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Samhita Sunya, Mellon Book Talk, "Sirens of Modernity: World Cinema via Bombay"

February 3, 2023

Online | 10-11:30 AM EST

Samhita Sunya, Mellon Book Talk, "Sirens of Modernity: World Cinema via Bombay"

February 3, 2023

Online | 10-11:30 AM EST

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Samhita Sunya is an assistant professor of cinema in the department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Virginia. Her interests span world film history, feminist historiography, informal practices of media distribution across South / West Asia and the Indian Ocean, intersections of audio-visual media and literary forms, and sound studies. Her book Sirens of Modernity: World Cinema Via Bombay (U California Press 2022) historicizes the emergence of world cinema as a category of cinematic diplomacy that formed in the crucible of the Cold War and renders an account of the prolific transnational circuits of popular Hindi films alongside the efflorescence of European art cinema and Cold War–era forays of Hollywood abroad. She currently directs the undergraduate Distinguished Majors Program in MESALC at UVA and serves on the executive committee of the Screen Arts and Culture forum of the Modern Language Association. 

Killian Quigley (ACU), "Depth Figures: Oceanic Futures, Submarine Remains," Futurities Lecture Series

February 16, 2023

Wilson 142 | 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)

Killian Quigley (ACU), "Depth Figures: Oceanic Futures, Submarine Remains," Futurities Lecture Series

February 16, 2023

Wilson 142 | 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)

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Dr Killian Quigley

Dr Killian Quigley is Research Fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. He earned his PhD in English at Vanderbilt, where he specialized in the relationship between natural history and the aesthetics of spectacle in eighteenth-century Britain and France. He was subsequently awarded the inaugural postdoc at the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney.

 

Killian’s primary works reside at the intersections of the environmental humanities, literary studies, the history and philosophy of science, and aesthetic theory. His first book, Reading Underwater Wreckage: An Encrusting Ocean (2023), furnishes a novel theoretical model for interpreting shipwrecks and other drowned matters as junctures of artefact and ecofact, human remains and emergent ecologies, and so forth. A second, and well-advanced project, The Water Poets: Aqueous Poetics, 1630-1820, examines the figures of sea-going and submersion in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English poetry in relation to histories of salvage and submarine science. Another ongoing inquiry, Waves and Places, works between narratology and geographic theory to explore literatures of sea-level rise, with a special focus on the status of oceanic—and more broadly liquid—place.

 

At the Sydney Environment Institute, Killian was research leader for the Unsettling Ecological Poetics and Ocean Ontologies projects. He is an Associate of the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South research group. The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment featured Killian as its scholar of the month in early 2021. In 2023, he will serve as Visiting Fellow at the Institute of the Humanities & Global Culture at the University of Virginia.

Killian Quigley (ACU), Graduate Student-Faculty Workshop

February 17, 2023

Wilson 142 | 11:00-12:30

Killian Quigley (ACU), Graduate Student-Faculty Workshop

February 17, 2023

Wilson 142 | 11:00-12:30

Dr Killian Quigley is Research Fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. He earned his PhD in English at Vanderbilt, where he specialized in the relationship between natural history and the aesthetics of spectacle in eighteenth-century Britain and France. He was subsequently awarded the inaugural postdoc at the Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney. This workshop will feature several works-in-progress by Killian. 

 

Dr Killian Quigley

Killian’s primary works reside at the intersections of the environmental humanities, literary studies, the history and philosophy of science, and aesthetic theory. His first book, Reading Underwater Wreckage: An Encrusting Ocean (2023), furnishes a novel theoretical model for interpreting shipwrecks and other drowned matters as junctures of artefact and ecofact, human remains and emergent ecologies, and so forth. A second, and well-advanced project, The Water Poets: Aqueous Poetics, 1630-1820, examines the figures of sea-going and submersion in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English poetry in relation to histories of salvage and submarine science. Another ongoing inquiry, Waves and Places, works between narratology and geographic theory to explore literatures of sea-level rise, with a special focus on the status of oceanic—and more broadly liquid—place.

 

At the Sydney Environment Institute, Killian was research leader for the Unsettling Ecological Poetics and Ocean Ontologies projects. He is an Associate of the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South research group. The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment featured Killian as its scholar of the month in early 2021. In 2023, he will serve as Visiting Fellow at the Institute of the Humanities & Global Culture at the University of Virginia.

