Postwar Culture Working Group 2019-2020
The Postwar Culture Working Group (PCWG) is an interdisciplinary forum for discussing primary texts, films, performances, and exhibitions, as well as works currently in progress—dissertations, writing projects, book chapters, and so on—relating to culture, politics, and aesthetics roughly between 1945 and 1989.

The group is open to exploring all topics within this broadly construed field, but with a decided emphasis on the way in which they speak to each other and in so doing help to elucidate dynamics of interactions that gave rise to distinctly new cultural landscapes after the Second World War. Dialogue among artists, writers, social and cultural critics, activists; forms of experimentation, interventions, gestures, strategies, and tactics that tend to spill over from the field of literature and aesthetics into broader social and cultural movements, particularly those involving contestation and resistance, will provide an initial point of departure.

Meeting on a regular basis since fall 2013 to discuss current projects and primary works, members will also be invited to attend and participate in events—readings, lectures, object sessions, film screenings, symposia, conferences, and so on—organized in association with various departments, the professional schools, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and other special collections repositories on campus. The Postwar Culture Working Group is thus conceived not only as a forum for interdisciplinary conversation but as a center for a community-in-formation as well as a sounding board on which such extraordinary events can achieve more sustained resonance at Yale.

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