Program

Sawyer Seminar at the University of Chicago, 2011-2012                               Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation 
This Seminar was sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

SCREENING*, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011
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  (*Screenings were part of Prof. Noa Steimatsky’s course on “Transitional Spaces in Postwar Cinema.”)

YEAR ZERO: THE WORLD UNMADE, 1945
FALL CONFERENCE: FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 – 15, 2011

DAY 1
“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

“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

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

DAY 2
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, Cinema & Media Studies, University of Chicago

“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

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, 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”

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, History, Columbia University

SCREENING*, MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011
Der Verlorene (The Lost One, Peter Lorre, 1951); Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini, 1950) – clip; Umanità (“Humanity,” Jack Salvatori, 1946) – clip

SCREENING*, MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
F3080 / Memory of the Camps (Sidney Bernstein, 1945); George Stevens World War II footage (1946) – clips; Night and Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955)

SCREENING*, MONDAY, OCTOBER 31
Falkenau, The Impossible (Emil Weiss, 1988; incorporating Sam Fuller’s 1945 footage); Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985) – clips

POETRY READING AND DISCUSSION, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
“1948: Possibilities for Poetry”                                                                                      Readings of English, French, German, and Polish poetry by:                                                    Rosanna Warren, Regents Park Visiting Professor, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
David Wellbery, Professor, Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
Adam Zagajewski, Visiting Professor, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago                                                                                                                                                Chair: Deborah Nelson, Associate Professor, English, University of Chicago

Poets:
René Char, Geoffrey Hill, Eugenio Montale, Gottfried Benn, Bertolt Brecht, Czeslaw Milosz, Tadeusz Rozewicz

PUBLIC LECTURE AND WORKSHOP, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011                          “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 in the History of Cosmopolitanism”
Samuel Moyn, Professor, History, Columbia University                                                     Chair: John Kelly, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago                                Workshop Facilitator: James Sparrow, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago

PUBLIC LECTURE AND WORKSHOP, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012                            “At the Periphery of the Holocaust — Killing and Pillage of Jews by Their Polish Neighbors”
Jan Gross, Norman B. Tomlinson ’16 and ’48 Professor of War and Society, and Professor of History, History, Princeton University                                                                     Chair & Workshop Facilitator, Tara Zahra, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago

SYMPOSIUM, FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012
POST-WWII LEGAL PURGES AND THE MAKING OF MODERN EUROPEAN STATES                                                                                                                                Introduction: Dimitris Kousouris, Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, History, University of Chicago                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Popular and Unpopular Justice: Czech and Slovak Postwar Collaboration Trials”
Ben Frommer, Associate Professor, History, Northwestern University               “Transitional Justice or Just Transitions? The German Case, 1945-1950”
Devin Pendas, Associate Professor, History, Boston College                                 Commentary:
Sheila Fitzpatrick, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor, History, University of Chicago                                                                                                                       Tara Zahra, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago

PUBLIC LECTURE AND WORKSHOP THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012                                  “Legislating the Universal: P.C. Chang and the International Bill of Human Rights”
Lydia Liu, Wu Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University             Chair: Leela Gandhi,  Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago     Workshop Facilitator: James Sparrow, Associate Professor, History, University of Chicago

PANEL,  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012                                                                                            Around 1948: Musical Utopias and Realities East and West
Martha Sprigge, “Around 1948” Sawyer Dissertation-Year Fellow, with discussants Robert Kendrick (Franke Institute Faculty Fellow, Music), Seth Brodsky (Music), and Berthold Hoeckner (Music), University of Chicago

FRANKE INSTITUTE PUBLIC LECTURE ON THE HUMANITIES IN PUBLIC LIFE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012                                                                                                       “Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government”
James Sparrow, History, University of Chicago

AFTER 1948: REALIGNMENTS IN POLITICS AND CULTURE
SPRING CONFERENCE APRIL 25, 26, 27, 2012                                                                         DAY 1
Pre-conference Screening
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

DAY 2
Opening Remarks
Leela Gandhi, Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

Disalignments and the Postwar Left
Chair: Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor, History and South Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago                  “Nehru, the Nation-State and Bandung: Zhou, Highland Asia and the Actual Politics of Decolonization”                                                                                                                                John Kelly, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago                                                      “The Sundering: The Dis-Entangling of Black Radical Movements and Post-World War II Degenerate Politics in the U.S.”                                                                                                Michael Dawson, John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor, Political Science, University of Chicago

Realignments in South Asia
Chair: Leela Gandhi, Professor, English, University of Chicago                                          “Heart Warfare, Counterinsurgency, and the Politics of Territory in Kargil, India, 1948 to 1999”                                                                                                                                                   Mona Bhan, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, DePauw University
Commentary: Arvind Elangovan, Sawyer Dissertation-Year Fellow, History, University of Chicago                                                                                                                               “Decolonization and Film Cultures: An Indian Perspective”                                          Rochona Majumdar, Associate Professor, South Asian Languages & Literatures University of Chicago
Commentary: Paola Iovene, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago

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

Keynote Address
“Economentality: How the Future Entered Government”
Timothy Mitchell, Professor, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University                                                                                                                       Chair: Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

DAY 3
Africa’s Late Colonialism
Chair: Stephan Palmié, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago                      “French Africa, 1947-48: Reform, violence, and uncertainty in a colonial situation”       Fred Cooper, Professor, History, New York University                                                          “South Africa, 1948: Apartheid in the twilight of Empire”                                                     Adam Ashforth, Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

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                                                                                                                “Colonial Alignments: Puerto Rico after 1948”                                                                        Efrén Rivera-Ramos, Professor, School of Law, University of Puerto Rico       “Democracy and Decolonization in Bolivia, around 1948 and Today”                                  Laura Gotkowitz, Associate Professor, History, University of Pittsburgh

Things to Come – Realignments and Aspirations: The Circulation of Jazz after 1948
Chair: Kaley Mason, Assistant Professor, Music, University of Chicago                            “Beyond Playing the Changes: Jazz Strategies, Technologies, and Experiments around and after 1948”                                                                                                                                       Travis Jackson, Associate Professor, Music, University of Chicago                            “Postwar Aspirations and Government Support for Jazz: Writing the History of the State Department’s ‘Jazz Tours'”                                                                                                       Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Associate Professor, Music, Ohio State University

Roundtable and Reception: Legacies: “Where Do We Go From Here?” (M.L. King, Jr.)   Michael Dawson, John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago                                                                                                                       John Kelly, Professor, Anthropology, University of Chicago                                                Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago

PUBLIC WORKSHOP, WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012                                                           “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, New York University                                                                                                                                             Chair: Leela Gandhi, Professor, English, University of Chicago

PANEL AND DISCUSSION, WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012
CYBERNETICS AND THE DISCIPLINES: THE CASE OF ANTHROPOLOGY   Chair: James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor, English and Cinema & Media Studies, The University of Chicago                                         “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, 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, Anthropology, University of Chicago

PUBLIC LECTURE AND WORKSHOP, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012                          “The Liberal Aesthetic and the Early Cold War”                                                             Amanda Anderson, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English, Brown University                                                                                                                                         Chair: Leela Gandhi,  Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago  Workshop Facilitator:  Deborah Nelson, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

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

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