2011-2012 Events


Wed. Sept. 7, 5:00: Lecture, Donald Pease (Senior Fellow), “Black Orpheus: Barack Obama's Governmentality”                         

Tues. Sept. 13, 5:00: Lecture, Benjamin Kahan (Early-Career Fellow), “Andy Warhol is a ‘V’: Philosophical Bachelorhood and the Celibate Factory”

Fri. Sept. 16, noon: Lecture, Laurent Dubois (Duke), “The Banjo: Roots and Routes”

Thurs. Sept. 22, 12:30-2:00: Discussion of Emily Apter, The Translation Zone, esp. intro and chapters 3, 6. Led by Susan Andrade (English).

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Emily Apter (NYU)

Tues. Sept. 27th, 2:30-5:00: Graduate Seminar (contact Prof. Doshi for further information, doshi@pitt.edu).

Wed. Sept. 28, 5:00: Lecture, “Against World Literature?: On the Politics of Untranslatability”

Thurs. Sept. 29, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, “Sex and Gender as Untranslatables.” With responses by Sabine von Dirke (German), Nancy Condee (Slavic), Lara Putnam (History), Frayda Cohen (Women’s Studies), and Laura Brown (Anthropology).

Thurs. Oct. 13, 12:30-2:00: Discussion of Martin Nowak, SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed. Led by Gordon Mitchell. With responses from Louise Comfort (GSPIA), Bard Ermentrout (Computational Biology), John Lyne (Communication) and Nils-Eric Sahlin (HPS)

Thurs. Oct. 20, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Gonzalo Lamana (Hispanic), “The Hydra: Forked Discourses, Taxidermy, and Freedom in Early Colonial Peru.” With responses from Elizabeth Arkush (Anthropology) and Neil Doshi (French and Italian).

Thurs. Oct. 27, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Donald Pease (Senior Fellow), “Re-Mapping the Transnational Turn.” With responses from Randall Halle (German), Nancy Condee (Slavic), John Beverley (Hispanic), and R. A. Judy (English).

Tues. Nov. 1, 12:30-2:00: Roundtable on The Cambridge History of the American Novel. Presentation by Donald Pease and discussion with Leonard Cassuto (Fordham), Clare Virginia Eby (UConn), Benjamin Reiss (Emory), Mary Saracino Zboray (Communication), Ronald Zboray (Communication), Nancy Glazener (English), and Jonathan Arac (English).

Visit of Short-Term Fellow David Eng (Penn) 

Tues. Nov. 1, 5:00: Film screening, "Lan Yu" by Stanley Kwan (film for Colloquium discussion)

Wed. Nov. 2, 5:00: Lecture, “Reparations and the Human”

Thurs. Nov. 3, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, “The Queer Space of China”

Fri. Nov. 4, 10:00: Discussion of film "In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee"

Fri. Nov. 4, 2:00: Discussion of Eng’s The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Diasporas and the Racialization of Intimacy (pp. 1-57). With responses by Benjamin Kahan, Cathy Hannabach (Women’s Studies), and Anthony Infanti (Law).

Thurs. Nov. 10, 5:00: Lecture, Domna Stanton (CUNY), “The Exclusive Nation Challenged: New Universalism and Cosmopolitanism Versus the French Republican Subject,” 324 Cathedral of Learning  

Tues. Nov. 15, 1:00: Lecture, Sanna Turoma (University of Helsinki), "Brodsky Abroad: Empire, Tourism, Nostalgia" 142 Cathedral of Learning

Thurs. Nov. 17, 12:30 - 2:00: Colloquium, Valerie Traub (Michigan), “Anatomy, Cartography, and King Lear,” with responses by Marianne Novy (English), Mark Paterson (Communication), and Jen Waldron (English).

Fri. Nov. 18, 1:00: Lecture, Lucy Fischer (Film), “Abel Gance’s La Roue (1923): Modernity, Movies, Machine, Mind”

Thurs. Dec. 1, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Patrick Parrinder (UReading), discussion of The Oxford History of the Novel in English.With responses by Jonathan Arac and Susan Andrade.

Thurs. Dec. 8, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Randall Halle (German), “Europeanization and the Migrant Debates.” With responses by Susan Andrade (English) and Suzanna Crage (Sociology).

From April 30-May 4, 2012, Wai Chee Dimock, the William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale, will lead a seminar, titled “American Literature in the World.” Detailed information will be circulated in fall term.


Thurs. Jan. 12, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Benjamin Kahan (Early-Career Fellow), “Toward a World-System of Sexuality: Queer Weather and the Macro Environments of Sex,” with responses from Todd Reeser (French and Italian), Shanara Reid-Brinkley (Communication) and Jackie Smith (Sociology).

Fri. Jan. 13, 12:30-2:00: Discussion of Sarah Beckwith, “Repairs in the Dark: Measure for Measure and the End of Comedy,” with responses from Marianne Novy (English) and Ryan McDermott (English).

