Fall 2021 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.

You can sign-up to receive e-mail updates for individual seminars by filling out this online form.

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 Santa Arias (Latin American & Caribbean Studies, 864-3851, sarias@ku.edu), or Robert Schwaller (History, 864-9435, schwallr@ku.edu).

Friday, October 29, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Kathryn Vaggalis, American Studies – University of Kansas
“Manifest Domesticity”: Re-examining Kaplan's Work in the Context of Early Twentieth Century Immigration Policy on Marriage and the Family”

Friday, November 19, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Michael Hill, History – University of Kansas
“No Reservations: A Corporate Approach to Alaska Native Land Rights”

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, September 20, 2021 (via Zoom)
John Symons, Philosophy – University of Kansas
Ramón Alvarado, Philosophy - University of Oregon
“Epistemic justice in data science”

postponed, date TBA
Ljudmila Bilkic, German Studies – University of Kansas
“Migration an Issue in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Aesthetic Re/Presentation of Cross-Border Movement”

Monday, November 15, 2021 (via Zoom)
Barbara Bordalejo, Digital Humanities – University of Lethbridge
“The Political and the Personal: The Importance of Positionality in Digital Humanities”

Monday, December 20, 2021 (via Zoom)
Brian Rosenblum, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities – University of Kansas
“Digital Shadow Libraries”

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, August 26, 2021 (via Zoom)
Timmia Hearn Feldman, Theatre & Dance – University of Kansas
“Disability Justice and Performance as Decolonial Practice”

Thursday, September 23, 2021 (via Zoom)
Carrie Wendel-Hummel, Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options a division of the School of Social Welfare – University of Kansas  
“Lessons in Community Engaged Research: The COVID-19 Home Care Study”

Thursday, October 28, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
George Gotto, Institute for Human Development – University of Missouri-Kansas City
“Self-Determination vs State-Determination: The tug-of-war that defines the lives of people with disabilities”

Thursday, November 18, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Kimberly Kankiewicz, English – University of Kansas
“Reimagining the Mind's Eye”

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, September 2, 2021 (via Zoom)
Lieba Faier, Geography – UCLA
The Banality of Good, An Introduction”

Thursday, October 7, 2021 (via Zoom)
Marcy Quiason, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies – University of Kansas
“Playing the Victim: NGOs and Narratives of Victimization”

Thursday, November 4, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Maki Kaneko, History of Art – University of Kansas
“Unnamable Friendship: The Relational ‘Autobiography’ of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani”

Thursday, December 2, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
La Shonda Mims, History – Middle Tennessee State University
“Race-ing Queer: Balancing Race and Labeling in Queer Histories”

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, September 27, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Jonathan Mayhew, Spanish and Portuguese – University of Kansas
"Lorca and Flamenco: The History of a Misunderstanding”

Monday, November 1, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Megan Kaminski, English – University of Kansas
"Listening to Place: A Poetics of Co-Dwelling"

Monday, November 22, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Luciano Tosta, Spanish and Portuguese – University of Kansas
“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, September 10, 2021 (via Zoom)
Roundtable Research Forum on “What are you working on?”
Richard Godbeer, History, “Performing Patriarchy.”
Jonathan P. Lamb, English, “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”
Marta Vicente, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, “Sensing Early Modern Trans Narratives.”
Bruce Hayes, French, Francophone and Italian Studies, “The Unusual Origins of Anti-Religious Satire in Early Modern France.”
Claudia P. Salas-Forero, Spanish and Portuguese, “Afro Medical Power in the Cartagena de Indias Inquisition of America: Intersectionality, hybridity and transculturation.”

Friday, October 8, 2021 (via Zoom)
Misty Schieberle, English – University of Kansas
"Christine de Pizan and Hoccleve’s Career Misogyny"

Friday, November 12, 2021 (via Zoom)
Susanna Barsella, Modern Languages and Literatures – Fordham University
“How does it work? Dante the machina mundi, and a geometric model for Paradise.”

Friday, December 10, 2021 (via Zoom)
Andrea Moudarres, European Languages and Transcultural Studies – UCLA
“Ungrateful Monster: Ariadne and Theseus in Inferno 12”

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)

Friday, September 3, 2021 (via Zoom)
Ariel LaGue, History – University of Kansas
“Progressive Packers: Corporate Innovation and the Modernization of Farmed Animal Slaughter in the Post-War United States”

Friday, October 1, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Vaughn Scribner, History - University of Central Arkansas
“Oceans Apart: British Military Transports and the Strange Environment of the American Revolution.”

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 (via Zoom)
Keith Woodhouse, History – Northwestern
“Valley Fever: Managing Development and Human Health in the California Desert”

Friday, December 3, 2021 (via Zoom)
Juno Salazar Parreñas, Science & Technology Studies and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies – Cornell University

Place, Race, and Space Seminar

The Place, Race, and Space Seminar explores the interplay of social, historical, psychological, and spatial forces in configuring racial formations, identities, and experiences throughout the world. Its thematic concerns are shaped by work in African & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Critical Race Theory, Geography, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Urban Studies. Co-sponsored by the Langston Hughes Center.

For more information, contact Shawn Alexander (African & African American Studies, 864-5044, slalexan@ku.edu), or David Roediger (American Studies, 864-2309, droediger@ku.edu).

Monday, September 13, 2021 (via Zoom)
Andisheh Ghaderi, French Francophone and Italian Studies – University of Kansas
“The effects of hidden conspiracy in Senegalese-American relations on immigrants' life”

Monday, October 11, 2021 (via Zoom)
Zachary H. Foste, Educational Leadership – University of Kansas
Lauren Irwin, School of Education – Iowa State University
“Campus Housing and White Space: On the Limitations of Institutional Rhetoric of Community & Belonging”

Monday, November 8, 2021 (via Zoom)
Nicole Hodges-Persley, African & African American Studies and American Studies – University of Kansas
“Simultaneously Black:  Sampled Cosmopolitanism in the work of Drake, Nikki S. Lee and Idris Elba”

The 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).

Wednesday, September 4, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Bryan Mann, Education Leadership and Policy Studies – University of Kansas
“‘Happy land’ versus ‘east of the river’: Perceptions of place in a city experiencing school choice and gentrification.”

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (via Zoom)
Aakanchcha Raj, Architecture – University of Kansas
“Self-Revitalization- Tracking Neighborhood Growth Decline and Stabilization in Ivanhoe”

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Bradley Lane, Public Administration – University of Kansas
“What problems are we really solving? A critical assessment of the impact of changing technologies in transportation on urban life.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (at the Hall Center)
Chad Bryant, History – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“City of Belonging, City of Difference: Some Lessons from Early Twentieth-Century Prague.”