• Rhetoric Colloquium with Shalini Satkunanandan


    Colloquium: Shalini Satkunanandan, Political Science, UC Davis "Neither Religious nor Spiritual: Nietzsche's Illiberal, Faith-based Self-Fashioning" 03/04/2016, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm 308 Doe Library (Art History Department) Abstract: Nietzsche’s call to make one’s life a work of art should be understood against the backdrop of his early concern with the possibility of founding a new communal religion (evident in The Birth of Tragedy) and his later… read more

  • Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson


    Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Around the Work of Benedict Anderson Conference/Symposium | February 19 | 9:15 a.m.-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife Room Panelist/Discussants: Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley; Peter Zinoman, Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Hendrik Maier, Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign… read more

  • New book from Pheng Cheah: What is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature


     In What is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature, Pheng Cheah, a leading theorist of cosmopolitanism, offers the first critical consideration of world literature’s cosmopolitan vocation. Addressing the failure of recent theories of world literature to inquire about the meaning of world, Cheah articulates a normative theory of literature’s world-making power by creatively synthesizing four philosophical accounts of the world as a temporal process:… read more

  • New volume of essays edited by David Bates and Nima Bassiri


     Just published: Plasticity and Pathology: On the Formation of the Neural Subject, edited by David Bates and Nima Bassiri (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015) Berkeley Forum in the Humanities Series With the rise of cognitive science and the revolution in neuroscience, it is now commonplace to assume that the study of a human person-a thinking, feeling, acting subject-is ultimately the study of the human… read more

  • Summer 2016 Rhetoric courses are here!


     Sign up for summer 2016 courses in the department of Rhetoric! Summer courses can help you complete major and minor requirements, outside course requirements (for nonmajors), or provide exciting and interesting elective credits! We're offering courses on design, public speaking, literature, and more! Check out summer course descriptions here on the website, and email the instructors or Lisa Fox (lfox@berkeley.edu) with any questions! read more

  • In memoriam: Seymour Chatman


    The memorial will be held Friday, February 12th, at 5:30 pm in Morrison Library at UC Berkeley.   Seymour Chatman (1928-2015) Professor Emeritus, Department of Rhetoric When I arrived in the Rhetoric Department as an Acting Assistant Professor in 1972, Seymour Chatman's name was one of the few that I recognized. Already a highly distinguished scholar, his work in narratology and structuralism had influenced my… read more

  • The Humanities: What’s the Big Idea?


    By Tania Lombrozo An article in The Guardian earlier this year declared: "A war is being waged within the cloistered world of academia." It pressed on, stating that "currently fixed in the crosshairs are the disciplines of the humanities." Yes, the humanities are arguably under attack around the globe, suffering from cuts to funding and from political cultures obsessed with demonstrable economic benefits. Yet many… read more

  • New Article on Early Modern Translation by Michael Wintroub


    In the new issue of the American Historical Review (October 2015): Michael Wintroub, "Translations: Words, Things, Going Native, and Staying True" read more

  • Art+Village+City Exhibition


     An Exhibition exploring Two Cities, Four Villages, and the Uses of Art in the Pearl River Delta in Southern China. Curated by Margaret Crawford and Winnie Wong. Featuring the work of the Art+Village+City Research Studio, ShimuraBROS (as researchers at Studio Olafur Eliasson), Sascha Pohle, Jing Wen, and José Figueroa. Wurster Gallery Hours October 13-November 14 Tuesdays-Saturdays 12:00-6:00pm Satellite Venue: Shanghai West Bund Biennale/Urban Art Space… read more

  • Rhetoric Graduate Conference: Humanism and its Prefixes


    Organized by the graduate students of UC Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric The debate about the human has long haunted the humanities. Since antiquity, humanism has sought to define human nature’s essence while concomitantly situating the human being at the center of the universe as the “measure of all things.” This conference considers the fate of the human in the age of transhumanist intersubjectivity—signaled by the… read more