“Literature and Individual Sovereignty,” Aleksandar Hemon, June 3

Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture

Aleksandar Hemon

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 7 pm

Social Science Research Building, Room 122

1126 East 59th Street


Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles, which will be published by Riverhead Books on May 14, 2009.  Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was here, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home.  Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.  He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

This lecture is the fourth in a series which honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program. Prior Kirschner Lecturers include Sara Paretsky, Alex Kotlowitz, and Juan Mendez. Their talks may be seen at: http://humanrights.uchicago.edu/events.shtml

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

The Human Rights Program will present the 2010 Ignacio Martin Baró awards and recognize the achievements of students graduating with the Minor in Human Rights.

University of Chicago Human Rights Program

5720 S. Woodlawn Avenue • Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone: 773-834-0957

Email: human-rights@uchicago.edu


Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop: “Creating an International Moral Compass: Part I–The Genocide Convention (1945-1948)” Jennifer Amos, May 4

Jennifer Amos will present a chapter of her dissertation, “Creating an International Moral Compass: Part I — The Genocide Convention (1945-1948)” at the Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop on Tuesday 4 May from 4:30-6:00 pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (224) of the Social Sciences Building.  The paper is already up on Chalk under “current papers”. If you do not have access to Chalk, please contact Kristy Ironside (ironsidek [at] uchicago.edu).  Drinks and refreshments will begin before the workshop around 4:15 pm.

Alash Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble performing at UChicago, April 27

Time: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Location: Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club (1212 East 59th Street, Hyde Park, Chicago)

Free and Open to the Public
Recommended $5 donation at the door
Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing and the traditional percussion and string instruments of Tuva. What is throat singing? Imagine a booming bass overlain with layers of lyrical melodies and whistling harmonics, from a single human voice! Then, combine that with thumping percussion and string rhythms.

Persons with disabilities should contact the Office of Programs and External Relations at 773-753-2275
Sponsored by the Central Asian Studies Society, the Student Government Finance Committee, the University of Chicago Arts Council, and WHPK.

For more information about Alash, please visit: www.alashensemble.com

The Politics, Communication, Society Workshop: “Mapping Europe, Nation, Self” Marina Mikhaylova, April 28

*The Politics, Communication, Society Workshop presents:*

Marina Mikhaylova *(Anthropology, University of Chicago)
/”Mapping Europe, Nation, Self”/ <http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/pcs/PapersArchive/2009-10/Marina_Mapping%20Europe.doc>
Discussant: Andrew Graan, Anthropology/

Wednesday, April 28th., 4:30-6:00 pm
Wilder House
*5811 South Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


This week’s paper is available from our website or by email request from the workshop co-ordinators.
Our schedule for the Spring quarter is available on our website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/pcs/

If you have questions or believe you may need assistance to attend, please contact the workshop co-ordinators:
Yazan Doughan (yazan@uchicago.edu)
Monica Lee (monicalee@uchicago.edu).


Politics, Communication, Society is a graduate student workshop at the
University of Chicago tying together diverse strands of research on the
political aspects and social roles of communicative practices. Our
faculty advisors are Susan Gal, Andreas Glaeser, Michael Silverstein,
and Lisa Wedeen.

“The Kurds and the Armenian Genocide: Rethinking the Link Between Culpability and Ethnicity,” Dr. Janet Klein (University of Akron), April 29

The Armenian Students Association invites you to a lecture in commemoration of the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide:

“The Kurds and the Armenian Genocide: Rethinking the Link
Between Culpability and Ethnicity”

By Dr. Janet Klein
Assistant Professor of History at the University of Akron

Thursday April 29th 6 PM
Harper 130 (1116 E. 59th Street)

A light meal will be available, discussion to follow.

For more information contact:
Christopher Sheklian

QUALIA Conference, University of Chicago, April 30 to May 1, 2010

*Qualia: Anthropological Explorations in the Experience of Quality*
Anthropology Department, University of Chicago, April 30 & May 1, 2010
Organizers: Nicholas Harkness & Lily Hope Chumley

Nancy D. Munn’s pioneering ethnography, _The Fame of Gawa: A Symbolic Study of Value Transformation in a Massim (Papua New Guinea) Society_, was a seminal contribution to the anthropology of qualities and their cultural valuation. Drawing on Charles S. Peirce’s concept of the “qualisign,” Munn showed how the structured experience of valuable qualities in the Gawan lived world figured as signs in rituals of exchange, processes of value transformation, and the production and expansion of “intersubjective spacetime.” This conference builds on Munn’s ethnographic and analytical insights to explore recent areas of interest in the anthropology of qualitative experience, such as the senses, materiality, language, embodiment, aesthetics, and affect.

We broaden the theoretical field by introducing Peirce’s more general term, “qualia” (sing. “quale”), which refers to what people understand to be the experiences of qualities of things and events in their world. Using this concept, the papers in this conference link Munn’s pioneering work to more recent anthropological research by investigating the orientation to and valorization of qualia in differently scaled, diverse, and sometimes geographically dispersed social formations. Papers in the conference address topics as diverse as synaesthesia, language and transnational communication, pulse-taking, stage performance, diamonds, and mobility to understand how qualia figure in the production and maintenance of contemporary social relations — such as intimacies and hierarchies, communities and publics.

Schedule and further details at: lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/semiotics/qualia/ For more information, contact Nicholas Harkness (hark@uchicago.edu)

In Brief:

Key Note Lecture, Nancy D. Munn, Friday, April 30, 3:00 pm, Stuart 105

Conference Sessions Saturday, May 1, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm  Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Faculty Presentations: Yarimar Bonilla (U Virginia), Judith Farquhar, Susan Gal, Joseph Hankins (UCSD), Daniel Miller (University College London)
Alaina Lemon (University of Michigan), Michael Silverstein

Graduate Student Presentations: Filipe Calvao, Lily Hope Chumley, Nicholas Harkness, Shunuke Nozawa, Laurence Ralph, Jonathan Rosa, Eitan Wilf

Music|Race|Empire Conference at the Franke Institute, April 21

Music | Race | Empire

The symposium will afford an opportunity to flesh out the overarching theme of music in the racial and imperial imagination. The organizers seek to widen the perspective of world cultural studies and to advance a new, critical focus on music’s centrality in the transnational production of race.

Time: Wednesday, April 21 2:00 to 5:30pm
Location: Franke Institute for the Humanities (in the Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th Street)

Those needing assistance should contact Jessica Sparks (jessicas@uchicago.edu)

“Islam and the Armenians: Looking at the Near East Differently,” Prof. Seta Dadoyan, May 11

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago presents:

Islam and the Armenians: Looking at the Near East Differently

By Prof. Seta Dadoyan

Made possible by the Armenian Studies Endowment at the University of Chicago and the Ara and Edma Dumanian Foundation

Tuesday, May 11
6:30 pm
Pick Lounge
5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Open to Public

Reception to follow