2020 Events

  • UNDER THE DOME: PAUL CELAN AT 100

    Judith Butler, Mary Ann Caws, Norma Cole, Jean Daive, Philip Gerard, Fady Joudah, Myung Mi Kim, D.S. Marriott, Michael Palmer, Doris Salcedo, Timothy Snyder, Roberto Tejada, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Raúl Zurita. Moderated by Robert Kaufman.

    • 23 November, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Online
  • “UNDER THE DOME: PAUL CELAN AT 100″ –A Live Zoom-Cast, presented by City Lights Books & Publishers (San Francisco, California) and UC Berkeley’s Program in Critical Theory: Monday Evening, November 23, 6pm (Pacific Coast Time) A Commemoration/Celebration of the Life and Work of the Poet Paul Celan (November 23, 1920–April 20, 1970) –This live Zoomcast […]

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  • Conversation on Not One Less: Mourning, Disobedience, and Desire

    María Pia López (Sociologist, Argentina), and Feminist Scholars Paola Bacchetta (UC Berkeley), and Leticia Sabsay (LSE), Moderated by Natalia Brizuela (UC Berkeley)

    • 30 October, 2020, 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
    • Online
  • Register here to receive a personalized Zoom link to join the webinar. Spanish-English and English-Spanish interpretation will be available to the first 500 registered participants on Zoom. Habrá interpretación de español al inglés e inglés al español para los primeros 500 participantes registrados en Zoom. Join the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs for a virtual event […]

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  • YEAR 1

    Susan Buck-Morss (Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center)

    • 29 October, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Online
  • Register here to receive a personalized Zoom link to join the webinar. The University of California, Berkeley Rhetoric Department presents: YEAR 1, with Susan Buck-Morss. The book YEAR 1 (MIT Press, forthcoming 2021) is a project in the reconfiguration of knowledge. The focus is on the first century that starts the numerical count down to […]

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  • Fall 2020 CRG Distinguished Guest Lecture: Abolition Feminism

    Angela Y. Davis (Political Activist, Scholar, Author, and Speaker), Gina Dent (University of California, Santa Cruz)

    • 22 October, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • For more information, and instructions on how to view the live stream event, please visit the Center for Race & Gender event webpage. The Center for Race & Gender present their “Fall 2020 CRG Distinguished Guest Lecture: Abolition Feminism” with Angela Davis and Gina Dent. As a politic and a practice, abolition increasingly shapes our political […]

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  • Michael Rakowitz. The invisible enemy should not exist (Lamassu of Nineveh). 2018.

    ARC VISUAL ACTIVISM SERIES, Michael Rakowitz

    Michael Rakowitz (Artist)

    • 20 October, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Online, Registration Information Forthcoming
  • For more information, and for the forthcoming link to register/attend this event, please visit the Arts Research Center event webpage. Michael Rakowitz is an artist living and working in Chicago. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, Palais de Tokyo, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th and […]

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  • Jumana Manna, "Mountain", 2018. Collage of cutouts of nature images from cleaning products.

    Colonial Destruction, Past and Present: Plunder, Waste, and Preservation

    Malcom Ferdinand (CNRS), Jumana Manna (artist), Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins (Bard College), Moderated by Natalia Brizuela (UC Berkeley)

    • 25 September, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Online
  • A conversation about environmental and colonial destructions, as well as the relationship between them. The participants (in their roles as artists, scholars, or activists) address the planetary crisis of our times in its relationship to past and present practices of plunder, waste-making, and preservation. The conversation aims to articulate a future open to multiple forms of life outside the systems and histories of racial, extractivist capitalism.

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  • Alfredo Jaar, Logo for America, 1987/2014.

    ARC Visual Activism Series, Alfredo Jaar: When the Music Stops

    Alfredo Jaar (Artist, Architect, and Filmmaker)

    • 22 September, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Online, Registration Information Forthcoming
  • For more information, and for the forthcoming link to register/attend this event, please visit the Arts Research Center event webpage. Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), […]

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  • MARTIN JAY IN CONVERSATION WITH PAUL BREINES: A CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE VIRTUAL EVENT

    Martin Jay (Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History Emeritus, and former Co-Director of The Program in Critical Theory, UC Berkeley) and Paul Breines (Professor of History Emeritus, Boston College)

    • 25 August, 2020, 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Virtual
  • Discussing Martin Jay’s  just-released essay collection, Splinters in Your Eye: Frankfurt School Provocations (Verso Books, 2020)

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  • The PACT Division of the EGS Announces that Judith Butler’s Lecture “Losing Touch: Fragments on the Inhabitable World” is Now Available to Stream

