Upcoming event on 15 December: Lecture by Graham Harman, “The Experience of Emergence”

The Centre for Humanities Innovation is pleased to co-sponsor an upcoming lecture by Graham Harman of the University in Cairo, entitled ‘The Experience of Emergence: The Flat Ontology of Emergence’, to be held on Monday, 15 December, from 18.00 to 20.00, Room ER 140, Elvet Riverside 1. All are welcome to attend and we hope to see many of you there.

For more information, please see https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/events/events_listings/?eventno=21340


REMINDER: Next session of CHI reading group to be held on 19th November

We would like to remind Durham University research staff and postgraduates that they are warmly invited to the next session of the Centre for Humanities Innovation reading group, which will take place on Wednesday, 19th November at 12 noon in A56, Elvet Riverside. Please follow this link to access the reading, which is a selection from Bruno Latour: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence. An Anthropology of the Moderns. Translated by Catherine Porter. Cambridge MA and London: Harvard University Press. (Chapters 5, ‘Removing Some Speech Impediments’, and 6, ‘Correcting a Slight Defect in Construction’, pp. 123-178.)

Upcoming event: The Persistence of the Eighteenth Century (Book Presentation), Oct. 23, at 17.00

Book Presentation – The Persistence of the Eighteenth Century: The First Epoch: The Eighteenth Century and the Russian Cultural Imagination

By Luba Golburt (Associate Professor, University of California-Berkeley)

Thursday 23 October 2014, at 17:00, Elvet Riverside I, A56, Durham University


The event is sponsored by the Centre of Humanities Innovation, Russian World Centre (Durham University) and Mellon Slavic Studies Initiative (University of Wisconsin Press).


About the Author: Luba is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on Russian literature and culture of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century, nineteenth-century visual experience, German Idealism, historical poetics, institutions of culture, and cultural polemics in Russia, France and England.

The Abstract: Modern Russian literature has two “first” epochs: secular literature’s rapid rise in the eighteenth century and Alexander Pushkin’s Golden Age in the early nineteenth. In the shadow of the latter, Russia’s eighteenth-century culture was relegated to an obscurity hardly befitting its actually radical legacy. And yet the eighteenth century maintains an undeniable hold on the Russian historical imagination to this day. Luba Golburt’s book is the first to document this paradox. In formulating its self-image, the culture of the Pushkin era and after wrestled far more with the meaning of the eighteenth century, Golburt argues, than is commonly appreciated.

Why did nineteenth-century Russians put the eighteenth century so quickly behind them? How does a meaningful present become a seemingly meaningless past? Interpreting texts by Lomonosov, Derzhavin, Pushkin, Viazemsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and others, Golburt finds surprising answers, in the process innovatively analyzing the rise of periodization and epochal consciousness, the formation of canon, and the writing of literary history.

‘Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities’ Conference Reminder

Online registration for the international conference ‘Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities’ (Durham University, UK, July 7-8 2014) is open till June 20.

To book a place on the conference please go to Online Event RegistrationThe programme is available from the conference page. The 25 manifestos accepted for the conference are published on CHI’s site.

‘Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities’ Conference Programme

Programme for the CHI conference to be held on July 7 and 8, 2014 is now available from the conference page.

The Manifestos on ‘The Future of Humanities’ Published

The Manifestos on ‘The Future of Humanities’ accepted for the conference “Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities” (July 7 and 8, 2014; Durham University) are now published on CHI’s site.

To book a place on the conference please go to Online Event Registration page. Please register before June 20th.