Thanks to generous funding from the Provost's Year of the Humanities Initiative, the Humanities Center, and the Keywords Project (Pitt and Jesus College, Cambridge), CLST is able to offer an event of unprecedented scale and ambition, which no one interested in cultural studies at Pitt can afford to miss. The Distinguished Lecture Series has three speakers who, in plenary sessions, will provide new insights on keywords from critical-cultural, historical, scientific, and linguistic perspectives. Running between the lectures are five sessions in the Annual Common Seminar Colloquium, taught by Professors Jonathan Arac and Colin MacCabe, both in Pitt's Department of English. This year, their seminar students have written short essays on a series of new keywords. At these sessions, the students will present their work and the three invited speakers will comment upon it. Finally, a sociable reception and keywords fair sets the stage for the event's concluding lecture.
20 April, 3:45-5:15 PM, 602-CL: Keywords Common Seminar Colloquium Session II.
Sarah Schaefer, Department of English, "Love."
Treviene Harris, Department of English, "Privilege."
Sam Allen, Department of Communication, "Public."
Tetyana Shlikhar, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, "Network."
20 April, 6:00-8:00 PM, 602-CL: Keywords Common Seminar Colloquium Session III.
Sarah Mejia, Special Status Student, "Digital."
Marina Tyquiengco, Department of the History of Art and Achitecture, "Appropriation."
Kaitlyn Haynal, Department of Communication, "Access."
Artan Hoxha, Department of History, "Fundamentalism."
21 April, Noon-1:30 PM, 501-CL: Midconference Plenary Lecture. Harriet Ritvo, Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offers, in her lecture “Talking about Species,” a fascinating glimpse into how keywords can be applied to the history of science. According to her, “Species has been used to refer to plant and animal kinds since at least 17th century, and it has been a problem, as both a technical and a vernacular term, from the beginning.” Her books include The Dawn of Green (2009), The Platypus and the Mermaid (1997), The Animal Estate (1987), and Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras (2010).
21 April, 1:45-3:15 PM, 602-CL: Keywords Common Seminar Colloquium Session IV.
Adam Hebert, Department of English, "Occupy."
Evan Chen, Film Studies Program, "Gentrify."
Alexandra Ouyang, Department of English, "Security."
Nicholas Marsellas, Department of English, "Respect."
21 April, 3:30-5:00 PM, 602-CL: Keywords Common Seminar Colloquium Session V.
Sylvia Grove, Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, "Artificial."
Nicholas Stefanski, Department of Communication, "Future."
Sagnika Chanda, Department of English, "Man."
Leonardo Solano Moraga, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, "Diaspora."
21 April, 4:30-5:30 PM, 401/402-CL: Keywords Concluding Reception and Fair. Running immediately prior to the Keywords Lecture Series' Concluding Lecture (see below), this Reception and Fair will provide a sociable space in which to celebrate the meanings and legacies of Raymond Williams' Keywords (1976). Food, beverages, and good conversation for all. Activities will include:
Display of the entries in the Keywords Collage Poster Competition and presentation of prizes of $300, $200, and $100 for first, second, and third place, respectively. Contestants had to craft a collage in response to one of the keywords that Williams discusses to illustrate its different uses by different groups and/or its evolution over time.
A sound-bite booth that will record 30-second responses from fairgoers to a randomly drawn keyword. The footage will be used in an instructional film on the Keywords concept aimed at undergraduates which CLST is producing. The footage will be intercut with Ritvo and Durant lectures, and oral histories of the meaning of one keyword which will be conducted with four selected CLST certificate students from outside the U.S.
A booksale that will be run by the Cultural Studies Graduate Student Organization.
Recent books by Stephen Heath, Harriet Ritvo, and Alan Durant that will be offered for sale by representatives from the University Book Center.
21 April, 5:30-7:00 PM, 501-CL: Concluding Plenary Lecture. Alan Durant, Professor of Communication at the School of Law, Middlesex University, London, will draw on his unique perspective as a cultural analyst, linguist, legal critic, and convenor of the ‘Keywords Project’ (co-funded by Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and the University of Pittsburgh) to consider keywords that play a disproportionately prominent or pivotal role in what is commonly called "the social conversation." His recent books include Meaning in the Media: Discourse, Controversy and Debate (CUP, 2010) and the RELI textbook Language and Media, co-written with Marina Lambrou (Routledge, 2009). Alongside earlier monographs and textbooks, a further Routledge textbook, Language and Law, as well as an edited collection of essays Language, Law and Power (CUP) are forthcoming, both co-authored with Janny HC Leung.
N.B. Terry Eagleton, who was originally scheduled to deliver the concluding lecture had to cancel due to health reasons. The venue for that lecture accordingly was moved from Frick Fine Arts to 501 Cathedral of Learning.