The Center for the Humanities co-sponsors humanities and humanistic social sciences events with departments, programs and academic initiatives at Washington University. The center makes funding decisions based on availability of funds and expected reach and impact of the event. Taken as a whole, the sponsorships represent the broad diversity of the humanities at the university.
Please contact Jean Allman, humanities center director, to inquire about support for an event. For co-sponsorship requests greater than $500, please fill out and include the form at right.
Co-sponsored Events, 2020–21
Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide, November 11, 2020. Organized by the Department of Classics.
Multidirectional Memories, Implicated Subjects, and the Possibilities of Art, November 14, 2020. Organized by the Kemper Art Museum.
Co-sponsored Events, 2019–20
Fronteras Líquidas/Liquid Borders (South by Midwest V International Conference On Latin American Cultural Studies), October 2–4, 2019. Organized by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures.
Lying and Deception: A Happy Marriage, keynote lecture of the Central States Philosophical Association 2019 Meeting, October 18, 2019. Organized by the Department of Philosophy.
Mean Streets, 28th St. Louis International Film Festival, Nov. 5–15, 2019.
“What is the Word”: Celebrating Samuel Beckett, colloquium, November 7–8, 2019. Organized by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Department of English and University Libraries.
The Bridge #2.2, November 14, 2019. Organized by the Department of Music.
Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus, February 10, 2020. Organized by the Department of African & African American Studies.
The Great Chernobyl Acceleration, February 25, 2020. Organized by the Department of History.
Global Reception of the Classic Zhuangzi: Song to Ming, March 27–29, 2020. Organized by the Religious Studies program.
Manipulate My Fear: How New Forms of (Mis)Information and Processes of Political and Religious Subjection Contribute to the Erosion of Democracy in Brazil, April 9, 2020. Organized by the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Debilitation in Palestine: Notes Towards Southern Disability Studies, April 16, 2020. Organized by the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Transmission: The German Literary Field in the Age of Nationalism, 1850-1919, September 3–6, 2020. Organized by the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures.
Co-sponsored Events, 2018–19
Broadway Bodies: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Musical, September 28–29, 2018. Organized by American Culture Studies and Music.
Mean Streets, 27th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival, November 1–11, 2018.
Marilynne Robinson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, Humanities Lecture Series: Holy Moses: An appreciation of Genesis and Exodus as Literature and Theology, November 13–15, 2018. Organized by Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities.
XV Lessons and Legacies Conference, November 3, 2018. Organized by Germanic Languages & Literatures.
Ethnographic Futures (annual spring meeting of the American Ethnological Society), March 14–16, 2019. Organized by Anthropology.
Strategic Negativity: Ratchetness and Reality Television, March 19, 2019. Organized by the Law, Identity, and Culture Speaker Series.
Negative Kanye: Black Genius, Iconography and the Politics of Disobedience, March 20, 2019. Organized by Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and African & African-American Studies.
Performing Morrison Symposium, March 29–30, 2019. Organized by Performing Arts.
Beyond the Film: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Movie Audiences and Their Environments, April 6, 2019. Organized by Film & Media Studies.
Keep Them Sacred: Honoring Generations of Indigenous Women, 2019 Washington University Pow Wow, April 20, 2019. Organized by the Buder Center.
Co-sponsored Events, 2017–18
Jafari Allen, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Miami, Decentering the West Lecture: “Ethnography of an Idea: There’s a Disco Ball Between Us,” October 11, 2017. Organized by Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, Prosthetic Ecologies: (Re)Membering Disability, Curating Culpability, and Laos PDR’s Dirty War, October 12, 2017. Organized by International & Area Studies and Asian American Studies.
The Future of Food Studies Graduate Conference, October 19 – 21, 2017. Organized by Graduate Association for Food Studies.
Frankenstein Double Feature, A Cinematic Celebration, film screenings of Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Young Frankenstein (1974), October 20, 2017. Organized by Film and Media Studies.
The Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures: New Cartographies in Iberian and Latin American Studies, October 26–28, 2017. Organized by Romance Languages and Literature.
Raja Feather Kelly, Choreographer, Residency in Dance Guest Artist, October 30–November 3, 2017. Organized by Performing Arts Department.
Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television, November 2–12, 2017. Organized by Cinema St. Louis/St. Louis International Film Festival.
Prejudice: Intersecting Methods and Perspectives Workshop, November 10–11, 2017. Organized by Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology.
Mark R. Cohen, the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East, Emeritus, and Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus, Princeton University, “Maimonides and the Merchants: Jewish Law and Society in the Medieval Islamic World,” January 29, 2018. Organized by Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages & Cultures.
Religion and Politics in Early American Conference, March 1–4, 2018. Organized by Danforth Center on Religion & Politics.
The Arts of Democratization: Stylizing Political Sensibilities in Postwar West Germany, April 5–7, 2018. Organized by Germanic Languages & Literatures.
