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

Achille Mbembe Lecture | September 18, 2017

"Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism"
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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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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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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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A Night of Sufi Music and Ghazals

October 15, 2017 | Old Cabell Hall Auditorium

Rethinking the History of Modern Political Concepts

Race and Division of Labor in Global Western Empires, 1791-1888
Graduate Conference of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and
the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory (University of Virginia, 
University of Bologna, Duke University)
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Amitav Ghosh | April 27, 2017

A Conversation on The Great Derangement:
Climate Change and the Unthinkable 
(2016)
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Humanities Week 2018

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News & Announcements

Fri Feb 16
9:30 am - 1:30 pm | Wilson 142
Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Nizar Hermes, Christina Mobley, Murad Idris)

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Nizar Hermes, Christina Mobley, Murad Idris)

Fri Feb 16


IHGC Presents 

Mellon Fellows Symposium

Friday February 16, 2018

9:30am - 1:30pm

 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Nizar Hermes, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures

"Of Cities and the Poetic Imagination in the Premodern and Precolonial Maghrib, 9th-19th Centuries AD"

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Christina Mobley, Assistant Professor of History

"The Kongolese Atlantic: The Central African History of the Haitian Revolution"

 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Murad Idris, Assistant Professor of Politics

"The Travels of Islamic Philosophy: The Global Afterlives of Ibn Ṭufayl’s Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān, 17th c. – 21st c."

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

Fri Mar 16
TBD | TBD
Bologna Academy Graduate Conference, "Race and Division of Labor in Global Western Empires, 1791-1888"

Bologna Academy Graduate Conference, "Race and Division of Labor in Global Western Empires, 1791-1888"

Fri Mar 16


Fri Apr 20
9:30 am - 1:30 pm | Wilson 142
Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Charlotte Rogers, Christopher Krentz, William Hitchcock)

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Charlotte Rogers, Christopher Krentz, William Hitchcock)

Fri Apr 20


IHGC Presents 

Mellon Fellows Symposium

Friday April 20, 2018

9:30 am - 1:30 pm

 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Charlotte Rogers, Assistant Professor of Spanish

"Savage Storms in Literature of the Americas"

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Christopher Krentz, Associate Professor of English (Joint appointment with the American Sign Language Program)

"Unexpected Kinship: Disability and Human Rights in the Literature of the Global South"

 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

William Hitchcock, Professor of History

"Refugee Century: An International History"

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

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: To work on her book Savage Storms, which seeks to answer the following question: What role do tropical cyclones play in literatures and cultures of the Americas? Rogers argues that storms are a disruptive, destabilizing force in twentieth-century narratives written in English, French and Spanish. They are environmentally catastrophic, producing major changes...

Project Summary:  In my project, I am exploring the reasons for the surge in refugees around the world in the past century by adopting a historical approach. I am interested in posing a few questions that require fresh research to answer: how do states and governments of the wealthy western world “see” refugees? Have western/northern states constructed a political regime to contain...

Project Summary:  I am in the midst of working on a book on the development of clean water and sanitation for the developing world. As of now I am concentrating on two things: first, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade that ran from 1978 to 1990. The...

Project Summary:  I am researching and writing a new monograph exploring the mobile life and afterlives of a single classical Arabic philosophical text as it traveled across Asia, Africa, and Europe. In six chapters, it will examine modern editions and translations of Ibn Tufayl’s twelfth‐century allegory, Hayy ibn Yaqzān, from 1671 to the present. Hayy ibn Yaqzān...

Project Summary: To complete his book manuscript, Unexpected Kinship, which studies the vibrant literature of the Global South, which contains many colorful figures of disability who not only propel their narratives forward, but also do intricate cultural work. These characters may reflect the reality that, according to the United Nations, most of the world’s...

Project Summary:  To finish her manuscript, The Kongolese Atlantic, which tells the remarkable history of Mwana and the more than 300,000 other Kongolese men, women, and children who survived slavery in Saint Domingue, won the only successful slave revolution in history – the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) – and founded the first black republic, Haiti. Historians...