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1990s: Culture, Aesthetics, Aging, and Animals

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1990–1991Theme: Materializing Culture

sep

18

Angela McRobbie

Open Discussion: “New Times in Cultural Studies”

sep

21

Angela McRobbie and Jane Gaines

Conference: On Fashion

Angela McRobbie and Jane Gaines

sep

27

Teresa de Lauretis

Teresa de Lauretis

Lecture: “Film and the Primal Fantasy – One More Time”

oct

12

Benjamin Buchloh

Benjamin Buchloh

Lecture: “From Collage to Décollage/From Detail to Fragment”

oct

26

Edward Soja

Edward Soja

Lecture: “Postmodern Geographies and the Materialization of Culture”

nov

02

Research Seminar: Materializing Culture

with presentations by Phyllis Rackin and Gwynne Kennedy

nov

16

Beatriz Colomina

Lecture: “About Windows: The Architecture of the Media”

nov

30

Conference: Adorno and Music

Conference: Adorno and Music

with Bernard Gendron, Robert Hullot-Kentor, Mia Carter, Jamie Owen Daniel, Ulrich Schoenherr, Marcus Bullock, Miriam Hansen, Loren Kruger, Yehuda Yannay

jan

25

Walter Mignolo

Lecture: “Maps and the Colonization of Space”

feb

15

Elizabeth Long

Lecture: “Between Public Culture and Private Lives: Women’s Reading Groups and the Making of the Middle Classes”

apr

03

Yevgeny Yevtushenko and James Ragan

Yevgeny Yevtushenko and James Ragan

Lecture: “Poetry and Politics”

apr

04-05

Conference: Displacements: Cultural Identities in Question

This conference addressed the questions: What is the relationship between cultural constructions of identity and historical experiences of displacement? How do “home” and “cultural identity” become sites of struggle over place? What are the stakes? What are the relationships among “displacement” as a theoretical signifier, a textual strategy, and a lived experience?

apr

09

Catherine Belsey

Lecture: “Reading Love Stories”

apr

16

Marianne McDonald

Marianne McDonald

Lecture: “Sun to Spotlight: Ancient Greek Tragedy in Modern Plays”

jun

17

Performance Theory: Modern Drama and Postmodern Theater

NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers

1991–1992Theme: Visual Culture

sep

20

Norman Bryson

Norman Bryson

Lecture: “Art History and ‘the Gaze’”

oct

04

Susan Manning

Lecture: “Feminism and Nationalism in Modern Dance: Mary Wigman in Germany and the United States”

oct

17

Herbert Grabes

Lecture: “The Revival of the Sublime and Recent Aesthetics”

oct

25

W.J.T. Mitchell

W.J.T. Mitchell

Lecture: “Picture Theory”

nov

07

Mike Featherstone

Mike Featherstone

Lecture: “The Heroic Life and Everyday Life”

nov

08

Edwin London and Yehuda Yannay

Lecture and Performance: “When the Eyes Hear Music, the Ears See the Light”

nov

21

Jaroslav Macháček

Lecture: “Repression, Revolution, and Higher Education: The Case of Czechoslavakia”

nov

22

Stephen Bann

Stephen Bann

Lecture: “The Framing of Material: Around Degas’s Bureau de Coton”

dec

06

David Bordwell

Lecture: “Codes, Construction, and Cinematic Vision”

feb

21

Anthony Vidler

Lecture: “Psychopathologies of Modern Space”

feb

28

Chris Bratton

Chris Bratton

Video/Presentation: “‘The Infinite Din of Their Amateur Judgments’: Documentary Forms and Educational Activism”

mar

10 & 13

Rey Chow

Rey Chow

Seminar: “The Question of the Subaltern in the American Academy”
Lecture: “The Forces of Surfaces: Remarks on Contemporary Chinese Cinema”

mar

27

Marianne Hirsch

Lecture: “Family Pictures: Photography and Narratives of Loss”

apr

23-25

Conference: Visual Culture: Film/Photography/History

This conference explored the relationships among film, photography, and historical changes in modes of looking and perception. It was the first film conference held at the Center since 1982.

