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JANUARY 2018

Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Lecture Series 2017-2018

Artifacts GIF for the 2017-2018 Center for the Humanities Calendar in representation of Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Hill Boone

Elizabeth Hill Boone

Professor of History of Art
Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art
Tulane University

Spatial Grammars: The Union of Art and Writing in the Painted Books of Aztec Mexico (Public Lecture)


Thursday
1-25-18
7:00 PM

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Public Lecture
Newman Alumni Center, Multipurpose Room
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Friday
1-26-18
10:30am

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Seminar: Reading the Past and the Future in the Painted Books of Aztec Mexico
Richter Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room
UM Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

“Boone offers many new interpretations of interest to the specialist. However, the book [Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate] will be most appreciated for the way in which it makes a complex artistic and intellectual system intelligible to the nonspecialist.”
— Matthew G. Looper, The Historian

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B. Christine Arce - "México’s Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women"

Chrissy Arce

Associate Professor of Spanish
University of Miami

México’s Nobodies:
The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women

Wednesday
1-24-18

8:00 PM
Books & Books
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México’s Nobodies examines two key figures in Mexican history that have remained anonymous despite their proliferation in the arts: the soldadera and the figure of the mulata. Chrissy Arce unravels the stunning paradox evident in the simultaneous erasure (in official circles) and ongoing fascination (in the popular imagination) with the nameless people who both define and fall outside of traditional norms of national identity. The book traces the legacy of these extraordinary figures in popular histories and legends, the Inquisition, ballads such as “La Adelita” and “La Cucaracha,” iconic performers like Toña la Negra, and musical genres such as the son jarocho and danzón. This study is the first of its kind to draw attention to art’s crucial role in bearing witness to the rich heritage of blacks and women in contemporary México.

Chrissy Arce is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Miami. She works on issues of race and gender in Mexican, Caribbean, and Brazilian cultural production and has a vital interest in immigration and non-Western epistemologies. She has published articles in such journals as Callaloo and Aztlán.


FEBRUARY 2018

"The Work of the Dead" by Thomas W. Laqueur

Sponsored by the Department of History's Speakers Series

Thomas W. Laqueur

Helen Fawcett Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Why Do We Care for the Dead?


Monday
2-5-18
4:30pm

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Shalala Student Center, Third Floor, Activities Room North
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Tuesday
2-6-18
12:30pm

Lunch Seminar
School of Nursing, Executive Board Room
For UM Faculty & Graduate Students

Why do the living need the dead? And why do they care for their bodies? This lecture examines the deep historical anthropology of the care for the dead and how it figures in the origin stories of many civilizations; it will explore the question of the discovery of death.

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Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Lecture Series 2017-2018


Vincent Brown

Charles Warren Professor of History
Professor of African and African American Studies
Harvard University

The Coromantee War: Charting the Course of an Atlantic Slave Revolt (Public Lecture)


Thursday
2-15-18
7:00 PM

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Public Lecture
Lowe Art Museum
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Friday
2-16-18
12:30 PM

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Lunch Seminar: Atlantic Slavery and the Digital Humanities
School of Nursing, Executive Board Room
For Humanities Faculty & Grad Students

“Vincent Brown makes the dead talk. With his deep learning and powerful historical imagination, he calls upon the departed to explain the living. The Reaper’s Garden stretches the historical canvas and forces readers to think afresh. It is a major contribution to the history of Atlantic slavery.”
— Ira Berlin, author of Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America

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"The Bioarchaeology of Socio-Sexual Lives: Queering Common Sense About Sex, Gender, and Sexuality" by Pamela Geller (BookTalk at Books & Books 2018) Web version / thumb version of Pamela Geller for BookTalk @ Books & Books

Pamela Geller

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Miami

The Bioarchaeology of Socio-Sexual Lives: 
Queering Common Sense About Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Wednesday
2-21-18

8:00 PM
Books & Books
Public Invited
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The Bioarchaeology of Socio-Sexual Lives corrects a major shortcoming in many scholarly and popular presentations of past socio-sexual lives. They reveal little about the ancient or historic group under study and much about Western society’s modern state of heteronormative affairs. To interrogate commonsensical thinking about socio-sexual identities and interactions, this volume draws from critical feminist and queer studies. Reciprocally, bioarchaeological studies extend social theorizing about sex, gender, and sexuality that emphasizes the modern, conceptual, and discursive. Ultimately, The Bioarchaeology of Socio-Sexual Lives invites readers to think more deeply about humanity’s diversity, the naturalization of culture, and the past’s presentation in mass-media communications.

