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"Humanities Informatics," CHCI Annual Conference

June 13, 2018

University of Virginia |

"Humanities Informatics," CHCI Annual Conference

June 13, 2018

University of Virginia |

2018 Annual Meeting
 

Humanities Informatics

Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
June 13-17, 2018

 

Big data is now ubiquitous across myriad domains: politics, war, security, environment, health, media, art, culture and finance. New frontiers in information sciences have expanded our understanding of the human through advances in genetics and artificial intelligence (AI). Google and Facebook are at the forefront of research on AI. Historically linked to the rise of cybernetics in the 1950s, the penetration of big data and machine learning in our lives through advances in social media, cloud computing, robotics, epigenetics and cyber surveillance, have transformed our understanding of social belonging, political agency, knowledge production, privacy and autonomy.

 

Humanities Informatics is emerging as a new field in response to these developments. There are clear connections here to the work done in digital humanities, including the manipulation and visualization of data. But humanities informatics is less concerned with the actual computation of data than it is with the ways in which data structures and algorithms inform political economy, humanistic cultural production, human scientific endeavors, and studies of the evolution of human life itself.

 

Is new media technology making democratic politics impossible? What are the implications for the university of knowledge and information explosion unleashed by large corporations such as Google? How has social life been transformed by new media technologies? What transformations have emerged in art and performative cultures with the impact of interactive media technologies? Should we view the digital as a step-change in the technologies of communication and in epistemology? As the equivalent of the invention of the printing press? When algorithms make decisions, is there any room for discretion? How has our understanding of the ‘human’ been transformed by advances in genetic engineering and artificial intelligence?

 

A CHCI conference on Humanities Informatics will showcase the power of the humanities to address these urgent questions about the ‘human’ in our information age.

A special panel entitled, ‘#Charlottesville: August 11 & 12’ will focus on the eruption of neo-fascist violence in contemporary America. Charlottesville, the location of the conference, is also the site of neo-Nazi and white supremacist violence that shook the United States in the summer of 2017 and garnered global media attention. The panel will revisit the legacies of slavery, the civil war, the history of confederate monuments, and white supremacist movements in Virginia, a historic region that exists on the fault-line of a deep racial division that was foundational to the establishment of the United States as a nation. Speakers include Kirt Von Daacke, Chair of the UVA Presidential Commission on Slavery, and Deborah McDowell, Director, The Carter Woodson Institute of African and African-American Studies.

 

Visit the CHCI website for more information. 

Irrationality and the Contemporary

May 4, 2018

Wilson Hall 142 | 9:00 am

Irrationality and the Contemporary

May 4, 2018

Wilson Hall 142 | 9:00 am

 

"Irrationality & the Contemporary" is a one-day symposium, scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2018, in Wilson Hall 142. In light of the ongoing climate of skepticism and other signs of the retreat of liberalism around the world, our panels and keynote presentation will consider the play between rationality and irrationality in the post-1945 period and especially in our public discourse, bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines to reflect on forms of irrationality that appear in our politics, new media, the university, and neoliberal institutions. Professor Wendy Chun (Modern Culture and Media, Brown University) will deliver our keynote lecture. Cumulatively, the symposium strives to illuminate conditions constitutive of the contemporary moment, as well as historical forces that may be contributing to the incremental dissolution of infrastructures that support liberal democracy. 

 

This event is made possible by generous support from the Buckner W. Clay Endowment, the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, New Literary History, the Department of Politics, the Department of English, and the Food, Fuels, and Forests Working Group.

 

Tentative Lineup:

Wendy Chun, Modern Culture and Media, Brown

Jonathan Flatley, English, Wayne State

Deborah Lawrence, Environmental Science, University of Virginia

Jennifer Fleissner, English, Indiana University

Bradley Pasanak, English, University of Virginia

Elizabeth Losh, English and American Studies, William & Mary

Lisa Friedman, Reporter, The New York Times

Austin Hetrick, English (PhD Candidate, event organizer), University of Virginia

Jap-Nanak Makkar, English (PhD Candidate, event organizer), University of Virginia

Amitav Ghosh, "The Culture of Climate"

April 23, 2018

Harrison Small Auditorium | TBD

Amitav Ghosh, "The Culture of Climate"

April 23, 2018

Harrison Small Auditorium | TBD

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Charlotte Rogers, Christopher Krentz, William Hitchcock)

April 20, 2018

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Charlotte Rogers, Christopher Krentz, William Hitchcock)

April 20, 2018

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

IHGC Presents 

Mellon Fellows Symposium

Friday April 20, 2018

9:30 am - 1:30 pm

 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Charlotte Rogers, Assistant Professor of Spanish

"Savage Storms in Literature of the Americas"

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Christopher Krentz, Associate Professor of English (Joint appointment with the American Sign Language Program)

