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Fall 2020 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Schedule

Seminars are open to all graduate students, faculty and staff of the University of Kansas and their guests. All seminars will be held via Zoom from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. No prior registration is required.

Papers for sessions are available as password protected PDF files via their individual entries below.

If you would like seminar paper password information, e-mail hchseminars@ku.edu.

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Colonialism Seminar

This seminar examines the history and legacy of colonialism in Latin America. Meetings provide an opportunity for a dynamic examination of hemispherical and transatlantic connections across four major themes: identity, territory, religion, and cultural production.

For more information, contact Santa Arias (Latin American & Caribbean Studies, 864-3851, sarias@ku.edu), or Robert Schwaller (History, 864-9435, schwallr@ku.edu).


Friday, August 28, 2020

“Roundtable Discussion: Colonialism and Crisis”


Friday, October 09, 2020

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, History - University of Texas at Austin

“Paperwork, Archives, and Radical Social Change in 16th century Spanish America”


CANCELED - Friday, October 30, 2020

Antje Ziethen, French and Italian

“Francophone Studies and Brazil: The Afro-Brazilian Heritage in Togo and Benin”


Digital Humanities Seminar

The Digital Humanities Seminar, co-sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH), provides a forum for sharing and discussion of new digitally-enabled humanities research efforts, with a specific focus on what digital humanities tools and practices can do for a range of humanistic research.

For more information, contact Germaine Halegoua (Film & Media Studies, 864-1931, grhalegoua@ku.edu) or James Yeku (African and African-American Studies, 864-0698, jyeku@ku.edu).


Monday, September 14, 2020

Khirsten L. Scott and Louis M. Maraj, English - University of Pittsburgh

“Digital Black Life and Culture: UnDisciplining the Digital”


Monday, October 12, 2020

Dave Tell, Communication Studies

“Emmett Till, Digital Storytelling, and the IDRH”


Monday, November 16, 2020

Laura Mielke and Rachel Linnea Brown, English - Marion University (Brown)

“Reconstructing the Drama: A Digital Edition of a 19th-Century Burlesque of Columbus”


Monday, December 14, 2020

Allison Muri, English - University of Saskatchewan

“Literary Topographies of 18th Century London: The Grub Street Project”


Disability Studies Seminar

The Disability Studies Seminar will provide a much-needed forum for scholars to explore and share research on topics relevant to disability within and across the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Scholars within Disability Studies tend to recognize disability in terms of social construction and minority culture.

For more information, contact Ray Mizumura-Pence (American Studies, 864-2302, rpence@ku.edu) or Sherrie Tucker (American Studies, 864-2305, sjtucker@ku.edu).


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Jean Hall, Professor, Applied Behavior Analysis

Director, Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies and Research and Training Center on Independent Living

“Disability, Health Disparities, and Intersectionality”


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Hannah Soyer, English

“Words of Reclamation: Writing as a Form of Liberation of Disabled Individuals”


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Dot Nary, Kansas Disability and Health Program

“Reading Group: "Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist"”


Thursday, November 19, 2020

William Cheng, Music - Dartmouth College

“Gaslight of the Gods”

* Co-sponsored by: Midwest Music Research Collective and Department of American Studies


Gender Seminar

The Gender Seminar studies gender as a basic concept in humanistic scholarship and/or as a fundamental organizing principle in social life.

For more information, contact Brian Donovan (Sociology, 864-9422, bdonovan@ku.edu) or Stacey Vanderhurst (Women Gender & Sexuality Studies, vanderhurst@ku.edu).


Thursday, September 03, 2020

Marie Grace Brown, History

“My Black Boy: Masters, Servants, and Domestic Intimacy in Sudan”


Thursday, October 01, 2020

Hannah Bailey, American Studies

“Industrial Girlhood: Race and Labor in a Kansas Carceral Institution”


Thursday, November 05, 2020

Sylvia Fernández, Institute for Research in the Digital Humanities

“Recollecting the Atemporal Feminist Legacy of the mid-21st Century”


Thursday, December 03, 2020

Jessica Gerschultz, African and African-American Studies

“Women in Abstraction: Fiber Art/Soft Art”


Medieval & Early Modern Seminar

The Medieval & Early Modern Seminar meets each semester to discuss original work relating to any aspect of the history, culture, literature, art, or society of any part of the world between c.1500 and c.1800.

For more information, contact Jonathan Lamb (English, 864-2525, jonathanplamb@ku.edu) or Caroline Jewers (French & Italian, 864-9028, cjewers@ku.edu).