Pamela Geller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Miami. She is strongly committed to transdisciplinarity; her research interests include bioarchaeology, feminist and queer studies, materiality of identity, bio-politics and the body, and the socio-politics of the past. She has conducted fieldwork in Israel, Hawai’i, Belize, Honduras, and Perú, and has recently finished a biohistorical study of Samuel G. Morton and his controversial crania collection. Based on this research, Geller is working on a book titled Your Obedient Servant: The Socio-politics of the Samuel G. Morton Crania Collection. In summer 2015, Professor Geller initiated a project in northern Haiti; this work investigates contemporary peoples’ interactions and understanding of patrimony associated with the UNESCO World Heritage Site Parc National Historique (comprised of Sans Souci Palace, Citadelle Laferrière, and Ramiers). She has published widely in such journals as American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, Ancient Mesoamerica, American Anthropologist, and Annual Review of Anthropology.


Presented by the Center for the Humanities Animal Studies & Environmental Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Group

Alan Mikhail

Professor of History, Yale University

Live Stocks: Animals and Economic Transformation in Ottoman Egypt


Thursday
2-22-18
4:30 PM

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Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room
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This talk offers a template for understanding how rural economies based both on animal wealth and the shared labor of humans and animals changed at the end of the eighteenth-century to effect the global transition of early modern rural societies from subsistence to commercialized agriculture. Combining the literatures of human-animal relations, early modern agriculture, and Ottoman economic and social history, this talk argues for the importance of nonhuman histories in understanding global economic, energetic, and political transformations.

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MARCH 2018

Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Lecture Series 2017-2018

Humanities Calendar version of Dylan Penningroth's graphic

Dylan C. Penningroth

Professor of History and Law
University of California, Berkeley

Law for a Gospel Church: African American Religion and Legal Culture, 1865-1970 (Public Lecture)


Thursday
3-1-18
7:00 PM

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Public Lecture
Shalala Student Center, Third Floor, Grand Ballroom East
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“Penningroth applies an intellectual framework laden with insights gleaned from African Studies and anthropology, making this book [The Claims of Kinfolk] an ambitious exercise in interdisciplinary scholarship and comparative history.”
American Historical Review

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The Many Fourteenth Amendments is presented by the Department of History and co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Miami School of Law, Center for the Humanities, University of Miami Libraries, Departments of English and Political Science

 Symposium

Shalala Student Center, Third Floor, Activities Room
Free & Open to the Public  |  Registration Required

The U.S. Civil War from 1861-1865 resulted in a forging of a second constitution that in time transformed the structures of American governance. The Fourteenth Amendment has no single legacy. An amendment born in strife birthed an enduring conflict over the meanings and limits of equality, citizenship, and due process. To mark the 150th Anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, this research symposium will explore the origins, consequences, and legacies of the many Fourteenth Amendments. 

The keynote address to this conference will be the Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Lecture by Dylan C. Penningroth on March 1st.
Two separate registrations are required for the keynote address and The Many Fourteenth Amendments conference.

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 Lunch Seminar on Expanding Career Opportunities for PhDs:

"The Humanist Entrepreneur: Deploying Your Graduate Training Beyond the Academy"

 

Amyrose McCue Gill

Founder of TextFormations


Monday
3-26-1

School of Nursing


This event is aimed at graduate students thinking about more and less outside-the-box answers to the question "Why am I doing a PhD?". Amyrose McCue Gill (PhD Berkeley, Italian Studies) is the co-founder and an editor and translator with TextFormations, a manuscript preparation services partnership launched in 2015. She will share her postdoctoral experiences and describe how her doctoral work in the humanities came to inform her current career path in unexpected ways. Amyrose is happy to answer questions from questing graduate students and postdocs about everything from the academic job market to balancing family and career; from business concerns (like finances and marketing) to publishing processes (like editing and translation).

