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British Chinese Research Workshop

Workshop Friday 20th September 2013, 11.00am – 6.00 pm
Hosted by: The Race, Representation and Cultural Politics Group
Location: Bute Building, Room 0.53
Contact: Xin Zhang

Workshop Programme (PDF)


The Ecstasy of Community and the Foreclosure of the Political Field by Dr Margret Grebowicz

Guest Lecture: Wednesday 17th March 2010, 4.00pm – 5.30 pm
Hosted by: The Race, Representation and Cultural Politics Group
Location: Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building, 0.14

Lecture Abstract [26KB]

Feminist critiques—and defences—of pornography have been around for decades. But how does the advent of porn as an internet phenomenon change the way we think of the relationships between speech, freedom, and sex? Engaging with Baudrillard and Butler, I argue that cyberporn has important consequences for political ontology in general, which should reorient critics of pornography to focus on questions of community, sexual/political intelligibility, and the conditions of the possibility of social change.

Dr Margret Grebowicz (Goucher College, Baltimore) is spending 2009-10 as a Researcher at The University of Dundee. She is interested in social and political philosophy through a continental lens, with particular emphasis on gender and the production of knowledge and culture.  She is editor of Sci-Fi in the Mind’s Eye: Reading Science through Science Fiction (2007) and Gender After Lyotard (2007). Her most recent projects concern internet pornography, radical democratic theory, and animal studies—sometimes even in conjunction.  She is currently working on two books: one on Donna Haraway's later work, and the other, a short book on internet pornography and American democracy.


One Dimensional Woman by Dr Nina Power

Guest Lecture: 25th February 2010, 4.30pm – 6.30 pm
Hosted by: The Race, Representation and Cultural Politics Group
Location: Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building, 0.14

Lecture Abstract [27KB]


Postcolonial Ethnicity, Visuality & Cultural Politics

Throughout 2009, the Race, Representation & Cultural Politics Research Group in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies hosted a series of events, under the title of Postcolonial Ethnicity, Visuality & Cultural Politics.

These events aimed to bring diverse disciplinary approaches to the overlapping and interlocking problematics of postcoloniality, ethnicity, visuality, and related issues of cultural politics, such as those associated with migration, globality, class, gender and sexuality.

The year ended with an interdisciplinary conference on ‘Cultural Translation’, organised jointly by Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) and the School of European Studies (EUROS) held in Bute Building on 10th-11th December.

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Conference Media

View images of the conference at our Flickr site.

Mieke Bal's keynote lecture with video 42MB

[Click to Listen] or to download right click & "save target as" Duration 60 mins

Mieke Bal's keynote lecture without video 30MB

[Click to Listen] or to download right click & "save target as" Duration 43 mins

The lecture uses an 18 minute video at 17 minutes 15 seconds into the podcast. Select a podcast that includes the video or the shorter version which does not.

Mieke Bal's keynote, Question and Answer session 10.5MB

[Click to Listen] or to download right click & "save target as" Duration 15 mins

Please note some voices in the Question and Answer session are quiet.

About the Conference

The conference featured an international keynote speaker, Professor Mieke Bal from The University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).

The first day of the conference took the form of a Reading Group, in which two academic texts and filmic texts were engaged in a seminar environment. This was attended by Mieke Bal, postgraduates and staff from JOMEC, EUROS and other schools.

The second day followed with a standard conference format, and featured delegate presentations from all over the world.

The call for papers elicited a significant response, and the cross-disciplinary mix of papers selected for inclusion in the conference programme revealed that cultural translation is a fertile topic which can be approached in a variety of ways.

Papers presented include topics such as the politics and ethics of translation, dissymmetries of power in cultural encounters, cultural hybridity, issues in ethnicity, religion and cultural policy and postcolonial popular culture as a dynamic ‘contact zone’ between cultures.