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Celebrating Ten Years of Global Scholars

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Reetika Khera, a 2017-18 International Visitor, will make a return visit to the Center to discuss her new book.

From February to June 2019, the Stanford Humanities Center will welcome six scholars from Norway, India, Mexico, Germany, and Turkey as part of its International Visitors Program, sponsored in partnership with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) since 2009. During their month-long residencies at the Center, the visitors will engage with students and faculty, sharing their research through a series of lectures, workshops, and presentations.

The Humanities Center will mark the International Visitors Program's 10th anniversary on Tuesday, March 5, with a preview screening of The Seven Doors, a documentary by Kurdish filmmaker Mehmet Kurt (2018-19 FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor and Christopher Family International Visitor). The screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and Q&A with the filmmakers.

In addition, former International Visitor Reetika Khera (2017–18) returns for a public book talk at the Humanities Center on Monday, February 11. She’ll discuss India’s unique biometric identity system, Aadhaar, and its implications for digital privacy and democracy, the subject of her new edited volume of essays titled Dissent on Aadhaar: Big Data Meets Big Brother.

The International Visitors Program was the vision of former Humanities Center director Aron Rodrigue and then-FSI director Coit Blacker—established to strengthen Stanford's global connections with the humanities and social sciences. Over the past 10 years, the program has facilitated residencies for distinguished academics from some 29 countries, representing more than 50 institutions.

"My stay at Stanford allowed me the chance to participate fully in academic life," wrote Karim Miské, a 2017–18 International Visitor from Paris, France. "It was a privilege to interact with such a brilliant assembly of scholars. As a filmmaker and a writer, I don't always get these specific kinds of interactions with my peers. Listening to so many talks, being exposed to so many concepts in a short time was invaluable."

The 2018-19 International Visitors

Amita Baviskar
Professor of Sociology
Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato
Professor of History
El Colegio de México

Mette Halskov Hansen
Professor of China Studies
University of Oslo

Felix Heinzer
Senior Professor for Study of Manuscript Cultures
University of Hamburg

Mehmet Kurt
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow
London School of Economics (LSE) and Yale University

M. Madhava Prasad
Professor of Cultural Studies
English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

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