Table of Contents for Humanities Futures Papers

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sylvia Miller

As of December 14, 2017, we have published 40 “think piece” papers on the Humanities Futures website at  Here they are listed alphabetically by author.  We will continue to update this list periodically.




Bagg, Sam, Duke University, “The Future of Political Theory:  Political Theory as an Anti-discipline,” October 16, 2017

Bassin, Mark, Södertörn University, “Rethinking World Spaces: The New Relevance of Eurasia,” March 2, 2017

Bench, Harmony, Ohio State University, “Digital Research in Dance Studies: Emerging Trends in a Still-Emerging Field,” March 25, 2015

Bishop, Claire, CUNY Graduate Center, “Against Digital Art History,” March 15, 2017



Carter, J. Kameron, Duke University, and Sarah Cervenak, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, “The Black Outdoors: Humanities Futures After Property and Possession,” November 20, 2017

Connor, Steven, University of Cambridge, “Sporting World, Worlding Sport,” March 25, 2015

Curtis, Edward E., IV, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, “Black History, Islam, and the Future of the Humanities beyond White Supremacy,” October 14, 2016


Dave, Naisargi N. University of Toronto, “Love and Other Injustices: On Indifference to Difference,” March 25, 2015

Dembeck, Till, University of Luxembourg, “Multilingualism as Migration: Remarks on Literature, Philology, and Culture,” October 27, 2017

Devji, Faisal, Oxford University, “The Humanities After Humanism,” January 29, 2016


Flint, Kate, University of Southern California, “How Do We Read a Painting Now?,” March 16, 2017


Gallese, Vittorio, University of Parma, “Visions of the Body: Embodied Simulation and Aesthetic Experience,” June 2, 2017

Gallope, Michael, University of Minnesota, “On Close Reading and Sound Recording,” October 28, 2016

Gamel, Mary-Kay, University of California, Santa Cruz, “An Alternative Paradigm for Studying and Performing Athenian Drama,” February 16, 2017

García Peña, Lorgia, Harvard University, “Almost Citizens: Racial Translations, National Belonging, and the Global ‘Immigration Crisis’,” May 31, 2017

Gillespie, Michael Allen, Duke University, “The Future of Political Theory:  Using the Canon to Prepare for Tomorrow,” October 13, 2017

Gomes, Catarina, Agostinho Neto University, “Why a Humanities Lab in Angola? A Few Remarks on Critical Thinking and the Relevance of a ‘Public Humanities’ Concept,” October 29, 2016

Gottschild, Brenda, Temple University, “”Racing’ in ‘Place’: Dance Studies and the Academy,” March 25, 2015

Grimes, Ronald L, Wilfrid Laurier University, “Ritual Studies: Practicing the Craft,” November 12, 2016


Heffes, Gisela, Rice University, “Trash Matters: Residual Culture in Latin America,” July 17, 2017

Heinrich, Ari, University of California, San Diego, “On Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Chinese Body as Surplus,” July 10, 2017

Hemmings, Clare, London School of Economics, “Feminist Articulations: Gender and Sexuality in a New Feminist Landscape,” April 10, 2015

Henry, Todd, University of California, San Diego, “Neuro-Psychiatry as Area Studies: Han Tong-se (1930–1973) and the Diagnostics of Gender/Sexual “Deviance” in Cold War South Korea,” October 25, 2017


Ikoku, Alvan, Stanford University, “Global Health and Comparative Literature: Perspectives from HIV in South Africa,” November 3, 2015


James, Sharon, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Ancient Comedy, Women’s Lives: Finding Social History and Seeing the Present in Classical Comedy,” November 29, 2016

Kennedy, Chris, Duke University, “The Future of Political Theory: Revisiting Its Past and Some Thoughts About Its Future,” December 13, 2017.


Lawrence, Bruce, Duke University, “Islamicate Cosmopolitan: A Past Without a Future, Or a Future Still Unfolding?,” May 1, 2017

Lezra, Jacques, New York University, “The End of Translation,” February 17, 2017

Lipovetsky, Mark, University of Colorado-Boulder, “Extreme Science: Towards Global Slavic Humanities,” February 1, 2016


Mitchell, Joshua, Georgetown University, “Reflections on Higher Education in the Global Age,” December 3, 2014

Mitman, Gregg, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “A Liberian Journey,” April 29, 2017

Morgan, David; Leela Prasad; Marc Brettler; and Hwansoo Kim, Duke University, “Entanglement and the Future of Religious Studies,” December 12. 2017.


Puchner, Martin, Harvard University, “Theater, Theory, Practice,” April 10, 2015


Riedl, Matthias, Central European University, “Apocalyptic Politics: On the Permanence and Transformations of a Symbolic Complex,” December 3, 2014

Roy, Deboleena, Emory University, “What it Means to be Non-human: Feminism, Science, and Molecular Politics,” March 23, 2016


Schneider, Rebecca, Brown University, “Vitality and Obsolesence in the Theatre of the Humanities: Or, #SandraBland and Hamlet,” March 25, 2015


Trippett, David, University of Cambridge, “Towards a Materialist History of Music: Histories of Sensation,” April 30, 2017

Tylus, Jane, New York University, “Linguistic Hospitality: Reflections on Voice, (Early) Modernities, and the Future of Italian Studies,” May 2, 2017

U, V, W

Wilderson, Frank B., III, University of California, Irvine, “Afro-Pessimism and the End of Redemption,” May 27, 2017

X, Y, Z

Zawahri, Neda, Cleveland State University, “Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa,” December 4, 2017