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Renowned Israeli writer and peace activist Amos Oz delivers the Herman Wouk Visiting Lecture
Mandeville auditorium, April 22, 2013
Photo by Dirk Sutro, DAH

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Videographic Criticism: Documentary Ethics, Reproductive Sequels, and Televisual Excess - A Zoominar


Videographic Criticism: Documentary Ethics, Reproductive Sequels, and Televisual Excess - A Zoominar
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 9:30am – 11am PST
Free & Open to All 

The Zoominar gathers four film and media scholars for a lively discussion of videographic criticism. The emerging field of videographic criticism has been defined as "writ[ing] using the materials that constitute our object of study: moving images and sounds" (Christian Keathley). Instead of the written word, it takes a multimodal approach, employing (re)editing, voiceover, on-screen text, music, split screens, and other digital effects to perform film and media criticism. The critic becomes a practitioner. Our panelists will share their published peer-reviewed video essays on such themes as documentary ethics, Hollywood sequels and remakes, and televisual excess. We will also examine the recent proliferation of videographic journals and the editorial practices and criteria that guide the publication of videographic criticism.

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Speakers include:
Elizabeth Alsop (City University of New York)
Maria Hofmann (Wofford College)
Kathleen Loock (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
Neepa Majumdar (University of Pittsburgh)
Moderated by Nguyen Tan Hoang

We encourage you to watch video essays by our speakers prior to the Zoominar. You can access their work at the following link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MnQQMhngirpl7FPAc9k5DIAjZApqj5Ko-tl4sTucikY/edit?usp=sharing

Sponsored by Department of Literature, Program for Critical Gender Studies, Sixth College, and Institute of Arts and Humanities, at the University of California, San Diego



Minor Intimacies of Japanese Literature: Calling Out into the World in Times of Trauma


Minor Intimacies of Japanese Literature: Calling Out into the World in Times of Trauma
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6pm PST
Register Online via Zoom

In this talk, I perform queer readings of the everyday in fiction by Japanese authors Kawakami Hiromi and Ekuni Kaori, drawing out representations of intimacy built on smallness, distance, and the mundane, which are often tinged with loneliness and grief. My project of queer readings began years ago, but what does it mean in the world of 2021? I reflect on the experience of living with these texts and my own readings, through precarious employment; teaching in spaces of translation in the United States, Japan, and Hong Kong; transformations in my own awareness as a feminist/queer studies scholar; and Black Lives Matter, anti-Asian racism, and political upheaval during the pandemic. Specifically, I illustrate how—in a callous world scarred by racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and imperialism—minor intimacies of Japanese literature still offer us valuable forms of queer feminist love and solidarity.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Grace En-Yi Ting is a queer and feminist studies scholar and Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Ting specializes in Japanese women writers, girls’ culture, and transnational feminisms. She is currently working on a book manuscript examining female homosociality, femininities, and feminisms within representations of daily life by women writers in post-1980’s Japan. Her other work involves critique of race and gender in the field of Japanese studies, as well as investigating tensions between concepts of queerness and Asia across Japanese, Sinophone, and Asian American literary discourses.

Link to registration: https://ucsd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvdeCtpzIuHdbkZSZjyEmAZSh1GFRalwEm 

Sponsored by the Department of Literature at UC San Diego