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Renaissance Colloquium
Apr 23, 2024, 4:30 pm

Nicolas Boileau is often credited with reintroducing the category of the sublime in 1674, but in fact he writes after nearly 300 years of explicit thought about the sublime in the tradition of Longinus, and still more of its inarticulated practices in performances. Yet despite this long tradition, modern readers of early modern…

Location
Chancellor Green 103
2023 - 2024
Postcolonial Colloquium
Apr 10, 2024, 4:30 pm

this event is a provocation, a loose polemic, that probes into the necessity & place of politics in aesthetics. what forms rise to the occasion of narrating our ongoing post/colonial present? what kind of archives might we invoke & why? Yara Rodrigues Fowler’s novels, Stubborn Archivistthere are more…

Location
East Pyne 111
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Renaissance Colloquium
Apr 9, 2024, 4:30 pm

This talk will explore two distinctive ways in which lyric poetry can be said to think. First, I will argue that poems think by phenomenalizing concepts, by using mimetic representation to transform abstractions into particulars that appear and, at the same time, reveal how appearance itself is structured. Second, I will argue that poems…

Location
Chancellor Green 103
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Theory Colloquium
Apr 4, 2024, 12:30 pm
 

This talk contemplates the ripple effects of a seemingly bizarre episode in American history: the years of U.S. martial law in the territory of Hawai‘i when all residents were required to carry a gas mask. I frame U.S. gas mask policies between 1941-1945 as a means of habituating Hawai‘i civilians to militarized rule rather than as an…

Location
East Pyne 010
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Ecotheories Colloquium
Mar 20, 2024, 4:30 pm

Early Haitian historian, scientist, and poet Charles Hérard-Dumesle’s massive natural history Voyage dans le nord d’Hayti (1824) proposes that colonialism’s best trick was convincing imperialists and almost everyone else that there is only one nature the world over. His book, including its famous poetic account of the 1791 Bwa…

Location
East Pyne 111
Speaker
2023 - 2024
2024 Majors’ Colloquium: What’s the Point?
Mar 19, 2024, 4:30 pm

What’s the point of an English degree? Of language and literature? Of life itself? With some people catastrophizing that the humanities are in danger and the world itself in a volatile state, it’s not uncommon to feel a bit existential. We know these are difficult, maybe unsolvable questions, but we’d love for the speakers to help us begin to…

Location
Arthur Lewis Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Speakers
2023 - 2024
Contemporary Poetry and Postcolonial Colloquium
Mar 1, 2024, 4:30 pm

Whereas the historical trauma of the Middle Passage and enslavement has been a prominent subject of Caribbeanist scholarship, there is surprisingly little sustained consideration of how poems and other imaginative works mourn this violent past, even though melancholic grief is a crucial component of the literary response to it. Building on…

Location
Chancellor Green 105
2023 - 2024
Contemporary Poetry Colloquium
Feb 29, 2024, 6:00 pm
CAConrad

CAConrad has worked with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. Their latest book is Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return (Wave Books / UK Penguin 2024). They received the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, a PEN Josephine Miles Award, a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, and a Lambda Award. The Book…

Location
McCosh 60
Speakers
2023 - 2024
Renaissance Colloquium
Feb 29, 2024, 4:30 pm

Among his poetic contemporaries, George Herbert stands out as a virtuoso of containers and containment: The Temple’s strong architectural conceit implies a delimited physical structure, within which lyric poems — often featuring boxes, cases, bags, and other vessels — call attention to their own formal limits of line and…

Location
Chancellor Green 103
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Victorian Colloquium
Feb 28, 2024, 12:00 pm

This talk approaches the Victorian sculptor Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907) as an artist whose neoclassical works and life narrative transform our understanding of art, materiality and racial formations in the 19th century Atlantic world. As among the first professional, colored sculptors in the West (she was of Black and Anishinaabe…

Location
McCosh B14 (Hinds Library)
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Theory Colloquium
Feb 7, 2024, 4:30 pm

