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February 2020

Critical Mass Talk: Art as Compass and Catalyst for Change
Aaron Huey

February 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Aaron Huey Critical Mass Talk is "a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times." In this lecture the Founder of Amplifier will speak on the power of art at threshold moments, recounting visual campaigns like We The People, which flooded the streets for the Women's March and 2017 Presidential Inauguration protests. Amplifier believes that in times of uncertainty—in times like these, when fear and misinformation attempt to divide us—that art is more than beauty or decoration: It is a weapon and a shield. Art has the power to wake people up and serve as a catalyst for real change. It is a megaphone for important but unheard voices that need amplifying. It is a bridge that can unite movements with shared values in ways other mediums cannot. Art gives us symbols to gather…

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Conference: Sal Castro Memorial Conference on the Emerging Historiography of the Chicano Movement

February 28, 2020 @ 8:30 am - February 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

The Sal Castro conference will bring together 28 participants to present their research on a variety of topics on the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The Chicano Movement was the largest and most widespread civil rights and empowerment in the history of Mexican Americans. There is a renewed interest in the Chicano Movement by historians and other scholars and this will be showcased at the conference. Sponsored by Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, Chicano Studies Institute, Office of the Graduate Dean, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Equal Opportunity & Discrimination, Educational Opportunity Program, Luis Leal Endowed Chair, Las Maestras Center, Department of History, Latin America & Iberian Studies

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March 2020

Conference: Sino-Japanese Studies in the Twenty-First Century
Joshua Fogel

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - March 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This conference is presented by the Transregional East Asia Research Focus Group and will feature a keynote lecture by Joshua Fogel, York University, and panels on Intellectual History, Literary Culture, and Japanese Sinology. Saturday, March 14th, 10:00 AM-5:30 PM, and Sunday, March 15th, 9:30 AM-2:00 PM, at the McCune Conference Room, 6th floor, Humanities and Social Sciences Building Conference participants include: XIAOWEI ZHENG (UC Santa Barbara) WILLIAM FLEMING (UC Santa Barbara) ANDRE HAAG (University of Hawai'i) CHUNLING PENG (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) MANUEL COVO (UC Santa Barbara) NAOKI YAMAMOTO (UC Santa Barbara) HANGPING XU (UC Santa Barbara) JING WANG (UC Santa Barbara) WILLIAM HEDBERG (Arizona State University) XIAORONG LI (UC Santa Barbara) KATE SALTZMAN-LI (UC Santa Barbara) MOTOYA NAKAMURA (University of Tokyo) MASAKI IENAGA (Tokyo Woman's Christian University) MARIKO KUBO (Seikei University) YUJIRO MURATA (Doshisha University) KATE MCDONALD (UC…

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April 2020

Critical Mass Talks, Staged Reading, Exhibit: On Collecting and Hoarding
William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff

April 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm – Exhibit: The Cheez-It Boxes of Professor King 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm – Talks: William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm – Staged Reading: Collections of Nothing More or Less EVENT DETAILS: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm – Exhibit: The Cheez-It Boxes of Professor King  King’s Cheez-It box collection will be on exhibit in the Crowell Reading Room (HSSB 6028) from 10 am to 4 pm.  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm – Talks: William Davies King and Rebecca Falkoff The Creative Edge of Collecting William Davies King has spent a lifetime collecting nothing in a way he brought to light in his 2008 book Collections of Nothing. His collecting of such things as Cheez-It boxes, “Place Stamp Here” squares, hotel door cards, and the little stickers you…

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Humanities Decanted: Transgenerational Remembrance: Performance and the Asia-Pacific War in Contemporary Japan
Jessica Nakamura

April 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jessica Nakamura

Join us for a dialogue between Jessica Nakamura (Theater and Dance) and Catherine Nesci (French and Italian, Comparative Literature) about Nakamura’s new book, Transgenerational Remembrance: Performance and the Asia-Pacific War in Contemporary Japan. Refreshments will be served. In Transgenerational Remembrance, Jessica Nakamura investigates the role of artistic production in the commemoration and memorialization of the Asia-Pacific War (1931–1945) in Japan since 1989. During this time, survivors of Japanese aggression and imperialism, previously silent about their experiences, have sparked contentious public debates about the form and content of war memories. Working from theoretical frameworks of haunting and ethics, Nakamura develops an analytical lens based on the Noh theater ghost. Noh emphasizes the agency of the ghost and the dialogue between the dead and the living. Integrating her Noh-inflected analysis into ethical and transnational feminist queries, Nakamura shows that performances move remembrance beyond…

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Critical Mass Talk: Notes on the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration
Reuben Jonathan Miller

April 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reuben Miller Critical Mass Talk

