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Events

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

September 29, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

September 29, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

September 30, 2020

Webinar | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

September 30, 2020

Webinar | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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

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

October 6, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

October 6, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Register here

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

October 7, 2020

Webinar | 8:00 PM

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

October 7, 2020

Webinar | 8:00 PM

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

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

October 16, 2020

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

October 16, 2020

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Deborah Baker Fall 2020 Seminar: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism” (Part I)

October 26, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Deborah Baker Fall 2020 Seminar: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism” (Part I)

October 26, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

IHGC Fall Seminar with Deborah Baker

Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism”

 

Mondays, 3.00-5.00pm

 

Dates

October 26

November 2

November 9

November 16

 

 

We are living in a time of rising extremism and increasing polarization around the world.  This trend has been accompanied by acts of millenarian terror, generally committed by men who believe themselves and their identities and beliefs to be facing an existential threat.  What narrative strategies can be used to dramatize the conflict between those who want to destroy civil society, replacing civic norms with ones in which they are the unquestioned arbiters, and those who seek to protect the status quo? In this seminar we will look at works of fiction and narrative non-fiction that have captured this struggle in all its moral, political, and historical dimensions.

 

Reading list:

The Convert by Deborah Baker (narrative non-fiction)

One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway by Asne Sierstad  (narrative non-fiction)

American War by Omar el Akkad (futurist fiction)

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (speculative fiction)

Defying Hitler by Sebastien Haffner (posthumous memoir)

Stuart Ward (University of Copenhagen), "Human Rights After Smuts"

October 27, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Stuart Ward (University of Copenhagen), "Human Rights After Smuts"

October 27, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Register here

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Allison Bigelow, “Mining Language: Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World”

October 30, 2020

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Allison Bigelow, “Mining Language: Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World”

October 30, 2020

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Indigenous and mixed-race miners represent the overwhelming majority of the workforce in colonial Latin America, but the structures of colonial power, violence, and racism eradicated evidence of their intellectual contributions to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century mining and metallurgical sciences. This talk, drawn from Professor Bigelow's new book (April 2020), outlines some of the language-centered methods that historians of science and technology can use to document Indigenous knowledge production, even--and especially--when we do not have the Native-language documents to do so.

Amitav Ghosh Fall 2020 Seminar: “Indian Ocean Worlds and the Anthropocene”

October 30, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Amitav Ghosh Fall 2020 Seminar: “Indian Ocean Worlds and the Anthropocene”

October 30, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As the impact of climate change intensifies, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Indian Ocean region, with its fast-accelerating economies, its innumerable oil and gas producers, its collapsing ecosystems, its vulnerable yet rapidly-increasing populations, and its swiftly-expanding carbon footprint, will be the theatre in which the future of the world will be decided. How will the ongoing changes affect the material and cultural lives of the region’s peoples, who are simultaneously drivers and victims of climate change? Many of the world’s major zones of conflict are already clustered around the Indian Ocean, and the region is also the theater of many accelerating arms races. How will these developments affect the global balance of power? What lessons might past climatic shifts offer for the future? These are some of the issues that will be discussed over the four two-hour sessions of this workshop. 

 

October 30: Indian Ocean Worlds and the Anthropocene

 

  • Markus Vink, “Indian Ocean Studies and the New Thalassalogy,” Journal of Global History, 2, pp 41-62.
  • Will Steffen, Paul Crutzen and John McNeill, “The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of Nature,” Ambio, 36:8, Dec 2007 (publication of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)
  • Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement, part I, “Stories” University of Chicago Press, 2016.
  • Dipesh Chakrabarty, “Climate and Capital: On Conjoined Histories,” Critical Inquiry, 41:1, 2014, pp 1-23.
  • Elizabeth Deloughrey, “Toward a Critical Ocean Studies for the Anthropocene” English Language Notes, 57:1, April 2019

Deborah Baker Fall 2020 Seminar: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism” (Part II)

November 2, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Deborah Baker Fall 2020 Seminar: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism” (Part II)

November 2, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

IHGC Fall Seminar with Deborah Baker

Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism”

 

Mondays, 3.00-5.00pm

 

Dates

October 26

November 2

November 9

November 16

 

 

We are living in a time of rising extremism and increasing polarization around the world.  This trend has been accompanied by acts of millenarian terror, generally committed by men who believe themselves and their identities and beliefs to be facing an existential threat.  What narrative strategies can be used to dramatize the conflict between those who want to destroy civil society, replacing civic norms with ones in which they are the unquestioned arbiters, and those who seek to protect the status quo? In this seminar we will look at works of fiction and narrative non-fiction that have captured this struggle in all its moral, political, and historical dimensions.

