Past Events

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


Perspectives on the Holocaust in the Postwar Era

Date: February 8, 2017

Join us for an insightful talk on how and why American Jews in the decade or so after the end of WWII engaged with the memory of the Holocaust. Hasia Diner is the author of We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962 (NYU Press). This event is offered in conjunction with "Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965," on view at NYU's Grey Art Gallery until April 1. The exhibition includes works by Boris Lurie, a survivor of Buchenwald who emigrated to New York and founded the March Group of artists, who employed art as tool for making polemical statements about the Holocaust and other issues.

Talk by Hasia Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History; Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University

Co-sponsored by Grey Art Gallery.

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


Inscription, Digitization and the Shape of Knowledge

Date: February 7, 2017

How does the digitization of archival information influence knowledge? Learn about Dr. Lauren Kassell's 10-year project to digitize one of the largest surviving sets of private medical records in history—the 80,000 consultations recorded by the seventeenth-century astrologer-physicians Simon Forman and Richard Napier—with responses from New York University thought leaders across various fields. Panelists will respond from the varying perspectives of their own work.

Participants include:

  • Lauren Kassell, Director of the Casebooks Project, Reader in the History of Science and Medicine, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • Cliff Siskin, Henry W. and Alfred A. Berg Professor of English and American Literature, New York University
  • Lisa Gitelman, Professor of Media and English, New York University
  • Matthew Hockenberry, PhD Candidate, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
  • Moderated by Marion Thain, Associate Director of Digital Humanities for the Faculty of Arts and Science, New York University

Co-sponsored by NYU's Department of English.

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


Jumpstart Your Winter Writing

Date: December 20, 2016

Join us for an action-oriented session on how to kick-off and sustain your winter writing and how to make significant progress on your writing project. Get practical advice on making this winter count!

Speakers:

Ulrich Baer
Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts,
Humanities and Diversity,  New York University

Theresa McPhail
Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society,
Stevens Institute of Technology, New York University

Susan Ferber
Executive Editor, American and World History, Oxford University Press

Ada Ferrer
Professor of History, New York University

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


Great New Books in the Humanities: The Singing Turk

Date: November 9, 2016

Join us for a discussion about Larry Wolff’s new book, The Singing Turk, about 18th-century operas and understanding this cultural phenomenon in the context of European-Ottoman relations. This book is about the huge repertory of (mostly now forgotten) operas about Turks that were performed during the long 18th century (from the 1680s to the 1820s), including works by Handel, Rameau, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, and Rossini, as well as many other less well known composers. The discussion will consider what the figure of the singing Turk meant in European Enlightenment culture, and, more generally, how such operas may be considered in the context of the Christian-Muslim encounter in European history. This is event is co-sponsored with the NYU Center for the Ballet and the Arts.

This event will include the live performance of "Singing Turk" music by Mozart and Rossini, performed by basso David Salsbery Fry and soprano Joanna Curtis, accompanied by Michael Beckerman at the piano.

Larry Wolff
Silver Professor of History, Director, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU

Leslie Peirce
Silver Professor of History, NYU

Michael Beckerman
Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, NYU

Event Location:
Center for Ballet and the Arts
16 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003