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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Kathleen C. Stewart

Professor Ph.D., University of Michigan

Kathleen C. Stewart

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Biography

Katie Stewart writes and teaches on affect, the ordinary, the senses, and modes of ethnographic engagement based on curiosity and attachment. Her first book, A Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in an `Other' America (Princeton University Press, 1996) portrays a dense and textured layering of sense and form laid down in social use. Ordinary Affects (Duke University Press, 2007) maps the force, or affects, of encounters, desires, bodily states, dream worlds, and modes of attention and distraction in the composition and suffering of present moments lived as immanent events. Her current project, Worlding, tries to approach ways of collective living through or sensing out. An attunement that is also a worlding.

These works are experiments that write from the intensities in things, asking what potential modes of knowing, relating or attending to things are already being enacted and imagined in ordinary ways of living.

Additional affiliations: Women and Gender Studies


Awards/Honors:
2002 Fellow, University of Texas Humanities Institute
2001 National Endowment for the Humanities Resident Fellow, School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2000 Graduate Teaching Award, University of Texas
1997 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, Honorary Mention, Society for Humanistic Anthropology, for A Space on the Side of the Road.
1996 Chicago Folklore Prize, Honorary Mention, for A Space on the Side of the Road.

Recent Publications:
2007 Ordinary Affects. Duke University Press.


2006 Ordinary Resonance in Uncharted Territories: an experiment in finding missing cultural pieces. Edited by Orvar Lofgren.

2005 "Where the Past Meets the Future and Time Stands Still" in Histories of the Future, Susan Harding and Daniel Rosenberg, eds. Duke University Press.

2005 Cultural Poesis: The Generativity of Emergent Things. In Handbook of Qualitative Research, 3rd edition, eds. Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincoln. Sage.

2004 Signs. In Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Rudy Abramson and Judy Haskell, eds., University of Tennessee Press.

2004 Still Life. Reprinted in Women on the verge of Home, ed. Bilinda Straight. SUNY Press.

2003 The Perfectly Ordinary Life. In Public Sentiments: Memory, Trauma, History, Action. Scholar and Feminist On Line, guest editors Ann Cvetkovich and Ann Pelegrini, 2:1 Summer.

2003 with Susan Harding. Anxieties of Influence. In Transparency and Conspiracy: Ethnographies of Suspicion in the New World Order, Todd Saunders and Harry West, eds. Duke University Press.

2003 Arresting Images. In Aesthetic Subjects: Pleasures, Ideologies, and Ethics, Pamela Matthews and David McWhirter, eds. University of Minnesota Press.

2002 Scenes of Life. In Public Culture 14:2.

Interests

Affect, experimental ethnographic writing, non-representational theory, post-phenomenology, new materialisms, worldings, place; United States, New England.

ANT 324L • Ethnographic Writing

31487 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am SAC 4.118
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This course will introduce methods/techniques for srifact analysis.  Beyond the theoretical premises of artifact analysis and interpretation will be the hands-on experience of working with an artifact set.  Materials (lithics, ceramics, etc) will be brought into the classroom and students (either individually or as small groups) will undertake an analysis and interpretation of the data set.  The analysis will then be written up as part of an archaeological report that may be published.  Ideally, every student will experience post-excavation requirements of the professional archaeologist: analysis, write-up, and publication (and the range of research for each step).

ANT 394M • Anthropology Of Place

31715 • Fall 2014
Meets T 100pm-400pm SAC 5.124
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This is an advanced seminar on place. We’ll read a lot of theory. It will be a writing workshop in which students read their work each week and the discussion revolves around the writing. It’s helpful to have already done ethnographic fieldwork. Students should have a strong background in cultural theory. Readings will include

Deleuze, The Three Ecologies; Morton, Hyperobjects; Stewart, A Space on the Side of the Road; Feld and Basso, Senses of Place; Anderson and Harrison, Taking-Place: Non-representational theories and Geography; Auge, Non-Places and chapters from a number of ethnographies of place. 

ANT 394M • Worlding

31957 • Spring 2014
Meets TH 100pm-400pm SAC 5.124
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ANT 391 • Infrastructure Theory

31582 • Fall 2013
Meets T 900am-1200pm SAC 4.120
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ANT 391 • Writing Workshop

31490 • Spring 2013
Meets M 900am-1200pm SAC 5.118
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This course is designed to help students writing PhDs, MAs, or articles learn to develop concepts and research projects through writing. We’ll read some writings as models and some works about writing but not too much. The course will be structured as a workshop – we will read one another’s work and give comments. Each person will turn in a short piece of writing every other week. Readings include a packet of selections (including works by invited speakers) and

Mark Doty  The Art of Description

Kirin Narayan  Alive in the Writing

ANT 394M • Affect

31560 • Spring 2011
Meets W 130pm-430pm SAC 4.118
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This is a Deleuze-influenced reading and writing event. Deleuze re-worked social theory away from structures and determinations and linear developments toward an ontology of difference and flow. Away from binary oppositions or contradictions toward resonating levels of things like inside/outside, action/reaction, quiescence and arousal. Central to this move was his attention to affect as a vital point of emergence where the actual meets the potential. Affect is the thing that always exceeds or escapes its capture by anchored perspectives or categories including nameable "emotions." It's about the trajectory and unplanned productivity of complex interacting social forces. While it will be the underlying puzzlingof the seminar to try to imagine what this kind of attention does to anthropological theory and cultural studies, we will also spend time reading on affect through other traditions including Freud, feminist theory,phenomenology, globalization theory, and ethnography.

ANT 325L • Ethnographic Writing

30165 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GAR 0.128
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This is a writing workshop. We will read one another’s writings, proceeding through a series of exercises to add density and texture to ethnographic description by including attention to scene, character, event, situation, dialogue, etc. Why does writing matter in ethnography? How do forms of writing change cultural theory? What questions do forms of writing raise about subjects and objects, forms of attention, the possibility of thinking through description?

ANT 394M • New Ethnographic Writing

30390 • Fall 2010
Meets W 130pm-430pm EPS 1.130KA
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This is a writing workshop. We will read one another’s weekly writings in addition to other readings. Why does writing matter? What’s ethnography? How do forms of writing change cultural theory? What questions do forms of writing raise about subjects and objects?

ANT 324L • Ethnographic Writing

81590 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTH 100pm-300pm EPS 1.128
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This course will introduce methods/techniques for srifact analysis.  Beyond the theoretical premises of artifact analysis and interpretation will be the hands-on experience of working with an artifact set.  Materials (lithics, ceramics, etc) will be brought into the classroom and students (either individually or as small groups) will undertake an analysis and interpretation of the data set.  The analysis will then be written up as part of an archaeological report that may be published.  Ideally, every student will experience post-excavation requirements of the professional archaeologist: analysis, write-up, and publication (and the range of research for each step).

Publications

1999 - Bad Endings: American Apocalypsis (with Susan Harding) - https://utexas.box.com/s/tf010ibeflzyub2bzjxh 

2002 - Scenes Of Life/Kentucky Mountains - https://utexas.box.com/s/5l2jd9vz8pst8f9vq2g6 

2010 - Worlding Refrains - https://utexas.box.com/s/lqb05gsmxzloft6e7pfv

2011 - Atmospheric Attunements - https://utexas.box.com/s/jb4sflmqvi7o4ssi91aa

2012 - Precarity's Forms - https://utexas.box.com/s/u7t5f211h9ayj1ppvemz

2013 - Tactile Compositions - https://utexas.box.com/s/j9a4kgj00y43id6t65im

2014 - Road Registers - https://utexas.box.com/s/5ebsd25ubattelb1b4y6

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