Table of Contents for Humanities Futures Papers

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sylvia Miller

As of April 2019 we have published 71 “think piece” papers on the Humanities Futures website at  Here they are listed alphabetically by author.  We will continue to update this list periodically.

A-B   C   D   E-F   G   H   I   J-K   L   M-N   O-P   Q-R   S   T   U-V-W    X-Y-Z

In addition, we have featured thematic groups of essays.  Some groups highlight the work of departments and interdisciplinary working groups on particular events and series of events, while others highlight topics and ideas across disparate disciplines, departments, and events (“curated groups”).  You can see the content of the site organized by department, working groups, and curated groups here.  To date, we have announced the following themes on social media:  Global Blackness, Global Asian Health Humanities, Aesthetics NowDigital Futures, and Water.

Sylvia Miller, Senior Program Manager in Scholarly Publishing at the Franklin Humanities Institute, served as Managing Editor for this papers collection. FHI Associate Director Christina Chia was Project Director.



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," April 9, 2016. Related Media: Harmony Bench: Digital Research in Dance Studies

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

Bleakley, Alan. Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine. “Don’t Breathe a Word: A Psychoanalysis of Medicine’s Inflations.” May 18, 2018. Related Media: Alan Bleakley: A Psychoanalysis of Medicine’s Inflations



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

Colin, Jonathan, and Fernando Arias, Más Arte Más Acción Foundation. “Más Arte Más Acción: Utopia’s 500th.”  September 24, 2018.

Connor, Steven, University of Cambridge, "Sporting World, Worlding Sport," July 30, 2016. Related Media: Steven Connor: Sporting World, Worlding Sport

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



Dave, Naisargi N. University of Toronto, “Love and Other Injustices: On Indifference to Difference,” January 29, 2016. Related Media: Naisargi Dave: Indifference to Difference: Humanity, Animality, and Immanent Ethics

de Boeck, Filip. KU Leuven, Belgium. “‘Illuminating the Hole’: Kinshasa’s Makeovers Between Dream and Reality.” July 9, 2018.

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. Related Media: Beth Holmgren, Sumathi Ramaswamy & Audience | "Humanities After Humanism"


Ferris, David, University of Colorado, Boulder.  “The New Humanities?” January 18, 2019.

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. Related Media: Catarina Gomes: Why a Humanities Lab in Angola?

Gottschild, Brenda, Temple University, “”Racing’ in ‘Place’: Dance Studies and the Academy,” February 1, 2016. Related Media: Brenda Dixon Gottschild: "Racing" in "Place": Dance Studies & The Academy

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


Hanagan, Nora. Duke University. “The Future of Political Theory: American Political Thought in the Trump Era.” December 12, 2017.

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,” February 4, 2016.

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,” July 31, 2016.


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.

Keshavarz, Fatemeh. University of Maryland. “Persian Literature and Educating the Whole Person.” May 18, 2018.

Klugman, Craig. DePaul University. “The Health Humanities and the Future of Publishing.” September 17, 2018.


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.

Liu, Michael Shiyung. Institute of Taiwan, Academia Sinica. “From Colonial Medicine to International Health in East Asia.” April 25, 2018.


Mitchell, Joshua, Georgetown University, “Reflections on Higher Education in the Global Age,” November 21, 2016.

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. Related Media: Carl Ernst: Sufism and Yogic Bodies; Mark S. Smith: The Embodied God of the Hebrew Bible; Kalman P. Bland: Animals as Humans.

Morgenstein Fuerst, Ilyse R., University of Vermont.  “After the Rebellion: Religion, Rebels, and Jihad in South Asia.” February 15, 2019. Related Media: Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst: After the Rebellion: Religion, Rebels and Jihad in South Asia

Murray, Martin. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “Re-Urbanism in Africa: Frictionless Utopias for the Contemporary Urban Age.” May 2, 2018.

Ndongo Bidyogo-Makina, Donato. Translated by Anna Tybinko. “African Intellectuals in the Face of the Phenomenon of Dictatorship.” December 19, 2017.

