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

April 20, 2018

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

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

April 20, 2018

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

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

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

March 16, 2018

TBD | TBD

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

March 16, 2018

TBD | TBD

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

February 16, 2018

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

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

February 16, 2018

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

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

Isabel Hofmeyr, Workshop on "Indian Ocean Worlds"

November 17, 2017

Wilson 142 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Isabel Hofmeyr, Workshop on "Indian Ocean Worlds"

November 17, 2017

Wilson 142 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures
presents a workshop with
Professor Isabel Hofmeyr (NYU and Witswatersrand)
on
Indian Ocean Worlds

 

Program

 

12.00-1.00pm: Lunch

 

1.00-1.15pm: Introduction

 

1.15-1.45pm: Isabel Hofmeyr on "Indian Ocean Worlds"

 

1.45-2.00pm: Fahad Bishara (respondent)

 

2.00-2.15pm: Maya Boutaghou (respondent)

 

2.15-3.30pm: Discussion  and Q & A 

 

Bio: Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature and Indian Ocean Cultures at the University of the Witswatersand. Her research interests include postcolonialism; African literature; Southern African literary studies; oral history and literature; John Bunyan; seventeenth century studies; textual transnationalism; Africa-India interactions; Indian Ocean studies; histories of the book and print culture; and histories of reading and writing. Her current work focuses on Africa and its intellectual trajectories in the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Her earlier scholarship examined ways of historicising oral literature and its interactions with literacy. As South Africa’s transition opened the country up to democracy and globalisation, Hofmeyr turned her attention to themes of transnationalism and textual circulation. More recently she has explored textual circulation in the Global South with a focus on the Indian Ocean. Her work addresses questions of Africa’s intellectual place in the world and the material and aesthetic history of texts and their transnational circulation. She is the author of Gandhi's Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading (Harvard, 2013), The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of The Pilgrim's Progress (Princeton, 2004), We Spend Our Years As a Tale that is Told: Oral Historical Narrative in a South African Chiefdom (Heinemann, 1994).

Religious and Cultural Appropriation, Then and Now: Round Table Workshop

November 10, 2017

Rouss Hall 223 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Religious and Cultural Appropriation, Then and Now: Round Table Workshop

November 10, 2017

Rouss Hall 223 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Spaces and Subjectivities: South African Perspective | Workshop with Sarah Nuttall

November 7, 2017

Wilson Hall 142 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Spaces and Subjectivities: South African Perspective | Workshop with Sarah Nuttall

November 7, 2017

Wilson Hall 142 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures cordially invites students and faculty to attend a lecture and a workshop with Sarah Nuttall, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

 

On Monday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m, Professor Nuttall will deliver her lecture entitled "The Planetary and the Posthuman: Perspectives from African Theory, Fiction and Art" in the Bryan Hall faculty lounge. There is no registration required for this event.

 

And on Tuesday, November 7, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, Professor Nuttall will offer a workshop, "Spaces and Subjectivities: South African Perspectives." The workshop will be held in Wilson Hall 142. Faculty and students who wish to participate in the workshop should register here. Three workshop readings are available through the registration form. Coffee and refreshments will be available at the beginning of the event.

 

About Sarah Nuttall

 

Sarah Nuttall is Director of the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg. A literary scholar by training, Sarah’s varied research interests and prolific publication record have established her as a leading cultural commentator and critic in South Africa as well as one of the leading scholars of her generation. She has lectured at the University of Stellenbosch and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale and Duke. Sarah has edited several path-breaking books. Her influential monograph, Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-apartheid, explores mutuality, transgression and embodiment in contemporary South Africa.Sarah has published in various journals including in Cultural Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Journal of South African Studies, Public Culture, Third Text and Social Dynamics. She is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Southern African Studies, Humanity, Cultural Studies, Social Dynamics, English Studies in Africa, and English Academy Review. She serves on the advisory board of the UVA-Duke-Bologna Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory. 

Sarah Nuttall, “The Planetary and the Posthuman: Perspectives from African Theory, Fiction and Art”

November 6, 2017

Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sarah Nuttall, “The Planetary and the Posthuman: Perspectives from African Theory, Fiction and Art”

November 6, 2017

Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Bio: Sarah Nuttall is Director of the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg. A literary scholar by training, Sarah’s varied research interests and prolific publication record have established her as a leading cultural commentator and critic in South Africa as well as one of the leading scholars of her generation. She has lectured at the University of Stellenbosch and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale and Duke. Sarah has edited several path-breaking books. Her influential monograph, Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-apartheid, explores mutuality, transgression and embodiment in contemporary South Africa.Sarah has published in various journals including in Cultural Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Journal of South African Studies, Public Culture, Third Text and Social Dynamics. She is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Southern African Studies, Humanity, Cultural Studies, Social Dynamics, English Studies in Africa, and English Academy Review. She serves on the advisory board of the UVA-Duke-Bologna Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory. 

