Fall 2005 Speaker Series: “Bringing Class Back In”

Although cultural studies originated with strong Marxist foundations, many critics lament that in recent decades class analysis has been subsumed under other categories of analysis--e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, nation -- or even disappeared altogether from cultural studies.  This Speaker Series aims to bring "class" back in to cultural studies by featuring scholarship that focuses on the interface of socioeconomic and cultural analyses.  Themes include class consciousness and identity; class conflict; class mobility; signifiers of class; labor and unionism; mechanisms of capital accumulation; poverty; cultures and images of class; class and globalization; class and race/gender/nation; comparative systems of class.

All presentations are free and open to the public.



Time:  12:00pm – 1:20pm Place:  East-West Center, Burns Hall 2118



Wed. Sept. 7thPatrick Alcedo, Southeast Asian Studies, University of California-Riverside
” Sacred Camp: Class and Transgenderism in a Philippine Religious Festival”


Wed. Sept. 14thMari Matsuda, Georgetown University Law Center

“The Last Public Place: 

class consciousness and the decline of public education in the United States”

EWC Room 3015


Wed. Sept. 21stHagen Koo, Sociology, UHM

"Globalization and Middle-Class Culture in South Korea"


Wed. Oct. 5thNandita Sharma, School of Social Sciences, York University

"Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada”


Oct. 12th - Jon Goldberg-Hiller, Political Science, UHM

“Defending Society: Sexuality, Race and Class in Contemporary America”


 Wed. Oct. 19thPeter Hoffenberg, History, UHM

’Ornamental’ and ‘Absent-Minded’ Imperialists? Bringing 'Class' Back into

the Study of Modern British Imperialism”


Wed. Nov. 16thSubramanian Shankar, English, UHM

“The Postcolonial and the Vernacular:

Class Politics in African Literature and Cinema”


Wed. Nov. 30thChristine Yano, Anthropology, UHM

“Airborne Dreams:  Japanese American Flight Attendants & the Development of Global Tourism”