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

Annual Report 2019-20

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Antigone Film Series

Organized by the Antigone Working Group, the Antigone Film Series is curated by Andrés Fabián Henao Castro, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston and 2018-2020 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory, a partnership between Duke University, the University of Bologna (UNIBO), and the University of Virginia. 

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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.

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Caroline Elkins

Pulitizer Prize Winner | Professor of History and African & African American Studies, Harvard University
"The 'Moral Effect' of Legalized Lawlessness in the British Empire"
Thursday, February 27, 2020  | Wilson Hall 142  | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

 

 

HistoREMIX Humanities Week | Feburary 23-28, 2020 

Jane Taylor

IHGC Fall 2019 Distinguished Visitor 
October 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
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Burning the Library of Life: Species Extinction and the Humanities

A Symposium | September 26-27, 2019
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Puzzle Poetry

Puzzle Poesis

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. 

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Asian Cosmopolitanisms

Asian Cosmopolitanisms

A new IHGC lab on Asian Cosmopolitanisms aiming to reconceptualize the study of Asia
across the disciplines of the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

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CHCI

Humanities Informatics

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.

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Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe Lecture

"Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism" | September 18, 2017

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Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh

IHGC Writer-in-residence
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Global Map

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.

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News & Announcements

Tue Sep 29
12:00pm - 1:30pm | Webinar
Vanessa Ogle (UC-Berkeley), "Money on the Move: Decolonization as an Economic and Financial Category"

Vanessa Ogle (UC-Berkeley), "Money on the Move: Decolonization as an Economic and Financial Category"

Tue Sep 29


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Wed Sep 30
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Webinar
IHGC & PEN America - Calling in, Calling Out, and What Difference Does It Make?: "Free" Expression in the Academy

IHGC & PEN America - Calling in, Calling Out, and What Difference Does It Make?: "Free" Expression in the Academy

Wed Sep 30


Calling in, Calling Out, and What Difference Does It Make?: "Free" Expression in the Academy

Wednesday September 30, 2020 | 4.00-6.00 pm | Register here.

Panelists:

Marlene L. Daut, Professor & Associate Director, Carter G. Woodson Institute, UVA
Meredith D. Clark, Assistant Professor, Media Studies, UVA
Tamika Carey, Associate Professor, English, UVA
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Prof. of Women’s Studies; Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Spelman College

Tue Oct 06
12:00pm - 1:30pm | Webinar
Kennetta Hammond Perry (De Montfort), "The Sights and Sounds of State Violence: Encounters With the Archive of David Oluwale"

Kennetta Hammond Perry (De Montfort), "The Sights and Sounds of State Violence: Encounters With the Archive of David Oluwale"

Tue Oct 06


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Wed Oct 07
8:00 PM | Webinar
IHGC & PEN America - Screening of the Vice-Presidential Debate (with Jamelle Bouie, Sally Hudson, Andra Gillespie, & Deborah McDowell)

IHGC & PEN America - Screening of the Vice-Presidential Debate (with Jamelle Bouie, Sally Hudson, Andra Gillespie, & Deborah McDowell)

Wed Oct 07


Screening of the Vice-Presidential Debate (with Jamelle Bouie, Sally Hudson, Andra Gillespie, & Deborah McDowell)

Thursday October 7, 2020 | 8 pm preview with panelists; debate starts @ 9 pm; discussion to follow | Registration link will be available soon. 

Panelists:
Jamelle Bouie, New York Times columnist
Sally Hudson, Virginia State delegate; Assistant Professor, Economics, UVA
Andra Gillespie, Director, James Weldon Johnson Institute; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Emory University
Deborah McDowell. Director, Carter G. Woodson Institute; Alice Griffin Professor of English, UVA

Fri Oct 16
10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Webinar
Mellon Fellows Seminar - China Scherz, “Not Me: Addiction, Release, and Response in Central Uganda"

Mellon Fellows Seminar - China Scherz, “Not Me: Addiction, Release, and Response in Central Uganda"

Fri Oct 16


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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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Bologna

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: “Caribbean Chronotropes” is a book-length investigation of the depiction of time technologies and time travel in speculative Caribbean novels written between 2008 and 2018. Its central concern is the ways in which Caribbean writers have grappled with concepts from theoretical physics to conceptualize a regional temporality that is out of sync with linear time, and to...

Project Summary: My project on Byzantine urbanism and Athens in particular, seeks to reconstruct the topography and spatial layout of Byzantine Athens (4th-15th c AD), and better understand contemporary living conditions and socio-economic activities in the city. Emphasis is placed on city-making processes and particularly the role of non-elite, ordinary people in them. Similar to...

Project Summary: My current book project reframes narratives of photography’s origin and originality by zooming into the first one hundred years of photography in Senegal (1860-1960). Senegal has received significant attention as one of the epicenters of modernism in the Black Atlantic, and yet, the advent of photography in the country in the 1840s has hardly been considered in...

Project Summary:  This project investigates patterns of migration, transmission of knowledge, and interreligious history after the Mongol conquests of the Middle East and East Asia in the late Middle Ages (1206-1405 A.D.). This Mellon Humanities Fellowship funds research into the history of Islamic learning under the aegis of the Mongol Empire and, specifically, the founding of “...

Project Summary:  How did British society respond — or fail to respond — to the use of torture, summary executions, and other atrocities in its overseas empire after 1945?  Although the absence of sustained outrage at the time has often been attributed to the absence of information, awareness of brutal violence was in fact widespread.  Many different communities or “circles of knowing...

Project Summary:  Cracking Up archives and analyzes how Black feminist comedians assert freedom and citizenship in the United States through joke-telling. I argue that Black feminist comedic performance and the laughter it ignites are vital components of feminist, queer, and anti-racist protest. Through archival research and performance analysis, I study Black women stand-up...