“Scenes of Secrecy/Scales of Hope”November 5, 2008
The Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies presents a talk by Queens College, CUNY, Professor Patricia Clough.
Monday, November 10, 12-1pm
E. P. Schoch building – EPS 1.128
University of Texas at Austin
“Scenes of Secrecy/Scales of Hope” offers a psycho-geographic tracing of personal and cultural trauma set in a genealogy of family relations, immigration, racial and gender difference. Moving from 1950′s urban planning in a borough of New York City to present day national governance of counter-terrorism and security, Clough explores affects of fear, despair and hope in geographies of intimacy.
Patricia Ticineto Clough is professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York. She is author of Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology (2000); Feminist Thought: Desire, Power and Academic Discourse (1994) and The End(s) of Ethnography: From Realism to Social Criticism (1998). She is editor of The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social, (2007). Clough’s work has drawn on theoretical traditions concerned with technology, affect, the unconscious, timespace and political economy. She is currently working on Ecstatic Corona an ethnographic historical research and experimental writing project about Queens New York. Clough is joined by students at Queens College who are also doing work on where they live in Queens and the parts of the world they or their families come from.