Avery Gordon | Haunted Futures: The Utopian Margins

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Hart Hall 3201

UC Davis Cultural Studies Colloquium

Avery Gordon

Haunted Futures: The Utopian Margins

The philosopher Ernst Bloch declared that “all given existence and being itself has utopian margins which surround actuality with real and objective possibility.” This talk takes up the idea of the utopian margins, along with its distinctive temporality, and explores some of what haunts the utopian archive as we know it. Focusing on items held by the Hawthorn Archive, the talk in-vites consideration of the utopian margins where running away, marronage, vagrancy, re-bellion, soldier desertion and other often illegible forms of escape, resistance and alternative ways of life predominate.

Avery F. Gordon is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck School of Law University of London. She is the author of The Hawthorn Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins (Fordham University Press 2017), The Workhouse: The Breitenau Room (with Ines Schaber) (Konig 2015), Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (University of Minnesota Press, 2nd ed. 2008), and Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People (Paradigm, 2004), among other books and articles. Her work focuses on radical thought and practice and she writes about captivity, enslavement, war and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them. She serves on the Editorial Committee of the journal Race & Class and is the co-host of No Alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB FM Santa Barbara. In addition to routinely working with artists, she was, for many years, the Keeper of the Hawthorn Archives.

Friday, October 12 | 12 pm
Hart Hall 3201

Graduate Student Workshop
Dr. Gordon will share some of her writing and lead group writing exercises. Come prepared to describe your research, and bring questions & concerns to discuss.
Friday, October 12 | 4-5:30 pm
Hart Hall 3201

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