The Global-Popular Workshop

The Global-Popular Workshop

Friday, April 22, 2016 / 1:30 – 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 23, 2016 / 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wallis Annenberg Conference Room, SSMS 4315

Speakers will include:
John Brenkman (English, CUNY Graduate Center)
Dilip Gaonkar (Communication, Northwestern University)
Danny Hoffman (Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle)
Neepa Majumdar (English, University of Pittsburgh)
Joshua Neves (Film Studies, Concordia University)
Davide Panagia (Political Science, UCLA)
Ban Wang (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University).

Culturally and politically, we now inhabit the realm of the global-popular. And yet, the two terms whose hyphenated conjugation names our contemporaneity remain notoriously vague and widely contested. This two-day workshop will explore this conjugation—not as an additive model, but in terms of a historically informed approach that does justice to the fundamental transformations that have led to this moment.


Friday, April 22
1:30-2:00 Introduction
Chair: Swati Chattopadhyay (History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara)

Ban Wang (East Asian Languages and Comparative Literature, Stanford University) “Popular Democracy and Mao’s Little Red Books”

Danny Hoffman (Anthropology, University of Washington) “Inhabiting Ruin: Global Urban Form and the Limits of Popular Politics”

Dilip Gaonkar (Rhetoric and Public Culture, Northwestern University) “Crowds, Riots, and the Politics of Disorder”

Saturday, April 23
10:00-12:00 Panel II
Chair: Cristina Venegas (Film and Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara)

Joshua Neves (Film Studies, Concordia University) “Southern Effects: Kaiju, Cultural Intimacy, and the Production of Distribution”

Neepa Majumdar (English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh) “Disco Dancer and Idioms of the Global Popular”

2:00-4:00 Panel III
Chair: Paul Amar (Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara)

John Brenkman (English, CUNY Graduate Center) “The ‘Popular’ and the Ordeal of Universalism”

Davide Panagia (Political Science, UCLA) “The Hyphen Means Ubiquity: #datapolitik and the Problem of Critique”

4:30-6:00   Roundtable

Sponsored by the Dept. of English, the Dept. of Film and Media Studies, and the IHC.