Conference: “Year Zero: The World Unmade, 1945″

YEAR ZERO: THE WORLD UNMADE, 1945

Conference for the yearlong Sawyer Seminar on “Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Transformation,” co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Franke Institute for the Humanities, The University of Chicago

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

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 Grossman, 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, Assistant 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, 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

Open to the public.

For more information, please see: around1948.uchicago.edu.

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

Sawyer Steering Committee: Leela Gandhi (English), Dimitris Kousouris (History), Deborah Nelson (English), James Sparrow (History), Christine Stansell (History), Lisa Wedeen (Political Science), The University of Chicago

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