Humanities Futures (2014-18) Events

Mind Art Artifact
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:00pm
East Duke Parlors

Dr. Lambros Malafouris, a visiting scholar from Keble College at the University of Oxford, will present on "Art and Material Engagement: Towards a Process Archaeology of Mind. The aim his paper is to propose a theory of material engagement. Specifically, he will attempt a comparative exploration... read more »

Amitav Ghosh
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 5:30pm
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

Join the Franklin Humanities Institute for a reading and conversation with acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh! Please RSVP here. Ghosh will screen a six-minute film and have a conversation with Franklin Humanities Institute Director Ranjana Khanna... read more »

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 9:00am
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

The term "neurodiversity," popularized by the autism community, challenges the pathologization of neurological deviation from a conventional social spectrum of "neurotypicality." Another branch of "neurodiversity" challenges the abstraction of the ideas of "mind" and "mental" states. Keynote... read more »

Death Drives, or Thinking with the Corpse
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 3:00pm
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

Description We will consider, in the conference, the corpse anthropologically, theoretically, and through the visual and literary arts to engage it as an object of serious inquiry. What does thinking with the corpse enable? And, given the different ways in which corpses are treated, could there be... read more »

Transgender Child
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 1:00pm
East Duke Parlors

PLease RSVP to to receive the pre-workshop reading. Box lunch provided. Please indicate if you prefer vegetarian.Julian Gill-Peterson is Assistant Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of... read more »

CANCELED: Lauren Flood: "AI and the Ethnography of Musical Futures"
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
Biddle 104

This event has been canceled. We hope to reschedule at a future date TBD. read more »

[POSTPONED] Mind, Art, Artifact
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 1:30pm
Rubenstein Library Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153

DUE TO THE THREAT OF HURRICANE FLORENCE, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE WILL SHARE THE FUTURE DATE ONCE IT HAS BEEN DECIDED. THANK YOU.Dr. Lambros Malafouris will present on "Art and Material Engagement: Towards a Process Archaeology of Mind" while Dr. Semir Zeki will lecture on "The Constancy... read more »

Material Cuts: Scherenschnitte, Collage, and the Romantic Fragment
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall (UNC); Perkins 218 (Duke)

Paper abstract: Romantic authors and visual artists cut, glue, stain, and recycle paper in a century that has come to be known as “das papierne Zeitalter.” They generate paper cuts, collages, and ink blot poems in profusion, and combine these scraps in what are striking new hybrid forms such as... read more »

After the Rebellion
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:00pm
Lilly Library

Religion, rebels, and jihad were redefined in the aftermath of the 1857 Rebellion in South Asia. What it meant to belong to a particular religion-specifically Islam-came to signify one's political leanings. In turn, religious concepts with long, multifaceted histories-specifically jihad-came to be... read more »

Performances of Dignity: In Law, Medicine and Theatre
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 4:00pm
Rubenstein Library Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153

This lecture focuses on the intersection of discourses on dignity: legal, ethical, social, medical and performative. We talk about dignified life, death, and old age; the dignity of the human corpse and human beings. But what is dignity and do we need it? Prof. Romanska argues that in order to... read more »