Cultural Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Cultural Studies Colloquium

Always free and open to the public - CSC is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of new research on the important issues of our time.

CSC is presented by the Cultural Studies Program of George Mason University, bringing scholars of diverse methodological, theoretical, and topical expertise to share new and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. 

We are grateful to our co-sponsors for the generous support that has made this programming possible: University Life, Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative, Global Interdisciplinary Programs, Schar School of Policy and Government, History and Art History, English, Communications, Philosophy, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

For questions or more information, please contact colloquium coordinator Alison Landsberg,, or contact the Cultural Studies office at 703-993-2851. 

Talks start at 4:30 but feel free to show up early to mingle with faculty and students and enjoy light refreshments and coffee


September 28:  Zizi Papacharissi  – "Affective Publics: News Storytelling, Sentiment and Twitter” (Professor and Chair, Communication and Political Science, U of Illinois-Chicago)

October 5Peter Mandaville —  "Designating Muslims: Islam in American Governmentally” (Professor, SCHAR, GMU) 

October 12: Chris Edelson — “Trump and the Challenges to Constitutional Democracy” (Assistant Professor, Department of Government, American University; Director, Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program (PPL) and Fellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies)

October 26: Workshop—Article Writing and Publishing: Alexander Monea (Cultural Studies and English, GMU) and Matt Karush (History/Art History, GMU, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social History)

November 2Matthew Fry Jacobson, “The Historian’s Eye:  Meditations on Photography, History, and the American Present” (William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies & History, Yale University)

November 16: Liza Featherstone, “A Desperation to Be Heard: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation” (NYU and Columbia's School of International Public Affairs)

November 30: Dissertation proposal presentations

December 7 Dissertation proposals presentations



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