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UVA Panel at 24th Conference of Europeanists, Glasgow, Scotland

July 12-14, 2017

"Sustainable Pedagogies and Scholarship on Europe in the 21st century”  

Chair : Janet Horne, Associate Professor of French, Director of European Studies, University of Virginia          

Michael Levenson, William B. Christian Professor of English, University of Virginia

  • "Making a Religion out of Learning: What the Ordinary World can Teach the University"

Manuela Achilles, Director, Center for German Studies, University of Virginia

  • “Teaching and Learning about Sustainability: A Transatlantic Perspective”

Enrico Cesaretti, Assoc. Prof. of Italian, 2016-17 Mellon Humanities Fellow, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures , University of Virginia

  • Ecocinema as Political Pedagogy in Italy: Massimiliano Mazzotta’s Oil. The Devastating Force of Petroleum. The Dignity of Sardinians"

Elgin Cleckley, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design Thinking, University of Virginia

  • TEMP Studio: Design Thinking for the Migrant and Refugee Crisis on the Italian Island of Lampedusa.”

Krishan Kumar, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia

  • “Imperial Legacies, East and West”

Discussant: Katya Makarova, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia

Professor Jeff Rossman Offers Insight Into Future of US-Russian Relations

Read a UVA Today interview with Prof. Rossman on current US- Russian relations and how things could be different as a new administration takes office.

VIrginia Film Festival - Filming at the Borders: Migrating to Europe Today

Monday, October 10, 2016

Click here for "FIlming at the Borders" program information and here for more details concerning each film.

 Image from Gianfranco Rosi's 2016 documentary film "Fire at Sea" (Fuocoammare).


Post-Humanism in the Anthropocene

Friday, December 2, 2016
142 Wilson Hall

Post-Humanism in the Anthropocene - an Institute of the Global Humanities and Culture Mellon Symposium

Dec. 2, 2016
142 Wilson Hall

Schedule of Events:

9.00 a.m.                      

9.30 a.m.                      
Welcome and Introduction – Enrico Cesaretti

9.45 – 11.00 a.m.          
Panel 1: Questioning Boundaries
Massimo Lollini (Dept. of Romance Languages, University of Oregon), “The Ancient Roots of a Non-Anthropocentric Philosophy: A Pythagorean Perspective”
Monica Seger (Dept. of Modern Languages - Italian, College of William & Mary), “Walking the Land: Toxicity, Transcorporeality and Phytoremediation in Southern Italy”
Louise Westling (Dept. of English and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon), “Merleau-Ponty's Ecophenomenology and Human Enmeshment in the Semiosphere”

11.15 – 12.30 p.m.         
Panel 2: Energies, Ecologies, Matters
Karen Pinkus (Dept. of Italian & Comp. Literature, Cornell University), “Thinking Decarbonization with Italian Autonomia”
Elena Past (Dept. of Classics and Italian, Wayne State University), “Thinking on Foot in the Hydrocarbon Sublime: Sorrentino’s Petrocultures”
Heather Sullivan (Dept. of German & Comp. Literature, Trinity University, “Petro-Texts and Material Ecocriticism”

12.30 – 13.45 p.m.         

14.00 – 15.15 p.m.         
Panel 3: Mediterranean Narratives Between Bios and Zoe
Federico Luisetti (Dept. of Romance Studies - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), “Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Political Animism”
Damiano Benvegnù (Dept. of French & Italian, Dartmouth College) “How Much Animal There Is in Us: Primo Levi's Animal Testimony”
Pasquale Verdicchio (Dept. of Literature – Italian & Comp. Lit. UCSD), “This Nostrum That is Neither Sea nor Remedy: Mediterranean Re-visions”


"Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Memory" Center for German Studies

Friday, March 24, 2017
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Memory” is a 1.5-day Page Barbour conference on March 24 and 25, 2017, organized by Chad Dodson (Psychology) and Lorna Martens (German and Comparative Literature). Eight invited memory specialists will address topics of current interest in memory research. One speaker from the sciences and one from the humanities will present a perspective on each of these areas: 1. Memory and Imagination (Daniel Schacter and Alan Richardson) 2. Memory and Emotion (Mara Mather and Laura Otis) 3. Memory and Autobiography: Childhood Memory (Evelyne Ender and Patricia Bauer) 4. Voluntary and Involuntary Memory and Forgetting (Cathy Caruth and Michael Anderson).

"Sanctuary and Belonging: Overcoming a Divided America" - A Page-Barbour Lecture, Featuring Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times

Monday, October 23, 2017
6:00-7:30pm Nau 101

"Emmanuel Macron : A Radical Centrist in Gaulist Sheep's Clothing?" A lecture by Professor Vincent Michelot, Sciences-Po, Lyon

Friday, November 3, 2017
3-4:30 New Cabell Hall 323