Social Theory Lectures

Spring 2015: Transnational Lives

All Lectures to be held at 2pm.

February 6th, Dr. Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester. Lecture location is the 18th floor of Patterson Office Tower.

“Perspectives On Nations Unbound: The Transnational Paradigm in the Current Conjecture”

Held in conjunction with ST 600, "Transnational Lives," Dr. Glick Schiller is the first lecturer in the Commitee on Social Theory Spring Lecture Series.  Nina Glick Schiller is the Director of the Cosmopolitan Cultures Institute at the University of Manchester. The author of more than 80 articles and several books on migration, transnational processes and social relations, diasporic connections, and long distance nationalism, she has conducted research in Haiti, the United States, and Germany and worked with migrants from all regions of the globe. Her current research documents the experiential cosmopolitanism that accompanies migrants’ transformations of urban life.


February 27th, Professor Otto Santa Ana, UCLA. Lecture location is the President's Room in the Singletary Center for the Arts.

"The Cowboy and the Goddess: News Myth-making about Immigrants”

Held in conjunction with ST 600 "Transnational Lives," Dr. Otto Santa Ana is the second lecturer in the Committee on Social Theory Spring Lecture Series. Professor Otto Santa Ana’s scholarship over the past 15 years focuses on language that constructs social hierarchies and on how mass media amplifies the construction of unjust social inequity. His first book, Brown Tide Rising (2002) provides a close study of newspapers and mass media representations of Latinos. The American Political Science Association named it Book of the Year on Ethnic and Racial Political Ideology. He continues to refine his research tools (and with undergraduate co-authors), recently explored the national newspaper coverage of immigrants during the Great Immigrant Rights Marches of 2006. This article, “A May to Remember” appeared in the Du Bois Review (2007).


April 3rd, Dr. Floya Anthias, University of East London. Lecture location is the 18th floor of Patterson Office Tower.

"Transnational Mobilities and Translocational Belongings: Reflecting on Identities and Inequalities"

Held in conjunction with ST 600 "Transnational Lives," Dr. Floya Anthias is the third speaker in the Committee on Social Theory Spring Lecture Series.  Her research spans a range of theoretical and empirical concerns relating to a focus on racism, diaspora and hybridity, multiculturalism, gender and migration, labour market disadvantages and class position.  Her most recent work has been developing the concept of translocational positionality as a way of addressing some of the difficulties identified with concepts of hybridity, identity and intersectionality. Her recent book, Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration, is co-edited with Mojca Pacnik (Palgrave). 


April 24th, Dr. William Nericcio, San Diego State University. Lecture location is the President's Room of the Singletary Center for the Arts.


"Chicanosmosis and the Transnational Imaginary (Imaginary): 21st Century Mextasy in and Beyond the Ivory Tower"

Held in conjunction with ST 600 "Transnational Lives," Dr. William Nericcio is the fourth speaker in the Committee on Social Theory Spring Lecture Series. William Nericcio also serves as professor of English and Comparative Literature & Chicana/o Studiesand serves on the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University. He is the author of the award-winning Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America, The Hurt Business: Oliver Mayer's Early Works Plus, and Homer From Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for the Californias. Nericcio is also a graphic designer, creating book covers, film posters, and websites, most notably for San Diego State University Press and Hyperbole Books, where he oversees the production of cultural studies tomes. His Text-Mex Gallery blog investigates the pathological interrogation of Mexican, Latina/o, Chicana/o, "Hispanic," Mexican-American, and Latin American stereotypes, political, and cultural issues. He is also the curator of the text-image exhibition entitled “MEXtasy,” which has been displayed at numerous institutions, including the Ohio State University, University of Michigan and South Texas College. He is currently working on his follow-up book to Tex[t]-Mex, Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race. In his presentation, Nericcio will explore Chicanosmosis, a term that contemplates international intercourse through the semi-permeable fabric of the U.S./Latin American border—a site of transnational intrigue that reeks of hegemony and seduction, imperialism and the voyeuristic turn. Nericcrio will represent simultaneously a retrospective and scenes that might be accused of performing something like Nostradamus-like clairvoyance. It is the sum total of his present theoretical adventures based as it is on the writings of Fanon, Said, Sontag, Marx, Foucault, Gallop, Paz, Taussig, Liu, Borges, Virilio and more. 

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