Asian Americans are conventionally described as “middle-man minorities,” outside of dominant racial paradigms of white and Black, adjunct to white privilege and exempt from the brunt of systemic violence directed against Black people. Historical accounts trace the origins of the in-betweenness of Asian Americans to the…

Location
East Pyne 010
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Ecotheories Colloquium
Feb 5, 2024, 4:30 pm

This talk retells the social and environmental upheavals of the Klondike Gold Rush through stories from two kinds of beavers: the furry 50-pound dam building kind, and Beaver — a critical figure in the origin stories and legal ideas of the Han Hwech'in, the Indigenous people of the Klondike region. It asks how thinking with such sources of…

Location
East Pyne 111
2023 - 2024
Americanist Colloquium
Nov 30, 2023, 4:30 pm

Now and then, humanity shocks itself into brief moments of introspection. We think a bit about the species and the world we have collectively created. For the cultural critic Walter Benjamin, these are moments of danger in which memory flashes up to elucidate — briefly, fleetingly — the violence inherent in everything we tend to touch. Two…

Location
East Pyne, Room 111
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Contemporary Poetry and Romanticists Colloquium
Nov 15, 2023, 4:30 pm

Maureen N. McLane is a poet, scholar, and critic whose work often arises from the conjunction of romanticism and/or now. She has published seven books of poetry: Same Life (FSG, 2008); World Enough (FSG, 2010); This Blue (FSG, 2014); Mz N: the serial (FSG, 2016); Some Say

Location
McCosh Hall, Room 60
2023 - 2024
Environmental Humanities Colloquium
Nov 15, 2023, 4:30 pm

Tara Houska, Couchiching First Nation, will present “Reconnection, Resistance, and Land Back.” This is the third talk in the fall 2023 Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium.

An Indigenous perspective on climate and frontline action. What can we do, how do we heal, how does connectivity play a role in movement?…

Location
Burr Hall, Room 219
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Renaissance Colloquium
Nov 14, 2023, 4:30 pm

As mainstream theater slowly adopts more transgender-informed casting practices, plays like The Roaring Girl, Middleton and Dekker’s city comedy featuring the notorious and historical Moll Frith, become attractive vessels for nonbinary and genderqueer character readings and staging. While infusions of contemporary stakes…

Location
Chancellor Green, Room 103
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Americanist Colloquium
Nov 8, 2023, 4:30 pm

Filipino Time: Affective Worlds and Contracted Labor(2022) explores cultural productions around migrant practices that mark other ways of sensing, making sense of, and feeling time with others. Migrant subjects harness time and the imagination in their creative, life-making capacities to make communal worlds out of one steeped…

Location
McCosh Hall, Room 40
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Victorian Colloquium
Nov 1, 2023, 4:30 pm

In making incarnation a key term for her fiction, George Eliot exemplifies a broader Victorian effort to transmute Christian sentiment into a secular ideal of sympathy and an aesthetic of realism. At the same time, the critical tendency to situate Eliot in relation to a New Testament paradigm has obscured her engagement…

Location
McCosh Hall, Room B14 (Hinds Library)
Speaker
2023 - 2024
Environmental Humanities Colloquium
Oct 25, 2023, 4:30 pm

Kevon Rhiney, the 2023 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities in the High Meadows Environmental Institute, traces post-Irma hurricane disaster relief and rebuilding efforts on the eastern Caribbean island of St Martin to…

Location
Burr Hall, Room 219
Speaker
2023 - 2024
18th C./Romantic Studies Colloquium
Oct 5, 2023, 4:30 pm

In this talk, Tita Chico will speak about her current book project, Wonder: Literature and Science in the Long Eighteenth Century (under contract with Cambridge University Press), which looks at wonder as a defining epistemology for what we now understand as literature and science in the period. The Enlightenment has long been…

Location
Chancellor Green, Room 105
2023 - 2024