Twelfth Annual Celebrating Our Books, Recognizing Our Authors

Thursday November 7, 2013
Women’s Building Formal Lounge
 
The Center for the Humanities, the Washington University Libraries, and the Harvard Club of St. Louis present the annual Faculty Book Celebration Thursday, November 7, on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Faculty books published in the last three years will be displayed. A book signing will follow the keynote event.
 
2 p.m.: Panel Discussion: Digitization, Dissemination, and Preservation in a Digital Age
Panel Moderator:
Chris Freeland, Associate University Librarian, Washington University Libraries
Panel Participants:
Robert Darnton, University Librarian and Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University
Jeffrey Trzeciak, University Librarian, Washington University Libraries
John Wilkin, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 
5 p.m.: Keynote Address: Books, Libraries, and the Digital Future
By Robert Darnton, University Librarian and Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University
Robert Darnton, an American cultural historian, is recognized as a leading expert on 18th-century France and on the history of the book. Professor Darnton has written or edited two dozen books. The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France (W.W. Norton, 1996) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1995. His latest books include The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future (NY Public Affairs, 2009); The Devil in the Holy Water, or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009); and Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris (Belknap Press, 2010). In 1999 he was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur by the French government. In 2004, he was awarded the Gutenberg Prize by the International Gutenberg Society. In 2005, he received an award for distinguished achievement from the American Printing History Association. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented Darnton with the National Humanities Medal.
 
Faculty Authors’ New Book Presentations:
 
The two featured faculty presenters are Shefali Chandra, Associate Professor of History, author of The Sexual Life of English: Languages of Caste and Desire in Colonial India (Duke University Press, 2012); and Ignacio Infante, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish, author of After Translation: The Transfer and Circulation of Modern Poetics Across the Atlantic (Fordham University Press, 2013).
 
Shefali Chandra received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching interests focus on South Asia's relationship to globalization. Specifically, she studies how the histories of caste, religion, gender and class have enabled transregional connections and inequities. Her new book is The Sexual Life of English: Languages of Caste and Desire in Colonial India. As reviewer Tani E. Barlow writes, "Shefali Chandra's rethinking of cultural theory and modern Indian history is remarkable. Her major thesis, that Indian English has a brutal and loving social history of sexualization, will set a model for analogous studies in other national traditions." In The Sexual Life of English, Chandra examines how English became an Indian language. She rejects the idea that English was fully formed before its life in India or that it was imposed by the power of British colonialism. Rather, by drawing attention to sexuality and power, Chandra argues that the English language was produced through indigenous conflicts over caste, religion, and class. Sentiments and experiences of desire, respectability, conjugality, status, consumption, and fashion came together to create the Indian history of English. The language was shaped by the sexual experiences of Indians and by native attempts to discipline the normative sexual subject.
 
Ignacio Infante received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University. His main fields of research include modern poetry, modernist and avant-garde poetics, comparative literature, Iberian and Transatlantic studies, and the history and theory of translation. After Translation: The Transfer and Circulation of Modern Poetics across the Atlantic has been described by Rebecca Walkowitz as “an original, ambitious, and timely contribution to several established and emerging fields: comparative modernisms, transnational literary studies, poetics, and translation studies.” After Translation examines from a comparative perspective the various ways in which translation facilitates the circulation of modern poetry and poetics across the Atlantic. It rethinks the theoretical paradigm of Anglo-American "modernism" based on the transnational, interlingual and transhistorical features of the work of key modern poets writing on both sides of the Atlantic—namely, the Portuguese Fernando Pessoa; the Chilean Vicente Huidobro; the Spaniard Federico García Lorca; the San Francisco-based poets Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Robin Blaser; the Barbadian Kamau Brathwaite; and the Brazilian brothers Haroldo and Augusto de Campos.
 
The Washington University Campus Bookstore will display faculty books, all of which will be available for purchase, providing us an opportunity to see the work of our colleagues. Authors will be available to sign their works, and we hope you will join us for refreshments.
 
If you have questions, call the Center for the Humanities at 314-935-5576 or email cenhum@artsci.wustl.edu.
 
