Catherine Liu

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Undergraduate Director, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities

Professor, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities

Ph.D., Graduate Center, CUNY, 1994, French

Fax: (949) 824-2464

University of California, Irvine
2000 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2435
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Political Economy of Populism, New Taiwanese Cinema, Intellectual History of Cultural Studies, Academic Conflict, Psychoanalysis, Populism, Critical Theory, Frankfurt School
Academic Distinctions
Rogue Award from Slought Foundation
Mellon-Pew Post-doctoral Fellowship, California Insitute of the Arts, 1993-1994
Research Abstract
Catherine Liu is the author of The American Idyll: Academic Anti-Elitism as Cultural Critique was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2011. It was among other things, a critique of the American meritocracy and the administered life. It is also a revisiting of Richard Hofstadter's critique of American anti-intellectualism. She is interested in the application of efficiency metrics to higher education and sport as a function of surveillance and sociability.

She works on Critical Theory of the old fashioned kind and is engaged in a long term critique of Professional Managerial Class identity politics.
“Taiwan’s Cold War: Geopolitics in Edward Yang’s the Terrorizers.” ed. Karen Fang. Under Eastern Eyes: Surveillance and Asian Cinema. (New York, Routledge, 2017), pp. 113-128.
"Knight" Los Angeles Review of Books:
“Neoliberal Fictions” in False Choices: Hillary Clinton’s Faux Feminism. Ed. Liza Featherstone. (New York: Verso, 2016).
“Oscars 2015: Expert Reaction” in The Conversation, February 25, 2015
“The Humanities and Artisanal Education: Technocrats and Artisans in the Contemporary University.” “The Humanities: Crisis, Defense and Beyond” Special Issue of College Literature (2015), ed. Austin Sarat, Adam Sitze and Boris Wolfson, pp. 280-310.
“Questions de choix” for L’imaginaire néolibéral. Edited by Francois Cusset, Thierry Labica and Veronique Rauline (Paris: La Dispute, 2016).
"Psychoanalysis Popular and Unpopular " in the Blackwell Companion to Literary Criticism and Psychoanalysis, edited by Laura Marcus and Ankhi Mukherjee
The American Idyll: Academic Anti-Elitism as Cultural Critique. (University of Iowa Press, 2011)
Hou Hsiao hsien's The Flight of the Red balloon (2007) and D.W. Winnicot, in Pyschoanalytic Pscyhology. June, 2011
"On Lusitania" (January 2009) for a conference on the
"American Intellectual Traditions: The Demand for Relevance and the Crisis of the Humanities." Western Humanities Review. Fall 2008: pp. 34-57.
"Creativity at Work" The Baffler. vol. 1 no. 17
“Art Escapes Criticism or Adorno’s Museum” Cultural Critique. Volume 60. Spring 2005: 217-244. (II)
co-editor, John Mowitt, Thomas Pepper, Jakki Spicer. Dreams of Interpretation: A Century. The Dreams of Interpretation: A Century Down the Royal Road. (University of Minnesota Press, 2007)
"Afterword" Rrrevolutionnaire. (Slought Foundation, 2007).
Copying Machines: Taking Notes for the Automaton (University of Minnesota Press, 2000)

“Lacan’s Afterlives: Jacques Lacan meets Andy Warhol,” Cambridge Companion to Lacan (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

“A Brief Genealogy of Privacy: CTRL [Space]: Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother,” Grey Room 15 (2004), 102-118.

“The Last Picture Show.” Aperture, May 2004.

“Something for Nothing: How Cultural Studies Trashed the Enlightenment and Welcomed the New Age.” The Common Review, Fall/Winter 2004-5
McKnight Land Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 1997-1999 Queensland University of Technology Teaching Fellowship, Brisbane, Australia, (Summer 2003) Grant in Aid : University of Minnesota Graduate School (2004-2005) Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to Tainan University of the Arts (2004-2005)
Fulbright Teaching Fellowship 2004-2005 at Tainan National University of the Arts
How to Live In Irvine: Engaging Humanities Grant from UCHRI with Lev Anderson
Other Experience
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota 1994—2004

Visiting Associate Professor
Bard College 2003—2004

Visiting Professor
Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries, Brisbane Australia 2003

Visiting Professor
Tainan National University of the Arts

Graduate Programs
Visual Studies

Research Centers
Western Humanities Alliance
States of Wellness Research Cluster, UC Irvine
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