University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Achille Mbembe Lecture

"Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism" | September 18, 2017

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Global South Initiative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Virginia $3.47 million to launch a major
humanities initiative dedicated to the study of the Global South. The College and Graduate School of Arts &
Sciences
 has matched the grant, making the initial five-year investment to launch the initiative about $7 million.

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Humanities Informatics

Consortium of Humanities Centers & Institutes 2018 Annual Meeting | June 13-17, 2018
A conference on Humanities Informatics showcasing the power of the humanities
to address the urgent questions about the ‘human’ in our information age.

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Amitav Ghosh

A Conversation on The Great Derangement:
Climate Change and the Unthinkable 
(2016)

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About

The Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures (IHGC) offers a vision at
once local and global, and a mission both academic and socially engaged. 

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Lisa Parks

IHGC Fall Distinguished Visiting Speaker
“Vertical Mediation and the War on Terror from 9/11 to Trump”
Wilson Hall 142 | 4:30 - 6:00 pm

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Civil Resistance

Humanities Week | April 2-7, 2018

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Puzzle Poesis

UVa's Puzzle Poetry working group was launched in the fall of 2017 by Neal Curtis and
Brad Pasanek as an experimental and collaborative endeavor. The group seeks to treat
poems as puzzles, isolate the substance of prosody, and apprehend shape as a medium. 
They are makers, coders, and subformalists. 

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Asian Cosmopolitanisms

A new IHGC lab on Asian Cosmopolitanisms aiming to reconceptualize the study of Asia
across the disciplines of the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

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News & Announcements

Fri Nov 16
10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Wilson Hall 142
Jerome McGann (UVA), “Colonial Exceptionalism on Native Grounds: American Literature before American Literature”

Jerome McGann (UVA), “Colonial Exceptionalism on Native Grounds: American Literature before American Literature”

Fri Nov 16


The lecture collates material from the opening and closing chapters of my recently completed American Literature before American Literature. The book takes off from Constance Rourke’s insight into what she called “the roots of American culture”: that nearly all the cultural work of the British colonial period has a decisively “practical” focus. Equally decisive was the pressure point for the period’s practical issues: Contact between two radically different civilizations and their conflicted values, the one Early Modern, the other Neolithic. That “Exceptional” experience established a set of tense cultural norms and demands that prevail in American literature and culture to the present. 

 

Bio: Jerome McGann, the John Stewart Bryan University Professor, has been working primarily in American Studies for the past six years, though his interest in Romantic and post-Romantic poetry and poetics continues. He is preparing a study of American writing from 1790 to 1945, the sequel to American Literature before American Literature.

Mellon Global South Initiative

Mellon Global South Initiative

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Virginia $3.47 million to launch a major humanities initiative dedicated to the study of the Global South. The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will match the grant, making the initial five-year investment to launch the initiative about $7 million.

Clay Endowments & Grants

Clay Endowments & Grants

The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) invites proposals for funding from the Buckner W. Clay Endowment to support innovative work in the global humanities at the University of Virginia. The Endowment provides an ambitious basis of support for faculty and student research and teaching to be conducted under the auspices of the IHGC. Faculty and students from across all schools and disciplines at the university are welcome and encouraged to apply. 

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Bologna

Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory

The Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory is a new research entity jointly promoted by the University of Virginia, Duke University and the University of Bologna. It is conceived as an intellectual space for scholars coming from different research fields and geographical regions to work together on the redefinition of the humanities in a global age.

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Project Summary: My current research project explores the fashioning of a cosmopolitan Persian Indian intellectual culture in early modern South Asia at the hands of the Mughal Empire (r. 1526-1857). Specifically, this project focuses upon the particular phenomenon of "translation," both of texts and of broader religio-cultural worlds. The Mughal court devoted considerable resources...

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