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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Harlan Chambers

B.A. (History) & B.F.A. (Theatre), University of Minnesota Honors College; B.A. (Chinese), Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales

Masters Student in Asian Cultures & Languages
Harlan Chambers

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Biography

In 2008, Harlan Chambers graduated from the University of Minnesota with a dual degree in History and Theatre. During his undergraduate studies, a Katherine E. Sullivan grant permitted him to spend a year studying experimental theatre practices in France, where he went on to co-found a theatre company in 2009. During the 5 years he spent living and working in France, he also earned a degree in Chinese language and literature at the National Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilizations (INALCO).

 

Research

My forthcoming dissertation project will seek to formulate a fresh approach to biopolitical theory by reading European theoretical texts alongside cultural productions from China and the greater sinosphere. How can these works contribute new ways of thinking about biopolitics as a modern form of governance? How do these cultural productions address or contest the dilemma of the modern biopolitical subject? By tackling such questions, I seek to stage a productive engagement between (European) critical theory and (Chinese/Sinophone) cultural production, rather than privileging the former as an interpretive model for the latter.

Interests

Modern literature and cinema from China and Taiwan, political philosophy, psychoanalytic and postructuralist theory, comparative literary studies, gender studies
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