Discovering the Goths: Recently Discovered Narratives of Roman Wars

The UCR Departments of Comparative Literature and Language and History, with the support of the Center for Ideas and Society invite you to a lecture: "Discovering the Goths: Recently Discovered Narratives of Roman Wars" with Dr. David Potter, The Ronald J. Mellor Professor of Roman History, Department of History at UCLA. Professor Potter has written numerous books on Roman History, and has appeared on numerous History Channel programs. His recent books include Life, Death and Entertainment in the Roman Empire (with David Mattingly), The Roman [...]

2018-04-26T08:40:27-07:00May 3, 2018|Categories: |Tags: |

Summer of 2017 Natural Disaster Symposium

The Department of Sociology invites you to "Summer of 2017 Natural Disaster Symposium." Co-sponsorship:  Dean Milagros Pena, Blum Initiative for Global and Regional Poverty, Center for Ideas & Society, College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research & Technology, Latin American Studies Program, and the Department of Sociology.

2018-05-02T10:57:37-07:00May 3, 2018|Categories: |Tags: |

Who is Indigenous Here?

The Rising Stakes of Recognition in Indonesia Tania Murray Li, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Anthropology Director, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies University of Toronto In Indonesia, as in other parts of Asia, the concept of indi­geneity forged in white settler colonies is an awkward fit: arguably, everyone is indigenous, or no one is indige­nous. Nevertheless, discourses of indigeneity have taken hold. While in India and the Philippines contemporary concepts of indigeneity map onto colonial categories that distinguished peasants from tribes, in Indonesia the Dutch colonial [...]

2018-04-11T15:05:51-07:00April 25, 2018|Categories: |Tags: |

Healing the Earth

Through the annual “Healing the Earth” conferences, we focus on bridging communities and sharing discussion through faculty, professional and student panels, and research - in addition to sharing delicious, sustainable food.

2018-04-17T14:31:46-07:00April 21, 2018|Categories: |Tags: |

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Academic Publishing…

But Were Afraid to Ask As part of the UC Humanities Research Plus Webinar series, you are invited to attend a live online broadcast of a talk by Susan Ferber, editor at Oxford University Press, on the current state of academic publishing Join the webinar with this link: https://ucihumanities.zoom.us/j/594172538 Online attendees are encouraged to join the discussion, which will be broadcast live over Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to attend the webinar. ----- Susan Ferber is the executive editor for American and [...]

2018-03-07T16:49:38-08:00March 13, 2018|Categories: |Tags: |

Lessons from Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Screening + Roundtable on "Human Error," a film by Yoh Kawano with Filmmaker Yoh Kawano, Fukushima Researcher Katsuya Hirano (UCLA), Setsu Shigematsu (UCR), Margherita Long (UCR) Cosponsored by Media & Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, and School of Public Policy Contact setsus@ucr.edu for more information Download flyer:

2018-02-28T11:59:44-08:00March 12, 2018|Categories: |Tags: |

New York City Party Culture, 1980-83

Conjuncture, Queers, Women A talk by Tim Lawrence, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of East London Time Lawrence is the author of Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983, and Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979, both published by Duke University Press. Sponsored by Department of Media & Cultural Studies, Center for Ideas & Society, and Women's Resource Center. Download flyer:

2017-04-07T14:11:50-07:00April 25, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |

Religious War and Religious Peace in Early Modern Europe

The UCR Departments of History and Religious Studies; The Institute for Research on World Systems; The Center for Ideas and Society Present "Religious War and Religious Peace in Early Modern Europe" with Professor Wayne TeBrake, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Purchase. Prof. TeBrake will discuss his new study (Cambridge, 2017), which analyzes six clusters of increasingly destructive religious war from 1529 to 1651, and the diverse settlements that brought these wars to an end. Combining historical analysis with theories of political contention, his book describes the complex [...]

2017-04-12T16:00:31-07:00April 25, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |

Music and Poetry

A Conference in Honor of Philip Brett (1937-2002) Philip Brett, born in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, in England, studied piano as a young boy.  Once in school, first as a choirboy at Southwell Minster Grammar School, in Nottinghamshire, and then at King’s College Cambridge, he excelled in music.  As a student at King’s, under the tutelage of Thurston Dart, he was singled out for his historical acuity and his scholarly precision. His interest in the music of William Byrd and other English Renaissance polyphonists led to early [...]

