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2010/2011 Series

All events are free, open to the public, and take place at 624 S Michigan Ave., Collins Hall, Room 602 (unless otherwise noted. Information below is subject to change.


February 24 - 4:00 pm

David J. Gunkel
Presidential Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication, Northern Illinois University

"The Real Problem: Avatars, Metaphysics and Online Social Interaction"

David J. Gunkel is Presidential Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University, where he teaches and researches web design and pro¬gramming, information and communication technology and philosophy of technology. He is the author of Hacking Cyberspace (Westview, 2001) and Thinking Otherwise: Philosophy, Communication, Technology (Purdue University Press, 2007). He is Co-Editor of the forthcoming Transgression 2.0: Digital Media and Cultural Studies (Continuum, 2011) and author of the forthcoming The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI and Ethics (MIT Press, 2011).

Pre-Reading Article:
"The Real Problem: Avatars, Metaphysics and Online Social Interaction." New Media & Society. 12(1), 2010. 127–141.

March 3 - 4:00 pm

Lauren M.E. Goodlad
University Scholar, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

"The Mad Men in the Attic: Seriality and Identity in the Modern Babylon"

Lauren M. E. Goodlad is University Scholar and Associate Professor of English and Director of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at UIC. A specialist in Victorian literature and culture, Goodlad also has research and teaching interests in gothic genres; critical, feminist, postcolonial and political theory; cultural studies; and literature in relation to contemporary understandings of liberalism, globalization, internationalism, and development. She is the author of Victorian Literature and the Victorian State: Character and Governance in a Liberal Society (Johns Hopkins, 2003) and co-editor of Goth: Undead Subculture (Duke, 2007). She has published numerous articles and reviews and is currently completing The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Internationalism and Transnational Experience. With Lilya Kaganovsky and Robert A. Rushing, she is co-editing the forthcoming Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s.

Pre-Reading Articles
Lauren M.E. Goodlad, "Cosmopolitanism's Actually Existing Beyond; Toward a Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic." Victorian Literature and Culture (2010), 28, 399-411.

Clarence Lang, "Representing the Mad Margins of the Early Sixties: Northern Civil Rights and the Blues Idiom." Chapter from Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s. Ed. Lauren Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky and Robert A. Rushing (Forthcoming).

March 10 - 4:00 pm

Douglas Reichert Powell
Associate Professor of English and Core Faculty in Cultural Studies, Columbia College Chicago

"The Cryptic Space of the Show Cave: A case study for critical regionalism"

Douglas Reichert Powell teaches writing, American literature, and cultural studies at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of Critical Regionalism: Connecting Politics and Culture in the American Landscape (2007) and co-editor of Composing Other Spaces (2009), an edited collection on place and critical pedagogy. Doug is currently at work on a documentary writing project about commercial caverns in the valley-and-ridge province of the Appalachian Mountains.

Pre-Reading Article:
Douglas Reichert Powell. Critical Regionalism: Connecting Politics and Culture in the American Landscape. University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

March 31 - 4:00 pm

Stephen Maddison
Principal Lecturer in Cultural Studies & Field Leader, Cultural Studies and Creative Industries, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of East London 

"The Myth of Pleasure: Pornographic Affect and Neoliberal Subjectivity"

Stephen Maddison is Principal Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of East London. He is the author of Fags, Hags and Queer Sisters: Gender Dissent and Heterosocial Bonds in Gay Culture (Macmillan & St. Martin’s Press, 2000), and has published work on the cultural politics of sexuality in a number of journals and edited collections. He has published essays on pornography in New Formations and in two new collections, Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualisation of Culture (IB Tauris) and Online Pornography (Peter Lang), and is working on a monograph entitled The Myth of Porn. He co-runs the website www.opengender.org.uk, is a member of the AHRC funded on/scenity Research Network and is a member of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London.

Pre-Reading Article:
"The Second Sexual Revolution: Big Pharma, Porn and the Biopolitical Penis." Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. 22: Fall 2009.

April 7 - 4:00 pm

Debra Benita Shaw

Senior Lecturer/Programme Leader, Cultural Studies, University of East London

"Investment Strategies in the Genomic Domain: The Life Cycle of homo oeconomicus"

Debra Benita Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Programme Leader for the undergraduate single honours degree in Cultural Studies at UEL. She is the author of Women, Science & Fiction: The Frankenstein Inheritance (Palgrave, 2000), Technoculture: The Key Concepts (Berg, 2008) and editor of “Technodeath: Technology, Death and the Cultural Imagination”, a special issue of the journal Science as Culture (2009). As well as her work in the relationship between science and culture, she is interested in ideas of posthumanism, gender and the body and the politics of space. She has been published in New Formations, Parallax, Science as Culture, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction and Signs of Culture. She is also a photographer, specialising in urban subjects and is an avid reader, and occasional critic of, science fiction.

Pre-Reading Article:
"Self as Enterprise: Dilemmas of Control and Resistance in Foucault's The Birth of Biopolitics." Theory, Culture & Society 2009. Vol. 26(6): 55-77.


September 30 - 4:00 pm

Walter Benn Michaels
Professor, English and Literary Theory, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Immigration and the Neoliberal Novel"

Walter Benn Michaels is Professor of English and Literary Theory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is known as one of the founders (with Stephen Greenblatt) of New Historicism. He is the author of several books, including The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism: American Literature at the Turn of the Century (1987); Our America: Nativism, Modernism and Pluralism (1995); The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History (2004); and The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality (2006). Michaels’s work has generated a set of arguments and questions around a host of issues that are central to cultural studies: problems of culture and race, identities national and personal, the difference between memory and history, disagreement and difference, and meaning and intention in interpretation.

