SCA Culture @ Large 2009 presents: Professor Michael Warner (English, Yale U) "Sex and Secularity," Saturday, December 5th, 10:15-12:00, Liberty Ballroom A
SCA Chair: Mary Murrell (UC Berkeley)
Discussants: James Faubion (Rice U), Webb Keane (U Michigan), Saba Mahmood (UC Berkeley), Lucinda Ramberg (U Kentucky), and Michael Silverstein (U Chicago).
Warner's work ranges from scholarship in early American literature and print culture, to more theoretical writing about publics and social movements. A common thread across his work is the way different social worlds are built up out of different circulating media and ways of reading or hearing. At present he is completing a study of secularism—a reflection on the dilemmas of secularism in the present but framed by a study of secular culture in America in the period before it was called secularism (from the early eighteenth century to the Civil War).
Warner is the Seymour H. Knox Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. He is author of Publics and Counterpublics (2002), The Trouble with Normal (1999), Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory (1993), and The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America (1990).