Events,2014-2015

Autumn Quarter | Winter Quarter | Spring Quarter

 

Autumn Quarter

Peter de Bolla
Professor of Cultural History and Aesthetics
University of Cambridge

Lecture: "On the Conceptual Incoherence of Human Rights"
Friday, October 3
The Franke Institute, Regenstein Library (JRL S-118)
4:30 pm

This lecture was organized by the Franke Institute with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Ismaili Studies Conference

Saturday, October 16-17
Venue: Gordon Center for Integrative Science (Rms. W301-303), 929 E. 57th St.
 

For more details, please refer to the conference program.

This conference was organized by Shiraz Hajiani, Michael Bechtel, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.
 


Zak Leonard
University of Chicago

Friday, October 17

"Beyond the Census: Colonial Ethnography on India's Northwest Frontier"

Venue: The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street
Time: 3:00-5:00pm

 

All papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper email the Scholl Center for American History and Culture (scholl@newberry.org

This seminar was part of the Newberry Library Seminar in British History series and was organized by the Newberry Library, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Islamicate Studies Symposium

Keynote Address:
John E. Woods
Departments of History and near Easter Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago

"Teaching Islam: Why Should You Care?: A Historian's Perspective"

Saturday, October 18
Venue: Logan Center for the Arts
6:30pm

For more details, please refer to the symposium program.

This symposium was organized by Michael Bechtel, Shiraz Hajiani, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Carolyn Steedman
Emeritus Professor of History
University of Warwick

Lecture: "A Lawyer's Letter: Everyday uses of the Law in Early Nineteenth-Century England"
Monday, October 20
Classics 110
4:30 pm

Workshop: "An Everyday Life of the English Working Class: Work, Self and Sociability"
Monday, October 20
Rosenwald 405
12:00 pm
[Lunch will be served.]

The workshop included a discussion of pre-circulated sections of professor Steedman's new book, including the Introduction, Chapter 2 ("Books Do Furnish a Mind"), and the Conclusion ("Writing Everyday"). 

 

Joanna M Picciotto
Department of English
University of California, Berkeley

Workshop: "Implicit Faith, 'Avant-Garde Conformity,' and the Religious Life of Animals"

Monday, November 3
Venue: Social Science Tea Room
(SS201)
Time: 4:30pm

This workshop was organized by the Renaissance Workshop and the Animal Studies Workshop, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies. 



Concussions, Commotions, AND OTHER AESTHETIC DISORDERS
A graduate student conference

Thursday & Friday, November 20-21
Venue: Rosenwald 405

Keynote Address:
Claudia Rankine
Henry G. Lee Professor of English
Pomona College
+author of Don't Let Me Be Lonely and Citizen

Including a public conversation conducted by Lauren Berlant (George M. Pullman Distinguished Service professor of English, University of Chicago)

For the full schedule and additional information, please refer to the conference web site.

This conference was organized by Lauren Jackson, Maxime McKenna and Jen-Thomas Tremblay and the Department of English Langauage and Literature, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.
 

Peter Strickland
University of Illinois at Chicago

Friday, December 5

"'Bodies of Anxious Earnest Men Banded Together': Popularization of Unionism and the Unionist Clubs of Ireland"

Venue: The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street
Time: 3:00-5:00pm

All papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper email the Scholl Center for American History and Culture (scholl@newberry.org

This seminar was part of the Newberry Library Seminar in British History series and was organized by the Newberry Library, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 


Winter Quarter


Dana Rabin
University of Illinois

Friday, February 6

"The Rights of Man and the Mutinies of 1797"

Venue: The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street
Time: 3:00-5:00pm

All papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper email the Scholl Center for American History and Culture (scholl@newberry.org

This seminar was part of the Newberry Library Seminar in British History series and was organized by the Newberry Library, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.
 

18th-century Poetry Working Group
Guest Speaker: Joshua Scodel

Wednesday, February 11
Venue: Walker 403
4:30pm

Professor Scodel and the participants will discuss the English epitaphic tradition and Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"

Participants should read in advance these two excerpts from Professor Scodel's book, The English Poetic EpitaphHere is a link to a standard text of the poem; here is a link to a digital reproduction of the original published version.
 

