Spring 2019 Seminar Schedule

Seminars are open to all graduate students, faculty and staff of the University of Kansas and their guests. All seminars meet in a Hall Center Seminar Room. No prior registration is required.

Papers for sessions are available as password protected PDF files via their individual calendar entries on the Hall Center Calendar.

If you would like seminar paper password information, call 785-864-7826. You can sign-up to receive e-mail updates for individual seminars HERE.


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 Cecile Accilien (African & African American Studies, 864-9023, cecileaccilien@ku.edu), Santa Arias (Latin American & Caribbean Studies, 864-3851, sarias@ku.edu), or Robert Schwaller (History,  864-9435, schwallr@ku.edu).

FRI JANUARY 25, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Robert Schwaller, History

“The Spanish Conquest of Panama and the Creation of Maroon”

FRI FEBRUARY 22, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Brenda Wawire and John Muchira, AAAS

“Language of Instruction in Early Years: Disrupting”

FRI MARCH 29, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Robert Smale, History, University of Missouri

Panama's Black King”

WED APRIL 10, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Paloma Vargas, School of Humanities and Education, Tecnológico de Monterrey

“Cosmogony and culture of the Aztecs of XVI Century”

* Co-sponsored by IDRH


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 Peter Grund (English, 864-2512, pjgrund@ ku.edu) or Elspeth Healey (KU Libraries, 864-1229, ehealey@ku.edu).

TUE JANUARY 29, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Dave Tell, Communication Studies

“The Emmett Till Memory Project”

MON FEBRUARY 18, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Germaine Halegoua, Film and Media Studies

Korean “foreign travel selfies” as Contested Placemaking Practices”

TUE APRIL 2, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Paloma Vargas Montes, Escuela de Humanidades y Educación (School of Humanities and Education), Tecnológico de Monterrey

“Building DH scholarship in northern Mexico: the case of the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s Master in Digital Humanities”

* Co-sponsored by IDRH

MON APRIL 15, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Keon Pettiway, Communication, Eastern Michigan University

“Recovering and Experiencing Civil Rights History: Digital Humanities at the Juncture of Rhetoric, Black Studies, and Design”


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).

THU JANUARY 31, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

John Watson, Journalism

“My Country, ‘Tis of Me: The Self-presentation of Invictus Games Athletes and Paralympic Games Athletes on Facebook”

THU FEBRUARY 28, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Erin L. Durban-Albrecht, Anthropology, University of Minnesota

“Queer Haitian Ecologies: The Trash Church and Other Plastic Bodies”

* Co-sponsored by AAAS, Institute for Haitian Studies

THU MARCH 28, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Mikaela Warner, English

“Teaching Literature and Disability Through Superhero Comics”

THU APRIL 25, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Amy Hume, Haskell Indian Nations University

“Returning to the Origin: A Somatic Approach to Disability & Trauma”


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, 864-9027, vanderhurst@ku.edu).

THU FEBRUARY 7, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Akiko Takeyama, WGSS and Anthropology

“Contract Bondage in Japan's Adult Video Industry”

THU MARCH 7, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Margaret Kelley, American Studies

“Feminism and Firearms: Concealed Carry in the Cultural Toolkit for Women”

THU APRIL 4, 4:00-5:50 P.M.
Spencer Museum of Art, Auditorium

Kamala Kempadoo, Social Science, New York University

Beyond Anti-Trafficking


THU MAY 2, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

John Kennedy, Political Science

Missing Voices: Gender, Identity and Citizenship in the People's Republic of China”


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).

MON FEBRUARY 4, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Joseph Campana, English, Rice University

“Herd, Flock, Swarm: A Shakespearean Lexicon on Creaturely Collectivity”

MON MARCH 4, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Bernard Ribemont , Histoire littéraire du Moyen Âge, Université d'Orléans

"Law and French Literature in the Middle Ages: Two Examples for Consideration"

MON APRIL 8, 3:00-4:30 P.M.


“Media, Sources and Resources”

MON MAY 6, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

F. Regina Psaki, Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon

“'God, What Strange Minds Women Have': Misogyny Medieval and Modern”

* Co-sponsored by French, Francophone and Italian Studies


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).

FRI FEBRUARY 8, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Chip Taylor, Monarch Watch, (Professor, Emeritus - Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)

Monarch butterflies: Past, Present and Future”

FRI MARCH 1, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Thomas Andrews, History, University of Colorado Boulder

“Indigenous North American Horse Raiding: Human Social Mobility, Equine Sociability, and the Fate of Nations in the Greater Western Borderlands”

FRI APRIL 5, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Jim Sherow, History, Kansas State University

“Ticks of the Trade”

FRI MAY 3, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Anna Neill, English

“Strange Stories and the Descent of Mind”


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).

MON FEBRUARY 11, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Verónica Rodriguez-Mendez , Office of Multicultural Affairs

“Afro-Latinx Identity Development”

MON MARCH 11, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Fred Whitehead

“The Struggle to Save the Quindaro Site”

MON APRIL 8, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Cheryl Brown Henderson, Deborah Dandridge, Edgar Tidwell & Darren Canady, KU Libraries, Department of English, Brown Foundation

“Recovering Untold Stories: The Enduring Legacy of the Brown Decision”

MON MAY 13, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

James Baker

“Even Development: Kansas City's Path to an Equitable and Well-Designed Housing Policy”


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 John Rury (Education Leadership & Policy Studies, 864-9697, jrury@ku.edu), Marie-Alice L’Heureux (Architecture, 864-.1144, Malheur@ku.edu), or Bradley Lane (Public Affairs & Administration, 864-2423, bwlane@ku.edu).

THU FEBRUARY 14, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Bradley Lane, Public Administration

“Implications of the Three Revolutions of Transportation for Urban Life”

THU MARCH 21, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Lauren Coleman-Tempel, ELPS

“The Country Club School": A Socio-Historical Case Study of an Urban School Evolution”

THU APRIL 11, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Barney Warf, Geography

“E-governance, or How Cities Use the Internet to Deliver Info and Services”

THU MAY 9, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Scott B Kelley, Geography, University of Nevada-Reno

“Geographical Considerations of Emerging Transportation Technology Introduction in Urban Environments”

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