(RESCHEDULED) Julia Adeney Thomas (University of Notre Dame), "Frameworks for the Future: the Environment, Climate Change and the Anthropocene," Futurities Lecture Series

February 23, 2023

Wilson Hall 142 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM (ET)

(RESCHEDULED) Julia Adeney Thomas (University of Notre Dame), "Frameworks for the Future: the Environment, Climate Change and the Anthropocene," Futurities Lecture Series

February 23, 2023

Wilson Hall 142 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM (ET)

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Julia Thomas grew up in the coal country of southwest Virginia. Her sharp interest in environmental questions comes from her love of those mountains. As an intellectual historian of Japan, Thomas writes about concepts of nature and the Anthropocene, political thought, historiography, and photography as a political practice. Her publications include Reconfiguring Modernity: Concepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology (winner of the AHA John K. Fairbank Prize), Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power, and Rethinking Historical Distance and many essays, including three ("The Cataracts of Time: Wartime Images and the Case of Japan," "Not Yet Far Enough: The Environmental Turn" and "History and Biology in the Anthropocene: Questions of Scale, Questions of Value") in the American Historical Review.

 

Her most recent books are Altered Earth: Getting the Anthropocene Right (Cambridge University Press, 2022); The Anthropocene: A Multidisciplinary Approach, co-authored with geologists Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams (Polity, 2020); a co-edited collection, Visualizing Fascism: The Twentieth-Century Rise of the Global Right (Duke 2020); and, with Jan Zalasiewicz, Strata and Three Stories (Rachel Carson Center, Munich, 2020).  She's currently at work on The Historian's Task in the Anthropocene (under contract with Princeton University Press).

Ian Baucom, title TBA, Futurities Lecture Series

March 16, 2023

Wilson Hall 142 | TBD

Ian Baucom, title TBA, Futurities Lecture Series

March 16, 2023

Wilson Hall 142 | TBD

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Paul Dobryden, Mellon Book Talk, "The Hygienic Apparatus: Weimar Cinema and Environmental Disorder"

March 17, 2023

Online | 10-11:30 AM, EST

Paul Dobryden, Mellon Book Talk, "The Hygienic Apparatus: Weimar Cinema and Environmental Disorder"

March 17, 2023

Online | 10-11:30 AM, EST

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Paul Dobryden is an assistant professor in the department of Germanic literatures and languages at the University of Virginia. His book The Hygienic Apparatus: Weimar Cinema and Environmental Disorder (Northwestern University Press 2022) traces how the environmental effects of industrialization reverberated through the cinema of Germany's Weimar Republic. In the early twentieth century, hygiene encompassed the myriad attempts to create healthy spaces for life and work amid the pollution, disease, accidents, and noise of industrial modernity. Examining classic films—including The Last LaughFaust, and Kuhle Wampe—as well as documentaries, cinema architecture, and studio practices, Dobryden demonstrates how cinema envisioned and interrogated hygienic concerns about environmental disorder. 

Premesh Lalu, “Undoing Apartheid: Aesthetic Education" - Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture

March 23, 2023

Wilson 142 | 12:00-1:30 EDT

Premesh Lalu, “Undoing Apartheid: Aesthetic Education" - Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture

March 23, 2023

Wilson 142 | 12:00-1:30 EDT

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Professor Premesh Lalu is the former Director of the DSI-NRF Flagship on Critical Thought in African Humanities of the Centre for Humanities Research. Following an MA from the University of the Western Cape, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Doctoral Fellowship to read towards a doctorate in History at the University of Minnesota. In 2003 he successfully defended a doctoral dissertation titled “In the Event of History”. After sixteen years in the Department of History as an Associate Professor, Lalu was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to convene a fellowship programme on the Study of the Humanities in Africa. He was promoted to full professor upon being appointed as Director of the Centre for Humanities Research in 2008. Lalu has published widely in academic journals such as History and Theory,  Journal of Southern African StudiesAfrika FocusJournal of Higher Education in AfricaKronos: Southern African HistoriesCurrent WritingAfrika FocusJournal of Africa, Middle East and Asian StudiesSocial Dynamics, and History in Africa. Lalu’s writing has appeared in newspapers and online platforms such as the Mail and GuardianDailymaverickAfrica is a CountryBusiness Day, the Cape Times as well as in edited publications. His book The Deaths of Hintsa: Postapartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts (2009) argues that a postcolonial critique of apartheid is necessary in order to forge a concept of apartheid that allows us to properly formulate a deeper meaning of the post-apartheid. He is co-editor of Remains of the Social: Desiring the Post-Apartheid (2017) and Becoming UWC: Reflections, Pathways and Unmaking Apartheid’s Legacies (2012). Lalu is a board member of the Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes, former chairperson of the Handspring Trust for Puppetry in Education, and former trustee of the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fancesca Orsini, "Studying, Strolling, Overhearing: Poetry in Multilingual Early Modern North India" - Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture

March 27, 2023

Wilson 142 | TBA

Fancesca Orsini, "Studying, Strolling, Overhearing: Poetry in Multilingual Early Modern North India" - Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture

March 27, 2023

Wilson 142 | TBA

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Francesca Orsini is a reader in the literatures of north India at SOAS, University of London, and works with Hindi, Urdu, and Indo-Persian texts. She is interested in the ways in which a multilingual approach to literary history can challenge identitarian approaches to literary history in India and also provide an appropriate model for understanding the dynamics of world literature from the bottom up.

Premodern Encounters Colloquium, "Premodern Textual Cultures"

March 30, 2023

In Person (Location TBD) | 5:00-7:00 PM (EST)

Premodern Encounters Colloquium, "Premodern Textual Cultures"

March 30, 2023

In Person (Location TBD) | 5:00-7:00 PM (EST)

Speakers for this colloqium event are Marina Rustow, Princeton University, author of The Lost Archive: Traces of the Caliphate in a Medieval Synagogue (2020) and Daniel Wakelin, University of Oxford, author of Immaterial Texts in Late Medieval England: Making English Literary Manuscripts, 1400–1500 (2022).

 

Each colloquium brings together two scholars whose recent work engages with similar themes from different cultural and temporal eras. Rather than delivering formal talks, speakers will initiate a dialogue that places their related works in conversation. Participants are encouraged to have read their books in advance and will be invited to attend a casual pre-discussion of these works prior to the colloquium. Hard copy and .pdfs of scholarship will be made available to colloquium participants upon request.  Contact Deborah McGrady (dlm4z@virginia.edu) for information.

Aynne Kokas, Mellon Book Talk, "Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty "

April 7, 2023

Wilson 142 | 10-11:30 AM EST

Aynne Kokas, Mellon Book Talk, "Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty "

April 7, 2023

Wilson 142 | 10-11:30 AM EST

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Aynne Kokas is the C.K. Yen Professor at the Miller Center and an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas’ research examines Sino-U.S. media and technology relations. Her book Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty (Oxford University Press, October 2022) argues that exploitative Silicon Valley data governance practices help China build infrastructures for global control. Kokas is a non-resident scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow in the National Committee on United States-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program. 

Premodern Encounters Colloquium, "Premodern Ecologies and Environments"

April 13, 2023

In Person (Location TBD) | 5:00-7:00 PM (EST)

Premodern Encounters Colloquium, "Premodern Ecologies and Environments"

April 13, 2023

In Person (Location TBD) | 5:00-7:00 PM (EST)

Speakers for this colloqium event are Lydia Barnett, Northwestern University, author of After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe (2022) and Adam Goldwyn, North Dakota State University, author of Byzantine Ecocriticism: Humans, Nature, and Power in the Medieval Greek Romance (2018). 

 

Each colloquium brings together two scholars whose recent work engages with similar themes from different cultural and temporal eras. Rather than delivering formal talks, speakers will initiate a dialogue that places their related works in conversation. Participants are encouraged to have read their books in advance and will be invited to attend a casual pre-discussion of these works prior to the colloquium. Hard copy and .pdfs of scholarship will be made available to colloquium participants upon request. Contact Deborah McGrady (dlm4z@virginia.edu) for information.

Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago), "Planetary Futures," Futurities Lecture Series

April 20, 2023

Wilson 142 | 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)

Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago), "Planetary Futures," Futurities Lecture Series

April 20, 2023

Wilson 142 | 12:00-1:30 pm (EST)

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Dipesh Chakrabarty

 

Dipesh Chakrabarty is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Delhi, a faculty fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an associate of the Department of English, and by courtesy, a faculty member in the Law School. His fields of expertise include modern South Asian history and historiography, postcolonial studies, theory and history, globalization, climate change and human history.

 

Chakrabarty holds a BSc (physics honors) degree from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, a postgraduate Diploma in management (considered equivalent to MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a PhD (history) from the Australian National University. He is the recipient of the 2014 Toynbee Foundation Prize for his contributions to global history and of the 2019 Tagore Memorial Prize awarded by the Government of West Bengal for his book The Crises of Civilization: Exploring on Global and Planetary Histories (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018).