Center for the Humanities-Temporality: 2012
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||VideoAnne Cheng,"Law, Ornament and the Quotidian Body", 12/03/2012||Anne Cheng, Princeton University, discusses the relationship between law and ornament. In what ways can the law be said to decorate a body and, in doing so, distinguish it from its quotidian comings and goings? While Modernism is known for its minimalism||12/2/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoTom Boellstorff, "A digital prelude: On overlay, indexicality, and being behind", 11/26/2012||In his talk, Tom Boellstorff, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine conducts a meta-analysis of his research in Indonesia and in virtual worlds, as well as the research of a number of other scholars, to address questions of temporal||11/25/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoHans Ulrich Gumbrecht, "Latency as Origin of Our Present. Conjectures about a New Social Construction of Time", 11/19/2012||Contemporary [global] everyday life no longer takes place within the same "chronotope," within the same social construction of time [a legacy from the early nineteenth century] that had shaped what we call "historical culture." this is the main thesis the||11/18/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoJoseph Rouse, "Temporality and Normativity", 11/13/2012||A central problem of modern philosophy has been to understand normativity: how dealings with things can be correct or incorrect, meaningful, confused or senseless, justified or unjustified, appropriate or inappropriate, just or unjust, etc. within a broad||11/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoLisa Cohen, "Minerals Alone Escape It: Mourning Time", 11/12/12||Lisa Cohen reads from work in progress, a multi-genre project about the temporalities of friendship, illness, grief, and activism in the context of the AIDS crisis. A book in three parts and three genres, it also dramatizes three different historical mome||11/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoAmy Tang, "Racial Trauma and Triangulation in Susan Choi's The Foreign Student", 11/05/2012||This talk explores the concept of trauma and the cultural work it performs in Asian American Studies. While trauma provides a powerful language for exploring how histories of colonialism, imperialism, and racism continue to impact contemporary racial subj||11/4/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoMargot Weiss, "Cultural Trauma, National Memory: BDSM Play with Slavery and Fascism." 09/24/2012||This talk explores the temporality of desire—the relationships between erotics, cultural memory, and histories of national trauma. It draws on ethnographic fieldwork with BDSM practitioners in San Francisco and Berlin to focus on what practitioners call||10/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoElijah Huge, "Saving the City". 10/01/2012||Industrialization introduced new threats to the city (electricity, speed, explosives, etc.) while also dramatically increasing the scale of historical perils (earthquake, deluge, conflagration, etc.). In turn, these threats gave rise to a field of new pro||10/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoLynn Hunt: "Globalization and Time". 9/10/12||Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Professor of History and Eugen Weber Endowed Chair in Modern European History, UCLA presents: Globalization and Time. It may be difficult to determine just how globalization has changed the experience of time, or even if it has c||10/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoRobyn Wiegman, "The Times We're In", 10/08/2012||This talk takes up the 2012 Wesleyan Humanities Center theme by surveying debates about temporality in contemporary scholarship. It begins by thinking about how the keywords-stasis, repetition, transformation---are loaded with both critical and political||10/7/2012||Free||View In iTunes|