Events, 2008 - 2009

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Autumn Quarter

Department of English Graduate Student Conference: "Strange Reading"

October 10 - 11, 2008

Keynote Speaker: Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University

This conference is sponsored by the English Department, with support from the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Center for Gender Studies, the Division of the Humanities, and the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

Mark Salber Phillips Lecture, Reception, and Workshop
Professor, Carleton University
October 30 - 31, 2008

October 30, 2008: Lecture with reception to follow:
"Distance and Visual Representation: the 18th-Century 'Revolution of History Painting' Revisited"

October 31, 2008: 1Discussion of pre-circulated paper co-sponsored by the 18th/19th Century Cultures and Early Modern workshops:

Bernard Porter Workshop
University of Newcastle

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Open discussion with reception to follow:
"The After-Image of Empireā€
This event is co-sponsored by the Empires and Colonies workshop.

Kajri Jain Lecture, Reception, and Workshop
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
November 20 - 21, 2008

November 20, 2008: Lecture with reception to follow:
"Economic Intimacy, Aesthetic Distance: The Peculiar Fate of the Icon after Colonialism"

November 21, 2008: Discussion of pre-circulated paper co-sponsored by the Contemporary Arts workshop and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies:
"Gods in the Bazaar: Naturalizing the Popular"

Vaughan Williams and His Circle: A Song Recital
Thursday, November 20, 2008

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Williams' death, pianist Daniel Schlosberg (University of Notre Dame) and baritone Ryan de Ryke will present rarely heard works by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, W. Denis Browne, and Ravel. This event is co-sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies and the Music Department.

Conference: "The Golden and the Brazen World: Political Thought in British History, Literature, and Philosophy"
December 4 - 5, 2008 

Keynote Speakers: Ian Donaldson, University of Melbourne; J.G.A. Pocock, Johns Hopkins University; Quentin Skinner, Queen Mary, University of London

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Quentin Skinner: "Word and Image in the Philosophy of Hobbes"
Friday, December 5, 2008
Ian Donaldson: "Talking with Ghosts: Ben Jonson and the English Civil War"
J.G.A. Pocock: "Historiography and Political Thought"

Winter Quarter

Clark Gilpin Lecture, Reception, and Workshop 
Professor, University of Chicago

January 20 and 22, 2009

January 20, 2009:Discussion of pre-circulated paper in joint meeting of Early Modern and Renaissance workshops
"The Experience of Defeat: English Political Prisoners 1649-1662"

January 22, 2009: Lecture with reception to follow
"Within the Transfigurative Distance: Letters from Prison in Early Modern England"

Peyton Skipwith Lecture 
Former director, Fine Arts Society, London
January 29, 2009: Lecture:
"Printed Money: The Etching Revival and the Market"

Sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies with assistance from the Departments of English, Art History, and Visual Arts.

Christopher Pinney Lecture and Workshop
Professor, University College, London

February 10 and 13, 2009
February 10, 2009:Lecture with reception to follow:
"The Collapse of Distance: Photography and Telegraphy in Colonial India"
February 13, 2009: Discussion of pre-circulated paper in joint meeting with the Semiotics workshop:
"The Material and Visual Culture of British India"

Spring Quarter

J. H. Prynne Visit
April 13 - 17, 2009
Poet, British Poetry Revival
Co-sponsored with the Poetry & Poetics Program and the Franke Institute

Tuesday, April 14: Lecture with reception to follow:
"Mental Ears and Poetic Work"

Thursday, April 16: Poetry reading with reception to follow:
J.H. Prynne and Keston Sutherland

Sir John Elliot Lecture 
Regius Professor of Modern History Emeritus, University of Oxford

February 20, 2009: Lecture:
"Contrasting Empires: Britain and Spain in America "
Co-sponsored with the Early Modern Workshop, the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, the Department of History, and the Center for Latin American Studies

Conference: Empire, Modernity, and the British Social Sciences: 1700-1950
April 24 - 25, 2009
Franke Seminar Room
Keynote Speakers: Henrika Kuklick, University of Pennsylvania; Sudipta Sen, University of California, Davis

April 24, 2009
Sudipta Sen: "Uncertain Measures: On Interdeterminacy and the Rule of Law in British India"

Saturday, April 25 Plenary Lecture
Henrika Kuklick: "Personal Equations: Reflections on the History of Fieldwork, with Special Reference to Social Anthropology" 

This Nicholson Center conference is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Conference: Anscombe's Intention
April 24 - 25, 2009

This conference is organized by the Department of Philosophy, with support from the Division of Humanities, the Committee on Social Thought, the Wittgenstein Workshop, the Philosophy of Mind Workshop, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture, the Late Liberalism Project, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

Christopher Ricks Lecture
Boston University
Thursday, April 28, 2009
"Milton and Blasphemy"
This event is co-sponsored by the Nicholson Center and the Program in Poetry and Poetics.

Schaffner Visiting Professor Lecture
Simon Goldhill
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
"The Cotswolds in Jerusalem: Cultural Distance and the Politics of Empire"