THEORY IN DISPUTE, Lecture Series 2012-15

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THEORY IN DISPUTE, Lecture Series 2012-15

THEORY IN DISPUTE, Lecture Series 2012-15 - Theories of Vulnerability and Repair: The Environment and the Human

Monday, October 1, 2012
Haldeman 041
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars
Marianne Hirsch, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University, Vice President, Modern Language Association of America

Patricia Yaeger, Henry Simmons Frieze Collegiate Chair of English and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Former Editor PMLA

In their dialogue, Hirsch and Yaeger will look critically at the emergence of vulnerability as a formative term in contemporary theory, at what it offers and what it occludes. Approaching vulnerability from the divergent perspectives of human trauma and catastrophe, on the one hand, and of environmental disaster and the new materialism, on the other, their discussion will be informed by Jane Bennett, Judith Butler, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Martha Fineman, Bruno Latour, Rob Nixon, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. The recent film Beasts of the Southern Wild serves as a text in common.

Reception follows

With generous cosponsorship from the offices of Michael Mastanduno, Dean of the Faculty and Lynn Higgins, Associate Dean of the Faculty for International and Interdisciplinary Programs
Comparative Literature Program
Marianne Hirsch
Patricia Yaeger

For more information, contact:
Comparative Literature Program

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.