Center for the Humanities-Emplacing the Local: Spring 2013
by Center for the Humanities Fellows
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The Wesleyan Center for the Humanities is one of the oldest humanities institute in the United States. Besides supporting individual research and teaching projects, the Center is a place for sustained communication between the humanities and the social sciences. Its program each semester is organized around a focal theme, which shapes a weekly series of public lectures and smaller seminars. As a meeting ground between the humanities and social sciences, between Wesleyan faculty and visitors, and between faculty and students, the Center for the Humanities is one of the key sites of intellectual life at Wesleyan.
|1||CleanVideoGary Wilder: Turning Empire Inside Out: Negritude and the Politics of Radical Literalism||By pursuing alternative forms of decolonization that would enable self-determination without state sovereignty, Aime Cesaire from Martinique and Leopold Sedar Senghor from Senegal critically challenged the very meaning of place in the postwar period. They||5/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideoSarah Croucher: The Place of Archaeology: Re-membering Local Histories||A new trend, community based projects in historical archeology, purport to do the work of public history because when working with communities, archeologists engage diverse local constituents into the histories of the sites they excavate. This move toward||4/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanVideoMichael Armstrong Roche: Secret Marriage, Revenge Murder, and Divas: Lope, Webster, and the Early Modern Theatrical Revolution||With the first permanent commercial theaters in Europe, Madrid and London launched a theatrical revolution from the 1570s. Socially mixed audiences avid for entertainment drove a demand for novelty that gave rise to a huge dramatic repertory, notorious fo||4/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||CleanVideoIndira Karamcheti: Big Talk, Small Places: The Caribbean Epic||As genre, the epic makes large and pretentious claims: it's very old, it's very big, it's a myth of national origins-even more, it's universal. In this talk, I will discuss V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr. Biswas as epic, which it is generally conceded to b||4/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||CleanVideoDolores Hayden: I Have Seen the Future": Selling the Interstate Highway System||The Interstate highway legislation of 1956 transformed American landscapes, resulting in what architectural critic Jane Holtz Kay has termed an "asphalt nation" and what historian Cotten Seiler has called a "republic of drivers" bound by "compulsory autom||4/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||CleanVideoDavid Kazanjian: That No Tax Will be Paid, by White, Black or Indian: For Over-Reading the Speculative Atlantic, 1820-1860||In this talk, I will argue that certain historicist hermeneutics popular in American Studies have inhibited our ability to read the speculative thought that emerges from the quotidian archives of the 19th-century Atlantic world. I will make a case for wha||3/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||CleanVideoMatthew Garrett: Subterranean Gratification: Sites of Reading and Scenes of Mobility after the Picaro||Reading will set you free! This is the slogan-maybe the one great transhistorical slogan-of a literate world, in which the written text in its myriad forms promises emancipation from drudgery, ignorance, and want. Perhaps because reading has pledged so mu||2/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||CleanVideoGreg Goldberg: IRL (In Real Life)||Internet scholars disagree about the social implications of living in a digital world. Some argue that the internet engenders a robust civil society, empowers ordinary people to become active participants in social and political life, transforms relations||2/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||CleanVideoJudith Butler: Martin Buber's Two Zionisms and the Question of Palestine||What is the difference between cultural and political Zionism, and what were the debates that took place prior to 1948 about what Zionism could mean? Although the pre-history of contemporary political Zionism is often regarded as something of interest onl||2/12/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||CleanVideoFrank Ankersmit: A New Look at Old Questions||A new look at an old question: on the agreements and disagreements between the sciences and the writing of history.||2/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|