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

Extractive Capital

Public Lecture by Prof. Sandro Mezzadra
April 10, 2017

Post-Humanism in the Anthropocene

IHGC Mellon Symposium 
December 2, 2016

Social Movements

Public Lecture by Prof. Michael Hardt
April 11, 2017

Global South: A Colloquium

November 16-19, 2016

Humanities Informatics Lab

Spring 2017 - Fall 2019

Amitav Ghosh

Distinguished Writer in Residence
April 24-30, 2017

Humanities Week

April 17-23, 2017

1% Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality

Photography Exhibit curated by Time Magazine photographer Myles Little
February - April 2017

News & Announcements

Wed Mar 01
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Nau 101
Media, Technology, and Citizenship Public Forum

Media, Technology, and Citizenship Public Forum

Wed Mar 01

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Nau 101

The IHGC's mission includes fostering civic training, facilitating public engagement, and advocating the humanities in the public sphere. We are committed to creating global communities and sharing academic research and expertise with the wider public. 


The Media, Technology, and Citizenship Forum is an opportunity for students, academics, and the general public to think critically about the relationship between these three concepts, especially in light of the speed with which media technologies are changing, the polarization of the public sphere, and the role of media in obscuring and facilitating our access to accurate information and responsible citizenship. 


Our panelists:


  • Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Modern Media Studies at UVA. A one-time journalist, Siva is a leading researcher on contemporary media issues, a frequent contributor to well-known periodicals, and teaches at the University of Virginia School of Law. 
  • Jap-Nanak Makkar is a PhD Candidate in the English Department who works on digital media and technology in global fiction. Jap also leads a media and technology studies reading group.
  • Mike Signer is the Mayor of Charlottesville, a lecturer at UVA's Woodrow Wilson Department of politics and the Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy, and an attorney. Read more about Mike here
  • Emma Call is a first year studying Kinesiology


Topics for the forum include:

- the changes that matter in media and technology today

- how media obscures and facilitates our access to information and responsible citizenship?

- polarization, self-segregation, and disinformation

- whether our current global media connects or divides people

- how the humanities - teaching, research, outreach - can matter for media


Media, Citizenship, and Technology is the IHGC's first public forum--a chance for the UVa and Charlottesville communities to discuss a pressing issue with experts, public figures, and UVa students. 

Fri Mar 03
10:00 am | Wilson 142
Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Sheila Crane, Amanda Phillips, Douglas Fordham)

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Sheila Crane, Amanda Phillips, Douglas Fordham)

Fri Mar 03

10:00 am | 10:00 am | Wilson 142


IHGC Presents 

Mellon Fellows Symposium

Friday March 3, 2017

10.00am - 1.30pm

142 Wilson Hall


 10:00 am - 10:45 am

 Sheila Crane, Associate Professor, School of Architecture

 "Towards a Non-Aligned Architectural Theory: Notes from the Maghrib"


 10:45 am - 11:30 am

 Amanda Phillips, Assistant Professor, Department of Art

 "Between the Seas: Ottoman Textiles in the Eighteenth Century"


 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

 Douglas Fordham, Associate Professor, Department of Art

 "Aquatint Empires: Medium and Message in Georgian Book Illustration relating to Asia and Africa"


12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


Mon Mar 13
4:30 - 6:00 pm | Wilson 142
"Unseen City: Travelling Psychoanalysis and the Urban Poor," Prof. Ankhi Mukherjee, Oxford University

"Unseen City: Travelling Psychoanalysis and the Urban Poor," Prof. Ankhi Mukherjee, Oxford University

Mon Mar 13

4:30 - 6:00 pm | 4:30 - 6:00 pm | Wilson 142

This lecture examines the institution of Freudian psychoanalysis in an international frame, with reference to its inadequate engagement with urban poverty, as seen in the specific context of global cities in India. Using case studies, it will discuss literary and aesthetic representations of poverty in relation to India's psychoanalytic and psychiatric culture, as that culture is manifested in public attitudes toward the psychic life of the poor. The lecture presents research from the India chapter of Professor Mukherjee's third monograph, The Psychic Life of the Poor: A City Unseen in Mumbai, London, and New York.



