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The Color of Cruelty in Miike Takashi’s “Audition”

Prof. Steven T. Brown, Comparative Literature and OHC Faculty Research Fellow delivered a Work-in-Progress Talk, “The Color of Cruelty in Miike Takashi’s Audition.








“Critical-Theoretical Perspectives on the New Era in American Politics”

Kenneth Calhoon participated in, and helped in the planning of, a symposium on “Critical-Theoretical Perspectives on the New Era in American Politics,” which was held on the Oregon campus February 24th. Calhoon presented on Donald Trump’s predilection for the decorative style of the ancien régime (“No Accounting for Taste”). The symposium was video-recorded and can be viewed here:

Proceedings from the symposium are forthcoming in a special issue of the e-journal Konturen:


Baran Germen wins prize for forthcoming article

Doctoral candidate Baran Germen has been chosen to receive the 2016 Bruce M. Abrams LGBTQ Essay Award for his article “Abjectly Melodramatic: The Monstrous Body and the Queer Politics of Are We OK?” (forthcoming in the June issue of Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture). The award recognizes Baran’s contribution to the advancement of LGBTQ studies. Baran’s research draws on current developments in “affect theory,” which has a particular relevance for the genre of melodrama given what this theory might characterize as a “mutualization of affect,” in which the