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The James K. Binder Lecture: Franco Berardi

Franco Berardi: Poetry Abstraction and the Comeback of the Body

The James K. Binder Lecture

The Atkinson Pavilion at the Faculty Club, UC San Diego

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Sponsored by UC San Diego Dean of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Literature

A reception will follow the lecture... Free and Open to the Public

The process of abstraction has been the main trend of the XXth Century. Art, and particularly poetry, have been a space of experimentation, of the emancipation of the sign from the referent.

Also the economic field has been marked by the process of abstraction, which culminates in the financialization of capitalism. Abstraction means also automation of decision, submission of daily life and of cognitive activity to the abstract dynamics of money.

The social movement of the last years, particularly media-activism and the international movement of Occupy, are the signs of a comeback of the body. This is why poetry and Art are involved in the social uprising.

Franco Berardi Bifo is a writer and a media-activist.

In the '70s he was involved in the creation of the free radios network in Italy and Franc; in the '90s he has been involved in the European net culture. In the years 2002-2004 he has taken part in the Italian experience of Telestreet.

He published Le ciel est enfin tombe sur la terre (Paris, 1977), Mutazione e ciberpunk (Genova, 1993), The Soul at work (Los Angeles, 2009) and The Uprising (Los Angeles, 2012).

His next book, Heroes, will be published next year in London.

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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Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Neda Atanasoski

Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Neda Atanasoski

Humanitarian Violence: Postsocialism and the Question of Transitional Justice

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau)

This talk addresses the time and space of humanitarian catastrophe as a way to think through the production of racialized (precarious) populations as constitutive of postsocialist notions of transition and justice. Developing postsocialism as an analytical and theoretical entry point for understanding the rearrangement of political action in the present, it considers how a reconceptualization of political time can disrupt the seeming dominance of liberal capitalist rights-based and restorative justice models.

Neda Atanasoski is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her book, Humanitarian Violence: The U.S. Deployment of Diversity (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), addresses the rise of U.S. humanitarian imperialism that has depended on the racialization of religious difference in places like the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan since the end of the Cold War. Her research and publications have focused on U.S and Eastern European new media and cultural studies, with a focus on the politics of religion and sexuality, postsocialism, human rights and humanitarianism, and war and nationalism.

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Masha Gessen: Putin's Challenge to the West: From Pussy Riot to Crimea

Masha Gessen: Putin's Challenge to the West: From Pussy Riot to Crimea

Monday, November 24, 2014


UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Over the last two and a half years, since returning to the office of president of Russia amid mass protests, Vladimir Putin and the country he leads have undergone a profound transformation which has affected the place of gender, sexuality, the arts, and freedom of speech in Russia, not to mention foreign policy. Putin, who was a post-ideological president for the first dozen years of his rule, has acquired an ideology. The country has claimed a national idea and more - a civilizational mission. The talk explores this concept of a civilization of traditional values and the implications it has for Russian culture and Russia's relationship to the US in the coming months and years.

Masha Gessen is the author of the book Words <em?Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and the national bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, as well as four other books. Born in Moscow, she emigrated to the United States in her teens, then returned to Russia a decade later and stayed for twenty years before moving back to New York last December. Writing in both Russian and English, she has covered every major development in Russian politics and culture of the past two decades, receiving numerous awards and fellowships in the process. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times and also contributes regularly to The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, Slate, and other publications.

Please RSVP: Megan Murphy

This event is sponsored by UCSD's European Studies Program, in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Graduate Division, Literature, Critical Gender Studies, The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program, the Humanities Center's "Socialism in Contexts" Research Group, the LLP Programme of the European Union, and the Women's Center.






When: Wednesday, December 3rd from 2PM-4PM

Where: Wagner Theater, UCSD

First Floor of Galbraith Hall (GH 157)

Cost: FREE to Public

Performance will be conducted in Spanish

For more Information, Contact:

Professor Chacón: gchacon@ucsd.edu

Annette Pelayo: aypelayo@ucsd.edu

This event is possible thanks to the following sponsors:

Literature Department, Cross Cultural Center, Division of Arts and Humanities, Program for Human Rights, Writing Program, Muir College, Women’s Center, CILAS, CLAH, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Ethnic Studies, Critical Gender Studies, Department of Theater and Dance