The Humanities Institute is hosting a one-day symposium on Friday, May 1, to honor one of the nation’s leading scholars of film and cultural studies E. Ann Kaplan, Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University. “Transmissions: A Celebration of the Work and Influence of E. Ann Kaplan” will bring together colleagues and scholars from Stony Brook and beyond in order to celebrate Kaplan, who founded and has led the Humanities Institute for more than 25 years.
The symposium will be held in Humanities 1008 from 10 am to 6 pm. Coffee and lunch will be served; all are welcome to attend.
An extraordinary scholar and teacher, Kaplan came to Stony Brook in 1987 and founded the Humanities Institute. Her contributions to the intellectual life at Stony Brook, which by itself is substantial, is only a small portion of all that she has contributed to the discipline for five decades.
Kaplan has written many books and articles on topics in cultural studies, media, and women’s studies, from diverse theoretical perspectives including psychoanalysis, feminism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. She has given lectures all over the world, and her work has been translated into six languages.
Her many books include Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature; Looking for the Other: Feminism, Film, and the Imperial Gaze; Playing Dolly: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies, and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction (co-edited with Susan Squier); and Feminism and Film. Her volume, Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (co-edited with Ban Wang), was published by Hong Kong University Press in 2004.