    • 15 July, 2020, 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • The PACT Division of the European Graduate School has announced that Judith Butler’s July 15th lecture “Losing Touch: Fragments on the Inhabitable World” can be rented online. For more information on renting this lecture, please visit the EGS event webpage. This lecture revisits two questions: what makes a life livable and what makes for an Inhabitable […]

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  • Resolutely Black

    Françoise Vergès (Independent Scholar, Paris), Matthew Smith (Northern Illinois University), and Donna Jones (UC Berkeley), moderated by Karl Britto (UC Berkeley)

    • 18 June, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Register here to receive a personalized Zoom link to join the webinar. Join the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs on Zoom for the second of two inaugural events in a series of interventions organized by the Critical South book series. These events will put two recently published books on Blackness and decoloniality into timely conversation with […]

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  • The Black Register

    Tendayi Sithole (University of South Africa), Victoria Collis-Buthelezi (University of Johannesburg), Thabang Monoa (University of Johannesburg), moderated by David Theo Goldberg (UC Irvine)

    • 16 June, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Register here to receive a personalized Zoom link to join the webinar. Join the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs on Zoom for the first of two inaugural events in a series of interventions organized by the Critical South book series. These events will put two recently published books on Blackness and decoloniality into timely conversation […]

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  • Canceled | Distorting Ethics: Narcisa Hirsch’s Experiments

    • 28 April 2020 -
  • Please note that the scheduled April 28 event with Erin Graff Zivin, “Distorting Ethics: Narcisa Hirsch’s Experiments,” has been canceled.

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  • Postponed | The Rise of the Right: A Symposium

    • 17 April, 2020, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Please note that the scheduled April 17 event, “The Rise of the Right: A Symposium,” has been postponed.

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  • CANCELED | THEORIES OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH WORKING GROUP – April 16

    • 16 April, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Please note that the scheduled April 16 event “Theories of the Global South Working Group,” has been canceled.

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  • Postponed | 2020 Annual Marie G. Ringrose Lecture in Italian Studies, The Promise of Happiness in Colonial Libya: Fascism, Architecture, and Wellbeing

    • 16 April 2020 -
  • Please note that the 2020 Annual Marie G. Ringrose Lecture in Italian Studies, “The Promise of Happiness in Colonial Libya: Fascism, Architecture, and Wellbeing,” with Graziella Parati has been postponed until fall 2020.

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  • Postponed | Revolutionary Closure: Rethinking Paradigm Shifts with Walter Benjamin and Margaret Masterman

    • 16 April 2020 -
  • Please note that the scheduled April 16 event with Eva von Redecker, “Revolutionary Closure: Rethinking Paradigm Shifts with Walter Benjamin and Margaret Masterman,” has been postponed.

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  • THEORIES OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH WORKING GROUP – April 2

    • 02 April, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • 7415 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • The Program in Critical Theory’s Spring 2020 working group, Theories of the Global South, will host a meeting on April 2 from 4-6 pm in 7415 Dwinelle Hall. To prepare, the co-conveners, Donna Honarpisheh (Comparative Literature) and Devin Choudhury (Rhetoric) kindly request that participants read the introduction, chapter 3, and the epilogue from Monique Allewaert’s Ariel’s Ecology. Please email critical_theory@berkeley.edu to receive […]

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  • Postponed/canceled (TBD) | Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right

    • 18 March 2020 -
  • Please note that the scheduled March 18 event, “Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right,” has been postponed/canceled (TBD).

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  • Postponed | Seminar/Conversation with Peter E. Gordon on “Adorno, Negativity, and Normativity”—including a discussion of the “Meditations on Metaphysics” section of Adorno’s book Negative Dialectics (1966)

    • 17 March 2020 -
  • Please note that the scheduled March 17 event with Peter E. Gordon, “Seminar/Conversation with Peter E. Gordon on “Adorno, Negativity, and Normativity”—including a discussion of the “Meditations on Metaphysics” section of Adorno’s book Negative Dialectics (1966)” has been postponed until Spring 2021.

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  • Postponed | A Precarious Happiness: Adorno on Negativity and Normativity

    • 16 March 2020 -
  • Please note that the scheduled March 16 event with Peter E. Gordon, “A Precarious Happiness: Adorno on Negativity and Normativity” has been postponed until Spring 2021.

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  • Postponed | Native/Immigrant/Refugee: Movements Across Contested Grounds Symposium

    • 12 March 2020 -
  • Please note that the scheduled March 12-13 event, “Native/Immigrant/Refugee: Movements Across Contested Grounds,” has been postponed. For more information, please visit the Center for Race & Gender event page.

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  • Postponed | YEAR 1

    • 12 March 2020 -
  • Please note that the scheduled March 12 event with Susan Buck-Morss, “YEAR 1,” has been postponed until spring semester 2021.

