(10 resources)

A Chacun son Public (To Each His Own Audience): Performing Politics and Culture in Interwar French Algeria
Cole, Joshua - University of Michigan
2009-09-15 12:17:11-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:07:39

IfH Seminar Series Featuring our Fellows

A Chacun son Public [To Each His Own Audience]: Performing Politics and Culture in Interwar French Algeria
Joshua Cole, History
To Serve God and Wal-Mart: Evangelicals and Extreme Capitalism
Moreton, Bethany - University of Georgia
2009-09-22 12:19:36-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:20:01

Emerging Scholar Bethany Moreton,
History and Women's Studies,
University of Georgia
Catching Stories in the Time of AIDS: The Malawi Journals Project
Ashforth, Adam - University of Michigan
2009-09-29 12:14:00-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:21:29

Remaking Heritage Series

Adam Ashforth
Visiting Associate Professor,
Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Greek Theatre in Modern Dance: An Alternative Archaeology?
Leontis, Artemis - University of Michigan
2009-10-06 12:16:32-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:07:55

Remaking Heritage Series

Artemis Leontis
Associate Professor of Modern Greek,
Department of Classical Studies

Greek theatre is an important component in the work of great figures of modern dance from Isadora Duncan to Martha Graham. From the mid-1920s to 1940, the lesser known American choreographer, composer, and director Eva Palmer Sikelianos experimented in Greece and in the U.S. with ways to animate ancient drama. Drawing on unpublished photographs, correspondence, and notes, this talk unearths a little-known episode in the story of modernism's encounter with the Greek legacy involving Palmer Sikelianos and the "father" of modern dance Ted Shawn, and shows Palmer Sikelianos to be a missing link in modern dance's Greek story. Through this episode, it explores how performance artists pursued a popular, non-material archaeology using observation, intuition, and practice to retrace elements of the past that decay immediately.
Human Rights Singular-Plural: Translating Dalit Autobiography from Hindi
Merrill, Christi - University of Michigan
2009-10-13 12:17:38-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:21:03

Autobiographical writing has been a central component of the Dalit movement in India as they advocate across regions and languages for the human rights of the downtrodden. Whereas activists and critics such as S. Anand have suggested that the success of this movement has depended in part on translation both within India and transnationally, Christi Merrill takes this insight one step further by asking what the Dalit movement gains by having first-person narratives circulate in translation, and how the very terms of human rights have been reconfigured by these exchanges. A translator herself, she contends that Dalit first-person narratives posit a different relationship between self and society than is ordinarily assumed in the reception of autobiography in English, and so put productive pressure on our generic expectations as readers and producers of these narratives.

Christi Merrill is Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Cultures and in Comparative Literature.

Cosponsor: Comparative Literature’s Year in Translation
To See Feelingly: Violence and Spectatorship in Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Rodgers, Amy - Kalamazoo College
2009-10-27 12:11:39-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:04:00

As in our own historical moment, the early modern English cultural imaginary exhibited an anxiety that entertainment spectacle could (and often did) spur the spectator to violent acts. How, exactly, the theater was able to influence audience members so profoundly was less clear. Most often, this relationship was expressed as a type of imaginative contagion, such as is seen in William Prynne’s 1633 antitheatrical treatise, Histriomastix: “[T]he style and subject matter of stage-plays is scurrilous and obscene…which efferate and enrage the hearts and minds of actors and spectators…to anger, malice, dules, murders, revenge and more than barbarous cruelty.” However, Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle (one of the most extended seventeenth-century metadramatic commentary on early modern spectators), offers another possibility: that the communicative processes through which drama engaged the spectator were imagined as a sort of psychic violence enacted upon him or her. By looking at Beaumont’s play alongside other contemporaneous discourses about theatrical spectatorship, Rodgers suggests another, less-theorized, link between spectatorship and violence, one that articulates something about interpretative and affective processes rather than a cause-and-effect relationship between witnessing of dramatized violence and acting it out in the real world.

Last year Amy Rodgers was Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Student Fellow in the Institute for the Humanities. During the summer she defended her dissertation, completing the requirements for her Ph.D. in English Languages and Literature. Currently she teaches at Kalamazoo College.
Art in the Public Realm - Find it Ann Arbor
Parker, Margaret et al - University of Michigan
2009-11-03 12:11:03-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:17:09

Margaret Parker, Elaine Sims, and Larry Cressman have all been active on the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, representing the community and the University.

Margaret Parker is an artist and a citizen campaigner for public art.

Elaine Sims directs the UMHS Gifts of Art Program.

Larry Cressman, associate professor of Art in the School of Art and Design and the Residential College, is acting Chair of the U-M Committee on Public Art, and has also served on the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission.
Being Invited to One's Own House: Reflections on Culture and Heritage in Techiman, Ghana
Silverman, Raymond - University of Michigan
2009-11-17 12:15:32-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:04:56

What does “culture” mean for the citizens of a community in Ghana today? How does one engage the citizens of such a community who see local traditional authority (the chief) as the custodian of culture in a more democratic process of (re)presenting culture? How does one engage the citizens of a complex multi-ethnic community who have never thought about why and how they might present their cultures to other people in planning for a space where culture is performed? This presentation offers reflections on recent collaborative efforts developing Techiman’s first cultural center.

Raymond Silverman (History of Art and Afroamerican & African Studies) is director of the Museum Studies Program and interim co-director of the U-M Museum of Art.
Interpreting a Colonial Scandal: The Deployment of Communication in Eighteenth-Century French India
Agmon, Danna - University of Michigan
2009-12-01 12:11:53-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:16:58

Early in the Eighteenth century, the French colony of Pondicherry was thrust into a state of turmoil: the Indian city’s most senior native employee, an interpreter and commercial broker in the service of the French trading company, was imprisoned and found guilty of treason and sedition.
The man’s trial, subsequent appeals and the ultimate reversal of his sentence were the occasion for extensive French discussions on the difficulties of communicating effectively in a colony. Tamil interpreters played a central role in these discussions, as both French colonists and their Indian employees charted out the ways in which their interactions could be strategically deployed to deny communication, render comprehension indecipherable, or enhance understanding.

Danna Agmon is a doctoral student in the Program in Anthropology and History. Last year she was the Mary Ives Hunting and David D. Hunting, Sr., Graduate Student Fellow in the Institute.
Shift(s) in(g) the Humanities: The Future of a Futuristic Dissertation
Tiwari, Bulbul - Stanford University
2009-12-08 12:13:06-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:12:28

The production of knowledge and scholarship is changing rapidly and many are asking themselves what constitutes scholarship? What constitutes the academy? This change is not just the result of the digital age, but reflects a larger shift in disciplinarity and knowledge production.

Dr. Tiwari’s digital, performative dissertation, “Maha Multipedia: The Mahabharata reworked in mixed media for a nine night performance,” explores Indian visual culture of the last two thousand years; it traverses ritual, classical dance-drama, folk theatre, sculpture, film and television narratives to create an original version of an ancient Indian epic. It was the first entirely digital dissertation at the University of Chicago and only the third of its kind in the U.S. She is currently working on turning this project into an online digital archive and/or finding it a performative space. In her talk she will begin by giving a guided tour of this project and then continue to discuss the pitfalls of her approach, the future of the project and perils of doing something new.

Bulbul Tiwari is a 2008 recipient of a Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, and the third person in the country to have submitted her PhD in entirely digital form. Her work blurs the distinction between scholarship and documentary filmmaking and ranges from studies of the heritage of the great Indian epics to documentary films about self-employed women’s associations in India, one act plays and Carriers, a film about truckers in India. She was awarded honorable mention the Emerging Scholars Prize last year.