The Voyage of Thought: Navigating Knowledge across the Sixteenth-Century World

Congratulations to Michael Wintroub, whose new book, The Voyage of Thought: Navigating Knowledge across the Sixteenth-Century World, has been awarded the 2018 Pickstone Prize, for the best scholarly book in the history of science and medicine in English, by the British Society for the History of Science.


Save the Date - 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Save the Date! The Rhetoric Department Commencement Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 2:00PM in Zellerbach Auditorium. More info to follow.


"Facing the Limits of Decoloniality from a Southeast Asian Peri-urban Forest" with Juno Salazar Parreñas

CSEAS Lecture Wednesday, November 7, 2018 "Facing the Limits of Decoloniality from a Southeast Asian Peri-urban Forest" Juno Salazar Parreñas Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University   What does indigeneity mean in a place with longstanding histories of migration, in which claims to indigeneity are overdetermined by the politics of exclusion? What are the politics of “indigenous knowledge” if the category of …    read more


The Rhetoric Department Presents: Daniel Gross - Heidegger and Rhetoric

Tuesday, 10/30/2018, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm - 3335 Dwinelle The purpose of this presentation is threefold: 1) to outline what exactly Heidegger found in Aristotle's Rhetoric just as he was radically reformulating the history of Western metaphysics against his contemporaries in philosophy 2) to indicate how this moment also rewrote – with a debt to Dilthey and also Bultmann's sacred rhetoric – the conventional history of rhetoric per se, and 3) to identify our new historiography that …    read more


The Rhetoric Fall Colloquium Presents: The Four Axioms of Existence with Elizabeth Povinelli

10/25/2018, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm 370 Dwinelle Elizabeth Povinelli is Professor of Gender Studies & Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University It’s hot and it’s getting hotter. As the machinery of capital extraction, industrialism, and consumption refuses to relinquish its grip, temperatures continue to rise and chemical hot zones to spread. Tipping points threaten to alter the nature of what the ecologists of the 70s came to describe as the whole earth, …    read more


The Rhetoric Fall Colloquium Presents: The Mermaids, or Aiden through Wonderland with Elizabeth Povinelli

10/26/2018, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 142 Dwinelle A Karrabing Film Collective Film In the not far future, Europeans can no longer survive for long periods outdoors in a land and seascape poisoned by capitalism, but Indigenous people seem able to. A young Indigenous man, Aiden, taken away when he was just a baby to be a part of a medical experiment to save the white race, is released into the world of his family. As he travels with his father and brother across the landscape he confronts two …    read more


James Porter named the Irving G. Stone Professor in Literature

Congratulations to Professor James I. Porter, who has recently been named the Irving G. Stone Professor in Literature at UC Berkeley. 


Daniele Lorenzini - The Emergence of Desire: Notes toward a Political History of the Will in Foucault’s “Aveux de la Chair”

5-7 pm on Tuesday October 2nd, 2018 in 3335 Dwinelle In this paper on Foucault’s fourth volume to The History of Sexuality, Les aveux de la chair (Gallimard, 2018), I argue that desire, conceived as a central and permanent dimension of the human subject, is the condition of possibility of the emergence of both the modern experience of sexuality and the mechanisms of power that produced, organized, and exploited it. This condition of possibility, as Foucault points out, was …    read more


TDPS Speaker Series: Professor Shannon Jackson, Sep. 13, 4-5pm

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies presents the TDPS Speaker Series, Thursday, Sep. 13th, 4-5pm in 44B Dwinelle Hall. Shannon Jackson, TDPS Professor of Rhetoric and Performance Studies, will discuss Civic Re-enactment and Public Re-assembly. Please join us for wine, cheese, and conversation! Shannon will elaborate on these ideas... Re-Enactment has become a ubiquitous 21st century process, one that dynamizes populist ritual as well as artworld experimentation in …    read more


Davide Panagia: On the Political Ontology of the Dispositif

The Rhetoric Fall Colloquium presents: Davide Panagia, Professor of Political Science, UCLA "On the Political Ontology of the Dispositif" With Hans Sluga, William and Trudy Ausfahl Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley, as discussant Thursday, September 13th, 2018 5:00-7:00PM in 3335 Dwinelle Abstract: The ambition of this paper is to show the extent to which the turn to the language of dispositif in Foucault’s writings regards an explicit attempt to develop a critical …    read more