The C18 Poetry Working Group was partially sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies. Email Michael Hansen (hansenm@uchicago.edu) or Sam Rowe (samuel.toman.rowe@gmail.com) with questions or if you require assistance to attend.

 

18th-century Poetry Working Group
Restoration Libertine Poetry

Wednesday, February 11
Venue: Walker 403
4:30pm

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: “The Imperfect Enjoyment”; “Song” [“Fair Chloris in a Piggsty lay”]; "Song" ["As Chloris full of harmless thought"]; “The Disabled Debauchee”; “A Ramble in St. James Parke”; "The Mock Song" (Answer to Sir Carr Scroope); "A Satire on Charles II"; "Satyr Against Reason and Mankind"; "Upon Nothing"; "To the Post Boy"

Aphra Behn: “The Disappointment”; "Desire"; "The Libertine" ("A thousand martyrs") 

Jonathan Kramnick: "Rochester's Mind," from Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson (2010).

Participants should read, in advance, the above eadings.  A PDF of the readings can be obtained by emailing the reading group organizers (see below).

The C18 Poetry Working Group was partially sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies. Email Michael Hansen (hansenm@uchicago.edu) or Sam Rowe (samuel.toman.rowe@gmail.com) with questions or if you require assistance to attend.

 

South Asian Mobilities
The Twelth Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference
South Asian Mobilities

Thursday & Friday, March 5 & 6
Venue: TBA

Keynote Speakers:
Nandini Gooptu
Head of the Department of International Development
University of Oxford

Nile Green
Professor of History
UCLA

See the Call for Papers/ Read more about the conference at the conference web site

This conference was organized by Malarvizhi Jayanth and Tejas Parasher and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Spenser's Spell: Anarchisms and Historical Stylometrics
A presentation on the analysis of Edmund Spenser's language using computation techniques

Joseph Loewenstein
Professor of English in Arts & Science
Washington Univeristy in St. Louis


Anupam Basu
Fellow in Digital Humanities
Washington Univeristy in St. Louis

 

Monday, March 9
Venue: Rosenwald 405
Time:5:00pm

A precirculated paper will be available one week before the workshop

This workshop was organized by the Renaissance Workshop in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Forum, with the support of the Nicholson Center for British Studies.  
 

18th-century Poetry Working Group
Charlotte Smith: Elegaic Sonnets

Wednesday, March 11
Venue: Walker 403
4:30pm

Readings for this reading group will be made available one week before the event.  Please contact the organizers (see below) for information on how to obtain the readings.

The C18 Poetry Working Group was partially sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies. Email Michael Hansen (hansenm@uchicago.edu) or Sam Rowe (samuel.toman.rowe@gmail.com) with questions or if you require assistance to attend.

 

Farid Azfar
Swarthmore College

Friday, March 13

"Terra Firma: The Disappearance of the Royal George and the Solid Grounds of the South Sea Company"

Venue: Towner Fellows' Lounge
The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street
Time: 3:00-5:00pm

All papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper email the Scholl Center for American History and Culture (scholl@newberry.org)

This seminar was part of the Newberry Library Seminar in British History series and was organized by the Newberry Library, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Steve Hindle
W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research
The Huntington

A conversation with Steve Hindle:
"Research and Funding Opportunities at the Huntington Library"

Monday, March 16
Venue: John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences, Rm. 224)
Time: 12:00- 1:00pm


Workshop: "The Social Topography of a Rural Community in Seventeenth-Century England"

Monday, March 16
Venue: Scocial Sciences Tea Room (Social Sciences, Rm. 201)
Time: 5:00pm

To obtain a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Basil Salem (bsalem@uchicago.edu) or visit the Early Modern Workshop web site at  http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/earlymodern/.


These events are being co-sponsored and organized by the Early Modern Workshop and the Medieval Studies Workshop, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.


 

Spring Quarter

 

Rosinka Chaudhuri
Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED
"Kela ka phool [The Banana Fower]: Bankimchandra's Inauguration of the Authenticity Argument as Critique"

This talk was co-sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

 

18th-century Poetry Working Group
A session led by Heather Keenleyside
Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

"On the Poetry of Personified Abstraction: Alexander pope, Samuel Johnson, and Anna Laetitia Barbauld"

Wednesday, April 8
Rosenwald 405
4:30pm

The C18 Poetry Working Group was partially sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies. Email Michael Hansen (hansenm@uchicago.edu) or Sam Rowe (samuel.toman.rowe@gmail.com) for readings to be discussed, with questions or if you require assistance to attend.


 

New Directions in Global History
Rethinking Scale and Temporality

Thursday, April 9
Franke Institute for the Humanities (1100 East 57th St., Regenstein Library)
Time: 8:30am-6:00pm

For the schedule details about the conference, refer to the conference web site http://cis.uchicago.edu/events/2014-2015/150409-global-history-conference .

This conference was organized by Guo-Quan Seng and Emily Marker, with the support of the Nicholson Center for British Studies. 

 

Imperial Transformations:
Ecology, Bureaucracy, and Ritual in the British Atlantic, 17th-20th Centuries

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Date: Friday, April 10
Venue: Wilder House, University of Chicago

For more information about this conference, including the call for papers and schedule, please visit the conference web site.  

This conference was organized by Tess Murphy and Geneviève Godbout and the Department of Anthropology, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.
 

 

Shropshire Lads: WWI Poets and Composers of Great Britain
A Lieder Lounge /salon evening and lecture demonstration

Featured Artists:
John Brancy, baritone with pianist Peter Dugan
John Wilkinson, poet and University of Chicago Professor of Practice in the Arts (Department of English Language and Literature), will provide background and commentary

Saturday, April 11 , 2015
Performance Penthouse, Reva and David Logan Center for the Performing Arts
7:30pm
Reception with the artists to follow the performance.

Read more about this event and to purchase tickets, visit:
https://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/events/2014-2015/2015-04-12-003000

This performance was organized by Uchicago Presents in collaboration with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies

 

John Krenzke
Loyola University Chicago

Friday, April 17

"'Teaching London Ho to Drink:How the Excise Created London's favorite Beer"

Venue: Towner Fellows' Lounge
The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street
Time: 3:00-5:00pm

All papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper email the Scholl Center for American History and Culture (scholl@newberry.org

This seminar was part of the Newberry Library Seminar in British History series and was organized by the Newberry Library, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Music for Canterbury Cathedral
A concert of music from Tudor England by professional vocal ensemble Blue Heron

Concert includes:
A Mass for St Augustine of Canterbury
Anonymous Missa sine nomine

Friday, April 17 , 2015
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
6:30pm: Pre-concert lecture with Anne Robertson
7:30pm: Concert

Read more about this concert and to purchase tickets, visit:
https://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/events/2014-2015/2015-04-18-003000

This performance was organized by Uchicago Presents, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 


18th-century Poetry Working Group
18th-century forgery and hoax poetry:Thomas Chatterton and James Macpherson

Wednesday, April 22
Rosenwald 405
4:30pm

The C18 Poetry Working Group was partially sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies. Email Michael Hansen (hansenm@uchicago.edu) or Sam Rowe (samuel.toman.rowe@gmail.com) for readings to be discussed, with questions or if you require assistance to attend.


 

Masculinities on the British Fringe

Friday, April 24
Venue: Franke Institute

Keynote Speaker:
Joanna Bourke
Professor of History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck College, London

"Fractured Men: Working-Class Soldiers, Limblessness, and the Re-invention of Masculinity"
 

For more details, please refer to the conference web site: http://masculinitiesonthebritishfringe.wordpress.com/.

This conference was organized by Aidan Beatty and Amanda Blair and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.
 

