April 19, 2000 Geneva, NY – Culture studies scholar Jodi Dean, an associate professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges who has been called one of the freshest and most innovative, provocative, and dynamic young scholars in the nation today, has been invited to present papers in Norway, Germany, and England this spring.
Dean will deliver the keynote address at the Millennium conference, “Feminism in 2000,” at the Centre for Women's and Gender Research, at the University of Bergen in Norway on April 27. She has also been invited to speak on May 8 at the University of Greifswald in Germany (formerly DDR). Her talk is the first for the lecture series, “Gender und Politik,” sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Greifswald. Dean will give a third invited paper in Middlesex, England at the conference, “Virtual Society? Get Real!” She will also give a paper at the conference on critical social theory in Prague, on May 12. These last two papers draw from Dean's work on publicity as the ideology of technoculture.
Dean has been with the Colleges since 1993. She received the B.A. from Princeton University and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dean has received the faculty prize for scholarship, has written three books, published several articles, and appeared at numerous scholarly conventions in the years she's been on the HWS faculty. Her first book, Solidarity of Strangers: Feminism After Identity Politics, draws insight on politics from popular discourse and from personal experience. Then she produced an edited collection, Feminism and the New Democracy. Her newest book, Aliens in America: Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace, explores the politics of the discourse about alien abduction.
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