IASH Fellows' Speaker Series for the Spring 2017 Semester

IASH Fellows Speaker Series for the Spring 2016 Semester begins…

February  1, 2017

IASH Fellows' Speaker Series:

Presented by:  Mattias Iser, (Philosophy)   "Fighting without a Chance. The Challenge of Expressive Violence" 

Abstract: Just war theory claims that defensive violence is only justified if there is a reasonable probability of success. Assuming that the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto did not fulfil this criterion, it would thus have been impermissible. Attempts to avoid this counterintuitive result have referred to different kinds of success, such as deterrence, the broader effort of defeating the Nazis or defending one’s honor. I argue that none of these attempts succeeds because they remain bound to a merely instrumental notion of violence. I finally defend the, albeit problematic, idea of violence that expresses the victim’s agency.

February 1, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

 

IASH Fellows Speaker Series - Spring 2016 continues…

February 8, 2017

 IASH Fellows' Speaker Series:

Presented by: Amanda Beardsley, ( Art History) “ Mormon Technologies of Salvation  “

Abstract: The Mormon Church (also known as LDS) has always had a deep relationship with communication technologies. Early in the religion, it is said founder Joseph Smith used “seer stones” as proto-telephonic devices to translate the word of God. Later, they attempted to develop a purely phonetic alphabet to effectively communicate gospel principles across diverse linguistic backgrounds. Based on their adaptation of phonetic and acoustic systems for communicating divinity—indeed, for making the divine present—this paper posits that the LDS religion provides a singularly rich frame for understanding the relation between the sacred and scientific.

Wednesday February 8, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

 

IASH Fellows Speaker Series - Spring 2016 continues…

February 22, 2017   

IASH Fellows' Speaker Series:

Presented by: Jennifer Stoever (English) "Hip Hop’s Living Room DJs: Black Women and Latinas Collecting and Selecting Records in the 1960s and 1970s New York“

Abstract: Many scholars, music journalists, and hip hop heads have discounted the diversity of ways women helped create the now global art-form known as hip hop, and, I argue, one of the most important of these overlooked labors involves the cultivation and passing on of a black and Latina feminist listening praxis through record collecting and selecting.  In this essay, I move the conversation about hip hop and urban space from the critical but critically well-worn streets into the more female-centric and therefore often marginalized spaces of the South Bronx—those living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways, stores, and stoops where black women and Latinas not only participated in early hip hop, but helped to bring it into sonic being.

Wednesday February 22, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

 

IASH Fellows Speaker Series - Spring 2016 continues…

March 1, 2017

IASH Fellows' Speaker Series:

Presented by: Giovanna Montenegro, (Comp Lit & Romance Language)  "German Bankers and the Conquest of Venezuela: Cultural Memory of ‘Heretic’ Capital and Colonization"

Abstract: I seek to decipher fictional and historical texts that recreate the sixteenth-century German conquest of Venezuela by the Welsers, bankers from Augsburg. In particular, I analyze the cultural memory of the Welser period from a German perspective.  In the German Imperial era and the early twentieth-century we see a proliferation of publications that manifest desire for lost colony (ies). “Venezuela” became a symbol for Germany's enduring colonial desires, though this time the colonial utopia would take place in Africa. In the twentieth century, historians and novelists writing within Nationalist Socialism in Germany from 1938 to 1944 interpret the Welser period in a manner that further builds the image of the Aryan conquistador planting the seed of German nationhood on the American continent. The main subject is not the failure of the Welser colony; rather it is the honor of the German people and the myth of the grandness of the German nation that prevails.

Wednesday March 1, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

 

IASH Fellows Speaker Series - Spring 2016 continues…

March 15, 2017

IASH Fellows' Speaker Series:

Presented by: Anystasiya Lyubas, (Comp Lit) “  Language, Plasticity and Modernism in Debora Vogel's Poetics."

Abstract: This paper examines the poetics of Debora Vogel, a Yiddish Modernist writer, philosopher, art critic and translator. Vogel’s singular style finds itself at the intersection of philosophy, literature, visual and plastic arts. Vogel utilizes the strict economy and iterability of linguistic signs to foreground the materiality of language. She deploys what she calls “white/grey words” that express monotony, banality and stasis, as well as other stylistic devices to create a “plastic” idiom. This idiom gives and receives form, and presents the creative work not only as a result but also as a process.

Wednesday March 15, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

 

IASH Fellows Speaker Series - Spring 2016 continues…

March 22, 2017

IASH Fellows' Speaker Series: 

Presented by: Monika Mehta, (English) “Languages in Cinemas of India “

Abstract: The global marketing of Hindi cinema as ‘Bollywood’ has effaced the linguistic plurality of film production in India where films have been produced in 52 languages. Using contemporary Bombay films as entry points, I uncover the role of language(s) (spoken, written and visual) in cinemas in India. While postcolonial scholars have generated theoretically complex and politically nuanced work on the role of language in literature, there is not a parallel tradition of scholarship on language in film. My article will develop a postcolonial framework for theorizing the role of language in cinemas of India.

Wednesday March 22, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

 

IASH Fellows Speaker Series - Spring 2016 continues…

March 29, 2017

IASH Fellows' Speaker Series: 

Presented by: Meg Leja, (History) “  Penance as Medicine: Intersecting Genres in Early Medieval Thought“

Abstract:  This paper interrogates parallels between the treatment of physical and moral pollution during a formative period of medieval thought. Early medieval authors frequently employed metaphors comparing pastoral and medical care. Through a close analysis of penitential and medical literature from the ninth-century Carolingian Empire, I examine how these comparisons shaped the diagnosis and treatment of physical and spiritual maladies. In particular, I consider the concept of "necessity" and its use in evolving beliefs about moral behavior and sin.

Wednesday March 29, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

 

IASH Fellows Speaker Series - Spring 2016 concludes…

April 5, 2017 IASH Fellows' Speaker Series:

Presented by:  Bridget Whearty, (Eng & Medieval & Renaissance Studies) ‘Necromancing the Archive

Abstract: “Necromancing the Archive” explores connections between modern arguments that digital manuscripts are disembodied—and therefore deceptive—with medieval writers’ intense fascination with the uncomfortable closeness between writing and necromancy. This talk grows out of chapter one of my first monograph The Digital Resurrection of Medieval Manuscripts, which seeks to tell the story of how medieval manuscripts become digital-medieval books. By connecting modern and medieval fears about deception, images, sin and error, “Necromancing the Archive” frames current debates over digital-medieval manuscripts within the long history of iconoclasm, illusion-magic, and the terrifying seductions of the Antichrist.

Wednesday April 5, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

Last Updated: 2/22/17