Warren Center Spring 2010 Program Highlights
The Warren Center sponsored numerous seminars, reading groups, and special programs during the 2010 spring term that included visiting speakers and public lectures.
The event Africa in the Atlantic World was sponsored by the Circum-Atlantic Studies Group, with additional support from the Department of History’s African Speakers Series, and took place on January 20. Mariza de Carvalho Soares, (history, Fluminese Federal University, Rio de Janeiro), and Yacine Daddi Addoun (history, York University, Toronto), presented lectures titled “African Barbers and Bleeders in Brazilian Slave Ports: A Case Study from Rio de Janeiro” and “Securing Paradise: Salvation Through Manumission in the Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Algeria,” respectively.
Sue Peabody, professor of history at Washington State University, Vancouver, presented the Warren Center’s annual Black Atlantic History Lecture on February 11. Professor Peabody’s talk, “Justice on the Margins: Popular and Official Claims to Freedom under French Law,” was hosted by the Warren Center’s Circum-Atlantic Studies Group, the Department of French, and the Department of History in honor of Black History Month.
Malini Johar Scheuller, professor of English at the University of Florida, delivered a public lecture titled “Post-Orientalism, Neoliberal Feminism and Afghan Women” on February 16; her visit was hosted by the seminar on Postcolonial Theory and Its Discontents.
The Vanderbilt Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies hosted two presentations: the first by Jonathan Sawday, the Walter J. Ong, S.J. Chair in the Humanities at St. Louis University titled “Blanks, Voids, and Absences” on March 23, and the second by Erec R. Koch, professor of French at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, called “Taste before Aesthetics: Morvan de Bellegarde’s Essai sur le bon gout,” on April 14.
On March 25 and 26, the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council presented the Graduate Student Research Symposium with sponsorship from the Warren Center. This annual interdisciplinary conference—featuring public lectures and poster presentations by Vanderbilt’s diverse graduate student body—began with a keynote address by Julia Miller Vick, author of The Academic Job Search Handbook (University of Pennsylvania, 2008).
The Warren Center and the College of Arts and Science’s Program for Career Development co-sponsored a panel discussion called “First Book” on April 14. Shannon McLachlan (Humanities Editor, Oxford University Press) and Kate Torrey (Director, University of North Carolina Press) gave presentations directed to scholars on issues related to publishing one’s first academic book in the humanities. A lively question and answer session followed their presentations. The next day, Torrey and McLachlan met for individual sessions with interested scholars.
Each of the Warren Center Graduate Student Fellows presented a public lecture on their research in the spring semester as the capstone of their fellowship. Matt Whitt, the George J. Graham, Jr. Fellow, started the series with his lecture “Constituting ‘The People’ Today: Sovereignty and Identity in a Globalizing World” on March 15 and was followed by Elizabeth Meadows’ lecture “Defining Morbidity: D.G. Rossetti and ‘The Fleshly School of Poetry’” on March 22. Sarah Kersh continued the series on March 29 with her talk “Queering Sonnets From the Portuguese,” followed by Rachel Nisselson’s talk “Remembering the Future: Francophone Literary Perspectives on Israel-Palestine” on April 1. Gail McConnell, Queen’s University Visiting Fellow, delivered her talk “‘promising nothing under the sun:’ Theological Aesthetics in the Poetry of Derek Mahon” on April 6. Gesa Frömming presented her talk, “Musical Disenchantment: C. M. Wieland and the Politics of Emotion” on April 12. Patrick Jackson, the American Studies Fellow, delivered his talk “‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken:’ Country Music, Fundamentalism, and Modernity” on April 15. Elena Deanda-Camacho, the Mary and Joe Harper Fellow, closed the series on April 21 with her paper, “Dys/Eu-phemisms: From Pornography to Eroticism in Eighteenth Century Spanish Poetry.” Each lecture
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