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Sawyer Seminar at the University of Chicago, 2011-2012
Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation

This Seminar is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Visit the project's archive here. This archive includes audio-recordings of events, along with the year's program, information about speakers, and related courses.

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For news articles about this Sawyer Seminar, please see:
- UChicago News (10/13/11)
- UChicago Tableau (Spring 2012)

Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public.

(Past event are listed toward the bottom of page.)

Spring 2013

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013
Concluding Roundtable 3:15 - 5:00 pm
"THE COLD WAR IN ASIA AND THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY"

John Kelly, Professor, Anthropology, The University of Chicago

Suk-Young Kim, Associate Professor, Theater & Dance, UC Santa Barbara

Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor, History, The University of Chicago

Wesley Sasaki-Uemura, Associate Professor, History, University of Utah

Home Room, International House, 1414 East 59th Street

This roundtable concludes the three-day conference
COLD WAR IN ASIA on April 25, 26 & 27.

For more information, see:
http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/coldwarasia
For contact, email: coldwarinasia2013@gmail.com

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance are requested to call 773-753-2270 in advance.

Fall 2012

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012
Lecture 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
"THE LIBERAL AESTHETIC AND THE EARLY COLD WAR"
with reception to follow
Workshop 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Lecturer: Amanda Anderson (Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English, Brown University)

The Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-118, Chicago, IL

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance are requested to call 773-702-8274 in advance.


Past Events

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 | 3:30 — 6:20 p.m.
SCREENING*
Cobb 307, 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL
A Diary for Timothy (Humphrey Jennings, 1946); Land of Promise (Paul Rotha, 1946) – clip; Paisà (Roberto Rossellini, 1946) - Naples episode; Somewhere in Europe (Geza von Radavnyi, 1947); The Search (Fred Zinnemann, 1948 film) – clip; René Clément, Forbidden Games (1952) - clip


FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 - 15, 2011
YEAR ZERO: THE WORLD UNMADE, 1945

DAY 1 | Friday, October 14 @ The Franke Institute for the Humanities, 1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-118, Chicago, IL

11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. | Panel Session
“The Transformation of Palestine, Revisited”
Nadia Abu El-Haj
, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Barnard College
Chair: Lisa Wedeen, Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of Chicago
Commentary: Michael Geyer, Samuel N. Harper Professor, Department of History, The University of Chicago
Commentary: Leela Gandhi, Professor, Department of English, The University of Chicago

2:00 — 3:30 p.m. | Panel Session
“The Japanese Empire Unmade: Defeat and Decolonization in East Asia, 1945”
Lori Watt
, Associate Professor of History and International & Area Studies Program, Washington University in St. Louis
Chair: Richard So, Assistant Professor, Department of English, The University of Chicago
Commentary: James Ketelaar, Professor, Departments of History and East Asian Languages & Civilizations,
The University of Chicago
Commentary: John Kelly, Professor, Department of Anthropology, The University of Chicago

4:00 — 5:30 p.m. | Keynote Address
“The End of Eurocentrism”
Mark Mazower
, Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies and Professor of History, Department of History, Columbia University
Chair: James Sparrow, Associate Professor, Department of History, The University of Chicago


DAY 2 | Saturday, October 15 @ Classics Building, Room 110, 1010 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

9:30 — 11:00 a.m. | Keynote Address
“Palestine, 1947-49: Parochial or Universal Themes?”
Rashid Khalidi
, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Department of History, Columbia University
Chair: James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor, Department of English and Cinema & Media Studies, The University of Chicago

11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. | Panel Session
“1945 from Teheran and Tashkent to Berlin and Bavaria: Remapping European Jewish Flight, Displacement, and Survival”
Atina Grossmann
, Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union, New York
Chair: Dimitris Kousouris, Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, The University of Chicago
Commentary: Tara Zahra, Associate Professor, Department of History, The University of Chicago
Commentary: Jonathan Lear, John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor, Committee on Social Thought and Department of Philosophy, The University of Chicago

2:00 — 3:30 p.m. | Panel Session
“Cinema Year Zero”
Noa Steimatsky,
Associate Professor, Department of Cinema & Media Studies, The University of Chicago, “History at the Editing Table”
Johannes von Moltke,
Associate Professor, Department of German Languages & Literatures and the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, The University of Michigan, “Exile Film Theory circa 1948: Cinema between Totalitarianism and Redemption”
Chair: Deborah Nelson; Associate Professor, Department of English, The University of Chicago

3:45 — 5:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion
Rashid Khalidi,
Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, History, Columbia University
Mark Mazower,
Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies and Professor of History, Department of History, Columbia University

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance are requested to call 773-702-8274 in advance.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011 | 3:30 — 6:20 p.m.
SCREENING*
Cobb 307, 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL
Der Verlorene (The Lost One, Peter Lorre, 1951); Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini, 1950) – clip; Umanità (“Humanity,” Jack Salvatori, 1946) - clip


MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011 | 3:30 — 6:20 p.m.
SCREENING*
Cobb 307, 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL
F3080 / Memory of the Camps (Sidney Bernstein, 1945); George Stevens World War II footage (1946) – clips; Night and Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955)


MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 | 3:306:20 p.m.
SCREENING*
Cobb 307, 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL
Falkenau, The Impossible (Emil Weiss, 1988; incorporating Sam Fuller’s 1945 footage); Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985) – clips


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011 | 5:00 — 6:30 p.m.
1948: POSSIBILITIES FOR POETRY
The Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-118, Chicago, IL


Readings from Rosanna Warren, David Wellbery, and Adam Zagajewski

Open to the public. Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance are requested to call 773-702-8274 in advance.


THURSDAY - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 & 11
EXILE ON MAIN STREET: FASCISM, EMIGRATION AND THE EUROPEAN IMAGINATION IN AMERICA
Annual English Graduate Conference, held jointly between English and Art History
The conference schedule, with locations, is here.

 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011
Lecture 4:00 — 5:30 p.m.
"THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF 1948 IN THE HISTORY OF COSMOPOLITANISM
"
with reception to follow
Workshop 6:00 — 7:15 p.m.

Short Readings for Workshop:

The Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-118, Chicago, IL


Lecturer: Samuel Moyn, Professor, Department of History, Columbia University

Open to the public. Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance are requested to call 773-702-8274 in advance.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
Lecture 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
AT THE PERIPHERY OF THE HOLOCAUST -- KILLING AND PILLAGE OF JEWS BY THEIR POLISH NEIGHBORS
with reception to follow
Workshop 6:00-7:15 p.m.

Lecturer: Jan Gross (Norman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society, and Professor of History, The Department of History, Princeton University)

Primary readings for workshop:

  • Arthur Bliss Lane, "Referendum and Pogrom, " Chapter 16 in I Saw Poland Betrayed (1948). Lane Bliss was US Ambassador to Poland from 1944-47.
  • Jan T. Gross, "The Kielce Pogrom: Events" and "The Kielce Pogrom: Reactions," Chapters 3 & 4 in Fear: Anti-semitism in Poland After Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation (2006)

Secondary reading for workshop:

  • Antony Polonsky and Joanna B. Michlic eds., "Introduction" in The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy Over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland (2004)

The Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-118, Chicago, IL

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance are requested to call 773-702-8274 in advance.


FRIDAY, MARCH 2 | 2:30 — 5:15, reception to follow

SYMPOSIUM: "POST-WWII LEGAL PURGES AND THE MAKING OF MODERN EUROPEAN STATES"

SESSION ONE
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Social Sciences 224, 1126 East 59th Street

Introduction:
Dimitris Kousouris, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, The University of Chicago

"Popular and Unpopular Justice: Czech and Slovak Postwar Collaboration Trials" | Ben Frommer, Associate Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University

"Transitional Justice or Just Transitions? The German Case, 1945-1950" | Devin Pendas, Associate Professor, Department of History, Boston College

SESSION TWO
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Social Sciences 201, 1126 East 59th Street

Commentary:
Sheila Fitzpatrick, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor, Department of History, The University of Chicago

Commentary:
Tara Zahra, Associate Professor, Department of History, The University of Chicago

Discussion with reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. | Open to the public.

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance are requested to call 773-702-8274 in advance.


THURSDAY, APRIL 5
PUBLIC LECTURE AND WORKSHOP
"LEGISLATING THE UNIVERSAL: P.C. CHANG AND THE INTERNATIONAL BILL OF HUMAN RIGHTS"
@The Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-118, Chicago, IL


Lydia Liu
Wu Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Lecture: 4:00 — 5:30 p.m.
with reception to follow

Workshop: 6:00 — 7:15 p.m.
Workshop texts:

Open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Sawyer Seminar on "Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation," the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Human Rights Program of the University of Chicago.

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance are requested to call 773-702-8274 in advance.


APRIL 25, 26, 27
CONFERENCE | AFTER 1948: REALIGNMENTS IN POLITICS AND CULTURE

[Download conference schedule here, PDF, 105 KB]

The Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 E. 57th St, JRL S-118
Chicago, IL 60637

Wednesday, April 25

4:30-6:00 p.m. | Pre-conference Screening
"Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin"

Thursday, April 26

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Light Breakfast Refreshments

10:30 a.m | Opening Remarks
James Sparrow, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago

10:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. | Opening Panel:
Disalignments and the Postwar Left
Chair: Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor, History and South Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago

John Kelly, Professor, Anthropology, The University of Chicago, "Nehru, the Nation-State and Bandung: Zhou, Highland Asia and the Actual Politics of Decolonization"

Michael Dawson, John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor, Political Science, University of Chicago, "The Sundering: The Dis-Entangling of Black Radical Movements and Post-World War II Degenerate Politics in the U.S."

