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

Lisa Parks

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

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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.
We seek to treat poems as puzzles, isolate the substance of prosody, and apprehend shape as a medium. Ours is a motley and interdisciplinary collective
that calls upon far-flung University resources: laser cutters, 3D printers, cluster computing service units, art and architecture studios. We are makers,
coders, and subformalists. We are interested in overcoming constraint.

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Achille Mbembe Lecture

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

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Humanities Informatics

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.

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About

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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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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Civil Resistance

Humanities Week | April 2-7, 2018

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Amitav Ghosh

A Conversation on The Great Derangement:
Climate Change and the Unthinkable 
(2016)

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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

Thu Sep 27
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Wilson Hall 142
"Cultural Constructicography": Daniel Shore (Georgetown U) Lecture, Workshop, and DH Mixer

"Cultural Constructicography": Daniel Shore (Georgetown U) Lecture, Workshop, and DH Mixer

Thu Sep 27


"Cultural Constructicography," a discussion and workshop with Daniel Shore
Thursday, September 27, 2:30 - 4:30pm in Wilson 142
 

Workshop description: Come learn how digital archives and advanced search tools can help us revise our understanding of the history of language, the nature of the sign, and the "structure" of Structuralism. The session will begin with a short talk about the arguments of the recent book, Cyberformalism: Histories of Linguistic Forms in the Digital Archive, move to a demonstration of corpus-based research methods, and end with a workshop format where students can try out corpus methods on their own research topics and get coaching.
 

Bio: Daniel Shore, Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, is the author of Cyberformalism: Histories of Linguistic Forms in the Digital Archive (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018) and Milton and the Art of Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and of articles in journals including PMLA, Critical Inquiry, Modern Philology, Shakespeare Quarterly, Milton Studies and others. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and he is the co-founder of the Six Degrees of Francis Bacon project.

Mon Oct 01
3:00 pm | Wilson Hall 142
Alexa Joubin, “Can World Literature Go Beyond the Nation State? The Case of Global Shakespeare”

Alexa Joubin, “Can World Literature Go Beyond the Nation State? The Case of Global Shakespeare”

Mon Oct 01


Fri Oct 05
10:00 am - 5:00 pm | Wilson Hall 142
Poetry and Race Symposium

Poetry and Race Symposium

Fri Oct 05


Poetry has long been a crucial space for constructing and deconstructing racial identities. What can we learn about race from poetry, and poetry from race? How do national and transnational conversations about poetry and race intersect and diverge? Representing a variety of specializations, distinguished poets and scholars including Lorna Goodison, the Poet Laureate of Jamaica, will compare insights into these and other questions.

 

"POETRY AND RACE"
Friday, October 5, 2018
Wilson Hall, Room 142
10am-5pm

 

Featured speakers include:
-J. Edward Chamberlin: http://www.english.utoronto.ca/facultystaff/emeritiretired/chamberlin.htm
-Lorna Goodison: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/lorna-goodison
-Tsitsi Jaji: https://english.duke.edu/people/tsitsi-ella-jaji
-Urayoán Noel: http://urayoannoel.com/
-Josephine Park: https://www.english.upenn.edu/people/josephine-park
-Evie Shockley: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/evie-shockley
-Nathan Suhr-Sytsma: http://www.english.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/faculty_pages/suhr_sytsma.html

 

For more information, go to http://poetryandpoetics.as.virginia.edu.

 

Please join us for the talks, discussion, and reception afterwards.

Thu Oct 11
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Wilson Hall 142
Paul Vierthaler (University of Leiden), “Where Did All These Rumors Come From? Computationally Identifying Intertextuality and Machine-Classifying Its Source in a Late Imperial Chinese Corpus”

Paul Vierthaler (University of Leiden), “Where Did All These Rumors Come From? Computationally Identifying Intertextuality and Machine-Classifying Its Source in a Late Imperial Chinese Corpus”

Thu Oct 11


“Where Did All These Rumors Come From? Computationally Identifying Intertextuality and Machine-Classifying Its Source in a Late Imperial Chinese Corpus” – October 11, 4pm – 7pm -- Lecture (4 - 5:30) & DH Mixer (5:30 - 7:00) in Wilson 142

 

Paul Vierthaler is a University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of the Digital Humanities at Leiden University in the Netherlands. In his current monograph project, he analyzes how historical events are represented in “quasi-histories" written in late imperial China. In this work, he studies how information transforms in genre- and time-dependent ways across thousands of semi- to un-trustworthy texts. In order to facilitate rapid and rigorous research, Paul is interested in developing and adapting computational methods to analyze and visualize large natural language corpora. In his other work, he has been developing machine learning models to study the authorship of the famous late-Ming novel the Plum in the Golden Vase. Additionally, as a continuation of past work on quantitative bibliographic analysis, Paul is developing an extensible and mineable bibliographic database on public domain Chinese texts, which will be deployed in late 2018 or early 2019. In 2015-2016, Paul was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities at Boston College. Prior to that, he was an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. In 2014, he was awarded a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from Yale University.

 
Fri Oct 12
Muhsin Al-Musawi (Columbia U), "The City in the Medieval and Modern Arabic Narrative"

Muhsin Al-Musawi (Columbia U), "The City in the Medieval and Modern Arabic Narrative"

Fri Oct 12


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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