2012-13 Events

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Artist Talk

Friday, September 7, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Pan Gongkai
President, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Peng Feng
Chair, Department of Art Theory, History, and Criticism at School of Arts, Peking University, Beijing

Ink Painting Meets New Media: China Pavilion at 54th Venice Biennale

Co-sponsored by CNY Humanities Corridor

Future of the Humanities Lecture

Monday, October 15, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

David Marshall
Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara

Re: Enlightenment - Arguing for the Humanities

Fall Conference

October 26-27
A.D. White House

Risk @ Humanities

Friday, October 26

1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Timothy Murray, Director Society for the Humanities

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Histories of Cultural Risk

  • Moderator:  Tracy McNulty, Department of Romance Languages
  • Emily Nacol, Society Fellow / Political Science, Vanderbilt University, Governing Risk: Politics and Economy in Early Modern Britain.
  • Harvey Young, Theatre, Performance Studies/African American Studies, Northwestern University, Whipping the Black Body: Corporal Punishment as Risk Mitigation

3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Artistic Interventions

  • Moderator: Ella Maria Diaz, Department of English
  • Paulina Aroch-Fugellie, Society Fellow/ Cultural Studies, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico, Leverage: Artistas Aliados at the Fulcrum
  • Erin Obodiac, Society Fellow, Machina Speculatrix and the Providential Drone

4:30 p.m. Plenary Lecture 1

  • Moderator: Renate Ferro, Department of Art
  • Ricardo Dominguez, Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego, Constestational Design: The Aesthetics of Risk and the Risk of Aesthetics

Saturday, October 27

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Literary Hazards

  • Moderator: Amanda Goldstein, Department of English
  • Jason Puskar, English, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Nella Larsen's "Hazardous Business": Passing and the Promise of Risk Racialization
  • Michael Jonik, English, University of Sussex, "The Peripeties of the Contest" – Love, Anarchy, and Other Revolutionary Plots in James and Conrad

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Risky Speculations

  • Moderator: Amy Villarejo, Department of Performing and Media Arts
  • Bishnupriya Ghosh, Society Fellow / English, University of California, Santa Barbara and Bhaskar Sarkar, Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, Speculations  on Affirmative Speculation

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.  Thinking Disaster

  • Moderator: Pedro Erber, Department of Romance Studies
  • Vivian Choi, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Science & Technology Studies, After Disasters: The Persistence of Insecurity in Sri Lanka
  • Annie McClanahan, Society 
Fellow/ English, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Photography and Foreclosure: Documenting the Housing Crisis

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Plenary Lecture 2

  • Moderator: Stewart Auyash, Department of Health Promotion, Ithaca College
  • William Leiss, Society Senior Invited Fellow / McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa, Embracing Risk, Manipulating Chance: Will It All End Well?

5:00 p.m. Summary Panel

  • Chair, Timothy Murray
  • Patricia Keller, Society Fellow / Romance Studies, Cornell University
  • Gaspar Mairal, Atkinson/Society Fellow / Anthropology, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
  • Matt Smith, Society Fellow / Comparative Literature, Cornell University

View: Fall Conference video

Public Lecture: Yan Wang

Wednesday, November 7, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Yan Wang
Professor of Foreign Literature, Research Institute, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Academia as the Political Arena: The Chinese New Leftists' Campaign for an Alternative Future

Rose Goldsen Lecture Series: Freud Panel

Tuesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Carol Seigel
Director, Freud Museum, London

Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Cornell University

Freud Museum, Archives, Contemporary Art

Cornell/ECNU Conference

February 1-2, 2013
A.D. White House

Memory: Comparative Approaches to Culture

Hosted by Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, and Center for Comparative Humanities, East China Normal University 

Friday, February 1

10:15 a.m. Opening Remarks 

  • Timothy Murray, Amy Villarejo

10:30 a.m. Postcolonial Legacies 

  • Naoki Sakai, Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell, The Comfort Station in History and Colonial Legacies 
  • Elizabeth Anker, English, Cornell, Constituting the New South Africa and the Architecture of Mourning

2:00 p.m. Memorial Responsibilities 

  • Wenjin Liu, Comparative Literature, East China Normal University, The Responsibility to Trauma: Some Reflections on the Trauma of the Sino-Japanese War
  • Ming Wu, School of Communication, East China Normal University, Staying in Memory: Childhood as Metaphor in Films in the Moe Era

4:00 p.m. Future Memory 

  • Patricia Keller, Society for the Humanities and Department of Romance Studies, Cornell, Where Memory Dwells: The Specter of Futurity in Contemporary Spanish Photography
  • Timothy Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities; Comparative Literature and English, Cornell, Digital Baroque Animé: The Futuristic Microcosm of Miao Xiaochun

Saturday, February 2

10:30 a.m. Social Memory

  • Wei Luo, School of Communication, East China Normal University, The Construction of Social Memory in Documentary Hybrids: The Case of Chinese 'Experiential History' Reality Format
  • Minjie Li, Chinese Language & Literature, East China Normal University, Internet Catchphrases and Social Memory in Contemporary China

2:00 p.m. Televisual Time 

  • Nick Salvato, Performing and Media Arts, Cornell, Up! and Away: Televisual Consciousness, Mediated Memory
  • Amy Villarejo, Performing and Media Arts and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Cornell, Televisual Time

