Humanizing the Global

Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human: Inequalities

 

The Global Studies Center and the Humanities Center invite faculty to participate in this year's faculty development seminar on Inequalities. The purpose of this seminar is to bring colleagues from the humanities and the social sciences (as well as cognate professional schools) together for a series of lectures and workshops in which they will jointly explore questions that highlight the urgency of thinking globally about the humanities and humanistically about globalization. 

Throughout the year, we bring internationally-renowned scholars to campus to speak to our theme from their own (inter)disciplinary perspectives. Each of our guests presents a public lecture on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 pm. Dinner with members of the seminar follows.  On Friday morning, each speaker leads a workshop with seminar participants to discuss a pre-circulated text (from 9-11am; coffee and pastry provided) The seminar is a great opportunity to meet new colleagues, renew friendships, and engage in stimulating intellectual conversations on areas of broad cross-disciplinary interest. (Past participants are welcome to take part again.)

 

The public lectures are open to everyone. If you would like to take part in the Friday morning seminars, please send a note to Veronica Dristas (dristas@pitt.edu) indicating your interest, and attach a c.v. We ask seminar participants to try to attend all six events (three lectures, three seminars), though we recognize this isn’t always possible. All events take place in the Humanities Center, 602CL.

 

This year's seminar features three visitors:

 

Thursday November 29

"Writing Beyond the Margins: Dalit Literature in India"

Laura Brueck, Chair, Asian Languages and Cultures Department; Associate Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture at Northwestern University. Dr. Brueck specializes in modern and contemporary Hindi literature, with a particular focus on literatures of resistance, popular literatures, and translation studies.

 

Thursday January 24

"A Bio-Social Strategy for TB Elimination"

Salmaan A. Keshavjee, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Keshavjee's research spans four areas: (1) multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment and policy; (2) health-sector reform and access to health care and medical technology in transitional societies, with a special focus on countries of the former Soviet Union (Central Asia and the Russian Federation); (3) the role of non-governmental organizations in globalization and the formation of trans-border civil society; and (4) modernity, social institutions, civil society, and health in the Middle East and Central Asia. In addition to being an active clinician, his methodological expertise is in ethnography, participant-observation, and qualitative interview techniques. 

 

Thursday February 28 

"New mosques, new neighbors? The domestication of Islam and the politics of proximity"

Patricia  Ehrkamp, University of Kentucky Department of Geography. 

Dr. Ehrkamp's research considers how immigration changes contemporary European and U.S. American cities and polities. She has argued that in order to understand immigrant geographies research needs to consider how immigrants and non-immigrant residents in cities of the United States and of Europe create spaces of everyday life, and how these new spaces of everyday life shape wider debates about citizenship, belonging, inclusion and exclusion. Her recent work on debates about minarets and mosque construction projects in Germany and Switzerland examines how understandings of secularism, religion, and gender shape contemporary liberal democracies in Europe.