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Decoloniality and the Politics of History
Friday, 28 May 2021
11:00 AM
Panel 5, May 28, 2021, 11 am – 1 pm Threads of Labor
Verónica Gago (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Sociology)
Ana María León (University of Michigan, Art History)
Moderator: Reinhold Martin (Columbia University, GSAPP)

Decolonization is the historical struggle for national sovereignty against colonialism. By contrast, decoloniality is an epistemological category that takes colonialism as constitutive of modernity. It seeks to dismantle colonialist frameworks of thinking and sensing, delinking from colonialism's habits, forms of life, and subjectivities. As an analytic, decoloniality concerns the reconstruction and restitution of histories excluded from the universalist frameworks of modernity. As a programmatic, it establishes a pluriversal epistemology.

This series of panels places the frameworks by which we produce historical knowledge at its center. Questions we seek to focus on include: How to address the colonizer/colonized relationship not as a universal binary but simultaneously in its global and local specificity? How to provincialize the West without ignoring the lived realities of its hegemony? What to make of the increasing problematization of hybridity and syncretism? And how does a decolonial framework help us understand the relations between socio-economic and cultural forms?

The conference is hosted by the Department of Art History & Archaeology and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University with support from the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art and the Society of Fellows at Columbia University. It is organized by Alex Alberro and Pujan Karambeigi. The poster is by the artist Andreas Siekmann.

For event information, registration link, and program: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/arthistory/calendar/decoloniality-and-the-politics-of-history.html
Sponsored by: Columbia Department of Art History and Archaeology, Institute of Latin American Studies, Institute for Studies of Latin American Art, Society of Fellows for the Heyman Center of Humanities

Exhibition Workshop: Forage and Botanical Drawing
Friday, 28 May 2021
1:00 PM
Wendy Hollender, Illustrator
In conjunction with the exhibit “The Empire’s Physician,”and the long tradition of using Botanical Illustration to identify plants for medicinals and eating, join Botanical Illustratror Wendy Hollender to forage and draw. In these two hour virtual hands on workshops study the basic techniques of botanical illustration using colored pencils to describe plants in detail.

This lecture is given in conjunction with ISAW's exhibition The Empire’s Physician: Prosperity, Plague, and Healing in Ancient Rome. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and the Leon Levy Foundation. Additional support provided by Dr. Angelo D. Reppucci.

Registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibition-workshop-forage-and-botanical-drawing-registration-153705109119
Sponsored by: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

South Asia Center Summer Institute: Nationalism, Anti-Muslim Racism, and Social Exclusion: India, the US, and Beyond
Monday, 31 May 2021
Application Deadline
The 2021 summer institute for K-12 teachers offered by the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania is a 4-day online intensive, to be held July 6th-9th. The sessions will cover nationalism, fundamentalism, and anti-Muslim racism, focusing on current issues in India and the United States. Davesh Soneji, a historian of religion and Associate Professor of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will engage attendees on the historical roots of Indian nationalism, offering pedagogical approaches for understanding Indian cultural nationalism, fundamentalism, practices of social exclusion in the US classroom. Nazia Kazi, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University and author of Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics, will consider the legacy of the War on Terror which followed 9/11, a “forever war” that shows no sign of ending. In these sessions, she will explore the role of anti-Muslim racism in the US nationalism and consider how classroom lessons on 9/11 often reinforce the Islamophobic assumptions of the War on Terror. The institute will close with a joint session by both Soneji and Kazi, considering the overlaps between American and Indian ethnonationalism and their implications for K-12 learning in the US. Teachers who attend will be eligible for 12 ACT 48 credits. Admission is limited. All attendees must apply to join. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MAY 31, 2021

For more information and application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdy8YfoBA1rmUF5jEXTn7WL5M04WGSs3gU9rWKg4BMMNueZ9Q/viewform?gxids=7628
Sponsored by: South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania

The Dead Sea Scrolls - A Second Public Conference
Sunday, 6 June 2021
9:00 AM
This conference is meant to serve as a follow-up to our Dead Sea Scrolls in Recent Scholarship conference of May 2020.

Please visit the following link for the schedule and registration information: https://as.nyu.edu/hebrewjudaic/events/spring-2021/dss-conference-2021.html

For more information, contact: gsas.hebrewjudaic@nyu.edu
Sponsored by: NYU Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, the Israel Antiquities Authority, and the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority

The Museo Egizio’s current research at Deir el-Medina
Saturday, 12 June 2021
1:30 PM
Cédric Gobeil, Museo Egizio, Turin (Italy)
The Spring 2021 lectures will be held online via ZOOM. Please see the home page for more information regarding registration for ARCE-PA and ARCE members, and non-ARCE-PA and non-ARCE members. The Paypal button for non- ARCE-PA and ARCE members is on the home page.

Event information: http://www.arce-pa.org/p/upcoming-events_15.html
Sponsored by: American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter

Building Monuments, Monumentalizing Buildings
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
6:00 PM
David Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania
What makes a building a monument? Some of the buildings that hold the most meaning for us, including Independence Hall, were not built to be monuments. What monumentalized them? And some of the most ambitious programs to build monuments, like Philadelphia’s City Hall, notably failed to capture contemporary attention. What went wrong? History offers important lessons for us today, as we strive to create monuments that reflect our values and aspirations.

Event information and tickets: https://www.penn.museum/calendar/547/building-monuments-monumentalizing-buildings
Sponsored by: Penn Museum

CFP: 2021 New Jersey History Conference
Monday, 28 June 2021
Application Deadline
The New Jersey Historical Commission is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2021 New Jersey History Conference, to be held virtually on Friday, November 12, 2021 with an in-person keynote plenary session tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 13 (location TBA). This conference is dedicated to promoting and exploring the diversity of Indigenous life in contemporary and historic New Jersey.

The deadline for submission is June 28. To download the full CFP: https://nj.gov/state/historical/assets/pdf/2021-njhc-conference-call-for-proposals.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1-TwtlTPA78k4LZ4Bcn5D1fZWtW6kL0oEDErwd1MIIMoUblaqV9h8SRh4
Sponsored by: Penn Museum

Then and Now - Monuments, Memorials and Public Art
Wednesday, 7 July 2021
6:00 PM
Penny Balkin Bach, Association for Public Art
As symbols of collective memory, monuments and memorials have had very different meanings to those who erect them and those who inherit them. Complicated, controversial, and often confounding, public art is a tangible part of our public history and our evolving culture. With the onset of a powerful public awakening regarding what and whom we choose to honor, artists and public art are uniquely positioned to reflect and reveal our society and our times.

Penny Balkin Bach is the Executive Director & Chief Curator of the Association for Public Art (aPA, formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association). A curator, writer, and educator who provides artistic direction for the organization, she is well-known for her work with artists and for her innovative approaches to connecting public art with its audiences. She supports the creation of opportunities for new works by artists and creative professionals, promotes the interpretation of art in public spaces, and advocates for the responsible stewardship of public art.

Event information and registration link: https://www.penn.museum/calendar/548/then-and-now-new-dates
Sponsored by: Penn Museum