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Anand Patwardhan: A Retrospective

Center for Global Culture and Communication
(An initiative of Northwestern University’s School of Communication)

In collaboration with:
Race, Caste, and Colorism Project,
(Sponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs)
Block Cinema,
MFA in Documentary Media Program,
The Hoffman Visiting Artist Program.


Anand Patwardhan:
A Retrospective

Film screenings and conversations with Anand Patwardhan,
India’s preeminent documentary filmmaker.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Bombay: Our City (1985)
1 pm, John J. Louis Hall, Room 119,
10 Arts Circle Drive.

Jai Bhim Comrade (2012)
6 pm, Block Museum of Art,
40 Arts Circle Drive.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Reason (2018)
12:30 pm, Block Museum of Art,
40 Arts Circle Drive.

 Monday, October 31, 2022

A Narmada Diary (1995)
5:30 pm, McCormick Foundation Center, Room 3-127,
1870 Campus Drive.



Climate Crisis + Media Arts Project,
(Sponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs)
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures,
The Subcontinent Project,
Rhetoric, Media, and Publics.
(An inter-school PhD program)

Feminist Performance Protests in Latin America

The Center of Global Culture and Communication
(An interdisciplinary initiative of Northwestern University’s School of Communication)

Presents an installment of the
Rhetoric and Politics of Protest and Social Mobilization (RPPSM)
Workshop Series:

‘Feminist Performance Protests in Latin America‘   

Marcela Fuentes
(Performance Studies, Northwestern University)

María Inés La Greca
(Visiting Scholar from National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina)

Thursday, October 6, 2022
3 – 5 PM
Kresge 1515

Questioning The Present: History 4° Celsius

The Center of Global Culture and Communication (An interdisciplinary initiative of Northwestern University’s School of Communication) & the Center for Transcultural Studies

Jointly present

Questioning the Present: An Online Public Forum on

History 4° Celsius: Search for Method in the Age of Anthropocene‘  

(Duke University Press, 2020)

Ian Baucom

(English, Provost, University of Virginia)


In History 4° Celsius Ian Baucom continues his inquiries into the place of the Black Atlantic in the making of the modern and postmodern world. Putting black studies into conversation with climate change, Baucom outlines how the ongoing concerns of critical race, diaspora, and postcolonial studies are crucial to understanding the Anthropocene. He draws on materialist and postmaterialist thought, Sartre, and the science of climate change to trace the ways in which evolving political, cultural, and natural history converge to shape a globally destructive force. Identifying the quest for limitless financial gain as the primary driving force behind both the slave trade and the continuing increase in global greenhouse gas emissions, Baucom demonstrates that climate change and the conditions of the Black Atlantic, colonialism, and the postcolony are fundamentally entwined.



Prathama Banerjee (History, Center for the Study of Developing Societies <CSDS>, New Delhi)

Claire Colebrook (English, The Pennsylvania State University)

Debjani Ganguly (English, University of Virginia)


ON ZOOM, October 7, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm C.T.



APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED// 2022 Summer Institute in Rhetoric and Public Culture

2022 Summer Institute in Rhetoric and Public Culture
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208
In Person July 18–22, 2022

The deadline for applications is Monday, June 20, 2022

Media Aesthetics IV:
The annual Rhetoric and Public Culture Summer Institute at Northwestern University is scheduled to be held on July 18-22, 2022 (with arrival July 17 and departure July 23).
Institute conveners are Dilip Gaonkar (Rhetoric and Public Culture, Northwestern University) and James J. Hodge (English, Northwestern University).

This year’s theme is Media Aesthetics.
What does it mean to study and to theorize media today? What does it mean to study aesthetic texts and experience in a global media ecology no longer dominated by the long-standing paradigmatic forms of the disciplines of art history, literary studies, and cinema studies (painting, the novel, film) but rather by a panoply of multimedia forms (video games, digital art, social media, sound media)? What are the key sites of inquiry and the best theoretical resources for thinking through the saturation of contemporary life, politics and culture by media technologies? The challenges facing critical investigations into these questions are legion and daunting: from climate change and intense social inequities to divisive politics and more. Keeping these larger contexts and issues in mind, the summer institute will host a week of lecture and discussion on the topic of “media aesthetics.” In choosing “media aesthetics,” we affirm that big questions may be addressed at the levels of individual and collective experience and, moreover, as questions of mediation specific to a vast and uneven field of aesthetic forms circulating in global networks. Further, this seminar affirms the role of artworks and aesthetic experience more broadly as key sites of encounter. For the past several decades if not since at least the 1960s aesthetic production in its institutional manifestations has become more varied, less medium specific, and perhaps more fruitfully approached in a comparative manner. One key development here concerns the increasing and uneven ways in which the boundaries between more institutionally-sanctioned forms of aesthetic production and more ordinary vernaculars of experience have come to be understood as permeable and newly articulated and entangled. Taking aesthetics in its Greek sense of aisthesis (perception or feeling), we affirm the significance of methodologies and approaches such as affect theory, queer theory, phenomenology, Black studies, and psychoanalysis over and above approaches valorizing technology as such. Taking note of many local interventions in theoretical approaches to media studies, however, the summer institute asks what affinities and commonalities these often-disconnected discourses share.

Institute Format and Application Process
The institute will consist of five days of presentations and discussions led by visiting scholars and Northwestern faculty. This year’s visiting scholars include: Ramon Amaro (University College London), Bishnupriya Ghosh (University of California, Santa Barbara), Jean Ma (Stanford University), Bhaskar Sarkar (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Aarthi Vadde (Duke University).

The institute is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication (CGCC), an interdisciplinary initiative of Northwestern University’s School of Communication. The CGCC will subsidize transportation (up to $250), lodging (double-occupancy), and some meals (breakfast and lunch every day and two group dinners) for admitted students. Applicants should send a brief letter of nomination from their academic advisor, along with a one-page statement explaining their interest in participating in this year’s institute, to the summer institute coordinator Eva Rubens Celem ( We will adopt a policy of rolling admissions. Priority will therefore be granted to strong applications that are submitted in a timely fashion, preferably by June 20, 2022. All inquiries should be directed to Eva Rubens Célem.

Performance Studies Summer Institute 2022 // Call for Applications

The Center for Global Culture and Communication and the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University invite applications from graduate students (MA, MFA, and/or PhD-track) and recent graduates for a 5-day institute exploring performance as creative research. This institute will engage the principles of SoulWork* to explore the sociocultural power of “Ritual, Repetition, and Rehearsal” as ongoing (vs. product-driven) studio practices alongside a range theories and methodologies for creating performance and cultivating community. The Institute will engage the question: How can ritual, repetition and rehearsal deepen the connection between creative impulse and social-consciousness for performing artists** and performance practitioners*** interested in inclusion, equity and justice? Each day participants will work with distinguished artist-scholars and culture workers in a practice-based workshop format.

Apply (

and/or to email ( with questions.

CONVENER: Cristal Chanelle Truscott, PhD || Northwestern University

Notification of Acceptance >> Monday, June 13, 2022

Conference on Rhetoric and Politics of Protest and Direct Action, May 19-20, 2022

“Rhetoric and Politics of Protest and Direct Action” 

Thursday, May 19, 12-5 p.m. CT

TGS Commons, 2122 Sheridan Rd. IL, 60201

Friday, May 20, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Room 3-119 McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL 60208


Banu Bargu (History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz)

Corey Barnes (Philosophy, University of San Diego)

Çiğdem Çıdam (Political Science, Union College)

Candice Delmas (Philosophy, Northeastern University)

Juliet Hooker (Political Science, Brown University)

Cristina Lafont (Philosophy, Northwestern University)

William Mazzarella (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

Jessica Winegar (Anthropology, Northwestern University)

Convened by Professors Dilip Gaonkar & José Maria Medina

A talk by Veena Das, ‘Slum Acts’

The Center of Global Culture and Communication (An interdisciplinary initiative of Northwestern University’s School of Communication)

& the Center for Transcultural Studies

Jointly present

‘Slum Acts’

(Polity Press, 2022)

Veena Das

(Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University)


Piergiorgio Donatelli (Philosophy, Sapienza Università di Roma)

Sameena Mulla (Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Emory University)

Brighupati Singh (Psychiatry, Brown University; Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University)

ON ZOOM, April 22, 2022. 10 a.m. CT


Please download the readings from the link below

(Introduction pg 1-4, 29-33; Conclusion pg 131- 146)