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"Constructing the Viennese Modern Body: Art, Hysteria, and the Puppet" by Nathan Timpano (BookTalk @ Books & Books) - 2017 profile photo for Nathan Timpano for BookTalk promotions

‌Nathan Timpano

Assistant Professor of Art History
University of Miami

Constructing the Viennese Modern Body:
Art, Hysteria, and the Puppet


8:00 PM
Books & Books
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Constructing the Viennese Modern Body takes a new, interdisciplinary approach to analyzing modern Viennese visual culture, informed by Austro-German theater, contemporary medical treatises centered on hysteria, and an original examination of dramatic gestures in expressionist artworks. It centers on the following question: How and to what end was the human body discussed, portrayed, and utilized as an aesthetic metaphor in turn-of-the-century Vienna? By scrutinizing theatrically “hysterical” performances, avant-garde puppet plays, and images created by Oskar Kokoschka, Koloman Moser, Egon Schiele and others, Nathan J. Timpano discusses how Viennese artists favored the pathological or puppet-like body as their contribution to European modernism.

Nathan Timpano is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Miami. His research focuses on the history and historiography of modern art and visual culture in Europe and the Americas, with a specialty in German and Austrian modernism. He was the 2009-2010 Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University, where his research focused on the photographic works of the German-American artist Lyonel Feininger. He has additionally held professional positions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Among his various awards, Professor Timpano was a Getty Research Institute Summer Fellow (2015), a Faculty Research Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at UM (2013-2014), a Rifkind Center Scholar-in-Residence at LACMA (2013), a Fulbright Fellow to Vienna, Austria (2007-2008), and a DAAD Scholar to Munich, Germany (2007). His exhibition Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States, which opened in June 2013 at the Lowe Art Museum, is currently on loan to various US art museums until 2018.


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RESCHEDULED: Fall Reception for Humanities Faculty & Graduate Students

3:30 PM

Shalala Student Center, Third Floor, Iron Arrow Room
For UM Humanities Faculty, Grad Students, and by Invitation

 Cosponsored by the UM Graduate School

Expanding Career Opportunities for PhDs in the Humanities: Teaching at Community Colleges

Kristin Borgwald

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus

Lara Cahill-Booth

Assistant Professor of English, Miami-Dade College, Kendall Campus

Stephanie Skenyon

PhD Candidate in History and Dissertation Fellow at the Center for the Humanities, University of Miami

12:30 PM

Shalala Student Center, Iron Arrow
For UM Faculty & Grad Students‌‌
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This workshop, led by two UM PhDs in Philosophy and English and a PhD candidate in History, explores teaching careers at community colleges. The panelists will discuss the application process as well as share their expectations and experiences teaching at community colleges. Following brief presentations by the panelists, the workshop will shift to Q&A and group discussion.

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‌Simon Evnine

Professor of Philosophy
University of Miami

Making Objects and Events:
A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms


8:00 PM
Books & Books
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Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms is a study in the metaphysics of the world we make around us, the world of humble artifacts like tables and chairs, as well as sublime artifacts like symphonies, novels, and paintings. Artifacts such as these present a host of philosophical puzzles. How much change can they undergo without ceasing to exist? When they have functions (as chairs have the function of being sat on), how do they come to have these functions, and how are those functions related to the intentions of their makers? In providing answers to these and other questions, the book develops a vision of artifacts as being the impressions of minds on matter; their essences lie in the ways they come to exist, the ways in which makers impose their intentions onto the matter available to them.

Simon Evnine is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. His areas of research include epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. He is the author of Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood (Oxford University Press, 2008), Donald Davidson (Stanford University Press, 1991), and articles in such journals as Mind, Synthese, and Journal of the History of Philosophy on topics in epistemology and the philosophy of mind, Locke, Hume, and Freud.

