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Renowned Israeli writer and peace activist Amos Oz delivers the Herman Wouk Visiting Lecture
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Sea-Level Rise: How Fiction Might Work with Science of Climate Change a Talk by Kim Stanley Robinson

Professor Yasmeen Daifallah-Critical Rumblings: Postcolonial Critique in Contemporary Arab Political Thought

Professor Yasmeen Daifallah

Critical Rumblings: Postcolonial Critique in Contemporary Arab Political Thought

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


UCSD Literature Building Room 155 (deCerteau)

Yasmeen Daifallah is an assistant professor of political science and 
Middle Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 
She earned her Ph.D in political science from UC Berkeley in 2012, and 
is currently finishing a book manuscript titled "The Political Subject 
in Contemporary Arab Thought." More generally, she is interested in the 
formation of political subjects in the modern Middle East, and 
especially in the role that religious and cultural
traditions play in orienting us towards politics.

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Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, Judaism by Prof. David Nirenberg, University of Chicago

Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, Judaism

by Prof. David Nirenberg, University of Chicago

A talk in memory of Jerome & Miriam Katzin

Thursday, May 12, 2016

5:30pm, UCSD Faculty Club

Introducer: Lisa Lampert-Weissig, Literature

Katzin Chair in Jewish Civilization

A discussion of the relationship of Christianity, Islam and Judaism by a medieval historian who specializes in the history of medieval Spain but whose published work has now expanded to look at issues of interfaith relationships and antagonisms across the longer Western tradition.

David Nirenberg is the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of History, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, as well as Dean of the Social Sciences Division. His books include Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages (1996), Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013); Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, Medieval and Modern (2014), and Aesthetic Theology and its Enemies: Judaism in Christian Painting, Poetry, and Politics (2015).

Light dinner and wine will be served

Link:  http://jewishstudies.ucsd.edu/events/2015-16/16-05-12_neighboring_faiths.html

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Angelina Maccarone - Craft Talk: Writing Film

Angelina Maccarone

Craft Talk: Writing Film

Monday, May 16, 2016


Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau) 

Angelina Maccarone is an Italian German filmmaker. In her work, she explores various genres: comedy, thriller and drama. Her films were shown at film festivals all over the world, winning numerous awards. She is also a professor for film directing at Film University Babelsberg, Germany.

In my craft talk I would like to address the specific challenges of writing for film. The screenplay is a transitional format, a kind of “manual” for making the movie. It has to meet specific needs for its professional readers and to provide an inspiring foundation for such different crafts as actors, directors, cinematographers production designers and editors. It needs precision and clarity and has to leave enough room for creative input by others. The words you choose should create atmospheres and spark emotions, and they should trigger ideas for its realization.  Not an easy job but rewarding in its complexity.
We will spend two hours on scrutinizing the ingredients of a good script by focusing on its smallest unit: the scene. We will explore how to transform emotions, thoughts and concepts into action. The screenplay is a dramatic form, it is about development and change. It describes characters in circumstances (time and place and situation), who are confronted with conflict, and who take action, in order to get or to avoid something. What do we as screenwriters include into the descriptional paragraph? How do we write dialogue with more layers than just people giving information? What do we learn about the characters and their circumstances through their deeds and choice of words? And - in distinction to theater - how does the scene heading (the supposedly simple choice of place and time) add to the cinematographic form?

The James K. Binder Lectureship in Literature is made possible by Mr. Binder’s generous bequest and honors his wishes that we bring leading European intellectuals to UC San Diego to provide a forum for rigorous discussions of literary topics.

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The James k. Binder Lectureship in Literature Presents: Angelina Maccarone

The James k. Binder Lectureship in Literature Presents:

Angelina Maccarone

Subject & Subjectivity in Making Films

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


The Atkinson Pavilion at the Faculty Club UC San Diego

A reception will follow the lecture

Free and open to the public

Angelina Maccarone started out as a writer for song lyrics before she got her MA in literature. In 1994 she wrote and co-directed her first feature. In her work as a filmmaker she explored various genres: comedy, thriller and drama. Her films were shown in film festivals all over the world, winning her numerous awards, like the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival. Her first documentary THE LOOK - about and with actress Charlotte Rampling - was part of the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. In 2014 she initiated an internet campaign against homophobia: TOLERANT? THAT’S US! Angelina Maccarone is based in Berlin, where she works on a new feature which will be shot in Tanger, Brussels and London. Since 2014 she is full professor for film directing at Film University Babelsberg.

