The working group in Gender and Queer Theory in South and Southeast Asia hopes to establish itself as an interdisciplinary forum for students interested in the intersections between contemporary queer and gender theories and South and Southeast Asian area studies. Encompassing a broad understanding of gender and sexuality, this group will investigate a wide range of critical texts and cultural practices.
The aim of this project is to bring together a number of students and scholars from UC Berkeley whose work is concerned with issues of visual mimesis in film, new media and art and who are interested in sharing their own research and investigate communal workgrounds. Our hope is to better understand and promote the multi-faceted field of non-fiction film. Our calendar of events for the 2011/2012 academic year will be divided in two parts: in Fall 2011, we will meet on a bi-weekly basis to discuss a pre-established number of readings.
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Building on a backbone of traditional readings on "the state" in anthropology, this group seeks to expand our understanding of the enacted state toward particular themes: cartography and embodied landscape, bureaucracy, violence, and performative approaches to the state. The group, founded by socio-cultural, linguistic, and archeological postdoctoral fellows in anthropology, meets every two weeks, on Wednesday evenings 5-7pm. Our aim is to advance scholarship and discourse on the state through reading the canon of Anthropology on this theme and discussing our current research.