Global Humanities Series

Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color

Date: March 20, 2018

Crystal Parikh's Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color contends that unlike humanitarianism, which views its objects as victims, human rights provide avenues for the creation of political subjects. Join us for a panel discussion, with the author, exploring how the book illuminates a human rights critique of idealized American rights and freedoms that have been globalized in the twenty-first century. Participants include:

Lisa Duggan
Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

Jeffrey Flynn
Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, Fordham University

Crystal Parikh (author)
Associate Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, NYU

Moderated by Cristina Beltran, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Freud’s Trip to Orvieto

Date: January 30, 2018

Italian Renaissance painting, almost more than anything else Freud experienced in his daily life, brought on some of his most intense personal reactions. This event will focus on Freud's letters and little-known reflections on art he saw in the early years of his life, more than his better-known psychoanalytic approach to the lives and work of Leonardo Da Vinci and others.

In particular, the discussants will evoke pictures by Titian, Botticelli, and Luca Signorelli, all of which deeply moved Freud, as well as his analysis of the Hans Holbein painting he saw in Dresden. They will also take a look at Meyer Shapiro’s views on Freud’s experience of, and writing about, art.

A discussion with:

Kent Minturn
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Nicholas Fox Weber
Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

Moderated by Pepe Karmel
Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, NYU

We will also be celebrating Nicholas Fox Weber's recent book, Freud’s Trip to Orvieto: The Great Doctor’s Unresolved Confrontation with Antisemitism, Death, and Homoeroticism; his Passion for Paintings; and the Writer in His Footsteps (Bellevue Literary Press, 2017).

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Empress of the East

Date: December 5, 2017

A discussion of Leslie Peirce’s new book, Empress of the East, the life story of Roxelana (Hurrem in Turkish), beloved concubine of Suleyman the Magnificent and the only queen the Ottomans ever knew. Challenging the persistent view that Roxelana’s scheming undermined the empire, the book argues that the changes she and Suleyman wrought instead strengthened the dynastic regime. Roxelana’s most consequential accomplishment was the aggrandizement of the imperial harem’s political stature. The book hopes to move the history of sixteenth-century women rulers eastward, geographically beyond what the traditional narrative tells us about female power. The panel brings perspectives from outside the empire as well as from later Ottoman times.

Lale Can
Assistant Professor of History, City College, CUNY

Leslie Peirce
Silver Professor of History, NYU

Jane Tylus
Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature, NYU

Larry Wolff
Silver Professor of History, NYU

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Japan, North Korea and Abduction: A discussion of Robert S. Boynton's "The Invitation-Only Zone"

Date: February 28, 2017

Join us for a discussion that unearths what was once considered an urban myth, the secretive North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens between 1977 and 1983. Discover these citizens' stories, somehow too strange to be believed as true, and how they shaped the relationships between two nations.

North Korea abducted dozens of Japanese citizens in the late nineteen-seventies and held them, in secret, for decades. In 2002, after years of denying any role in the abductions, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il met with Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, and confessed the state's role in the hope that doing so would bring economic aid from Japan. The meeting had the opposite effect and the abductions remain one of the most pressing issues in Japan and Northeast Asia. In "The Invitation-Only Zone," Robert S. Boynton tells the story of the abductions, using the events to explore the history of Japanese-Korean relations.

Panelists include:

  • Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History Chair, Committee on Global Thought Weatherhead East Asian Institute/Columbia University
  • Robert Boynton, Associate Professor, New York University
  • Charles K. Armstrong, The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Columbia University

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Ports, Foods, and Connectivities Across the Indian Ocean

Date: February 14, 2017

Travels on the monsoon among countless connected ports around the Indian Ocean and western Pacific formed spaces of mobility connecting East Asia with Southeast, South and West Asia, from ancient times. Seaborne mobility by migrants, merchants, warriors, and cultural activists shaped all of Asia for many centuries before it brought Europeans and launched global modernity. Subsequently, modern industrial infrastructure -- railways, steam ships, and deep-sea ports – further integrated this maritime region, leading to intensified circulations of people, goods, ideas, and tastes.

This panel examines two aspects of Indian Ocean connections. First, it examines the environmental, political, and economic reasons for the emergence of new ports. Second, it focuses on the circulations and mixing of food ingredients, food habits, and culinary tastes as examples of connectivities across the maritime spaces.

Brief talks will be presented and discussed by the following panelists.

  • “How New Ports Emerge? The Cases of Cochin and Malacca” by Tansen Sen, Professor of History, Baruch College, CUNY
  • “Bad Habits and Good Taste: Unconventional Circulations” by Krishnendu Ray, Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University
  • “Kapitan Chicken: Materialized Maritime Connections in Nyonya Cuisine” by Mareike Pampus, PhD Candidate, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

The panel discussion will be moderated by David Ludden, Professor and Chair, Department of History, New York University.

Co-sponsored by NYU's Center for Global Asia.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States