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The Humanities Collaborative fosters a thriving community on campus. Please see our current list of events and check back for future announcements!

Calendar at a Glance

Upcoming events

  • September 21 - Digital Humanities Meet and Greet (in person), sponsored by the Digital Humanities Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, Hollings Library, SCPC Seminar Room, 12p.m.
  • October 5-7 - Mia Bay (co-sponsored with the History Center)—public lecture October 6, Karen J. Williams Courtroom, 6-8 p.m.
  • October 6 - Kristin Harrell (virtual), sponsored by the DH Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, 2:45 p.m. “DH and the world of Margery Kempe.” See DH Research page for further details and for link.
  • October 7 - Mia Bay—roundtable discussion, Gambrell 245B, 11:30a.m.
  • October 11 - Prasenjit Duara, sponsored by the Twentieth-Century Transpacific Intercultural Collaboration Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, 4-5:30 p.m. “Oceans, Gardens, and Jungles: Worldviews and the Planet” 
  • October 19 - poster/artmaking session, sponsored by the (In)visibility Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, Russell House Ballroom (section B), 12-4 p.m.
  • October 20 - Stacy Winchester and David Reddy, sponsored by the DH Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, Hollings Library, SCPC Seminar Room, 11:40 a.m. “Research Computing: Resources at the U of SC”
  • October 25 - Boubacar Ndiaye (co-sponsored with the Francophone Studies program and LLC), CMA Theatre, 7 p.m.
  • October 28 - Amie Freeman, Karen Gavigan, Kelly Goldberg, and Hayden Smith, sponsored by the DH Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, Hollings Library, SCPC Seminar Room, 11:00 a.m. Projects with UofSC Libraries' Create Digital”: Faculty Experiences Panel. 
  • November 1 -  Woody Holton, in conversation with Bakari Sellers (co-sponsored with the History Center), Allen University, Chapelle Auditorium, 6-8 p.m. Discussion of Liberty is Sweet.
  • November 3 - Tessa Davis, Kate Boyd, Vandana Srivastava, sponsored by the DH Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, Hollings Library, SCPC Seminar Room, 1:15 p.m.
  • November 7 - Jason Mott (co-sponsored with Southern Studies)
  • November 10 - Adam Schor, sponsored by the DH Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, Hollings Library, SCPC Seminar Room, 11:40 p.m.
  • December 1 - Matt Simmons and Mark Smith, sponsored by the DH Research Group, Humanities Collaborative, Hollings Library, SCPC Seminar Room, 3:00 p.m. Southern History Archives Research and Education (SHARE). 

Previous events

Upcoming events

  • March 16 - Darrel Moellendorf, Frankfurt
  • March 23 - Tressie Macmillan Cottom (co-sponsored with Af-Am Studies)
  • April - Marion Turner, Oxford
Expanding the list above will highlight our future schedule of events and provide a downloadable flyer or additional information as available. Detailed descriptions of lectures, book talks, and visitors are also listed in the Event Details below. For our DH talks, more info is available on our Digital Humanities page.


Event Details

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Mia Bay on Travelling Black

October 6, 2022

6:00 pm

UofSC Law School, Karen J. Williams Courtroom

Mia Bay, Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of American History at University of Pennsylvania, will discuss her award-winning book, Traveling Black” A Story of Race and Resistance. A riveting, character-rich account of racial segregation in America, Traveling Black reveals just how central travel restrictions were to the creation of Jim Crow laws―and why “traveling Black” has been at the heart of the quest for racial justice ever since. A book signing and reception will follow.

Mia Bay is a scholar of American and African American intellectual, cultural, and social history. Her other publications include The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas about White People, 1830-1925 and To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells

Sponsors: History Center, Institute for Southern Studies, Humanities Collaborative, African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies


Headshot of Prasenjit Duara

"Oceans, Gardens, and Jungles: Worldviews and the Planet" with Prasenjit Duara

October 11th, 2022

4:00 pm

Contemporary world politics is structured around the world order of nation-states in turn founded largely upon a Newtonian cosmology and an associated worldview. I develop a conceptual framework around the ‘epistemic engine’ which organizes and circulates the cosmological and institutional structures of Enlightenment modernity. Subsequently, I explore how the imperial Chinese world order--functional until at least the late 19th century--reveals a different cosmology shaping a different world order and politics. I also explore the contemporary PRC view of the world order probing the extent to which its historical experiences can be seen to re-shape the hegemonic epistemic engine. In the final section, I draw from a paradigm of ‘oceanic temporality’ to grasp counter-finalities generated by the epistemic engine on the earth and the ocean itself. Can the counter-flows of social movements allow us to imagine a post-Enlightenment, planetary cosmology?

Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. Born and educated in India, he received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. He was Professor and chairman of History at University of Chicago (1991-2008) and Raffles Professor and Director of Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore (2008-2015). He was the President of the American Association for Asian Studies (2019-20). His books include Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (Stanford Univ Press) winner of Fairbank Prize of the AHA and Levenson Prize of the AAS, USA, Rescuing History from the Nation (U Chicago 1995), Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern (Rowman 2003) and The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future (Cambridge 2014). He was awarded the doctor philosophiae honoris causa from the University of Oslo in 2017.

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Performance of "Voyage sans visa" with Boubacar Ndiaye, Baye Cheikh Mbaye, and Pape Ndiaye Paamath 

October 25th, 2022

7:00 pm

Columbia Museum of Art Theater

Senegalese griot Boubacar Ndiaye and musicians Baye Cheikh Mbaye and Pape Ndiaye Paamath are coming to the CMA Theater on Tuesday, October 25, 7-8:30pm. Their musical performance, “Voyage sans visa,” explores stories of migration through song and spoken word. Show followed by discussion with the artists. Watch a preview to get a taste of the artists’ remarkable work. In French and Wolof with English translation. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the UofSC African American Studies Program, African Studies Program, Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Humanities Collaborative, and School of Music.

Boubacar Ndiaye performing live

Student Workshop with Boubacar Ndiaye

 October 25th, 2022

2:00 pm

Russel House 322

Students have the opportunity to learn hands-on with visiting storyteller and musician Boubacar Ndiaye in a workshop on West African music and spoken word on Tuesday, October 25, 2-4pm, in Russell House 322. In French. Space is limited; please register to participate.


Past Lectures, Events, and Book Talks


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