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October 2014

Conversion and Empire: Byzantine Narratives and Imperial Christianity across the Frontier, 300-900

October 27, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Alexander Angelov Kingdon Fellow (2014-2015) Religious Studies, The College of William & Mary   The work of Byzantine missionaries between 300 and 900 extended Christianity into such disparate regions as the Caucasus, Nubia…

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French Literature Abroad: Towards an Alternative History of Literature in French

October 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  2014 Germaine Brée Lecture: Simon Gaunt French, King's College London   Traditional literary histories tend to be centrifugal, tracing trajectories that move outwards from a strong and identifiable center towards peripheral zones. This lecture…

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French Outside France

October 30, 2014 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
French House, 633 N. Frances Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2014 Germaine Brée Event: Roundtable Simon Gaunt French, King's College London     A roundtable discussion with UW-Madison faculty Vlad Dima, Névine El-Nossery, Jennifer Gipson, and Ullrich Langer. French and Italian Departmental Colloquium.   Free…

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November 2014

Style, Subjectivity, and Male Sexuality in Early Modern Drama

November 3, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: James Bromley Solmsen Fellow (2014-2015) English, Miami University   As the population and economic activity of early modern London rapidly increased, dramatists explored and shaped the way early modern Londoners related to each…

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Spiritism and Progress: A Study in Otherworldly Utopia

November 10, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Louis Betty UW System Fellow (2014-2015) Languages and Literatures, UW-Whitewater   The Spiritist movement that emerged from the work of Hippolyte Rivail in 1850's France is not the typical fodder of scholars interested…

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Wakf and the Social Logics of Urban Development in Zanzibar

November 17, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Stephen Pierce Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2014-2015) History, UW-Madison   This seminar is based on my dissertation, which examines the historical role played by Islamic charitable endowments in Swahili cities during the late precolonial…

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Fighting For Intimacy: Counterinsurgency, Gender Politics, and Colonial Utopianism in the Algerian War

November 20, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  2014 Burdick-Vary Lecture Series: Terry Peterson History, UW-Madison Part of the "War and Intimacy" Series. Convened by Lou Roberts, History, UW-Madison. Please note the updated lecture date.

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December 2014

The Place With No Edge: Boundaries and Permeability in the Mississippi River Delta, 1845-2010

December 1, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Adam Mandelman Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2014-2015) Geography, UW-Madison   Even after Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana residents have struggled to make the problem of subsidence and land loss in the Mississippi River delta a visible,…

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For What It’s Worth: Toward a New History of the Sixties

December 3, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2014 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Craig Werner Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison   A scholar of literature, music, and cultural history, Craig Werner lays out a set of guiding principles for a new history…

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Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Shiva’s Abode of Kedarnath in the Twenty-First Century

December 8, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Luke Whitmore UW System Fellow (2014-2015) Philosophy, UW-Stevens Point   In June of 2013 early monsoon rains of unexpected intensity hit the Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Floods and landslides washed…

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Holding the Hands of Dying Men: Wehrmacht Chaplains on the Eastern Front, 1941-45

December 11, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2014 Burdick-Vary Event: David Harrisville History, UW-Madison   Part of the War and Intimacy Series. Convened by Lou Roberts, History, UW-Madison.

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January 2015

Global Health? Rethinking Medical Humanities from the Periphery

January 20, 2015 @ 12:00 am - May 8, 2015 @ 12:00 am
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Spring 2015 Faculty Development Seminar Claire Wendland Anthropology, UW-Madison Neil Kodesh History, UW-Madison What can studies of healing from the periphery offer the humanities more broadly today? Scholarship in the medical humanities and humanistic social…

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Hagakure and “The Way of the Samurai”

January 26, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Sarah Thal Resident Fellow (2014-2015) History, UW-Madison   "The Way of the Samurai is death." This iconic phrase, originally found in the 1716 Japanese work Hagakure, exhorted Japanese to die during World War…

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War and Intimacy (Spring Schedule)

January 29, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - April 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2015 Burdick-Vary Schedule:   The Institute for Research in the Humanities is proud to sponsor a year-long series of lectures exploring the intimate bonds fostered by the experience of war in the twentieth century.  …

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February 2015

Commentaries in Context: Fatḥallāh al-Shirwānī and Post-Classical Islamic Science

February 2, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Scott Trigg William Coleman Dissertation Fellow (2014-2015) History of Science, UW-Madison   Scott Trigg's dissertation evaluates the intellectual career of Fatḥallāh al-Shirwānī, a 15th-century Islamic astronomer, theologian, and teacher whose writings are critical…