Biggs Residency Reunion and Symposium, April 11, 2018. Organized by Classics.
Israeli Literature at Seventy, April 12–13, 2018. Organized by Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages & Cultures.
David Bordwell, Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, Emeritus in the Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “David Bordwell Lecture Series and Film Screening,” spring 2018. Organized by Film & Media Studies.
Co-sponsored Events, 2016–17
Azadi, “Racism and Anti-Racism: Global Perspectives”
David R. Blumenthal, “Obedience and Resistance: Principles for Ethical Living”
Co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Program, the Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages & Cultures Department, the Philosophy Department, and the Center for the Humanities
Buder Center for American Indian Studies, “Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice Symposium: From Standing Rock to St. Louis”
Co-sponsored by Buder Center for American Indian Studies, Center for Social Development, University College, Brown School Dean’s Office, Brown School Diversity Committee, Provost’s Office, and the Center for the Humanities
Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Program, 25th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion
Keynote Address: “Looking for Lorraine: Gifts of the Hidden Hansberry”
Co-sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series, African and African-American Studies Program, Center for the Humanities, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies and Center on Urban Research and Public Policy
Graduate History Association, The Spatial Turn
Co-sponsored by the Department of History; American Cultures Studies; Center for the Humanities; Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies; International and Area Studies; Art History and Archaeology; Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Sunaina Maira, “Af-Pak, the War on Terror, and Solidarities: Asian American Youth/Studies”
Joseph Massad, “Between Islamophobia and Homophobia: Gender, Sexuality, and Liberal Engagements with Islam”
Co-sponsored by Jewish Islamic & Near Eastern Languages & Cultures Department, the Religious Studies Program, the Center for the Humanities, the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department
Jemima Pierre, “On Africa and ‘World’ Blackness”
Co-sponsored by the African & African American Studies Department, the Center for the Humanities, and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Missouri History Museum, “An Evening with Ntozake Shange”
Co-sponsored by the Missouri History Museum, Washington University’s Center for the Humanities, African and African American Studies Department, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department; Saint Louis University’s Office of Diversity and Community Engagement; and the University of Missouri–St. Louis’s Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender
Spanish Graduate Student Organization, Movement, Exchange, and Belonging in the Hispanic World
Co-sponsored by Romance Languages and Literatures Department, the Center for the Humanities, and Latin American Studies Program
Transgender Spectrum Conference 2016
Co-sponsored by Washington University: Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Office of the Provost for Diversity, Law, Identity and Culture Program, Institute of Public Health, Department of Medicine, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Department of Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Law, University of Missouri St Louis: Gender Studies Department, University of Illinois Springfield: Diversity Center, LGBTQIA Resource Office, and PROMO
Nathan Trice, Residency in Dance Guest Artist
Co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Department, The Department of African & African-American Studies, the Center for the Humanities, and Washington University’s Office of the Provost
Washington University 27th Annual Powwow
Joseph Winters, “Refusing Optimism: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Anti-blackness, and the Ethics of Anguish”
Co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Program and the Center for the Humanities
Co-sponsored Events, 2015–16
“Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela”
Marcia Ochoa, Associate Professor, Departments of Feminist Studies, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, University of California-Santa Cruz
September 10, 2015
Speaking about her recent ethnography, Marcia Ochoa considered how femininities are produced, performed and consumed in the mass-media spectacles of international beauty pageants, on the runways of the Miss Venezuela contest, on the well-traveled Caracas avenue where transgender women (transformistas) project themselves into the urban imaginary, and on the bodies of both transformistas and beauty pageant contestants (misses).
Co-sponsors: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Anthropology; Latin American Studies; Center for the Humanities
“The Invention of Testimony: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah in the 21st Century”
November 13–14, 2015; workshop held at the University of Missouri–Columbia
Major Shoah scholars representing a variety of disciplinary angles and hailing from North America, Europe and Australia, along with film archivists from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, workshopped papers that examine the many legacies of Shoah and Lanzmann’s other associated films, their impact on historical and cinematic standpoints on the Holocaust, and their present and future place in shaping Holocaust memory in the 21st century.
Cosponsors: Research Council of the University of Missouri in partnership with Mizzou Advantage, Based on a True Story, Washington University Center for the Humanities
Cronies Screening and Discussion
November 14, 2015
As part of the St. Louis International Film Festival, the filmmaker, cast and crew members attended the screening of their film and afterward led a discussion.
Co-sponsors: Cinema St. Louis, Center for the Humanities
“American Intimacies: Disability and Intimacy Roundtable”
February 5, 2016
This roundtable explored how disability transforms our thinking about intimate relationships. Disability in public often produces “inappropriate” intimacies, including uninvited questions and stares. Disability in private can heighten the vulnerability of intimate practices, while also expanding the meanings of sexuality, kinship and carework. Psychosocial disorders and environmental illnesses raise new questions about emotional and physical proximity.
