Pleasure Pillars by Shahzia Sikander (2001), RISD graduate, Pakistani-US artist and Islamicate cosmopolitan. In Daftari.

Islamicate Cosmopolitan: A Past Without a Future, Or a Future Still Unfolding?

Islamicate is a term invented by world historian Marshall Hodgson. At once precise and woolly, it invokes Islam—its past, present, and future—yet marks its influence as exceeding any creedal or cultural limits.

"Tasso in the Hospital of St. Anna at Ferrara" by Eugène Delacroix, 1838

Linguistic Hospitality: Reflections on Voice, (Early) Modernities, and the Future of Italian Studies

Jane Tylus

As émigrés currently adopt Italian to relate their personal experiences, a new edginess and perceptivity is developing in the arts, particularly in the cinema and in literature.

Towards a Materialist History of Music: Histories of Sensation

This essay examines the history of auditory sensation, specifically music, in materialistic terms related to sensory communication and raw physicality.

A Liberian Journey

Gregg Mitman

In this essay, the author relates a journey to retrace the steps of a 1926 Harvard medical and scientific expedition to Liberia.

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Slavery’s History in the Age of the Database: Interface Design for Corrupted Files

By responding creatively to the archival challenges presented by the social history of slavery, Harvard Professor Vincent Brown hopes to…

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When Angels Speak with Tanya Luhrmann

This talk examines the phenomenological features of voice-hearing in different settings—religious and secular, modern and medieval. Prof. Tanya Luhrmann drew…

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Building a Union at Duke

Eileen Anderson is currently teaching language, writing, and culture courses in the Spanish Language Program at Duke University. She was…

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The Campus as Social Factory: Monetizing the Student

Students create institutional value most obviously by paying tuition, adopting debt, performing waged work, submitting to compulsory volunteerism, donating to…

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Public Anthropology in the Time of Trump

What responsibility do scholars have in times of political crisis? To whom, why, and how do we reach our intended…

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A Black Feminist Politic of Teaching & Organizing with Emotion

University of Colorado-Boulder Associate Professor of Anthropology Bianca Williams is a teacher/organizer with Black Lives Matter, and a mobilizer for…

How Should We Read a Painting Now?

Kate Flint

How does today’s global art world help open up questions about the global reach of art and artists in the past? And, linking past and present, how do we most effectively use language to convey, and interpret, the always elusive affective impact of art?

Against Digital Art History

This article responds to two issues affecting the field of contemporary art history: digital technology and the so-called computational turn in the humanities.

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."

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“Starving the Beast” University Finances and Public Education Colloquium

This Humanities Futures colloquium opened with the projection of Steve Mim’s 2016 documentary “Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt…

End of Translation

Translation lies at the core of contemporary humanistic study and serves also to define and guard its boundaries.

An Alternative Paradigm for Studying and Performing Athenian Drama

Using the communal rather than professional paradigm for the study of this drama yields important results…

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HIV/AIDS and Global Health at Duke University

Art, AIDS Activism, and Archives: From the Global History of HIV/AIDS in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to…

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Rethinking Slavery: 21st Century Research of Slavery, Sex & Gender

This one and half-day symposium examined the archival and popular representation of chattel slavery, as altered by the cultural and…

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Rethinking Slavery in the 21st Century: Representing Slavery

This one and half-day symposium examined the archival and popular representation of chattel slavery, as altered by the cultural and…

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Shayla Vie Jenkins on Duke Dance’s “Power/Full”

Shayla-Vie was in residence at Duke re-staging Bill T. Jones’ “Power/Full” for the Modern Dance Repertory course from September 13th-22nd,…

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Franklin Gallery @ History Exhibits

John Hope Franklin was one of the most well-known and influential scholars of his era and broke countless professional barriers…