Current Seminars

If you would like seminar paper password information, call 785-864-7826. To receive email notices for a particular seminar, send an email to HCH Seminars (, listing your name, affiliation, and the name of the seminar for which you would like to receive email notices.

If you are a seminar director in need of forms for administration, they can be found here.

Colonialism Seminar

The Colonialism seminar is co-directed by Cecile Accilien (African & African American Studies), Santa Arias (Latin American & Caribbean Studies), and Robert Schwaller (History).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.

Digital Humanities Seminar

The Digital Humanities Seminar is co-directed by Peter Grund (English), and Elspeth Healey (KU Libraries).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.

Disability Studies

The Disability Studies Seminar is co-directed by Ray Mizumura-Pence (American Studies), and Sherrie Tucker (American Studies). 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.

Gender Seminar

The Gender Seminar is co-directed by Brian Donovan (Sociology), and Stacey Vanderhurst (Women Gender & Sexuality Studies).The Gender Seminar studies gender as a basic concept in humanistic scholarship and/or as a fundamental organizing principle in social life.

Medieval & Early Modern Seminar

The Medieval & Early Modern Seminar is co-directed by Jonathan Lamb (English), and Caroline Jewers (French & Italian). 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.1500 and c.1800. 

Military & Society Seminar

The Military & Society Seminar is co-directed by Beth Bailey (History), Alesha Doan (School of Public Affairs & Administration), and Shannon Portillo (School of Public Affairs & Administration). The Military & Society Seminar focuses on gender/sexuality and the U.S. military in the 20th and 21st centuries. The seminar will support a national conference to take place at KU by developing local conversations around specific questions and themes.

Nature & Culture Seminar

The Nature and Culture Seminar is co-directed by Sara Gregg (History) and Phillip Drake (English). 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.

Oral History Seminar

The Oral History Seminar is co-directed by Tami Albin (KU Libraries) and Katie Batza (Women Gender & Sexuality Studies). The Oral History Seminar provides a gathering place for scholars committed to oral history methodology while also encouraging scholars interested in learning more.

Place, Race, and Space Seminar

The Place, Race, and Space Seminar is co-directed by Shawn Alexander (African & African American Studies), David Roediger (American Studies) and Ludwin Molina (Psychology). 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.

The Urban Experience Seminar

The Urban Experience Seminar is co-directed by John Rury (Education), Clarence Lang (African & African American Studies), Marie-Alice L’Hereux (Architecture, Design & Planning), and Bradley Lane (Public Affairs and Administration). 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.

Undergraduate Research Seminar

This seminar's primary goal is to offer a forum for undergraduate researchers to discuss each other's works-in-progress and to introduce to them to the value of exchange and collaboration in the production of knowledge in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The students will present in collaboration with faculty moderators Anne Dotter (Curricular, Co-Curricular, & Engaged Learning, Honors), F Michael Wuthrich (Center for Global and International Studies) and Nicole Hodges Persley (Theatre).

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