may

01

Jonathan Coleman

Jonathan Coleman

Lecture: “The Art and Responsibility of Literary Journalism”

1992–1993Theme: Public Private Matters

sep

18

Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller

Lecture: “Our Classes, Ourselves”

oct

02

Sarah Hanley

Lecture: “‘Uneasy States’: Politics and Gender in Early Modern France, 1500-1789”

oct

22

Mary Louise Pratt

Lecture: “Decolonizing Theory:…”

oct

23

Panel: Beyond Exile: Intellectuals Abroad

Ackbar Abbas, Ihab Hassan, Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan

oct

30

Nancy Fraser

Lecture: “’Decoding ‘Dependency’: A Genealogy of a Keyword of the Welfare State”

nov

06

Andrew Hook

Lecture: “Scotland and the Invention of the USA: The Reception of Gary Will’s Inventing America”

nov

13

Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Lecture: “Immediate Family”

nov

16-17

John Updike

John Updike

Open Discussion and Reading

dec

04

Marilyn Hacker

Marilyn Hacker

Open Discussion and Reading: Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons

feb

05

Panel: Questioning Public and Private: A Point of Interdisciplinary Contact?

Paul Brodwin, Kristie Hamilton, and Sylvia Schafer

feb

12

Anthony Leo Geist

Lecture: “The Muse of Democracy: Modernism and Postmodernism in Spanish Poetry after Franco”

feb

19

Gilbert Herdt

Lecture: “Public, Private, and Secret: Secrecy and Individual Rights in Society”

mar

09

Marge Piercy and Ira Wood

Reading: “Mars and Her Children” and “The Kitchen Man”

mar

26

George Chauncey

Lecture: “Rethinking the History of the Closet”

mar

30

Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman

Lecture: “Naked Amazons and Queer Damoselles: A History of Lesbians in the Military”

apr

15-17

Conference: Pedagogy: The Question of the Personal

This was a three-day conference which explored “the personal” as it appears in the theory and practice of teaching. The conference resulted in a book, Pedagogy: The Question of Impersonation, edited by Jane Gallop.

apr

30

Martha Fineman

Lecture: “Feminism and the Regulation of Families”

1993–1994Theme: Aesthetics/Anti-Aesthetics

sep

10

Mark Tansey

Mark Tansey

Lecture: “Image and Idea”

sep

17

Susan McClary and Robert A. Walser

Lecture: “Does Gender Matter? Theorizing Music by Women Composers”

Lecture: “Clamor and Community in Hip Hop Music”

oct

07

Public Debate

“Is Political Correctness Undermining the University?”

oct

08

Tricia Rose

Tricia Rose

Lecture: “Soul Sonic Forces: Technology, Orality, and Black Cultural Practice in Rap Music”

oct

29

Christopher Lane and Leo Bersani

Lecture: “Arts of Impoverishment” and “Giacometti’s Immanence and the Anorexic Body”

nov

02

John McPhee

John McPhee

Reading, with Yolanda McPhee

nov

12

Alexander Nehamas

Lecture: “What Should We Expect from Reading? (There Are Only Aesthetic Values)”

nov

18-19

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly

Informal Discussion/Slide Presentation

Lecture: “Gloria Patri: On Display”

dec

03

Faye Ginsburg

Lecture: “Indigenous Media in the Late Twentieth Century: ‘Bad Home Movies’ or the Aesthetics of Identity?”

dec

07

Elizabeth Grosz

Lecture: “Insect Space”

jan

28

Panel: Studies in Musical Culture 3

Susan Cook, Bernard Gendron, and James Miller

feb

01

Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman

Screenings: Wittgenstein and Blue

feb

02-03

Morton Subotnick

Performance: Jacob’s Room

A chamber opera by Morton Subotnick
Directed by Herbert Blau

feb

04

Manthia Diawara

Lecture: “The City in African Film”

feb

08 & 11

Andreas Huyssen

Andreas Huyssen

Seminar: “Fascism and Aesthetics”
Lecture: “The Museums as Mass Media”

mar

04

Judith Fetterley

Lecture: “‘Not in the Least American’: The Case of Nineteenth-Century Literary Regionalism”

mar

24

John Koethe and James Soderholm

Research Seminar on Aesthetics/Anti-Aesthetics

Presentations: “Poetry and the Experience of Experience” and “More Substance in Our Enmities: Close Reading and Kissing Cousins”

mar

25

Rigoberta Menchú

Symposium on Rigoberta Menchú

apr

08

Lawrence Hoey

Lecture: “Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Heavenly Jerusalem: How Does (Should) the 20th Century Look at Medieval Architecture?”

