This workshop accompanies Lauren Berlant's lecture "On the Desire for the Political."
Lauren Berlant is George M. Pullman Professor of English and Women's Studies, University of Chicago. Professor Berlant’s research focuses on the legal and normative production of personhood in the U.S. nineteenth and twentieth centuries—now the twenty-first: in particular, citizenship, formal and informal. By formal she designates state, juridical, and institutional practices of zoning and more abstract boundary drawing—between public and private, or white and non-white, or citizen and foreigner. She has recently finished a trilogy of books on national sentimentality now—the first and third in the series The Anatomy of National Fantasy (1991), The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (1997), and The Female Complaint: the Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (2008). Her edited volumes include Intimacy (Chicago, 2000) and (with Lisa Duggan) Our Monica, Ourselves: Clinton and the Affairs of State (2001), and Compassion: the Culture and Politics of Emotion (2004).