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October 2015

On Being Able to Sleep: Bio-politics in Counterinsurgent Wars

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

Monday Seminar: Helen M. Kinsella Resident Fellow (2015-2016) Political Science, UW-Madison   How does war affect every day life for those involved? I analyze the role of sleep in the United States-led counterinsurgency war in…

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November 2015

Christ on a Donkey: Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entries, Wooden Donkeys, and Blasphemous Pageants

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

Monday Seminar: Max Harris Solmsen Fellow (2015-2016) Independent Scholar   How did Charlemagne confuse Palm Sunday processions and triumphal entries? Why was the early Quaker leader James Nayler charged with blasphemy for riding a horse…

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The Work of Sex in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Gerard & Kelly’s Kisses

November 5, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 6191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2015 Gender Studies and the Humanities Lecture: Elizabeth Freeman English, University of California, Davis   The lecture analyzes how Tino Sehgal's museum installation "Kiss" establishes the normative temporal scheme of contemporary heterosexual sex, and how…

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Gendered Self in the Digital Era: Digital Photography and Auto/biographic Representation

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

Monday Seminar: Xin Huang UW System Fellow (2015-2016) Women's and Gender Studies, UW-Milwaukee   What new things can personal digital photography tell us about gendered lives? Does digital photography provide a wider range of gendered…

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A Tale of Two Fears: Lucretius, Hobbes, and the Political Psychology of Anxiety

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

  Monday Seminar: Daniel Kapust Political Science, UW-Madison Resident Fellow (2015-2016)   Fear is one of the most salient political emotions. The philosophers Hobbes and Lucretius each considered fear in their writings on civil war.…

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Ujamaa Urbanists: Street Archives and City Life in Socialist Tanzania

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

Monday Seminar: Emily Callaci Resident Fellow (2015-2016) History, UW-Madison   Between the late 1960s and the early 1980s, after the initial euphoria of African national independence and before the era of market liberalization, hundreds of…

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Iranian Armenians and Ottoman Catholics in Venice: Extraterritoriality and Diplomacy along the 17th-century Silk Routes

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

Monday Seminar: Ali Humayun Akhtar Kingdon Fellow (2015-2016) History/Middle Eastern Studies, New York University; Religious Studies/Classical and Medieval Studies, Bates College How did pre-modern empires negotiate imperial boundaries while facilitating inter-imperial trade? What was the…

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December 2015

Magic Lantern Shows and the Early Cinematic Modernity in Colonial Taiwan

December 7, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Laura Jo-Han Wen Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2015-2016) East Asian Languages & Literature, UW-Madison   What is cinema and where was cinema? How might the ontological inquiries of the cinema be unpacked in a…

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Royal Genealogy, Racial Myths, and National Discourse in Early Modern Britain

December 14, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Sara Trevisan Solmsen Fellow (2015-2016) Arts and Humanities, Brunel University London   What was the function of royal genealogy in the early modern period? How did royal genealogy engage with debates on the…

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January 2016

The Secret Animation of Black Music

January 25, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Ronald Radano Senior Fellow (2013-2017) African Languages and Literature and Music, UW-Madison   For more than 150 years, US black music has stood at the center of the American entertainment industry, frequently proclaimed…

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February 2016

AIDS Knows No Borders: AIDS Activism and the Rhetoric of Immigration

February 1, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Monday Seminar: Karma Chávez Communication Arts, UW-Madison Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2015-2016)   Scientific conferences are not known for their excitement, but what happens when large numbers of your constituency choose to boycott…

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Post-Reformation Poetry and the Limits of Consensus: Edmund Spenser in the Context of Habermas and Mouffe

February 8, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Victor Lenthe Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2015-2016) English, UW-Madison   Contemporary observers of England’s burgeoning late-sixteenth century literary culture believed their country’s emerging canon of vernacular literature might help foster consensus around a collective…

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Bringers of Light: The Christianisation of Early Medieval Germany under the Carolingians

February 15, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar John-Henry Clay Solmsen Fellow (2015-2016) History, Durham University   Europe today is often described as ‘Christian’, at least in the cultural sense. But how did it get to be this way? Was the…

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From Regimen to Regime: The Social Meaning of Nutrition, 1840-1910

February 22, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Molly Laas William Coleman Dissertation Fellow (2015-2016) History of Science, UW-Madison   Are our bodies the sum of our (chemical) parts, or are we more than that, the products of our particular background…

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If It Were Only the Blues

February 23, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Nellie Y. McKay Lecture in the Humanities: Earl Lewis Historian, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation   Earl Lewis is President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A well-regarded social historian, he has been…

