The Humanities Council will host its 15th Annual Humanities Colloquium on Thursday, September 23, at 4:30 pm. In an era of lockdowns, travel restrictions, and arrested movement, we have invited four distinguished Princeton scholars to ponder this year’s theme, Humanities and Mobility.
A variety of phenomena are ripe for exploration: the mobility of human beings, ideas, ideologies, texts, images, or material objects through space or time; political or revolutionary movements; obstructions to mobility; bodily movement, disability, or different mobilities. What and how we, as human beings, move; and what moves us, as humans.
The speakers will include our two 2021–2022 Old Dominion Professors, Wendy Laura Belcher (Comparative Literature, African American Studies) on “Are We Global Yet? Africa and the Future of the Humanities,” and Judith Hamera (Dance, American Studies) on “Unruly Humanists, Moving Selves.” João Biehl (Anthropology) will reflect on being “Transported by the Humanities of the Unlettered.” Zahid Chaudhary (English) will share “On the Mobility of Lies, Big and Small.”
Moderated by Esther Schor (English; Chair, Humanities Council), this wide-ranging conversation will serve as a welcome opportunity to ring in the fall term.