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Talk: Sanctuary and Literature: Words on the Move

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA, United States

In the present refugee crisis, millions of people are being driven from their homes by war, religious conflict, racial ostracism, famine, and poverty. Can literature help? Stripped of material possessions, refugees, migrants, and ‘arrivants’ still own their minds, which are filled with memories, stories, and knowledge. Can the cultural baggage of the imagination, the stories that displaced people carry in their heads, provide ways of establishing connection with their new circumstances? Can stories, inspired by ...

Film Screening and Q&A with Professor S.B. Diagne

1920 Buchanan UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Professor Diagne will be the guest speaker at a screening of two landmark Senegalese films: Ousmane Sembène's Borom Sarret (1963) and Djibril Diop Mambéty's La Petite Vendeuse de soleil (1999), followed by a Q&A with Professor Eric Prieto. Borom Sarret The first film directed by Senegal’s greatest filmmaker, Ousmane Sembène, Borom Sarret tells the story of a cart-driver who goes to Dakar to make a living, but out of sympathy with other poverty-stricken people, works ...

Talk: Translation and Decolonization

Wallis Annenberg Conference Room 4315 SSMS, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

In the colonial space, one imperial language presents itself as the Logos incarnate, in contrast to the local indigenous vernaculars which are then deemed lacking and incomplete. How the act of translation, of “putting in touch” languages (Antoine Berman, The Experience of the Foreign), creates linguistic equality and reciprocity, even in a colonial situation, is the topic of this presentation. Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a professor at Columbia University in the departments of French and ...

6th Annual GCLR Conference: Memory and Movement

Wallis Annenberg Conference Room 4315 SSMS, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

The Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR), in collaboration with UCSB’s Memory Studies Reading Group, is hosting an interdisciplinary conference examining the interplay between memory and movement through a wide range of perspectives and disciplines. Michael Rothberg will deliver the keynote address on "The Implicated Subject: Art, Activism, and Historical Responsibility." Arguing that the familiar categories of victim, perpetrator, and bystander do not adequately account for our connection to injustices past and present, Rothberg offers ...

POSTPONED Conference: Climate Fictions

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA, United States

THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE. EMAIL CHRISTENE D'ANCA FOR MORE INFORMATION (   As climate change has become a central topic of discussion, laced with the uncertainty of tomorrow, the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research has invited scholars from a variety of disciplines to reframe their conversations with a focus on this ubiquitous topic as it has been interpreted in literary fiction, as well as within the ...

GCLR Dissertation Writing Workshop


Please join us for this year's second GCLR Dissertation and Prospectus Writing Workshop for graduate students from any department in the Humanities at UCSB. Our presenter will be Linshan Jiang 蒋林珊, a doctoral candidate in the UCSB Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, who is presenting a chapter from her dissertation entitled "Mobilizing Shame: Tension between Nationalism and Feminism in Nieh Hualing’s Far Away, A River and Zhang Ling’s A Single Swallow." Linshan's ...

Talk: Art, Art History, and Artificial Intelligence

6206C Phelps and Zoom UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Computation and the Humanities is a series of events at the GCLR investigating the impact of computation on literary and visual research. Guests include researchers, artists, and practitioners working within and beyond the digital humanities. On March 20th, we welcome Dr. Leonardo Impett, who is a University Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities and convenor of the MPhil in Digital Humanities at Cambridge University. In this talk, Impett will introduce his current project, a new history of ...