 

Reading list:

The Convert by Deborah Baker (narrative non-fiction)

One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway by Asne Sierstad  (narrative non-fiction)

American War by Omar el Akkad (futurist fiction)

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (speculative fiction)

Defying Hitler by Sebastien Haffner (posthumous memoir)

Amitav Ghosh Fall 2020 Seminar: “The Little Ice Age in Tokugawa Japan and Mughal India: Early Modern Perspectives”; (with Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame)

November 6, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Amitav Ghosh Fall 2020 Seminar: “The Little Ice Age in Tokugawa Japan and Mughal India: Early Modern Perspectives”; (with Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame)

November 6, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As the impact of climate change intensifies, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Indian Ocean region, with its fast-accelerating economies, its innumerable oil and gas producers, its collapsing ecosystems, its vulnerable yet rapidly-increasing populations, and its swiftly-expanding carbon footprint, will be the theatre in which the future of the world will be decided. How will the ongoing changes affect the material and cultural lives of the region’s peoples, who are simultaneously drivers and victims of climate change? Many of the world’s major zones of conflict are already clustered around the Indian Ocean, and the region is also the theater of many accelerating arms races. How will these developments affect the global balance of power? What lessons might past climatic shifts offer for the future? These are some of the issues that will be discussed over the four two-hour sessions of this workshop. 

 

November 6: The Little Ice Age in Tokugawa Japan, the Dutch Republic, and Mughal India: Early Modern Perspectives

 

With guest speaker, Julia Adeney Thomas (Notre Dame)

 

  • Dagomar Degroot, excerpt from The Frigid Golden Age: Climate Change, the Little Ice Age and the Dutch Republic, 1560-1720, Cambridge UP, 2018.  
  • Julia Adeney Thomas, “Practicing Hope in the Anthropocene” (unpublished work)
  • Julia Adeney Thomas, “History and Biology in the Anthropocene: Problems of Scale, Problems of Value,” American Historical Review, December 2014.
  • Sugata Ray, “Hydroaesthetics in the Little Ice Age: Theology, Artistic Cultures and Environmental Transformation in Early Modern Braj, c 1560-70” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 40:1, pp1-23.
  • Amitav Ghosh, excerpts from Gun Island

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Ari Blatt, “State of Place, State of Mind: Vernacular Landscapes in Contemporary French Photography”

November 6, 2020

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Ari Blatt, “State of Place, State of Mind: Vernacular Landscapes in Contemporary French Photography”

November 6, 2020

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Deborah Baker Fall 2020 Seminar: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism” (Part III)

November 9, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Deborah Baker Fall 2020 Seminar: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism” (Part III)

November 9, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

IHGC Fall Seminar with Deborah Baker

Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism”

 

Mondays, 3.00-5.00pm

 

Dates

October 26

November 2

November 9

November 16

 

 

We are living in a time of rising extremism and increasing polarization around the world.  This trend has been accompanied by acts of millenarian terror, generally committed by men who believe themselves and their identities and beliefs to be facing an existential threat.  What narrative strategies can be used to dramatize the conflict between those who want to destroy civil society, replacing civic norms with ones in which they are the unquestioned arbiters, and those who seek to protect the status quo? In this seminar we will look at works of fiction and narrative non-fiction that have captured this struggle in all its moral, political, and historical dimensions.

 

Reading list:

The Convert by Deborah Baker (narrative non-fiction)

One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway by Asne Sierstad  (narrative non-fiction)

American War by Omar el Akkad (futurist fiction)

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (speculative fiction)

Defying Hitler by Sebastien Haffner (posthumous memoir)

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Kasey Jernigan, “Mapping Indigenous/UVA Relations”

November 13, 2020

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Kasey Jernigan, “Mapping Indigenous/UVA Relations”

November 13, 2020

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Amitav Ghosh Fall 2020 Seminar: “The Arts of Living in a Precarious Age” (with Anand Pandian)

November 13, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Amitav Ghosh Fall 2020 Seminar: “The Arts of Living in a Precarious Age” (with Anand Pandian)

November 13, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As the impact of climate change intensifies, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Indian Ocean region, with its fast-accelerating economies, its innumerable oil and gas producers, its collapsing ecosystems, its vulnerable yet rapidly-increasing populations, and its swiftly-expanding carbon footprint, will be the theatre in which the future of the world will be decided. How will the ongoing changes affect the material and cultural lives of the region’s peoples, who are simultaneously drivers and victims of climate change? Many of the world’s major zones of conflict are already clustered around the Indian Ocean, and the region is also the theater of many accelerating arms races. How will these developments affect the global balance of power? What lessons might past climatic shifts offer for the future? These are some of the issues that will be discussed over the four two-hour sessions of this workshop. 