Pre-Reading Articles:
Michaels, Walter B. Identity Politics: A Zero-Sum Game. New Labor Forum, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Spring 2010). Online http://www.newlaborforum.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1702.

Michaels, Walter B. What Matters. London Review of Books, Vol. 31, No. 16. (27 August2009), pp. 11-13. Online http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n16/walter-benn-michaels/what-matters

Michaels, Walter B. The Un-usable Past.  The Baffler: Civilization With a Krag (16 December 2009).

October 14 - 4:00 pm

Shawn Michelle Smith

"Augustus Washington and the Civil Contract of Photography"

Shawn Michelle Smith is Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture (Princeton, 1999) and Photography on the Color Line: W. E. B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture (Duke, 2004), and coauthor with Dora Apel of Lynching Photographs (California, 2007). She is also a visual artist and has exhibited her photo-based artwork in venues across the United States.

Pre-Reading Articles:
Smith, Shawn M. "Looking at One's Self through the Eyes of Others": W.E.B. Du Bois's Photographs for the 1900 Paris Exposition. African American Review>, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Winter 2010), pp. 581-599.

October 21 - 4:00 pm

Cultural Studies Faculty
Columbia College Chicago

"Cultural Studies Faculty Research Symposium"

The Faculty Research Symposium provides an opportunity for faculty in the Cultural Studies Program to present their research to colleagues and students.  It is also an opportunity for students to learn more about and connect with their teachers.  Faculty presenters will include: Ames Hawkins (English and Cultural Studies), Kadji Amin (French and Humanities), Sean Andrews (Cultural Studies), and Zack Furness (Communication and Cultural Studies).

November 4 - 4:00 pm

Tim Kaposy
Associate Professor, Cultural Studies Program, George Mason University

"The Essay as Form of Flexibility" 

Tim Kaposy is Assistant Professor in the Cultural Studies Program at George Mason University.  He is coeditor (with Imre Szeman) of Cultural Theory: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and Editor of the Politics and Culture journal. He is currently working on two book manuscripts: Fatal Need: Documentaries of the Global Downturn and A Quiet Counter-Revolution: Stephen Harper and the Rise of Canadian Neoliberalism (University of Toronto Press).

Pre-Reading Articles:
Adorno, T. W. The Essay as Form (Der Essay als Form). Gesammelte Schriften, 11.  (1974), pp. 151-171. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag.
Ross, Andrew. The Mental Labor Problem. Social Text 63, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Summer 2000), pp. 1-31. Duke University Press.

November 18 - 4:00 pm

Arkady Plotnitsky 

Professor of English and Director of Theory and Cultural Studies, Purdue University

"Composition, Experimentation, and Conceptuality in Art, Science, and Philosphy: Kandinsky, Heisenberg, and Deleuze and Guattari"

Arkady Plotnitsky is Professor of English and Director of the Theory and Cultural Studies Program at Purdue University.  He is author of several books and many articles on critical and cultural theory, continental philosophy, British and European Romanticism, and the relationships among literature, philosophy, and science.  His most recent books include: Epistemology and Probability: Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger and the Nature of Quantum-Theoretical Thinking (2009); Reading Bohr: Physics and Philosophy (2006); The Knowable and the Unknowable: Modern Science, Nonclassical Thought, and The Two Cultures (2002). He is currently working on a book project, tentatively entitled Space-Time-Matter-Life-Thought: Non-Euclideanism from Riemann to Deleuze.

Pre-Reading Articles:
Plotnitsky, Arkady. “The Shadow of the ‘People to Come’”: Chaos, Brain, and Thought in Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s What is Philosophy? Sensorium (2007), pp. 166-193. Eds. Barbara Bolt, Felicity Colman, Graham Jones, and Ashley Woodward. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle, UK.  

December 2 - 4:00 pm

Stephen Macek
Associate Professor of Speech Communication, North Central College

"Media Access for All: The Citizen's Committee on the Media, the Chicago Media and the Battle for More Inclusive Public Sphere"

Stephen Macek is Associate Professor of Speech Communication at North Central College in Naperville, where he teaches courses in media studies, urban and suburban studies, persuasion and women’s and gender studies. He is author of Urban Nightmares: The Media, the Right and the Moral Panic over the City (University of MN Press, 2006) and coeditor of Marxism and Communication Studies: The Point Is to Change It (Peter Lang, 2006). A founding member of Chicago Media Action, he is active in the media justice/democracy movement and his writings on media policy issues have appeared in newspapers such as The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Nashville Tennessean, The San Antonio Express, The Capital Times and The Seattle Times.  He is currently writing a critical history of Chicago media in the twentieth Century.

Pre-Reading Articles:
Laura Stein, "Access Television and Grassroots Political Communication in the United States" in Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements by John D. H. Downing. Sage, 2000, 299-324
"Chapter 8:  From Nixon to Reagan: Backlash and Cable (1968-1991)" and pages 248-251 of "Chapter  11: A Few Lessons" in  Mark Lloyd, Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America. University of Illinois Press, 2006, 167-193 and 248-251.

Citizen's Committee on the Media documents:
Congressional Testimony: