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October 2018

History, Memory, and Identity: A French Debate

October 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2018 Germaine Brée Lecture: Enzo Traverso Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities, Cornell University   How many layers of French history does the highly controversial slogan Je suis Charlie conceal? Over the last…

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Musical Exoticism and the Politics of Representation in the Tagalog Zarzuela

October 29, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: A scene from the zarzuela Filipinas para los Filipinos, which premiered in Manila in 1905. Image credit: National Commission for Culture and Arts, Phillippines, via their Flickr account. Monday Seminar: Isidora Miranda Dana-Allen Dissertation…

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November 2018

(Re)Imagining Empire-Part I

November 2, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

Workshop: Multiple Speakers (see below)   Few themes are subject to as much cross-disciplinary inquiry as empire. From critical international relations theory on empire’s ideological dimensions to historians’ examination of the motivations and effects of…

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Watermen, Petermen, and Mermaids: Creatures of Conversion on the Early Modern Thames

November 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Images and Image Credits: Top left image: a Waterman rescuing a child from drowning in the Thames (from a manuscript copy of John Lydgate’s Life of Saints Edmund and Fremund, 15th Century (Yates Thompson Ms.…

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Reading for the Future

November 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2018 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Theresa M. Kelley Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English Emerita, UW-Madison   For many thinkers, including Romantics themselves, their era was an age of prophecy—of revolution,…

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The Trump Show: Terrorism and Total Mediation

November 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

mage: Courtesy of Der Spiegel online. 6/2017. Monday Seminar: Richard A. Grusin UW System Fellow (2018-2019) Distinguished Professor, English; Director, Center for 21st Century Studies, UW-Milwaukee   I want to think about how, mid-way through the…

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Race, Memory, and Monuments after Charlottesville

November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image credit: Henry Shrady and Leo Lentelli (sculptors), Robert E. Lee Monument, 1924, Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph by Bill Emory. Lecture: Louis P. Nelson Professor of Architectural History and Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, University of…

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Unlikely Muse: Re-imagining Beauty and Holiness with Saint Mary of Egypt

November 26, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Jusepe de Ribera, Saint Mary of Egypt in Ecstasy, c. 1640. Oil on canvas. Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico City. Image courtesy of Colección Pérez Simón. Monday Seminar: Sonia Velázquez Solmsen Fellow (2018-2019) Religious Studies;…

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December 2018

Metrical Claims and Poetic Experiences: Klopstock, Nietzsche, Grünbein

December 3, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Diagram courtesy of Ernst Brücke, The Physiological Basis of German Verse (1871), p.33. Monday Seminar: Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge Resident Fellow (2018-2019) German, Nordic, and Slavic, UW-Madison   Why should we care about patterns of…

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(Re)Imagining Empire-Part II

December 7, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 5:30 pm
Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street
Madison, 53703 United States

Workshop: Multiple Speakers (see below) Few themes are subject to as much cross-disciplinary inquiry as empire. From critical international relations theory on empire’s ideological dimensions to historians’ examination of the motivations and effects of imperialist…

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The Office of Islamic Law: Paperwork, Politics, and Possibilities in Modern South Asia

December 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Center for Humanities Friday Lunch Series: Elizabeth Lhost A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities Legal Studies, History, Asian Languages and Cultures, UW–Madison   As Anglo-Indian case law became more robust and the lines…

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A Renaissance of Imagination: On Democratic Implications of Creativity in Early Modern Political Thought

December 10, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Katherine M. Robiadek Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow 2018-2019) Political Science, UW-Madison   In arguing for renewed focus on imagination, the purpose of this project is to enrich thinking about traits needed for effective democratic…

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January 2019

Music from the Ruins: Berlin after World War II

January 28, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Sergiu Celibidache conducting Beethoven’s Egmont overture in the ruins of the Philharmonie concert hall, 1950. Image credits: still from documentary film Ambassadors of Music (Botschafter der Musik), reproduced in Gerhard Forck, ed., Variationen mit…

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February 2019

Order and Miracles: Investigations into Duns Scotus’s Metaphysics

February 4, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Città del Vaticano, ms. Vat. Lat. 878, f. 1ra. Image Credit: Vatican Library; view full manuscript here: https://digi.vatlib.it/view/MSS_Vat.lat.878 Monday Seminar: Giorgio Pini Solmsen Fellow (2018-2019) Philosophy, Fordham University   In the few years he…

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Feminized Convergence: Women’s Television in the Digital Age

February 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Jacquelyn Arcy UW System Fellow (2018-2019) Communication, UW-Parkside   Much of the research on media convergence considers new media as a democratizing force or an exploitative system. But how do gendered assumptions affect…

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Late Antique Jews and Christians in the Balearic Islands (4th to 7th centuries CE): The Material World of Samuel Bar-Haggai

