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CHASS Lightning Rod event and The Fifth Annual Research Symposium of the Ph.D. Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

Rethinking Globalization and the Question of Scale: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Social Sciences

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  2. The symposium will be organized around a series of plenary speakers from a variety of disciplines. In addition to these featured presentations, roundtable participants will give 5-7-minute presentations on issues related to globalization and scale, followed by ample discussion.

    Paul Adams

    University of Texas at Austin

    Paul C. Adams is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment and Director of the Urban Studies Program at UT-Austin. He is the author of The Boundless Self: Communication in Physical and Virtual Spaces (Syracuse, 2005), Atlantic Reverberations: French Representations of an American Presidential Election (Ashgate, 2007), and Geographies of Media and Communication: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) as well as numerous articles. 


    Neel Ahuja

    UNC-Chapel Hill

    Neel Ahuja is Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Neel's research focuses on the government of environment and embodiment in varied geographic and historical contexts of United States empire. His forthcoming book is entitled Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species. Neel's essays appear in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, PMLA, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, among others.


    Rey Chow

    Duke University

    Rey Chow is the Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke University. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Writing Diaspora: Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies (Indiana, 1993), Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema (Columbia, 1995), and most recently, Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture (Duke, 2012). Her current work concerns the legacies of poststructuralist theory, the politics of language as a postcolonial phenomenon, and shifting paradigms for knowledge in an age of visual technologies and digital media. 


    Hsuan L. Hsu

    UC Davis

    Hsuan L. Hsu is an associate professor of English at UC Davis. His publications include Geography and the Production of Space in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Cambridge, 2010), Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain's Asia and Comparative Racialization (NYU, forthcoming), a co-edited special issue of Discourse on Race, Environment, and Representation, and several articles about cultural engagements with environmental inequality.


  3. Alan Latham

    University College London

    Alan Latham is a cultural and urban geographer whose research focuses on sociality, mobility, and public-ness. After gaining bachelor and master's degrees from his native New Zealand, he moved to the UK to take up a Commonwealth Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol where he obtained his Ph.D. He has spent time working at the TU Berlin, and the Universities of Auckland and Southampton. He has published extensively in edited collections and academic journals such as Urban Studies, Mobilities, The Cultural Geography Reader, and The Sage Companion to the City, and is the co-author of Key Concepts in Urban Geography.  His work has explored a range of sites in cities as diverse as Auckland, London, New York, Eugene, Berlin, and Champaign-Urbana. He is currently writing a contemporary history of sedentarism and practices of aerobic fitness. He teaches at University College London.


    Saskia Sassen

    Columbia University

    Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. She is the author of several books. She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, Top 100 Thought Leaders by GDI-MIT, and receiving the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences. Her forthcoming book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard, 2014). 


    Sarah Sharma

    UNC-Chapel Hill

    Sarah Sharma is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics (Duke, 2014). Her work has also appeared in Cultural Studies; Social Identities: Journal for the study of Race, Nation, and Culture; Communication Inquiry; and M/C Journal of Media and Culture. She is at the beginning stages of a new project on “medium intervention” and the cultural politics of misfortune within algorithmic culture.


    Kathleen Wilson

    SUNY Stonybrook

    Kathleen Wilson is Professor of History and Cultural Analysis and Theory at the State University of New York at Stony Brook; Acting Director and Director-designate of the Humanities Institute; and President-elect of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. She publishes on the themes of British culture and empire, including The Sense of the People: Politics, Culture and Imperialism in England, 1715-1785 (Cambridge, 1995), The Island Race: Englishness, Empire and Gender in the Eighteenth Century (Routledge, 2003); and (as editor) A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity, and Modernity in Britain and the Empire 1660-1840 (Cambridge, 2004). She is currently finishing a book entitled Strolling Players of Empire: Theatre, Culture, and Modernity in the English Provinces (Cambridge) that explores the politics of theatrical and social performance and colonial rule in sites that range across the Atlantic and Pacific worlds.