Events, 2010 - 2011

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Autumn Quarter

Jane Taylor
University of Chicago, Department of English
University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Monday, October 11, 2010
Lecture: "The Adventure of the Poison Pen: Conan Doyle's Epistemology of Empire"

Graduate Student Conference: Communicating Forms: Aesthetics, Rationality, Collaboration

Thursday, October 21 - Friday, October 22, 2010
Organized by graduate students in the Departments of Art History and English. For conference program and venues, please visit

Amit Chaudhuri
Professor of Contemporary Literature
University of East Anglia


Monday, October 25, 2010
Reading: from The Immortals
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Creative Writing.

Jacqueline Winspear

Thursday,October 28, 2010
Lecture: "Touched by Clio: Working with the Muse of History to Create Character and Story"

Friday, October 29, 2010
Workshop: Pardonable Lies, Chapter 25
Co-sponsored with the Committee on Creative Writing and the Gender & Sexuality Studies Workshop.

David Bunn
Visiting Professor, Department of English
University of Johannesburg, South Africa 

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Lecture: "An Informal Rule: English Landscape Legacies in South Africa's Kruger National Park"

Friday, November 12, 2010
Workshop: "Unnatural States: New Interdisciplinary Histories of African Game Reserves"
Co-sponsored by the Global Environments and African Studies workshops.


Sony Pictures Classics Film Screening: Another Year, a film by Mike Leigh

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Organized by the Film Studies Center, in collaboration with Doc Films


Jane Taylor
University of Chicago, Department of English
University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Presentation: "Ubu and the Truth Commission"
Organized by 3CT and the Committee on Creative Writing.


Arash Abizadeh
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
McGill University

Friday, November 19, 2010
Lecture: "Agreeing to Agree/Disagree: Publicity, Privacy, and Religious Toleration in Hobbes’s Leviathan"
Organized by the Department of Political Science

Elizabeth Helsinger
Nicholson Distinguised Faculty Lecturer
John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor
Department of English
University of Chicago


Thursday, November 18, 2010
Lecture: "Visible Song: Poetry and the Condition of Music"


Marjorie Levinson
Professor, Department of English
University of Michigan

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Lecture: "Ideas of Order: A Field Report"
Organized by the Poetry and Poetics Program.

Conference: Alterations in the Configuration of Global Economic Orders
Friday, December 3 - Saturday, December 4, 2010
Organized by the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory at the University of Chicago.

Dror Wahrman
Ruth N. Halls Professor, Department of History
Director, Center for Eighteenth Century Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington

Monday, December 6 2010
Lecture: "The Collier Code: A Tale of Art and Illusion at the Threshold of the Modern Information Age"
Organized by the Early Modern and 18th/19th Century Workshops.

Winter Quarter

Peter Spragins
Lecturer, Department of Music
University of Chicago

Monday, January 24, 2011
Lecture: "Musical Analogies to Mid-18th Century Literary Character Types: 'Writing to the Moment' in a Keyboard Sonata of the 'London' Bach"
Organized by the Department of Music and the Early Modern Workshop.


Sukanta Chaudhuri
Professor Emeritus, Department of English
Jadavpur University (Kolkata)


January 25, 2010
"Defining a Renaissance: Experience Across Cultures" 

January 26, 2010
"Translation, Imitation, and Transference"
Co-sponsored with the Committee on Creative Writing, the Department of English, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Rita Copeland
Professor of Classical Studies and English
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Humanities
University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Lecture: "Insinuating Authors"
Organized in conjunction with the Program in Medieval Studies and the Western Mediterranean Workshop.

David Wallace
Judith Rodin Professor of English
University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Lecture: "Where Europe Begins and Ends: Conceptualizing Literary History, 1348 - 1418"
Organized in conjunction with tthe Program in Medieval Studies and the Western Mediterranean Workshop.

Rita Copeland and David Wallace
University of Pennsylvania

Friday, February 18, 2011
"Naming, Knowing, and the Object of Language in Alexander Neckam's Grammar Curriculum"
Introduction to "Strong Women: Life, Text, and Territory 1347-1645"
Co-sponsored with the Early Modern, Medieval, Renaissance, and Western Mediterranean Workshops.


Conference: Irish and Jewish Identities: Links and Parallels
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Irish nationalism and Zionism in the first half of the twentieth century shared a number of noticeable links and parallels; both emerged in a new form after the First World War; both had a tangled, ambiguous and sometimes violent relationship with Britain and the British Empire; Diasporas played a major role in both movements; both sought to revive ancient languages as part of their drive to create a new identity; leading figures of both movements, such as Michael Davitt, Arthur Griffith, Ze'ev Jabotinsky and Avraham Stern, had an active interest in the successes, and failures, of the other.  The career of Irish politician Robert Briscoe and the travails of Leopold Bloom, the central figure of Joyce's Ulysses, are two examples of the delicate balancing of Irish and Jewish identities in the first half of the twentieth century.  These links and parallels were the central theme of the conference.  The conference compared and contrasted Irish nationalism and Zionism, as well as to examined the identity of Jews in Ireland at a time of intensifying nationalist sentiment. 

The conference is made possible through the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies with additional support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies, the Center for International Studies, and the History Department.

Organized by Aidan Beatty, a graduate student in the Department of History, and the Center for Jewish Studies.

Christopher Otter
Professor, Department of History
Ohio State University

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Lecture: "Feeding Leviathan: Disease, War, and the British Food Supply 1850 - 1920"

Friday, February 25, 2011
Workshop: "Vitalizing the Victorians: Meat, Power, Horror"

Spring Quarter

Nikolas Rose
Professor, Department of Sociology
Center for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, and Socity
The London School of Economics and Political Science

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Workshop: "Governing Conduct in the Age of the Brain"
Organized by the Clinical Ethnography Workshop.

Conference: Anselm Muller on G.E.M. Anscombe 
April 2 - 3, 2011
Swift Hall, Commons Room
Organized by the Department of Philosophy.

Kathleen Wilson
Professor, Department of History
State University of New York, Stony Brook


Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Lecture: "The Lure of the Other: Performance Beyond the Nation"

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Workshop: "Rethinking the Colonial State: Family, Gender, and Governmentality in Eighteenth-Century British Frontiers"
Co-sponsored with the 18th-/19th-Century and Gender & Sexuality Studies Workshop

John Searle
Slusser Professor of Philosophy
University of California, Berkeley

Friday, May 6, 2011
This keynote lecture is a part of the Weissbourd Conference organized by the Society of Fellows.

David Schalkwyk
Professor of English
University of Cape Town
Director of Research
Folger Library, Washington D.C.


Thursday, May 12, 2011
Lecture: The Robben Island Shakespeare

Friday, May 13, 2011
Workshop: "Shakespeare and Skepticism: Uncertainry, Suspicion, Disbelief, Reservation, or Doubt?"
Co-sponsored with the Early Modern, Literature and Philosophy, and Renaissance Workshops. 



Alan Stewart
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University 

Monday, May 16, 2011
Lecture on Francis Bacon
Organized by the Renaissance Workshop and the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science

Stephen W. Sawyer
Professor and Chair, Department of History
American University in Paris

Monday, May 16, 2011
Lecture: "Representative Men, Terror, and the British Liberal State in Nineteenth-Century French Republicanism"
Organized by the Department of Political Science

Derek Attridge
Professor of English
University of York


Thursday, May 26, 2011
Lecture: "James Joyce Meets Jacques Derrida: Signature and Counter-Signature"
Co-sponsored with the Franke Institute for the Humanities and the Department of English.