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Seminars

Reading Joy: The Praxis of Analyzing Good Feelings

Organizer: Janaka Lewis

American and Diasporic literature has examined trauma and mourning to a greater extent than we have contextualized joy, happiness, and celebration.  This may be due to the impact of feelings and... more

Unruly Women in Contemporary Pop Culture

Organizer: Lisa Timmermann

Recently, we have seen a growing number of unconventional female characters in literature, film, and on TV – characters that do not conform to patriarchal and capitalist constructions of femininity,... more

Televisión Cuir: Streaming LGBTQ2+ Hispanic Cultures

Organizer: Jesús Porras-Vielma

This seminar aims to foster a critical discussion around queer Hispanic representation on contemporary streaming television from a queer decolonial, intersectional, cultural, and material studies... more

Alternative cosmologies of Time

Organizer: Ben Van Overmeire

We are obsessed with time. In one sense, the question has become societal and existential, with the potential to deeply affect our and other species: how long before anthropogenic climate change... more

The Museum as Muse

Organizer: Michelle Clayton

In 1999, New York’s MoMA staged the exhibition “The Museum as Muse”, a collection of modern and contemporary works focused on exploring images and practices of the museum. Although it might seem... more

Cultural responses to environmental displacements

Organizer: Sophia Brown

There are now widespread fears over climate change, which increasingly are yoked to existing anxieties and myths about migration, fuelling sensationalist and inaccurate portrayals of a world where... more

Queer and Trans Universities

Organizer: Jessy Nyiri

Colleges and universities may be the only institutional locations in which queer and trans people are not underrepresented relative to the general population. Possibly for that reason, figures of... more

Encounters: Textual, Digital, and Otherwise Mediated

Organizer: Jason Beckman

In this seminar, we are interested in exploring various complexities of the encounters that occur through media. Textual and visual media offer the possibility of encounter in many regards, as... more

The Politics and Possibilities of Naming

Organizer: Edith Adams

In My Garden (Book), Jamaica Kincaid reflects upon her relationship to her garden and its inextricability from dynamics of control that have characterized colonial histories. At one moment in the... more

Translation and Feeling

Organizer: Marie Ostby

How does it feel to translate a text from its native language into another that is foreign to it, or to translate words composed by someone else into one’s own idiom? Arthur Sze describes the... more

The Plasticity of Plasticity

Organizer: Jenny Andrine Madsen Evang

As the concept of plasticity has travelled across feminist science studies and new materialisms to Black, queer, and trans studies, its meaning has itself become unstable—or plastic. Jules Gill-... more

Affect in/and Literary Translation

Organizer: Sofia Monzon

The wealth of scholarship on the topic of affect and emotions within Cultural Studies is bound to impact the field of Translation Studies. Inspired by Kaisa Koskinen’s Deleuzian approach to... more

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