Profile of Julie Napolin

From the New School web site:Moments of inspiration often happen to people when they least expect them: relaxing after dinner, or feverishly studying to get into grad school. As it happens, flashes of mental lightning struck novelist Joseph Conrad and newly minted Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts professor Julie Napolin, at just those moments, respectively. And neither life was ever the same.This month, Napolin was awarded the Bruce Harkness Young Scholar Prize by the …    read more


Open Faculty Position in Visual Culture

The Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate or Full Professor (with tenure) in the area of Visual Culture starting in Fall semester 2013. Requirements: Ph.D. or equivalent by date of hire; excellent research profile and demonstrated record of scholarship that addresses the production and interpretation of visual works in their conceptual, political or technical dimensions; a strong record of relevant …    read more


Trinh T. Minh-ha book receives AESA award

Professor Trinh T. Minh-ha's book, Elsewhere, Within Here: Immigration, Refugeeism and the Boundary Event, has received the 2012 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA).


New Book by Helene Mialet

Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the KNowing SubjectUniversity of Chicago PressHélène MialetThese days, the idea of the cyborg is less the stuff of science fiction and more a reality, as we are all, in one way or another, constantly connected, extended, wired, and dispersed in and through technology. One wonders where the individual, the person, the human, and the body are—or, alternatively, where they stop. These are the kinds of questions …    read more


Judith Butler awarded Adorno Prize

See the full story here: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/09/12/butler-wins-adorno-prize/.Here is the press release:Das Kuratorium des Theodor-W.-Adorno-Preises unter Vorsitz des Kulturdezernenten Professor Felix Semmelroth hat getagt und die amerikanische Philosophin und Literaturwissenschaftlerin Judith Butler zur Preisträgerin des Jahres 2012 gewählt.Der mit 50.000 Euro dotierte Preis wird alle drei Jahre von der Stadt Frankfurt am Main zum Gedenken an den Philosophen Theodor …    read more


Juridical Humanity by Samera Esmeir

Samera Esmeir, Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History (Stanford University Press, 2012) In colonial Egypt, the state introduced legal reforms that claimed to liberate Egyptians from the inhumanity of pre-colonial rule and elevate them to the status of human beings. These legal reforms intersected with a new historical consciousness that distinguished freedom from force and the human from the pre-human, endowing modern law with the power to accomplish but never truly secure this transition. …    read more


Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following Rhetoric PhDs! Satyel Larson has accepted a position as a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows and as a Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago. NIma Bassiri was named an ACLS New Faculty Fellow for 2012-2014. He has accepted a position in the Literature department at Duke University, where he will also teach in the Philosophy department and the interdisciplinary neuroscience program. …    read more


Professor Trinh T. Minh-ha honored

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were first presented in 1979 in President Jimmy Carter’s Oval Office to Isabel Bishop, Selma Burke, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Past honorees have represented the full range of distinguished achievement in the visual arts professions. Professor Trinh was honored for her outstanding contribution to scholarship in the Social Foundations of Education field.


Emerita Prof. Kaja Silverman wins major award

Kaja Silverman, the Keith L. Sachs W'67 and Katherine Stein Sachs CW'69 Professor of Contemporary Art in the History of Art Department at University of Pennsylvania, and Emerita Professor of Rhetoric and Film, UC Berkeley, is the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon, Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to humanistic scholarship. The Mellon awards are granted to support the decisive contributions the humanities make to the nation's …    read more


New Book by A.J. Cascardi

Anthony J. Cascardi, Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics (University of Toronto Press)What is the role of literature in the formation of the state? Anthony J. Cascardi takes up this fundamental question in Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics, a comprehensive analysis of the presence of politics in Don Quixote. Cascardi argues that when public speech is constrained, as it was in seventeenth-century Spain, politics must be addressed through indirect forms …    read more