Spring 2022 Research Seminar Schedules


Seminars are open to all graduate students, faculty and staff of the University of Kansas and their guests. All seminars will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. No prior registration is required. Please sign up below to receive e-mailed information about each seminar.

Papers for sessions are available as password protected PDF files via their individual entries below.

If you would like seminar paper password information, e-mail Hall Center program coordinator Erika Adair at hchseminars@ku.edu.

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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 Robert Schwaller (History, 864-9435, schwallr@ku.edu) or Christine Bourgeois (French, 864-9074, cbourgeois@ku.edu)

Friday, January 28, 2022 (via Zoom)
Miguel Valerio, Romance Languages and Literatures – Washington University
“Sovereign Acts: Black Joy, Autonomy, and Being in Colonial Latin America”

*CANCELLED*
Heather Snay, Geography – University of Kansas
"(Re)envisioning Illness and Healing: Diversifying the 'Medical Gaze'"

Friday, April 29, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Marisa Galvez, French and Italian – Stanford University
"Unthought Medievalism: Lyric Knowing and the Premodern Global South.”

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 James Yeku (African and African-American Studies, 864-0698, jyeku@ku.edu) or Brian Rosenblum (Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, 864-8883, brianlee@ku.edu).

Monday, January 31, 2022 (via Zoom)
Bartholomew Dean, Anthropology – University of Kansas and Brian Rosenblum, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities - University of Kansas
“Digital Work with the Material Culture Collection of the Urarina Peoples”

*CANCELLED* 
Ljudmila Bilkic, Department of German Studies – University of Kansas
“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Aesthetic Re/Presentation of Cross-Border Movement”

Monday, March 7, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
David Trowbridge, History – University of Missouri, Kansas City
“On CLIO: mobile application for historical and cultural sites throughout the United States.”

Monday, April 18, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Phil Stinson, Classics – University of Kansas
“Augmented Reality and Problematic Whiteness in the Wilcox Classical Museum”

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).

Thursday, February 24, 2022 (via Zoom)
John Watson, Journalism – University of Kansas
“Adaptive Sports Media Research Collaborative Workshop.”

Thursday, March 24, 2022 (via Zoom)
Darci Sullivan, Sociology – University of Kansas  
"Women with Disabilities and Health Disparities: Factors Influencing Unintended Pregnancy"

Thursday, April 28, 2022 (via Zoom)
Jenifer Barclay, History – University of Buffalo
“Between Two Worlds: Historical Legacies of Racism, Ableism, and Segregation in Southern Education”

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 (via Zoom)
Paul Outka, English – University of Kansas
“The Neuromateriality of Genius”

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 Akiko Takeyama (Women Gender & Sexuality Studies, 864-2310, takeyama@ku.edu) or Marie Grace Brown (History, 864-9462, mgbrown@ku.edu).

Thursday, February 3, 2022 (via Zoom)
Rachel Trusty, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies – University of Kansas
"Performative Objects/ Performative Bodies: Queer Abstraction as an Intervention into Subjecthood and Resistance”

Thursday, March 3, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Lisa Corrigan, Communication – University of Arkansas
"Orval Faubus and the Language of Segregation: Homonationalism, Sexualized Violence, and Racial Anxiety during the Little Rock Crisis”

Thursday, April 7, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Elaine Nelson, History – University of Kansas
"Indigenous Women in Black Hills Tourism”

Humanities Out Loud: Music, Theater, Literature & Culture Seminar

The Humanities Out Loud seminar seeks to link forms of cultural production that employ the medium of sound in the making, dissemination and/or interpretation of cultural expression. Music and other performing arts are a particularly dynamic area of culture because they emerge in public spaces and speak to identity, cultural difference, and power dynamics in inescapable ways.

For more information, contact Araceli Masterson-Algar (Department of Spanish & Portugese, 864-3851, aracelimasterson@ku.edu) or Jonathan Mayhew (Department of Spanish & Portugese, 864-0287, jmayhew@ku.edu).

Monday, February 28, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Luis Sánchez Arrocha, Spanish and Portuguese – University of Kansas
“Leisure in La esquina: Memory and Resistance in Ruben Blades’ ‘Plantacion adentro’”

*CANCELLED*
Natalia Camacho, Spanish and Portuguese – University of Kansas
“Transgressive Subjectivities & Subversive Bodies in the Performance of the Underground Rock/Metal Scene from Latin America.”

Monday, April 25, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Stephanie Zelnick and Anne Elisabeth Piirainen, School of Music – University of Kansas, Sibelius-Academy Helsinki
“Globalization and Its Discontents: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Capoeira Songs”

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. 400 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).

Friday, February 11, 2022 (via Zoom)
Sadie Arft, Art History – University of Kansas
“Sixteenth-Century Game Park Tapestries: Hybridity, Variety, Replication”

Friday, March 25, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Jonathan Hope, English – Arizona State University
“In Sequent Toil: Following Words through Shakespeare”

*CANCELLED*
Ángel M. Rañales Pérez, Spanish and Portuguese – University of Kansas
“Printing Iberian Romance: Material Translation and Catalan Fiction in Premodern Valladolid”

Friday, May 13, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Jonathan P. Lamb, English – University of Kansas
“The Alphabetical Imagination”

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 Phillip Drake (English, pdrake@ku.edu, 864-4520) or Alex Boynton (Environmental Studies, ajboynton@ku.edu, 864-9648)

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (via Zoom)
Diana Leong, English and Comparative Literature – San Diego State University
"Bad Air, Built Environments, and the Brookes”

Friday, March 4, 2022 (via Zoom)
Lucinda Cole, English – University of Illinois
“The Fifth Plague and the Medical Posthumanities”

Friday, April 1, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Nathan Wood, History – University of Kansas
“‘The bison are dying out!’ Post-WWI reactions to the extinction of bison in Poland”

Friday, May 6, 2022 (via Zoom)
Alex Boynton, Environmental Studies – University of Kansas
“No Technical Solutions?: Science, Ethics, and Technology in Postwar American Environmental Thought”      

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 Nathan Wood (History, 864-9458, ndwood@ku.edu), Marie-Alice L’Heureux (Architecture, 864-1144, Malheur@ku.edu), or Bradley Lane (Public Affairs & Administration, 864-2423, bwlane@ku.edu).

*2:00PM Wednesday, February 9, 2022 (via Zoom)
Marie-Alice L'Heureux, Architecture – University of Kansas
“Rural Architecture as a Pathway to Creative Expression in Soviet Estonia and post-Soviet Tallinn”

*2:00PM Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (at the Hall Center)
Katie Price, History – University of Kansas
“The Colonial City: Marseille and the 1906 French Colonial Exposition."

*2:00PM Wednesday, April 13, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Arijit Sen, Architecture – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
“Tale of three cities: Descriptions of a single urban block in Milwaukee”

*2:00PM Wednesday, May 11, 2021 (via Zoom)
Michael Wu, History – PhD student, School of Public Affairs and Administration – University of Kansas “Data Governance as a Tool to Include Social Equity into Big Data Technologies”