The reading group aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to read and discuss both canonical and recently published work in Asian American Studies. Given the growing interest in American Studies, the increasing number of Asian American Studies graduate affiliates, and the lack of graduate level seminars in Asian American Studies, the reading group provides a structured space for reading and discussing topics in Asian American Studies, designed by and for graduate students and faculty.
Contact: Andrew Hahm ([email protected])
This group watches and discusses 20th century works of avant-garde experimental cinema. Drawing from the archives of the New York Film-Makers’ Cooperative (the world’s oldest and largest distributor of avant-garde film), this group will look at the better-known “classics” of the genre—including works by Maya Deren and Jonas Mekas—alongside more recent discoveries of historic material by under-represented artists like Edward Owens, Storm DeHirsch, and José Rodriguez-Soltero. These filmmakers represent a rich and visually diverse history of cinema that has largely been overlooked; they challenge the mainstream conventions of filmmaking, often depicting marginalized experiences of reality. Many of these works are abstract or non-narrative, featuring daring interventions etched, painted, or glued onto the surface of the film itself. Contact: Julia Curl ([email protected])
How do we define and compare “Antiquity” across different civilizations? How do ancient literary dialogues still shape and influence modern cultural interactions? Through the lens of comparative poetry and poetics, we will consider these and further questions while examining the literature of ancient civilizations from Greece to China.
Contact: Julia Pare ([email protected])
This reading group explores intermediaries and go-betweens across colonial and postcolonial histories, drawing from a diverse range of studies and texts from the history of science, art history, subaltern studies, anthropology, environmental humanities, and gender and sexuality studies.
Contact: Jonathan Baldoza ([email protected])
Join us if you are curious about narrative and the human mind! We are a duo from classics and cognitive science leading discussion meetings biweekly, in person. We discuss how narrative shapes and is shaped by the human experience and how, for millennia, people have crafted stories to teach, to entertain, to persuade, and to express shared identities. We will have a mix of pre-selected readings and ones we select together.
Contact: Jamie Wheeler, [email protected]
What is post-socialism, how is post-socialism performative, and what is post-socialist performance? Animated by these questions, this reading group examines texts and artworks pertaining to territories marked by state socialism. This reading group aims to rethink post-socialism and its cultural production away from the post-Cold War frame of “rupture” from the socialist past and belated transition to “happy” capitalism. We will examine the continuity of global socialisms and leftist imaginaries and consider the ways in which the legacy of historical socialism can be generative of alternative futures and temporalities in the bankruptcy of the neoliberal present … beyond the desire for freedom of speech and identity politics. The readings will be considered in relation to art/film/performance.
Contact: Darja Filippova ([email protected]))
After Phenomenology wants to engage more broadly with and dive more deeply into intellectual traditions that come after the Phenomenology of Spirit by Hegel. In short, the shadow of Hegel looms over our methods of thinking and reasoning. What does it truly mean to write after Phenomenology or to think post-phenomenologically?
This reading group aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to read and discuss works in Asian American Studies. Topics include race relations, diasporic communities, and food culture.
This group offers a space for interdisciplinary study, discussion, and engagement on the prison and abolition, through the scholarly field of carceral studies and through the writings of prisoners themselves.
This reading group will meet roughly every other week to explore the historical and present-day relationship between law, the state, and the social category of childhood. We will place special emphasis on how notions of innocence and dependence regulate structures of citizenship, racial and sexual difference, carcerality, and political economy.
How should we tell the history of feminist thought, especially the controversial, American feminism of 1960 to 1980s? How profoundly do the “biological” resonances of terms like “generation,” “genealogy,” or even "waves" shape and delimit their conceptual possibilities as historiographical models? We cast these questions forwards and backwards, considering feminist thinkers of the 1960s and 1980s (especially the controversial case of Shulamith Firestone), contemporary scholars of queer kinship and reproductive technologies, and evolving historiographical methods for parsing feminist pasts.
This reading group seeks to study the place and future of Islam in the modern world, while also placing modern Islamic thought and practice in conversation with liberalism and the various social, economic, and political challenges it poses to Islam and Muslims.
This group convenes virtually each month to discuss the love-hate relationship between Modernism and popular culture, exploring the topic across different European traditions and examining how high art and mass culture came together in places like the stadium, the comic book, and the textile industry.
The group will read the work of Manfredo Tafuri, paying particular attention to his conception of “operative history,” his translation of Marxism from critical theory to bear on architecture, and his depictions of architecture and capitalism.
This reading group brings together works of the most prominent scholars working on post- and decolonial theories