2016-2017 Center for the Humanities ‌Fellows Symposium

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

Session 1 : 9:30am - 11:00am
• "From National to Transnational: The Creation of a European Supersonic and a European Aircraft Industry," 
Drewry Wofford (History)
• "The Indebted Immigrant," Aleksandra Perisic (MLL)
• "Genre and Legibility in Niger Delta Resource Conflict Novels," Alok Amatya (English)

Session 2 : 11:15am - 12:15pm
• "'The new moon with the old moon in her arms': Androgynous Subjectivity and the Re-Creative Poetics of Samuel Taylor Coleridge," Kathryn Freeman (English)
• "Object Lessons from the Revolutionary Atlantic," Ashli White (History)

LUNCH : 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Session 3 : 1:30pm - 3:00pm

• "Cartographic Visuality in the Italian Maritime Republics, 1100-1400," Karen Mathews (Art & Art History)
• "A Murderess and Mexico's First Spanish Peyote Eaters," Martin Nesvig (History)
• "Uprooting Poems in the 1570s," Jessica Rosenberg (English)
Session 4 : 3:15pm - 4:15pm
• "Comparative Classics East and West," John Kirby (Classics)
• "The Beginnings of Christian Literature," Robyn Walsh (Religious Studies)

Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Lecture Series 2017-2018

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Annette Gordon-Reed

Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School
Professor of History, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University

Making Black Citizenship: The Importance and Limits of the Law (Public Lecture)

7:00 PM

Public Lecture
Shalala Student Center, Third Floor, Grand Ballroom West
Public Invited

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“No historian has done more to recover the stories of enslaved blacks than Annette Gordon-Reed, whose 2008 book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History, as well as wide acclaim, for its subtle portrayal of the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and the remarkable, multigenerational Hemings family.”
— Fergus M. Bordewich, National Endowment for the Humanities

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Hemispheric Caribbean Studies: Collaborative Research and Teaching Proposals (cosponsorship)

Cosponsored by  
the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund, the Center for the Humanities,
the Institute for Advanced Study of the Ameicas, Center for Hispanic and Caribbean Legal Studies, Marta S. Weeks Chair in Latin American Studies, American Studies Program, Hemispheric Caribbean Studies, Latin American Studies Program, the Departments of History, Philosophy, and English.

Hemispheric Caribbean Studies: Collaborative Research and Teaching Proposals

All Day Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room
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Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Lecture Series 2017-2018

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Richard P. Martin

Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor of Classics
Stanford University

Homeric Poetry and Local Religion: Cults of Zeus in the Iliad (Public Lecture)

7:00 PM

Public Lecture
Newman Alumni Center, Multipurpose Room
Public Invited

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“[The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad] is a major contribution to classics, literary criticism, and oral poetics.”
— Michael N. Nagler, The Journal of American Folklore

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 Sponsored by the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences, the Center for the Humanities, and the Department of Classics

Homer & His Legacy

Friday, November 10, 2017
Shalala Student Center
Third Floor, Grand Ballroom West

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"The Afterlife of Al-Andalus: Muslim Iberia in Contemporary Arab and Hispanic Narratives" by Cristina Civantos
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Christina Civantos

Associate Professor of Spanish and Arabic
University of Miami

The Afterlife of Al-Andalus:
Muslim Iberia in Contemporary Arab and Hispanic Narratives


8:00 PM
Books & Books
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Around the globe, concerns about interfaith relations have led to efforts to find earlier models in Muslim Iberia (al-Andalus). The first study to undertake a wide-ranging comparison of invocations of al-Andalus across the Arab and Hispanic worlds, this book examines how Muslim Iberia operates as an icon or symbol of identity in twentieth and twenty-first century narrative, drama, television, and film from the Arab world, Spain, and Argentina. Christina Civantos demonstrates how cultural agents in the present ascribe importance to the past and how dominant accounts of this importance are contested. Civantos’s analysis reveals that, alongside established narratives that use al-Andalus to create exclusionary, imperial identities, there are alternate discourses about the legacy of al-Andalus that rewrite the traditional narratives. In the process, these discourses critique their imperial and gendered dimensions and pursue intercultural translation.

Christina E. Civantos is Associate Professor of Spanish and Arabic at the University of Miami.  She researches and teaches modern Hispanic and Arabic literary and cultural studies, with a focus on postcolonial studies, nationalisms, the Arab diaspora in the Americas, and the ethno-racial and gender politics of literacy. Her publications include numerous essays on these topics as well as the book Between Argentines and Arabs: Argentine Orientalism, Arab Immigrants, and the Writing of Identity (SUNY, 2006). She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship.