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CIS Advisory Committee Statement

We the members of the Advisory Committee for UC Riverside’s Center for Ideas and Society learned with grave disappointment that the university will not preserve College Building South, which has been the Center’s home for nearly a decade. This historic structure, built in 1916 as a residence for the Director of the Citrus Experiment Station, offers a retreat-like setting for research and writing. We are distressed that the Center which serves as a center of gravity for faculty research, intellectual community and retention efforts will have no permanent location, with no apparent plans to re-allocate such a space. The Center’s offices and meeting spaces [...]

April 23, 2022|Categories: News|

War in Europe

by Jeanette Kohl, Center for Ideas and Society Co-Director In the summer of 2011, I wrote an article on Vladimir Putin for the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.  Dmitry Medvedev was still president of Russia, with Putin, then prime minister, eagerly waiting in the wings. His aspirations to take over power in the world’s largest country were unmistakable. In my article, I looked at the ways in which Putin made use of historical image types of military prowess, sexualized male power, and the Machiavellian qualities associated with Renaissance rulers – some of them updated for a 21st century audience, others not so much: Putin [...]

February 28, 2022|Categories: Director's Corner, News|Tags: |

From the Directors

Dear CHASS community, colleagues, friends: It would have been nice to start our “monthly musings” from the Center for Ideas and Society with a heartfelt “Welcome back to campus after the holiday break!” As things stand, we might have to wait a while before we can all meet, teach, and talk in person again. In the meantime, we all the Center for Ideas and Society do wish you a happy, healthy, and productive year 2022, looking forward to many new and stimulating collaborations! Dylan, Katharine, and I sat down, mostly on zoom, for a series of brainstorming sessions in the fall. We discussed the [...]

January 12, 2022|Categories: News|

Welcome to the new Co-Directors: Jeanette Kohl and Dylan Rodríguez

The Center for Ideas and Society is pleased to announce that Jeanette Kohl (History of Art) and Dylan Rodríguez (Media & Cultural Studies) have been appointed as co-directors. This innovative and ground-breaking partnership will draw on their combined visions, strengths and experiences to develop new projects and opportunities for the UC Riverside campus. Special thanks to interim Dean Juliet McMullin, Dean Daryle Williams, and all the faculty, students and staff who contributed to the search. Dylan Rodríguez: "To embrace the privilege of this co-directorship is to accept the responsibility of sustained, rigorous, active engagement with the conflicts, innovations and massive questions shaping this historical [...]

September 27, 2021|Categories: Dylan Rodríguez, News|

UC Humanities Research Institute Award Winners for 2021-22 | Part 2

Congratulations to the following UCR faculty and students for being awarded a UCHRI grant for the year 2021-22! Brittany Carlson, English, UC Riverside (Re)mediating Math Anxieties with The Narrative, the Ephemeral, and the Visual, 1830-1930 ✪ Graduate Student Dissertation Support Grant Jorge Leal, History, UC Riverside The Discursive Power of Rock en español and the Desire for Democracy ✪ Podcast Support Grants María del Rosario Acosta López, Hispanic Studies, UC Riverside On the (In)audible in Art: Tracing the Sound of lo inaudito in Latin American and Latinx Interventions ✪ Podcast Support Grants Jennifer Syvertsen, Anthropology, UC Riverside Healthy Disruptions ✪ Podcast Support Grants View full list [...]

May 27, 2021|Categories: News|

In Focus: Melina Packer

Melina Packer Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender & Sexuality Studies (2020-2022) Faculty Mentor: Jade Sasser Top three texts I would take to a desert island: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Mating by Norman Rush Favorite Activity: Hiking with my dog Something people might be amazed to know about me: I am deathly afraid of swimming. A ‘famous’ scholar I would love to meet: Michelle Murphy Theme song: “I Want to Break Free” - Queen URL to share: melinapacker.com Q: Your research agenda summed up in one sentence: I am interested in how sexual [...]

May 10, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: |
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