apr

13 & 15

Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt

Screening: Bedevil

apr

15

Coco Fusco

Coco Fusco

Screening: The Couple in the Cage

apr

22

Hal Foster

Lecture: “Prosthetic Gods”

apr

27

Annie Goldson

Lecture and Screenings: Wake and Taonga

may

23

Hilary Harris

Lecture: “Unbecoming White Woman: Queering an Identity”

1994–1995Theme: Claims of Ethics

sep

30

Alison Jaggar and Julie Ellison

Lecture: “Towards a Feminist Conception of Moral Reasoning” and “The History of Liberal Guilt”

oct

06

Jodi Brooks

Jodi Brooks

Lecture: “Amorous Spectatorship: Walter Benjamin’s Figure of the Collector and Roseanne

oct

13-14

Toby Miller

Lecture: “The Truth is a Murky Path: Peru and US Citizenship Through TV” and “Historical Citizenship and the Fremantle Prison Follies: Frederick Wiseman Comes to Western Australia”

oct

18

Hilary Harris

Lecture: “Funny Girls: Dykes & Comedy”

oct

20

Nicholas Rand

Nicholas Rand

Lecture: “Renewals of Psychoanalysis: Mourning and Related Issues”

oct

28

Barbara Stafford

Barbara Stafford

Lecture: “The Aesthetics of Medical Ethics”

nov

11

Maurice Lever

Lecture: “Le Marquis de Sade philosophe et moraliste”

nov

18

Arjun Appadurai

Arjun Appadurai

Lecture: “The Prosthetic Gift”

dec

02

Lee Edelman

Lecture: “The Ethics of Enjoyment: Queering Queer Nationalism”

feb

01

Anson Rabinbach

Anson Rabinbach

Lecture: “Metaphors of the Industrial Body: Beyond the Work Centered Society”

feb

08

Gregory Jay

Informal Research Seminar by Fellows of the Center for Twentieth Century Studies: “On Ethics and Pedagogy”

feb

13

Alexander Gelley

Alexander Gelley

Lecture: “Artwork, Commodity, Fetish: Contexts of the ‘Aesthetic’ in Walter Benjamin”

feb

22

Alan Aycock

Informal Research Seminar: “On Foucault and the Internet”

mar

01

Sidney M. Greenfield

Informal Research Seminar: “Spirits, Medicine, and Charity: A Brazilian Woman’s Cure for Cancer”

mar

03

Peter Winch

Lecture: “Can We Understand Ourselves?”

mar

03

Arthur Kleinman

Arthur Kleinman

Lecture: “The Anthropology of Medical Ethics”

mar

08

Susan Burgess

Informal Research Seminar: “Gendering the Discourse of War”

mar

22

Henri Cole

Henri Cole

Reading: The Look of Things (1995)

mar

22

David Pritchard

Informal Research Seminar: “On Media and Murder”

mar

24

Duncan Kennedy

Duncan Kennedy

Lecture: “The Judicial Icon”

mar

29

Cornel West

Lecture: “Race Matters”

apr

12

Marilyn Hacker

Reading: Winter Numbers: Poems

apr

21

Conference: José Martí, 1895-1995: A Re-Evaluation

apr

26

Gabrielle Verdier

Informal Research Seminar: “On 18th Century Fairytales”

apr

28

Arjun Appadurai

Lecture: “Sovereignty, Rights and Territory: Notes for a Postnational Geography”

