Henrike Christiane Lange (Art History and Italian, Berkeley): "A Compass for Relief Theory"

January 30, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building

How can we calibrate a scholar’s compass on a journey into the history of relief sculpture? In a world that privileges the flat image on canvas or computer screen, and still reveres sculpture in the round, I propose to rehabilitate relief as a driving force in the history of art. Visual relief effects across media help to form cultural environments by intertwining collective and individual modes of perception. Considering relief as symbolic form, three case studies from the Medieval Baltic, Renaissance Mediterranean, and Global Contemporary sequentially raise the question of presence, individualization, and democratization as categories for a dynamic theory of relief. This project relates brick reliefs from Baltic cathedrals to the artistic dialogue between Donatello and Mantegna in sculpture and painting as a crucial moment for the intellectual foundations of early modernity. Finally, modern brick relief sculpture and contemporary practices of relief carving in North America indicate the persistence of the medium as cultural agent into the present day.

Henrike C. Lange holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Art History and Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in European medieval and early modern art, architecture, visual culture, and literature in relation to the Mediterranean. Lange has a second area of expertise in nineteenth and twentieth century historiography, literature, and art in Europe and the United States. Her scholarship focuses on questions of perspective, narrative, medium, materiality, and metaphysics in specific historical contexts. Lange’s art historical practice and teaching are informed by her curatorial background and work experience in German, Italian, American, and British museum collections. Henrike Lange is a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame (2017-2018) where she is preparing her current book manuscript, Giotto’s Triumph: The Arena Chapel, the Roman Jubilee of 1300, and the Question of Modernity.

Original author: Mae Lyons-Penner

Mackenzie Cooley (Stanford, History) "Rape of the New World: Metaphor, Rape, Conquest"

February 27, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

This presentation is part of the Trauma and History Workshop: Plague, Fire, War, and Rebellion.

Original author: Mae Lyons-Penner

Kevin Terraciano (UCLA): "Memories of the War in Mexico Tenochtitlan"

February 20, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

This presentation is part of the Trauma and History Workshop: Plague, Fire, War, and Rebellion.

Original author: Mae Lyons-Penner

Sigrun Haude (Arizona): "Facing the Trauma of the Thirty Years' War"

February 6, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

This presentation is part of the Trauma and History Workshop: Plague, Fire, War, and Rebellion.

Original author: Mae Lyons-Penner

Graylin Harrison (Stanford, Art History): "Representing Naples: The Revolt of 1647-8"

January 30, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Stanford Art History graduate student Graylin Harrison discusses violent images of the Neapolitan Revolt of 1647-48, known to historians as the Revolt of Massaniello. The revolt in Naples became emblematic of social disorder and the violence of crowd rule during the political upheavals of the seventeenth century.

This presentation is part of the Trauma and History Workshop: Plague, Fire, War, and Rebellion.

Original author: Mae Lyons-Penner

Chet Van Duzer: "Making the World Go 'Round: How Urbano Monte Created his Map of 1587"

February 23, 2018 - 3:30pm

David Rumsey Map Center, Bing Wing of Green Library

On February 23rd at 3.30 pm, the David Rumsey Map Center will have on display the original 430 year old Urbano Monte 1587 map long with its 10 feet by 10 feet facsimile and its virtual derivatives at the Center.  This will be followed by a talk featuring Chet van Duzer, History of Cartography scholar and recent David and Abby Rumsey Fellow at the David Rumsey Map Center and the John Carter Brown Library in Boston. Chet will be presenting on his research conducted over the course of 3 months on the Urbano Monte 1587 map. 

The talk is entitled: Making the World Go 'Round: How Urbano Monte Created his Map of 1587

Urbano Monte's map of 1587 is a spectacular creation, designed to be assembled into an image of the world 10.5 feet in diameter, on an unusual projection, intended to be rotated about its center, and elaborately decorated with images of sovereigns, sea monsters, and animals. In this talk Chet Van Duzer will present new research how Urbano Monte went about making the map: the events and works that inspired him, the sources from which he borrowed, and his own statements about the map.

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Arguing with Edmund Spenser in Contemporary Irish Poetry

Thursday 15th February, 7-9pm
Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1.
Tickets: Free, but limited – booking advised. Info from Poetry Ireland website.

The Tudor poet, Edmund Spenser, is not remembered fondly in Ireland, despite his having written most of his major works while living here as a planter and colonial administrator in the late sixteenth century, and despite the interest of W.B. Yeats in his potential uses as an Irish poet. The reasons for this disfavour are all too easy to identify: Spenser’s vicious polemic against both the native Irish and the descendants of the Norman settlers who had become ‘more Irish than the Irish themselves’ (as the saying goes) in his political dialogue, A View of the Present State of Ireland.

