Thursday, January 15, 5:30 PM
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020
Ruth Leys (History, Johns Hopkins University) will visit UCSB for “an assessment of the latest twists in affect theory.” This exciting talk, co-sponsored by the UCSB’s Graduate Center for Literary Research and Literature and the Mind, will address the following questions:
“If the twentieth century was the Freudian century, the century of libido, will the twenty first century-as has been suggested- be the century of the “post-traumatic” subject, whose affective indifference and profound emotional disengagement from the world mark him or her as a victim of brain damage? Will political, economic, and natural violence now take the form of a meaningless shock to the “emotional brain,” depriving victims of all meaning and affect? What are the stakes of such claims?”
Image: from Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals
Please come to the Opening Reception of Literature and the Mind this Wednesday, October 22, starting at 5:30 pm in the Sankey Room in the English Department (second floor of South Hall). Besides socializing, we plan to describe our new focus on improvisation, some of the events that we have lined up, unveil our new website, and invite your input and ideas for collaboration. There will be reception-style food and drink!
Image: Renoir, “The Luncheon of the Boating Party”
From October 16-18, UC Santa Barbara’s campus hosts the third biennial meeting of the BABEL Working Group. This year, artists, scholars, and other thinkers meet to address the theme “On the Beach: Precariousness, Risk, Forms of Life, Affinity, and Play at the Edge of the World.” This unconventional meeting invites participants to “comb the beach — not to straighten out, nor even to mine, but to entangle while also pondering.” The conference is co-sponsored by many departments and initiatives across and beyond UCSB’s campus, including Literature and the Mind.
View the complete program here.
Follow the latest goings-on at the Babel Working Group on their blog here.
Image above via Joni Sternbach, SurfLand
Beach ball featured in “Chaucer on the Beach” panel