"Practicing Transnational Cultural Studies: Dialogues between Working
Groups at Yale University and New York University”
A three-day retreat bringing together working groups in transnational cultural studies
from Yale University and New York University in May 2008 at the Voluntown Peace
Trust in Voluntown, Connecticut.
"From the Plantation to the Prison: Incarceration and U.S. Culture”
A one-day conference at Yale in March 2008, organized with the Working Group on Marxism and
Cultural Theory and the Initiative on Race, Gender and Globalization, featuring:
Colin Dayan, Warren Professor of the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, and
the author of The Story of Cruel and Unusual.
Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity,
and of Geography, University of Southern California, and the author of Golden
Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California.
Dylan Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of
California-Riverside, and the author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical
Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime.
Conference Organizers: Sarah Haley, A. Naomi Paik, David Stein.
“The Biopolitics of Global Subjectivity”
A one-day conference at Yale University in March 2006, organized with the
Working Group on Globalization and Culture, with panels on:
“Moral Geographies and Religious Subjects”
Melani McAlister, Associate Professor of American Civilization at George
Washington University, and the author of Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and
U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945. She is currently working on a book
entitled Our God in the World: The Global Visions of American Evangelicals.
“What’s Mobile about the Global? Movement, Space, Subjectivity”
Sandhya Shukla, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University,
and the author of India Abroad: Diasporic Cultures of Postwar America and England.She is currently working on a book entitled Cross-Cultures of Twentieth-Century
“New Imperialisms and Popular Challenges”
Maria Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Associate Professor of English at Rutgers
University, and the author of The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and
the Age of Development. She is currently working on Colonial Melancholy and the
Racial Geography of the Postmodern Americas which compares the lasting effects of
British and Spanish racial projects in the Americas on postmodern and modern
“Immaterial Labor and Global Disciplines”
Andrew Ross, Professor of American Studies at New York University. His most
recent books include Low Pay, High Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor, No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs, and Fast Boat to China:
Corporate Flight and the Consequences of Free Trade: Lessons from Shanghai.