Winter 2013

INT 185IV / THTR 42/142
Instructor: Ellen K. Anderson
Tuesday 11:00-11:50, TD-E 2609
Friday 6-10:50 PM, Embarcadero Hall

This course produces a weekly performance series in Isla Vista. Students get first-hand experience in the rigors of theatrical production, as they learn to execute all logistical, technical and promotional details. The course is affiliated with Isla Vista Arts (
Enrollment: A maximum of 16 units of Theater 42 and 142 combined may be accepted for credit in the major. For more information, contact

WORD: Isla Vista Arts and Culture Magazine
Instructor: Ellen K. Anderson and D.J. Palladino
Friday 3-5 PM,TD-W 1701
The course publishes a free quarterly magazine that is designed, compiled, researched, written, edited, and distributed by students. We explore the burgeoning artistic endeavors in Isla Vista and highlight topical issues uncovered by student editors. Attendance at all production meetings is mandatory.
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Writing Workshop for Student Veterans and their Loved Ones
Instructor: Susan Derwin
Monday 5:00-7:00 PM, 6056 HSSB
This creative writing workshop is for veterans and loved ones of veterans who wish to write about their military experiences. Participants will share and discuss their work with each other in an informal setting. For more information, contact Susan Derwin:

NT201RW/ ENGL 236
The Refusal of Work: Scarcity, Affect, Laziness
Instructor: Maurizia Boscagli
Thursday 11:00 AM – 1:50 PM, SH 2617
Under neoliberalism work has become scarce, precarious, and unprotected. At the same time it has become the central locus of psychic and emotional investment, often at a high price: see today’s collective psychopathologies, for example mass depression. The seminar focuses on the social costs of this new conjuncture and the cultural and affective horizon it puts in place by addressing three key issues: 1) work and happiness; 2) the politics and aesthetics of precarity; 3) laziness and the refusal of work, from Jules Lafargue to Italian autonomia, as forms of resistance. Can precarity become a form of non-representational, non-identitarian politics whose force is exactly its plasticity? Could postwork be a way of reimagining life, of reclaiming the common, and making possible a new futurity?

We will read the work of contemporary critics (Manuel Castells, Toni Negri, Silvia Federici, Isabelle Stengers, Catherine Malabou,, Franco Berardi, Felix Guattari, Lauren Berlant, Judith Butler), artists and art critics (Keti Shukrov, Hito Steyerl), and watch films by the Dardenne brothers, Ken Loach, Marcela Zamora, and a documentary by artist Victor Muniz.

Enrollment in INT201RW is by permission of instructor only. Please contact Professor Boscagli to enroll:

This seminar is sponsored by the University of California Humanities Network ongoing project on “The Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work”.

INT 594 AB
Ancient Borderlands
This course is affiliated with the Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group. The Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group unites UCSB faculty and graduate students with common research interests in the history of Mediterranean antiquity, broadly conceived. We are investigating the process by which groups define, create and maintain their identities over time. The creation of boundaries, among ethnic, political, or religious groups, is a dynamic activity that can be reflected, not only by changes in material culture, but also in the rhetorical strategies adopted by ancient authors and the political tactics pursued by those seeking power. As members of several departments, including Classics, History, Religious Studies, and Anthropology, we are also interested in challenging the disciplinary boundaries between us, believing that we have much to learn from one another.