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Critical Sources of Global Enlightenment


Critical Sources of Global Enlightenment

This conference examines Enlightenment diagnoses and theories of domination and resistance in a global context.

J.G. Herder memorably characterized the global relations of his time as a “grand European sponging enterprise.” This conference examines Enlightenment diagnoses and theories of domination and resistance in a global or transnational context along with the contemporary legacies of critically-oriented writings of the long eighteenth century.

Conference Program

Friday, Oct. 6

8:30 am Pastries and Coffee

9:00 am Welcome

9:15 am Siep Stuurman (Utrecht University): “Global Enlightenment has a Beginning but No End”

10:30 am
Eva Piirimäe (University of Tartu): “Self-Determination of Peoples in the German Enlightenment”

11:45 am

1:15 pm Jonas Gerlings (University of Göttingen): “Giving Laws to the Rest of the World–Kant and the American Revolution”

2:30 pm
David Armitage (Harvard University): “Mary Wollstonecraft and the Invention of the Future”

3:45 pm Coffee Break

4:00 pm Emma Planinc (University of Notre Dame): “After Enlightenment: The Schism of Rights and Regeneration”

Saturday, Oct. 7

9:00 am
Alexander Schmidt (Vanderbilt University): “How the Enlightenment Rights of Man became Christian: German Professors and the Origins of Modern International Law”

10:15 am
Samuel Moyn (Yale University): “Defending—and Inventing—the Enlightenment at Harvard in the 1950s”

11:30 am
Coffee Break

11:45 am Closing Group Discussion

This conference has been co-organized by Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow Jonas Gerlings (Marie Curie Global Fellow) and Sankar Muthu (Political Science). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101022186.

Franke Institute for the Humanities

Kyle Abraham: An Embodied Conversation

Photo of Kyle Abraham by Tatiana Wills
Director's Lecture

Kyle Abraham: An Embodied Conversation

At this performance lecture, Kyle Abraham will discuss his groundbreaking choreography in relation to gesture, improvisation, and history.

Kyle Abraham is the artistic director of A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham. A.I.M’s mission is to create a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history. The work, informed by and made in conjunction with artists across a range of disciplines, entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art. While grounded in choreographer Kyle Abraham’s artistic vision, A.I.M draws inspiration from a multitude of sources and movement styles.

Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, 2018 Princess Grace Statue Award Recipient, 2017-18 Joyce Creative Residency Artist, 2016 Doris Duke Award Recipient and 2015 City Center Choreographer in Residence. He began his dance training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase, an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Washington Jefferson College. He has served as a visiting professor in residence at UCLA’s World Arts Cultures in Dance program from 2016 to 2021. In 2021, he was named the Claude and Alfred Mann Endowed Professorship in Dance at The University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Abraham currently sits on the advisory board for Dance Magazine and the artist advisory board for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2020, he was selected to be Dance Magazine’s first-ever guest editor.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Breathing Machines Across Worlds

Stacy Hardy

Breathing Machines Across Worlds

At this performance lecture, Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow Stacy Hardy will ask: Can breathing together be a way to share and create knowledge?

Performance Lecture by Stacy Hardy

How do you breathe correctly? How often should you take a deep breath? What if the air that surrounds you is polluted? Contaminated by uranium and asbestos from the mining industry? Poisoned by history? By hate and violence? What if breathing makes you dizzy? What if it makes you sick? What if the air carries bacteria? What if it carries death? Imperialism has always functioned through the suppression and exploitation of breath. In Franz Fanon’s words, "Under these conditions, the individual's breathing is an observed, an occupied breathing. It is a combat breathing." But what if we take Fanon’s conjecture not as a diagnosis but as an aspiration? A conspiracy? What is the potential of both breath and breathlessness to share and create knowledge? What would a breathing machine designed by Fanon look like? How can we build it together?

This event is presented as part of Humanities Day 2023. To learn more and register, please visit the Humanities Day website.

About the Speaker

Stacy Hardy is a writer, researcher, and editor whose work explores the intersections of embodiment, the individual, and society. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals including the New Orleans Review, New Contrasts, The Evergreen Review, Black Sun Lit, and many more. She is the author of the short fiction collection Because the Night (Pocko, 2015) and An Archaeology of Holes (Rot-Bo-Krik, 2022), an English translation of which is forthcoming from Bridge Books. Her plays and librettos have been performed globally. Hardy is also a lecturer in creative writing; an editor at the Pan-African platform Chimurenga; a partner in the African creative writing teaching initiative Saseni; and a founder of Ukuthula, a project that develops new writing from and against gender-based violence. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago, where she is collaborating with anthropologist Kaushik Sunder Rajan, poet Daniel Borzutzky, and musician Neo Muyanga to build “breathing machines,” new multi- and interdisciplinary forms and forums for the expression of collectivity through the act of conspiring together. Hardy previously served as a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow while collaborating on the Pulmonographies project (2020–2023). During her current residency (2023–2024), she is conducting research for the Transperformations project.

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