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Jennifer PittsBeyond Code and Craft
Friday-Saturday, April 27-28
The Franke Institute, JRL S-118

An international conference dedicated to exploring and updating historical and contemporary understandings of code and craft. We will focus on the diversity of algorithmic and computational intelligence - code - and its complex overlapping relationship with human craft. Just as many forms of human craft collaborate and compete in cultural and economic production, so also are there many families of algorithms. This conference seeks new distinctions and the development of a new vocabulary, drawn from the past, to make sense of algorithms in the present and the future.

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“Beyond Code and Craft” is sponsored by "Algorithms, Models, and Formalisms,” a Mellon Foundation Project at the Franke Institute for the Humanities.  

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact 773-702-8274 in advance.
New at the Institute
Jennifer PittsThe Franke Forum presents: Jennifer Pitts on "Empire and International Law"

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 
5:15 – 6:00 p.m.
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive,
Room 621
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Jennifer Pitts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College.

International law is the product of a history at once distinctively European and also, often devastatingly, global. It has long played an important role in structuring and justifying hierarchy and domination, even as it also has also supplied resources for critique and a framework for envisioning greater global justice and equity. This talk, based on Pitts’s new book, Boundaries of the International, explores the emergence of modern international law alongside European imperialism and the implications of that history for global justice today. 

Sponsored by the University of Chicago's Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Franke Forum is a series of free public lectures by renowned University scholars.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, April 27, 2018 by emailing

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact 773-702-8274 in advance.

New at the Institute
Learn more about the three new exciting initiatives launching this fall at the Franke Institute.

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Franke 25
Franke 25On November 10, 2015, the Franke Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary with a symposium.

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Coming Up
Regenstein window Courses for the 2017-2018 course roster:

Fall 2017
The Mediterranean Sea in Antiquity: Imperial Connections 
offered by James Osborne (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations) and Catherine Kearns (Classics)

From Baroque to Neo-Baroque 
offered by Rachel Galvin (English Language & Literature) and Miguel Martinez (Romance Languages & Literatures)

Winter 2018
Exploratory Translation 
offered by Haun Saussy (Comparative Literature) and Jennifer Scappettone (English Language & Literature)

Phaedras Compared: Adaptation, Gender, Tragic Form  
offered by Larry Norman (Romance Languages & Literatures) and David Wray (Classics)

Spring 2018
Guillotine/Barricade: Figures of History Across Media 
offered by Jennifer Wild (Cinema & Media Studies) and James Leo Cahill (University of Toronto)

Destruction of Images, Books, and Artifacts in Europe and South Asia 
offered by Olga Solovieva (Comparative Literature) and Tyler Williams (South Asian Languages & Civilizations)

The Art of Healing: Medical Aesthetics in Russia & the U.S.
offered by William Nickell (Slavic Languages & Literatures) and Michael David (Medical School) 

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Also see: Disciplines & Technologies is a Mellon funded project with the Center for Disciplinary Innovation.

Franke Fellows for 2018 and 2019
The Franke Fellows for 2018-2019 will be announced soon.

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November 8, 2017 
Deborah Nelson, "An Unsentimental Education: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil"

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March 1, 2017
Geoffrey R. Stone, “Sex and the Constitution: The Road to Roe"
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