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AUGUST 2017

"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

Wednesday
8-30-17

8:00 PM
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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.


SEPTEMBER 2017
OCTOBER 2017

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‌Simon Evnine

Professor of Philosophy
University of Miami

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

Wednesday
10-4-17

8:00 PM
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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.


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)


Thursday
10-19-17
7:00 PM

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Shalala Student Center, Third Floor, Grand Ballroom West
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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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NOVEMBER 2017

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)


Thursday
11-9-17
7:00 PM

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Newman Alumni Center, Multipurpose Room
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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

 Symposium
Homer & His Legacy


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


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DECEMBER 2017

"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

Wednesday
12-6-17

8:00 PM
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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. 


JANUARY 2018

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
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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.


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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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Newman Alumni Center, Multipurpose Room
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“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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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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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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“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
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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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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

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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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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.”
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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
Open to the Public

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. 


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‌‌ 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
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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.”

 


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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“[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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"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
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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.