Fellows Seminar

Fellows of all ranks and disciplines meet every Tuesday during the academic year for a seminar and lunch from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the seminar room of Pembroke Hall. In this collegial environment, fellows present and discuss work-in-progress.

Participants in the Fellows Seminar include:

  • Cogut Institute Faculty Fellows,
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows,
  • Postdoctoral Fellows in International Humanities,
  • Cogut Institute Graduate Fellows,
  • Cogut Institute Undergraduate Fellows,
  • Visiting Faculty appointed at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, and
  • the Director and Associate Director of the Institute.

The composition of the seminar varies from year to year, based not only on the review process, but also on application submissions and award acceptance. A sample seminar schedule is available below. Past seminar programs may be found in our annual reports


Date Title Presenter
September 12 Welcome seminar and introduction Amanda Anderson, Director
Cogut Institute for the Humanities
September 19 Capital Temporalities as Uchronia Claire Brault, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Political Science
September 26 Eco-Emancipation: An Earthly Politics of Freedom Sharon Krause, Faculty Fellow
Political Science
October 3 'Full of Fear and Full of Resistance:'  Rahel Levin Varnhagen, Daniel Paul Schreber, and the Politics of Paranoia Noga Rotem, Graduate Fellow
Political Science
October 10 Acquainted with the Night: Mental Illness in America's Prison System Christine Montross, Faculty Fellow
Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School
October 17 The Devil's Party: The Discourse of Demonization in a Fracturing World Nathaniel Berman, Rahel Varnhagen Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Modern Culture
Cogut Institute for the Humanities
October 24 The Impassive Image Lakshmi Padmanabhan, Graduate Fellow
Modern Culture and Media
October 31 Fake: Towards a Comparative History of the Inauthentic Felipe Rojas, Faculty Fellow
November 7 Pathologies of Cosmopolitan Radicalism: M. N. Roy on Politics and Ethics Rajeev Kadambi, Graduate Fellow
Political Science
November 14 There is No Textual Relation: Sex, Reading, and the Surface of Form Michelle Rada, Graduate Fellow
November 21 The Sound Like a Rumour Françoise Vergès, Visiting Professor of Humanities
Chair of Global South(s), Collège d'études mondiales in Paris 
November 28 The Island of Samaná and the Threats of Annexation: Empire, Antillean Struggles and the Dominican Nation  1844–1899 Ryan Mann-Hamilton, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Africana Studies
December 5 Loving the Bomb: An Aesthetical Reading of Kubrick's War Films Richard Rambuss, Faculty Fellow
December 12 Undergraduate Fellow Presentations Iván Hofman, History
Grace Monk, Comparative Literature
Edward Tie, Science and Technology Studies
January 30 The Boxer: Genealogy and Transformation of an Icon in Contemporary Mexican Literature Luis Miguel Estrada Orozco, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities
Hispanic Studies
February 6 A Poet’s Ocean: Merchants and Literary Place-Making across Indian Ocean Gujarat Ketaki Pant, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
February 13 'Kindred Distress':  Economic Breakdown, Black Emancipation, and British Imperial Transformation, 1857–1873 Zachary Sell, Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice
Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice
February 27 Reconsidering the Concepts of Roman and Christian Epigraphic Culture Dora Ivanišević, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities
Religious Studies
March 6 Scaling Displacement between Community, State, Geography, and Cosmos Rebecca Nedostup, Faculty Fellow
March 20 Displacement without Disavowal: Emergency Medical Systems, Public Health Clinics, and Los Angeles County's Management of Working Poverty in the 1970s and 1980s Nic Ramos, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice
April 3 The Afro-Asian ‘Silk Road’ and the Rhetoric of Connected History, 1955–1971 Tamara Chin, Faculty Fellow
Comparative Literature
April 10 Communicating Care Across Borders Lynnette Arnold, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
April 17 Finding an Owner for the Unowned: Competing Conceptions of Intellectual Property in a Liberal Polity Marc Perlman, Faculty Fellow
April 24 Battles of/in Seattle: Settler Anarchism in North America Theresa Warburton, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
American Studies
May 1 Silk, Salt, and Sky: Industrial Landscapes in Chinese Educational Film, 1935/1939 Thorn Chen, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities
Modern Culture and Media
May 8 Final Undergraduate Fellow Presentations Iván Hofman, History
Grace Monk, Comparative Literature
Edward Tie, Science and Technology Studies