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New IHGC Research Networks & Initiatives

The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures is excited to announce a new set of research networks and initiatives, beginning Fall 2023. Each group is listed below

Personhoods Initiative

What is a person? How do we understand personhood? The Personhoods Initiative is a new research network sponsored by IHGC that brings together scholars interested in how we extend moral and legal recognition within and across ontologies, taking up questions of race, gender, sexuality, animality, environmental ethics, planthood, artificial intelligence, and bioethics.

Fall 2023 Lineup of Events

Sept. 15, 12-2 pm, Wilson 142: Personhoods Initiative First Lunch Meeting. RSVP to Anne Gilliam ( if joining for lunch.

Oct. 12, 4-6 pm, Wilson 142: “The Plant At the End of the World: Invasive Species in the Anthropocene.” Lecture by Dr. Yota Batsaki, Harvard University and Dumbarton Oaks.

Oct. 13, 10 am - 12 pm, Scholars Lab, Clemons Library: "Plant Humanities Lab." Seminar with Dr. Yota Batsaki, Harvard University and Dumbarton Oaks.

Oct. 13, 4-6 pm, Wilson 142: Lecture by Dr. Anatole Tchikine, Harvard University and Dumbarton Oaks. 


Games Lab & Reading Group

Games Lab is a new IHGC Lab that will explore phenomenologies of gaming experience, game design and data structure, AI environments, and critiques of gaming culture.

Fall 2023 Lineup of Events

Sept. 20, 11 am-12:30 pm, Wilson 142, Games Lab Reading Group/First Lunch Meeting. RSVP to Anne Gilliam ( if joining for lunch.

Nov. 16, 4-6 pm, Wilson 142: "Video Games and the Pornography of Death." Lecture by Amanda Phillips, Georgetown University.

Nov. 17, 12-2 pm, Wilson 142: "Gamer Trouble: Feminist Confrontations in Digital Culture" - Seminar with Amanda D. Phillips, Georgetown University.


For the Humanities Lecture Series

This series of events will feature scholars and their work on the ongoing question of futures, possibilities, and affordances within the study and disciplines of the humanities.

Fall 2023 Lineup of Events

Oct. 26, 4-6 pm, Wilson 142: "The End of Aesthetic History? Or, Provincializing the Twentieth Century." Lecture by Dr. Eric Hayot, Pennsylvania State University.

Oct. 27, 12-2 pm, Wilson 142: "Seminar, 'Humanist Reason: A History. An Argument. A Plan.'" Seminar with Dr. Eric Hayot, Pennsylvania State University.


The Reading Lab


Fall 2023 Lineup of Events

Sept. 7, 4-6 pm, Wilson 142: "Interrupting, the Human: Shuffling." Lecture by Dr. Maurits van Bever Donker, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Queer South[s]


Fall 2023 Lineup of Events

Sept. 13, 7-8 pm, Helms Theatre: "PLAY MAID: A New Solo Performance by Jesús I. Valley"

Sept. 14, 4-6 pm, Helms Theatre: "Maleficios: A Workshop in Crafting Curses for the Stage" with Jesús I. Valley