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October 2011

Holocaust Testimony and Its Reception: Cultural Transformations and Pedagogical Issues

October 28, 2011 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2011 Burdick-Vary Symposium:   Convener: Rachel Feldhay Brenner Hebrew Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison   The Holocaust experience reaches us through testimony, and consciousness of the event has invaded the post-Holocaust cultural and educational Weltanschauung. This…

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How to do things with bits and bytes

October 31, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Mathangi Krishnamurthy A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2012) Anthropology, UW-Madison   My project looks at the meaning of information in an age of Information Technology (IT), in order to understand and explore the kind…

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November 2011

Re-articulating Political Community: Testimonial Narratives and the Formation of an Audience

November 7, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Marian Halls Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2011-2012) Comparative Literature, UW-Madison   How and why do testimonial narratives emerge as a privileged mode of remembering times of political violence or catastrophe? As one point of…

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Venerating the Sage: The Rise and Fall of a Shrine to Confucius

November 9, 2011 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2011 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Julia Murray Professor of Art History and Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities (2009-2011), UW-Madison   Recognized throughout the world as a symbol of Chinese…

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Hapsburg-Ottoman Diplomatic Machinery: Automata and the Türkenvererhrung

November 14, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jessica Keating Solmsen Fellow (2011-2012) Art History, UW-Madison   This paper concerns the history of the long-distance circulation of objects in the early modern world. When recounting the history of intercontinental movement of…

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Resurrection and Devotional Identities in Sixteenth-Century Europe

November 21, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Erin Lambert A.W. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellow (2011-2012) History, UW-Madison   The resurrection of the dead, wrote a sixteenth-century German preacher, was the most debated article of the Creed. While Lutherans, for example, described…

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We Are the Improved Race: Guatemala, Mestizaje, and the Age of Fascism, 1930-1948

November 28, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Julie Gibbings Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2011-2012) History, UW-Madison   How do we understand the postcolonial in Latin America? Many scholars have eschewed the use of postcolonial criticism in Latin America on the basis…

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December 2011

Shakespeare’s Second Future

December 5, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: J.K. Barret Solmsen Fellow (2011-2012) English, University of Texas at Austin   In William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, Jupiter himself hands down a prophetic text to quell concerns about the future. Though this cameo doesn’t…

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The Politics of News: Information and Communication in Reformation Diplomacy

December 12, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Denice Fett Solmsen Fellow (2011-2012) History, University of North Florida   This paper explores the questions and complications of accessing and disseminating information in early modern international negotiations. All states engaged in diplomatic…

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January 2012

“Suzdal’ God-daubers,” “Novgorodian quattrocento,” and the Russian Avant-Garde

January 23, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Irina Shevelenko Slavic Languages and Literatures, UW-Madison Resident Fellow (2011-2012)   At this seminar, I will present one of the case studies from my book-length project Modernism as Archaism: Nationalism and the Quest…

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“As Rust Eats Iron”: Envy in Fourth-Century Athens

January 30, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Esther Eidinow Ancient Greek History, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom Solmsen Fellow (2011-2012)   In Athens during the fourth century BCE a number of surprising trials took place that have received little scholarly…

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February 2012

Slow Violence and Environmental Story Telling

February 1, 2012 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2012 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Rob Nixon Rachel Carson Professor of English, UW-Madison   Rob Nixon is the Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his…

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“Calabash Cinema”: The Fall and Rise of Francophone African Film

February 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Monday Seminar: Aliko Songolo French and Italian, African Languages and Literature, UW-Madison Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2011-2012)   Since its inception a half century ago, Francophone African cinema has been fraught with contradictions…

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One Builder: Marshall Erdman and Postwar Building and Real Estate Development in Madison, Wisconsin

February 13, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Anna Andrzejewski Resident Fellow (2011-2012) Art History, UW-Madison   One Builder takes the career of Madison-based builder/developer Marshall Erdman as an instructive case study to tell the closely intertwined history of architecture, building…

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The Devil’s Church: Or, How Evangelicals Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Movies

February 20, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Shanny Luft UW System Fellow (2011-2012) Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point   Although Evangelicalism today is often identified with conservative politics and “culture war” issues, many conservative Protestants in the early-twentieth-century argued…

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Who Answers When the Landlord Calls? Interpreting Property and the ‘German Idea of Freedom,’ 1650-1800

February 27, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Colin Wilder Solmsen Fellow (2011-2012) Independent Researcher   Using small case studies in Germany in the period under study, the project traces relationships between abstract theories of human freedom and specific conflicts over…

