Cultural Studies Speakers' Series, Winter 2004

Quick links: Rinaldo Walcott... Oliver Lubrich... Rob Shields... Stephen Kern... Janine Marchessault...

Thursday February 5, 2004 – 7 p.m.
Bricker Academic Building Room 101
Rinaldo Walcott (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto)
“Black Men in Frocks: Sexing Race in a Gay Ghetto”

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Rinaldo Walcott is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at OISE/UT, where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Justice and Cultural Studies. His teaching and research has been largely in the area of cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on black diaspora studies. He has published on music, film, queer theory, literature and theatre. His most recent scholarship branches out from black studies to engage with other forms of marginalized difference in the Canadian nation making project. This new project is called " Other Canadians and the Re-making of the Nation" and will result in the "Other Canadians Database: Culture Re-making the Nation" which will consist of film and video made by "Other Canadians" that directly confronts the nation making project. Rinaldo is the author of Black Like Who:? Writing Black Canada (1997, Insomniac Press); and the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (2000, Insomniac Press). He was a member of the former Borderlines editorial collective and a former editorial board member of Fuse Magazine.

Some Recent Publications Include:

(2003), "The Struggle for Happiness: Commodified Black Masculinities, Vernacular Cultures and Homoerotic Desires". In P. Trifonas (Ed.), Pedagogies of Difference: Rethinking Education for Social Change. New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 137-154.

(2002), "Bowl Me Over Michael Moore". December 19, 2002.

(2002), "'It's My Nature': The Discourse of Experience and Black Canadian Music". In J. Sloniowski and J. Nicks (Ed.) Slippery Pastimes: A Canadian Popular Culture Reader. Canada: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

(2001), "Blue Print for Resistance: Art, Nation, and Citizenship". A. Patterson and S. Mckay (Ed.). Money Value Art. YYZ Artists Outlet, p.201-216.

Wednesday February 25, 2004 – 7 p.m.
Bricker Academic Building Room 101
Oliver Lubrich (Frei Universitat, Berlin, Germany)
"Dracula and James Bond: Continuity and Variations in Modern Mythical Fantasy".
Co-Sponsored by The Dean of Arts, The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Cultural Studies Speakers’ Series

Oliver Lubrich studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy in Berlin, Saint-Étienne and Berkeley, and is now Assistant Professor at the Institute of General and Comparative Literature at Free University Berlin. His publications include a book on Shakespeare ("Shakespeares Selbstdekonstruktion", Würzburg 2001), a literary translation (Virginia Grütter, "Los amigos y el viento", German: Ludwigsburg 1996) and numerous articles on Shakespeare, Alexander von Humboldt, Jewish Culture - and other topics. He has curated exhibitions - most recently the travelling exhibit "Signs of the Times - Jewish Lives in Germany Today". He is currently working on the first German edition of Alexander von Humboldt's "Vues des CordillèresŠ" (with Ottmar Ette, translation by Claudia Kalscheuer, Frankfurt 2004) and on an anthology "Die Nazis von außen" (Frankfurt 2004). PhD Dissertation on "Postcolonial Poetics" in Alexander von Humboldt, Bram Stoker, Ernst Jünger and Jean Genet (2003).

Friday March 5, 2004 – 2 p.m.
Bricker Academic Building Room 102
Rob Shields (Carleton University, Ottawa)
Title: “Virtuality and the City”

Rob Shields (D. Phil., Susses) work spans cultural theory, architecture and media studies. For the Fall of 2002 he was funded by Nokia as Visiting Professor of Urban and Regional Studies at Helsinki University of Technology. He founded and edits Space and Culture an international peer-refereed journal, has lectured in half a dozen countries and given over a dozen keynote and plenary talks on tourism and consumption, urban and architectural issues and the relevance of Cultures of Internet (ed. 1996) to everyday urban life. Research results and publications include The Virtual (2003) and everyday life at home and work; the changing way that we create our built environment (Building Tomorrow co-edited with André Manseau (forthcoming)); the culture and spatiality of the city, malls (Lifestyle Shopping (ed. 1993)) and of Places on the Margin (Outstanding Book of the Year 1991). Current research includes the public sector and rural communities in knowledge-based economies. Rob Shields is based in Ottawa Canada, where he is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and past-Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University.

