With the proliferation of online lectures, working groups and all manner of events, we at the JHI Blog thought it would be a good idea to consolidate news and opportunities relevant to our colleagues working in intellectual history. We will publish these roundups of public lectures, conferences, calls for papers, working groups and new journal issues every other Saturday.

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Lecture: “This Land is My/Our/Their Land”
Jared Farmer (University of Pennsylvania)
Bethany Wiggin (University of Pennsylvania)

With storm surges and wildfires causing heartbreaking property damage, the environmental is the emotional. But that’s always been the case. From the leafy east to the mountainous west, the American landscape has been tied to overlapping—and competing—senses of identity at the individual, subnational, and national levels. Place attachment, or topophilia, would seem to be a precursor for sustainability, but even love has its dark side.

Penn Lightbulb Café, University of Pennsylvania.
Monday, December 7, 2020, 12:00 pm -1:20 pm EST. Register.


Workshop: “An American Historikerstreit: Holocaust Representation and the Specter of Deconstruction”
Jonathon Catlin (Princeton University)

Princeton University, Modern Europe Workshop.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 12:00 pm -1:20 pm EST. Register.


Lecture: “Readings and Mis-readings of Primitive Accumulation,” Cinzia Arruzza (New School for Social Research)

Yale University, Franke Lectures in the Humanities
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6:00 pm EST. Register.


Conference: “In Search of a Concrete Universal: A Conference in Honor of Seyla Benhabib”
Conference Program.

Participants will include: Angélica Bernal, Drucilla Cornell, Paul Linden-Retek, Peter Verovšek, Cristina Lafont, Umur Basdas, Thomas McCarthy, Kenneth Baynes, Richard Bernstein, Rainer Forst, Bernard Harcourt, Rahel Jaeggi, William Scheuerman, Lorenzo Simpson, Peter E. Gordon, Carolin Emcke, Sonali Chakravarty, Gaye Demiryol, Ayten Gündoğdu, Patchen Markell, Christian Volk, Anna Jurkevics, Carmen Dege, Matthew Longo, Eduardo Mendieta, Max Pensky, Judith Resnik, and Karuna Mantena

The Department of Political Science (Yale University), the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Whitney Humanities Center, the Department of Philosophy (Yale University), and the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought (CCCCT).
Friday, December 11, 2020, 9 am – 6 pm EST. RSVP here.


Lecture: The Temporalities of Work: Labor Patterns and Politics in Bombay Cotton Mills, 1875 – 1900, with Hatice Yildiz

Harvard University, History of Global Capitalism Seminar
Monday, December 14, 2020, 3:45pm to 5:45pm EST. Register.


Discussion: Melancholy in Politics, Literature, Philosophy

Nitzan Lebovic (Lehigh), Vivian Liska (Antwerp), and Rebecca Comay (Toronto) will discuss melancholy as a historical term, a textual practice, and a philosophical worldview. Mikhal Dekel (City College NY) joins as moderator.

NYU Center for the Humanities
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 12:30 pm EST. Register.


Workshop: “Black Sirens’ Song, or Listening for the Sirens after the Catastrophe”, with Jessica Ruffin

Engaging Black feminist thought and Schopenhauer’s ethics, this paper reimagines Adorno’s and Horkheimer’s interpretation of Odysseus’ encounter with the Sirens in order to propose an anti-racist figure of ethical receptivity.

Duke University, Franklin Humanities Institute
Thursday, December 17, 2020 – 2:00pm to 3:15pm EST. Register.


Lecture: Mirrors of History. Discussing Gallantry in Eighteenth-Century Spain and Italy, with Mónica Bolufer

This talk will consider the representation of gallantry in eighteenth-century Spain and Italy, taking a comparative perspective. Specifically, it will discuss the relationship between men and married ladies under the names of cortejo or cicisbeo. This will enable us to explore some of the roles played by gender in the construction of the symbolic North/South divide within Europe. It will do so by analyzing the game of mirrors between travel narratives by Northern observers (particularly British and French) and the ways Spanish and Italian Enlightened writers responded to them. Partly (and sometimes unconsciously) these writers similarly incorporated some of their views, resulting in competing narratives around the place of gallantry, past and present, in the process of civilization.

European University Institute, Intellectual History Working Group.

Friday, December 18, 2020, 10:00 am CET. Contact Elisavet.Papalexopoulou@eui.eu to register.

Featured Image: Julius Hübner. Der Anschlag von Luthers 95 Thesen (1875).