Calendar of Events

Spring 2015 IHGC Events

U.Va. Humanities Events this Week

Youngmin Kim:
Transnational Literature and Glocal Humanities

February 2
5:30 pm
Monroe 130

When literatures and cultures encounter those of the other counterparts in the contexts of a new geographic, ontological, and epistemological reconfiguration, the contacting points of the two or multiple entities in the world will turn out to be a vast region of interstitial zone of “intersections, competition, and exclusions.” When one reflects upon one’s confronting the “other” literatures and cultures in the moments of self-awareness and self-identity, one recalls the disturbing vortex of enriching inbound authenticity and threatening outbound hybridization. This dynamic vortex will construct the glocal, translocal, and transnational space of world literature. This space can be redefined when one puts the objects of the investigation in terms of the broader perspective of the transforming temporal glocal humanities.

Youngmin Kim is Professor of English, Director of the Institute of Trans Media World Literature at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea, He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of English Language and Literature. His current National Research Foundation Project of “Transnationalism and the Humanities” is a continuation of his 2009-2011 NRF “Transnationalism and Cultural Translation” project. His major interest is transnationalism and cultural translation, world poetries in English, and interdisciplinary border-crossing humanities.

This event is sponsored by the IHGC.


Opportunities in Crises:
Technogoverning Sustainable Landscapes

March 18
7:00 am - 4:15 pm
University of Virginia

Coinciding with the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) in Washington, DC, March 18-22, this one-day workshop will be based on the theme of technogovernance. Addressing the creation and transformation of the heterogeneous practices of industrialists, environmentalists, and regulators in utilizing technology to render sustainable modes of manufacturing, consumption, and living during the long twentieth century, the workshop will embrace conferees from a variety of humanities and social science disciplines in analyzing energy and environmental governance in multiple geographical and temporal contexts. Key sub-themes will include climate science, environmental and energy policy, and environmental justice at the community, regional, national, and global levels. We encourage conferees to engage with problems of disciplinary translation, including determinism/causation, materiality, tacit ways of knowing, and co-production in the context of environmental and energy history.

The workshop will begin the morning of March 18 with breakfast at around 7:00 AM. Morning and afternoon sessions will follow with breaks for lunch and refreshments. The workshop will conclude around 4:15

The event will be co-hosted by the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering and Society, Institute of the Humanities and Global Culture, and Miller Center.


Center or Vanishing Point?
Perspectives on Religion and Theology

March 20-21
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
3 University Circle

The colloquium will begin at 4:30pm on Friday March 20th. Dinner will be provided at 6pm. Tyler Roberts of Grinnell College, author of Encountering Religion, will give a plenary lecture at 7pm. Drinks will be provided after the lecture.

On Saturday March 21, student paper panels will run from 9am to 5pm. Lunch will be provided midday, and dinner will be provided at 6pm.

This event is open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the IHGC.


Moving People, Linking Lives:
An Interdisciplinary Symposium

March 20-21

Moving People, Linking Lives: An Interdisciplinary Symposium will take place March 20-21, 2015 at the University of Virginia. Organized and hosted by Alison Booth, Jenny Strauss Clay, and Amy Odgen and sponsored by the Page Barbour Committee, the departments of English and French, the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, the Scholars’ Lab and Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and other entities at UVa, all events are free and open to the public. Presentations and workshops will open dialogue across different fields (Booth, Strauss Clay, and Ogden are professors of English, French, and Classics, respectively), periods (from ancient to contemporary) and methods, from textual interpretation to digital research. Invited participants include specialists on narrative theory and life writing, prosopography or comparative studies of life narratives in groups, and the diverse field of digital humanities or computer-assisted research on cultural materials, from ancient texts to Colonial archives, from printed books to social media.

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Lydia Brown:
Beyond the Imagined Normal:
Reimagining Disability in an Ableist World

April 6
6:00 pm
Minor 125

From autistic people electric shocked for rocking, deaf people punished for signing, people in wheelchairs thrown to the ground for protesting, and people with psychiatric disabilities locked up for daring to exist, the lives of disabled people are marked by violence. When disability is almost always considered pathology, everything that we who are disabled do is used as a weapon against us. The ways that we naturally move, communicate, think, and learn are treated as evidence that there is something wrong with us. Our bodies and minds are constantly held up to the arbitrary standards of the imagined normal. In response to the political, legal, social, and cultural realities that cause or contribute to rampant violence in the lives of people with disabilities, we have begun to create new ways of doing or being community as we strive toward disability justice and the end of ableism.

Lydia Brown is a queer and disabled activist and writer whose work focuses on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people. Lydia is president and co-founder of the Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective and co-president of TASH New England, while also serving on the Board of Directors of the Autism Women’s Network and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council. Lydia works as a policy analyst at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Additionally, Lydia has served two terms as Undersecretary for Disability Affairs with the Georgetown University Students Association. Previously, Lydia was the 2012 Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. In 2013, Lydia was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for disability rights. Most recently, Lydia received the Washington Peace Center's Empowering the Future Youth Activist Award for 2014. Lydia’s work has been published in Criptiques, Torture in Healthcare Settings, Tikkun, Black Girl Dangerous, hardboiled magazine, and The Washington Post.

This event is sponsored by the IHGC.


Malcolm Sen:
Adjacent Futures:
The Good Life in the Age of the Anthropocene

April 7
7:00 pm
Location TBD

This talk will elaborate on the spatio-temporal and socio-economic conundrums that shape our current historical moment. The historicity encoded within 21st century neoliberal capital – which has become the barometer of modernity and sovereignty – is, in fact, an elaborate exercise in constructing atmospheric and stratigraphic signatures of its own demise. Such signatures will outlast their subjects, geology will trump history, if we do not reimagine and inhabit alternative definitions of the good life, a socio-psychological framework that translates modernity and sovereignty as consumption in the real economy. In the Age of the Anthropocene and exponential climate change effects consumption becomes perilous and futures seem precarious. How then can we contend with neoliberalism’s temporal vocabulary such as ‘sustainable production’, ‘circular economy’, ‘green futures’ etc.? I argue that it is the humanities, which can unpack such rhetorical devices, and that humanists rather than economists or politicians have the methodological and analytical tools to reveal the inner contradictions of modernity.

Dr. Malcolm Sen is an Irish Research Council Fellow based at Harvard University’s Center for the Environment. He has taught in a number of universities including Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the National University of Ireland Galway and Maynooth University. His previous awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. His recent publications include a co-edited special issue on postcolonial studies of Textual Practice (with Lucienne Loh) in 2013. This special issue was recently chosen by Routledge to be published in book form (2016). He is the editor of a podcast series ‘Irish Studies and the Environmental Studies’ (2014-2015) which is available via the podcast channel UCD Scholarcast.

This event is sponsored by the IHGC.