COMMON SEMINAR 2015 LECTURERS ANNOUNCED: Aihwa Ong, Toby Miller, and Sujatha Fernandes

In conjunction with History Professor Lara Putnam's currently-running CLST 2050 Common Seminar on "Outsiders: Citizenship and its Others," three internationally prominent scholars will visit Pitt on April 1 and 2, 2015, to deliver major public lectures and to comment on student papers from the seminar that will be presented at adjoining sessions.

This year's Annual Distinguished Lecturer is Aihwa Ong, Professor of Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley, whose talk is entitled, "Constellation and Flow: How Citizenship Captures Capital Flight." She is the author of the now classic Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory Women in Malaysia (1987); Flexible Citizenship: the Cultural Logics of Transnationality (1999); Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America (2003); and Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty (2006). She also co-edited Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics and Ethics as Anthropological Problems (2005); and Privatizing China, Socialism from Afar (2008). Her latest collection is Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate.  She will deliver her lecture on April 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. in the large lecture hall 324 Cathedral of Learning.  A small reception outside the hall will precede the lecture at 5 P.M.

The Annual Introductory Plenary Lecture will be given by Toby MillerEmeritus Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside; the Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at Murdoch University; Profesor Invitado at the Universidad del Norte; Professor of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University/Prifysgol Caerdydd; and Director of the Institute of Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University in London.  He will deliver his lecture, “After Cultural Citizenship,” on April 1, from noon to 1:15 in William Pitt Union's Lower Lounge. 

The author and editor of over thirty books, Professor has seen his work translated into Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish, German, Italian, Farsi, and Swedish. His most recent volumes are The Sage Companion to Television Studies (edited with Manuel Alvarado, Milly Buonanno, and Herman Gray, 2015), The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture (edited, 2015), Greening the Media (with Richard Maxwell, 2012) and Blow Up the Humanities (2012). He can be contacted at  and his adventures scrutinized at   Among his other books are several on issues of cultural citizenship, including: The Well-Tempered Self: Citizenship, Culture, and the Postmodern Subject (1993); Technologies of Truth: Cultural Citizenship and the Popular Media (1998); and Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism, and Television in a Neoliberal Age (2007).

The Annual Midconference Plenary Lecture will be given by Sujatha Fernandes, Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is author of Cuba Represent!: Cuban Arts, State Power and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (2006); Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela (2010); and Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation (2011).  She will be speaking on “Citizenship as a Class Project: Good Immigrant Subjects and their Others.”

The two-day event is co-sponsored with the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Sociology, the Global Studies Center, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and the Humanities Center.