1995–1996Theme: Age Studies

sep

29

STELARC

STELARC

Lecture and demonstration

oct

06

Sumita Chakravarty

Lecture: “The Erotics of History: Representing the Third World (as) Body in Film and Literature”

oct

19-20

Lawrence Cohen

Lawrence Cohen

Lecture: “Alzheimer’s Disease in India” and “The Age of Things: Notes on the Body in Time”

oct

27

Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien

Screening and Discussion: The Darker Side of Black

nov

10

Susan Squier

Susan Squier

Lecture: “Reproductive Technologies and the New Fetal/Maternal Relation”

nov

16

Nigels Rothfels

Lecture: “Electric Humanists: Virtual and Other Realities for Humanities Scholars at the End of the Century”

dec

01

Thomas R. Cole

Lecture: “Aging, Life History and Madness: A Case of Historical Recovery”

jan

26

Anatol Lashkeveitch

Lecture: “Habent sua fata libelli, or Will There Be A READER in This Class?”

feb

09

Margaret Lock

Margaret Lock

Lecture: “Disputing the Rhetoric of Risk: Women Aging in Japan and North America”

feb

15

David William Foster

Lecture: “Hispanic Gay Literature”

feb

16

Richard Rorty

Richard Rorty

Lecture: “The Intellectuals and the Poor”

mar

1

Evan Carton

Evan Carton

Lecture: “‘Nous sommes tous des Juifs allemands’: The Holocaust, French Poststructuralist Theory, and the American Literary Academy”

mar

25

Liz Kotz

Liz Kotz

Lecture: “Queer Photography: Rehabilitating Sentiment?”

mar

27

Anne Balsamo

Anne Balsamo

Lecture: “Science, Technology, and Culture: Popular Knowledges and Forms of Institutionalization”

mar

29

Homi K. Bhabha

Lecture: “Nation and Narration, Revisited”

apr

18-20

Conference: Women & Aging: Bodies, Cultures, Generations

Conference: Women & Aging: Bodies, Cultures, Generations

A book, Figuring Age: Women, Bodies, Generations (1999, edited by Kathleen Woodward) emerged from this conference, which focused on the representation and self-presentation of women in midlife and later years.

apr

26

Tania Modleski

Lecture: “Gender and the Genre Film”

apr

26

Susan Heidrich

Lecture: “Aging and the Self”

may

03

Dale Jaffe

Lecture: “Val’s Story: An Alternative Narrative of Alzheimer’s Disease”

1996–1997Theme: Technology, Culture, and the Body

sep

20

Judith Halberstam

Judith Halberstam

Lecture: “Technologies of Masculinity: A Short History of Male Impersonation”

sep

26

Randy Bass

Lecture: “The Virtual, the Local, the Story, and Its Archive”

oct

04

David Arnold

David Arnold

Lecture: “Inventing the Tropics: Empire, Medicine, and Environment”

oct

18

Nguyen Huy Thiep

Nguyen Huy Thiep

Talk: “Viet History and Vietnamese Literature”

oct

23

Steven Connor

Lecture: “Voice, Technology, and the Ventriloquial Sensorium”

oct

25

Jerome McGann

Lecture: “Bodies Electric; or, The Modern Scholarly Prometheus (Our Hideous Progeny)”

oct

28

Gabriele Schwab

Lecture: “Imaginary Ethnographies: The Anthropological Turn in Literary Studies”

nov

15

Simon Penny

Simon Penny

Lecture: “Body Knowledge, Digital Prostheses and Cognitive Diversity”

nov

22

Jane Gallop

Jane Gallop

Lecture: “Sexual Harassment and Intellectual Inquiry: A Case Study”

dec

06

Barbara Katz Rothman

Barbara Katz Rothman

Lecture: “Spoiling the Pregnancy: Introducing Prenatal Diagnosis to the Netherlands”

jan

31

Debate: The Gay Gene

with Christopher Lane, J. Michael Bailey, Daryl J. Bem
Respondent: Jeff King

feb

14

Ihab Hassan

Lecture: “Between Nihilism and Belief: Spirit in Postmodern Times”

feb

28

Margaret Morse

Margaret Morse

Lecture: “Eloquent Blood: Bodies in Thought”