Ankhi Mukherjee is Professor of English and World Literatures and a Fellow of Wadham College. Her first book is Aesthetic Hysteria: The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary Fiction (Routledge, 2007). Her second monograph, What is a Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon, published by Stanford University Press in 2014, won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in English Literature in 2015. Mukherjee has published on a wide range of topics in PMLA, MLQ, Contemporary Literature, Paragraph, Parallax and other peer-reviewed journals, and has co-edited  A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). She is at work on two projects: her third monograph, The Psychic Life of the Poor: A City Unseen in Mumbai, London, and New York, which examines the relationship between psychoanalysis, race, and poverty in the context of global cities, and a collaborative volume, After Lacan, which she is editing for Cambridge University Press.

Fri Mar 17
9:00 am | Harrison Institute Auditorium
Global History of Black Girlhood Conference

Global History of Black Girlhood Conference

Fri Mar 17

9:00 am | 9:00 am | Harrison Institute Auditorium

The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference will gather over forty scholars, artists and activists to present recent research, creative works, and political organizing that places the emerging field of black girls' history within a global framework. Presentations will focus on black girls' pasts in Africa, Europe, and the Americas, addressing themes including kinship, bondage, activism, justice, pleasure, play, and representation. The conference will include a keynote panel on “Global Black Girl Politics” and a reading by Tayari Jones from her novel Silver Sparrow. For more information on the conference please contact For more on the History of Black Girlhood Network, please visit

Fri Mar 17
10:00 am | Rotunda Dome Room
"What is a Poem?" Inaugural Symposium of the Center for Poetry and Poetics

"What is a Poem?" Inaugural Symposium of the Center for Poetry and Poetics

Fri Mar 17

10:00 am | 10:00 am | Rotunda Dome Room

Is a poem more like a song or a shipping container? What was a poem in the seventeenth century, and what is it in the digital age? Why poetry, anyway? Join our world-class speakers as they explore these and other questions. The symposium will conclude with a conversation with former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Visit the Center for Poetry & Poetics website for more information. 



Friday, March 17, 2017

The Rotunda Dome Room



10am - Noon - Panel 1
     Roland Greene
         “Apollo Barroco: What Was a Poem in the Seventeenth Century?” 
     Anjali Nerlekar
         “The Poem and the Ocean-Encircled Earth" 
     Marjorie Perloff
         “Reading the Verses Backward: Poetry for the Digital Age”      


1:30pm - 3:30pm - Panel 2
     Stephen Burt
          "Shipping Containers"
     Nikki Skillman
          "The Song of the Harpies"
     Don Share
          "Why Poetry"


4:00pm - 5:00pm – A Conversation with Rita Dove

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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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:  This project investigates the impact of the trade of silks from the Indian Ocean into the territories of the Ottoman Empire and specifically into Istanbul during the early modern period. Some South Asian silks brought to Istanbul were both novel and popular among Istanbulites, which in turn spurred local weavers to imitate them. In this way, both Ottoman artisans and...

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:  My research examines the importance of what used to be known as 'English Coloured Books' to the conceptualization and visualization of the British Empire. A great many of these images were produced in the medium of aquatint, a tonal intaglio process that encouraged certain types of visual themes, historical narratives, and viewer responses. Three ambitious and...

Project Summary: Training a critical, historical lens on these issues, my current book project, Inventing Informality, traces how the bidonville––a term first coined in the 1920s to describe an area on the periphery of Casablanca distinguished by the rapid construction of unauthorized dwellings by recent rural migrants to the city––came to be understood...

Project Summary:  Located at the juncture of Italian Studies and ecocriticism, my project aims to explore a selection of texts (in an Italian landscape considered at once in its cultural and topological, semiotic and geographical dimensions), in which the boundaries between what is human and nonhuman, organic and inorganic become blurred and indistinct, and ultimately...