Selected Recent Articles:

‘Globalization: Entangled Places, Interface Buildings, Generic Design’, in R. Cole and R. Lorch (eds.) Buildings Culture and Environment: Informing Local and Global Practices, New York: Blackwell. 2003. pp.18-36.
‘Political Tourism: Mapping Memory and the Future at Quebec City' in M. Hannah and V. Del Casino (eds.) Mapping Tourism. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press. 2003. pp.1-27.
'Hypertext Links: The Index and its Space-Time Effects', in A. Herman and T. Swiss, (eds.), The World Wide Web: Metaphor, Magic and Power, New York: Routledge. 2000. pp. 144-160
'Cyberspace: A Space of Assemblage or a Space of Public Assembly?', in A. Herman and T. Swiss, (eds.), UnSpun New York: New York University Press. 2000. pp. 66-72.
‘Innovation in Clean Room Construction: A Case Study of Co-operation between Firms’ with Kevin West, Construction Management and Economics. 21:3 (June) 2003. pp. 327-334
‘The Role of the Virtual in Knowledge-based Economies, Organizations and Localities’, SEED Journal: Semiotics, Evolution, Energy, and Development. 2003.
‘Culture and the Just City,’ Distinktion. 2:3. 2002. pp. 37-44.
'Architecture as a Good', Architectural Design, 131 (Jan.-Feb.). 1999. pp. 94-5.
'Culture and the Economy of Cities', European Urban and Regional Studies, 6:4 (October) 1999. pp. 303-311.
'Apkujung-no, ou O que fiz nas ferias de verso', Logos: Comunicaçno e Espaço, 5, 1998. pp.43-8. In Portugese.
'Raumkonstruktion und Tourismus', Voyage: Jahrbuch für Reise und Tourismusforschung, 2, 1998. pp.53-72. In German.

Tuesday March 16, 2004 – 7 p.m.
Bricker Academic Building Room 101
Stephen Kern (Ohio State University)
“The Eyes of Love: The Gaze in English and French Painting and Novels, 1840-1900"
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies and the Cultural Studies Speakers’ Series

“Stephen Kern taught at Northern Illinois University for 32 years, completing his tenure there as a Distinguished Research Professor. He came to Ohio State in 2002. He has been an Honorary
Research Fellow at Harvard University and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan,
Northwestern, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

His area of specialization is modern European cultural and intellectual history, with particular interests (chronologically ordered throughout his career) in childhood, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, the body and sexuality, time and space, love, vision (the gaze), causality, and murder, with an abiding general interest in the histories of philosophy, literature, and art.

His major publications are Anatomy and Destiny: A Cultural History of the Human Body (1975),
The Culture of Time and Space: 1880-1918 (1983), The Culture of Love: Victorians to
Moderns (1992), and Eyes of Love: The Gaze in English and French Paintings and Novels,
1840-1900 (1996).

He has been awarded A.C.L. S., N.E.H., Rockefeller, and Guggenheim Fellowships. His book, titled A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought Since 1830, will be published in 2004. Beyond that his future research interests are modernism and the related topics of thematization, classification, and the conceptual divisions of cultural history.” (

Monday, March 22, 2004 – 7 p.m.
Bricker Academic Building Room 101
Janine Marchessault (York University, Toronto)
“Marshall McLuhan and the Future of Cosmic Media”

Janine Marchessault, is Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization at York University. A past president of the Film Studies Association of Canada, she has published widely on film, video and new media technologies. She has contributed articles on Quebec, feminist and Canadian cinema to numerous scholarly and arts magazines and is a founding editor of Public, a journal of art, culture and ideas. Her books include Mirror Machine: Video and Identity (YYZ Books, 1994), Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women Filmmakers (University of Toronto Press, 1999), and Wild Science: Reading Feminism, Science and the Media (Routledge, 1999), Fluid Screens: Digital Time and Cinema (forthcoming) and McLuhan: Cosmic Media (Sage forthcoming). She is a co-investigator on a Major Collaborative Research Initiative to study the Culture of Cities in Toronto, Berlin, Montreal and Dublin.