Institute for the Humanities http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?defaultcal=institute.deptcal Institute for the Humanities en-us Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:09:49 -0500 Charlotte Witt, Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham: Title: A Tale of Two Essentialisms http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20180831T212955Z-319ddb3-3e8-6e4331cc-Oracle <p>Date: <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?&amp;dispatch=datesearch&amp;date=9-22-2018">September 22, 2018</a> at 4:00 pm | <a href="https://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?&amp;defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=invite&amp;id=20180831T212955Z-319ddb3-3e8-6e4331cc-Oracle">Add event to my UICal</a> <br />Category: <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?dispatch=search&amp;search=%22Lectures,+Seminars+and+Meetings%22">Lectures, Seminars and Meetings</a>, <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?dispatch=search&amp;search=%22Conferences+and+Workshops+%22">Conferences and Workshops </a> </p> In my book The Metaphysics of Gender I argue that gender is uniessential to social individuals. There are three terms in this claim that require explanation, but here I focus on just one of them: unessentialism. I begin by distinguishing two essentialisms: kind essentialism and uniessentialism. The two essentialisms differ in terms of what each is intended to explain or to accomplish. I think that the two essentialisms address different questions rather than supplying different answers to the same question. Kind essentialism addresses the issue of the classification of individuals into kinds. Uniessentialism addresses an entirely different issue, which is the metaphysical question of what grounds the unity of individuals with parts.<br /> <br />This lecture is part of the "Explanation without Essence?" workshop organized by Prof. Mahrad Almotahari, UIC Philosophy Department.<br /> lvavra@uic.edu http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20180831T212955Z-319ddb3-3e8-6e4331cc-Oracle Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:29:54 -0000 Robin Dembroff, Yale University: Beyond Binary: Genderqueer as Critical Gender Kind http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20180831T212308Z-126f315-3e8-bd15e6c-Oracle <p>Date: <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?&amp;dispatch=datesearch&amp;date=9-21-2018">September 21, 2018</a> at 4:00 pm | <a href="https://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?&amp;defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=invite&amp;id=20180831T212308Z-126f315-3e8-bd15e6c-Oracle">Add event to my UICal</a> <br />Category: <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?dispatch=search&amp;search=%22Lectures,+Seminars+and+Meetings%22">Lectures, Seminars and Meetings</a>, <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?dispatch=search&amp;search=%22Conferences+and+Workshops+%22">Conferences and Workshops </a> </p> We want to know what gender is. But metaphysical approaches to this question solely have focused on the binary gender kinds men and women. By overlooking those who identity outside of the binary--the group I call `genderqueer'--we are left without tools for understanding these new and quickly growing gender identifications. This metaphysical gap in turn creates a conceptual lacuna that contributes to systematic misunderstanding of genderqueer persons. In this paper, I argue that to better understand genderqueer identities, we must recognize a new type of gender kind: critical gender kinds, or kinds whose members resist dominant gender ideology. After developing a model of critical gender kinds, I suggest that genderqueer is best modeled as one such kind. In particular, I propose that its members are united by resisting `the binary assumption', or the prevalent assumption that they must comply with binary gender classification.<br />This lecture is part of the "Explanation without Essence?" workshop organized by Prof. Mahrad Almotahari, UIC Philosophy Department. <br /> lvavra@uic.edu http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20180831T212308Z-126f315-3e8-bd15e6c-Oracle Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:26:10 -0000 Paige West Lecture: A Prayer for the World: Imagining a Future in the Face of Climate Change http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20180920T213633Z-1246e1e-3e8-612a4aa9-Oracle <p>Date: <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?&amp;dispatch=datesearch&amp;date=10-4-2018">October 4, 2018</a> at 4:00 pm | <a href="https://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?&amp;defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=invite&amp;id=20180920T213633Z-1246e1e-3e8-612a4aa9-Oracle">Add event to my UICal</a> <br />Category: <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?dispatch=search&amp;search=%22Sustainability+Events%22">Sustainability Events</a>, <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?dispatch=search&amp;search=%22Lectures,+Seminars+and+Meetings%22">Lectures, Seminars and Meetings</a>, <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?dispatch=search&amp;search=%22Conferences+and+Workshops+%22">Conferences and Workshops </a> </p> Each new day, it seems, we wake to a barrage of terrible global news and horrifying images. This is particularly true with regard to climate news. It is enough to paralyze even the most empathetic and concerned citizens. In this lecture anthropologist Paige West asks us to consider what each of us can do as students, scholars, writers, and thinkers to understand the historical processes that set the conditions of possibility for our present world, to document or to witness the transformations of the present, and to use our scholars skills to work towards transforming the future.<br />Paige West is The Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University where she holds an endowed chair. Her broad scholarly interest is the relationship between societies and their environments. Since the mid 1990s she has worked with indigenous people in Papua New Guinea. She is the author of three books and the editor of five more. Dr. West is the founder of the journal Environment and Society, the chair of the Ecology and Culture University Seminar at Columbia University, a fellow (and past chair) of the Association of Social Anthropology in Oceania, and is the past president of the Anthropology and Environment Society of the American Anthropological Association. In addition to her academic work, Dr. West is the co-founder, and a board member, of the PNG Institute of Biological Research, a small NGO dedicated to building academic opportunities for research in Papua New Guinea by Papua New Guineans. Dr. West is also the co-founder of the Roviana Solwara Skul, a school in Papua New Guinea dedicated to teaching at the nexus of indigenous knowledge and western scientific knowledge.<br /> lvavra@uic.edu http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20180920T213633Z-1246e1e-3e8-612a4aa9-Oracle Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:36:55 -0000 Martin Nekola Lecture: For The Freedom of Captive European Nations: Eastern European Exiles http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20180920T212434Z-4134d59-3e8-682c1d46-Oracle <p>Date: <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?&amp;dispatch=datesearch&amp;date=9-27-2018">September 27, 2018</a> at 6:00 pm | <a href="https://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?&amp;defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=invite&amp;id=20180920T212434Z-4134d59-3e8-682c1d46-Oracle">Add event to my UICal</a> <br />Category: <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?dispatch=search&amp;search=%22Lectures,+Seminars+and+Meetings%22">Lectures, Seminars and Meetings</a>, <a href="http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?dispatch=search&amp;search=%22Conferences+and+Workshops+%22">Conferences and Workshops </a> </p> The talk explores a poorly known story of the formation and development of organizations of political exiles from the countries of East-Central and South-East Europe in the USA in the early years of Cold War. This story is reconstructed based on a longtime research in both United States' and European archives, that has revealed historical facts largely unknown to the students of the Cold War anti-communist movements in exile. The talk considers in a comparative perspective political organizations and individual representatives of the Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Romanian and other groups of exiles. Their role and standing within their movements will be explained and evaluated in the context of evolving international politics of the first decade of the Cold War (1946-1956).<br />Martin Nekola is a political scientist and historian, born and residing in Prague, Czech Republic. He received PhD in political science in 2012 from Charles University in Prague. His current research project is focused on the Czechoslovak Exile after 1948 and Czech communities in the USA. He is the author of three hundred articles and has published ten books in the past ten years. In the recent years, he was awarded many prestigious fellowships such as Fulbright research fellow at Columbia University, NY; Platzman research fellow, University of Chicago; Hoover Institution International scholar.<br /> lvavra@uic.edu http://www.uic.edu/htbin/eventcal/eventcal.fcgi?defaultcal=institute.deptcal&amp;dispatch=search&amp;detailed_view=1&amp;uid=20180920T212434Z-4134d59-3e8-682c1d46-Oracle Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:33:49 -0000