Upcoming Events

  • On the UC Student Workers’ Strike

    • 15 November 2022 -
  • The Program in Critical Theory is an intellectual and scholarly collaboration between faculty and graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley. It supports efforts to secure the conditions under which that collaboration can continue to thrive.  Out of respect for, and in solidarity with, our graduate colleagues, the Program has postponed scheduled public events […]

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  • Postponed | Red Square Impossible Pink: Neoliberalism and Perception in the Art of Melanie Smith

    • 15 November 2022 -
  • Please note that the scheduled November 15 event with Robin Greeley, “Red Square Impossible Pink: Neoliberalism and Perception in the Art of Melanie Smith,” has been postponed until the spring 2023 semester.

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  • Anticolonialism as Theory Symposium (Day Two)

    • 01 October, 2022, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    • UC Berkeley
  • This two-day symposium, hosted by the Association of Postcolonial Thought and the University of California-Berkeley, looks to bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary body of scholars and instigators to revive anticolonialism as theory.

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  • Anticolonialism as Theory Symposium (Day One)

    • 30 September, 2022, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • UC Berkeley
  • This two-day symposium, hosted by the Association of Postcolonial Thought and the University of California-Berkeley, looks to bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary body of scholars and instigators to revive anticolonialism as theory.

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  • Rithy Panh In Person: “Irradiated”

    Rithy Panh, Documentary Film Director and Screenwriter, Cambodia/France; Boreth Ly, Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Art History and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz

    • 25 September, 2022, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), 2155 Center Street, Berkeley
  • This fall BAMPFA is honored to have Rithy Panh present two of his recent films in person. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal regime, Panh has devoted his career to telling the stories of the perpetrators and some two million victims who died in extermination prisons and labor camps in Cambodia between 1975 and […]

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  • Rithy Panh In Person: “The Missing Picture”

    Rithy Panh, Documentary Film Director and Screenwriter, Cambodia/France; Khatharya Um, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

    • 24 September, 2022, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), 2155 Center Street, Berkeley
  • This fall BAMPFA is honored to have Rithy Panh present two of his recent films in person. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal regime, Panh has devoted his career to telling the stories of the perpetrators and some two million victims who died in extermination prisons and labor camps in Cambodia between 1975 and […]

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  • On becoming a commodity, or the making of “modern history” in maritime Southeast Asia

    Anna Tsing, Professor of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

    • 22 September, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
  • In the Spice Islands, today’s Maluku (Indonesia), European trade stimulated a great boom in slave raiding. Many enslaved people were passed from Maluku elites to Europeans and shipped westward to work in plantations and mines as well as in personal service. Yet the meaning and practice of enslavement was contested in Maluku. This talk considers the emergence of the commodification of human beings within the interaction of Europeans, Maluku elites, and the “Papuan raiders” who procured most of the enslaved—as well as suffering enslavement themselves.

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