Author Archives: Steve Anderson

Brown Bag Talk – The Digital Imaginary

Join us for the first “Brown Bag Dissertation Talk” of the 2014-2015 academic year!

Tuesday, October 14th in the History Department Library, 12-1pm

Beginning in the fall quarter, we will come together once a month to eat lunch and listen to our PhD candidates discuss their dissertation projects. These events will give us a chance to come together and learn more about each other’s work, as well as provide valuable presentation experience for graduate students.

This first talk of the series is by Steve Anderson, a PhD candidate working on his dissertation titled, “The Digital Imaginary: Mainframe Computers from the Corporate Basement to the Silver Screen, 1946-1968.”

Steve’s contact info
twitter: @sgahistory


CFP: Objects of Devotion…

Objects of Devotion/Objectos de Devoción:
Latin American Material Religious Cultures
December 12-14, 2014

This multidisciplinary conference engages historic and contemporary Latin American and Latino visual, material, and ritual cultural practice, coinciding with an exhibit of the work of Mexican-British artist, Alinka Echeverria, at the California Museum of Photography (November 1, 2014–January 24, 2015). Echeverria’s photographs explore the relationship of visual, religious, and material culture in Mexico, considering in particular the power of the Guadalupe icon.

Papers may address any dimension of religious materiality in the Latin American/Latino context. Among other approaches, we are interested in papers that contextualize religious and material cultural practices within a political frame in relation to transnational migration, performance theory, visual studies, and borderlands theory.

Plenary sessions will include conversations with the artist and major national/international scholars. At least one session will be held in Spanish for the larger public.

Please send a title, abstract (200-300 words) of your proposed topic, and a bio of 150-200 suitable for advertising purposes. Paper presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in duration. Paper proposals should be sent to by October 15th, 2014 with the phrase “Objects of Devotion Abstract” in the subject heading.

Other inquiries can be directed to:
Jennifer R. Nájera, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies –
Jennifer Scheper Hughes, Associate Professor, Department of History –

Sponsored by University of California, Humanities Research Institute, the Institute for the Study of Immigration and Religion (UCR), the California Museum of Photography, the Culver Center for the Arts, and the Center for Ideas and Society (UCR).


Boasberg Fellowship Application – due 3/31

The Boasberg Fellowship (note the March 31st deadline):

In 2012, The Cultural Landscape Foundation established the Sally Boasberg Founder’s Fellowship to honor TCLF founding Co-Chairman Sally Boasberg’s commitment to TCLF and to memorialize her dedication to landscape education and stewardship. Her wisdom and passion shaped the foundation from its inception, and the Founder’s Fellowship supports an internship program for students and aspiring professionals to perpetuate her vision and ideals.

The Fellowship runs for 8-12 weeks during the summer, with flexible start and end dates, working in TCLF’s Washington, DC office. Applications for the program are accepted from January to March 31st each year, with phone interviews and decisions made in April. The position is paid and includes housing in the Boasberg home in Northwest Washington, DC. Application: Apply now.

Warehouse Work: Road to the Middle Class or to Economic Insecurity?

Randall Lewis Seminar Series

Warehouse Work: Road to the Middle Class or to Economic Insecurity?

February 27, 2014

4:30 – 6:30pm

Admission is Free

Art Pick Council Chamber
Riverside City Hall
3900 Main Street
(At Tenth & Main Streets)
Riverside, CA

UCR Today news article on the event: “Warehouse Jobs: Path to the Middle Class?”

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