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Spring 2020 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 entries below.

If you would like seminar paper password information, call 785-864-7823. 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 31, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

John Chuchiak, History and Honors College, Missouri State University

Human Plunder: The Role of Maya Slavery in Postclassic and Early Conquest Era Yucatan, 1450-1550

*Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Center for Latin American Studies


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

Ignacio Carvajal, Spanish and Portuguese

From Ajawarem to Jurisdicción: Establishing authority over people and territory in the highlands of Guatemala during the Sixteenth Century


FRI MARCH 27, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

CANCELED - Philippe Zacair, History, California State University - Fullerton

Afro-Caribbean Immigrants, Citizenship and Military Service in Haiti

*Co-sponsored by the French, Francophone, & Italian Studies, History, and African & African-American Studies Departments


FRI APRIL 24, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

CANCELED - Antje Ziethen, French, Francophone, and Italian Studies

HistoriCity. Urban Space as Silent Witness in Black Atlantic Literature


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).


WED JANUARY 22, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Marcy Lascano, Philosophy

Starting with Cavendish: Re-imagining the Philosophy Canon


MON FEBRUARY 17, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

James Yeku, African and African-American Studies

Digital Nollywood and Archival Absence in Nigeria


WED MARCH 18, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

CANCELED - Laura Mielke and Rachel Linnea Brown, English

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


MON APRIL 20, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

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

Digital Black Life and Culture: UnDisciplining the Digital

*Co-sponsored by the First- and Second-Year English (FSE) Program and Department of English


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).


THURS JANUARY 30, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Ray Mizumura-Pence, American Studies

"The Curious Case of Bob Dole, Disability Rights Advocate



Rachel Levitt, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Kansas State University

The Normative Violences of the Individualized Educational Program, Gay Panic, and White Hetero-Futurity


CANCELED - THURS MARCH 26, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Grace Leu, Special Education

Dialogical Pedagogy: The Possibilities and Difficulties of Creating an Inclusive Learning Community in a High School English Classroom


CANCELED - THURS APRIL 23, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

William Cheng, Musicology, Dartmouth

Gaslight of the Gods


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).


THURS FEBRUARY 06, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Kyle Velte, Law

Errant Exceptionalism


THURS MARCH 05, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Mike Wuthrich, Political Science

The Changing Profiles of Women Candidates in Turkey's National Elections


CANCELED - THURS APRIL 02, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Hannah Bailey, American Studies

Industrial Girlhood: Race and Labor in a Kansas Carceral Institution


CANCELED - THURS MAY 07, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

La Shonda Mims, History and Women & Gender Studies, Kennesaw State University

Race-ing Queer: Balancing Race and Labeling in Queer Histories


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).


FRI FEBRUARY 21, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Julie Thompson, Marcus Hohne, and David Hill, Art History, English, and History

Graduate Student Dissertation Panel


CANCELED - FRI MARCH 27, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Diane Fourny, Humanities

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


CANCELED - MON APRIL 06, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Kivilcim Yavuz, KU Libraries

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


CANCELED - FRI MAY 01, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

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

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

*Co-Sponsored by the Colonialism Seminar


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 07, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Ward Lyles, Urban Planning

Jazz on Tulsa Time? The Remarkable Story of the Network of Flood Migration Champions behind the Tulsa Turnaround


FRI MARCH 06, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Rachel Brown, English

'I Learned That the Soil Would Raise Anything': Navigating Settler Culture and Racial Justice in From Slavery to Affluence


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

Franz Pritchard, East Asian Studies, Princeton University

The Vitality of Waste: Urban Materialities and Image Practices from Contemporary Japan


CANCELED - FRI MAY 01, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Sara Gregg, Environmental Studies and History

“’In God We Trusted, in Kansas We Busted. So now Let ‘Er Rip for the Cherokee Strip’: Dreams and Drought in the 1893 Land Rush


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

Justin Preddie, Psychology

More than Gay + Black: An Intersectional Analysis of Racial and Sexual Stereotypes


CANCELED - MON MARCH 16, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Ariel Mosley, Psychology

The New Identity Theft: Intergroup Perceptions of Cultural Appropriation


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

Zak Foste, School of Education

“’I Know My Place’: How Race Structures Life in College and University Residence Halls


CANCELED - MON MAY 04, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Alan Meyer, History, Auburn University

Are You the Pilot?' African Americans in Commercial Aviation's Not-So Friendly Skies

*Co-Sponosred by the Humanities Program


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).


THURS FEBRUARY 13, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

D’Arlyn Bell, Public Affairs & Administration

Political Organizing by Nonprofit Social Service Agencies: Mobilizing Legal Structures, Funding and Tax Law For Low-Income Communities


THURS MARCH 19, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Ryan Belew, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Education in a Colorado Coal Camp in the early 20th Century


CANCELED - THURS APRIL 09, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Arijit Sen, Architecture, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Resisting FlatLands: Re-appropriation of Public Space in Sherman Park, Milwaukee


THURS MAY 14, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

John Rury, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

"Urbanization and Teacher Professionalization: The American Experience, 1940-2000"

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