FALL 2018

Emily Sahakian

Associate Professor of Theatre and French
University of Georgia

Restaging Édouard Glissant’s Histoire de nègre (Tale of Black Histories): Consciousness-Raising Theatre Under Construction

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 4.30pm

Third Floor Conference Room, Richter Library 

Presented by the Center for the Humanities Theatre & Performance Studies Interdisciplinary Research Group


‌Emily Sahakian (Ph.D., Northwestern University and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales) is Associate Professor of Theatre and French at the University of Georgia. Her first book, Staging Creolization: Women’s Theater and Performance from the French Caribbean (2017), explores the works of a pioneering generation of late twentieth-century female playwrights from Martinique and Guadeloupe, and reconstructs these plays’ international production and reception histories, in the Caribbean, in France, and in English-translation in the United States. With Andrew Daily, she is preparing a translation and bilingual, critical edition of Histoire de nègre (Tale of Black Histories), a Martinican avant-garde play devised collaboratively by Caribbean schoolteachers under Edouard Glissant’s direction in 1971, and she is working with the Compagnie SIYAJ from Guadeloupe to restage the play and renew its potential for dialogic education and anti-racist activism.


Bill Bulman

Associate Professor of History & Global Studies
Lehigh University

The Rise of the Majority in Revolutionary England and its Empire

Monday, February 11, 2019 at TBA

Location TBA 

Presented by the Center for the Humanities Early Modern Interdisciplinary Research Group


The majority vote is the foundational element of representative assemblies, party politics, and democracy in today's world. While nearly all academics and the public at large have come to see this way of making decisions as natural to the political realm, it is actually an historical accident. The prevalence of the majority vote today is due to the fact that it suddenly became the practice of the English House of Commons and the North American colonial assemblies when Britain's empire first took shape. Yet this process has never been narrated or explained. Bulman's current project aims to do both, using traditional and digital tools.

‌Bill Bulman writes about the political, religious, and intellectual history of Britain and its empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His work examines the causes, nature, and consequences of the English Revolution, and the ways in which early moderns confronted pluralism. His first book, Anglican Enlightenment (2015), and a co-edited volume, God in the Enlightenment (2016), offered a new interpretation of the early Enlightenment, the post-revolutionary Church of England, and the religious politics of later Stuart England and its empire. His second major project locates the origins of majority rule in the representative assemblies of England and British America. He is also engaged in two related, collaborative projects aimed at re-thinking the relationship between history and the social sciences.