Poulomi Saha, "Dropped Stitches: Fabrics of Life & the Gendered Production of Postcolonial Bangladesh"

November 3, 2017

Wilson 142 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Poulomi Saha, "Dropped Stitches: Fabrics of Life & the Gendered Production of Postcolonial Bangladesh"

November 3, 2017

Wilson 142 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Poulomi Saha is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches courses in postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality theory, and ethnic American literature.

 

Her research and teaching agenda spans eastward and forward from the late 19th century decline of British colonial rule in the Indian Ocean through to the Pacific and the rise of American global power and domestic race relations in the 20th century. Professor Saha is interested in developing an expansive view of empire and of what constitutes Anglophone literature, routed not primarily through Great Britain and Western Europe but rather through circuits of affiliation and encounter between Asia and the Americas.

 

She is currently completing her first monograph, An Empire of Touch: Feminine Political Labor & The Fabrication of East Bengal, 1905-2015, which turns attention to East Bengal, the historical antecedent of Bangladesh, today an international exemplar of development driven by gender-targeted foreign aid. An Empire of Touch recounts a new narrative of female political labor under empire, spanning from anticolonial nationalism to neoliberal globalization, through text and textile. It follows the historical traces of how women have claimed their labor, making what has been customarily seen as “merely” intimate and domestic into appreciable political acts.

 

Her work has been published in differences and The Journal of Modern Literature.

Cities of the Global South Symposium

November 1, 2017

Wilson Hall 142 | 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Cities of the Global South Symposium

November 1, 2017

Wilson Hall 142 | 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Michael Dobson, "Accents Yet Unknown: Nationalisms, National Theaters & The Return of Julius Caesar"

October 30, 2017

Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge | 5:00 pm

Michael Dobson, "Accents Yet Unknown: Nationalisms, National Theaters & The Return of Julius Caesar"

October 30, 2017

Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge | 5:00 pm

Nicholas Kristof, "Sanctuary and Belonging: Overcoming a Divided America"

October 23, 2017

Nau Hall 101 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nicholas Kristof, "Sanctuary and Belonging: Overcoming a Divided America"

October 23, 2017

Nau Hall 101 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

Remapping the Urban Workshop (with Sheila Crane)

October 20, 2017

Wilson 142 | 1:00 pm

Remapping the Urban Workshop (with Sheila Crane)

October 20, 2017

Wilson 142 | 1:00 pm

Remapping the Urban:

Everyday Practices of Adaptation & the Politics of Presence

20 October 2017

 

Wilson Hall 142

 

1:00–1:15             Welcome & introduction, Sheila Crane, Associate Professor & Chair, Architectural History,

                                                University of Virginia

 

1:15–2:15                Anne-Maria Makhulu, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology & African

                                                and African-American Studies, Duke University

                                “Lessons from the Apartheid and Post-Apartheid City”

 

2:15–3:15                William Bissell, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Lafayette College

                                TBA (film & media in Zanzibar)

 

3:15–3:30             Coffee break

 

3:30–4:30               Katarzyna Pieprzak, Chair & Professor of Francophone Literature, French Language, and

                                                Comparative Literature, French & Africana Studies, Williams College

                                “In Praise of Surface Readings: The Art and Politics of Urban Whitewashing in the

                                Casablanca-based work of Hassan Darsi and Yto Barrada”

 

4:30–5:00             Concluding discussion

Ongoing Mahfil: The Urdu Ghazal

October 15, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

Ongoing Mahfil: The Urdu Ghazal

October 15, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

A Night of Sufi Music and Ghazals

October 15, 2017

Old Cabell Hall Auditorium | 7:00 pm

A Night of Sufi Music and Ghazals

October 15, 2017

Old Cabell Hall Auditorium | 7:00 pm

Global Intellectual & Political Thought

October 5, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:15 am

Global Intellectual & Political Thought

October 5, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:15 am

Global Political Thought

Perspectives from South Asia and the Middle East

 

October 5, 2017

Wilson 142

 

9.15am: Welcome and Introduction

Debjani Ganguly
 

9.30am-10.30am

Dilip Menon, University of the Witswatersrand

“Colonial Cosmopolitanisms, Literary Modernism and Deep History: The Essays of Kesari Balakrishna Pillai”

 

10.30am-11.00am: Coffee
 

11.00am-12.00pm

Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

“Ambedkar, Micropower and Marxism”

 

12.00-1.00pm

Aishwary Kumar, Stanford University

“A War without End: Ambedkar and the Dispositif of Cruelty.”

