Mellon Sawyer Seminar

Mellon Sawyer Seminar

2016 - 2017


September 21, 2016
Cabot ASEAN Auditorium
"South Sudan: The Road to Civil War"

Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Anthropology, and African Studies,
Columbia University

October 13, 2016
"Migrations, Islands, and the Creative Economy"
Fran├žoise Lionnet, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, and African and African American Studies, Harvard University

November 4, 2016
Colonialism, Slavery, and the Archive: Old and New Practices

Vincent Brown, Warren Professor of History, Harvard University
Elizabeth Dillon, Professor of English, Northeastern University
Vivek Bald, Associate Professor of Media Studies, MIT

December 2, 2016
Plantation Dispossession and the Futures of Black Embodiment

Alexander Weheliye, Professor of African American Studies, Northwestern University
Katherine McKittrick, Professor of Gender Studies, Queen's University
Demetrius Eudell, Professor of History, Wesleyan University

January 26, 2017
"Comparative Postcolonial Theory and the Question of Chinese Empire"
Shu-mei Shih, Professor of Comparative Literature
Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies, UCLA

January 27, 2017
World Studies and Comparative Relation

Shu-mei Shih, Professor of Comparative Literature
Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies, UCLA

February 16, 2017
Colonial Memory and Trauma

Debarati Sanyal, Professor of French, UC Berkeley
Stef Craps, Associate Professor of English, University of Ghent

February 23, 2017
"The Social Life of DNA"
Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

March 9, 2017
Rethinking the Human: Life Between Epistemology and Therapeutics

Emily Martin, Professor of Anthropology, NYU
Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

March 28, 2017

David Chidester, Professor of Comparative Religion, University of Cape Town

March 29, 2017
"Religion's Imperial Pasts, Global Futures"

David Chidester, Professor of Comparative Religion, University of Cape Town


April 3, 2017
"The Politics of Human Rights"

Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

April 20, 2017
Sovereignty, Settler Colonialism, Territoriality and Resistance

Audra Simpson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
Jessica Cattelino, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UCLA