"Unexpected Kinship: Disability and Human Rights in the Literature of the Global South"

 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

William Hitchcock, Professor of History

"Refugee Century: An International History"

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

Romanticism, Now and Then

April 20, 2018

TBD | TBD

Romanticism, Now and Then

April 20, 2018

TBD | TBD

Sanctuary and Belonging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Flight, Refuge, and Community

April 12, 2018

New Cabell Hall 236 | 9:30 am

Sanctuary and Belonging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Flight, Refuge, and Community

April 12, 2018

New Cabell Hall 236 | 9:30 am

Global Knowledges, Local Universities

March 22, 2018

Wilson Hall 142 | 9:30 am

Global Knowledges, Local Universities

March 22, 2018

Wilson Hall 142 | 9:30 am

Bologna Academy Graduate Conference, "Race and Division of Labor in Global Western Empires, 1791-1888"

March 16, 2018

Wilson Hall 142 | 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Bologna Academy Graduate Conference, "Race and Division of Labor in Global Western Empires, 1791-1888"

March 16, 2018

Wilson Hall 142 | 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Geoff Eley, "Fascism and Antifascism, 1920-2020"

February 19, 2018

Newcomb Hall Gallery | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Geoff Eley, "Fascism and Antifascism, 1920-2020"

February 19, 2018

Newcomb Hall Gallery | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

 

Geoff Eley is the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He works on modern German and European History, nationalism, fascism, film and history, and historiography. His earliest works were Reshaping the German Right: Radical Nationalism and Political Change after Bismarck (1980, 1991) and The Peculiarities of German History (with David Blackbourn, 1980, 1984). More recent books include Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000 (2002), A Crooked Line: From Cultural History to the History of Society (2005), The Future of Class in History (with Keith Nield, 2007), and Nazism as Fascism: Violence, Ideology, and the Ground of Consent in Germany, 1930-1945 (2013). Eley's edited or co-edited books include The Goldhagen Effect: History, Memory, Nazism (2000), Citizenship and National Identity in Twentieth-Century Germany (with Jan Palmowski, 2007), German Colonialism in a Global Age (2014), and German Modernities from Wilhelm to Weimar: A Contest of Futures (2016). He is currently writing a general history of Europe in the twentieth century.

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Nizar Hermes, Christina Mobley, Murad Idris)

February 16, 2018

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Nizar Hermes, Christina Mobley, Murad Idris)

February 16, 2018

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

IHGC Presents 

Mellon Fellows Symposium

Friday February 16, 2018

9:30am - 1:30pm

 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Nizar Hermes, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures

"Ibn Sharaf (d. 1067)’s Elegy for the City of Qayrawan"

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Christina Mobley, Assistant Professor of History

"Vodou History: the Kongo History of the Haitian Revolution"

 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Murad Idris, Assistant Professor of Politics

"Reading Ibn Tufayl in the Modern Middle East: Philosophy, Colonialism, and Political Fantasies"

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

Oceans of Exchange: Art, Indigeneity, and the 21st Century Museum

February 2, 2018

Harrison Small Auditorium | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Oceans of Exchange: Art, Indigeneity, and the 21st Century Museum

February 2, 2018

Harrison Small Auditorium | 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Joshua Reeves, "Killer Apps: Military Surveillance & Media Escalation

February 1, 2018

Wilson Hall 142 | 6:00 pm

Joshua Reeves, "Killer Apps: Military Surveillance & Media Escalation

February 1, 2018

Wilson Hall 142 | 6:00 pm

Please join us for the first Surveillance and Infrastructure research group, part of the Humanities and Informatics lab, lecture by Joshua Reeves. His talk, "Killer Apps: Military Surveillance and Media Escalation" will take place in Wilson 142 at 6:00 next Thursday, Feb. 1st. This is followed by a workshop where we'll discuss chapters from his book, Citizen Spy, on Friday at noon over lunch in Wilson 142. 

Isabel Hofmeyr, Workshop on "Indian Ocean Worlds"

November 17, 2017

Wilson 142 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Isabel Hofmeyr, Workshop on "Indian Ocean Worlds"

November 17, 2017

Wilson 142 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures
presents a workshop with
Professor Isabel Hofmeyr (NYU and Witswatersrand)
on
Indian Ocean Worlds

 

Program

 

12.00-1.00pm: Lunch

 

1.00-1.15pm: Introduction

 

1.15-1.45pm: Isabel Hofmeyr on "Indian Ocean Worlds"

 

1.45-2.00pm: Fahad Bishara (respondent)

 

2.00-2.15pm: Maya Boutaghou (respondent)

 

2.15-3.30pm: Discussion  and Q & A 

 

