University of Pittsburgh


AY 2010-2011 Events

Fall 2010

Thurs. Sept. 16, 12:30: Lecture, Bernadette Malinowski (University of Augsburg), “The Aesthetics of the Question.”

Thurs. Sept. 23, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Chris Castiglia (Penn State), discussion of paper “If Memory Serves: Remembering (and) Sexual Subculture.” With responses by Thomas Dunn, Lester Olson, and Cathy Hannabach.

Tues. Sept. 28, 1:00: Lecture, Martin Treml (ZENTRUM FÜR LITERATUR- UND KULTURFORSCHUNG BERLIN (ZfL)), “On the Dialectics of Secularization: The Cases of Jacob Taubes and Carl Schmitt.”

Wed. Sept. 29, 5:00: Lecture, Elizabeth Otto (Early Career Fellow), “Bauhaus Ghost Stories: Spirit and Photography versus Abstraction and Modern Design.”

Thurs. Sept 30, 4:00: Lecture, Marcus Rediker (History), “Rethinking the Amistad Rebellion.”

Thurs. Oct. 7, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Gregory Seigworth (Millersville), “What is Affect Theory?”, discussion of co-authored book introduction “An Inventory of Shimmers.”

Thurs. Oct. 14, 12:00-2:00: Round table, “Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art. A Conversation with Cuban Artists,” 4130 Posvar Hall.

Thurs. Oct. 21, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Hermann Herlinghaus (Pitt Faculty Fellow), discussion of paper “In/Comparable Intoxications: Walter Benjamin Revisited from the Hemispheric South.”

Thurs. Oct. 21, 4:00: Lecture, Fred Evans (Duquesne), "The Clamor of Voices: Neda, Barack, and Social Philosophy."

Thurs. Oct. 28, 12:30-2:00: discussion of Anthony Grafton, Worlds Made by Words

Visit of Short-term Fellow Anthony Grafton (Princeton):

Wed. Nov. 3, 5:00: Lecture, “How Jesus Celebrated Passover: Renaissance Scholarship and the Jewish Origins of Christianity,” Frick Fine Arts auditorium.

Thurs. Nov 4, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, “Humanities and Inhumanities,” discussion of Grafton's review of Louis Menand’s book The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in The American University.

Thurs. Nov. 11, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Lina Insana (Pitt Faculty Fellow), “ Charting the Island: Position and Belonging in Sicily from Unification to the Union.”

Visit of Short-term Fellow Geoffrey Harpham (National Humanities Center):

Wed. Nov. 17, 5:00: Lecture, “How America Invented the Humanities,”University Club Ballroom B.

Thurs. Nov. 18, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, discussion of Harpham’s paper “The Humanities as a Foreign Language.” With responses by Dennis Looney, Nancy Glazener, and John Beverley.


Spring 2011

Wed. Jan. 5, 2:00-3:00: Keywords project website launch. Remarks by Jonathan Arac, Stephen Heath, and Alan Durant.

Mon. Jan. 10, 2:00-4:00: Keywords project lectures on New Techniques for Word Histories. Papers by Kathryn Allan and Philip Durkin.

Wed. Jan. 12, 5:00: Lecture, Sharon Kinoshita (Senior Residential Fellow), “How to do Things in the Medieval Mediterranean”

Fri. Jan. 21, 2-3:30: Discussion of Judith Halberstam, In a Queer Time and Place (chs. 1 and 7)

Thurs. Jan. 27, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Elizabeth Otto (Early Career Fellow), “Designing Men: New Visions of Masculinity at the Bauhaus"

Visit of Short-term Fellow Judith Halberstam (University of Southern California)

Mon. Jan. 31, 5:00: Lecture, “The Queer Art of Failure,” University Club Ballroom B

Click here to watch Judith Halberstam lecture

Tues. Feb. 1, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, “Low Theory: Losing Hope and Finding Nemo”

Wed. Feb. 2, 4:00-5:30: Open forum for Undergraduates, “The Future of Queer Studies”

Thurs. Feb. 3, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, “Dude, Where's My Phallus?: Forgetting, Losing, Looping”

Thurs. Feb. 3, 3:00-5:00: Open forum for Graduate Students, “The Future of Queer Studies” Three suggested readings.

