College of Liberal Arts

Past Humanities Research Award Symposiums

Note: After 2015, the Humanities Research Symposium changed from an annual to a biennial event.


2017 Humanities Research Award Symposium

Friday, March 10, 2017
CLA 2.302
Open to the Public

Welcome Remarks by Dean Randy Diehl and Senior Associate Dean Esther Raizen

Session 1: 9:00–11:30am
Jennifer Graber, Gods "Really Present" and "Religious Doings:" Describing and Interpreting Kiowa Ritual Practice During American Expansion
Juliet Hooker, Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois and Vasconcelos
Benjamin Gregg, Genetic Engineering of Human Intelligence: Moral, Legal, and Political Issues
Joan Neuberger, Behind the Tower
Peter Hess, The Perils of Gluttonous Delights: Food and Globalization in Early Sixteenth-Century Germany

Session 2: 12:45–2:45pm
Lisa Thompson, Making History: Dominique Morisseau's Revolutionary Theatre
Pascale Bos, "Pulping" the Holocaust: Marketing Ka-Tzetnik's House of Dolls to the Masses
Marc Pierce, German Linguistics, Generative Linguistics, and Historical Linguistics in the 1960s
Lars Hinrichs, Language Variation and Social Change in Texas

Session 3: 3:00–4:30pm
Nancy Stalker, Budding Fortunes: Ikebana as Art, Industry, and Cold War Culture
Hannah Wojciehowski, Michel Foucault's 1968
Randy Lewis, A Mighty Fortress is Our God: Selling Surveillance in the Bible Belt



2015 Humanities Research Award Symposium

Friday, February 27, 2015
CLA 1.302B
Open to the Public

Session 1: 11:00am–2:00pm
Lynn Wilkinson, Learning to See: The Flâneuse in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Benjamin Brower, Algeria’s Pilgrimage to Mecca in the Colonial Era
Kristen Belgum, Popularizing the World in the Nineteenth Century: Karl Andrée’s Globus

Session 2: 2:00–3:45pm
Tarek El-Ariss, Making a Scene: Arabic Writing in the Digital Age
Huaiyin Li, Worker Performance in State-Owned Factories in Maoist China: A Reinterpretation
Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, “Mapu ñi pewma”: Dreams and Screams of the Land in the Poetry of Leonel Lienlaf

**The 2015 Humanities Research Award Symposium is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.**



2014 Humanities Research Award Symposium

Friday, February 28, 2014
CLA 1.302B
Open to the Public

Session 1: 11:00am–12:30pm
Julia L. Mickenberg, Associate Professor of American Studies: The New Woman Tries on Red: Russia in the American Feminist Imagination, 1905-1945
Arturo Arias, Tomas Rivera Regents Professor in Latin American Literature: Recovering Lost Footprints: The Emergence of Contemporary Indigenous Narratives in Abya Yala
Gabriela Polit Dueñas, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese: Narrating Narcos:Culiacán and Medellín
Janine Barchas, Professor of English: Jane Austen and Celebrity Culture

Session 2: 2:00–4:00pm
John Hartigan, Professor of Anthropology, "Care of the Species: Cultivating Biodiversity in Mexico & Spain"
Erika M. Bsumek, Associate Professor of History, "Damming Zion: Mormons, Navajos, and Water in the American West, 1860-1980"
Mark Atwood Lawrence, Associate Professor of History, "Unraveling Liberalism: The United States and the Developing World in the 1960s"
Katherine Arens, Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, "Squaring the Vienna Circle: Intellectual History Beyond the Cold War"
Martha G. Newman, Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies, "Narrating Faith: The Uncertain World of Engelhard of Langheim"



2013 Humanities Research Award Symposium

Friday, March 22, 2013
Texas Union
Texas Governor's Room
Open to the Public

Session 1: 9:00–10:15am
Sabine Hake, Exiled in the American Century: Revisiting the Hollywood Anti-Nazi Film
Tracie Matysik, Spinozism and Alternative Enlightenment Legacies in Modern Europe

Session 2: 10:45am–12:15pm
Karen Grumberg, Hebrew Gothic: S. Y. Agnon's Poetics of the Macabre
Hans C. Boas, Linguistic Infrastructure in Europe and the U.S.
Guy P. Raffa, The Amazing Adventures of Dante's Bones

Session 3: 1:30–3:00pm
Yoav Di-Capua, Jean Paul Sartre and teh Arabs: A Betrayal?
Paula Perlman, Written on the Wall: Literacy and Law in Archaic Crete
Marjorie Curry Woods, Boys Being Women in the Premodern Classroom