Bio: Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature and Indian Ocean Cultures at the University of the Witswatersand. Her research interests include postcolonialism; African literature; Southern African literary studies; oral history and literature; John Bunyan; seventeenth century studies; textual transnationalism; Africa-India interactions; Indian Ocean studies; histories of the book and print culture; and histories of reading and writing. Her current work focuses on Africa and its intellectual trajectories in the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Her earlier scholarship examined ways of historicising oral literature and its interactions with literacy. As South Africa’s transition opened the country up to democracy and globalisation, Hofmeyr turned her attention to themes of transnationalism and textual circulation. More recently she has explored textual circulation in the Global South with a focus on the Indian Ocean. Her work addresses questions of Africa’s intellectual place in the world and the material and aesthetic history of texts and their transnational circulation. She is the author of Gandhi's Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading (Harvard, 2013), The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of The Pilgrim's Progress (Princeton, 2004), We Spend Our Years As a Tale that is Told: Oral Historical Narrative in a South African Chiefdom (Heinemann, 1994).

Religious and Cultural Appropriation, Then and Now: Round Table Workshop

November 10, 2017

Rouss Hall 223 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Religious and Cultural Appropriation, Then and Now: Round Table Workshop

November 10, 2017

Rouss Hall 223 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Spaces and Subjectivities: South African Perspective | Workshop with Sarah Nuttall

November 7, 2017

Wilson Hall 142 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Spaces and Subjectivities: South African Perspective | Workshop with Sarah Nuttall

November 7, 2017

Wilson Hall 142 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures cordially invites students and faculty to attend a lecture and a workshop with Sarah Nuttall, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

 

On Monday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m, Professor Nuttall will deliver her lecture entitled "The Planetary and the Posthuman: Perspectives from African Theory, Fiction and Art" in the Bryan Hall faculty lounge. There is no registration required for this event.

 

And on Tuesday, November 7, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, Professor Nuttall will offer a workshop, "Spaces and Subjectivities: South African Perspectives." The workshop will be held in Wilson Hall 142. Faculty and students who wish to participate in the workshop should register here. Three workshop readings are available through the registration form. Coffee and refreshments will be available at the beginning of the event.

 

About Sarah Nuttall

 

Sarah Nuttall is Director of the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg. A literary scholar by training, Sarah’s varied research interests and prolific publication record have established her as a leading cultural commentator and critic in South Africa as well as one of the leading scholars of her generation. She has lectured at the University of Stellenbosch and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale and Duke. Sarah has edited several path-breaking books. Her influential monograph, Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-apartheid, explores mutuality, transgression and embodiment in contemporary South Africa.Sarah has published in various journals including in Cultural Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Journal of South African Studies, Public Culture, Third Text and Social Dynamics. She is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Southern African Studies, Humanity, Cultural Studies, Social Dynamics, English Studies in Africa, and English Academy Review. She serves on the advisory board of the UVA-Duke-Bologna Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory. 

Sarah Nuttall, “The Planetary and the Posthuman: Perspectives from African Theory, Fiction and Art”

November 6, 2017

Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sarah Nuttall, “The Planetary and the Posthuman: Perspectives from African Theory, Fiction and Art”

November 6, 2017

Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Bio: Sarah Nuttall is Director of the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg. A literary scholar by training, Sarah’s varied research interests and prolific publication record have established her as a leading cultural commentator and critic in South Africa as well as one of the leading scholars of her generation. She has lectured at the University of Stellenbosch and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale and Duke. Sarah has edited several path-breaking books. Her influential monograph, Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-apartheid, explores mutuality, transgression and embodiment in contemporary South Africa.Sarah has published in various journals including in Cultural Studies, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Journal of South African Studies, Public Culture, Third Text and Social Dynamics. She is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Southern African Studies, Humanity, Cultural Studies, Social Dynamics, English Studies in Africa, and English Academy Review. She serves on the advisory board of the UVA-Duke-Bologna Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory. 

Poulomi Saha, "Dropped Stitches: Fabrics of Life & the Gendered Production of Postcolonial Bangladesh"

November 3, 2017

Wilson 142 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Poulomi Saha, "Dropped Stitches: Fabrics of Life & the Gendered Production of Postcolonial Bangladesh"

November 3, 2017

Wilson 142 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Poulomi Saha is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches courses in postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality theory, and ethnic American literature.

 

Her research and teaching agenda spans eastward and forward from the late 19th century decline of British colonial rule in the Indian Ocean through to the Pacific and the rise of American global power and domestic race relations in the 20th century. Professor Saha is interested in developing an expansive view of empire and of what constitutes Anglophone literature, routed not primarily through Great Britain and Western Europe but rather through circuits of affiliation and encounter between Asia and the Americas.