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March 2012

“We shall be all body and ignore our souls”: The Pleasure and Pain of the Human Plant in Eighteenth-century Europe

March 5, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Lynnette Regouby History of Science, UW-Madison William Coleman Dissertation Fellow (2011-2012)   Eighteenth-century materialism is often characterized by the analogy between man and machine, a productive image proposed by Julien Offray de La…

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Unknown Political Bodies: Negative Anthropology, Political Theory, and Indigenous Societies

March 12, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jimmy Klausen Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2011-2012) Political Science, UW-Madison   This project juxtaposes twentieth-century French critical philosophy and cases of self-isolating indigenous societies to two ends. First, reading the philosophical work…

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Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City

March 15, 2012 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pyle Center, Room 106 (AT&T Lounge), 702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706 United States

2012 Burdick-Vary Symposium (Part of the Burdick-Vary Lecture Series: International Perspectives on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences) Andrew Ross Professor Of Social And Cultural Analysis, Director of American Studies, New York University   Thoughtful…

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A Philosopher’s Guide to Thinking about Miracles

March 19, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Lawrence Shapiro Philosophy, UW-Madison Resident Fellow (2011-2012)   Shapiro will use his time at the Institute to work on a book about the metaphysics and epistemology of miracles as well as the relationship…

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Tropical Medical Discourse and Victorian Imperialism: Rudyard Kipling and Cholera

March 22, 2012 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 6191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2012 Burdick-Vary Event. Part of Lecture Series: "International Perspectives on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences" Pablo Mukherjee English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, UK   The Victorian period saw the growth and…

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Chaining: Theorizing African American Representations of Person and Past

March 22, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L160, 750 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2012 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities Thadious Davis Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania   In this talk, I am using a term, chaining,…

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Bulls, Apes, Genes and Clouds: New Ethics of Life in Contemporary Spain

March 26, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Katarzyna Olga Beilin Resident Fellow (2011-2012) Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison   The debates on bullfighting, which culminated in the abolition of tauromaquia in Catalonia in 2011, have reopened reflections on Spanish national identity.…

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Documenting the Anthropocene: Historical Reflections on Global Change

March 26, 2012 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 7191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Burdick-Vary Lecture Series: "International Perspectives on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences": Libby Robin Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University   The idea of the Anthropocene, the geological era where the actions…

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April 2012

Locating Dissent: Power and Resistance in Interregnum England

April 9, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Caroline Boswell UW System Fellow (2011-2012) Humanistic Studies and European History, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay   This project investigates how English men and women negotiated the social, cultural, and political changes that accompanied…

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Gulf Coast Slave Smuggling: The Clandestine Slave Trade, circa 1830s-1850s

April 16, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Lee Willis UW System Fellow (2011-2012) History, UW-Stevens Point   In 1808, Congress forbade the importation of foreign slaves into the United States and the interstate (or domestic) slave trade became the only…

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Racial Cannibalism: Carmen Miranda and the Performance of White ‘Negritude’ on the Brazilian Stage of the 1930s

April 23, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Kathryn Sanchez ace, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2011-2012) Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison   This project explores race and its representation in the performing arts as central to the modern concept of Brazilianness in…

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Enchantings: Modernity, Culture, and the State in Postcolonial Africa

April 26, 2012 @ 9:00 am - April 28, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Room 1255, 330 North Orchard
Madison, 53703 United States

Poster: "Africa, Governed: Over? Under?" Image: geopolitical map by http://www.flicker.com/photos/27204576@N07/4756143742/; composite of map, shadow, and background map by Scott Carter; concept by Tejumola Olaniyan   2012 Burdick-Vary Conference:   The symposium aims to bring into…

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Of Lies and Bizarre Tales: Ctesias and the Persian Empire

April 30, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Matthew Waters UW System Fellow (2011-2012) Classics and Ancient History, UW-Eau Claire   The Achaemenid Persian Empire (c. 550-330 BC) at its height stretched from the Danube to the Indus and from the…

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May 2012

REPRISE: How? Research Methods in the Humanities

May 7, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Closing Panel Discussion: Chair: Craig Werner, Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison   Panelists: Caroline Boswell, Humanistic Studies and European History, UW-Green Bay Esther Eidinow, Ancient Greek History, University of Nottingham Richard Goodkin, French and Italian, UW-Madison Erin…

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