But Spenser has been an increasingly noticeable presence in contemporary Irish poetry, prompting exploration not just of the darker moments of Irish history during the plantations, and their implications for Ireland today, but also of the opportunities for reflection and even self-examination his poetry offers an Irish reader – and ultimately, perhaps, a re-evaluation of the usual narratives of the Irish literary tradition.

The School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing, University College Dublin and Poetry Ireland invite you to join five poets who have been thinking and arguing with Spenser in their recent work for an evening of discussion and readings: John McAuliffe (The Way In (2015)), Trevor Joyce (Fastness (2017)), Leanne O’Sullivan (A Quarter of an Hour (2018)), Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (Ireland Professor of Poetry (2001-2004)), and current Ireland Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (The Boys of Bluehill (2015)).

Tickets: Free, but limited – booking advised here.

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CFP: Scenes in the Other’s Language (UGA, Nov 1-3, 2018)

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.008  Thursday, 18 January 2018


From:        Sujata Iyengar

Original author: Hardy

Shakespeare Across the Disciplines

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.007  Thursday, 18 January 2018


From:        Jeffrey Robert Wilson

Date:         January 16, 2018 at 3:03:47 PM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare Across the Disciplines

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Stephen Harrison (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): The Roman Novel in France: Apuleius and La Fontaine

January 19, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

This talk is part of a larger project looking at the reception of the long two-book love story of Cupid (Amor or ‘Love’ in Latin) and Psyche (‘Soul’ in Greek), which forms the centrepiece of the Latin novel Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass by the second-century CE writer Apuleius, in European literature, art and opera from 1600 to the present day. Apuleius’ tale narrates how the beautiful princess Psyche gains the enmity of Venus, goddess of love, but the love of Venus’ son Cupid, and how after a series of tribulations and adventures (involving jealous sisters, a husband of mysterious identity, a dramatic revelation scene and an epic-style journey to the Underworld) the two are united in happy marriage and Psyche becomes a goddess. The talk deals with the influential French adaptation (1669) of the tale by Jean La Fontaine, author of the famous Fables, which formed the basis for several adaptations of the story in the time of Louis XIV and the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. All French and Latin will be translated.

Stephen Harrison has been teaching Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford since 1987 and is Professor of Latin Literature at the University of Oxford. His main research and teaching interests are in Latin literature and its reception. He has written books on Virgil, Horace and on the Roman novelist Apuleius, and has edited, co-edited or co-authored more than twenty books on Virgil, Horace, the Roman Novel, Classics, and literary theory–as well as Latin literature in general and on the reception of classical literature. He is an occasional visiting professor at the Universities of Copenhagen and Trondheim and currently serving as William H. Bonsall Visiting Professor at Stanford University.

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Original author: Anonymous

A Dubious Death

Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading through some of the correspondence of the Radcliffe Family, who lived in Hitchin in the eighteenth century.

Sir Ralph Radcliffe

One case has been copied out of the notes of Sir Hans Sloane, a successful medical practitioner who treated Queen Anne and Kings George I and II. This case explains the strange case of Jeremy Radcliffe’s death in 1691. Jeremy was one of three sons born to Ralph Radcliffe, who came to Hitchin from Lancashire and settled the family there. Jeremy’s death evidently aroused some interest, because he apparently died twice.

The case explains,

When Jeremy Ratcliffe seemed to me to be quite deed by means of the application of warmth to his head and cold to his side and to the soles of his feet & by a cordial potion injected with a syringe. In a very short time contrary to all expectation He returned to life for a while; but not for long, for some days he was walking with his friends assisted by the table, accomplishing this being sick and languid; but in the space of three days or at the most four days he died

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Book Announcement: A Genius Hoax: Shakespeare’s Trojan Horse War Play

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.004  Tuesday, 16 January 2018


From:        Mark Alcamo

Date:         January 16, 2018 at 5:17:12 AM EST0

Subject:    Book Announcement: A Genius Hoax: Shakespeare’s Trojan Horse War Play 

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Cambridge PhD student wins Duncan Tanner Essay Prize

David Cowan (Wolfson, 2015) has won the Duncan Tanner Essay Prize for 2017, with an article titled 'The 'Progress of a Slogan': Youth, Culture, and the Shaping of Everyday Political Languages in late 1940s Britain.' This piece, described by reviewers as 'a dazzling, suggestive piece,' will be published in Twentieth Century British History in 2018. Many congratulations to David, who is completing a PhD titled 'Social Change in Everyday Language in Britain, 1939-1990'.