 

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch
 

2.00pm-3.00pm

Murad Idris, University of Virginia

“Luthers of the Orient: Colonists, Reformers, and Tactical Identifications”

 

3.00pm-4.00pm

Marwa Elshakry, Columbia University

“In Search of a Golden Age: Universal Histories of Science, Islam and the Arabs.”

 

4.00pm-4.30pm: coffee
 

4.30pm-5.30pm

Prathama Banerjee, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

“Equality: Ontology of an Idea”

 

5.30pm-6.00pm: Concluding Remarks

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Jessica Andruss, Michael Allen, Andrej Petrovic)

September 22, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Jessica Andruss, Michael Allen, Andrej Petrovic)

September 22, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am

IHGC Presents 

Mellon Fellows Symposium

Friday September 22, 2017

9:30am - 1:30pm

 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Michael Allen, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

"On Weakness of Will: A Nyāya Approach to the Environmental Humanities"

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Jessica Andruss, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

"An Arabic Poetics of the Hebrew Bible: Thinking About Metaphor in Medieval Jerusalem"

 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Andrej Petrovic, Professor of Classics

"Concept of Belief in Greek Religion"

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

Time and Eternity in Archaic Greek Literature

September 22, 2017

Gibson Room Cocke Hall | 9:30 am

Time and Eternity in Archaic Greek Literature

September 22, 2017

Gibson Room Cocke Hall | 9:30 am

Achille Mbembe, "Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism"

September 18, 2017

Wilson 142 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Achille Mbembe, "Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism"

September 18, 2017

Wilson 142 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Institute for the Humanites and Global Cultures cordially invites students and faculty to attend a lecture and a workshop by Professor Achille Mbembe (U of Witwatersrand). Both events will feature Mbembe's new book, Critique of Black Reason (2017 - Duke UP). Other workshop panelists include Laurent Dubois (Duke), Juan Obarrio (Johns Hopkins) and Christina Mobley (UVA). 

 

In order to foster an intimate conversation, faculty and graduate students who wish to participate in the workshop (9/18, Wilson 142, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) should register here. Workshop readings drawn from Critique of Black Reason are available through the registration form. Space is limited, and refreshments and lunch will be available.

 

Professor Mbembe will deliver his lecture entitled "Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism" in Wilson Hall 142, from 5-6:30. There is no registration required for this event.

 

About the book:

 

In Critique of Black Reason eminent critic Achille Mbembe offers a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness—from the Atlantic slave trade to the present—to critically reevaluate history, racism, and the future of humanity. Mbembe teases out the intellectual consequences of the reality that Europe is no longer the world's center of gravity while mapping the relations among colonialism, slavery, and contemporary financial and extractive capital. Tracing the conjunction of Blackness with the biological fiction of race, he theorizes Black reason as the collection of discourses and practices that equated Blackness with the nonhuman in order to uphold forms of oppression. Mbembe powerfully argues that this equation of Blackness with the nonhuman will serve as the template for all new forms of exclusion. With Critique of Black Reason, Mbembeoffers nothing less than a map of the world as it has been constituted through colonialism and racial thinking while providing the first glimpses of a more just future. 

 

About Achille Mbembe

 

Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is coeditor of Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis, also published by Duke University Press, and the author of On the Postcolony as well as several books in French.

Achille Mbembe, "Critique of Black Reason" Workshop

September 18, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Achille Mbembe, "Critique of Black Reason" Workshop

September 18, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Institute for the Humanites and Global Cultures cordially invites students and faculty to attend a lecture and a workshop by Professor Achille Mbembe (U of Witwatersrand). Both events will feature Mbembe's new book, Critique of Black Reason (2017 - Duke UP). Other workshop panelists include Laurent Dubois (Duke), Juan Obarrio (Johns Hopkins) and Christina Mobley (UVA). 

 

In order to foster an intimate conversation, faculty and graduate students who wish to participate in the workshop (9/18, Wilson 142, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) should register here. Workshop readings drawn from Critique of Black Reason are available through the registration form. Space is limited, and refreshments and lunch will be available.

 

Professor Mbembe will deliver his lecture entitled "Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism" in Wilson Hall 142, from 5-6:30. There is no registration required for this event.

