Photo taken from a Centro Historico rooftop, Mexico City in the evening. There are hills in the distance, and dense buildings in the foreground with lights and signs.

Life Politics: Health, Reproduction, and the Body in Mexico

2020-2021 Manuscript Development Workshop Grantee Elyse Singer with guests Megan Crowley-Matoka and Elizabeth F.S. Roberts Monday April 19, 1PM CT The Humanities Forum at the University of Oklahoma has organized this public panel joining cultural anthropologists working in Mexico and other parts of the Americas on questions of health, the body, reproduction and bioethical concerns at the beginning and end of life. Participants will discuss their ethnographic research on addiction and environmental health in Mexico Read more…

The Historic and Trans-Oceanic Parai Drum: Caste and Music from Sangam Literature to Temple Iconography

with guests Davesh Soneji and Arun Raja Selvan Friday April 9, 10AM CT This Humanities Forum Seminar engages historical material from my book manuscript in progress, Drumming Our Liberation: The Spiritual, Cultural, and Sonic Power of the Parai Drum. Specifically, I investigate the history of the parai frame drum of Tamil Nadu, India, the polluting drum of the so called outcaste or untouchable Tamil communities that has recently been reclaimed as an empowering icon of Read more…

Alexandria Mediterranean from Tanty Leonie's photo collection cropped. Showing a view of the city across the water, black and white.

Claiming My Egypt

Thursday April 1, 1PM CT Rhona Seidelman, 2020-21 Forum Grantee, Schusterman Chair of Israel Studies and a professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. with Shir Alon, Professor of Comparative Literature in the department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota. ‘Claiming My Egypt’ is inspired by, and continues in the tradition of, scholarly, autobiographical reflections of women intellectuals of Middle Eastern descent.  In this study Professor Seidelman examines the Read more…

Black and white image of protest group marching through a wintery field. A sign reads "Hands Off Wet'suwet'en" with a hill and some trees in the background - Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Event - Indigenous and Settler Youth March from Eglinton Park and Occupy

Pipeline controversies and epistemic justice: Spill science, material politics, and Indigenous resistance in Northern BC

Friday March 12, 2021 12PM CT Anthony Levenda (OU Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Sustainability, 2021 Arts and Humanities Forum Faculty Grantee) Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. His work focuses on environmental politics and governance, especially related to cities and energy systems. His current research explores (1) policy and activism for just energy transitions and (2) the urban politics of climate adaptation. His research and Read more…

a woman sits facing away from the camera on a sofa at the edge of the train tracks as a train approaches. Black and white still from the film Oklahoma Mon Amour (dir. Carolina Rueda)

Oklahoma Mon Amour: The Impossible South

A discussion of the film Oklahoma Mon Amour (dir. Carolina Rueda, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and 202-21 Arts & Humanities Forum Faculty Grantee at the University of Oklahoma.) Celestino Deleyto Professor of Film and English Literature at the University of Zaragoza. His research interests include Film Theory and Contemporary Cinema in Context of Transnationalism, Border Theory and Cosmopolitanism, specifically “border films” and contemporary cinematic cities, as well as the exploration of space Read more…

A correct map of the Oklahoma country and Cherokee outlet reached via the Missouri Pacific Railway and Iron Mountain route. 1889. NYPL Digital Collections

Space, Place, and Schooling: African American and Indigenous Oklahoma, 1865-1925

Wednesday January 27 1:00PM CT Free | Open to the Public | Live on Zoom 2020-2021 Forum Faculty Grantee Mirelsie VelázquezRainbolt Family EndowedEducation Presidential ProfessorEducational Leadership and Policy Studies “Space, Place, and Schooling: African American and Indigenous Oklahoma, 1865-1925” speaks to the need to place both Oklahoma and communities of color (African American and American Indian being central to this narrative), into a larger conversation within the history of American education and the U.S. more Read more…

Evening Snow at Kanbara, from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō" ca. 1833–34:Deep snow covers the slope of Kanbara in the evening. Fresh flakes falling on the houses, trees, and mountains create a quiet that is broken only by the implied crunch of travelers' footsteps in the snow. This scene is almost entirely imaginary; it rarely snows in the Kanbara area, in present-day Shizuoka Prefecture.

Quintana Heathman

Quintana Heathman Brocade Pictures and Best Sellers: Japanese Popular Print Culture of the Edo Period (1615-1868) Monday September 28, 2020 Moderated by 2019-2020 Forum Fellow Joshua Frydman. In Japan, a vibrant print culture developed during the Edo period (1615–1868). Centered in the city of Edo (modern day Tokyo), these popular works were mass produced via woodblock printing. Aimed at a commoner audience, they were inexpensive and thus accessible to a wide range of the population. Read more…

Image from the Wisconsin Medical Recorder (1909). A skeleton sits in a room alone with a gigantic book at its feet.

Digital Humanities Symposium

DH@OU5: New Voices in Digital Humanities October 22 & 23 2020 Featuring eight presenters from across the country. Organized and moderated by Carrie Schroeder and Darren Purcell. Session 1: Thursday October 22, 2-3:30PM CT Moderated By Carrie Schroeder Dhanashree Thorat Mississippi State University “Racial Terror and Infrastructural Imperialism” Jennifer Isasi University of Texas, Austin “A Pilot Experiment for Multilingual DH Contexts: Sentiment Analysis in Translation” Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla University of Kansas “Intervening in the (Neo)Colonial Read more…

A black and white photograph of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. By Margaret Bourke-White, from the New York Public Library Digital Collections

Rex P. Nielson

Rex P. Nielson “Environmental Refugees in the Work of Candido Partinari” November 5, 2020 Moderated by 2019-2020 Forum Fellow Paolo Moreira (OU Associate Professor of Portuguese) This presentation focuses on the Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari and his long-standing interest in drought and migrant refugees. Portinari is famous for a series of paintings he produced in 1944 of migrants, but beyond this series, he produced dozens of paintings of drought, environmental crisis, and refugees long before this series and afterwards. My work analyzes Portinari’s painting Read more…

A painting by french artist Honore Daumier "The Chess Players" 1836. Two men nplay chess in a darkened room.

Lynne Ambrosini and Patricia Mainardi

Lynne Ambrosini and Patricia Mainardi November 13, 1-2 PM CT Moderated by Erin Duncan-O’Neill (OU Assistant Professor of Art History) Live on Zoom Lynne Ambrosini “Creating the Impressionist Landscape: The Compositional Inventions of Charles François Daubigny.”  Working more extensively in the open air than preceding artists, Charles François Daubigny (1817–1878) created new sorts of landscape formats that would prove highly influential. Among the stimulating new landscape motifs that he pioneered in the 1850s were: riverine Read more…

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