January 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Workshop: "When Is GIS Worth the Trouble? Research Design & Choosing Spatial Methods"

Many grad students find GIS alluring. Isn’t it the way to make maps? Isn’t it required if you want to join the “spatial turn” in the digital humanities? In fact, there are many ways to make maps and to think spatially about your research. This conceptual and practical workshop will offer examples from sketching by hand to complex GIS-based projects, with an emphasis on how research design and knowing your sources can help you choose spatial methods wisely. Come with questions! Read More>
January 18, 2018 - 5:00pm

Lecture: "Telling Spatial Stories of the Holocaust"

Anne Knowles (University of Maine, History) Read More>
January 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Roundtable Discussion on the Pitt World History Center’s World-Historical Gazetteer Project

Roundtable Discussion on the Pitt World History Center’s World-Historical Gazetteer Project with Ruth Mostern (History), Anne Knowles (University of Maine), Karl Grossner (World-Historical Gazetteer), and Ryan Horne (World History Center)   The World-Historical Gazetteer is a Digital Humanities infrastructure project now in development by the World History Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The gazetteer will support historical research and teaching by aggregating many thousands of place name references from multiple sources into a single index, and providing access to that index in graphical and programmatic interfaces. The system will significantly enhance our ability to study the spatial and "placial" dimensions of world history and to present research results in digital maps and atlases.  This event is an informal conversation about gazetteers as a genre, the place of place in the spatial humanities, and the promise of linked data to foster collaboration in this domain. Read More>
January 16, 2018 - 12:30pm

Colloquium: "Spatial Visions vs. Experience on the Ground: Challenges in Explaining the Geographies of the Holocaust"

Anne Knowles (University of Maine, History)   Access the reading here.  Read More>
December 4, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Lecture: "Don't Forget to Remember: The Importance of Family Recipes, Holiday Traditions, and Stories in the Grieving Process"

Lori Jakiela (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg) Read More>
December 1, 2017 - 2:00pm

"Mosaics" Graduate and Faculty Seminar

University of Pittsburgh Department of French and Italian presents their Fall 2017 Graduate and Faculty Seminar "Mosaics" in the Humanities Center, 602 CL. Seminar features Professor John Walsh, Jonathan Devine, and Emmanuel Robert. Coffee and cookie reception to follow. For more information, click here. Read More>
November 30, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Colloquium: "Afro-Atlantic Discourses of Race, Equality, and Humanity in the Age of Revolution"

Michele Reid-Vazquez (Africana Studies) with responses from Pernille Røge (History) and John Walsh (French & Italian)   Reading available here. Poster available here. Read More>
November 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

Lecture "Death and Literature: Time, Sickness, and Writing"

Robert Tierney (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) CL 501 This talk will offer an overview of professor Robert Tierney's research on modern Japanese death literature. He defines "death literature" as a body of works defined by an existential encounter with sickness and death, rather than as a specific literary genre. He focuses on works by three writers from the Meiji period: Nakae Chōmin (1847-1901) ,Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902), and Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916). The philosopher Chōmin wrote One Year and a Half (Ichinen yūhan), and Sequel to One Year and A Half (Zokuichinen yūhan) in 1901 after a doctor discovered a cancerous tumor in his throat and told him he had a year and a half left to live. The poet Shiki, bedridden with spinal tuberculosis from 1896, wrote daily chronicles of his life that appeared in the Nihon Newspaper in 1901 and 1902: A Drop of Ink (Bokujū itteki) and A Sickbed Six Feet Long (Byōsho rokushaku). After a near-death experience in Shūzenji in 1911, the novelist Soseki came "back to life" and wrote Reminiscences and other matters (Omoidasu koto nado) in 31 installments in the Asahi Newspaper. He will look at similarities and differences in the way these writers approached sickness and time and found meaning through writing. Read More>
November 16, 2017 - 5:30pm to March 15, 2018 - 5:30pm

Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human Series

November 16, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Seminar: "The Labors in Landscape, or the False Protaganism of Globalization"

Sergio Delgado, [Harvard University, Romance Languages & Literature] Read More>
November 15, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Colloquium: "The Essay as Form in the Digital Age"

Joseph Harris (University of Delaware, English) with responses from David Bartholomae (English) and Benjamin Miller (English) Reading available here.   Read More>
November 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Public Reading and Interview: "John Edgar Wideman in Conversation"

With questions from Dan Kubis (Humanities Center) for John Edgar Wideman (Brown University, Emeritus), author of the Homewood trilogy. For tickets and more information, click here. Read More>
November 13, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Lecture: "Maurice Blanchot's Political 'Conversion': Toward a Politics Without Ressentiment"

Christopher Fynsk (European Graduate School) Read More>
November 6, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Workshop: "Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures"

Visiting Fellow: Aamir Mufti (UCLA, Comparative Literature) with responses from John B. Lyon (German) and Giuseppina Mecchia (French & Italian) Reading available here.  Read More>
November 2, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Lecture: "Strangers in Europa: Migrants, Terrorists, Refugees"

Visiting Fellow: Aamir Mufti (UCLA, Comparative Literature) Read More>