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Isabel Hofmeyr, "Indian Ocean Worlds" Lecture and Workshop

November 16, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

Isabel Hofmeyr, "Indian Ocean Worlds" Lecture and Workshop

November 16, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

Global South Soccer

November 13, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

Global South Soccer

November 13, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

"Language at the Bar: James Joyce, Myles Joyce and the 1882 Maamtrasna Murders (Galway, Ireland) Revisited," Prof. Margaret Kelleher Public Lecture

April 20, 2017

Bryan Faculty Lounge | 4:30 - 6:00 pm

"Language at the Bar: James Joyce, Myles Joyce and the 1882 Maamtrasna Murders (Galway, Ireland) Revisited," Prof. Margaret Kelleher Public Lecture

April 20, 2017

Bryan Faculty Lounge | 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Biography

 

Professor Margaret Kelleher was awarded the Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama in 2012.  For the previous five years, she was founding director of An Foras Feasa: the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions, at NUI Maynooth. Her books include The Feminization of Famine (published by Duke UP and Cork UP, 1997) and the landmark publication The Cambridge History of Irish Literature (2006), co-edited with Philip O¿Leary. She was a contributing editor to Field Day Anthology Volumes 4 and 5, and editor of the special issue on the Irish Literary Revival forIrish University Review (2003). Her primary research interests include nineteenth-century literature, famine literature, women¿s writings, cultural history, and the historical relationship between literature in English and Irish. 
 

She was awarded an IRCHSS Senior Project Fellowship in 2011 to create an electronic version of the Loebers' Guide to Irish Fiction (operative from November 2012 at http://www.lgif.ie) and has worked with colleagues in An Foras Feasa on a number of groundbreaking digital humanities projects. She was Principal Investigator (with John Keating) of the PRTLI 4 funded project 'Humanities, Technology and Innovation" 2007-2011 (grant award ¿5.8 m) and NUI Maynooth's Principal Investigator from 2011-2012 for the PRTLI 5 funded Digital Arts and Humanities PhD programme (grant award ¿750,000). Her current research project is a study of bilingual culture in nineteenth-century Ireland.
 

A leading advocate for Irish studies internationally, Professor Kelleher is Chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Chair of the Irish Film Institute and a member of the Humanities Committee of Science Europe.  Educated at University College Cork and Boston College, she has been visiting Professor at Concordia University Montreal, University of São Paulo, Boston College and Beijing Foreign Studies University, and was recently awarded a visiting fellowship at St John's College, Cambridge. She is Director of the MA in Anglo-Irish Literature in the School of English, Drama and Film.

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Carmen Lamas, Christian McMillen, Enrico Cesaretti)

April 14, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Carmen Lamas, Christian McMillen, Enrico Cesaretti)

April 14, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

IHGC Presents 

Mellon Fellows Symposium

Friday April 14, 2017

10.00am-1.30pm

142 Wilson Hall

 

Enrico Cesaretti, Associate Professor of Italian

"Slick Territories: Two Oil Encounters Italian Style"

10:00 am - 10:45 am

 

Carmen Lamas, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature and Latina/o Studies, Department of English

"Archival Interventions in the Latino Nineteenth Century"

10:45 am - 11:30 am

 

Christian McMillen, Professor, Department of History

"Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation in the Global South, 1970 to the Present"

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

 

Lunch

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

"Social Movements: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" Prof. Michael Hardt Public Lecture

April 11, 2017

Nau 101 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

"Social Movements: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" Prof. Michael Hardt Public Lecture

April 11, 2017

Nau 101 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

We continue to witness each year the eruption of “leaderless” social movements.  From North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the Americas, and East Asia, movements have left journalists, political analysts, police forces, and governments disoriented and perplexed.  Activists too have struggled to understand and evaluate the power and effectiveness of horizontal movements.  The movements have proven able to pose democratic ideals, sometimes to force reforms, and to pressure and even overthrow regimes – and, indeed, widespread social processes have been set in motion in coordination with or as consequence of them – but the movements tend to be short-lived and seem unable to bring about lasting social transformation.  Many assume that if only social movements could find new leaders they would return to their earlier glory and be able to sustain and achieve projects of social transformation and liberation.  Where, they ask, are the new Martin Luther King Jr.s, Rudi Dutschkes, Patrice Lumumbas, and Steve Bikos?  Where have all the leaders gone? Leadership has become a conundrum that today’s movements seem unable to solve, but the leadership problem in revolutionary and progressive movements is not entirely new.  In this lecture, Hardt will use some examples from past theory and practice to situate and clarify some of the issues and alternatives involved in the organization of social movements today.

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Nau Hall 101

Biography
 

Michael Hardt is Professor of Literature in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. His writings explore the new forms of domination in the contemporary world as well as the social movements and other forces of liberation that resist them. In the Empire trilogy -- Empire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth (2009) -- he and Antonio Negri investigate the political, legal, economic, and social aspects of globalization. They also study the political and economic alternatives that could lead to a more democratic world. Their pamphlet Declaration (2012) attempts to articulate the significance of the encampments and occupations that began in 2011, from Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, and to recognize the primary challenges faced by emerging democratic social movements today. 