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Feudal Remnants and the Idea of Class in Modern Japan

February 9, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Louise Young Senior Fellow (2013-2017) History, UW-Madison   Class talk is a ubiquitous part of contemporary political debate in Japan, with harsh words for the pernicious impact of the "income gap society" and…

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The Complex Relationship between Indigeneity and Class in Southeast Asia

February 16, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Ian Baird Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2014-2015) Geography, UW-Madison   The relationship between ethnicity and class has been long, complex and at times contradictory. Between the 1940s and 1980s, various militant communist…

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

February 18, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2015 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Tejumola Olaniyan English and African Languages & Literature, UW-Madison   Tejumola Olaniyan will look at literature, popular culture, and social and political practices to tell a cultural…

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The Best Land

February 23, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Susan Brewer UW System Fellow (2014-2015) History, UW-Stevens Point   Susan Brewer's project investigates the controversy over Oneida Indian land claims in central New York by tracing the history of one piece of…

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March 2015

Oracular Romance: Heliodoran Fiction and Suspended Providence in Early Modern English Literature

March 2, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Brian Knight Madeleine Doran Dissertation Fellow (2014-2015) English, UW-Madison   Classical oracles were denounced in the Renaissance as either shams staged by charlatans or as engines of deceit run by demons. In Renaissance…

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Borderlands: Intercultural Encounters in the Medieval French Pastourelle

March 9, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Eliza Zingesser Solmsen Fellow (2014-2015) French and Romance Philology, Columbia University   This project shows how pastoral literature—especially pastourelle poetry—became a privileged site for French explorations of cultural and linguistic difference in the…

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The Ptolemaic Empire (323-30 BCE)

March 16, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Christelle Fischer-Bovet Solmsen Fellow (2014-2015) Classics, University of Southern California   Christelle Fischer-Bovet is working on a book that aims at developing a better understanding of state formation and imperialism in Egypt after…

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Passing as Open Secret: Race and Fictions of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

March 23, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Víctor Goldgel-Carballo Resident Fellow (2014-2015) Spanish & Portuguese, UW-Madison   Passing is often understood as a divergence between the private and the public identities of a given subject — with the public identity…

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April 2015

Ectoplasmic Modernities: Materialization Photography at the Turn of the Century

April 6, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Lucy Traverse Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2014-2015) Art History, UW-Madison   This project explores the trans-Atlantic interest in psychical research at the fin-de-siècle, focusing on the textual and photographic archives of "ectoplasmic" materializations. Though…

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For Blood or for Glory: A History of Cuban Boxing, 1898-1962

April 13, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Anju Reejhsinghani UW System Fellow (2014-2015) History, UW-Stevens Point   As the first sustained examination of boxing's rise and popularization within Cuba and its diaspora, Anju Reejhsinghani's project should prove relevant not only…

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Romanticism, Desire, or Fetish Fashion: ‘Sindoor Feminism’ As a Way to Emancipation

April 16, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ingraham Hall, Room 206, 1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, 53703 United States

Public Lecture: Devaleena Das Honorary Fellow (2014-2015) English and Gender Studies, University of Delhi   In her paper, Das will first trace the cult of vermillion in Hinduism (its representation in festivals, cultural and religious…

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City Powdering: Materiality, Pedagogy, and Sexuality in Thomas Middleton’s Michaelmas Term

April 16, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 6191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Lecture: James Bromley Solmsen Fellow (2014-2015) English, Miami University   In my talk, I will examine the representation of the epistemological and material construction of urban sexuality in Thomas Middleton’s Michaelmas Term, what the play…

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Queering Pan-Americanism: Sexuality, Politics, and Performance in Tulio Carella’s Recife Diaries, 1960-1961

April 20, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Severino Albuquerque Resident Fellow (2014-2015) Spanish & Portuguese, UW-Madison   This presentation focuses on the diary Argentine playwright and theater professor Tulio Carella (1912-1979) wrote during an 18-month stay in Recife, Brazil, in…

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On Not Defending Poetry: The Economics of Sidney’s Golden World

April 27, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Catherine Bates Solmsen Fellow (2014-2015) English and Comparative Literature, University of Warwick   One of the foundational texts of early modern poetics, Philip Sidney's Defence of Poetry (1595) makes the case that poetry…

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May 2015

What’s the VALUE of Your Humanities Research?

May 4, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Panel Discussion to replace final seminar of the year: The final seminar of the year provides time and space for self-reflection, collaborative and individual. It’s a fair guess to say that NO ONE did as…

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