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Publishing in the Humanities: Projects, Proposals, Pragmatics

February 24, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Join us for a discussion of the state of academic publishing in the humanities and the process of working with a university press--from project to proposal to publication. The workshop will include brief presentations from Eric…

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Toward a Natural History of the Book: Poetry on Plants in Renaissance England

February 29, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Joshua Calhoun Resident Fellow (2015-2016) English, UW-Madison   Eating, we know, is both necessary for our survival and ecologically consequential: agriculture has profoundly altered our planet. Writing and reading, too, have human advantages…

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March 2016

Conflicted: Tracing Industry Influence in Federal Pharmaceuticals Policy

March 7, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: S. Scott Graham UW System Fellow (2015-2016) English, UW-Milwaukee   The Food and Drug Administration’s number one job is to protect public health by ensuring the safety and efficacy of consumable products. And…

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STEMming the Tide: Balzac and Statistical Humanity

March 9, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Richard Goodkin French, UW-Madison   The recent trend toward favoring the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines over the humanities is a manifestation of a centuries-long…

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Race, Property, and Debt

March 11, 2016 @ 9:00 am - March 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Fluno Center for Executive Education, 601 University Avenue
Madison, 53703 United States

Co-Sponsored Conference: In the six years since the nadir of the Great Recession, debt has attracted scholarly attention across the humanities. Debt names not only student loans, underwater mortgages, and consumer credit but also, more…

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Building Place and People in the 13th Century AD: Architecture, Cosmology, and Multi-Ethnic Community Formation at Jonathan Creek, Kentucky

March 14, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Sissel Schroeder Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2015-2016) Anthropology, UW-Madison   How can we begin to understand multi-ethnic community formation in contexts where there are no written records and only the faintest material…

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Angels and Archaeopteryx: Victorian Paleontology and the Moral Hierarchy of Deep Time

March 28, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Caitlin Silberman Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2015-2016) Art History, UW-Madison   Narratives in which leather-winged demons or dragons face off against bird-winged angels and heroes have millennia of history behind them. In the nineteenth…

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Le Président: Africa for the Future

March 31, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L160, 750 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Germaine Brée Lecture: Jean-Pierre Bekolo Filmmaker and Activist   Jean-Pierre Bekolo (1966, Yaounde) is an avant-garde filmmaker and socio-cultural activist whose imaginative work overturns stereotypes of Africa and African cinema. His entertaining films operate…

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April 2016

Forgotten Women in Forgotten Places: The Joan Little Rape-Murder Case and Prison Organizing in the 1970s

April 4, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Christina Greene Resident Fellow (2015-2016) Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison   In 1974, Joan Little, a young, impoverished, African American woman killed her white guard in a Southern jail after he sexually assaulted her. Indicted…

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Come to Your Senses! – Sensiotics and Understandings of Art, Culture, and History

April 6, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Henry Drewal Senior Fellow (2010-2014) Art History and Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison   In this talk, Drewal explores the vital role of the senses with an approach he calls…

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Part for the Whole or Whole for the Parts: Body Parts in Twentieth-Century Women’s Writing

April 11, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Devaleena Das Honorary Fellow (2016-2017) University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Department of Women's and Gender Studies   As Margaret Atwood writes, the female body has always seen as a “hot topic” in cultures…

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The Book that Made Philosophy Modern: the World of Descartes’s Treatise on Man

April 15, 2016 @ 9:00 am - April 16, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2016 Burdick-Vary Symposium:   Participants: Daniel Garber, Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University Tad Schmaltz, Professor Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan Gideon Manning, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and History of Science,…

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The Translation of Foreign Religion in Herodotus

April 18, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Andreas Schwab Solmsen Fellow (2015-2016) Classics, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg   In his famous second book on Egypt, Herodotus (ca. 484-425 BCE), the so-called “father of history” and ethnographic writer from Halicarnassus (present-day Bodrum…

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The Novelistic Individual in the Age of Microeconomics (1871-2008)

April 25, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Annie McClanahan UW System Fellow (2015-2016) English, UW-Milwaukee   What does microeconomics—the study of small-scale consumer decisions—have to do with the modern novel? Microeconomics seems to have more to do with mathematical formalism…

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May 2016

Global Reformations: Religion and the Making of the Modern World

May 6, 2016 @ 8:30 am - May 7, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Religion is omnipresent in modernity, and in spite of twentieth-century theorists who saw secularization as intrinsic to the process of modernization, shows no signs of disappearing. After discarding secularization as a plausible historical model, how…

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