Symposium on Citizenship, Belonging, and the Partition of India
Friday April 9, 2021 from 9:00 to 1:30 PM EST via Zoom
Fall 2020 Seminar Series: “Indian Ocean Worlds and the Anthropocene”
Fall 2020 Seminar Series: “Narrative in the Age of Political Extremism”
About the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures
The Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures (IHGC) offers a vision at once local and global, and a mission both academic and socially engaged.
UVa's Puzzle Poetry working group was launched in the fall of 2017 by Neal Curtis and
Brad Pasanek as an experimental and collaborative endeavor. The group seeks to treat
poems as puzzles, isolate the substance of prosody, and apprehend shape as a medium.
They are makers, coders, and subformalists.
A new IHGC lab on Asian Cosmopolitanisms aiming to reconceptualize the study of Asia
across the disciplines of the humanities and interpretive social sciences.
Consortium of Humanities Centers & Institutes 2018 Annual Meeting | June 13-17, 2018
A conference on Humanities Informatics that showcased the power of the humanities
to address the urgent questions about the ‘human’ in our information age.
Achille Mbembe Lecture
"Negative Messianism in the Age of Animism" | September 18, 2017
Global South Initiative
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Virginia $3.47 million to launch a major humanities initiative dedicated to the study of the Global South. The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences has matched the grant, making the initial five-year investment to launch the initiative about $7 million.
News & Announcements
Stealing time: photographs and the long inception of colonialism in southern Angola - Webinar led by Patricia Hayes
Thu Sep 23
‘Stealing Time’ is an attempt to put the teleologies of colonization and progress on hold, to use the space-time compressions of photographs to pause and search for something else. It probes whether new modes of reading photographs might be able to connect us in unexpectedly rich ways with Africa’s more distant past. It explores the interpenetration of ‘sources’ and the durability of things surfacing in photographs that come from more remote histories. Periods of early encounter and the initiation of colonial rule are obviously dense in this regard but tend to be treated as overwhelmingly colonial and going in a certain temporal direction, inevitably foreclosing other eras. The either/or terminology of historical periodization (precolonial/colonial) confines us to a linear conception of time that shuts down other possibilities.
This lecture will concentrate on two separate photographic images from the Cuvelai floodplain located in what is now southern Angola and northern Namibia. In the early twentieth century it was a contested region between Portugal, Germany, several sizeable African kingdoms and later during World War 1, South Africa. The first photograph originates from an album of the Portuguese officer Velloso de Castro who participated in the 1907 military campaign against Cuamato. The second photograph is one of several group portraits emanating from the first official South African tour to Ovamboland in 1915 led by Major Pritchard. Both these images operate as a kind of prism to think about what might have converged in these spaces at that time, and the possible genealogies behind them. Given the ‘micro-levels at which we encounter the past’ through photographs, as well as the foreshortening of history that occurs by not taking ‘the precolonial’ seriously, can such photos help us to think about time differently and expand our spatial sense of Africa’s deeper pasts?
Patricia Hayes is currently the NRF SARChI Chair in Visual History & Theory at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape. Her research background is in African history, and she engages extensively with photographic archives and their methodological challenges to bring together history and aesthetics. She is co-editor of the volume Ambivalent. Photography and Visibility in African History (2019), and the special issue on ‘Other Lives of the Image’ of the journal Kronos (2020).
Sharing and Planning Gathering on Practice-Based/Practice-Led Research in Arts, Culture, and Performance
Fri Oct 08
Empires in Global Context: A Symposium
Fri Oct 15
“Empires in Global Context”
A One-Day Workshop, sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures
Co-organizers: Krishan Kumar (Sociology) and Ted Lendon (History)
Friday, October 15, 2021, 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. Room: Wilson 142
(All participants from UVA except where shown)
9:00-9:15. Introduction to the workshop.
9:15-10:45. The Roman Empire in Global Context. Peter Fibiger Bang (University of Copenhagen, History)
Discussant: Ted Lendon (History)
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30. The French Empire in Global Context. Laurent Dubois (History)
Discussant: Marlene Daut (African-American and African Studies)
1:30-2:45 The Ottoman Empire in Global Context. Dimitri Kastritsis (University of St. Andrews, History). Discussant: Amanda Phillips (Art History)/Joshua White (History)
2:45-4:15 The British Empire in Global Context. Paul Halliday (History)
Discussant: Krishan Kumar (Sociology)
4:15-4:30 Tea Break
4:30-5:45 The Chinese Empire in Global Context. Ellen Zhang (History).
Discussant: Xiaoyuan Liu (History)
5:45-6:30 Concluding Discussion
Professor China Scherz Manuscript Workshop
Fri Oct 22
Ed Welch (University of Aberdeen), “Build the Imaginary: Urban Futures and New Towns in Post-War French Spatial Planning”
Fri Nov 05
Mellon Global South Initiative
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Virginia $3.47 million to launch a major humanities initiative dedicated to the study of the Global South. The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will match the grant, making the initial five-year investment to launch the initiative about $7 million.
Clay Endowments & Grants
The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) invites proposals for funding from the Buckner W. Clay Endowment to support innovative work in the global humanities at the University of Virginia. The Endowment provides an ambitious basis of support for faculty and student research and teaching to be conducted under the auspices of the IHGC. Faculty and students from across all schools and disciplines at the university are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory is a new research entity jointly promoted by the University of Virginia, Duke University and the University of Bologna. It is conceived as an intellectual space for scholars coming from different research fields and geographical regions to work together on the redefinition of the humanities in a global age.