Timothy Brennan and Keya Ganguly
Timothy Brennan is Professor of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature and of English at the University of Minnesota. He teaches and writes on issues of intellectual history, cultural theory, the Marxist and phenomenological traditions, the avant-gardes, theories of colonialism and imperialism, problems of translation, and popular music. His books include Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (2008) and Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right (2006). He also edited, introduced, and co-translated the first English edition of Alejo Carpentier’s classic study, Music in Cuba (2001).
Keya Ganguly is Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of States of Exception: Everyday Life and Postcolonial Identity (2001) and Cinema, Emergence, and the Films of Satyajit Ray (2010). She teaches film, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, postcolonial studies, and the sociology of culture.
During their joint visit, Profs. Brennan and Ganguly will co-lead a mini-seminar on materialism and left Hegelian thought (Tues 4/14 and Thurs 4/16, 12-2pm both days). Prof. Ganguly will offer a lecture on the Indian poet and mystic Aurobindo Ghosh, entitled "Disaffection, Sedition, and Utopia: Aurobindo Ghosh and Revolutionary Violence" (Wed 4/15, 4pm). Prof. Brennan will participate in a conference on Giambattista Vico and lecture on "Vico and Modern Scientism" (Fri 4/17). Please visit our event page for details.
January 19 - 30
Sandro Mezzadra works as an Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna, where he teaches postcolonial studies and contemporary political theory. He has published widely on the areas of migration, postcolonial theory, contemporary capitalism, Italianoperaismo and autonomist Marxism. He recently completed a book with Brett Neilson, Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (2013, Duke University Press). His writings have been translated into ten languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, Finnish, Greek, Slovenian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. He is currently working on the FP7 European project MIG@NET (Transnational Digital Networks, Migration and Gender).
- Tues, 3/25, 12pm: Mini-seminar, "On Oxford Street, Accra: Reflections on Method in African Urban Studies"
- Wed, 3/26, 5pm: Lecture, "The Diasporic Imaginary: Postcolonialism and Diaspora"
- Thurs, 3/27, 12pm: Mini-seminar, "Spatial Precepts for Reading Postcolonial Literature"
- Nov 18 (M) 12-2pm: Mini-seminar: "Postcolonial Science Studies, or Asia as Method, or Both?" - co-sponsored by The Globalization of Medicine and Science in Asia: Science and/as Asian Studies
- Nov 19 (Tu) 5:30pm: Lecture: "Making Global Health History: The Political Worldliness of Biomedicine"
- Nov 20 (W) 12-2pm: Mini-seminar: "The Cryopolitics of the Archive, or Defrosting Derrida"