Search form

Menu

Home of the Human Experience

You are here

Current Workshops

Approaches to Capitalism

The workshop will facilitate conversations about approaches to researching and writing studies of capitalism, attempts to give shape to our canon, and semi-public forums for graduate students and faculty to present innovative scholarship. Seminars will bring together the architects of an emerging subfield to contribute to a larger debate over using capitalism as a synthetic lens to comprehend modern history and anthropology.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Jennifer Burns, Sylvia Yanagisako

Graduate Student:

Destin Jenkins
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Cognition & Language

This workshop encourages and facilitates communication among the fields of linguistics, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and computer science to answer questions central to each of these fields. How does language work? How does it interact with the other cognitive processes that shape the human experience?

Coordinators

Faculty:

Daniel Lassiter, Stanley Peters

Graduate Student:

Lelia Glass
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

  • Masaya Yoshida
    Thursday, December 5, 2013. 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM | Cordura Hall at CSLI
  • Kay Bock
    Thursday, October 31, 2013. 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM | Cordura Hall
  • Lisa Pearl
    Thursday, October 10, 2013. 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM | Cordura Hall at CSLI
  • Michael Tanenhaus
    Thursday, September 26, 2013. 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM | The Clark Center, S361

Marta Sutton Weeks Research Workshop

Ethics and Politics, Ancient and Modern

Scholars involved in the study of ancient ethical and political philosophy come together with those working on contemporary political theory in this workshop. Using both empirical political science and historical methods, the group considers, among other topics, the relationship between arguments about justice and systems of law, as well as authority, legitimacy, and obedience in the development of government.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Chris Bobonich, Josh Ober

Graduate Student:

Amos Espeland
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Linda Randall Meier Research Workshop

Eurasian Empires

The workshop focuses on themes and problems common to the many empires that controlled lands surrounding ancient Greece and the Middle East, namely the early modern Russian, Ottoman, Safavid/Qajar and Mughal, and Chinese empires from Han to Qing. Topics of interest are the imagination of imperial space and power through visual and literary forms, different modes of knowledge production for imperial integrities, as well as material and political strategies of governance and power.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Nancy Kollman, Ali Yaycioglu

Graduate Student:

Ali Karamustafa
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Blokker Research Workshop

Exit Strategies: Decolonization, Violence, and Alternative Histories

This workshop examines how acts of violence and emancipatory projects define past and contemporary societies within colonial and imperial contexts. It directs its attention to neglected, subaltern histories and alternative imaginaries, and how these are used to negotiate various inequalities and dependencies.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Lynn Meskell

Graduate Student:

Annalisa Bolin
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

French Culture

The French Culture workshop brings together participants from French literature, history, comparative literature, and art history to examine questions relevant to French culture and society from the modern period, 1650 to the present. Topics of discussion include political and intellectual history, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism and national identity, immigration and minorities, gender, and francophonie.

Coordinators

Faculty:

James P. Daughton, Dan Edelstein

Graduate Student:

Derek Vanderpool
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Humanities Center Fellows Research Workshop

Graphic Narrative Project

From centuries-old Japanese woodblock prints and political cartoons to manga, superhero serials, comics journalism and webcomics—pictures and words have been brought together by visionary artists who saw the potential to tell stories of human civilization in ways not possible via text or image alone. The Graphic Narrative Project looks at the many manifestations of this medium.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Scott Bukatman

Graduate Student:

Vanessa Chang
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Claire and John Radway Research Workshop

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Consciousness

Conscious experience is a phenomenon that each of us knows intimately well, yet explaining consciousness has proved to be exquisitely difficult. This workshop explores the nature of conscious experience from a variety of viewpoints that will cross boundaries in the humanities and sciences. We envision workshops this year that will address the Hard Problem of Consciousness (aka the problem of qualia), consciousness and literature, and zombies in philosophy, and also, we hope, altered states of consciousness and creativity.

Coordinators

Faculty:

John Perry, Paul Skokowski

Graduate Student:

Michaela Hulstyn
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Contemporary

The workshop examines the "contemporary" with a focus on three defining moments: 1945, 1989, and 2001. These moments all carried global significance, yet have local consequences that require a comparative approach between national or regional perspectives. The hybrid term "contemporary" serves as a heuristic device with which to examine cultural objects and phenomena in politics, culture, and the arts.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Amir Eshel

Graduate Student:

Brian Johnsrud
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Interdisciplinary Working Group in Critical Theory

Faculty and graduate students from across the humanities and qualitative social sciences gather to address current theoretical debates by reading and discussing texts that both define and disrupt disciplinary thinking. Three thematic foci will tie together the disciplinary concerns and research agendas of workshop participants: Inscriptions, Posthumanism, and the Return to Realism.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Paula Moya