feb

28

Martina Lopez

Martina Lopez

Lecture: “A Visual Diary”

mar

14

Judith Roof

Lecture: “Close Encounters: Baseball, Aliens, and Thelma and Louise”

apr

04

Candace Vogler

Candace Vogler

Lecture: “Bad Bodies: The Strange North American Obsession with Female Fat”

apr

10

Esther Parada

Lecture: “…To Make All Mankind Aquaintances”

apr

11

Alan Nadel

Alan Nadel

Lecture: “Black Bodies in White Space: Rodney King and The Fugitive (Slave)”

apr

24-26

Conference: Biotechnology, Culture, and the Body

This conference examined the social and cultural ramifications of reproductive technologies and end-of-life technologies. Many of the papers presented at the conference were later developed in the book Biotechnology and Culture: Bodies, Anxieties, Ethics (2000), edited by Paul Brodwin.

apr

24

Eric Avery, Jane Petro, and Lily Pink

Art Installation: The Lost Art of Healing

Eric Avery, Jane Petro, and Lily Pink

1997–1998Theme: Exhibiting Culture

sep

05

David Marriott

Lecture: “Black War Machines: From Racial Prosthetics to Black Hypochondria”

sep

22

Leni Hoffmann

Lecture: “Exhibiting Culture”

sep

26

Fran Bartkowski

Fran Bartkowski

Lecture: “Kissing Cousins: Bonobos in our Midst”

oct

11

Yvonne Rainer

Screening and Discussion: Murder and murder

oct

17

Herbert Blau

Herbert Blau

Lecture: “Troubling Over Appearances”

oct

23

Stephen Katz

Stephen Katz

Lecture: “Fashioning Agehood: Lifestyle Imagery and the Commercial Spirit of Seniors Culture”

oct

31

Dalia Judovitz

Lecture: “Art/Nonart and the Culture of the Museum”

nov

03

Leslie Bellavance

Lecture: “Book Culture”

nov

14

Daniel J. Sherman

Daniel J. Sherman

Lecture: “Seeing the Signified: Art, Memory, and Representation in France after World War I”

nov

20

Nari Ward

Nari Ward

Layton Lecture Series

nov

21

Catherine Elgin

Lecture: “Creation as Reconfiguration”

dec

05

John Koethe

Poetry Reading: “Falling Water”

jan

23

Tony Tasset

Tony Tasset

Layton Lecture Series

feb

06

W.J.T. Mitchell

Lecture: “Paleoart, Or How the Dinosaurs Broke into MoMA”

feb

20

Jane Desmond

Jane Desmond

Lecture: “Picturing Hawai’i: The ‘Ideal’ Native and the Origins of Tourism (1880-1915)”

feb

24

Series of Three Seminars on Age Studies

Martha Holstein: “Aging, Culture, and the Framing of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Historical Account”

Teresa Mangum (March 27): “The Victorian Invention of Old Age”

Lawrence Cohen (April 7): “Discourses on the Aging Body”

feb

27

Bernhard Reitz

Lecture: “’Shedding the Panty Girdle’: British Women Playwrights and Issues of Feminism”

apr

03

Mark Meadow

Mark Meadow

Lecture: “Microcosms: Objects of Knowledge (A University Collects)”

apr

16-18

Conference: Public Showing

This conference explored the physical sites and structures of exhibition and the conditions of display of art, artifacts, and cultures, as well as the status of the objects of exhibition and collections.

1998–1999Theme: Cultures of Knowledge

sep

11

Rey Chow

Rey Chow

Lecture: “The Study of China in the Age of Theory”

sep

25

Robert N. Butler

Robert N. Butler

Lecture: “Life in an Older America: The 21st Century”

oct

09

Mary Poovey

Mary Poovey

Lecture: “Writing a History of the Modern Fact: Some Reflections on Epistemological History”

oct

23

Richard Ohmann

Lecture: “What’s Happening to Our Class? Can History Tell?”
Respondents: Jennifer Maher and Richard Nanian

oct

30

Paul Rabinow

Lecture: “French DNA”

