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October 2016

Playing with Buttons: Liberal Subjects at the Binary Switch

October 31, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jason Puskar UW System Fellow (2016-2017) English, UW-Milwaukee   The pushbutton is one of the simplest mechanical interfaces in the modern world, and one of the most prevalent. But what accounts for its…

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November 2016

Risky Bodies: Quantification, Fungibility, and Slave Trade in the Seventeenth Century Atlantic

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

Monday Seminar: Pablo Gómez Resident Fellow (2016-2017) Department of Medical History and Bioethics; History of Science, UW-Madison   How did early modern governments, and slave traders’ and their financiers’ quantify disease and risk? How did…

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Anglo-Saxon Maternal Bodies

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

Monday Seminar Dana Oswald UW System Fellow (2016-2017) English, UW-Parkside   What can we know about women's bodies when the only people writing about them were men, and those men were generally monks? In a…

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Natural History and Personhood in Early America

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

Monday Seminar: Julia Dauer Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2016-2017) English, UW-Madison   How did transatlantic writers use “I” in their discourse?  When did “I” become the familiar protagonist of American letters?  What can first-person prose tell…

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December 2016

Passing on Texts in the Ancient World: A Case Study with the Biblical Texts from the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls

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

Monday Seminar: Sidnie Crawford Kingdon Fellow (2016-2017) Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln   When we think of "the Bible" in the 21st century, we usually think of a fixed text, in an ancient…

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Limits of Racebending in the Struggle for Asian American Representation

December 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 6191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2016 Burdick-Vary Lecture: Lori Kido Lopez Communication Arts, UW-Madison   Studies of fandom and fan culture have always centered on the complex feelings of fascination and frustration that motivate audiences.  When we consider the way…

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Troubling Conjugal Loyalties

December 12, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Sukanya Banerjee UW System Fellow (2016-2017) English, UW-Milwaukee   How is it that monogamy came to serve as one of the markers of “modern” marriage? Which nineteenth-century literary genres did it play on?…

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January 2017

The Altercatio Ganymedis et Helene – It All Comes Together in the End (?)

January 23, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Tina Chronopoulos Solmsen Fellow (2016-2017) Classics and Medieval Studies, University of Binghamton, State University of New York   Have you always wondered what a discussion about the pros and cons of same-sex versus…

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Is Love All You Need? Household Labor and Marriage Vows (1870-1920)

January 30, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Kimberley Reilly UW System Fellow (2016-2017) Democracy and Justice Studies; History Department; Women's and Gender Studies Department, UW-Green Bay How did a wife earn her keep? This was a question a wide range…

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February 2017

Desiring History and Historicizing Desire

February 2, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Graduate Seminar (Part of "Show and Tell: Evidence, Erotics, and Embodiment in the Premodern World" events): Ari Friedlander University of Mississippi, English   Ari Friedlander, assistant professor of English (University of Mississippi) and editor…

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Show and Tell: Evidence, Erotics, and Embodiment in the Premodern World

February 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Lunchtime Roundtable Discussion with: Tina Chronopoulos, SUNY-Binghamton, Classics/IRH Ari Friedlander, University of Mississippi, English Dana Oswald, UW-Parkside, English/IRH Jennifer Row, Boston University, French/IRH   When researching the history of sexuality, or thinking about past desires,…

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Recovering the New Thought Novel

February 6, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Anne Stiles Kingdon Fellow (2016-2017) Department of English, Saint Louis University   Did you know that many well-loved children’s classics contain hidden Christian Science and New Thought messages? My book shows how classic children's…

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Machiavelli’s Tragic Geography

February 13, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Kristin Phillips-Court Resident Fellow (2016-2017) Italian and Art History, UW-Madison   Machiavelli’s writings substantiate more than their distillation into a political theory that stripped morality from politics. This seminar focuses on Machiavelli’s frequent…

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Networks of Shared Imagination: Medieval Legends and the Construction of History

February 20, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Samantha Herrick Solmsen Fellow (2016-2017) History, Syracuse University   What can we learn about the past from sources long dismissed as worthless? Medieval legends recount a version of early Christian history starkly at…

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Rethinking Empire in the Twentieth Century: Lessons from Imperial and Post-Imperial Japan

February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2017 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Louise Young Professor of Japanese History, UW-Madison   Japan built a wartime empire in Asia in the 1930s, and after losing that empire in 1945 created trading…

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Anishinaabewaki and the “mixed bloods, belonging to the Chippewas of Lake Superior”

