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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Public Conversation: Sensoriality and Kinship in Prison Lifeworlds: A Conversation with Mahuya Bandyopadhyay and Vijay Raghavan

Carceral Imaginary Working Group at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University

Two scholars who have worked in prison spaces in India for decades reflect on how these de-humanizing spaces hold up what it means to be human.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – 9:30am to 11:00am EST. Registration.


Symposium: Reconfiguring Histories Symposium

Harvard Graduate School of Design; Harvard Indigenous Design Collective

This symposium initiates critical conversations between artists, activists, and scholars working on museum discourse related to institutionalized knowledge with a focus on provenance, narrative, decolonial curatorial praxis, and community engagement.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12 PM EDT. Registration.


Conference: On the Possibility and Impossibility of Reparations for Slavery and Colonialism, Panel: “Colonial Reckoning”

Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University

Cresa Pugh (Harvard University) “The Afterlife of Cultural Death: On the Promise of Restitution for the Benin Bronzes” Lyndsey Beutin (McMaster University) “’Slavery in Africa’ and Other Tired Tropes: How Anti-trafficking Rhetoric Undermines Reparations Organizing”
Roseline Armange (University of Michigan) “Racial Terminology, Positionality, and Reparations in the Francophone Caribbean”
Discussant: Laura Bini Carter (GC, CUNY)

Wednesday April 28th; 1-3pm EDT. Registration.


Lecture: “The Unforgiven: Wagner, Jews, and Antisemitism” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker)

Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism, Yale Germanic Languages and Literatures, and Whitney Humanities Center.

Wednesday, April 28, 5 pm EST. Registration.


Lecture: “The Critical Posthumanities,” (Rose Braidotti, Utrecht University)

Center for Culture and Technology, University of Southern Denmark; Danish Institute for Advanced Study

Thursday, April 29 at 12 PM EDT – 2 PM CEST. Registration.


Lecture: Lefler Lecture, “Voices of the Enslaved” (Sophie White, University of Notre Dame)

Carleton University

Professor White’s newest book, Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture/University of North Carolina Press, 2019) foregrounds an exceptional set of source material about slavery in French America: court cases in which enslaved individuals testified and in the process produced riveting autobiographical narratives.

Tuesday, May 4, 12:25 – 1:25 pm, EDT. Registration.


Public Conversation: “Sacralizing Money,” with Eugene McCarraher, Bethany Moreton, Devin Singh, Russell Muirhead and Amy Schiller

The Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College

Participants explore different perspectives on the presence of intimacy, virtue, and mysticism in financial transactions, and the ramifications of a more expansive framework for money amidst upheaval in the capitalist and neoliberal regimes.

Wednesday, May 5, 4:00–6:00pm EDT. Link.


Public Conversation: Thinking Women: New Books Series
Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought” by Durba Mitra, moderated by Anjali Arondekar

University of California, Irvine School of the Humanities

Wednesday, May 5, 12:00-1:00pm PDT. Registration.


Lecture: “Fantasizing Racism” (Todd McGowan, University of Vermont)

The Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College

In this talk, McGowan will argue for the enduring relevance of the psychoanalytic logic of fantasy for antiracist critical practice.

Thursday, May 6, 4:00 – 5:15pm EDT. Registration.

Featured Image: Paul Signac, Still Life with a Book. 1883. Courtesy of Wikiart.