Cambridge PhD student wins Duncan Tanner Essay Prize

David Cowan (Wolfson, 2015) has won the Duncan Tanner Essay Prize for 2017, with an article titled 'The 'Progress of a Slogan': Youth, Culture, and the Shaping of Everyday Political Languages in late 1940s Britain.' This piece, described by reviewers as 'a dazzling, suggestive piece,' will be published in Twentieth Century British History in 2018. Many congratulations to David, who is completing a PhD titled 'Social Change in Everyday Language in Britain, 1939-1990'.

The Motherhood Decision

The Motherhood Decision: How do Women Decide and what Influences them?

The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from the earliest times to the present day. This week, in the first of a two-part series, Margaret O’Connor explores women’s decision making processes.

Motherhood is a powerful concept which affects women throughout their lives, both by its presence and absence. Motherhood can now be a conscious choice, theoretically at least, to be actively pursued or avoided with medical technology. There is increasing accessibility to reproductive technologies for people with fertility issues. Meanwhile, there is a growing proportion of women who actively choose not to become mothers. This choice is a relatively new experience.

DecisionWhile it is deeply personal, motherhood is influenced by external factors including political, social and cultural contexts. Academic literature mainly focuses on decisions from the point of motherhood onwards, with little attention to the decision itself, unless there are other factors such as medical conditions present (1). My qualitative research shows that there are several types of decision making processes and a wide range of influential factors involved.

Decision Making Processes
Lack of process Simply sure either for or against motherhood
Over and back process Change of mind between positions
Forced process Need to make a decision due to health or age factors
If becomes when If you decide to become a mother, a series of other decisions follow
Conscious and unconscious elements It can be a background factor but then change to become a very definite issue
Questioning of decision due to social pressure This can add an extra step if you make a decision but feel under pressure that it is not a socially acceptable decision.

Women described it as a very personal and internal process. This reflects the finding of Maher and Saugeres (2007) for women who chose not to have children (2). I found this also applies to those choosing to become mothers. Uncertainty is often present regarding several areas including whether motherhood is something you really want. There is a fear of regretting whatever decision you make and also of losing your identity as a person to the role of mother, where this overrides your other roles and interests. This strongly reflects O’Reilly’s idea of sacrificial motherhood which “requires and results in the repression or denial of the mothers own selfhood” (2004 p.15) (3). There is uncertainty about ability to cope with the physical and emotional changes of motherhood, for your relationship to cope and anxiety around possible health complications for mother/child. There is also practical uncertainty about when is the right/best time to have a child; work/career and finances are very influential here.

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Francophonie en Orient

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Original author: Kang

Engineering the Future, Understanding the Past

Erik van der Vleuten, Ruth Oldenziel, and Mila Davids

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

212 pages | 10 line drawings | 6 x 9

Paper $21.99 ISBN: 9789462985407 Published January 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Technology today is often presented as our best hope of solving the world's social and sustainability problems. And that's nothing new: engineers have always sought to meet the big challenges of their times—even as those challenges have shaped their technology. This book offers a historical look at those interactions between engineering and social challenges, showing how engineers developed solutions to past problems, and looking at the ways that those solutions often bring with them unintended consequences that themselves require solving.

Original author: van

Fascism, Liberalism and Europeanism in the Political Thought of Bertrand de Jouvenel and Alfred Fabre-Luce

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Fascism in France and Beyond
Intellectual Fascism?
Between Immunity and Pan-Fascism
New Perspectives
Europeanism, Fascism and Neoliberalism
1 ‘En Faisant l’Europe’: Internationalism and the Fascist Drift
‘La Nouvelle Génération Européenne’: Generational Politics in 1920s France
Reconciliation with Germany at All Costs?
Metaphysical Europeanism
2 Planning, Fascism and the State: 1930-1939
From Liberalism to ‘l’Économie Dirigée’
A National and Social Revolution
Party Intellectuals at the Service of Fascism
3 Facing a Fascist Europe: 1939-1943
Defeat and Readjustment
Tracing the Origins of Defeat
‘On the Threshold of a New World’
New Rulers, Old Acquaintances
Collaboration and Attentisme
4 A European Revolution?: Liberation and the Post-War Extreme Right
Liberation and Persecution
Exile and Exclusion
‘Beyond Nazism’: Monarchism and the Heritage of Fascism
Reinventing the Extreme Right
Europeanism, Federalism and the Reconfiguration of the Extreme Right
5 Europeanism, Neoliberalism and the Cold War
On Private Life and Facial Hair
On Power: Pessimism, Aristocracy and the Distruct of Democracy
A Mountain in Switzerland: Neoliberalism and the Mont Pèlerin Society
‘This General feeling of Open Conspiracy’
Conclusion: From the Sohlberg to Mont Pèlerin
List of Figures

