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September 2011

How? Research Methods in the Humanities

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

Panel Discussion: Lee Palmer Wandel, History, UW-Madison Mara Loveman, Sociology, UW-Madison Jon McKenzie, English, UW-Madison Patricia Rosenmeyer, Classics, UW-Madison   The Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH) will begin its year-long weekly seminars with…

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Amerilots and Harlots: The Power of Commodities during the U.S. Military Presence in France, 1944-1946

September 19, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Mary Louise Roberts Senior Fellow (2010-2014) History, UW-Madison   During the American campaign in Normandy, the Army distributed enormous quantities of cigarettes, chocolate and chewing gum, as well as soap and other toiletries…

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Cultures and Histories of the Environment Colloquium

September 21, 2011 @ 12:00 pm - September 22, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
Bradley Memorial Building, Room 202, 1225 Linden Drive
Madison, WI United States

Part of the Burdick-Vary Lecture Series: "International Perspectives on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences": Cóilín Parsons English Literature, University of Cape Town, South Africa Cóilín Parsons is an assistant professor of English Literature at…

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The Future Eaters: Petro-despotism, Empire, and the Resource Curse

September 26, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Rob Nixon Senior Fellow (2009-2012) Rachel Carson Professor of English, UW-Madison   Abdelrahman Munif, a Jordanian-born writer of Saudi-Iraqi parentage, gave imaginative definition to the resource wars—over oil, water, and time itself—that have…

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The “Arab Spring” and the Humanities

September 30, 2011 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, 53703 United States

  2011 Germaine Brée Symposium:   A long-awaited “Arab Spring” or “Arab Awakening” erupted with stunning swiftness in January of 2011. What are its roots? What are its futures? Pundits and politicians, political scientists and…

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October 2011

Companionable Objects, Companionable Conscience: Episode 1, “Two Effigies”

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

Monday Seminar: Kenneth George Senior Fellow (2011-2015) Anthropology, UW-Madison   My project explores crafted things and the ethical and affective ties we form with them in our everyday lifeworlds and contemporary public spheres. A simple…

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Africa and the Disciplines: Congolese Music, Francophone Literature, and the Humanities

October 10, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Monday Seminar: John Nimis French and Italian, UW-Madison A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2012)   That music is central to African societies is something of a truism. But what does this really mean in terms…

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Saints of the Indus: Islam and Politics in South Asia’s Borderlands

October 17, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: André Wink Senior Fellow (2009-2013) History, UW-Madison   Much has been written about the rise and function of the cult of the saints in Latin and Greek-Orthodox Christianity. By comparison the study of…

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Temporal Subjectivities and “Locating Africa” in Postcolonial Cinema

October 24, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Amy Powell Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2011-2012) Art History, UW-Madison   Engagement with Africa as a space or place is not the only way that contemporary artists and filmmakers critically interpret the condition of…

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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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