 

She is currently completing her first monograph, An Empire of Touch: Feminine Political Labor & The Fabrication of East Bengal, 1905-2015, which turns attention to East Bengal, the historical antecedent of Bangladesh, today an international exemplar of development driven by gender-targeted foreign aid. An Empire of Touch recounts a new narrative of female political labor under empire, spanning from anticolonial nationalism to neoliberal globalization, through text and textile. It follows the historical traces of how women have claimed their labor, making what has been customarily seen as “merely” intimate and domestic into appreciable political acts.

 

Her work has been published in differences and The Journal of Modern Literature.

Cities of the Global South Symposium

November 1, 2017

Wilson Hall 142 | 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Cities of the Global South Symposium

November 1, 2017

Wilson Hall 142 | 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Michael Dobson, "Accents Yet Unknown: Nationalisms, National Theaters & The Return of Julius Caesar"

October 30, 2017

Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge | 5:00 pm

Michael Dobson, "Accents Yet Unknown: Nationalisms, National Theaters & The Return of Julius Caesar"

October 30, 2017

Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge | 5:00 pm

Nicholas Kristof, "Sanctuary and Belonging: Overcoming a Divided America"

October 23, 2017

Nau Hall 101 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nicholas Kristof, "Sanctuary and Belonging: Overcoming a Divided America"

October 23, 2017

Nau Hall 101 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

Remapping the Urban Workshop (with Sheila Crane)

October 20, 2017

Wilson 142 | 1:00 pm

Remapping the Urban Workshop (with Sheila Crane)

October 20, 2017

Wilson 142 | 1:00 pm

Remapping the Urban:

Everyday Practices of Adaptation & the Politics of Presence

20 October 2017

 

Wilson Hall 142

 

1:00–1:15             Welcome & introduction, Sheila Crane, Associate Professor & Chair, Architectural History,

                                                University of Virginia

 

1:15–2:15                Anne-Maria Makhulu, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology & African

                                                and African-American Studies, Duke University

                                “Lessons from the Apartheid and Post-Apartheid City”

 

2:15–3:15                William Bissell, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Lafayette College

                                TBA (film & media in Zanzibar)

 

3:15–3:30             Coffee break

 

3:30–4:30               Katarzyna Pieprzak, Chair & Professor of Francophone Literature, French Language, and

                                                Comparative Literature, French & Africana Studies, Williams College

                                “In Praise of Surface Readings: The Art and Politics of Urban Whitewashing in the

                                Casablanca-based work of Hassan Darsi and Yto Barrada”

 

4:30–5:00             Concluding discussion

A Night of Sufi Music and Ghazals

October 15, 2017

Old Cabell Hall Auditorium | 7:00 pm

A Night of Sufi Music and Ghazals

October 15, 2017

Old Cabell Hall Auditorium | 7:00 pm

Ongoing Mahfil: The Urdu Ghazal

October 15, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

Ongoing Mahfil: The Urdu Ghazal

October 15, 2017

Wilson 142 | 10:00 am

Global Intellectual & Political Thought

October 5, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:15 am

Global Intellectual & Political Thought

October 5, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:15 am

Global Political Thought

Perspectives from South Asia and the Middle East

 

October 5, 2017

Wilson 142

 

9.15am: Welcome and Introduction

Debjani Ganguly
 

9.30am-10.30am

Dilip Menon, University of the Witswatersrand

“Colonial Cosmopolitanisms, Literary Modernism and Deep History: The Essays of Kesari Balakrishna Pillai”

 

10.30am-11.00am: Coffee
 

11.00am-12.00pm

Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

“Ambedkar, Micropower and Marxism”

 

12.00-1.00pm

Aishwary Kumar, Stanford University

“A War without End: Ambedkar and the Dispositif of Cruelty.”

 

1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch
 

2.00pm-3.00pm

Murad Idris, University of Virginia

“Luthers of the Orient: Colonists, Reformers, and Tactical Identifications”

 

3.00pm-4.00pm

Marwa Elshakry, Columbia University

“In Search of a Golden Age: Universal Histories of Science, Islam and the Arabs.”

 

4.00pm-4.30pm: coffee
 

4.30pm-5.30pm

Prathama Banerjee, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

“Equality: Ontology of an Idea”

 

5.30pm-6.00pm: Concluding Remarks

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Jessica Andruss, Michael Allen, Andrej Petrovic)

September 22, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Mellon Fellows Symposium (with Jessica Andruss, Michael Allen, Andrej Petrovic)

September 22, 2017

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wilson 142 | 9:30 am

IHGC Presents 

Mellon Fellows Symposium

Friday September 22, 2017

9:30am - 1:30pm

 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Michael Allen, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

"On Weakness of Will: A Nyāya Approach to the Environmental Humanities"

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Jessica Andruss, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

"An Arabic Poetics of the Hebrew Bible: Thinking About Metaphor in Medieval Jerusalem"

 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Andrej Petrovic, Professor of Classics

"Concept of Belief in Greek Religion"

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

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