Symposium on Citizenship, Belonging, and the Partition of India
Friday April 9, 2021 from 9:00 to 1:30 PM EST via Zoom
Fall 2020 Seminar Series: “Indian Ocean Worlds and the Anthropocene”
Fall 2020 Seminar Series: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism”
About the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures
The Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures (IHGC) offers a vision at once local and global, and a mission both academic and socially engaged.
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 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 that showcased the power of the humanities
to address the urgent questions about the ‘human’ in our information age.
Achille Mbembe Lecture
"Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism" | September 18, 2017
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
Sharing and Planning Gathering on Practice-Based/Practice-Led Research in Arts, Culture, and Performance
Fri Oct 08
Empires in Global Context: A Symposium
Fri Oct 15
“Empires in Global Context”
A One-Day Workshop, sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures
Co-organizers: Krishan Kumar (Sociology) and Ted Lendon (History)
Friday, October 15, 2021, 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. Room: Wilson 142
(All participants from UVA except where shown)
9:00-9:15. Introduction to the workshop.
9:15-10:45. The Roman Empire in Global Context. Peter Fibiger Bang (University of Copenhagen, History)
Discussant: Ted Lendon (History)
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30. The French Empire in Global Context. Laurent Dubois (History)
Discussant: Marlene Daut (African-American and African Studies)
1:30-2:45 The Ottoman Empire in Global Context. Dimitri Kastritsis (University of St. Andrews, History). Discussant: Amanda Phillips (Art History)/Joshua White (History)
2:45-4:15 The British Empire in Global Context. Paul Halliday (History)
Discussant: Krishan Kumar (Sociology)
4:15-4:30 Tea Break
4:30-5:45 The Chinese Empire in Global Context. Ellen Zhang (History).
Discussant: Xiaoyuan Liu (History)
5:45-6:30 Concluding Discussion
Professor China Scherz Manuscript Workshop
Fri Oct 22
Ed Welch (University of Aberdeen), “Build the Imaginary: Urban Futures and New Towns in Post-War French Spatial Planning”
Fri Nov 05
Book Seminar on South Asian Politics, History, and Culture (Featuring Prathama Banerjee & Rochona Majumdar
Thu Nov 11
The seminar will feature talks and a discussion on two recent publications on South Asian political thought, history, and culture by the featured authors.
Prathama Banerjee, Elementary Aspects of the Political: Histories from the Global South
Duke University Press, 2020
In Elementary Aspects of the Political Prathama Banerjee moves beyond postcolonial and decolonial critiques of European political philosophy to rethink modern conceptions of "the political" from the perspective of the global South. Drawing on Indian and Bengali practices and philosophies from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Banerjee identifies four elements of the political: the self, action, the idea, and the people. She examines selfhood in the light of precolonial Indic traditions of renunciation and realpolitik; action in the constitutive tension between traditional conceptions of karma and modern ideas of labor; the idea of equality as it emerges in the dialectic between spirituality and economics; and people in the friction between the structure of the political party and the atmospherics of fiction and theater. Banerjee reasserts the historical specificity of political thought and challenges modern assumptions about the universality, primacy, and self-evidence of the political
Rochona Majumdar, Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures, Columbia University Press, 2021
In this pioneering book, Rochona Majumdar examines key works of Indian art cinema to demonstrate how film emerged as a mode of doing history and that, in so doing, it anticipated some of the most influential insights of postcolonial thought. Majumdar details how filmmakers as well as a host of film societies and publications sought to foster a new cinematic culture for the new nation, fueled by enthusiasm for a future of progress and development. Good films would help make good citizens: art cinema would not only earn global prestige but also shape discerning individuals capable of exercising aesthetic and political judgment. During the 1960s, however, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, and Ritwik Ghatak—the leading figures of Indian art cinema—became disillusioned with the belief that film was integral to national development. Instead, Majumdar contends, their works captured the unresolvable contradictions of the postcolonial present, which pointed toward possible, yet unrealized futures.
Prathama Banerjee is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India, and author of Politics of Time: "Primitives" and History-Writing in a Colonial Society (2006) and Elementary Aspects of the Political: Histories from the Global South (2020).
Rochona Majumdar is Associate Professor in the Departments of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal (2009), Writing Postcolonial History (2010), and Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures (2021).
Aswin Punathambekar is Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (2013), co-author of Media Industry Studies (2020), and co-editor of Global Bollywood (2008), Television at Large in South Asia (2013), and Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia (2019).
Samhita Sunya is Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Sirens of Modernity: World Cinema Via Bombay (in press,). Her interests span world film history, informal practices of media distribution across South / West Asia and the Indian Ocean, and intersections of audio-visual media and literary forms.
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.