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Based at the University of California, Irvine, UCHRI offers competitive grant programs and leads externally-funded initiatives that support experimental, collaborative, interdisciplinary research and pedagogy across the University of California system and within the larger communities these campuses inhabit.

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Based at the University of California, Irvine, UCHRI offers competitive grant programs and leads externally-funded initiatives that support experimental, collaborative, interdisciplinary research and pedagogy across the University of California system and within the larger communities these campuses inhabit.

    RRG on Truth: Conspiracies

    RRG on Truth: Conspiracies

    Since its founding, UCHRI has funded Residential Research Groups for faculty and graduate students to engage in collaborative work around a specific topic. In Spring 2019, the topic was Truth, broadly conceived. UCHRI welcomed convener Aaron James in philosophy at UC Irvine, and participants Wayne Spencer Coffey in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, Robin Derby in History at UCLA, Liron Mor in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine, Poulomi Saha in English at UC Berkeley, and Abigail Stepnitz in Jurisprudence and Social Policy also at UC Berkeley. The following is an intimate look into one of their weekly interdisciplinary seminars held here at UCHRI, featuring a conversation that weaves together a myriad of conspiracy theories and considers the implications of the genre in relation to fact-finding, subjective truths, and cultural mythologies.

    • 1 hr
    Civil War: Race Under Representation

    Civil War: Race Under Representation

    As part of its Fall 2019 inquiry into civil war, UCHRI gathered colleagues from across the UC system and beyond for a lecture and seminar discussion about how racial formation and aesthetic tradition mutually constitute what we think of as the essential form of the civil subject: the autonomous, universal individual that has been a bedrock of Western political ideology since the Enlightenment.

    Here, Distinguished Professor of English, David Lloyd (UC Riverside), critically interrogates what he characterizes as "this Hegelian commitment, on Fanon's part, to the transformation of the racial, colonized 'thing' into the human" in the context of a larger question: "What constitutes the civil order of the state and the humans it constitutes?" Assistant Professor of Literature, Ameeth Vijay (UC San Diego), offers a response connecting the talk to Lloyd's latest book, Under Representation: The Racial Regime of Aesthetics, by thinking through the concept of development and temporalities of subjectification in 18th- and 19th-century Western philosophy.

    For more information on UCHRI's initiative on Civil War, see: https://uchri.org/projects/civil-war/.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Talkbits on Civil War: The Body's Disharmony

    Talkbits on Civil War: The Body's Disharmony

    In this installment of our ongoing series of audiovisual conversations on civil war, Mei Zhan considers our theme as a conceptual device in relationship to her work, past and present. Currently, Zhan is writing an ethnography on the invention of a new kind of classical Chinese medicine on the edges of the healthcare establishment in China. She examines how these experiments in thinking, doing and being aim to "bring medicine back to life" in entrepreneurial China. In this interview, we discuss the divisions among allopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and new biomedicine and the implications this has for civil society and, more distinctly, the body.

    • 26 min
    Talkbits on Civil War: There May be a Rebarbarization of the World

    Talkbits on Civil War: There May be a Rebarbarization of the World

    In this edition of UCHRI’s Talkbits on civil war, Dipesh Chakrabarty reflects on the politics of survival, flourishing, and postcolonial worldmaking in a time of accelerated planetary destruction.

    • 27 min
    RRG On Truth: Vampires

    RRG On Truth: Vampires

    Since its founding, UCHRI has funded Residential Research Groups for faculty and graduate students to engage in collaborative work around a specific topic. In Spring 2019, the topic was Truth, broadly conceived. UCHRI welcomed convener Aaron James in philosophy at UC Irvine, and participants Wayne Spencer Coffey in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, Robin Derby in History at UCLA, Liron Mor in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine, Poulomi Saha in English at UC Berkeley, and Abigail Stepnitz in Jurisprudence and Social Policy also at UC Berkeley. The following is an intimate look into one of their weekly interdisciplinary seminars held here at UCHRI, featuring a conversation that spans vampires, transcontinental witchcraft, and leads ultimately to Hilary Clinton and Pizzagate, which they read as a modern witch story.

    • 43 min
    Race Class Podcast Ep. 2

    Race Class Podcast Ep. 2

    The Instagram user Lil Miquela (@lilmiquela) has 1.5 million followers, lucrative advertising deals with giants in the fashion industry, and a management team dedicated to helping her craft her influential personal brand. She’s also a self-identified robot. In this episode, seminar participants discuss the strategic use of Lil Miquela’s biracial identity, progressivism in the fashion industry, and ideas of a digital post-racial future.

    • 27 min

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