materia is a DLCL Focal (formerly Working) Unit on anthropodecentric thinking. Since 2014, the group has served as a platform for graduate and faculty research. Our meetings combine reading discussion, student presentations, and guest speakers. Regular workshop meetings include participants from Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Comparative Literature, English, Modern Thought & Literature, German Studies, Anthropology, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Art History, and Music, among others. We collaborate with several other groups on campus and correspond with similar projects in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Cognate courses, as well as completed and ongoing dissertation projects, speak to the continuing impact of the group. There have been sixteen workshops and an international conference to date. The convening theme for our sixth year of activities will be “Life and Transmission.”
Our session formats alternate to include discussions of readings moderated by faculty and graduate students, presentations of works-in-progress, and talks by guest speakers. Before all of our meetings we ask that our members read pre-circulated texts; either as background for talks and discussion or as the main conversation topic, they provide continuity and build-up across our sessions.
materia is a platform where the research interests of faculty and graduate students grow and take shape. We strive to exert a significant impact on and beyond our academic community.