 

Center Calendar

 
Monday, September 30, 5:00 p.m.
James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education
“The State of Conscience in University Life Today”
Ruth J. Simmons, Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies, President Emerita, Brown University
Graham Chapel
 
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 3-5,
Consuming Passions Conference
Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton
 
Thursday, October 17, 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Fellow Lecture
Julia A. Walker, Associate Professor of English and Drama, Director of Graduate Studies, Performing Arts Department, Washington University in St. Louis
DUC 276
 
Thursday, October 24, 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Fellow Lecture
Rebecca Messbarger, Professor of Italian and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis
DUC 276
 
Friday, October 25, 4:00 p.m.
“Deconstructing Whoopi: Race, Gender and Persona Politics”
Bambi Haggins, Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies, Arizona State University (http://fms.artsci.wustl.edu/events/2013/10/event-685)
Sponsored by the Program in Film & Media Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; African and Africa-American Studies; and The Center for Humanities
Hurst Lounge (Duncker 201)
 
Friday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.
Screening of a 35mm Print: Sister Act
Panel Discussion after Screening:
Bambi Haggins, Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies, Arizona State University
Todd Decker, Associate Professor of Music, Washington University in St. Louis
Gaylyn Studlar, David May Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis
Sponsored by the Program in Film & Media Studies and the Washington University Libraries
Brown 100
 
Thursday, November 7, 2:00 p.m.
Twelfth Annual Faculty Book Celebration
Panel Discussion: “Digitization, Dissemination, & Preservation in a Digital Age”
Panel Moderator: Chris Freeland, Associate University Librarian, Washington University Libraries.
Panel Participants: Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library, Harvard University; Jeffrey Trzeciak, University Librarian, Washington University Libraries; John Wilkin, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Women’s Building Formal Lounge
 
Thursday, November 7, 5:00 p.m.
Twelfth Annual Faculty Book Celebration
Keynote address: “Books, Libraries, and the Digital Future”
Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library, Harvard University
The two featured faculty presenters:
Shefali Chandra, Associate Professor of History
Ignacio Infante, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish
Women's Building Formal Lounge
 
Thursday, November 14, 4:00 p.m.
Guest Faculty Lecture
Ivan Gaskell, Professor of Cultural History, and of Museum Studies; Curator, and Head of the Focus Gallery Project, Bard Graduate Center, New York City
DUC 276
 
Friday, November 15, 12:00 p.m.
Guest Faculty Graduate Student Workshop
Ivan Gaskell, Professor of Cultural History, and of Museum Studies; Curator, and Head of the Focus Gallery Project, Bard Graduate Center, New York City
Umrath Hall 201
Registration required
 
Monday, November 25, 11:00 a.m.
Guest Faculty Graduate Student Workshop
Shannon Jackson, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Director of the Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley
Umrath Hall 201
Registration required
 
Monday, November 25, 4:00 p.m.
Guest Faculty Lecture
Shannon Jackson, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Director of the Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley
Hurst Lounge (Duncker 201)
 
Friday, December 6, 2:00 p.m.
Children's Studies Lecture
Marah Gubar, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Children’s Literature Program at the University of Pittsburgh
Hurst Lounge (Duncker 201)
 
Tuesday, February 4, 12:00 p.m.
IPH Humanities Lecture Series
Mark Jordan, Reverend Priscilla Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis
Location TBA
 
Wednesday, February 5, 12:00 p.m.
IPH Humanities Lecture Series
Mark Jordan, Reverend Priscilla Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis
Location TBA
 
Thursday, February 6, 12:00 p.m.
IPH Humanities Lecture Series
Mark Jordan, Reverend Priscilla Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis
Location TBA
 
Thursday, February 20, 4:00p.m.
Faculty Fellow Lecture
Charlie Kurth, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis
Location TBA
 
Thursday, March 6, 4:00 p.m.
Guest Faculty Lecture
William M. Reddy, William T. Laprade Professor of History and Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Location TBA
 
Friday, March 7, 12:00 p.m.
Guest Faculty Graduate Student Workshop
William M. Reddy, William T. Laprade Professor of History and Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Location TB
Registration required
 
Thursday, March 27, 4:00 p.m.
Guest Faculty Lecture
Peter Railton, John Stephenson Perrin Professor of Philosophy, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Location TBA
 
Friday, March 28, 12:00 p.m.
Guest Faculty Graduate Student Workshop
Peter Railton, John Stephenson Perrin Professor of Philosophy, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Location TBA
Registration required
 
Thursday, April 10, 4:00p.m.
Faculty Fellow Lecture
Tili Boon Cuillé, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
Location TBA