Cosponsors: American Culture Studies; Office of the Provost; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Center for the Humanities
“Global Inequalities: Reflections on Economic Citizenship”
Manuela Boatcă, Professor of Sociology, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany
March 29, 2016
The widening of global economic inequality is paralleled by an increase in the commodification of citizenship, as seen in “citizenship by investment” programs and trade in European Union passports, limiting work opportunity and visa-free travel for those with already-challenging economic circumstances.
Cosponsors: Committee on Comparative Literature; Sociology; International and Area Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Center for the Humanities
“Endurance, Ephemerality: Art and the Passage of Time”
April 1–2, 2016
This symposium, organized by the graduate students of Art History and Archaeology, pursued a deeper conceptual engagement with the theme of time and the ways in which its passage has shaped both artistic practice and our understanding of art and material culture.
Cosponsors: Art History and Archaeology, Center for the Humanities
“‘Sonic Visions’: Jazz and Improvised Music to Avant-Garde Films”
April 8, 2016
Featuring acclaimed jazz icon Thurman Barker (percussion) performing with Paul Steinbeck (bass) and Joel Vanderheyden (sax), the trio improvised an original and unscored performance alongside a short program of avant-garde and experimental films from around the world. The performance was followed by a Q&A on jazz, improvisation, film and music, and experimental film and jazz as modern art forms.
Cosponsors: Music, Film and Media Studies, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Performing Arts, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Center for the Humanities
“Many Voices, One Message: Honoring Our Languages to Strengthen Our Future”
April 9, 2016
Washington University 2016 Powwow offered dancing, singing, drumming, arts, crafts and food that celebrated and emphasized the importance of language in preserving cultural identity.
Cosponsors: Buder Center for American Indian Studies, Brown School Student Coordinating Council, Women’s Society of Washington University, Missouri Humanities Council, Center for the Humanities
Co-sponsored Events, 2014–15
African Students Association, Africa Week
“A.I.R. Refreshed: Women Artists in Perspective 1970–Now”
Co-sponsored by the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; the Department of Art History and Archeology; The Kemper Museum; the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Culture; the Law, Culture and Identity Initiative; and The Center for the Humanities
Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, “Materialist Mourning: Danh Võ and the Object’s Extension of Life”
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, Performing Arts Department, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Formal Epistemology Workshop
Graduate History Association, History of the Future conference
Co-sponsored by American Culture Studies; Center for the Humanities; Department of Anthropology; Department of Art History and Archaeology; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Department of English; Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures; Department of History; International & Area Studies; Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages & Cultures; Legal Studies Program; Law, Identity, and Culture Initiative; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Sayed Kashua, “Humor, Identity, and Other Secrets”
Co-sponsored by Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; Center for the Humanities; Comparative Literature and St. Louis Hillel
Charif Kiwan, Snapshots of History in the Making Screening & Discussion
Co-sponsored by the Department of Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, the Center for the Humanities, the Film and Media Studies Program, and the International and Area Studies Program
Midwest Study Group of the North American Kant Society
Jocelyn Olcott, “What Woman? The Challenge of Transnational Feminisms”
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities; History; International and Area Studies; Latin American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Aldo Parolini, “E un Diamante Brillò: Omaggio a Diamante Medaglia Faini”
Co-sponsored by Washington University, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and the LeMaree Theatre of Salò, Italy
Sumathi Ramaswamy, “Laughing at Empire Properly”
Co-sponsored by Art History and Archaeology, Center for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Workshop, History and International and Area Studies
Gloria Rolando, Reembarque/Reshipment Screening and Discussion
Co-sponsored by African and African-American Studies; Center for the Humanities; Comparative Literature; Dean of Arts and Sciences; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Film and Media Studies; Latin American Studies; Romance Languages and Literatures; Vice Provost Adrienne Davis; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Steven Seidman, “Boundary Struggles in Intimate Life: A Psychoanalytic Perspective”
Co-sponsored by American Culture Studies; Center for the Humanities; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and the Law, Culture, and Identity Initiative
Screening the Great War: A Centenary Film Series
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, Film and Media Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures, African and African-American Studies, History and Film & Media Archives
(Un)Civil Mediations: A Civil Rights & Visual Culture Symposium
A Law, Identity and Culture Initiative in the School of Law event, co-sponsored by the American Cultural Studies and African and African-American Studies programs, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and the Center for the Humanities in Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Provost Diversity and Inclusion Grant; Washington University Libraries; and the Missouri History Museum.
Washington University 2015 Powwow
Patricia Williams, “Love in the Time of Identity Wars”
Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities; Assembly Series; Law, Identity and Culture Initiative; Office of the Provost; Center for the Humanities; and the School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series