College of Liberal Arts

Past Humanities Research Award Symposiums


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

2019 Humanities Research Award Symposium

Friday, March 8, 2019
RLP 1.302B
Glickman West Conference Room

Welcome Remarks by Dean Randy Diehl

Session 1: 9:45–11:20am

9:45am: Shirley Thompson, Departments of American Studies and African and African Diaspora Studies, Reading the Archive: Black Proprietorship in the Aftermath of Slavery
10:05am: Lauren Gutterman, Department of American Studies, Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage
10:25am: Gabriela Polit, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Unwanted Witnesses: Journalism and Conflict in Contemporary Latin America
11:00am: Bartholomew Sparrow, Department of Government, The Third Founding: White Hierarchy and American Political Development
11:20am: Janine Barchas, Department of English, The Lost Books of Jane Austen

Session 2: 1:00–2:20pm

1:00pm: Jennifer Wilks, Departments of English and African and African Diaspora Studies, Black Between the Sheets: Carmen in Context
1:20pm: Danny Law, Department of Linguistics, Discursive Inertia in Classic and Colonial Mayan Ritual Language
1:40pm: Janet Davis, Department of American Studies, Sharkmania: A Transnational History of an American Obsession

Session 3: 2:20–3:20pm

2:20pm: Sandro Sessarego, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, On the Importance of Legal History to Afro-Hispanic Linguistics and Creole Studies
2:40pm: Daniel Birkholz, Department of English, Roads Taken: Literary Geography and the Impossibility of Medieval Biography
3:00pm: Paola Bonifazio, Department of French and Italian, At the Dawn of Convergence: Photonovels and their Fans 


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