Humanities Center Director: Thomas Wilson

Interdisciplinary thinking across the Humanities

The Humanities Center will sponsor two interdisciplinary collaborations projects in 2018-2019:

Racial Formation and Migration

Faculty participants: Mariam Durrani (Anthropology) and Lisa Trivedi (History)

In this project, we explore the ways that contemporary public discourse on migration leads to new racial formations, and also the ways that these transformations reshape how the category of ‘White’ is assumed today. Historically, race and racialization in the United States are coded as discussions about non-White or Black bodies in White spaces. This project seeks to create a more nuanced understanding of contemporary racial formations in their emergent manifestations. Understanding how migrant populations from Central and South America, the Middle East, and Asia both challenge and reaffirm earlier racial hierarchies is critically important to the research of many faculty and to the education of our students.
As James Baldwin eloquently stated: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." As scholars and educators who seek to prepare our students for the 21st century, we must face how race and migration impact contemporary social and political life and, importantly, how we can create a more just and humane future for everyone.  We seek to attend to discussions that promote this common good in our society in the keeping with the promise of liberal arts education.

Imagining Race in Early Europe: from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Faculty participants: Stephanie Bahr (Literature), Katherine Terrell (Literature), Anne Feltovich (Classics), John Eldevil (History)

This series will illuminate conceptions of race and identity in Europe before the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, engaging questions like: how did early Europeans theorize what we now call ‘race’?; where and how did Europeans and non-Europeans encounter each other?; how did perceptions of race change from antiquity to the renaissance?; and how did people of color respond to, shape, and participate in European cultures, economies, and developing theories of difference?  Modern assumptions about the history of race in Europe often project onto the more distant past narratives of race that are distorted by the trans-Atlantic slave trade and white supremacy.  This series will disrupt such problematic narratives and offer the community a more vibrant and accurate picture of early theories of race and difference in Europe during antiquity, the middle ages, and renaissance.

Humanities Salon, Library Edition

In collaboration with our colleagues in Burke Library, the Humanities Center is excited to announce a new series, the Humanities Salon, Library Edition, featuring informal talks by Hamilton faculty on books in Special Collections. For more information go to New Programs on this website.

Humanities Forum

The Humanities will also host talks by guest scholars TBA

We will also host faculty talks TBA.

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