Graduate Student:

Corey Johnson
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Linda Randall Meier Research Workshop

Modern Middle East (Ethnic Minorities, Religious Communities, Rights, and Democracy in the Modern Middle East and Central Asia)

No state in the Middle East or Central Asia has developed a democratic framework for regulating the rights of ethnic or religious minorities. This workshop investigates the precise parameters and content of "democracy" in the Middle East and Central Asia in light of the specific historical experiences and cultures of the region.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Joel Beinin, Ali Yaycioglu

Graduate Student:

Rebecca Gruskin
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Marta Sutton Weeks Research Workshop

Religion and Ethics

The recent resurgence of religious revivalist movements and religiously framed violence have raised new and old questions about the role that religion, and the language of ethics, play in the realization of political aims. This workshop reconsiders foundational questions about the relationship between religion and ethics through a focus on three interwoven themes: “Sacrificial Violence/Martyrdom,” “Law, Religion, and Ethics,” and “Ethical Communities.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Shahzad Bashir, Sharika Thiranagama

Graduate Student:

Aisha Ghani
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

  • Aisha Ghani
    Tuesday, November 12, 2013. 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM | The Humanities Center, Watt Room
  • Thomas Blom Hansen
    Tuesday, November 5, 2013. 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM | Anthropology Department Colloquium Room (Building 50, Room 51A)
  • Kabir Tambar
    Thursday, October 10, 2013. 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM | Stanford Humanities Board Room

Research Workshop in Honor of John Bender

Seminar on the Enlightenment and Revolution

The workshop excavates a rich historical period with a focus on the twinned categories of "Enlightenment" and "Revolution." This year, the workshop coordinates its events around an interdisciplinary theme, "The Book in the Age of Digital Humanities," which aims at opening conversations between faculty and graduate students with interests in bibliography and the history of the book and those doing adventurous work with new digital methods.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Denise Gigante, Blair Hoxby

Graduate Student:

Erik Johnson
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Sustenance: Food, Sustainability, and the Humanities

This workshop looks at the intersection of food and sustainability, highlighting humanistic approaches to the topic. The group seeks to contribute to the Stanford-wide discussion on food studies using history, theory, and art: Can we write and evaluate the historiography of sustainable food? How have literary, visual and performance artists, past and present, represented food as sustenance? What types of economic, social and political theories address food as a global and local resource?

This workshop is funded in part by a gift from the Joseph and Louise O'Toole Foundation.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Jennifer Brody

Graduate Student:

Karli June Cerankowski
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Theoretical Perspectives of the Middle Ages

This workshop invites scholars to connect with each other by examining various representations and theories of the medieval past. Topics this year may include time and historiography, phenomenology and the digitization of archives, global medievalists, revisiting foundational 19th-century texts, and the meaning of "interdisciplinary" for medievalists.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Marisa Galvez

Graduate Student:

Gráinne Watson
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Varieties of Agency

The workshop invites participants from various disciplines and methodologies in the humanities and beyond to investigate central issues of human agency. Topics include the nature of intentional action and its explanation, the role of reasons for action, practical rationality and self-knowledge, and agential constitution. This quarter the workshop focuses on issues of shared and cooperative agency.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Michael Bratman, Tamar Schapiro

Graduate Student:

Nathan Hauthaler
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

Workshop in Poetics

The Workshop in Poetics is concerned with the theoretical and practical dimensions of the reading and criticism of poetry. Within the eclectic critical landscape called "poetics" in literary studies, the workshop offers a forum where scholars with distinctive methods and historical concerns can test their claims and assumptions about poetic objects against the broad linguistic and historical knowledge of the workshop's members.

Coordinators

Faculty:

Roland Greene, Nicholas Jenkins

Graduate Student:

Caroline Egan
Meeting Schedule: (click to expand)

  • Forms of Salient Presence: Objects of Transitive Attention
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM | Board Room, Stanford Humanities Center
  • Chris Kark
    Tuesday, March 4, 2014. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM | Board Room, Stanford Humanities Center
  • Rhiannon Lewis
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM | Board Room, Stanford Humanities Center
  • Talya Meyers
    Tuesday, January 28, 2014. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM | Board Room, Stanford Humanities Center
  • Luke Parker
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM | Board Room, Stanford Humanities Center
  • Cecilia Enjuto Rangel
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM | Board Room, Stanford Humanities Center
  • Susan Stewart
    Wednesday, October 16, 2013. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM | Board Room, Stanford Humanities Center
  • Workshop Meeting
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM | Room 216, Pigott Hall