February 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Larry Nesper Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellow (2016-2017) Anthropology, UW-Madison   This project began as an effort to problematize the legal permitting process by muddying up the chain of title to the Penokees…

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March 2017

New Illuminations: Art-NATURE-History

March 3, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - March 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Pyle Center, Room 313, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, 53706 United States

2017 Burdick-Vary Symposium  In conjunction with: “Martha Glowacki’s Natural History, Observations and Reflections” (Chazen Museum of Art) “Natural History : Natural Philosophy: An Exhibit in Special Collections” (Memorial Library, Room 984)   This symposium brings…

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Weaponizing Identity: Doxing as Cultural Practice and Political Tool

March 6, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Andrew Zolides Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2016-2017) Communication Arts, UW-Madison   Doxing - the publicizing of private, identifying information about an individual without consent - is a fascinating cultural practice that has emerged in…

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Mount Athos in Context

March 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Symposium on the occasion of the Art History exhibition: “Holy Mountain: Icons from Mount Athos and Photographs by Frank Horlbeck”: Welcome and Introductory Remarks 9:00-9:15 Dean Karl Scholz Bp. Demetrios of Mokissos 9:15-9:45 Thomas Dale…

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Histories of the Present: Postimperial Asia in the World

March 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2017 Burdick-Vary Symposium Organized by Louise Young How has the history of imperialism and colonialism brought us to the current conjuncture? This symposium brings together specialists from different fields to rethink possibilities for a critical…

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A View from the Choir: Sharing Sacred Space in Pluriconfessional Convents in Early Modern Germany

March 13, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

  Monday Seminar: Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer History, Western Kentucky University Solmsen Fellow (2016-2017)   Differences between religious groups coexisting in the same nation remain one of the thorniest sources of controversy and violence in many…

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Building the Caliphate: Construction, Destruction, and Sectarian Identity in Fatimid Architecture (909-1031)

March 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Jennifer Pruitt Resident Fellow (2016-2017) Art History, UW-Madison   The Ismaili Shi’i Fatimid dynasty is most famous for founding the city of Cairo in 969. Generally considered a golden age of multicultural tolerance,…

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Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don’t Know It

March 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Room 7191, 600 North Park Street
Madison, 53703 United States

2017 Gender Studies and the Humanities Lecture Susan Schweik UC Berkeley, English   "Dull Babies Made Normal By Feeble-Minded Girls’ Care: Increase of as Much as 40 Points in IQ Reported,” a science magazine headline…

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April 2017

Encounters in Qraiyeh: Imperial Ideology and French Industry in a Lebanese Village, 1900-1930

April 3, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: John Boonstra Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow (2016-2017) History, UW-Madison   The history of European imperialism in the Middle East tends to follow a familiar script: competing powers developed “spheres of influence” within the late-stage…

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Corruption and Forensic Experts in British India

April 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Mitra Sharafi Resident Fellow (2016-2017) Law and Legal Studies, UW-Madison History   Corrupt British forensic experts undermined race-based narratives about truth-telling and corruption in colonial India, as well as ideological claims made for…

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Calculating Conversion: The Role of Mathematical Deliberation in Arabic Language Schools of Iberia and North Africa, ca. 1240-1300

April 17, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar Nicholas Jacobson William Coleman Dissertation Fellow (2016-2017) History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, UW-Madison   In the middle decades of the thirteenth century, Dominican and Franciscan missionaries established schools devoted to the study…

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Exploring the Real: New Modes of Documentary Theatre in Contemporary Mexico

April 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Paola Hernández Resident Fellow (2016-2017) Spanish & Portuguese, UW-Madison   Why do we see a renaissance of documentary practices in contemporary theatre? Where and how does the idea of the affective of a…

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May 2017

Modernism, Theatre, and the Axis of Language in India

May 1, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Aparna Dharwadker Resident Fellow (2016-2017) English and Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, UW-Madison   The global turn in modernist studies has offered scholars of India the first significant opportunity to position modern Indian literature and…

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Research in the Humanities: Past, Present, and Future

May 8, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Panel Discussion and Table Talks:   Panelists are invited to reflect on the following questions; please come and share your ideas and memories on these as well: How might your discipline or interdisciplinary research area…

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Imprisonment, Encampment, Incarceration: Prison Studies in a Global Frame

May 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
University Club, Banquet Hall (lower level), 803 State Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Speakers: A. Naomi Paik (Keynote) J. Daniel Elam Toussaint Losier Michael Farquhar Golnar Nikpour A.J. Yumi Lee Anthony Fontes   Never before in history have as many people around the world been confined in carceral…

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