Thurs. Jan. 19, 12:30-2:00: Discussion of selected writings by Rick Altman, led by Lucy Fischer (English)

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Rick Altman (Iowa)

Tues. Jan. 24, 5:00: Lecture, “Hollywood Finds its Voice: Standardizing Sound”

Wed. Jan. 25, 6:30: Living Nickelodeon performance, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Thurs. Jan. 26, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, “Visual Representation of Film Sound as Analytical Tool,” with responses from Neepa Majumdar (English), Mathew Rosenblum (Music) and Michael Gardiner (Music).

Thurs. Feb. 2, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, James Knapp (English) and Peggy Knapp (Carnegie Mellon), “Aesthetics of Time: The Case of the Middle English Sir Orfeo,” with responses from Ryan McDermott (English) and Daniel Selcer (Duquesne).

Thurs. Feb. 2, 5:00: Lecture, Horst Lange (Central Arkansas), "On the Complexities of Religious Discourse in the Eighteenth Century: The Case of Goethe"

Wed. Feb. 8, 3:00: Lecture, Jonathan Scott (Auckland), “Maritime Orientalism, or, The Political Theory of Water,” History Department Lounge

Thurs. Feb. 9, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Gabriella Lukacs (Anthropology), "Dream Work: Cell Phone Novelists, Labor, and Politics in Contemporary Japan,” with responses from Laura Brown (Anthropology), Charles Exley (East Asian), Akiko Hashimoto (Sociology) and Giuseppina Mecchia (French and Italian).

Thurs. Feb. 16, 12:30-2:00: Roundtable on implications of Pitt’s Open Access policy for the humanities, with Jamie Bianco (English), Timothy Deliyannides (University Library System), Michael Madison (Law), Rush Miller (Library and Information Science) and Adam Shear (Religious Studies).

Thurs. Feb. 23, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Holger Hoock (History), “Rape in the American Revolutionary War,” with response from Jen Waldron (English).

Wed. Feb. 29, 2:30-4:00: Lecture, E. Patrick Johnson (Northwestern), "Border Intellectual: Performing Identity at the Crossroads"

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Katie Trumpener (Yale)

Tues. Mar. 13, 5:00: Lecture, “Mediascapes of the Cold War”

Thurs. Mar. 15, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, “To the Unknown Cinemagoers: German Cinema as an Occupation Cinema,” with responses from Mark Lynn Anderson (English), Lina Insana (French and Italian) and Barbara McCloskey (History of Art and Architecture).

Fri. Mar. 16, 4:30: Lecture, Erik Gray (Columbia), "The Invitation to Love, From the Bible to Baudelaire," 501 Cathedral of Learning

Tues. Mar. 27, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Ruth Bottigheimer (Stony Brook), “What’s Eastern and What’s Western in the Arabian Nights?” with responses from Susan Andrade (English) and Giuseppina Mecchia (French and Italian).
Thurs. Mar. 29, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Susan Andrade (English), "Realism, Reception, 1968 and West Africa," with responses from Lily Saint (English) and Colin MacCabe (English).

Thurs. Mar. 29 – Fri. April 30, Seasons of the Arab Spring, International Conference, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Athletic Association. For more information please contact Veronica Dristas at Dristas@pitt.edu .

Thurs. Apr. 5, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Sabine Von Dirke (German), "White Collar Blues: Immaterial Labor and its Discontent,” with responses from Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie Mellon) and Lisa Brush (Sociology).

Fri. Apr. 6, 10:00-3:00: Reading group and roundtable, “Narrating the World: Global History, Global Literature, Pedagogy.” Advance registration required.

Wed. Apr. 11, 4:30: Lecture, J.G.A. Pocock (Johns Hopkins), “From Filmer and Locke to Burke and Gibbon: Cambridge Histories of Political Thought, 1950 – 2010” Holiday Inn University Center, Panther Room

Thurs. Apr. 12, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium: Daniel Morgan (English), “Where Are We?: Camera Movements and the Problem of Point of View,” with a response from Mark Wilson (Philosophy).

Fri. Apr. 13, 4:30: Lecture, Daniel Gross (UC-Irvine), “What is Extrapersonal Communication?” Adamson Auditorium, Baker Hall 136 A, Carnegie Mellon University

Wed. Apr. 18, 2:00: Lecture, Michel Gobat (Iowa), “The Invention of Latin America: A Transnational History of Anti-Imperialism, Democracy, and Race” Location: 602 CL

Fri. Apr. 20, 1:00-3:00: Discussion of Wai Chi Dimock’s Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time, led by Nancy Glazener (English). Location: 602 CL

Sun. Apr. 22, 9:00am-5:30pm: Colloquium, "The Middle Ages and the Holocaust: Medieval Anti-Judaism in the Crucible of Modern Thought" Hilton Garden Inn, 3454 Forbes Avenue

Tues. May 1, 5:00: Lecture, Wai Chee Dimock (Yale), "The Global South: Gilgamesh on Three Continents," 602 Cathedral of Learning