"Excavating Contemporary Capitalism: Toward a Critique of Extraction Writ Large," Prof. Sandro Mezzadra Public Lecture

April 10, 2017

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

"Excavating Contemporary Capitalism: Toward a Critique of Extraction Writ Large," Prof. Sandro Mezzadra Public Lecture

April 10, 2017

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

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: Wilson142

 

Is globalization over in the age of Trump? The talk will take this question as a point of departure and will focus on actually existing global processes in order to suggest that what is currently at stake is rather a set of conflicts and tensions surrounding the direction of globalization and the organization of its spaces. It will attempt to shed light on the specific “rationality,” or “logic” underlying operations of capital in strategically important “sectors” of economic activity – such as extraction, logistics, and finance. The talk aims to show that such operative logic eschews containment and articulation by the nation state and has rather “global” characteristics. It argues for the need to work toward an expanded notion of extraction and to look at the ways in which extraction writ large shapes contemporary capitalism. The talk will end by asking a set of important questions regarding a politics capable of effectively confronting this increasingly extractive capitalism and opening up new vistas of liberation and life beyond the rule of capital.

 

Biography 

 

Sandro Mezzadra teaches political theory at the University of Bologna. In the last decade his work has centered on the relations between globalization, migration and capitalism as well as on postcolonial criticism. He is an active participant in the ‘post-workerist’ debates and one of the founders of the website www.euronomade.info. Among his books: Diritto di fuga. Migrazioni, cittadinanza, globalizzazione (“The right to escape: Migration, citizenship, globalization”, ombre corte, 2006), La condizione postcoloniale. Storia e politica nel presente globale (“The postcolonial condition: History and politics in the global present”, ombre corte, 2008) and Nei cantieri marxiani. Il soggetto e la sua produzione (“In the Marxian Workshops. The Subject and its Production”, Manifestolibri, 2014). With Brett Neilson he is the author of Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (Duke University Press, 2013).

Beyond Representation: Creative & Critical Practice in the Environmental Humanities

April 8, 2017

Wilson 142 | 8:30 am

Beyond Representation: Creative & Critical Practice in the Environmental Humanities

April 8, 2017

Wilson 142 | 8:30 am

Many conversations in environmental humanities involve selecting and interpreting scientific data, then adding contributions from humanities fields to that quantitative base. Our symposium asks what happens when the equation is flipped—when we assume that many environmental issues start with the humanities. What questions are we best positioned to pose, and to explore? How can scientists help us, instead of the other way around? How are the humanities particularly suited to explore issues of environmental justice at the intersection of creative and critical practice? The symposium will explore these questions through interdisciplinary panels, workshops, and a reading by poet Cecily Parks. Panel topics include Critical Cartography, African American Environmentalisms, and Indigenous Environmental Justice. 
 

For more information, visit the official event page

Political Thinking at the Margins

April 6, 2017

1 West Range, Hotel A | 2:00 pm

Political Thinking at the Margins

April 6, 2017

1 West Range, Hotel A | 2:00 pm

April 6-7, 2017

University of Virginia

 

THIS TWO DAY CONFERENCE brings together established and emerging scholars of colonialism, settler-colonialism, and race for a discussion of law, violence, borders, war, property, sovereignty, the global, and the humanities in different contexts around the globe. While our approach is interdisciplinary and comparative, we acknowledge challenges to Western canons and to the “comparative” turn in the humanities; and we are also mindful that comparison is a political activity that may reinforce existing distinctions between West and non-West, settler and native, white and non-white, civilized and uncivilized, and so forth. Accordingly, the conference seeks to elicit connections and understand the disconnections between bodies of thought that have, in contemporary academic formations, remained distinct. Visit the official website for more information.

 

Each panel will take place at the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation, 1 West Range, Hotel A. The Keynote Address will be at Nau Hall, 101.

 

Sponsored by
The Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities
The Institute of the Humanities and Global Culture
The Page-Barbour Foundation
The Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation
and the Department of Politics

The Global/Contemporary Symposium

March 31, 2017

Nau 101 | 10:30 am - 7:30 pm

The Global/Contemporary Symposium

March 31, 2017

Nau 101 | 10:30 am - 7:30 pm

What is gained and what is lost, what is revealed and what is obscured by understanding the moment in which we live as global? This one-day symposium at the University of Virginia will explore the alignment of two dominant terms within the academy, the “contemporary” and the “global,” to question, challenge, and expand the relationship between them. We hope to interrogate the ways in which the phenomena that draw the attention of scholars of the contemporary—the rise of digital media, an increasingly inter- and supra-national economy, technologies of migration and communication, far-reaching environmental degradation, and political unrest—have become the prominent reference points for writing about our current moment. While the time in which we live is inarguably global, this schema can obscure alternate ones and allow us to forget that the characteristics marking our era as “global” have long and complex histories of their own. Inviting a vibrant group of scholars, we hope that this symposium might lead to longer-term collaborations and an intellectual community that will supplement the ties we hold to our own departments and institutions—indeed, to create a wider-reaching and even global network of discourse surrounding this subject. For more information, visit the Global/Contemporary Symposium website.

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