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Original author: Knegt

Homer, Troy and the Turks

Preface and Acknowledgements
I The Discovery of Troy
Schliemann and the Ottomans in the 1870s
1 The Question of ‘ubi Troia fuit’
2 Heinrich Schliemann in the Troad
3 Schliemann’s Confrontation with Ottoman Authorities
4 Ottomans Claiming Trojan Artefacts
5 Troy: A Protected Zone
6 Excavating in the Shadow of War
II Classical Antiquities and Ottoman Patrimony
The Muslim Elite and Their Involvement with Classical Civilization
1 Antiquities and Museum: Interests and Conflicts
2 Zeal for Civilization: Enlightened Ideas and Ideals in the Empire
3 The Cosmopolitan Muslim Elite of a Multifarious Empire
4 Osman Hamdi Bey: A New Era in Ottoman Archaeology and Museology
III A Closer Watch on Schliemann (1882-1885)
1 Profitable Political Conditions
2 The Excavations
3 The Ottoman Elite’s Displeasure with the Ineffective Antiquuities Law of 1874
4 New Antiquities Legislation (1884): Ottoman Claim to Ancient Heritage
IV Homer and Troy in Ottoman Literature
An Overview
1 Early Ottoman-Turkish Interest in the Homeric Epics
2 New Ottoman Literature: Educating the Public and Changing Perceptions
3 Mythology and Homer: Ottoman Reticence
4 Homer and Troy in Ottoman Essays, Books, Plays and the First Translations (1884-1908)
5 Admiration for the ‘Lord of Poets’
6 Izmir (Smyrna): Homer’s Hometown
V Homer and Troy during the Final Years of the Empire
1 Controlling Heritage and the Development of the Ottoman Museum
2 Schliemann’s Reputation under Fire
3 The Final Encounter of Schliemann and the Ottomans in Troy
4 Finding Troy Once More: Dörpfeld’s Excavations in 1893 and 1894
5 Overseeing Troy at the Turn of the Century
Epilogue of an Empire
Manuscript Sources

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Original author: Uslu

Displacement of Borders among Russian Koreans in Northeast Asia

Note on transliteration, translation, and names
Clearing the ground
Introduction: the obscure presence of Russian Koreans in Northeast Asia
Displacement and mobility
‘Wounded attachment’
Russian Koreans and Soviet disengagement from the Asia-Pacific frontier
Unity and diversity
Fieldwork and outline of chapters
1 The history of ‘Korean question’ and border-making in the Russian Far East
An early crossing: the flight from hunger
The formation of a border and the beginning of regulation (1884-1904)
The Korean question and the ‘yellow peril’
Internal diversification of Korean settlers and the anti-Japanese movement
Building Soviet socialism and cleansing the Soviet Far East
Memory in silence in the present
2 Repatriating to the Russian Far East, confronting the transition
Early repatriates: returnees from Central Asia in the 1950s
Newcomer Koreans in the early 1990s: ‘organized’ migration in chaos
From migrants to traders in the mid-1990s
Late newcomers and problems with documents
The notion of ‘locality’ for newcomer and old resident Koreans
3 Living Soviet socialism the Korean way: mobile agriculture at the border of socialism
Rice cultivation: socialist peasants in Soviet Central Asia
Work vnye (‘outside’) the system: gobonjil during Soviet times
Nomadic socialist peasants in the lacunae of Soviet socialism
Trading cultivators or cultivating traders: trading political status with economic wealth
One’s own people in/outside the Soviet system
Living on the border of Soviet socialism
4 Greenhouse society: the subsistence economy and house-holding
The economic conditions for greenhouse cultivation
Greenhouse construction and the preparation of young plants indoors
The greenhouse as threshold
The greenhouse in gendered terms
The extended space of the house
Food: everyday meals and ceremonial banquets
The transformation of women in the continuity and extension of the house
Becoming persons
5 Recalling history: Koreiskii Dom, transnational connections, and diaspora politics
Koreiskii Dom as a stage for diasporic politics
Leadership change and its implications
Different visions for a Russian Korean collective identity
Appendix 1
Appendix 2

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Original author: Gwi
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