Amyrose McCue Gill holds a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley with specializations in Renaissance literature, early modern history, and women and gender studies. She has been a translator, editor, and project manager for over a decade, and handle projects in English, Italian, French, and Spanish. Her work in North America and Europe. With her colleague Lisa Regan, who earned her PhD in the History of Art, also from Berkeley, she established TextFormations, which provides customized support for writers and researchers in higher education, who are undertaking translation, writing, research, and publishing projects in North America, Europe, Asia, the UK, and the Commonwealth. They have assisted in bringing books to publication from university presses such as Cambridge, Yale, Oxford, Stanford, Toronto, as well as Palgrave, Brepols, Brill, Routledge, and many others; as well as articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as Representations, The Art Bulletin, and Renaissance Quarterly.

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"Writing and Revising Articles, and Getting Them Published"

 

Amyrose McCue Gill & Mihoko Suzuki


Monday
3-26-1

Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room


Mihoko Suzuki (journal editor) and Amyrose McCue Gill (article editor) are available to answer all of your questions about publishing articles in academic journals. What makes for a successful article? How do you choose an appropriate journal? What is the submission and peer review process like? When should I publish an article and how many should I publish? How long does it all take? This event will have a seminar format and will be driven by participant questions; come with all your worries and excitement about article publishing!


 

 

 

Book Development Workshop:

"From Pitching Proposals to Peer Review and Production"

 

Amyrose McCue Gill & Ben Doyle

 

Text Formations; Publisher and Head of Literary Studies for the Scholarly Division at Palgrave Macmillan


Tuesday
3-27-1

Richter Library, Third Floor Conference Room

This workshop, led by Ben Doyle (publisher for literature with Palgrave) and Amyrose McCue Gill (editor and translator with TextFormations), is aimed at scholars with monograph projects (in mind or in hand) who want to know more about 1. How to pitch a book to a publisher; 2. How to revise a dissertation or manuscript for publication; 3. How to handle the peer review process; and 4. How to prepare for production and publication. We will also touch on edited volumes and on developmental editing but there will be time for lots of Q & A. Come with questions about any and all aspects of publishing books. 

Amyrose McCue Gill holds a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley with specializations in Renaissance literature, early modern history, and women and gender studies. She has been a translator, editor, and project manager for over a decade, and handle projects in English, Italian, French, and Spanish. Her work in North America and Europe. With her colleague Lisa Regan, who earned her PhD in the History of Art, also from Berkeley, she established TextFormations, which provides customized support for writers and researchers in higher education, who are undertaking translation, writing, research, and publishing projects in North America, Europe, Asia, the UK, and the Commonwealth. They have assisted in bringing books to publication from university presses such as Cambridge, Yale, Oxford, Stanford, Toronto, as well as Palgrave, Brepols, Brill, Routledge, and many others; as well as articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as Representations, The Art Bulletin, and Renaissance Quarterly.

Ben Doyle is Publisher and Head of Literary Studies for the Scholarly Division at Palgrave Macmillan. He has worked on the list for nine years, originally starting in 2009 as an Editorial Assistant. Ben overseas an editorial team of five people, based in London and New York

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"Conflict, Commerce, and an Aesthetic of Appropriation in the Italian Maritime Cities, 1000-1150" by Karen Mathews ‌‌ Karen Mathews (Art & Art History), 2016-2017 Humanities Faculty Fellow

Karen Rose Mathews

Assistant Professor of Art History
University of Miami

Conflict, Commerce, and an Aesthetic of Appropriation in the Italian Maritime Cities, 1000-1150

Wednesday
3-28-18

8:00 PM
Books & Books
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Karen Rose Mathews is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Miami. She has published numerous articles on the visual culture of the medieval Mediterranean. She is currently editing an interdisciplinary volume on medieval Pisa and working on a book manuscript, “Mapping, Materiality, and Merchant Culture in the Italian Maritime Republics, 1100-1400.”

 


Ginema del Rio Riande

Professor of Medieval Studies, University of Buenos Aires 

Refounding the Digital Humanities from the South


Wednesday
3-28-18
4:00 PM

Lecture
School of Nursing, Executive Board Room

This talk will focus on a “think global, act local” approach to digital humanities, through the perspectives of North-South, Western-Eastern, Canon-Corpus, and Center-Periphery, with the aim of reflecting upon the trajectory of the discipline. Case studies on epistemological diversity from the global South will enable an understanding of the global effects of its institutionalization. An emphasis on some Humanidades Digitales projects and initiatives from Latin America and the Caribbean will demonstrate how concepts such as the commons have been reshaped, significantly advancing the rethinking of Open Access and Open Science.