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  • Postponed | THEORIES OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH WORKING GROUP – March 12

    • 12 March 2020 -
  • The March 12 meeting of Theories of the Global South is canceled in alignment with the University’s discouragement of gatherings. We will continue with Monique Allewaert’s Ariel’s Ecology at our next scheduled meeting, on April 2nd.

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  • Gandhian Satyagraha and Democratic Politics: Celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

    Karuna Mantena, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

    • 06 March, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • 10 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
  • The Institute for South Asia Studies presents the lecture Gandhian Satyagraha and Democratic Politics: Celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. A talk by scholar of Gandhi and non-violence studies Professor Karuna Mantena, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. Moderated by Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley. Karuna Mantena specializes in political theory with research […]

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  • Seminar on Carl Schmitt’s Nomos der Erde (1950)

    Danilo Scholz, Fulbright Schuman Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

    • 05 March, 2020, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    • Social Science Matrix, 820 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Danilo Scholz will lead this seminar by introducing Carl Schmitt’s Nomos der Erde (1950), followed by a discussion. To prepare, interested participants are asked to review the readings in advance of the event. Please email critical_theory@berkeley.edu for the German/English readings. Danilo Scholz works on the history of political thought in the nineteenth and twentieth century and modern European intellectual history. His […]

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  • Global Higher Education in 2050: Imagining Universities for Sustainable Societies (Day Two)

    • 05 March, 2020, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • La Pelona Center, UC Santa Barbara
  • March 4-5, 2020 UC Santa Barbara In 2050, will today’s Anglophone universities exist in their basic current form? Many experts say no, wagering that most will be absorbed into commercial learning platforms. Would that be a bad thing? Many critics say that would not necessarily be the worst outcome. They argue that the Anglophone university […]

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  • Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley: Fifty years of Igniting the Future (Two-Day Symposium)

    • 05 March 2020 -
    • Alumni House, UC Berkeley
  • The Department of Ethnic Studies presents a two-day symposium to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ethnic Studies Department at Berkeley. Thursday, March 5, from 4 pm-8 pm Friday, March 6, from 8 am-8 pm Alumni House, UC Berkeley A two-day symposium to share, spark, and inspire visions for the future. For 50 years, Ethnic […]

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  • From Colonialism to Third Worldism? Alexandre Kojève and the Developing Nations (1945-1968)

    Danilo Scholz, Fulbright Schuman Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

    • 04 March, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • Located at the intersection of international history and intellectual history, this talk reconstructs the postwar trajectory of the Russian-born philosopher Alexandre Kojève (1902-1968). If Kojève’s interpretation of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit has garnered significant scholarly attention, his career as a high-ranking French bureaucrat tends to be treated as an afterthought, even though Kojève himself considered it by […]

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  • Global Higher Education in 2050: Imagining Universities for Sustainable Societies (Day One)

    • 04 March, 2020, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    • La Pelona Center, UC Santa Barbara
  • March 4-5, 2020 UC Santa Barbara In 2050, will today’s Anglophone universities exist in their basic current form? Many experts say no, wagering that most will be absorbed into commercial learning platforms. Would that be a bad thing? Many critics say that would not necessarily be the worst outcome. They argue that the Anglophone university […]

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  • Lacan Noir: Blackness and Psychoanalysis

    David Marriott, Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

    • 28 February, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • In 1952, Frantz Fanon describes Lacan’s 1938 discussion of the mirror stage as having made the question of a racial imaginary “worthwhile investigating.” This lecture draws on established readings of Fanon and Lacan to discern the theoretical implications of this encounter, as well as the contradictions and impasses it entails between psychoanalysis and black studies. […]

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  • A Fanonian Black Aesthetic?

    David Marriott, Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

    • 27 February, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • David Marriott’s Whither Fanon? Studies in the Blackness of Being (Stanford, 2018) is a book about colonialism, blackness, and psychopolitical claims. In this lecture he will expand on his understanding of the clinical process and the political process, as two special kinds of what Fanon calls “crystallization.” By thinking through the relation between art and decolonial culture with regards […]

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  • THEORIES OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH WORKING GROUP – February 27

    • 27 February, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • 7415 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • The Program in Critical Theory’s Spring 2020 working group, Theories of the Global South, will host a meeting on February 27 from 4-6 pm in 7415 Dwinelle Hall. To prepare, the co-conveners, Donna Honarpisheh (Comparative Literature) and Devin Choudhury (Rhetoric) kindly request that participants read chapters 2 and 6 (with emphasis on chapter 2) from Timothy Mitchell’s Colonising Egypt. […]

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  • SCHEDULE CHANGE MARX AND PHILOSOPHY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 ONLY

