From its founding in 1989 through 2008, the Center hosted an all-star academic lineup of humanist scholars in its flagship program: the Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellowships. For almost 20 years, the program invited eminent professors to host quarter-long faculty seminars on a topic of their choosing. Faculty guests and research agendas included Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on institutional humanities pedagogy, Marxism and de-colonialism; Stanley Fish, on “Foundations Without Deity: The Structure and Dilemma of Liberal Thought”; Martha Nussbaum on the emotions; Toby Miller on “Cultural Citizenship”; and Carroll Smith-Rosenberg on “Nationalism and Colonialism,” among others.
In addition to the formal faculty seminar, visiting fellows met with graduate students, attended Center events and developed a wide range of contacts across the college. Many UCR faculty who participated in the seminars report the experience as one of the most formative and memorable in their careers. The program was closed in 2008 due to budget cuts related to the financial recession.
If you participated in a seminar, we would love to hear from you!
Distinguished Faculty in Residence at CIS
|Years||Name||Affiliation (at that time)||Topic|
|2007-08||Anne McClintock & Rob Nixon||UW Madison||Short campus visit with lecture & readings|
|2006-07||Rosi Braidotti||Utrecht University||Three-week visit with workshops & public lectures: “The Future of the Humanist Past; or, Becoming Ethical”; “Toward the Posthuman”; “Neo-Humanism Revisited”|
|2003-04||Leo R Chavez||UC Irvine||National Borders, Globalization and the “New” World Threats; Transnationals, Immigrants and Their Offspring|
|2002-03||Toby Miller||NYU||Cultural Citizenship|
|2001-02||Lisa Lowe||UC San Diego||Contradictions of “modernity” as a political philosophical episteme, a framework for the narration of the human subject in historical time, and a medium of westernization|
|2000-01||Howard Brody||Michigan St Univ||The Evidence-Based Bedside Manner|
|1999-00||Diedre McCloskey||Univ Illinois, Chicago||Bourgeoise virtue, the market economy underlying virtue|
|1997-98||Carroll Smith-Rosenberg||Univ Michigan||Nationalism and Colonialism: Contesting Subjects|
|1994-95||Stanley Fish||UNC Chapel Hill||Foundations Without Deity: The Structure and Dilemma of Liberal Thought|
|1993-94||Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak||Columbia||Relationship between institutional humanities pedagogy and work outside the academy, with special focus on Marxism in a changing global polity (de-colonialism)|
|1992-93||Martha Nussbaum||Brown||“the emotions”|
|1991-92||Murray Krieger||UC Irvine||The Semiotic Desire for the ‘Natural Sign’ in Art and Culture: Illusion or Delusion or Recognition and Rejection|