Fri. Feb. 4, 2:00: Public lecture, “Transgenders in a Global Frame”

Thurs. Feb. 10, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, William Sewell (Chicago), “Eighteenth-Century Capitalism and the Cultural Origins of the French Revolution.” Response by Seymour Drescher.

Thurs. Feb. 17, 12:30-2:00: “What is Mediterranean Studies?,” reading group led by Sharon Kinoshita

Mon. Feb. 28, 12:30-2:00: Sylvia Molloy Reading Group. Facilitated by Daniel Balderston. Text: Certificate of Absence

Mon. March 14, 12:00: Colloquium, Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College), "Re-mapping the Transnational Turn in American Studies"

Tues. March 15, 4:00 PM: Lecture, Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College) "Melville's Novel Governmentality: Pip's Witness." 501 Cathedral of Learning

Visit of Short-term Fellow Sylvia Molloy (NYU)

Tues. March 15, 1:00: Lecture, “Living Bilingual: A Reflection on Cultural Encounters”

Wed. March 16, 12:30-2:00: Discussion, “Bilingualism and Translation”

Thurs. March 17, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, “Property Rights: Autobiography and the Ownership of Life.” Responses by Daniel Balderston and Aurea Maria Sotomayor.

Thurs. March 17, 3:00-5:00: Symposium, “The International New Woman in Photography and Film (1870s-1960s).” Papers by Jan Bardsley (UNC,Chapel Hill),Vanessa Rocco (Pratt Institute), and Elizabeth Otto.

Fri. March 18, 1:00-5:00: Symposium, “Within the Boundaries: Jews and Others in Medieval French Culture.” Papers by Kirsten Fudeman (French), Sharon Kinoshita, and Deanna Klepper (Boston University). Within the Boundaries Flyer

Thurs. March 24, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Courtney Weikle-Mills (Pitt Faculty Fellow), “From Subjects to Citizens: The Politics of Childhood and Children's Literature”

Mon. March 28, 10:45: Lecture, Jacques Neefs (Johns Hopkins), "The Making of the Work: Genetics and Esthetics"

Mon. March 28 and Tues. March 29: Genetic Criticism and Latin American Texts

Visit of Short-Term Fellow Stanley Corngold (Princeton)

Mon. March 28, 4:30, Lecture, “Kafka and the Poetry of Risk Insurance” 324 Cathedral of Learning

Thurs. March 31, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, “Nietzsche and Kafka as Neo-Gnostic Writers”

Wed. April 6, 4:00: Lecture, Christine Raguet (Sorbonne nouvelle, Paris 3), “Excentricity and Concentricity in Translation: Various Modes at Work”

Thurs. April 7, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Sharon Kinoshita, “The World/ing of Marco Polo”

Thurs. April 14, 12:30-2:00: Colloquium, Clark Muenzer (Pitt Faculty Fellow), “Dancing with Spinoza: Metaphysics and Immanence in Goethe's Early Lyric”

Thurs. April 14, 4:00: Lecture, Rey Chow (Duke University), “Framing the Original: Toward a New Visibility of the Orient” 501 Cathedral of Learning

Fri. April 15, 9:30AM: Colloquium, Rey Chow (Duke University),“Idealist, Materialist, or . . . ? The Open Ends of Cultural Theory”

Mon. May 2, 3:30: Lecture, George Lipsitz (University of California, Santa Barbara), "How Racism Takes Place:The Collective, Continuing and Cumulative Costs of Segregation"

501 Cathedral of Learning

Thurs. May 5, 3:30: Lecture George Lipsitz (University of California, Santa Barbara), "The Color Blind Bind: How Academic Disciplines Reproduce Racial Hierarchies"

501 Cathedral of Learning

Humanities Center Newsletter AY 2010-2011