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Stories in the Humanities

The Human Ties blog features stories by and about Washington University humanities scholars, who take on contemporary culture, upcoming events, current research, and important anniversaries. Check back weekly for new stories!

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Routine Maintenance: Caroline Levine on the Forms That Sustain

While the disrupters and innovators of the world get a lot of attention, literature and culture scholar Caroline Levine has focused on the often-overlooked patterns, repetitions, and routines that keep things running. In advance of her keynote lecture at the Faculty Book Celebration on February 21, Levine gave an interview to PhD candidate Deborah Thurman, who asked Levine about her analysis of social and artistic forms, defense of repetitive structures, and how she found support in sources ranging from Victorian literature to “The Wire.”

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Lights, Camera, (Instagram), Action! Immersive Experiences and Digital Space

Last summer, visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden took part in the “nighttime multimedia experience” called “Flora Borealis.” AMCS postdoctoral fellow Megan Steigerwald Ille draws on her work in the use of immersion in the digital and physical realms to unpack this event’s appeal in the Instagram era.

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