Fri, Sep 18, 2015
This interdisciplinary symposium will investigate the role that books (codices, rolls, scrolls, and other related media), prints, and their associated technologies played in mediating and instantiating cultural difference in the early modern period. By framing the history of books and prints as meandering and material, this symposium aims to contribute new dialogues to the study of the global early modern.
The symposium will begin at 4pm on Friday, September 18, with an open house at Amherst College's Archives & Special Collections, with Sanjay Subrahmanyam's keynote lecture following at 5:30pm in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. A full day of talks (8:45 am - 5:45 pm) is scheduled for Saturday, September 19. The topics are diverse and cover early modern book / material cultures and practices from East Asia to Latin America.
The symposium is free and open to the public; however, we do ask that those wishing to attend register through the symposium website.
This event has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Dean of Faculty, the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations (the Tagliabue and Hall Funds), the Department of Art and the History of Art, and the Program in European Studies at Amherst College; and the Book Studies Concentration at Smith College.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015
Professor Jürgen Müller examines Fritz Lang's silent film classic Metropolis, from its origins as a novel to its reception in the political climate of Nazi Germany. Comparing the film to apocalyptic Biblical iconography and other traditional artistic imagery, he connects it further to modernist architecture, and demonstrates the conflicted attitudes toward aesthetics of art and cinema that contemporary viewers of this film would have brought to their experience.
Müller, who holds the chair of medieval and modern art history at the TU Dresden, has written widely on film and television as well as early modern art.
This event is sponsored by the Amherst College Programs in European Studies and Film and Media Studies, the Departments of Art and the History of Art and German, and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World at Amherst.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015
The first independent forum of scholars and writers of translingual literature in the U.S. The field of Translingual literature studies texts written in a non-native language, in two languages, or in a mix of languages. Some of the best known examples are the classics Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett and Joseph Conrad, and among contemporary writers, Ilan Stavans, Nancy Huston, Alexandar Hemon, Ha Jin, and many others. The morning events, the keynote talk (Doris Sommer) and the Panel with Translingual Writers are open for the general audience; the afternoon events are for scholars only.
Sponsored by New England Public Radio, the Departments of French, German and Spanish, the Program in European Studies, and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship Fund at Amherst College.