in Early Islamic Iran. My dissertation examines Muslim-Zoroastion relations in Iran between the seventh and eleventh centuries. It challenges the lachrymose narrative of Zoroastion history which  blames Muslim prosecution for...

Kuan-yen Liu is a Doctoral Candidate in English. His dissertation is titled Animal-Human Analogy and the Order of Things: A Comparative Study of Victorian British and Late-Qing Chinese Darwinism. This research project will explore the cross-boundary interaction of Darwinism with philosophy, socio-political thought and literature in...

Zachary Horton is a Doctoral Candidate in English. His dissertation is titled Scale and Alterity: Ecology, Media, and Technics After the Human. This dissertation is an interdisciplinary effort to analyze current techno-scientific discourses for underlying scalar frameworks that constrain personal, local, and transnational efforts to think other...

Lawrence Acker is an associate professor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, joining the faculty in January of this year.  He is the Lindenwood College of Individualized Education’s Program Director of Health Management.  Dr. Acker came to Lindenwood after serving as the Program Chair...

Thursday, February 28 / 2:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB This Center for Information Technology and Society and Interdisciplinary Humanities Center symposium brings together a philosopher, activists, and artists to speak about the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones – in the world...

Residential research groups (RRGs) and working groups (WGs) are both familiar structures supporting humanities research across the UC. Both convene groups of scholars to work in collaboration on interdisciplinary topics of special significance. Both are in essence teams of researchers, often from multiple campuses and for the most part unknown to each other prior to their selection, and assembled - either for a one-quarter residency or for a full academic year of occasional meetings and ongoing virtual engagement - to work on a commonly defined research agenda.

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years.

UC Humanities Research Institute: Through the administration of its own funding programs and those of the UC Humanities Network, UCHRI supports and showcases fellows, working groups, seminars, conferences, workshops and other research formations, on topics traditional to the humanities in disciplines such as literature, philosophy, classics,...

    About Research Development: The IHC Research Development staff can support faculty through all aspects of research funding from assisting with individual grant searches to budget preparation and proposal review. IHC staff is available by appointment to work with individual faculty on proposals-in-progress, providing individual research...

MAP supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry.

Amber Workman graduated from UCSB in 2012 with a Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures. Her academic work focuses on Mexican literature and Latin American literary journalism....

Carly Thomsen a Doctoral Candidate in Feminist Studies. Her dissertation is titled "I'm Just Me": Queer Critiques of Gay Visibility, Identity, and Community from LGBTQ Women in the Rural Midwest. This dissertation analyzes representations, discourses, experiences, and identities of queer women in the rural Midwestern...

Andrew J. Henkes is both a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and a research associate at the University Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a lecturer at the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Art. His research...

Eric Fenrich is a Doctoral Candidate in History. His dissertation is titled The Color of the Moon: The American Manned Space Program and Racial Inclusion, 1957-1978. This project examines the interactions between the U.S. space program and the struggles for racial justice within the United...

Anne Cong-Huyen is a Doctoral Candidate in English. Her dissertation is titled Host and Server: The Literature and Media of Temporariness in an Age of Globalized Networks. This project traces the emergence of temporariness, a term used to conceptualize the widespread phenomena of rising provisional...

Paul Reed Baltimore is a Doctoral Candidate in History. His dissertation is titled From the Camel to the Cadillac: The Culture of Consumption and the U.S.-Saudi Special Relationship. From the Camel to the Cadillac tells a story of how the political economies of the United States...

  Conveners Ann Bermingham, History of Art bermingham@arthistory.ucsb.edu Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, Music rhellier-tinoco@music.ucsb.edu "The Uses of the Public University is an RFG devoted to imagining the role of the University of California in serving the State, its citizens, the nation and the world. Fundamental to this role is maintaining the University...

Conveners: Xiojian Zhao, Asian American Studies xiaojian@asamst.ucsb.edu Xiaowei Zheng, History and East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies zheng@eastasia.ucsb.edu This Research Focus Group examines a unique moment in the history of urban/rural relations in modern China: the sent-down youth movement that accompanied the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). This movement is one of...

Conveners Peter Alagona, History alagona@history.ucsb.edu Chloe Diamond-Lenow, Feminist Studies cdiamondlenow@umail.ucsb.edu Russell Samolsky, English rsamolsky@english.ucsb.edu This RGF brings the myriad work emerging in the growing field of animal and posthumanist studies together in its diversity. We are talking across disciplinary boundaries- science, social science, and humanities- drawing on disciplines including philosophy, biology, feminist...

Ruthe Hellier-Tinoco, Music rhellier-tinoco@music.ucsb.edu Gabriela Soto Laveaga,History gsotolaveaga@history.ucsb.edu Sarah Townsend, Spanish and Portuguese stownsend@spanport.ucsb.edu Contemporary or modern Mexico, covering the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, is the principle focus of this group, with an emphasis on political, ideological, cultural, social, technological, pedagogical, and artistic movements, processes, and activities. Through our research...

Conveners Mary Hancock, Anthropology and History hancock@anth.ucsb.edu David Novak, Music dnovak@music.ucsb.edu The Research Focus Group in Ethnography and Cultural Studies aims to take stock of the ways that ethnographic practice has diversified in response to the challenges of contemporary culture. Our central questions are these: How does contemporary ethnography work?...

    Gender, Creative Dissidence, and the Discourses of African Diaspora: A Colloquium in Honor of Ama Ata Aidoo   May 24-26, 2012 McCune Room, 6020 HSSB UC-Santa Barbara campus   © Nana Kofi Acquah © Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd. © Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd.   The African Studies Research Focus Group at UCSB proudly...

© Nana Kofi Acquah The African Studies Research Focus Group at UCSB proudly presents Gender, Creative Dissidence, and the Discourses of African Diaspora, a three-day conference at that will explore the work of eminent Ghanaian author Ama Ata Aidoo and the broader questions of Diaspora and...

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco (Music, Theater & Dance, UCSB) and UCSB students Tuesday,  April 10 / 7:00 PM TD 1703 Extracts of interdisciplinary performances (work-in-progress), engaging music, theater, film, movement, performance art, and multimedia created and performed by undergraduate students of Music and Theater, facilitated by Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, through her...

Winter 2011-2012 Friday, October 14 (12pm, HSSB 4041) Michele Salzman (UC Riverside) "Elite Contestations, Space and Ideology after the Sack of Rome in 410 Friday, October 14 (3pm in TBA) Emily Gowers (Cambridge) Saturday, October 15 (9:15-4 in HSSB 6020) Multi-Campus Research Group Meeting Monday, October 17 (5pm, HSSB 6020) Deborah Carlson (Texas A&M) "The...

Mark Hall (director) Peter Alagona (History, UCSB) ann-elise Lewallen ( EALCS, UCSB) Mike McGinnis (Environmental Studies, UCSB) Tuesday, January 24, 2012 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Sushi, a cuisine formerly found only in Japan, has grown exponentially in other nations, and an industry has been created to...