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Grand Narratives and Tomorrow’s Technology

Published: February 26, 2018

For one week this February, the UCLA Comparative Literature Dept was home to a celebration––and critique––of technology’s nascent trajectories. The event, called Cyber Days, brought hundreds of students, faculty, and industry experts together. First, a two-day conference examined the importance of blockchains, cryptocurrencies, and cybersecurity for sociocultural narratives in 2018. Special attention was paid to…

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Dominic Thomas: CNN European Affairs Commentator

Published: February 26, 2018

UCLA Comparative Literature professor Dominic Thomas is also Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies. Given his extensive knowledge of European culture and politics overall, he has been appointed European Affairs Commentator. We will be uploading media snippets as/when CNN release them. In the meantime, here are two examples: (1) Live coverage from Paris of…

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In the News: “Hacking the humanities”

Published: February 16, 2018

Cyber Days conference on blockchain highlights technology as a vital tool for humanities students Professor and Chair David MacFadyen was recently featured in a UCLA Newsroom article highlighting his “Cyber Days” program and work with the UCLA Blockchain Lab. The article emphasizes his efforts to bridge the humanities with skills that prepare students for employment…

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Professor Reinhard and Alain Badiou

Published: October 25, 2017

October, 2017. Princeton’s Department of French and Italian hosted the renowned French philosopher and playwright, Alain Badiou. UCLA’s Professor Kenneth Reinhard offered a related lecture entitled “The Fundamental Philosophy of Alain Badiou.” Together, the two gentlemen then led the event, shown below in three sections.

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Histories of Arab Documentary

Published: October 25, 2017

Professor Nouri Gana will be speaking in Munich at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität for a “Histories of Arab Documentary” conference. Taking place October 27-29, the event is described as follows. The conference Histories of Arab Documentary wants to examine the diverse histories of film documentary in the MENA region since the 1920s and serve as a platform…

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Major Talk by Professor Aamir Mufti

Published: October 17, 2017

Professor Aamir Mufti will be giving the keynote speech at Northwestern University’s international conference this month: “Globalization, Global, and World – History, Literary Criticism, and Spaces of the Present.”

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Professor Zrinka Stahuljak Wins Guggenheim Award

Published: October 15, 2017

Professor Zrinka Stahuljak has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim award; she has also been in residence at the University of Iceland, thanks to the Institute of Research in Literature and Visual Arts and the Program of Comparative Literature (Sept-Oct). While speaking to the Guggenheim organization, ProfessorStahuljak had the following to say: “Growing up in a minor…

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