We are pleased to announce the 37th session of the CLACS Faculty Working Group on Racisms in Comparative Perspective. Robert P. Stam (NYU) and Ella Shohat (NYU) will join us to discuss the various topics covered in their work starting with Unthinking Eurocentrism (1994) and including Race in Translation: Culture Wars in the Postcolonial Atlantic (2013).
Robert Stam is University Professor at New York University. He has taught in France, Tunisia, and Germany, and in Brazil he has taught at University of Sao Paulo. UFRJ and UFF in Rio de Janeiro, UFBA in Salvador, and UFMG in Belo Horizonte. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Greek, Farsi, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Estonian, and Serbo-Croatian. He is the author or co-author of more than 16 books, including Brazilian Cinema (with Randal Johnson); Subversive Pleasures: Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism, and Film (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989); Tropical Multiculturalism: A Comparative History of Race in Brazilian Cinema and Culture (Duke University Press, 1997); Francois Truffaut and Friends: Modernism, Sexuality, and the Art of Adaptation (Rutgers, 2006); Literature through Film: Realism, Magic and the Art of Adaptation (Blackwell, 2005); Film Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell, 2000); Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics (Blackwell, 2015). With Ella Shohat, he has co-authored Unthinking Eurocentrism (Routledge, 1994, 20th Anniversary New Edition in 2014; Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality and Transnational Media (Rutgers University Press, 2002); Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism (Routledge, 2007), and Race in Translation: Culture Wars in the Postcolonial Atlantic (NYU, 2013)
Ella Shohat is a Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University. Her books include: On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings (Pluto Pres, 2017—awarded the Middle East Monitor Palestine Book Award in the Memoir Category); Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices (Duke Univ. Press, 2006); Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (Univ. of Texas Press, 1989; 20th Anniversary Edition with a New Postscript Chapter, I.B. Tauris, 2010); Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age (MIT & The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1998); Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (co-edited, The Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1997); Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora (co-edited, The Univ. of Michigan Press, 2013--Honorable Mention in the Non-Fiction category for the 2014 Arab American Book Award, The Arab American Museum); And with Robert Stam of Unthinking Eurocentrism (Routledge, 1994-- Katherine Kovacs Singer Best Book Award for 1994; 20th Anniversary 2nd Edition with a new Postscript Chapter, 2014); Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism (Routledge, 2007); Race in Translation: Culture Wars around the Postcolonial Atlantic (New York Univ. Press, 2012); and Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality and Transnational Media (coedited, Rutgers Univ. Press, 2003). Her writings have been translated into various languages, including: Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, and German. Shohat has also served on the editorial board of several journals, such as Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies; Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; and Social Text, coediting several special issues including: “911-A Public Emergency?” (2002); “Palestine in a Transnational Context” (2003); and “Edward Said: A Memorial Issue” (2006). She is a recipient of such fellowships as Rockefeller; the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, where she also taught at The School of Criticism and Theory; the NYU Humanities Initiative fellowship (with Sinan Antoon) for “Narrating Iraq: Between Nation and Diaspora;” and Fulbright research / lectureship at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, for studying the cultural intersections between the Middle East and Latin America. Recently, Shohat has been examining “The Question of the Arab-Jew” in conjunction with “The Question of Judeo-Arabic.”