Three events with Kinohi Nishikawa: a workshop, a lecture, and a C21 roundtable

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Winter Semester 2018 — Schedule

After a successful fall, Critical Contemporary Studies (CCS) is delighted to announce our winter semester schedule. 
Our programming includes a conversation series about 21st-century arts, culture, and politics; writing workshops, and the continuation of our speaker series organized in collaboration with other Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops. Please see below for details; we hope you can join us for any or all of these events!
Questions or comments? Please email: Hayley O’Malley (, Matt Liberti (, and Hanah Stiverson ( 
C21 Conversation Series 
Roundtables of four faculty members from different disciplines will offer flash talks to articulate research questions about 21st-century arts, culture, and politics. No pre-reading; just join us for conversation and lunch! All C21 roundtables will be in Angell 3222 with lunch available at 12:30 and presentations starting at 1:00.  

Thursday, January 25th

Evelyn Alsultany | Walter Cohen | Nilo Couret | Sarah Murray

Tuesday, February 13th 

Melissa Borja | Aliyah Khan | Supriya Nair | Aswin Punathambekar

Tuesday, March 20th 

Hadji Bakara | Sarah Ensor | Candace Moore | Damani Partridge

Tuesday, April 3rd 

Aida Levy-Hussen | A. Van Jordan | Susan Najita | Meg Sweeney

Writing Workshops 

Co-sponsored with other interest groups, these workshops of pre-circulated papers allow graduate students and faculty the chance to talk together about in-progress writing projects and engage in broader conversations about method, craft, archive, and professionalization. Papers are circulated a week prior to the workshop.   

Thursday, January 11th — with Ben Mangrum
Angell 3241 | 10-11:30
“Postwar Ecology and the Ends of Human Rights”

Friday, January 19th — with Crystal Lie 

Angell 3154 | 3-4:30

“Dementia, Temporality, and Forms of the (Auto)Biographical in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being and Susan Schultz’s Dementia Blog”

Wednesday, May 2nd  — with Joey Gamble
Angell 3154 | 2:30-4
“The Repair of the Self”

Wednesday, May 9th  — with Lauren Benjamin
Angell 3154 | 2:30-4
“Feral Reading and Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood”

Speaker SeriesMark your calendars! We’re excited to be collaborating with other interest groups to host four leading scholars for multi-day visits. Stay tuned for event updates, and please let us know if you are particularly interested in joining a guest speaker for a meal or coffee. 

Nate Mills (Minnesota; UM English PhD, 2011) — February 8th-9th 
Heather Houser (UT Austin) — February 22nd-23rd 

Kinohi Nishikawa (Princeton) — March 19th – 20th 

Jacqueline Goldsby (Yale) — April 12th -13th