 

November 13: The Arts of Living in a Precarious Age

 

With guest speaker: Anand Pandian (Johns Hopkins)

 

  • Anand Pandian, Introduction to A Possible Anthropology: Methods for Uneasy Times, Duke UP, 2019.
  • Nils Bubandt, “Haunted Geologies: Spirits, Stones and the Necropolitics of the Anthropocene,” Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, eds. Anne Tsing, et.al. University of Minnesota Press, 2017
  • Wu Ming-Yi, excerpts from the novel, The Man with the Compound Eyes, Taiwan: Summer Festival Press, 2011.
  • Jason Decaires Taylor, underwater art installations

https://www.underwatersculpture.com/

Deborah Baker Fall 2020 Seminar: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism” (Part IV)

November 16, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Deborah Baker Fall 2020 Seminar: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism” (Part IV)

November 16, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

IHGC Fall Seminar with Deborah Baker

Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism”

 

Mondays, 3.00-5.00pm

 

Dates

October 26

November 2

November 9

November 16

 

 

We are living in a time of rising extremism and increasing polarization around the world.  This trend has been accompanied by acts of millenarian terror, generally committed by men who believe themselves and their identities and beliefs to be facing an existential threat.  What narrative strategies can be used to dramatize the conflict between those who want to destroy civil society, replacing civic norms with ones in which they are the unquestioned arbiters, and those who seek to protect the status quo? In this seminar we will look at works of fiction and narrative non-fiction that have captured this struggle in all its moral, political, and historical dimensions.

 

Reading list:

The Convert by Deborah Baker (narrative non-fiction)

One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway by Asne Sierstad  (narrative non-fiction)

American War by Omar el Akkad (futurist fiction)

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (speculative fiction)

Defying Hitler by Sebastien Haffner (posthumous memoir)

Priyamvada Gopal (Cambridge), "Decolonization and the Western University"

November 17, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Priyamvada Gopal (Cambridge), "Decolonization and the Western University"

November 17, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Register here

Amitav Ghosh Fall 2020 Seminar: “Environmental Crisis and Security in the Indian Ocean” (with Sunil Amrith)

November 20, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Amitav Ghosh Fall 2020 Seminar: “Environmental Crisis and Security in the Indian Ocean” (with Sunil Amrith)

November 20, 2020

Webinar | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As the impact of climate change intensifies, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Indian Ocean region, with its fast-accelerating economies, its innumerable oil and gas producers, its collapsing ecosystems, its vulnerable yet rapidly-increasing populations, and its swiftly-expanding carbon footprint, will be the theatre in which the future of the world will be decided. How will the ongoing changes affect the material and cultural lives of the region’s peoples, who are simultaneously drivers and victims of climate change? Many of the world’s major zones of conflict are already clustered around the Indian Ocean, and the region is also the theater of many accelerating arms races. How will these developments affect the global balance of power? What lessons might past climatic shifts offer for the future? These are some of the issues that will be discussed over the four two-hour sessions of this workshop. 

 

November 20: Environmental Crisis and Security in the Indian Ocean

 

With guest speaker: Sunil Amrith (Harvard)

 

  • Sunil Amrith, “When the Waters Rise,” from Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants, Harvard UP, 2013
  • Sunil Amrith, excerpts from Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History, Basic Books, 2018.
  • Simon Dalby, Chapter 5 & 6 from Security and Environmental Change, Polity Press 2009.
  • Sanjay Chaturvedi and Timothy Doyle, “Geopolitics of Fear and the Emergence of Climate Refugees: Imaginative Geographies of Climate Change and Displacements in Bangladesh,” Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 6:2, 2010, pp. 206-222
  • Brahma Chellaney, “Indian Ocean Maritime Security: Energy, Environmental and Climate Challenges,” Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 6:2, 2010, pp 155-168.
  • Michelle Voyer et.al, “Maritime Security and the Blue Economy: Intersections and Interdependencies in the Indian Ocean,” Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 14:1, 2018, pp 28-48

Tehila Sasson (Emory), "Ethical Capitalism and the End of Empire"

December 1, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Tehila Sasson (Emory), "Ethical Capitalism and the End of Empire"

December 1, 2020

Webinar | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Register here

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Neeti Nair, “India’s Partition: Literature, Culture, Politics”

January 22, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Neeti Nair, “India’s Partition: Literature, Culture, Politics”

January 22, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Michael Puri, “Mimetic Musical Modernism: The Case of Maurice Ravel”

February 19, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Michael Puri, “Mimetic Musical Modernism: The Case of Maurice Ravel”

February 19, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Joshua White, “An Epic Tale of Sorrow and Joy: Slavery, Migration, and the Mediterranean Journeys of an Ottoman Manuscript”

March 19, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Joshua White, “An Epic Tale of Sorrow and Joy: Slavery, Migration, and the Mediterranean Journeys of an Ottoman Manuscript”

March 19, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Sarah Betzer, “The Long Eighteenth Century?”

March 26, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Sarah Betzer, “The Long Eighteenth Century?”

March 26, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Tessa Farmer, “Cairo’s Sabils: Gifting Water”

April 16, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Seminar - Tessa Farmer, “Cairo’s Sabils: Gifting Water”

April 16, 2021

Webinar | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm