Cultural Emplacement: Space, Place, Position, Location

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Venue:MMC, SIPA 502/3

The SAGGSA Colloquium Series presents...

Cultural Emplacement: Space, Place, Position, Location

Lecture by Dr. Wendy Griswold

January 17, 2014 | 3:00 PM | FIU Modesto A Maidique Campus | SIPA 502/3

The theory of cultural emplacement holds that people make meanings by locating (placing) cultural objects. Drawing on different cases from a variety of contexts – modernist art in Maine (placing objects), political spectacle in Nigeria (placing power), reading in Botswana (placing practices), regionalism in Depression-era America (placing local cultures) – Dr. Griswold will show how materiality and cognition work together through space, place, position, and location to guide cultural interpretation.Wendy Griswold, Professor of Sociology and Bergen Evans professor in the Humanities, affiliated with Comparative Literary Studies, English, and Communications, holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and has previously taught there and at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Giswold now holds a position at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton University. Her research and teaching interests include: cultural sociology; sociological approaches to literature, art and religion; regionalism, urban representations, and the culture of place; and comparative studies of reading practices. She is currently finishing a book on the Federal Writers' Project, preparing the fourth edition of Cultures and Societies in a Changing World, and beginning research on reading practices and media use in the Arab World. This event is free and open to all FIU students and the public.