 

About the book:

 

In Critique of Black Reason eminent critic Achille Mbembe offers a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness—from the Atlantic slave trade to the present—to critically reevaluate history, racism, and the future of humanity. Mbembe teases out the intellectual consequences of the reality that Europe is no longer the world's center of gravity while mapping the relations among colonialism, slavery, and contemporary financial and extractive capital. Tracing the conjunction of Blackness with the biological fiction of race, he theorizes Black reason as the collection of discourses and practices that equated Blackness with the nonhuman in order to uphold forms of oppression. Mbembe powerfully argues that this equation of Blackness with the nonhuman will serve as the template for all new forms of exclusion. With Critique of Black Reason, Mbembeoffers nothing less than a map of the world as it has been constituted through colonialism and racial thinking while providing the first glimpses of a more just future. 

 

About Achille Mbembe

 

Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is coeditor of Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis, also published by Duke University Press, and the author of On the Postcolony as well as several books in French.

Network Analysis Workshop with Scott Weingart

August 31, 2017

Wilson 133 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Network Analysis Workshop with Scott Weingart

August 31, 2017

Wilson 133 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Scott Weingart is a Digital Humanities Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University and a historian of science. Weingart will be leading a three-hour workshop on network analysis in Wilson 133 on Thursday, August 31st from 9am-12pm. Please bring your own laptop and, if at all possible, be sure Gephi is already installed. Weingart will introduce key concepts in network analysis and then lead us through a very hands-on workshop. 

 

Please rsvp with Chad Wellmon (mcw9d@virginia.edu) in order to ensure you spot and your food. No prior knowledge is assumed or necessary. 

Workshop on Global Water (convened by Christian McMillen)

May 8, 2017

TBD | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Workshop on Global Water (convened by Christian McMillen)

May 8, 2017

TBD | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Davide Domenici Roundtable: "Material Indians, Early Modern Circulation of Ethnographica

May 4, 2017

Wilson 142 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Davide Domenici Roundtable: "Material Indians, Early Modern Circulation of Ethnographica

May 4, 2017

Wilson 142 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us on Thursday, May 4, from 2:30-4 pm in Wilson 142 for a roundtable discussion with Professor Davide Domenici (Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà/Department of History, Culture, and Civilization, University of Bologna).

 

As part of Professor Domenici's week-long visit to UVa, sponsored by the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures, we'll discuss "Material Indians: Early Modern Circulation of Ethnographica and the Construction of the Indies as a Global Category."

 

For more information, please contact professors Allison Bigelow and Ricardo Padrón.

Workshop on the Historical Novel and Ethnographic Writing with Amitav Ghosh

April 28, 2017

Brooks Hall Commons | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Workshop on the Historical Novel and Ethnographic Writing with Amitav Ghosh

April 28, 2017

Brooks Hall Commons | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

A workshop on the historical novel and ethnographic writing with members of the Mellon Global South Lab and Department of Anthropology students and faculty.

A Conversation with Amitav Ghosh on The Great Derangement

April 27, 2017

Harrison/Small Auditorium | 4.30 - 6.00 p.m.

A Conversation with Amitav Ghosh on The Great Derangement

April 27, 2017

Harrison/Small Auditorium | 4.30 - 6.00 p.m.

Harrison Small Auditorium
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

In this evening event, Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Amitav Ghosh will speak about his newest book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016). This event will include a brief conversation between Ghosh and Professor Debjani Ganguly, Director of Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, a public Q&A, and a reception following the event.

Here's how Chicago UP describes the book: "Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability—at the level of literature, history, and politics—to grasp the scale and violence of climate change."

Read more about The Great Derangment.

Amitav Ghosh Public Lecture - From Bombay to Canton and Back: Traveling the Indian Ocean Opium Route

April 26, 2017

Nau 101 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Amitav Ghosh Public Lecture - From Bombay to Canton and Back: Traveling the Indian Ocean Opium Route

April 26, 2017

Nau 101 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Public Lecture, 4.30pm-6.00pm
Nau Hall 101

From Bombay to Canton: Traveling the Indian Ocean Opium Route 

Guangzhou (also known as Canton) is one of the world’s great cosmopolitan entrepots. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was through this city, and its environs, that opium was funneled into China by British, American and Indian merchants. This trade was to have an enormous impact , not just  on China but the whole world: its influence on India was especially significant, for the subcontinent was the world's leading opium-producing region under the British Raj.  This talk explores Guangzhou as an Indian trader might have seen it in the 19th century.

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