A new IHGC lab on Asian Cosmopolitanisms aiming to reconceptualize the study of Asia
across the disciplines of the humanities and interpretive social sciences.
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.
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.
A Conversation on The Great Derangement:
Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016)
Achille Mbembe Lecture
"Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism" | September 18, 2017
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
The Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures (IHGC) offers a vision at
once local and global, and a mission both academic and socially engaged.
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.
News & Announcements
Puzzles, Bots & Poems: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Poetics, Structure, Design, and Constraint
Fri Oct 26
Puzzles, Bots, and Poetics
A Symposium hosted by the Puzzle Poetry Group and Scholars' Lab
Friday, October 26
9 AM - Kate Compton, Generative Art Workshop
2 PM - Tony Veale, University College Dublin
"Game of Tropes II: A Clash of Symbols"
3 PM - Sarah Tindal Kareem, UCLA
4 PM - Louis Bury, CUNY Hostos
"'Rats Build Their Labyrinths': On the Psychology and Aesthetics of Puzzles"
Saturday, October 27
10 AM - Dennis Tenen, Columbia University
"Techniques of Industrial Modernism: Plot Robot"
11 AM - Whitney Sperrazza, University of Kansas
"Blazonic (Un)making: Margaret Cavendish's
Recipe Poems as Early Modern Maker Labs"
1 PM - Herbert Tucker, University of Virginia
Riddle Poems: A Discussion
2 PM - Bret Rothstein, Indiana University
"Secret Hardware Handshakes"
This event made possible by the support of the
Page-Barbour Committee and UVa's IHGC
Heekyoung Cho, “Rethinking World Literature through the Relations between Russian and East Asian Literatures”
Thu Nov 01
Bio: Dr. Heekyoung Cho completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, writing a dissertation on the translation and adaptation of Russian literature in early twentieth-century Korea. She is the author of Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature (Harvard University Asia Center, 2016). Dr. Cho's other areas of interest include translation and the formation of national literature, modern Korean literature and its historiography, and Korean-Japanese-Russian cultural relations. At the UW, Dr. Cho teaches courses in Korean literature, culture, film, and language.
Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Jarrett Zigon & Aynne Kokas)
Fri Nov 02
Mellon Fellows Symposium
Jarrett Zigon, William & Linda Porterfield Chair in Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Anthropology
"A War on People: Dying-with and the Relational Ethics and Politics of Community"
Aynne Kokas, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies
"The New Cybersovereigns: Power, Control, and Data Between China and the United States"
12.30-1.00pm - Lunch
Jarrett Zigon's interests include the anthropology of moralities and ethics; the intertwining of humans, worlds and situations; political activity and theory; the intersection of anthropology and philosophy; the drug war; artificial intelligence and ethics; and data ethics. These interests are taken up from the perspective of an anthropology strongly influenced by post-Heideggerian continental philosophy and critical theory, the theoretical articulation of which he names critical hermeneutics.
Aynne Kokas is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas’ work focuses on the intersections between Chinese and US media and technology industries. Her book, Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press 2017), examines the cultural, political and economic implications of US media investment in China as it becomes the world’s largest film market. Hollywood Made in China has been profiled or cited publications in seven languages and forty-two countries. Kokas’ research on China’s media industry has also appeared or is forthcoming in publications including PLOS One, Global Media and Communication, The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Communication, and In Media Res.
Leila Neti (Occidental College), “Global Fictions of History: Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone and the Kohinoor Diamond”
Fri Nov 02
Bio: Professor Leila Neti's teaching and research interests focus on postcolonial and transnational literature, theory, and film, nineteenth century British literature, and cultural studies. In particular, her courses examine film and literature with reference to the larger cultural, political, and social formations within which these works are produced and consumed.
Joshua August “Gus” Skorburg (Duke University), "What Counts as Research in Data Science?"
Fri Nov 02
Bio: Joshua August Skorburg completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Oregon. His research is in applied ethics (bioethics, neuroethics, data ethics), moral psychology (virtue theory and feminist ethics), and the philosophy of cognitive science. In addition to the MIDS program, he is affiliated with the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke. He is currently working on a number of theoretical and empirical projects about the nature of self and identity.
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
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.
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.