Upcoming Events



Speaking the Unspoken: March 3-4

“Speaking the Unspoken: Explicit vs. Implicit Structures in Germanic Literature & Linguistics”
March 3-4, 2017
Department of Germanic Studies
Co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program

All are invited to join the graduate students of the Germanic Studies Department Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th for the 11th Biennial Graduate Student Conference, entitled “Speaking the Unspoken: Explicit vs. Implicit Structures in Germanic Literature & Linguistics.” Friday’s program will run from 5:00pm-9:45pm in the University Club’s Faculty Room in the IMU, and Saturday’s panels will run from 9:30am-6:45pm in the Walnut Room. More details, including descriptions of student talks, can be found at www.indiana.edu/~germconf.


“Words Matter” Conference: March 24-25

“Words Matter: Politics, Rhetoric, and Social Justice”
March 24-25, 2017
Department of English
Co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program

The Department of English Graduate Student Advisory Committee announces their 15th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference. “Words Matter” aims to interrogate politics, rhetoric, and social justice in moments of national and international upheaval. We aim to address these terms individually, but also their entanglements across historical moments and geographical locations.

What are the modern and pre-modern histories of these terms? How do literary and visual texts engage questions of politics, rhetoric, and social justice? What are the physical and material manifestations of these concepts? How do genre, discipline, and methodology impact the representation and study of these topics? What roles do both written and spoken words have in politics? Who/what has a voice and who/what is silenced socially and politically? How is rhetoric informed by politics, and what are the implications of their entanglements? What do we mean by “social justice” and how has this term been shaped historically? How do digital and virtual cultures intersect with social justice, and how have those cultures changed our perceptions of political movement and rhetorical engagement?

Please see our conference website for updates and further details.

Keynote Speaker:
Rosa A. Eberly, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and English, Pennsylvania State University

This conference is generously co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and the Cultural Studies Program.

Diálogos Conference: March 24-25

Diálogos Graduate Student Conference
March 24-25, 2017
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program

Diaálogos is a graduate student research conference in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Literature, and Culture. The department’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee’s most important event of the year, Diálogos brings together all members of the Spanish and Portuguese community at IU. For graduate students, it is a professional development opportunity, a forum for sharing research, and also an opportunity to network with graduate student scholars from other institutions.

Keynote Speakers:
Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, University of California Berkeley
Jill Jegerski, Assistant Professor of Spanish and SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Conference on Capitalism: October 21-22

Capitalism: October 21-22, 2016

21st Annual Cultural Studies Conference

Studying capitalism is all the rage today. From the remarkable popular success of Thomas Piketty’s bestselling book to the burgeoning turn to capitalism in a variety of disciplines (such as the growth of research on it in history departments across the country; recent studies on the relationship between Islam and capitalism; the reanimation of Marxist sociology; and new ethnographies of labor and the global economy) and in culture (for example, Michael Moore’s documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, and Mohsin Hamid’s novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia), capitalism as an object of study has captured both scholarly and public attention.

The 2016 Cultural Studies conference proposes to seize on this growing interest in capitalism by bringing together the many scholars here, along with a few outside speakers, whose work touches on various aspects of economic life in capitalist societies to explore critical points of intersection among our research interests. Many of us study global capitalism in local contexts (where the “local” is defined both in terms of symbolic import, material dimensions, and lexical reach) and periods that have marked critical disjunctures or crises in capitalism (the Great Depression and its aftermath; neoliberalism as practiced since the 1980s around the globe; and most recently, the 2007-2008 financial crisis). (more…)

DJ Spooky: February 2-3

DJ Spooky: Campus Visit and Film Screening
February 2-3, 2017
Co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program

The Burroughs Century presents DJ Spooky (Paul Miller), Executive Editor of ORIGIN Magazine, composer, multimedia artist, and author. The artist will present his Rebirth of a Nation, an edited, recut and reformatted version of the DW Griffith racist Klan classic. Performance at IU Cinema: watch for further details as the date approaches. In the meantime, please visit DJ Spooky’s website for more information about the project: http://www.djspooky.com/art/rebirth.php