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AUGUST 2018
SEPTEMBER 2018

Martin Nesvig 

Associate Professor of History
University of Miami

Promiscuous Power:
An Unorthodox History of New Spain

Wednesday
9-5-18

8:00 PM
Books & Books
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Presenting rowdy, raunchy, and violent life histories from the archives, Martin Austin Nesvig studies the local colonizers and imperial agents of the Mexican province Michoacán who did the primary work of establishing the Spanish empire in their area. Far from being deeply obedient servants of crown and church, they were primarily motivated by personal gain and emboldened by the lack of oversight from the upper echelons of power. Nesvig finds that Michoacán—typical of many frontier provinces of the empire—became a region of refuge from imperial and juridical control and formal Catholicism, where the ordinary rules of law, jurisprudence, and royal oversight had little force.

Martin Nesvig is an associate professor of history at the University of Miami. He is the author of Ideology and Inquisition: The World of the Censors in Early Mexico and editor of three volumes on religion in Mexico.


Wine Glasses Illustration for the Humanities Fall Reception 2017-2018 (Center for the Humanities)

Fall Reception for Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students


Friday
9-7-18
3:30 PM

Moss Terrace, Shalala Student Center
For UM Humanities Faculty, Grad Students, and by Invitation



Hazel Carby

Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies
Professor of American Studies
Director of the Initiative on Race, Gender, and Globalization, Yale University

Where Are You From? (Public Lecture)


Thursday
9-20-18
7:00 PM

Public Lecture
Kislak Center
Public Invited

On Carby's Race Men: 
“Carby’s voice is clear, well documented, courageous and loud… Carby consistently challenges her reader to look at race and masculinity in ways that are new, difficult and often dangerous to our notions of self and of others….”
— 
Jill Nelson, Women’s Review of Books

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OCTOBER 2018

Herns Marcellin ‌

Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Miami

Toni Cela 

Affiliated Faculty
University of Miami

Les jeunes Haïtiens dans les Amériques/ Haitian Youth in the Americas

Wednesday
10-10-18

8:00 PM
Books & Books
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Haitian Youths in the Americas examines the contexts in which Haitian youth and young people of Haitian descent negotiate their socio-cultural conditions in Haiti and in different societies across the Americas. This book provides unique insights into the complexity of identity processes as well as the ambivalence of the modes of belonging and engagement of young people of Haitian descent in Haiti and other societies in which they live or circulate.

Louis Herns Marcelin, Ph.D. is professor of social science with joint appointments in the departments of anthropology and public health sciences at the University of Miami. He studies health and human security, power, violence, and marginalization with particular focus on Haiti, Brazil, the United States, and the Dominican Republic. In 2007, he founded the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED), a Haiti-based think (and do) tank.

Toni Cela, Ph.D. is the Coordinator of the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED) and an affiliated faculty member in the department of anthropology at the University of Miami. Her research interests include: education, violence, disaster, migration, and identity. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University.



Friday
10-26-18

REGISTER

Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

Lunch 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Session 1 : 9:00am - 10:00am
• "Usurpers, Encroachers, Malefactors and Thieves: Narratives of Violence in Twelfth-Century Local Monastic Chronicles," Stephanie Skenyon (History)
• "Prevailing Trifles: Theresa Cornwallis West, Young Ireland, and the Irish Famine, 1846," Catherine Judd (English) 


Session 2 : 10:15am - 11:15am
• "'You have set yourself to Music:” Writing voice in The Picture of Dorian Gray," Sarah Cash (English)
• "The Hermeneutics of Disaster," Lindsay Thomas (English)


Session 3 : 11:30am - 12:30pm
• "Film Music and Embodied Cognition," Juan Chattah (Musicology)
• "A Dictator's Image: François Duvalier and Expo '67," Hadassah St Hubert (History)


Session 4 : 1:30pm - 2:30pm

• "Colonial Indigeneities across the Global South," Tracy Devine Gúzman (MLL)
• "Philosophy and Autobiography: A Certain Gesture: Evnine’s Batman Meme Project and Its Parerga!," Simon Evnine (Philosophy)

Session 5 : 2:45pm - 3:45pm
• "Contemporary Nigerian Queer Poetics: Romeo Oriogun," Brenna Munro (English)
• TBA, Dominique Reill (History)

 

NOVEMBER 2018

Caleb Everett 

Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Miami

Numbers and the Making of Us:
Counting and the Course of Human Cultures

Wednesday
11-7-18

8:00 PM
Books & Books
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Numbers and the Making of Us is a sweeping account of how numbers radically enhanced our species’ cognitive capabilities and sparked a revolution in human culture. Number concepts are a human invention—a tool, much like the wheel, developed and refined over millennia. Everett examines the various types of numbers that have developed in different societies and details fascinating work with indigenous Amazonians who demonstrate that, unlike language, numbers are not a universal human endowment.

Caleb Everett is an anthropological and cognitive linguist. Much of his research explores the intersection of language and thought. Caleb is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Miami, with a secondary appointment in Psychology.


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

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
11-15-18
4:30pm

Third Floor Conference Room, Otto G. Richter Library

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.