    • 22 February, 2020, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    • Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MARX AND PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE WILL NOW ONLY OCCUR ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 There has been a significant update to the “Marx and Philosophy” conference schedule. Instead of hosting the conference over two days, as originally planned, the conference will now take place on Saturday, February 22 only. The graduate student conveners of the conference are responding […]

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  • SCHEDULE CHANGE Marx and Philosophy SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 ONLY

    • 21 February 2020 -
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MARX AND PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE WILL NOW ONLY OCCUR ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 There has been a significant update to the “Marx and Philosophy” conference schedule. Instead of hosting the conference over two days, as originally planned, the conference will now take place on Saturday, February 22 only. The graduate student conveners of the conference are responding […]

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  • Designated Emphasis Open House and Information Session

    • 18 February, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 340 Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley
  • Join the Program in Critical Theory’s faculty and students for a panel discussion and Q&A about the Designated Emphasis (DE) in Critical Theory. All UC Berkeley Ph.D. students interested in applying to the DE (due March 19) are invited to attend. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. The Program in Critical Theory’s DE enables […]

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  • Notes on Literature, Film, and Jazz

    Howard Eiland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • 12 February, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • The Program in Critical Theory & City Lights Books, SF, Present a Seminar/Discussion with Howard Eiland on his recently published book: Notes on Literature, Film, and Jazz (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019).

    Howard Eiland’s Notes on Literature, Film, and Jazz (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019) is a highly erudite and courageous inquiry into the arts. Weaving through a host of “classic” texts—literary, cinematic, […]

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  • THEORIES OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH WORKING GROUP – February 12

    • 12 February, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • 4125A Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • The Program in Critical Theory’s Spring 2020 working group, Theories of the Global South, will host a meeting on February 12 from 4-6 pm in 4125A Dwinelle Hall. To prepare, the co-conveners, Donna Honarpisheh (Comparative Literature) and Devin Choudhury (Rhetoric) kindly request that participants read the essays “The Social Construction of Postcolonial Studies” by David Scott, and “The […]

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  • On Walter Benjamin’s Origin of the German Trauerspiel

    Howard Eiland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • 11 February, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • The Program in Critical Theory & City Lights Books, San Francisco, present a panel-and-audience discussion with Howard Eiland: “On Walter Benjamin’s Origin of the German Trauerspiel.

    A panel of UC Berkeley faculty including Catherine Flynn (English; Irish Studies; Critical Theory), Niklaus Largier (German; Comparative Literature; Critical Theory), and Jeffrey Knapp (English; Film and Media) will speak with Eiland about Benjamin’s book[…]

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  • Walter Benjamin on William Shakespeare: “Hamlet as Trauerspiel?”

    Howard Eiland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • 10 February, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
  • The Program in Critical Theory & City Lights Books, San Francisco, present a talk by Howard Eiland, “Hamlet as Trauerspiel?”

    Origin of the German Trauerspiel was Walter Benjamin’s first full, historically-oriented analysis of modernity. Readers of English knew it until last year under the title The Origin of German Tragic Drama, but in fact the subject is […]

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  • DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE: THEORIES OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH WORKING GROUP – January 30

    • 30 January, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • 7415 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • The Program in Critical Theory’s Spring 2020 working group, Theories of the Global South, will host a meeting on January 30 from 4-6 pm in 7415 Dwinelle Hall. To prepare, the co-conveners, Donna Honarpisheh (Comparative Literature) and Devin Choudhury (Rhetoric) kindly request that participants read sections 1-4 and 6 (the preface and introduction are optional but suggested for […]

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  • “IMPORTED” FEMINISM AND “INDIGENOUS” QUEERNESS: FROM BACKLASH TO TRANSPHOBIC FEMINISM IN TRANSNATIONAL JAPANESE CONTEXT (SEMINAR)

    Akiko Shimizu, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

    • 28 January, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • 3401 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • As is often the case with many countries in “the rest,” women’s and/or feminist movements in Japan have often been criticized for uncritically importing and transplanting ideas from “the West” that have no relevance to, and are sometimes even incompatible with, the “local” “indigenous” tradition, culture and society of whatever those critics imagine as “Japan.”  […]

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  • “Imported” Feminism and “Indigenous” Queerness: From Backlash to Transphobic Feminism in Transnational Japanese Context (Lecture)

    Akiko Shimizu, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

    • 27 January, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
  • As is often the case with many countries in “the rest,” women’s and/or feminist movements in Japan have often been criticized for uncritically importing and transplanting ideas from “the West” that have no relevance to, and are sometimes even incompatible with, the “local” “indigenous” tradition, culture and society of whatever those critics imagine as “Japan.”  […]

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