nov

02

Yvonne Spielmann

Lecture: “Imaging in Electronic Media”

nov

13

Louise Antony and Sally Haslanger

Lectures: “Objectivity In Situ” and “Defining Knowledge: Feminist Politics and Normative Epistemology”

nov

19

Eduardo Manet

Lecture: “Rhapsodie Cubaine”

feb

11

Anne Higonnet

Lecture: “Childhood, Sentimentality, and Scandal”

feb

12-13

Workshop: Anthropology, Genetic Diversity, and Ethics

Workshop: Anthropology, Genetic Diversity, and Ethics

Mike Bamshad, Frank Dukepoo, Morris Foster, Jonathan Friedlaender, Henry Greely, Lynn Jorde, Eric Juengst, Frederika Kaestle, Jeffrey Long, Alice Martin, J.M. Naidu, Dennis O’Rourke, Charmaine Royal
Organized by Trudy Turner

mar

24

Gayatri Spivak

Gayatri Spivak

Question and Answer Session

mar

26

Monica Garbowska

Lecture: “Victims, Witnesses, Observers: Responses to the Holocaust in Polish and American Literature”
Respondents: Daniel Listoe and Gary Weissman

apr

13

Margarita Zamora

Lecture: “If Cahonaboa Learns to Speak… Amerindian Voice in the Discourse of Discovery”

apr

23

Anne Davis Basting and Dick Blau

Anne Davis Basting and Dick Blau

Lecture: “Time Slips: Storytelling with People with Alzheimer’s”

apr

29

Conference: Knowing Mass Culture/Mediating Knowledge

This conference focused on the production of knowledge within global media culture. It considered not only how scholars have come to know media culture, but how media and mass cultural forms have themselves instituted various forms of knowledge.

1999–2000Theme: Representing Animals

sep

24

Harriet Ritvo

Lecture: “Connecting with Animals”

oct

01

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross

Lecture: “Living with the Mouse: A Report from Celebration, Florida”

oct

08

Barbara Herrnstein Smith

Lecture: “Animal Relatives, Difficult Relations”

oct

12

George Gittoes

George Gittoes

Lecture: “Art and Atrocity”

nov

12

Akira Mizuta Lippit

Lecture: “Electric Animal: Ontology, Psyche, Film and Wild Technology”

nov

19

Kari Weil

Lecture: “Purebreds and Amazons: Saying Things with Horses in Nineteenth-Century France”

dec

01

Matthew Groshek

Matthew Groshek

Lecture: “Design Unleashed?”

dec

03

John Haugeland

Lecture: “The Meaning of Life: How People Differ from (Other) Animals”

feb

24

Mark Turner

Lecture: “The Invention of Meaning”

mar

04

Time Slips Series Art Exhibit

Dick Blau and Beth Thielen

mar

13

Tracy Miller

Lecture: “Constructing an Ancestor: The Architecture of the Jin Shrines”

mar

15

Wang Ying

Lecture: “Rank and Gender in the Shang Center of Anyang”

mar

29

Time Slips Series Roundtable Discussion: Is There an Art to Healthcare?

Dick Blau and Beth Thielen

apr

11

Marianne Hirsch

Lecture: “Holocaust Photographs and the Work of Postmemory”

apr

13-15

Conference: Representing Animals

Conference: Representing Animals

This conference traced how animals have been represented in different contexts and by different practices over the course of the last two centuries, exploring the connections between our understandings of animals and the historical and cultural conditions in which these understandings have been formed.
Organized by Nigel Rothfels and Andrew Isenberg

apr

17

Gabriele Schwab

Lecture: “Imaginary Ethnographies: The Boundaries of the Human”

apr

28

Cora Diamond

Lecture: “Injustice and Animals”

may

12-20

Play: Time Slips

Written by Anne Basting
Directed by Gülgün Kayim

Center Archive

1968: The Center’s Founding

1970s: Film, Performance, Language, and Technology

1980s: Feminism, Modernism, and Culture

2000s: War, Sovereignty, Gender, Space

2010s: The Digital, Nonhuman Turn, Anthropocene, Indigeneities