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Project Orfeo at Baldwin Theater

Novelist Richard Powers (“The Time of our Singing” and “The Echomaker”) joins Duke faculty composer Scott Lindroth, the Horszowski Piano…

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The Black Outdoors: Fred Moten & Saidiya Hartman at Duke University

The Black Outdoors: Humanities Futures after Property and Possession seeks to interrogate the relation between race, sexuality, and juridical and…

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The Education of Bruno Latour: The Anthropocene

Famed modern French philosopher Bruno Latour spoke at Duke on his recent work regarding "critical zones" in the earth sciences,…

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Words and Music: A Conversation with Author Richard Powers

The Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics hosted a casual discussion with novelist Richard Powers, violist…

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Black History, Islam, and the Future of the Humanities Beyond White Supremacy

Interpreting Islam as a form of Black history offers a scholarly framework for reimagining the humanities beyond white supremacy. This paper theorizes such a framework first by showing how modern Black people in Africa and the African diaspora constructed Islam as a religion and civilization of resistance to Euro-American imperialism and anti-Black racism. Second, and more importantly for the future of the humanities as a whole, it argues that reading Islam as Black history undermines regnant disciplinary maps of global culture and civilization that locate human normativity in white chronoscapes. Philosophy, comparative religion, and general education courses on Western civilization are in need of emancipation from their nineteenth-century racialist ontologies. Islam as Black history offers one means to free these fields from their white supremacist bonds. The final half of the paper provides humanities instructors with African and African diasporic primary and secondary sources that can help to inspire a humanities renaissance beyond white supremacy.

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Project Orfeo at Duke University

Duke University faculty composer Scott Lindroth shares his anticipation for the multimedia concert, Project Orfeo, featuring famed National Book Award-winning…

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The Art of the Faculty Meeting

In this "Academic Futurology" discussion on "The Art of the Faculty Meeting," Michael Merson (Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health…

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Global Humanities in Theory and Practice: The Bologna Summer School

The Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory is a joint project of Duke University, the Department of History…

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Disciplining Opinion: The American Revolution in Education

Geoffrey Harpham identifies an “American” system of education that emerged at the end of the second World War. This system–universal,…

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Monica Huerta on the Humanities Postdoctoral Experience

Monica Huerta is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke (2014-16). In this presentation for the Postdocs in the Humanities event…

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Achille Mbembe | Frantz Fanon & the Politics of Viscerality

Delivered as the keynote for the Frantz Fanon, Louis Mars, & New Directions in Comparative Psychiatry Workshop (April 26-27, 2016),…

What it Means to be Non-Human: Feminism, Science, and Molecular Politics

Pauses, Turns, and a Few Hesitations Several years ago, while preparing to split nearly confluent plates of immortalized mouse hypothalamic…

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Islam as Black History

A conversation with Edward Curtis (IUPUI) and Jamillah Karim (Spelman) around questions about Islam as Black History and why is…

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Postmodern Melodrama and Its Discourses – Part 2

VIEW VIDEO HERE Part 2 Melodrama and Realism in the Urban Cinema of Ramin Bahrani Amy Corbin, Muhlenberg College Earth-Object:…


Postmodern Melodrama and Its Discourses – Part 1

  VIEW VIDEO HERE Part 1 The Elephant of Melodrama Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley Melodrama and the Politics…

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Catarina Gomes | Why a Humanities Lab in Angola?

In this Humanities Futures “Academic Futurology” event, cultural anthropologist Catarina Gomes describes her planning for a humanities lab in Angola…

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The Humanities After Humanism

Faisal Devji

There has been a great deal of hand-wringing recently about the fate of the university, and particularly that of the…

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Global Health & Comparative Literature: Perspectives from HIV in South Africa

Alvan Ikoku

The title of this paper references five terms of specific importance to my understanding of global health humanities, as the subfield has emerged since the latter part of the twentieth century. The first and second terms—global health and comparative literature—juxtapose two domains of knowledge often held apart disciplinarily: in other words, they are considered two modern disciplines often thought of as methodologically, and even incommensurably, distinct.

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Academic Futurology | Humanities Grants Workshop

A workshop on funding possibilities in the humanities and the arts, with presentations from Duke faculty and research development specialists….

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Re-imagining World Spaces: The New Relevance of Eurasia

Mark Bassin

Although we often think about geographical continents as fixed natural entities, they are in fact also the product of imaginative construction. The most recent example of this process is the emergence of the continental concept of "Eurasia."