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(November 8-9, 2010)
(Oct 19, 2010)
Graduate Student Conference March 2010
Battle Road Trail
Experimental Rose Museum Cell Phone Tour
Foreign Language Tour Event at the Rose
Learning through the Rose Art Museum
Anthropology Must Reads?
Guggenheim project trip to NYC
GBAC: Anthropology & Social Media
Photographs of the Disappeared
"I Sent my Message" exhibition
Should robots wear clothes?
(Slave Trade Memorial)
Classes during "Quarantine"
Rose Art Museum Collections
Nantucket African-American History Project
Chinese Cultural Studies
Obbini Tumbao Residency
Red Thread: Kumi Korf
William Gibson & Cultural Critique
Estate Sales as Cultural Practice
Art Law Forum
Waterfall Projection: My Hands Were Busy
Exhibition: History of the Rose Art Museum
Slavery and Universities
Practicing Place at Brandeis
Arresting Moments: Wonder and the Pedagogy of the Imagination
Saturn Dreaming of Mercury
Wearing our Culture project
(Waltham Family School)
Rose Museum Symposium
Rose Art Museum Crisis
Clothing and Children's Literature
New Media Space
Rose Museum Sit-in, 1/29/09
(Broadcast on YouTube)
Art and Human Rights
(Conversations on YouTube!!)
Art, Representation and Evolution
(Broadcast on YouTube)
Rose Museum Town Meeting
Graduate Student Conference March 2009
Sudanese Refugee Art Exhibition
Webisodes: Unpacking Ads
Jonglei State Cultural Production Center
Virtual Tel Aviv
South Sudan Women Project
Campaign 2008 Ads
"Making Culture" eSpaces
What is culture?
Japan: Gender Images
Prospect Hill Terrace
Rory Stewart's "The Places in Between"
Shubha Mudgal Residency
(Oct. 15-18, 2008)
"Beyond Witnessing" Series
Malek Village Reconstruction Project
Manitonquat visit (
April 9, 2008)
Mariyo Yagi Lecture
(March 26, 2008)
(Feb 14. 2008)
Pedagogy of the Imagination
Transitional Phenomena Working Group
Global Theory Group
Trauma: Theory and Experience course
Brandeis Website Discussion
Visualizing Science symposium
Mirrors of Science
Sexualities in Asia
Gender, Justice and Storytelling Workshop
Waltham Community Archives
Japan Studies Group
Japan Studies colloquium series
Intercultural Residency Series
MusicUnitesUs Lesson Plan Forum
African-American Bike Network
Community History Projects
Readings of Interest
Museums and Exhibitions
Surveillance and Privacy
Architecture and Memorial comments
HIV/AIDS and Cultural Form
Music and Concert Comments
Theater and Drama Comments
Culture, Digital Technology and the Internet
Cultural Production courses
Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies
Education and Cultural Production
Official Cultural Production website
what is culture
What is Culture?
We launch the e-journal
with a series of questions, arrayed around the core problem of “culture” itself. Inspired by Raymond Williams’ famous historical explorations of the term we ask what culture has come to mean in the present moment and what new configurations of the culture concept might be emerging around us.
Please post your thoughts on "what is culture" in the Discussion forum above.
And consider the related questions posed by contributors:
What is the status of the text and processes of entextualization under conditions of digital encoding and internet-based circulations of "content"?
Is “art” the privileged or supreme manifestation of culture? Does great art exemplify, or transcend, or even negate, the cultural field in which it emerges?
Under what conditions can innovative cultural practitioners unmake or unfix the taken-for-granted schemata of the overall culture in which they came of age and within which they operate?
What are the conditions, and likely fates, of “national cultures” and "local cultures" under conditions of globalization? For Benedict Anderson, the imagined community of the nationalist state generally rests on the sanctification of mass warfare waged on the state’s behalf by its citizenry. Are there alternate modes of imagining national culture outside of the logic of militarism and collective sacrifice in war?
In turn, are avowedly local articulations of culture now intimately governed by a global logic of "culturalism" that renders all forms of cultural difference ultimately equivalent?
How can the potential positive effects of community engagement with cultural productions be marshaled toward coexistence and reconciliation without instrumentalizing artistic creations in ways that diminish their aesthetic integrity?
In regions of conflict, how do cultural productions mediate tensions between memory and imagination, retribution and restoration, cultural integrity and interdependence?
Is contemporary “culture” necessarily mired in the capitalist marketplace? Richard Handler proposes that modern ideas of “culture” are largely a function of the 17th century ideology of possessive individualism, and that to “have a culture” in the sense that modern persons recognize the concept is bound up with the forms of having and holding generated by commmodity-based consumer capitalism.
Is culture necessarily linked to the commodity fetish?
What ways, if any, are available to us for revising specific cultural practices or restoring worlds we have lost or re-creating forms that are threatened or that have become endangered as the result of economic, political and cultural forces in the world around us?
What modes of critique of contemporary culture are especially apt and effective?
Please post responses to these questions, or formulate new questions, in the Discussion section above.
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