Faculty Seminar Series

A series of events centered around a subject that is of great interest and which has a significant impact on the transdisciplinary world of humanities.

2017-18 Theme: Empire, the Postcolonial, and the Decolonial

Scholars across humanities disciplines analyze, critique and theorize imperial, colonial, and neo-imperial practices and their effects across the globe. Postcolonial theory and theories of settler-colonialism, in particular, have reshaped understandings not just of lived histories under empire, but power itself; and humanities methods have been essential to elucidating western colonial practices and developing strategies that actively decolonize knowledge making, social engagement, and political action – effectively denaturalizing colonial practices. Humanities researchers have also pointed to and worked to reimagine the ways colonial pasts and presents structure not just political and ideological systems of nationhood, but intersectional structures of race, class and gender, the subaltern, linguistic practices, economic forces, the environment, and the patterns of exploitation, cooptation and collaboration that make up our global present.

2013-14: Human and Non-Human Agency

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 12:00pm

    Thomas Puleo, Supra-Human Agency
    Aaron Baker, Contagion, Fractal Narrative and Global Cinema

    Thomas Puleo, Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies
    "Supra-Human Agency"

  • Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

    The Center for Science and the Imagination and the Institute for Humanities Research will be hosting a screening of Adriene Jenik's film project "SPECFLIC 1.9." Following the screening their will be a Q&A with Jenik, ASU Professor and Director of the School of Art at the Herberger Institute.

  • Friday, September 13, 2013 - 12:00pm

    Adriene Jenik, “SPECFLIC 1.9”

    Adriene Jenik's film "SPECFLIC 1.9" imagines the near future of the public research university. The project embraces the limitless human potential made possible through computer-enabled global network connectivity, even as it considers the cultural impact of new levels of control made possible through these very networks and protocols. Through excerpts from "SPECFLIC 1.9" Prof. Jenik will ask participants in this seminar to tease out the threads of their own present storylines to better imagine and therefore shape our shared future.

2012-13: The Humanities and the Value of Performance

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 12:00pm

    Gitta Honegger, "Translation in Performance/Translation as Performance"
    Stephen West, "Eating Scripts: Imperial Feasts and the Staging of Ritual in 12th Century China"

    Gitta Honegger, Professor, School of Theatre and Film
    "Translation in Performance/Translation as Performance"

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

    Grisha Coleman, Hybrid Place: Interface, Performance, Environment
    Ron Broglio, Non-Rational Thought, Humor, and the Academy

    Grisha Coleman, Assistant Professor, School of Arts, Media and Engineering
    "Hybrid Place: Interface, Performance, Environment"

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 12:00pm

    Rachel Bowditch, Not For Sale: 'Burning Man' and the Gift Economy
    Kevin Sandler, Performing Product Placement: The iPad Integration in ABC's 'Modern Family'

    Rachel Bowditch, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
    "Not For Sale: 'Burning Man' and the Gift Economy"

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:00pm

    David Román, 'The Hydrants are Open:' Latinos and Broadway in the 21st Century

    In this opening talk to the series, David Román examines Lin Manuel Miranda's Tony-award winning musical “In the Heights” in the context of the shifting cultural politics of race and ethnicity in the 21st century. The talk offers a historical context for the success of the musical and, by extension, the growing opportunities for Latinos on Broadway.

2011-12: Unintended Consequences: What the Humanities Could Have Told You (If Only You Had Asked)

  • Monday, January 30, 2012 - 12:00pm

    Keith Miller, "Mangling Martin Luther King: How to Oppress the Poor While Hijacking Affirmative Action"
    Matthew Whitaker, "One Nation Under a Groove: How Black Culture Makes America Cool"

    Keith Miller, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    "Mangling Martin Luther King: How to Oppress the Poor While Hijacking Affirmative Action"

  • Monday, November 14, 2011 - 12:00pm

    Deb Clark, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:00pm

    Joel Gereboff, Religious Studies, SHPRS