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Sponsors: Center for European Studies, Center for the Humanities, Global Studies, Institute for Research in the Humanities, Mellon Foundation
Co-Sponsors: Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), Center for Early Modern Studies, Center for South Asia, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America, Center for Visual Culture, School of Music, Anthropology Department, Art History Department, Comparative Literature Department, English Department, French and Italian Department, Gender and Women's Studies Department, German Department, Hebrew and Semitic Studies Department, History Department, Languages and Cultures of Asia, Political Science Department, Spanish and Portuguese Department
The Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is celebrating its 50th Anniversary by sponsoring a Symposium on Globalization and the Humanities: Then and Now, Here and There. Natalie Zemon Davis, R. Radhankrishnan, and Anna L. Tsing will give keynote addresses, and conference panels will feature a broad range of work by Institute Fellows and UW-Madison faculty.
The Symposium will center inquiry on the cultural, aesthetic, philosophical, semiotic, linguistic, phenomenological, geohistorical, environmental, and/or religious dimensions of globalization that reflect the ways that human beings have shaped, been affected by, and made sense of conjunctures, contact zones, linkages, and dislocations at different points in history across the planet. In addressing issues of globalization, the Symposium will challenge the presentist emphasis on globalization as a uniquely contemporary phenomenon and instead explore today's globalization in the context of earlier and differently configured global ecumenes or world systems of circulation, contact, and exchange.
More broadly, the Symposium will consider what the humanities can contribute to understanding globalization as well as how the humanities are being reinvented as a result of globalization. The political, economic, and technological controversies about globalization often overshadow its aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical dimensions. Social science debates typically focus on the pros and cons of globalization in the context of conflictual relations between the "West" and the rest of the world in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The humanities have much to learn from these debates but also much to contribute.