February 18, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Manuel de Assas (1877): "Mosaico descubierto en Mallorca en 1833" Museo Español de Antigüedades, VIII. Plate without number, based on a drawing by A. Sureda, 1833. Monday Seminar: Alexander Bar-Magen Numhauser Kingdon Fellow (2018-2019)…

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Absolutist Absurdities

February 25, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Anonymous engraving of Sans Parangon and Belle Gloire from the opening page of “Sans Parangon,” Le Cabinet des fées: Contenant tous leurs Ouvrages, 8 vols. (Amsterdam: Estienne Roger, 1717), 2:151. Image courtesy of Cotsen…

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March 2019

Assemblage Writing: Posthuman Rhetoric and the Onto-Silencing of Class

March 4, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Monday Seminar: Rob Wilkie UW System Fellow (2018-2019) English, UW-La Crosse   Confronting the humanities today is the question of how to talk about increasing precarity at a time of economic, environmental, and social crises.…

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Melanchthon and the “Corpus Reformatorum,” or Protestantism and Progress in Nineteenth-Century Germany

March 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Copperplate with Melanchthon portrait, Albrecht Dürer, 1526 (Schlossmuseum Gotha, Inv.-Nr.8, 24a). Monday Seminar: Zachary Purvis Kingdon Fellow (2018-2019) School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh   In shaping modern Protestantism and the study of the Reformation,…

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Writing the Museum: Pictorial Imagination in Baroque Fiction of the Spanish Empire

March 25, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image credit: Mercedes Alcalá-Galán, “Self-portrait” (detail), painting. Monday Seminar: Mercedes Alcalá-Galán Resident Fellow (2018-2019) Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison   In 1660 David Teniers published the extraordinary Theatrum Pictorium, the first illustrated catalogue ever of a collection…

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Workshop with Professor Celia Applegate

March 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Workshop: Celia Applegate William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History and Affiliate Faculty of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Vanderbilt University   Professor Applegate will be presenting a segment of a chapter that is part of a…

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April 2019

Writing Algiers

April 1, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: A watercolor "map" depicting the Spanish shore, islands, and the Mediterranean with the city of Algiers (“Argel”) shown at the lower right corner. Created by a former Spanish captive, probably a “renegade,” the map…

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The Migrant Crypt: Cultural Translation Across Europe

April 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140, 800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

2019 Focus on the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Tomislav Z. Longinović Professor of German, Nordic, and Slavic, UW-Madison   The influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East into Europe has challenged…

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Europe in Translation: Multilingualism in Theory and Practice

April 4, 2019 @ 9:15 am - 5:30 pm

2019 Burdick-Vary Symposium

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God and Taxes in the Medieval Roman Empire

April 8, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Mosaic from the church Kahrié-Djami in Istanbul. Scene depicting census to collect taxes before Kyrenios (Quirinius). 1315-1320. Meister der Kahriye-Cami-Kirche in Istanbul. Former Chora Monastery Church, commissioned by Théodor Metochite, mosaic program on apocryphal…

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Grace Among Gamblers: The Curious Case of a Rogue’s Conversion in Cervantes’ “El Rufián dichoso”

April 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Image: Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi). The Cardsharps. c. 1594. Oil on Canvas. Image courtesy of: Kimball Art Museum (AP 1987.06). Public Lecture: Sonia Velázquez Solmsen Fellow (2018-2019) Religious Studies; Comparative Literature, Indiana University-Bloomington   The early…

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Bacterial Imaginations: Regime of the Microscope in the 1950s People’s Republic of China

April 15, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: Poster created as part of an inoculation campaign, designer unknown, 1951-1952, titled: "Resolutely cut off the bloody and criminal hand of the American aggressor that spreads germs!." Image credits: Chineseposter.net. Text on the hilt…

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(Re)Imagining Empire-Part III

April 19, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 5:30 pm

Workshop: Multiple Speakers (see below).

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Transfers and Mutations: Gestalt in Interwar France

April 22, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: "Sky and Water I." M.C. Escher, Woodcut, June 1938. Image courtesy of the official M.C. Escher website. Monday Seminar: Florence Vatan Resident Fellow (2018-2019) French and Italian, UW-Madison   Which reconfigurations do concepts undergo…

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Peace and Justice. Remonstrances as a Means of Negotiation and Resistance during the French Civil Wars (1550-1600)

April 29, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
University Club, Room 212, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States

Image: (Painting) Omiros Hriso, Life of Jesus Christ, 1982. Image courtesy of Paul-Alexis Mellet. Monday Seminar: Paul-Alexis Mellet Solmsen Fellow (2018-2019) History, University of Geneva; Institute for the History of Reformation   Remonstrances were texts…

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