Gimena del Rio Riande is Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Buenos Aires and Researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas y Crítica Textual of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Buenos Aires. Her scholarship focuses on the use and methodologies of scholarly digital tools as “situated practices.” She is the cofounder of the Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales, Madrid, and of Revista de Humanidades Digitales, the first Spanish digital humanities journal; she is also vice president of the Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales.

 

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APRIL 2018

Ingrid D. Rowland

Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Professor, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, Rome

Two Renaissance Magnates: Agostino Chigi and Jakob Fugger (Public Lecture)


Thursday
4-5-18
7:00 PM

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Public Lecture
Kislak Center
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“[Rowland] brings this lost world back to the three-dimensional life and vivid color [in The Culture of the High Renaissance]… a splendid writer whose words evoke unforgettable images of Renaissance society.”
The New York Review of Books

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Joshua Knobe

Professor of Cognitive Science and Philosophy, Yale University

IRG Cognitive Studies Lecture: "Norms and Normality"


Friday
4-6-18
3:30 - 5:30pm

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Third Floor Conference Room, Richter Library

People ordinarily distinguish between ways of behaving that are "normal" and those that are "abnormal." But how exactly is this distinction to be understood? This talk will discuss a series of experimental studies designed to explore people's ordinary notion of normality. The key result is that people's ordinary notion of normality is not a purely statistical one (e.g., the type of behavior that is most frequent) or a purely prescriptive one (e.g., the type of behavior that is ideal). Instead, our ordinary notion of normality appears to mix together statistical and prescriptive considerations. I discuss implications of these findings for a variety of questions in cognitive science.

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"Transgressive Typologies: Constructions of Gender & Power in Early Tang China" by Rebecca Doran
Rebecca Doran

Rebecca Doran

Assistant Professor of Chinese
University of Miami

Transgressive Typologies:
Constructions of Gender & Power in Early Tang China

Wednesday
4-11-18

8:00 PM
Books & Books
Public Invited
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The exceptionally powerful Chinese women leaders of the late seventh and early eighth centuries—including Wu Zhao, the Taiping and Anle princesses, Empress Wei, and Shangguan Wan’er—though quite prominent in the Chinese cultural tradition, remain elusive and often misunderstood or essentialized throughout history. Transgressive Typologies utilizes a new, multidisciplinary approach to understand how these figures’ historical identities are constructed in the mainstream secular literary-historical tradition and to analyze the points of view that inform these constructions. Using close readings and rereadings of primary texts written in medieval China through later imperial times, this study elucidates narrative typologies and motifs associated with these women to explore how their power is rhetorically framed, gendered, and ultimately deemed transgressive. Rebecca Doran offers a new understanding of major female figures of the Tang era within their literary-historical contexts, and delves into critical questions about the relationship between Chinese historiography, reception history, and the process of image-making and cultural construction.

Rebecca Doran is Assistant Professor of Chinese and Director of Chinese Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. Her research and teaching interests include Chinese literature, historiography, and Chinese language. More specifically, her work examines Tang and Song literature and cultural history, with particular interests in women’s literature, gender studies, and material culture.


William Germano

Professor of English, The Cooper Union


Monday
4-30-18
4:30pm - 5:30pm

"Archive of Information, Archive of Ideas"

Exective Board Room, Nursing School
For UM Faculty & Graduate Students
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Tuesday
5-1-18
10:00am - 12:00pm

The Professional Scholarly Writer:
A writing and publishing seminar for academic authors

Ashe 427
For UM Faculty & Graduate Students
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William Germano is author of Getting It Published: a Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (University of Chicago Press, 3/e 2016) and From Dissertation to Book (University of Chicago Press, 2/e 2013). He writes a biweekly blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Lingua Franca blog; he has also published essays on writing and publishing in the Chronicle and elsewhere. Other books: The Tales of Hoffmann (BFI Film Classics, 2013), on Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 opera-film, and Eye Chart (Bloomsbury, 2017), a short cultural history of visual measurement. During a first career as a scholarly publisher, he worked as editor-in-chief of Columbia University Press and as vice-president and publishing director at Routledge, a position he held for nineteen years.