4:00 p.m. Memory and Reason

  • Junsong Chen, English, East China Normal University, Collective Memory and Literary Expression: The Rosenberg Case and Postmodern Reconstruction of History
  • Shijun Tong, Chairman of the University Council, East China Normal University, Memory and Reason

5:30 p.m. Concluding Thoughts 

  • Timothy Murray, Amy Villarejo, Shijun Tong

Public Lecture: Patrick Duggan

Monday, February 4, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Patrick Duggan
Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies, Department of Drama, University of Exeter

Cathected Experience? Trauma, Performance, and Structures of Feeling

Sustainability Panel

Tuesday, February 12, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Sustainability: Of What? For Whom?

Panelists are recipients of Sustainability Research Grants awarded by the Society for the Humanities Initiative on Sustainability via the Humanities and the Arts,which is the sponsor of this event, with support from the Cornell Roundtable on Environmental Studies Topics (CREST) and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Virginia Kennedy, English
Cultural Climate Change: Paradigm Shifts in a Warming World

Laura Martin, Natural Resources
Coral, Competition, Cold War: Eugene and Howard Odums’s Ecological Research at Eniwetok Atoll

Daegan Miller, History
Black and Green: African American Pioneers and Freedom's Ecology in the Adirondacks, 1846-1859

Annual Invitational Lecture

Wednesday, February 20, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Bernadette Meyler
Professor of Law and English, Cornell University

Law/Literature/History: The Love Triangle

Rose Goldsen Lecture Series: David Leiber

Monday, February 25, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

David Leiber
Director, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York

Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore

Lecture on Sustianable Futures

Wednesday, February 27, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Gaspar Mairal
Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Narratives of Nature and Culture: Tales of Bears in the Pyrenees

Presented with the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

Senior Invited Fellow

Wednesday, March 13, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Michael Warner
Seymour H. Knox Professor of English, Yale University

Risk, Normativity, and Valuation

Digital Humanities Lecture

Monday, April 8, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Neil Friastat
Professor of English and Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland

The Promise(s) of Digital Humanities

Co-sponsored by CNY Humanities Corridor

Series on the Future of Publishing

Wednesday, April 17, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Conversation on the Future of Academic Publishing in the Humanities

As part of an ongoing dialog with the Cornell community on the future of scholarly publishing and possible alternatives to traditional models, the Library has distributed complimentary copies of Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) to interested faculty and graduate students. Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communications at the Modern Language Association, makes the case for using digital media to make academic publishing, as well as the ways the academy evaluates scholarship, more open and interactive – and also more economically sustainable.

Timothy Murray, Professor of Comparative Literature and English; Director of the Society for the Humanities; Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University

Peter J. Potter, Editor in Chief, Cornell University Press

Oya Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services, Cornell University Library

Presented with Cornell University Library and Cornell University Press

Annual Fellows' Workshop

Friday, April 19, 2013
A.D. White House

Beyond Risk: Temporality, Aesthetics, Politics

9:15 - 10:45 a.m. Institutions & Agency

  • Moderator: Chris Garces (Anthropology, Cornell)
  • Ingrid Diran (Society for the Humanities), Sociology of Two Minds
  • Marina Welker (Society for the Humanities; Anthropology, Cornell), Notes on the Difficulty of Studying the Corporation
  • Annelise Riles (Society for the Humanities; Law & Anthropology, Cornell), Retooling: Expertise for an Uncertain World

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Modernism & Modernization

  • Moderator: Anindita Banerjee (Comparative Literature, Cornell)
  • Lorenzo Fabbri (Society for the Humanities), Shooting as Saving: Pirandello's Quaderni di Serafino Gubbio operatore
  • Claudia Verhoeven (Society for the Humanities; History, Cornell), Terrorism as a Political Modernism
  • Matthew Smith (Society for the Humanities; Comparative Literature, Cornell), August Strindberg and Fin-de-Siecle Objectivity

1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Media, Network, Temporality

  • Moderator: Paulina Aroch-Fugellie (Society for the Humanities; Cultural Studies, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico)
  • Anna Watkins Fisher (Society for the Humanities; Performing & Media Arts, Cornell), Yours Truly: The Consuming Passions of Chris Kraus and Sophie Calle
  • Brian Hanrahan (Society for the Humanities; Performing & Media Arts, Cornell), Screen Time, Work Time: ‘Standard Time’
  • Patty Keller (Society for the Humanities; Romance Studies, Cornell), Photography in Crisis

2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Being at Sea: Terror, Uncertainty & Representation

  • Moderator: Duane Corpis (History, Cornell)
  • Gaspar Mairal (Society for the Humanities/Atkinson Center; Anthropology, Universidad de Zaragoza), Risk In 16th-Century Atlantic Navigation
  • Antoine Traisnel (Comparative Literature, Cornell), Case in Point: Cuvier, Hawthorne, Darwin
  • Timothy Murray (Director, Society for the Humanities), In-Between Risk: Digital Terror and Tactical Media Art

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Keynote Address

  • Ricardo Dominguez (Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego), Constestational Design: The Aesthetics of Risk and the Risk of Aesthetics