Year Zero: The World Unmade, 1945

Sawyer Seminar at the University of Chicago, 2011-2012                               Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation       (Note: Audio recordings of 1 to 1 1/2 hours can take from seconds to several minutes to load.  While lectures are fully audible, the quality of follow-up discussions is variable.  You can either listen to audio recordings from the page that opens up when you click “listen here,” or (once that page is loaded) pause the recording and download the mp3 recording to your computer by using “save this page as” in your browser menu.) 


“The Transformation of Palestine, Revisited”
Chair: Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago                                                                                                                                         Lecture: Nadia Abu El-Haj, Professor, Anthropology, Barnard College          Commentary: Michael Geyer, Samuel N. Harper Professor, History, University of Chicago
Commentary: Leela Gandhi, Professor, English, University of Chicago                              listen here

“The Japanese Empire Unmade: Defeat and Decolonization in East Asia, 1945”
Chair: Richard So, Assistant Professor, English, University of Chicago                            Lecture: Lori Watt, Associate Professor of History and International & Area Studies Program, Washington University in St. Louis                                                              Commentary: James Ketelaar, Professor, History, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago
Commentary: John Kelly, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago                         listen here

Keynote Address
“The End of Eurocentrism”
Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University                                                                                                     Chair: James Sparrow, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago                          listen here

Keynote Address
“Palestine, 1947-49: Parochial or Universal Themes?”                                                           Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, History, Columbia University
Chair: James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor, English and Cinema & Media Studies, University of Chicago                                                  listen here

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

Cinema Year Zero                                                                                                                          Chair: Deborah Nelson, Associate Professor, English University of Chicago                      Noa Steimatsky, Associate Professor, Cinema & Media Studies, University of Chicago “History at the Editing Table”                                                                                           Johannes von Moltke, Associate Professor, German Languages & Literatures and the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, University of Michigan                                             “Exile Film Theory circa 1948: Cinema between Totalitarianism and Redemption”                listen here

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 Columbia University                                                                                                       listen here


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