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


Shannon Jackson - A Rite to Heal

Red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb) is a full-length, multimedia performance work designed to jumpstart a conversation about environmental justice, social ecology and collective responsibility in the climate change era. Professor Shannon Jackson has written a contextual essay, "A Rite to Heal," introducing rbGb's multi-disciplinary collaborators and sharing their creative and community-engaged process in making the project. Read Professor Jackson's essay here and then see the …    read more


New Essay on Islamic Law by Satyel Larson

"State of Equalities: Law, Marriage and Citizenship in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania," in Marinos Diamontides and Adam Gearey, eds., Islam, Law, and Identity (Routledge, 2011)


New Book by D.W. Bates

David W. Bates, States of War: Enlightenment Origins of the PoliticalColumbia University Press, 2011We fear that the growing threat of violent attack has upset the balance between existential concepts of political power, which emphasize security, and traditional notions of constitutional limits meant to protect civil liberties. We worry that constitutional states cannot, during a time of war, terror, and extreme crisis, maintain legality and preserve civil rights and freedoms. David William …    read more