 All art is (and must be) radically subjective. The artist perceives the world from his/her singular position and - reciprocally - also has an impact on it. The connection between artist and world is in constant motion. The world today is never the same as yesterday or tomorrow. The artist undergoes changes of physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional and spiritual nature, and yet throughout the turbulences of life there is a core that makes him/her unique, like a fingerprint. How can film art - as it is a collaboration of several artists - be subjective? Film works with emotional identification. The character has to be a credible and distinctive human being: a subject. This is the most important task of the director: to lend his/her subjectivity to the plot and the characters to bring the narration to life.

All of this is of course true for me as a writer/director as well. I became who I am by what I experienced in my world. By being the daughter of an Italian migrant worker, born in Germany only 20 years after World War II, by being a lesbian, before there were lesbian characters I could watch without shame, by becoming a woman director, when only a small percentage of films were made by women. And who I am has an impact on my individual point of view, my „subjectivity“, which makes me choose certain subjects and lets me strive to turn characters into human subjects that an audience can relate to, without necessarily having to be part of the same so called minority. 

The James K. Binder Lectureship in Literature is made possible by Mr. Binder’s generous bequest and honors his wishes that we bring leading European intellectuals to UC San Diego to provide a forum for rigorous discussions of literary topics.

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Community Series FILM SCREENING “UNVEILED“- Binder Lecturer Angelina Maccarone

UCSD Critical Gender Studies Presents:

Community Series at the Digital Gym FILM SCREENING “UNVEILED“

Media Arts Center Digital Gym

2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Angelina Maccarone

The educated Fariba, persecuted in Iran because of her love for another woman, assumes the identity of a man to gain temporary asylum in Germany. She takes an illegal factory job where fellow worker Anne takes an interest in the taciturn foreigner. As the two become close, Anne begins to suspect Fariba's true identity - and both women face danger when authorities tell Fariba she must return to Iran.

For Maccarone, the film's about more than gender and sexual orientation. "What was interesting to me was the subject of identity. I wanted to tell a story about someone who loses basically everything that makes a person a person: her work, where she lives, who her friends are, her family, her language, and her sexual identity." UNVEILED, shot in 2004, was re-distributed due to the present political situation in Germany.

Free and Open to the Public

Register for FREE tickets online or on-site the day of event!


Questions: ljquinta@ucsd.edu

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Triangulating Zainichi Literature: The Japanese and American Mediation of Korean Bodies

Triangulating Zainichi Literature: The Japanese and American Mediation of Korean Bodies

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau)

This talk examines how zainichi (Korean Japanese) fiction incorporates American racial discourse to conceptualize a mode of "transpacific cultural mediation"--that is, American culture functions as a mediating space for zainichi subject formation in the discriminatory social structure of Japan. Roh uses a transnational Asian American Studies framework to articulate the importance of considering tertiary national sites in diasporic minority discourse, and to reveal the triangulated formation of these communities through national policy, history, and culture. The relationship between the United States empire and imperial Japan, with the zainichi population caught between, informs their definition as colonized people, ephemerality as citizens, formulation as resident aliens, and finally, as racialized subjects.

David S. Roh is assistant professor of English at the University of Utah, where he specializes in digital humanities and Asian American literature. He is the author of Illegal Literature: Toward a Disruptive Creativity (University of Minnesota Press), and coeditor of Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media (Rutgers University Press). His work has appeared in Law & Literature, Journal of Narrative Theory, and MELUS. His latest book project compares Korean American and Zainichi Korean literary fiction.

Sponsored by UCSD Department Literature and Korean Studies

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Kyla Wazana Tompkins- On the Gelatinous: Three Movements

Kyla Wazana Tompkins

On the Gelatinous: Three Movements

Friday, May 20, 2016


Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau)

The categorical separation of food from drugs, of pure food from fermented food—and thereby the creation of newly visible and newly regulated classes of illicit lively materials—at the turn of the century might be best understood as what Deleuze and Guattari characterized as a “macropolitics of society by and for a micropolitics of insecurity.” Tompkins considers four different invocations—in literature, political theory and pornographic art—of a texture she calls “the gelatinous” in order to pursue the implications of this development for thinking race, sexuality and the molecular movements of the everyday.

Kyla Wazana Tompkins is a former food writer and restaurant critic. Today, as a scholar of 19th-century U.S. literature with a continuing interest in the relationship between food and culture, she writes about the connections between literature and a wide range of topics: food, eating, sexuality, race, culture, film and dance. Her 2012 book, “Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century,” received the 2012 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize from the American Studies Association and tied for the Best Book in Food Studies Award, presented by the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

Talk Abstract: Food entered the sphere of the juridical on a significant scale at the turn of the U.S. 20th century, with the passage of the Food and Drug Act of 1906 and the Narcotics Act of 1914.