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Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Schedule

Seminars are open to all graduate students, faculty and staff of the University of Kansas and their guests. All seminars will be held via Zoom from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, with the exception of the Urban Experience seminars, which will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm this semester. No prior registration is required. No prior registration is required.

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


Friday, February 26, 2021

Brent Metz, Anthropology - University of Kansas

“Four Approaches to Indigenous Movements”


Friday, March 26, 2021

Philippe Zacair, History - California State Fullerton

“Afro-Caribbean Immigrants, Citizenship and Military Service in Haiti”


Friday, April 2, 2021

Heather McCrea, History – Kansas State University

“‘Swamp Vapors and Poisoned Air': Illness and Health in Panama


Friday, April 30, 2021

Arnab Chakraborty, English – University of Kansas

“Reading Species Thinking against Animality in Amitav Ghosh's Gun Island”


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 Germaine Halegoua (Film & Media Studies, 864-1931, grhalegoua@ku.edu) or James Yeku (African and African-American Studies, 864-0698, jyeku@ku.edu).


Monday, February 15, 2021

Henry Lovejoy, Assistant Professor, History - University of Colorado – Boulder

“West Africa Historical GIS: Mapping Pre-Colonial Africa during the Abolition of the Slave Trade”


Monday, March 15, 2021

Heather Suzanne Woods, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies - Kansas State University

“Living in Digitality: What Houses of the Past Can Tell Us About Our Smart Home Future”


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Corey Maley, Associate Professor, Philosophy - University of Kansas

“The physicality of the analog.”


Monday, April 19, 2021

Kaylen Dwyer, IDRH Digital Media Specialist - University of Kansas

“Challenges and Approaches to Manuscript Description for TEI-based Digital Editions”


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 25, 2021

Evan Dean, KU Center on Developmental Disabilities

“Retaining Decision Making Rights Into Adulthood: Supported Decision-Making”


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Jennifer Hurst, Social and Cultural Studies in Education     

“Disability, Race, Gender, Politics, and the Cyborg”


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Cynthia Barounis, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - Washington University in St. Louis

“Wretched Refuse': Disability, Disposables, and the Carework of Camp”


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 Brian Donovan (Sociology, 864-9422, bdonovan@ku.edu) or Akiko Takeyama (Women Gender & Sexuality Studies, takeyama@ku.edu).


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Karma Chávez, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies - University of Texas at Austin

“The Borders of AIDS: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance”


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Akiko Takeyama, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

“Affective Violence: Unfree Speech and Pornographic Illusion in Japan's Adult Entertainment Videos”


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Nick Syrett, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Childhood, Abortion, and the Notorious Madame Restell, 1812-1878


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Abigail Barefoot, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

“Challenging Expertise: Addressing Sexual Violence with Transformative Justice”


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.1500 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 12, 2021

Suzanne Tanner, English

“Directing the Imagination: Shakespeare's Stage and Page as Interfaces”


Friday, March 12, 2021  CANCELED*

Jonathan Hope, English, Arizona State University

“In Sequent Toil: Following Words through Shakespeare.”


Friday, April 9, 2021

Mary McKinley, French, Francophone, and Italian Studies - University of Virginia

“Lightness: Montaigne and Others”


Friday, May 14, 2021

Sarah Dyer, History of Art

“The Turquant-Gilles Inventory: Reconstructing Lost Objects Through Existing Cognates and Archival Evidence”


Migration Seminar

This one-year research seminar about migration, citizenship, race, and identity (among other themes) provides a space for faculty and graduate students to engage in scholarly debates emerging from the relatively new, interdisciplinary field of migration studies.

For more information, contact Marta Caminero-Santangelo (English, 864-2513, camsan@ku.edu), Hannah Britton (WGSS, 864-9016, britton@ku.edu) or Elizabeth MacGonagle (History, 864-9452, macgonag@ku.edu).


Monday, February 22, 2021

Cheikh Babou, Department of History - University of Pennsylvania

“Islam, Migration, and Place Making: Making Room for the Muridiyya In New York City.”


Monday, March 29, 2021

Lourdes Gouveia, Professor Emeritus of Sociology - University of Nebraska, Omaha

“Reframing the Venezuelan Exodus: Roots, Drivers and Socially-Differentiated Networks


Monday, April 26, 2021

Erin Adamson, Department of Sociology

"International Lifestyle Migration and the Social Impacts of Small Business Entrepreneurship in Costa Rica"


Monday, May 10, 2021

Jacob Dakon, School of Music, KU and Elene Cloete, Director of Research and Advocacy, Outreach International

“The Music of Forced Migration: Exploring the Impact of Collaborative Music-Making Between a Community Youth Orchestra and Musicians from Refugee Communities”


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 Sara Gregg (History, sgregg@ku.edu, 864-9448), or Phillip Drake (English, pdrake@ku.edu, 864-4520).


Friday, February 5, 2021

Helen Alexander, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

“Tallgrass Prairies: Ecology, Land Use, and Conservation Challenges”


Friday, March 5, 2021

Byron Santangelo, English, Environmental Studies

“Writing for a Warming Planet: Creative Non-Fiction and Climate Justice”


Friday, April 2, 2021

Heather McCrea, History – Kansas State University

“‘Swamp Vapors and Poisoned Air': Illness and Health in Panama”


Friday, May 7, 2021

Daniel Chmill, History

“Natural Allies: Thermal Water, the State, and the Evolution of Hydrotherapy at the U.S. Army and Navy General Hospital”


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, February 8, 2021

Nishani Frazier, American Studies and History

“Oral History of a Place: Understanding Gentrification Through the Voice of the City”


Monday, February 22, 2021

Cheikh Babou, Department of History - University of Pennsylvania

“Islam, Migration, and Place Making: Making Room for the Muridiyya in New York City.”


Monday, March 8, 2021 CHANGED TO Monday, May 3, 2021

Najarian Peters, School of Law

“The Golem In The Machine: FERPA, Dirty Data, and Digital Distortion, in the Education Record”


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).


Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 4:00 PM

Nishani Frazier, American Studies and History

“Directing the Imagination Shakespeare's Stage and Page as Interfaces”


Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 4:00 PM CANCELED*

Bushra Nayeem, Architecture PhD Candidate

“Archival Silence: Gender, Post Colonialism, and Built Environment”


Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 4:00 PM

Nilou Vakil, Architecture

“A Case in Participatory Design and Social Entrepreneurship”


Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 4:00 PM

Hye-Sung Han, Urban Planning School of Public Affairs & Administration

Housing Insecurity, Gentrification, and Housing Assistance on the Prevalence of Housing Evictions



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