FHIS Research Seminar, Winter 2018, Term 1: Schedule

Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm
FHIS Lounge (Buchanan Tower 799)
Coffee and Snacks will be served


September 12: Grants in Theory and in Practice
with Dr. Kim Beauchesne, Dr. Nancy Frelick, Jennifer Nagtegaal and Karen O’Regan
  • Review of grant applications with Graduate Students
  • If you are a graduate student interested in getting feedback on one of your grant applications, please register for this event by sending an e-mail to: anna.casas@ubc.ca
  • Bring a copy of your application and we will find the time to look at it!
September 19: Bibliography
with Susan Atkey and Susan Patterson (UBC Librarians)
  • Review of Library Resources for Graduate Students
September 26: Book Launch – Rodolfo Ortiz’s project La Mariposa Mundial
with Rodolfo Ortiz, Dr. Jon Beasley-Murray and Ricardo García
  • La Mariposa Mundial is a literary magazine devoted to recover, collect and disseminate literary and artistic works from the Andean region in connection with other literary traditions of the world. It started in La Paz-Bolivia in 1999 and, since then, has given voice to a group of poets, critics, essayists, translators, artists, and polygraphs from different places and times, mainly non-canonical and alternatives. The issue 23/24, which is now presented, offers a review of the literary magazines from Peru & Bolivia. The rescue and an-archive of ignored publications, perhaps yet marginalized, poses here a new polyphonic constellation, and a network of circuits that mobilized subversive aesthetic and political prospects during the first half of the 20th century.
October 3: Visualizing Fascism
with Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York University)
Different start time: 3:15pm | Different room: Buchanan Tower, Rm 997
  • Visualizing Fascism might seem an easy endeavor. Uniformed men on the march, children performing in sports arenas, the dictator in his uniformed splendor, likely figure in this repertoire. Yet when we rely on this image bank that oscillates between the unique One and the undifferentiated Many we are replicating fascism’s own point of view. This talk disrupts these habits by going into the crowd to examine faces taken from everyday life. It asks us to consider other ways of visualizing Fascism, and other ways of utilizing the archives we now have to bring forth other faces of fascism and the fascist era that still find relatively scant representation.
October 10: The H(istoires) U(niverselles) 15 project: a few thoughts on digital humanities, media studies and philology.
with Dr. Anne Salamon (Université Laval)

Presenter: Dr. Anne Salamon (Université Laval)

  • Using as a starting point my new project H(istoires) U(niverselles) 15, which aims to provide a philological apparatus allowing to deepen our knowledge of the vast unedited corpus that are the late medieval universal histories in French, this presentation will explore how media studies allow us to rethink traditional philological questions in order to take advantage not only of the strengths of the digital medium, but also of its peculiarities, in a project involving ancient manuscripts.
October 17: Arriba and the Black Civil Rights Movement: Time to Mend Fences or Time for Revenge? Different start time: 2pm. 
with Dr. Rosalía Cornejo Pariego (University of Ottawa)
  • Arriba, the official newspaper of the Franco regime, denounced U.S. racism and police brutality during the Black Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Considering that Spain’s own citizens lacked essential freedoms under Franco’s dictatorship, this was perplexing. This presentation will explore the representation of the African American emancipation movement in Arriba, the role of religious discourse, the complex relationship between Washington and Franco’s government, and Spain’s colonial history in understanding this seemingly paradoxical representation of events.
October 24: The Emotions – A Non-Linear History
with Dr. Jo Labanyi (New York University)
  • The relatively new field of the history of the emotions has made us aware that feelings, and the way they are conceptualized, are culturally specific. But this is a layered history of overlaps between emotional regimes that belong to different time frames and of returns, in new contexts, to ways of thinking about feeling from the past. The talk will consider how the history of the emotions can help us appreciate the non-linearity of historical processes.

October 31: No research seminar

November 7: No research seminar

November 14: No research seminar

November 21: No research seminar

November 28: Book Launch – Dr. María Adelaida Escobar’s novel Tiempo del sur with Dr. Raúl Álvarez Moreno, Dr. María Carbonetti and Dr. Brianne Orr-Álvarez
  • Tiempo del Sur tells the story of a family through the voices of four women: Manuela, Titi, Elena and Elisa. Each of them, from their point of view, reveals the events that over the years have marked their path in several countries -Colombia, the United States and Canada- and the particular effect that those events have had in their lives and in their personalities. The novel creates a vivid and harmonious mosaic of female voices that is able to show both the character and feelings of the four protagonists and how they interconnect in family relationships. Through the four protagonists the reader can explore different ways of facing experiences such as illegal immigration, homosexuality, death and love.