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Fall 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 AUGUST 30, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Paul Schennesen, History

Equine Conquistadors? Horses of the Coronado Entrada


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

Maude Hines, English, Portland State University

“Becoming Black: Representing the Work of Mental Colonization in American Literature”

*Co-sponsored by the English and American Studies Depts


MON OCTOBER 25, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Amber Brian, Spanish, University of Iowa

“Letters to the King: Natives, Networks, and the Colonial Archive”

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


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

José Héctor Cadena, American Studies

“’Student’ Identity Formation in High Definition


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).


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

Philip Stinson, Classics

“3D-printing in the Study of Ancient Roman Buildings


WED OCTOBER 16, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Janet Chávez Santiago, Zapotec Talking Dictionary of Teotitlán Del Valle, Haverford College

“Digital Tools for Community-Based Language and Culture Maintenance: the Teotitlán del Valle Talking Dictionary

*Co-sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities


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

Emily C. Francomano and Heather Bamford, Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown, and Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literature, George Washington

“Medieval Manuscript Culture in Digital Environments”

*Co-sponsored by La corónica and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese


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

Patricia Manning, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

"Moving toward Mapping Points of Contact between Booksellers, Printers and Artists in Early Modern Madrid”

*Co-sponsored by the Medieval & Early Modern Seminar


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 AUGUST 29, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Kathleen Zimmerman, Special Education

“Feasible Strategies for Supporting All Students in Inclusive Classrooms”


THU OCTOBER 24, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Muffy Walter, English, Washburn University

“Stigma, Social Justice, and the Other: Caretaking of the Mentally Ill in Graphic Memoirs”


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

Anthony Sanchez, Poet

“Taking on Life”


THU DECEMBER 5, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Sarah Rose, History, UT Arlington

“Why won’t they get hearing aids?’ Insurance, Age, Disability, and Medical Technology”


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 Akiko Takeyama (Women Gender & Sexuality Studies, 785-864-2645, takeyama@ku.edu).


THU SEPTEMBER 5, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Ani Kokobobo, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Pacifism, Abstinence, and the Late Tolstoy as Gender Theorist”


THU OCTOBER 24, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Sally Engel Merry, School of Law, New York University

“Human Rights, Gender Violence and the Challenge of Global Governance by Number”

*Co-sponsored by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Institute for Policy & Social Research


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

Mara Keire, History, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University

“Finding the Unfounded: Rape and Feminism from Brownmiller to Burke”

THU DECEMBER 5, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Faye Xiao, East Asian languages and Cultures

“The Fourth Wave: Grassroots Feminism with Chinese Characteristics”


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 OCTOBER 7, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Misty Schieberle, Isidro Rivera, Jonathan P. Lamb, English, Spanish and Portuguese, English

“Thinking Book Culture”


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

A. E. B. Coldiron, English, Florida State University

“The 'Mireur & Maistresse' of 'Intelligence': Remediated Authority in Tudor translations of Christine de Pizan”


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

Patricia Manning, Spanish & Portuguese

“Moving toward Mapping Points of Contact between Booksellers, Printers and Artists in Early Modern Madrid”

*Co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities 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 SEPTEMBER 6, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Randall Fuller, English

Thoreau’s Darwin


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

Jenny Reardon, Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz

“When Prairie Meets Genome: Crafting Care, Knowledge and Justice at the Horizon's Edge”


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

Mike Hill, History

“Jack London, John Muir and the Imperial Imaginary of Alaska”


FRI DECEMBER 6, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Flannery Burke, History, Saint Louis University

“When Nature Became Culture: Stewart Udall, the West, and the Making of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities Parrot”


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 SEPTEMBER 9, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Bobby Cervantes, American Studies

Texas or Territory: A Borderlands Challenge to Manifest Destiny


MON OCTOBER 21, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Kathryn Vaggalis, American Studies

Coastal Confrontations: Cross-cultural Histories of Immigrant Picture Brides and the Process of U.S. Race Making


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

Jennifer Wilmott, School of Education

Anything but Progress: Reflection on Topeka after Brown vs. Board of Education


MON DECEMBER 9, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Kevin Gannon, History, Grand View University

The Civil War as a Settler Colonial Revolution


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 SEPTEMBER 12, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Barry Ballinger, Architecture

“Mundane Resistance: Mobilizing Structures in Zafertepe”


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

William J. Reese, Educational Policy Studies and History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Urban Adventures of the Prodigy”


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

Megha Ramaswamy, Preventive Medicine and Public Health

“Women, Sexual Health and Leaving Jails”


THU DECEMBER 12, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

Howard Graham, Associate Director for Academic Programs, First-Year Experience

The View from the Stadium: The Shifting Purposes of a Central Place”

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