Ndongo Bidyogo-Makina, Donato. “Los intelectuales africanos ante el fenómeno de las dictaduras.” September 17, 2018. (See previous entry for the English translation.)

Northover, Patricia. University of the West Indies, Jamaica. “Thinking ‘Global Blackness’ Through the Frame of Angelus Novus: An Exploration of Racial Aporias and the Politics of Modern Power, Sovereignty, and Temporality.” December 19, 2017. Related Media: Patricia Northover: Global Blackness: Politics of Cultures, Primitive Dispossession and the Haunting of the Modern Political


Obarrio, Juan, Johns Hopkins University. “Health, Illness, and Memory.” December 13, 2018.

Ong, Aihwa, University of California, Berkeley. “Genetic Origami in Asian Experiments.” June 4, 2018.

Oprea, Alexandra, Duke University. “The Future of Political Theory: The Normative Science of Politics,” December 19, 2017.

Platzer, David, Berggruen Institute, and Anne Allison, Duke University. "Academic Precarity and American Anthropology," April 12, 2019.

Puchner, Martin, Harvard University, “Theater, Theory, Practice,” February 20, 2016.


Quayson, Ato. New York University. “‘Still It Makes Me Laugh, No Time to Die’: Methodological Reflections on Oxford Street.” September 24, 2018.

Richter, Simon. University of Pennsylvania. “What Water Teaches: Wissenschaft in the Age of Sea Level Rise.” May 24, 2018.

Riedl, Matthias, Central European University, “Apocalyptic Politics: On the Permanence and Transformations of a Symbolic Complex,” March 23, 2016.

Rodriguez, Carlos Alberto, Maria Clara van der Hammen, Luis Angel Trujillo, and Confucio Hernandez.  Tropenbos International Colombia. “From Local Knowledge: Ecological Relationships in the World of Water.”  October 25, 2018.

Rodriguez, Abel, Maria Clara van der Hammen, and Carlos Alberto Rodríguez. Tropenbos International Colombia. “Name and Draw: An Exploration of Communicating Traditional Knowledge in the Work of Abel Rodríguez.” October 25, 2018.

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

Rupprecht, Philip. Duke University, “Common Currencies: British Music and Europe in the Age of Brexit,” November 27, 2018.


Schneider, Rebecca, Brown University, “Vitality and Obsolesence in the Theatre of the Humanities: Or, #SandraBland and Hamlet,” July 14, 2016. Related Media: Rebecca Schneider: Extending a Hand: "Vital" Obsolescence & the (Non)Human Turn

Shaikh, Sa’diyya, University of Cape Town. “Explorations in Islamic Feminist Epistemology.” February 1, 2018.

Siebe, Christina, National University of Mexico. “Human Impact on Geospheric Processes in the Critical Zone Exemplified by the Regional Water Exchange Between the Mexico City Metropolitan Area and the Mezquital Valley.” November 30, 2018.

Sousanis, Nick, San Francisco State University.  “Frames of Thought.” December 14, 2018.

Sowers, Jeannie, University of New Hampshire. “Environmental Activism in the Middle East:  Prospects and Challenges.” May 24, 2018.

Steingo, Gavin, and Jim Sykes, Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania.  “Remapping Sound Studies.” February 22, 2018.


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

Ulloa, Astrid, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. “Climate Change, Cultures, Territories, Nonhumans, and Relational Knowledges in Colombia,” translated by Iván Vargas.

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

X, Y, Z

Yang, Timothy, Pacific University. “Toward Global Histories of Pharmaceuticals in East Asia.” March 7, 2018.

Zeki, Semir, “Clive Bell’s ‘Significant Form’ and the Neurobiology of Aesthetics.”  January 28, 2019.

Zhan, Mei, University of California, Irvine. “Cosmographic Experiments: Thinking, Doing, and Being with Classical Chinese Medicine.” July 10, 2018.

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