Spring 2006 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. Jan. 25thRavi Vatrapu, Information and Computer Science, UH Manoa
Bring back class! Some reflections on the praxis of "going to the movies" in

the USA and India


Wed. Feb. 22ndSut Jhally, Department of Communications, UMass Amherst

"Q: Why can’t Americans think straight about race?

A: Because they can’t think straight about class."

Limited Space, Must rsvp


Wed. Mar. 8thBianca Isaki, Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Hawai'i for Humanity": practicing community for the world in oratorical contests (1944-46)”


Wed. Mar. 15thRichard Rath, History, University of Hawaii at Manoa

“Media Divides in American History”


Wed. Mar. 22ndAihwa Ong, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

"Self-fashioning Shanghainese: Translating Across Spheres of Value"

at Center for Korean Studies Auditorium


Wed. April 12thPurnima Bose, Department of English and Director, Cultural Studies, Indiana University

From Agitation to Institutionalization: The Anti-Sweatshop Movement in the New Millennium


Wed. April 19thS. Charusheela, Women’s Studies and Political Science, UH Manoa

“Engendering Feudalism”


Wed. April 26thHeather Diamond, American Studies, UHM

Mail-Order Ethnicity and Classy Consumption: middle-class escapism and the marketing of third world culture