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Research Focus Group Talk: The Trials and Tribulations of Bambi and the Inscrutable Felix Salten, Lover of Animals


This talk follows Jack Zipes' recent publication of his new translation of Felix Salten's Bambi (1923). Zipes' research for this book demonstrates that Bambi was essentially a Jew, as were all the animals in the forest, and that he and they had to spend their lives avoiding pogroms in the forest and learning to deal with loneliness. Salten wrote other books, such as Fifteen Rabbits (1928) and Bambi's Children: The Story of a Forest Family ...

Research Focus Group Seminar: Care and Disability

Early Modern Center, 2510 South Hall (Hybrid) Santa Barbara, CA

In her 1982 work, In a Different Voice, Carol Gilligan outlined a new manner for women to think about moral values and practices, and put forward the concept of care, which has recently been at the core of a new ethics. The ethics of care centers our social relations on vulnerability, dependency, and interdependence. In this session of the Disability Studies Initiative, we will discuss works that address the limit of individual autonomy and the ...

Research Focus Group Talk: Racist Love – Author Conversation


Please join us for a discussion of Leslie Bow's Racist Love: Asian Abstraction and the Pleasures of Fantasy (2022). The talk will feature a brief comment from the author, followed by Q and A with participants. Racist Love traces the ways in which Asian Americans become objects of anxiety and desire. Conceptualizing these feelings as “racist love,” Bow explores how race is abstracted and then projected onto Asianized objects. Bow shows how anthropomorphic objects and ...

Research Focus Group Meeting: Defiant Worship: How Conservative Christian Legal Organizations are Changing Legal Culture


In this RFG meeting, Moore will discuss her new paper that offers a critical analysis of religious freedom discourse engendered by the coronavirus pandemic. Restrictions on indoor religious gatherings during the first nine months of the pandemic were challenged in courts, and their constitutionality was addressed by the Supreme Court over the summer of 2020. This historic period—with lockdowns, testing, contact tracing, and vaccines, not to mention its prohibition on public gatherings—provide a unique opportunity ...

Research Focus Group Talk: US Policymaking and the Promises of Technology in the 1990s’ “New Economy”

4080 HSSB HSSB UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

On April 5th, 2000, President William Clinton stepped to the microphone at the White House Conference on the New Economy and told those gathered that the United States was experiencing “an economic transformation as profound as that that led us into the industrial revolution.” The 1990s was a heady moment for chatter about technological change, especially around personal computers and the Internet. Microsoft CEO Bill Gates predicted Business @ the Speed of Thought, as one ...