While more people are incarcerated in the United States than in any other nation in the history of the western world, the prison is but one (comparatively) small part of a vast carceral landscape. The 600,000 people released each year join nearly 5 million people already on probation or parole, 12 million who are processed through a county jail, 19 million U.S. adults estimated to have a felony conviction, and the staggering 79 million Americans with a criminal record. But the size of the U.S. carceral state is second in consequence to its reach. Incarcerated people are greeted by more than 48,000 laws, policies and administrative sanctions upon release that limit their participation in the labor and housing markets, in the culture and civic life of the city, and even within their families. They are subject to rules other people…

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Conference: Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster
Sara Pankenier Weld and Sven Spieker

April 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The interdisciplinary conference "Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster" examines the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl to consider its afterlife in culture and the arts. Situated at a watershed moment during the Cold War, Chernobyl spawned an unprecedented quantity of global responses from scientists, writers, filmmakers, and artists, and it has become a key moment for the global environmental movement. This conference views the accident and its aftermath in the context of broader global ecologies of disaster and considers how catastrophe is coded and understood — or fails to be understood — through the prism of science, art, literature, and film. How do all these disciplines and discourses confront the disaster, and where do they converge to produce the fiction, or the truth, of what we call “Chernobyl”? The conference brings together scholars from Comparative Literature, History, Anthropology, Environmental…

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Humanities Decanted: Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths
Helen Morales

April 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a dialogue between Helen Morales (Classics) and Vilna Bashi-Treitler (Black Studies) about Morales’ new book, Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths. Refreshments will be served. A witty, inspiring reckoning with the ancient Greco-Roman myths and their legacy, from what they can illuminate about #MeToo to the radical imagery of Beyoncé. The picture of classical antiquity most of us learned in school is framed in certain ways -- glossing over misogyny while omitting the seeds of feminist resistance. Even today, myths are still informing harmful practices like diet culture and school dress codes. But in Antigone Rising, classicist Helen Morales reminds us that the myths have subversive power because they can be told -- and read -- in different ways. Through these stories, whether it's Antigone's courageous stand against tyranny or Procne and Philomela punishing…

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May 2020

Talk: “Hysteric Affirmation”: Language, Literature, and the Economy in Contemporary German Fiction
Lilla Balint

May 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Lilla Balint is Assistant Professor of German in the Department of German at University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century German literature, culture, and intellectual history in its broader comparative contexts. At UC Berkeley, she is affiliated with the Institute for European Studies and the Jewish Studies Program. Currently, she is at work on a book manuscript, “Ruins of Utopia: History, Memory, and the Novel after 1989,” that exposes the afterlife of socialism in contemporary literature. This comparative and multilingual study puts authors from Central Europe in dialogue to investigate how historical fiction after 1989 reconstructs the Cold War East. Located at the intersections of narrative poetics, cultural history, and memory studies, the book analyzes how novelists from diverse linguistic and cultural contexts re-envision Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sponsored by the UC Humanities…

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Critical Mass Talk: Struggling to Save America’s Cities in the Suburban Age: Urban Renewal Revisited
Lizabeth Cohen

May 7, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Urban Renewal of the 1950s through 1970s has acquired a very poor reputation, much of it deserved. But reducing it to an unchanging story of urban destruction misses some important legacies and genuinely progressive goals. Those include efforts to create more socially mixed communities, to involve suburbs—not just cities--in solving metropolitan inequality, and most importantly, to hold the federal government responsible for funding more affordable housing and other urban investments, rather than turn to the private sector. Cohen will revisit this history by following the long career of Edward J. Logue, who worked to revitalize New Haven in the 1950s, became the architect of the “New Boston” in the 1960s, and later led innovative organizations in New York at the state level and in the South Bronx. She will analyze the evolution in Logue’s thinking and actions, when and how…

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IHC Visiting Scholar Talk: Local or World Heritage? The Making and Breaking of Iran’s Medieval Tilework
Keelan Overton

May 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Keelan Overton (PhD, UCLA, 2011) is a historian of Islamic art and architecture specializing in the eastern Islamic world from Iran to South Asia. Her research explores the afterlives and travels of architecture and objects, book arts and codicology, histories of collecting, and the formation of cultural heritage. Her edited volume entitled Iran and the Deccan: Persianate Art, Culture, and Talent in Circulation, 1400-1700 will be published this June with Indiana University Press and has been supported by grants from the College Art Association and Persian Heritage Foundation. Dr. Overton is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB, where she is working on her next book on the making and breaking of Iran’s architectural heritage. As an independent scholar based in Santa Barbara, she has taught at Pomona College, UCSB, UCLA, and Occidental College and led museum tours to Iran…

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