2017-04-05T09:22:24-07:00April 11, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |

Exploring the Intersection of Physical Spaces and Digital Games

City as a Playground Frank Lee Director of Entrepreneurial Game Studio Drexel University For the last several years, I've built public light installations in Philadelphia, "hacking" (with permission) the LED lights of the Cira Centre, a 29-story skyscraper, to create interactive games of Pong (2013) and Tetris (2014). In this talk, I will describe an aesthetic, which I call "a shared moment," that I had hoped to achieve for Philadelphians with these installations. In addition, I will put forth my larger vision for using cities [...]

2017-04-07T16:53:09-07:00April 10, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |

Drexel’s Game Design Program: Lessons Learned

Frank Lee Director of Entrepreneurial Game Studio Drexel University The game design program at Drexel University started as a collaboration between the two departments of Computer Science and Digital Media in 2008. In my talk, I will review the history of Drexel's game design program including the creation of a "concentration" in CS, a flexible addition to the CS curriculum. I will then discuss the future of gaming at Drexel including the Entrepreneurial Game Studio, founded in 2013, that has as its mission a broad [...]

2017-04-07T16:54:39-07:00April 10, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |

Radical Indigenous Queer Feminism

An Artist Talk With Demian DinéYazhi´ Demian DinéYazhi´ (born 1983) is a Portland-based Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water's Edge) & Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water). His work is rooted in Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist ideology, landscape representation, memory, HIV/AIDS-related art & activism, gender, identity, & sexuality, Indigenous Survivance, & Decolonization. He received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. Demian is the founder & director of the artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & [...]

2017-02-14T09:24:32-08:00March 9, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |

The Invention of the Savage: Philosophy’s Colonial Histories

ALBERTO TOSCANO Thursday, March 2, 12:00 pm Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory, Goldsmiths (London, UK). His books include: The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze (2006), Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (2010), and (with Jeff Kinkle) Cartographies of the Absolute (2015). He edited The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics with Lorenzo Chiesa, and has translated several works by Alain Badiou, as well as Antonio Negri, Furio Jesi and Franco Fortini. He is currently working [...]

2017-02-27T08:55:27-08:00March 2, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |

Racial Regimes of Ownership in the Settler Colony

Brenna Bhandar Time: 3:30 PM What distinguishes the emergence of a modern racial regime of ownership in settler colonies, and indeed those places where slavery was a core part of economic development? Bhandar draws on Cedric Robinson's concept of the racial regime, along with the work of Stuart Hall, to examine the shared conceptual logics of racial subjectivity and modern laws of private property, exploring how they are articulated in conjunction with one another. Scientific techniques of measurement and quantification, economic visions of land and [...]

2017-02-27T08:47:40-08:00March 1, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |

Court and Culture in Merovingian Austrasia

The Departments of History, English, and the Center for Ideas and Society present a lecture by Professor Yitzhak Hen. The barbarian kings, who took over rule in the western provinces of the Roman empire, sponsored scholarship and patronised learning and letters just as their Roman predecessors had done. Although these efforts were overshadowed by the burst of intellectual and artistic activity under Charlemagne and his successors, the cultural accomplishment of the Barbarian kingdoms of the early medieval West was neither marginal, nor trivial. For more [...]

2017-02-10T14:20:32-08:00February 22, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |

A Site of Blessings, Dreams, and Wonders

The Egyptian Saint's Shrine as Crucible of Christianization The Departments of Religious Studies and History, in conjunction with the Center for Ideas and Society announce a lecture by David Frankfurter (Professor of Religion) and William Goodwin (Aurelio Chair in the Appreciation of Scripture). This lecture focuses on the saint’s shrine in late antique Egypt as a site of convergence between “official” innovations in devotional practice and the local customs and traditions that supplicants bring there. Oracles, dancing, processions, animal-slaughter and feasting, spirit-possession, and the careful [...]

2017-02-01T16:15:08-08:00February 2, 2017|Categories: |Tags: |
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