12:05 - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Panel: Realignments in South Asia
Chair: Leela Gandhi, Professor, English, University of Chicago

Mona Bhan, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, DePauw University, “Heart Warfare, Counterinsurgency, and the Politics of Territory in Kargil, India, 1948 to 1999”
Commentary: Arvind Elangovan, Sawyer Seminar Doctoral Fellow, History, University of Chicago

Rochona Majumdar, Associate Professor, South Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago, "Decolonization and Film Cultures: An Indian Perspective"
Commentary: Paola Iovene, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, The University of Chicago


2:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 - 4:15 p.m. | Panel: Politics Disaligned: Civil Rights, Anticolonial, and Anti-Nuclear Activism in the Case of
Bayard Rustin

Chair: Deborah Nelson, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

Nancy Kates, Independent Documentary Filmmaker, Director, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”

Commentary:
Adam Green, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago
Judy Hoffman, Senior Lecturer, Cinema & Media Studies and Visual Arts, University of Chicago

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. | Break

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Keynote Address
Timothy Mitchell, Professor, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University, "Economentality: How the Future Entered Government"

Chair: Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor, Political Science, University of Chicago

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Reception


Friday, April 27

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Light Breakfast Refreshments

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Panel: Africa's Late Colonialism
Chair: Stephan Palmié, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago

Fred Cooper, Professor, History, New York University, "French Africa, 1947-48: Reform, violence, and uncertainty in a colonial situation"

Adam Ashforth, Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, "South Africa, 1948: Apartheid in the twilight of Empire"

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Panel: Invisible Colonies? Legality, (Neo-) Colonialism, and Disalignment in the Americas during the Post-War Era
Chair: Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago

Efrén Rivera-Ramos, Professor, School of Law, University of Puerto Rico, "Colonial Alignments: Puerto Rico after 1948"

Laura Gotkowitz, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, "Democracy and Decolonization in Bolivia, around 1948 and Today"

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 - 4:15 p.m. | Panel: Things to Come - Realignments and Aspirations: The Circulation of Jazz after 1948
Chair: Kaley Mason, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, University of Chicago

Travis Jackson, Associate Professor, Department of Music, The University of Chicago, "Beyond Playing the Changes: Jazz Strategies, Technologies, and Experiments around and after 1948"

Danielle Fosler-Lussier
, Associate Professor, School of Music, Ohio State University, "Postwar Aspirations and Government Support for Jazz: Writing the History of the State Department’s ‘Jazz Tours'"

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. | Break

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Roundtable and Reception: Legacies: "Where Do We Go From Here?" (M.L. King, Jr.)

5:30 - 6:15 p.m. | Reception

Co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and at the University of Chicago: the Center for Disciplinary Innovation, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Human Rights Program.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012 | Workshop: 3:30 — 5:00 pm
"ZEITGEIST AND THE LITERARY TEXT: INDIA, 1948, IN QURRATULAIN HYDER’S MY TEMPLES, TOO AND SALMAN RUSHDIE’S MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN"

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
(Global Distinguished Professor of English, Department of English, New York University)

Held in conjunction with the course "Postcolonial Intersections: The Middle East and South Asia," taught by Professors Leela Gandhi (English) and Lisa Wedeen (Political Science), and offered by the Center for Disciplinary Innovation.

Readings for Workshop:

Co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and at the University of Chicago: the Center for Disciplinary Innovation, the Sawyer Seminar on "Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation" at the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Sawyer Seminar on "International Women's Human Rights: Paradigms, Paradoxes, and Possibilities" at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012
4:006:00 p.m., reception to follow
PANEL AND DISCUSSION: "CYBERNETICS AND THE DISCIPLINES: THE CASE OF ANTHROPOLOGY"

An Interpretation of Geertz: The Crisis of Cold War Social Science and 'Culture' as a Cybernetic Concept
Poornima Paidipaty, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, The University of Chicago

The Difficulties of Gift-Giving: Lévi-Strauss and the Technologies of Man
Bernard Geoghegan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Cultural Studies, Humboldt University

Respondent: John Kelly, Professor, Department of Anthropology,
The University of Chicago

Cosponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and at the University of Chicago: the Disciplines & Technologies Project of the Center for Disciplinary Innovation, the Sawyer Seminar on "Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation,” and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Open to the public. Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance are requested to call 773-702-8274 in advance.


* Screenings were part of Prof. Noa Steimatsky’s course on “Transitional Spaces in Postwar Cinema.”

Bibliography

Your participation is invited.
Sawyer Seminar workshops will be organized with the collaboration of our fellows, our faculty working group, the steering committee, and the participants.

For more information, please write to
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