Graduate Student Colloquia

Graduate Colloquium: October 15, 2013

Ekrem Ulus ColloquiumTuesday, October 15, 2013
Ekrem Ulus, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature
195 College Avenue
Potluck - 6:00pm
Colloquium - 7:00pm

In summer 2013, an urban renewal project to restructure Istanbul’s Gezi Park sparked a large wave of protests in Turkey. What made the Gezi protests unique? What brought diverse groups of demonstrators together, such as environmentalists, soccer fans, Kurds, secular nationalists, and even some leftist Islamists? What roles did social and mainstream media play during the demonstrations? Ekrem will discuss the historical and political dimensions of the ongoing nationwide street protests within the context of political Islam in secular Turkey.

Graduate Colloquium: March 11, 2013

   Monday March 11, 2013
  195 College Avenue
  Potluck - Holiday Theme - 6:30pm
  Colloquium - 7:45pm

Banned from the stage for its "immoral" content after one week of running, Los invertidos ("The Inverts,"1914) by Argentinean playwright José González Castillo is of exceptional interest to scholarship in theater and the history of sexuality.  In this talk, Ben De Witte will explore how the play presents its concerns with sexuality and modern drama through the trope of decadence

Graduate Coloquium: October 25, 2012

   Thursday, October 25, 2012
  195 College Avenue
  Potluck - Halloween Theme - 5:30pm
  Colloquium - 7:00pm

In this presentation, Tara will discuss the documentary mode in the work of Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, paying particular attention to his 2008 film, “24 City”, about the closing of a factory to make way for a housing development. Tara argues that the tension between the documentary form and the fictionalized elements of the film are part of a particular poetics in Jia’s work, a poetics that posits new modes of understanding and remembering in contemporary Chinese experience.


Graduate Colloquium: November 29, 2012

   Thursday, November 29, 2012
  195 College Avenue
  Potluck - Holiday Theme - 5:30pm
  Colloquium - 7:00pm

As Inter-American frameworks for literary study have gathered attention over the last thirty years, critics who would trace currents of literary exchange across the Americas have run up against a history of mutual disregard, willful misinterpretation, and obstinate silence. This presentation takes silence as a potentially productive point of departure. Looking closely at the poetic tributes that Octavio Paz and John Cage dedicate to each other, Vaughn argues that each uses silence to reevaluate the other's work. He situates this exchange within a wider phenomenon of "silent" art at mid-century.