Friday, September 18, 2020

Kivilcim Yavuz, Spencer Library

“Rethinking Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain in Light of Manuscript Evidence”


Friday, October 09, 2020

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, History - University of Texas at Austin

“Paperwork, Archives, and Radical Social Change in 16th century Spanish America”


Friday, November 13, 2020

Diane Fourny, Humanities

“Defining the Limits of Civilization: Degenerate Americans (and Others) in Cornelius de Pauw’s Recherches sur les Américans (1767)


Friday, December 04, 2020

 Luis Corteguera, History

"Song, Painting, and Early Modern History in Antoni Estruch’s Els Segadors (The Reapers, 1907)"


Migration Seminar

This one-year research seminar about migration, citizenship, race, and identity (among other themes) provides a space for faculty and graduate students to engage in scholarly debates emerging from the relatively new, interdisciplinary field of migration studies.

For more information, contact Marta Caminero-Santangelo (English, 864-2513, camsan@ku.edu), Hannah Britton (WGSS, 864-9016, britton@ku.edu) or Elizabeth MacGonagle (History, 864-9452, macgonag@ku.edu).


Monday, August 31, 2020

Alexander Diener, Geography and Atmospheric Sciences/Environmental Studies

“The Meaning of Somewhere”


Monday, September 28, 2020

Hoa Xuan Vu, Economics

“I Wish I Were Born in Another Time: Unintended Consequences of Immigration Enforcement on Birth Outcomes”


Monday, October 26, 2020

Araceli Masterson-Algar, Spanish and Portuguese

“¡Toma la Plaza!: Reading Spain’s 15-M Movement Through the Ecuadorian Experience”


Monday, December 07, 2020

Marta Caminero-Santangelo, English/Center for Latin American and Carribbean Studies -

“Imagining a Latinx Literary Heartland”


Nature & Culture Seminar

Nature is our oldest home and our newest challenge. This seminar brings the perspective of the humanities to bear on past and present environmental issues. It includes research on the changing perception, representation, and valuation of nature in human life, on the reciprocal impact of environmental change on social change, and on the variety of ways we use, consume, manage, and revere the earth. Co-sponsored by Environmental Studies.

For more information, contact Sara Gregg (History, sgregg@ku.edu, 864-9448), or Phillip Drake (English, pdrake@ku.edu, 864-4520).


Friday, September 11, 2020

Sara Gregg, History, Environmental Studies

"Dreams and Drought in the 1893 Cherokee Outlet Land Opening"


Friday, October 02, 2020

PJ Klinger, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

“Writers of the Storm”


Friday, November 06, 2020

Rick Mizelle, History - University of Houston

“The Politics of Diabetes Awareness in the 20th Century”


Friday, December 04, 2020 (at 4:00 PM**)

Aya Kimura, Sociology - University of Hawaii at Manoa

“Food and Preservation of Agrobiodiversity: Political Ecology of Tsukemono (Pickles)”

Place, Race, and Space Seminar

The Place, Race, and Space Seminar explores the interplay of social, historical, psychological, and spatial forces in configuring racial formations, identities, and experiences throughout the world. Its thematic concerns are shaped by work in African & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Critical Race Theory, Geography, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Urban Studies. Co-sponsored by the Langston Hughes Center.

For more information, contact Shawn Alexander (African & African American Studies, 864-5044, slalexan@ku.edu), David Roediger (American Studies, 864-2309, droediger@ku.edu) or Ludwin Molina (Psychology, 864-9831, ludwin@ku.edu).

*The Place, Race and Space Seminar is on hiatus for the fall 2020 semester.


The Urban Experience Seminar

The Urban Experience seminar focuses on urban social and cultural space and attendant relationships, both as a result of ideas and imagination, and as a function of historical, social, economic, and political forces.

For more information, contact Nathan Wood (History, 864-9458, ndwood@ku.edu), Marie-Alice L’Heureux (Architecture, 864-1144, Malheur@ku.edu), or Bradley Lane (Public Affairs & Administration, 864-2423, bwlane@ku.edu).


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Clara E. Irazábal-Zurita, Architecture, Urban Planning + Design - University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Between Buen Vivir and Development: A Community Capitals Assessment of Latinxs in Kansas City, Kansas”


Thursday, October 08, 2020

Walter Goettilich, Sociology

“Golfing in Trumpland: Negotiating Race and Gender in Contemporary American Leisure Spaces”


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Amy Millet, History

"The Baker, Butcher, and Beer-Maker (Though Not in that Order): Culinary Contests at the 1873 World's Fair"


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Fithawee Tzeggai, Sociology

“The Semantics of Segregation: Controversies over Separate and Unequal Schooling in 1960s Chicago”

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