Theory and Practice: Humanities in the World

This series explores the place of humanistic theory in practice in our current global context, and how practice may inform research in the theoretically inflected humanities and vice versa. The goals of the seminar series are twofold. Firstly, it hopes to put local practitioners, particularly in fields not generally seen as humanistic, into conversation with academics, to foster humanistic research that is both informed by practice and available to and useful to practitioners. Secondly, it will bring together academies in and academic concerns of the global north and south, without privileging the first, in order to advance conversations in the theoretical humanities. Please contact Prof. Ananya Chakravarti for more information. Please email to join our email list for this seminar.


February 22, 5:00 PM, CCAS Boardroom (enter through ICC 241)
"On the Creative Wealth of Nations"
Patrick Kabanda, the World Bank
Ananya Chatterjea, Department of Theater Arts and Dance & Ananya Dance Theater

Please review the following short documents before attending this seminar:
An Untapped Economy: Africa's Creative Sector
Development as Music: Using Africa's Creative Wealth to Improve Lives across the Continent
Tedx Talk/Dance
Ananya Dance Theatre Video

March 15, 3:00 PM, ICC 662
"The Fight for the Past"
Dr. Thomas Wide, managing director of Turquoise Mountain, est. 2006 with the aim of reviving Afghanistan’s traditional crafts
Sughra Hussainy, Afghan artist and graduate of Turquoise Mountain
Dr. Erin Thompson, assistant professor of art crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

"Academic Freedom in Global Context"
José Angel Hernández, The University of Houston
Angana Chatterji, University of California, Berkeley
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