 

Nigel Leask
Regius Chair of English Language and Literature
University of Glasgow

Lecture: "Fingalian Topographies: Ossian and the Highland Tour, 1760-1803"
Thursday, April 30
Classics 110
4:30 pm

Reception to follow

This lecture is being organized by the Nicholson Center for British Studies.
 

 

 

Benjamin Bagby
A student-focused event

Thursday, April 30
Rosenwald 405
4:30pm

 

Benjamin Bagby will discuss how Beowulf might have sounded when accompanied by the six-string Anglo-Saxon harp more than 1000 years ago. His discussion should interest early music enthusiasts as well as lovers of oral epic and early English language and poetry.

 

This event was organized by Professor Christina von Nolcken, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Beowulf
A one-man show, with medieval harp, by Benjamin Bagby

Friday, May 1, 2015
Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Performing Arts
6:30pm: Pre-concert lecture with Christina von Nolcken
7:30pm: Concert, Beowulf

Read more about this performance and to purchase tickets, visit:
https://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/events/2014-2015/2015-05-02-003000.

This performance was organized by Uchicago Presents, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Peter Stansky
Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus
Stanford University

Friday, May 1

"The Case of Edward Upward: Communism and Literature in Britain"

The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street
3:00-5:00pm

All papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper email the Scholl Center for American History and Culture (scholl@newberry.org

This seminar was part of the Newberry Library Seminar in British History series and was organized by the Newberry Library, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Lynn Festa
Associate Professor of English
Rutgers University

Friday, May 8

Workshop: "Lousy Bodies"

Logan 801, Seminar Terrace Room
12:00-1:30pm

This workshop is was organized by the 18th-19th Century Atlantic Cultures Workshop and the Animal Studies Workshop, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Craig Taylor
Reader in Medieval History, Chair of the Centre for Medieval Studies
University of York

Friday, May 8

Workshop: "Chritine de Pizan (1364-c.1430) on war and Violence"

Weibolt Hall, Rm. 408
12:00-1:30pm

This workshop was organized by the medival Studies Workshop and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Rochona Majumdar
Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Nicholson Faculty Lecture

Lecture: "Cinema and the Era of Decolonization: India, 1947-1964"
Wednesday, May 13
Classics 110
4:30 pm

Reception to follow

The Nicholson Faculty Lecture is being organized by the Nicholson Center for British Studies in co-sponsorship with the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.


 

18th-century Poetry Working Group
Poetry and slavery in the 18th century: Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Thomas Day and Hannah More

Wednesday, May 13
Rosenwald 405
4:30pm

The C18 Poetry Working Group was partially sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies. Email Michael Hansen (hansenm@uchicago.edu) or Sam Rowe (samuel.toman.rowe@gmail.com) for readings to be discussed, with questions or if you require assistance to attend.

 

 

Things and People on the Move
A Multi-Disciplinary Conference

Both migration and material culture have profoundly shaped societies and cultures across the globe in the modern era. During this conference participants will examine the relationship between people and things in motion in order to shed light on both the dynamics of migration and the historical transformation of material culture.

May 14-16, 2015
Schedule: TBA
Venue: TBA

This conference is was organized by the Neubauer Collegium, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

Joyce E. Chaplin
James Duncan Philips Professor of Early American History
Harvard University

Friday, May 15

"'T.R. Malthus in New Worlds: Circulation of the 'Essay on the Principle of Population' in the Americas and the Pacific, 1803-1834"

Venue: Towner Fellows' Lounge
The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street
Time: 3:00-5:00pm

All papers are pre-circulated electronically. For a copy of the paper email the Scholl Center for American History and Culture (scholl@newberry.org

This seminar was part of the Newberry Library Seminar in British History series and was organized by the Newberry Library, with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

 

18th-century Poetry Working Group
John Sitter

Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature
University of Notre Dame

A symposium on Pedagogy and Research

Friday, May 29
Rosenwald 405
2:30-6:00pm

The C18 Poetry Working Group was partially sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies. Email Michael Hansen (hansenm@uchicago.edu) or Sam Rowe (samuel.toman.rowe@gmail.com) for readings to be discussed, with questions or if you require assistance to attend.