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Christopher de Hamel

Fellow
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University

The Library of Saint Thomas Becket (Public Lecture)


Thursday
11-15-18
7:00 PM

Public Seminar
Kislak Center
Public Invited

Friday
11-16-18
12:30 PM

 Lunch Seminar
 Location TBA
 For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

On de Hamel's Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts:
“De Hamel is a man of extraordinary erudition and easy charm; his book asks many questions of the past, and invokes many mysteries…”

The New Yorker
 
“Full of delights...”
— Tom Stoppard

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DECEMBER 2018

 


Scott Heerman 

Assistant Professor of History
University of Miami

The Alchemy of Slavery:
Human Bondage and Emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730-1865

Wednesday
12-5-18

8:00 PM
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In this sweeping saga that spans empires, peoples, and nations, M. Scott Heerman chronicles the long history of slavery in Illinois in the heart of the North American continent. Arguing that slavery had no fixed institutional definition, Heerman traces various practices of slavery through indigenous, French, and finally U.S. systems of forced labor. The Alchemy of Slavery thus reveals the diverse and adaptable practices that masters deployed to build a slave economy in the Mississippi River Valley, attempting to outmaneuver their abolitionist opponents who partnered with African Americans to wage an extended campaign against slavery in the region.

Scott Heerman is Assistant Professor of History. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, and was the Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Scholar at Johns Hopkins University.


JANUARY 2019

(‌‌Image from British Library)

Catherine Hall

Emerita Professor of History
Chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership
University College London (UCL)

Edward Long and the Making of "Race" Across the Black/White Atlantic (Public Lecture)


Thursday
1-31-19
7:00 PM

Public Lecture
Kislak Center
Public Invited

Friday
2-1-19
12:30 PM

Lunch Seminar
Location TBA
For UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

“Professor Hall’s research has transformed our understanding of race, gender, class and empire within modern Britain…”
Modern British Studies (Birmingham)

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FEBRUARY 2019

Tim Watson 

Associate Professor of English
University of Miami

Culture Writing:
Literature and Anthropology in the Midcentury Atlantic World

Wednesday
2-6-19

8:00 PM
Books & Books
Public Invited
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Focusing on the 1950s and early 1960s, Culture Writing explores the dynamic exchanges between literary writers and anthropologists on both sides of the Atlantic. Culture Writing shows that the "literary turn" in anthropology took place earlier than has conventionally been assumed, in the 1950s rather than the 1970s and 80s, and occurred in the context of decolonization. Simultaneously, some literary writers reacted to the end of the period of modernist experimentation by turning to ethnographic methods for representing the people and cultural practices of Britain, France, and the United States.

Tim Watson is Associate Professor of English at the University of Miami and the author of Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780-1870 (2008).


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Rudolf Dekker

Autobiographical Writing and History Research Group Director
Huizinga Institute - Research School for Cultural History at the University of Amsterdam

The Secret Diary of Constantijn Huygens, Jr. (1628-1697): Society, Politics, and Culture in the Late Seventeenth Century (Public Lecture)


Thursday
2-21-19
7:00 PM

Public Lecture
Kislak Center
Public Invited

“Dekker has had a keen eye for popular culture and eyewitness accounts of history throughout his career. Having published on, among other things, popular risings, cross-dressing, humor, childhood, and education in the early modern period, Dekker now presents us with an introduction to an extraordinary and extensive seventeenth-century diary, written by Constantijn Huygens...”
— Willemijn Ruberg, Biography

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MARCH 2019

Justin Ritzinger 

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
University of Miami

Anarchy in the Pure Land:
Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism

Wednesday
3-6-19

8:00 PM
Books & Books
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Anarchy in the Pure Land investigates the twentieth-century reinvention of the cult of Maitreya, the future Buddha, conceived by the reformer Taixu and promoted by the Chinese Buddhist reform movement. The cult presents an apparent anomaly: It shows precisely the kind of concern for ritual, supernatural beings, and the afterlife that the reformers supposedly rejected in the name of "modernity." This book, however, argues that the cult of Maitreya represents an attempt to articulate a new constellation of values, integrating novel understandings of the good, clustered around modern visions of utopia, with the central Buddhist goal of Buddhahood.

Justin R. Ritzinger is a scholar of modern and contemporary Buddhism in China and Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. His research focuses on the development and articulation of Buddhist modernism in the Chinese-speaking world and the role played by seemingly non-modern ideas and practices in that movement.


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

Bill Bulman

Associate Professor of History & Global Studies, Lehigh University

The Rise of the Majority in Revolutionary England and its Empire


Monday
2-11-19
4:30pm

Third Floor Conference Room, Otto G. Richter Library

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.

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Francois Recanati

Research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, France

Imagination and the Self (Public Lecture)


Thursday
3-28-19
7:00 PM

Public Lecture
Kislak Center
Public Invited

“[Recanati's Literal Meaning] is extremely valuable for the important issues it raises with respect to thearchitecture of linguistic theory, for its clear and intelligent discussion of them, for its thorough comparison of some of the most influential contemporary approaches to meaning, and not least for the further reflections it may inspire in the reader.”
— Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen, Journal of Pragmatics

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APRIL 2019

 

Viviana Diaz-Balsera ‌

Professor of Spanish
University of Miami

Guardians of Idolatry:
Gods, Demons, and Priests in Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón’s Treatise on the Heathen Superstitions

Wednesday
4-3-19

8:00 PM
Books & Books
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In 1629, Catholic priest Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón produced a treatise designed to aid the church in its abolishment of native Nahua religious practices. The bilingual Nahuatl-Spanish work collected diverse incantations, or nahualtocaitl, used to conjure Mesoamerican deities for daily sustenance and medical activities. Guardians of Idolatry offers readers a rare, in-depth look at the nahualtocaitl and the native cosmogonies, beliefs, and medical practices they reveal. It tells a compelling story of the robust presence of a unique form of Postclassic Mesoamerican ritual knowledge, fully operative one hundred years after the incursion of Christianity in south Central Mexico, and shows the disparate ways in which both colonizers and resilient indigenous agents contributed to the conservation of Mesoamerican teachings.

Viviana Díaz Balsera is Professor of Spanish at the University of Miami and the author of The Pyramid under the Cross: Franciscan Discourses of Evangelization and the Nahua Christian Subject in Sixteenth-Century Mexico.