American Cultures and Global Contexts Center

2012-13 Events

Wecome back to the ACGCC! The goal of the 2012-13 program, Antiracism Inc., is to consider the need to rethink the meaning of antiracism in light of contemporary shifts in global political discourses on race and racism.  Current rhetoric on race purports to embrace principles of racial equality, anti-discrimination and multiculturalism; yet old and new forms of racial violence, exploitation and discrimination persist.

If publics are complicit in systemic forms of racism but believe themselves to be anti-racists, how do we re-imagine the meaning of antiracism?  The ACGCC program will seek to map the ways these paradoxes manifest in the situated discourses and practices in various geopolitical spaces.  We seek to engage with the transnational mediated complexities of contemporary race practice, and explore the opportunities these provide for rethinking antiracism in the twenty-first century.


Please join us! Lunch will be provided, and all are welcome.



The Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative and the American Cultures & Global Contexts Center have collaboratively organized a mini-conference on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 1-4pm in SH 1415:

Duplicitous Inclusions: Race and Subject of Nation
In performance, lived blackness as a subaltern location of national identity reveals and resists state and social processes of contradictory exclusion and hyper-visibility. It becomes a particular site for confronting incursions of insidious and overt marginalizations. In the research presented at Duplicitous Inclusions: Race and Subject of Nation, creative artists forge feeling and consciousness around racial exclusions that inconvenience and confound the national self-image in South Africa and the United States. The keynote addresses explore the terms of confronting racism in the face of the fantasy that it no longer exists. These scholars examine race and representation in the development of a seemingly new landscape of racial meaning and national knowledge.

This exciting event will feature two visiting scholars: Dr. Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Associate Professor of African American Studies & Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Xavier Livermon, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Wayne State University. Through cross-disciplinary dialogue, we hope to engage questions central to the missions of both the ACGCC’sAntiracism Inc. program and the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative’s focus on Race and Affect.

Please also join us for a follow-up discussion to our Fall Reading Series open to students, faculty, and community members. This special event on “Race & the Field of Literature” will be led by Dr. Felice Blake on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 12:30-1:45pm in the SRB Multipurpose Rm. Lunch will be provided.

End of Quarter Open House and Reception

On behalf of Dr. Felice Blake I’m excited to invite you to an Open House and Reception this Friday to celebrate a wonderful quarter at the American Cultures & Global Contexts Center. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Fall Reading Series of our 2012-2013 program, Antiracism Inc., for coming together to think through the meanings of antiracism in light of contemporary shifts in global political discourses on race and racism, and for collectively generating possibilities for justice. In case you weren’t able to make the reading series or would like to learn more – you’re just in luck! Amanda Phillips, an ACGCC affiliated graduate student, recently wrote a blog post about the program featured on HASTAC and the UC Humanities Forum, which you can read here:

So that we may show our appreciation and keep the conversations flowing, please do stop by the American Cultures & Global Contexts Center on Friday December 7th, from 4-6pm (South Hall 2710) for our Open House and Reception. Newcomers are also welcome – we have a lot to look forward to this winter quarter, which will feature a film series (as well as a fall reading series followup discussion led by Dr. Felice Blake) about which you can learn more during the event. Refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there!

Fall Reading Series
The Antiracism Inc. program for the 2012-2013 year will include a Fall quarter 2012 reading series open to undergraduate and graduate students, community members, staff, and faculty. For PDFs of the suggested readings please email the Graduate Student Fellow, Alison Reed (at

Join us this spring for continued discussions on risk, uncertainty, and security at the Critical Issues in American program on “Speculative Futures.” Upcoming events feature symposia on cybersecurity and speculative media, along with a graduate conference on contagion/control. Be sure to check back frequently for event updates!

*Risk Series*

Symposium III: Cybersecurity

Brian Krebs ( “The eMob”

Prof. Giovanni Vigna (UCSB)

Prof. Richard A. Kemmerer (UCSB)

Brett Stone-Gross (Dell SecureWorks)

April 16, 2012, Broida Hall 1640, 4-6 p.m.

*Risk Series*

Lecture: Kathleen Woodward (University of Washington) “Balancing Acts and National Security: Risk, Embodiment, Affect”

April 20, 2012, McCune Conference Room, HSSB, 6th floor, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

*Risk Series*

Graduate Colloquium: Contagion/Control

Keynote Speaker, Prof. Priscilla Wald (Duke University): “Viral Visions: Disease Emergence and the Obscured Geography of Poverty” 4:00 p.m.

May 10, Wallis Annenberg Conference Room, SSMS 4315, 1:00 p.m.

May 11, McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, 9:00 a.m.

Click here for further information and for the program schedule.

*Risk Series*

Symposium IV: Speculative Media

Prof. Helen Nissenbaum (New York University): “Obfuscation: Sacrilege in the Data–Driven Society”

Prof. Thomas Streeter (University of Vermont): “The Net Effect, or Why, Really, Do We Love Steve Jobs?”

May 11, McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, 2:00-5:00 p.m.



*Risk Series*

Symposium II: Security and Catastrophe

Prof. Peter van Wyck, (Concordia University) “An Archive of Threat”

Prof. Andrew Lakoff, (USC) “Biopolitics in Real Time: The Actuary and the Sentinel in Global Health”

Jan. 13, 2012, McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB, 2–6 pm

 *Risk Series*

Talk: Chris Mooney, “The Republican Brain on Science: Understanding Conservatives’ Denial of Research Based Reality”

Loma Pelona Conference Center, 7–8:30 pm

ACGCC co-sponsored event
Last Chance for Humanity, Part II: Militarized Biological Speculation and Security.

Feb. 17, 2012, 11a.m., SH 2635

In the second event for this film and discussion series, we will be looking at the Dark Winter exercises, and using them to frame a screening and discussion of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. We will also be looking at an excerpt of Priscilla Wald’s Contagious (please contact the ACGC Fellow for copies).

This public health and security engagement is co-sponsored by the Transcriptions Center and COMMA.

ACGCC co-sponsored event
Caribbean Crossroads Conference

Feb. 21-22, 2012, McCune Conference Center

This conference explores the interactions and points of contact between the different cultural and linguistic zones that make up the Caribbean region, in support of a less insular, more archipelagic sense of Caribbean culture.

sbgsc*Risk Series*
SB Global Studies Conference, “Crisis”

Feb. 24-25, 2012, UCen

The University of California, Santa Barbara is holding an interdisciplinary global studies conference on a wide range of topics for scholars, both established and in the graduate stage, from the West Coast and beyond, under the general theme of crisis as salient feature of current global conditions. Crisis may thus be understood at every level, from the economic and financial to the environmental to problems of legitimacy and human security, to name a few.

Keynote speaker: Saskia Sassen (Columbia University)

Presenters will also include: Craig Calhoun, Manfried Steger, Roland Robertson, Chris Charles-Dunn, Richard Falk, and many others