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(Re)Imagining Imperial Inequalities and Opportunities

February 21, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 5:15 pm

poster for the event listing the title and all the speaker names(Re)Imagining Empire Workshop: Part V

Multiple Speakers (see below for schedule and speakers)


Few themes are subject to as much cross-disciplinary inquiry as empire. From critical international relations theory on empire’s ideological dimensions to historians’ examination of the motivations and effects of imperialist states, from comparative diachronic studies of empire to analyses of empires’ continuing legacy through the lenses of post-colonialism or critical race theory, empire exerts a strong pull on the contemporary humanities and humanistic social sciences. The Borghesi-Mellon Workshop, “(Re)Imagining Empire,” will bring together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars and graduate students with a focus on the diverse ways that empire has been (re)imagined in antiquity, early modernity, the 18th and 19th centuries, and the contemporary world.



Coffee and Light Breakfast (8:30-9:30am)

Presentation 1 (9:30-10:00am)

Nandini Pandey and Grant Nelsestuen, CANES, UW-Madison: “Producing and Consuming Empire in First-Century Rome: A Conversation”

Presentation 2 (10:00-10:30am)

Joseph Mansky, English, University of Oklahoma: “‘The Bane of Empires’: Satire and Sedition in Ben Jonson’s Poetaster (1601)”

Presentation 3 (10:45-11:15am)

Kristin Phillips-Court, FRIT and Art History, UW-Madison: “‘Poi che oltra mar tu porti la semente:’ Performing Empire in Florence and Mantua, 1478-94”

Presentation 4 (11:15-11:45am)

Daniel Kapust, Political Science, UW-Madison: “Rome, Machiavelli’s Discourses, and the Fate of Imperial Republics”

Lunch Break (12:00-1:00pm; boxed lunch)

Presentation 5 (1:00-1:45pm)

Keren Omry, English Language and Literature, University of Haifa: “Imperial Chronotopes in Speculative Fiction”

Afternoon Coffee and Refreshments Break (3:30-4:00pm)

Keynote Speaker (4:00-5:15pm)

Loubna El Amine, Northwestern University: “Sovereignty and Diversity: Lessons from Empires”


This program is a part of the Borghesi Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison, with support from Nancy and David Borghesi and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The “(Re)Imagining Empire” Workshop series is sponsored by the African Cultural Studies, American Democracy Forum, Art History, Center for Early Modern Studies, CANES, Center for European Studies, Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, English, History, History and Politics Workshop, Institute for Research in the Humanities, Integrated Liberal Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science, and Spanish and Portuguese. 


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February 21, 2020
8:30 am - 5:15 pm
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Memorial Union (check “Today in the Union” boards)
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706 United States