2022 Call for Proposals

The DKU Humanities Research Center (HRC) invites proposals from all DKU/Duke faculty and affiliates working on humanities-related projects. Projects should be based at DKU and/or connect Duke and DKU faculty. Proposals should be sent to Eugenie Chao (eugenie.chao@dukekunshan.edu.cn) by December 15, 2021.

  • Research Labs
  • Small Events
  • Large Events

Research Labs

The Humanities Research Center (HRC) is soliciting proposals from faculty interested in hosting a humanities lab. The lab will receive funding of up to $20,000 per year, to fund activities relevant to the lab’s theme. The lab will start in Spring 2022 and will initially be funded for one year, with a possible renewal for a second or third year.

Modelled very loosely on science labs, humanities labs are relatively small-scale and short-term entities that permit faculty to organize activities and research initiatives around a specific theme. The theme may be a contemporary concern that is currently receiving significant attention, or it could be an interdisciplinary topic that touches on a variety of different fields. Each lab will be given an annual budget with which to organize activities and sponsor research initiatives relevant to the lab’s theme. Each lab should involve both students and faculty. Research initiatives that involve cooperative work between students and faculty that can lead towards signature work projects are particularly encouraged.

Each humanities lab will have:

      • Two or three co-directors (though other faculty may also be involved)
      • A theme that will appeal to a significant number of DKU students and faculty
      • A plan to involve both students and faculty

All DKU and Duke faculty and affiliates are eligible to apply, but all labs must have at least one director who is a DKU faculty person. The lab must be based at DKU, and should emphasize disciplines associated with the humanities, interpretive social sciences, and/or the creative arts.

The application (max 5 single spaced pages) should include the following elements:

      • Title of the lab
      • Names, titles, and one-paragraph biographies of faculty involved
      • A description of the lab’s theme, scope, and significance
      • A provisional one-year budget
      • A provisional list of the lab’s anticipated output


Small Events

The HRC will fund a number of small-scale events, which could take the form of workshops, reading groups, film screenings and discussions, excursions, and so forth. Experimentation and innovation is encouraged, and applications may be submitted by either individuals or by groups of collaborators. All DKU and Duke faculty affiliates may apply.

A complete proposal (max 5 pages single-spaced) should include a title, a description of the research question, a summary of the activities to be undertaken, a list of collaborators to be invited (with brief bios), a description of anticipated outcomes, and a budget. The maximum contribution from the HRC for each small event is $5,000.


Large Events

The HRC will also fund at least one larger-scale event, which could take the form of a workshop, a lecture series, a curatorial project, and so forth. Experimentation and innovation is encouraged, and applications may be submitted by either individuals or by groups of collaborators. All DKU and Duke faculty affiliates may apply.

A complete proposal (max 5 pages single-spaced) should include a title, a description of the topic/research question, a summary of the activities to be undertaken, a list of collaborators to be invited (with brief bios), a description of anticipated outcomes, and a budget. The maximum contribution from the HRC for a large event is $20,000.

Superdeep #4: “Dreams in Philosophy & in Film” (Weifan Mo) | Thu, Nov 25, 6:30pm

Thu, Nov 25, 2021, 6:30pm CST; screening 8:10pm CST

IB 2026 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Join us for our next session with DKU’s Superdeep workshop for philosophically-minded or -interested students & projects. Weifan (Michelle) Mo (’23, Ethics & Leadership (Philosophy)) is going to share with us her current work on “Dreams in Philosophy & in Film“.
Following our discussion we will screen Ingmar Bergman‘s 1957 Wild Strawberries (starting at 8:10pm in IB Auditorium, IB 1008), parts of which inform Michelle’s work.

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy (or film) is required.

And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

 

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Thursday Night Tea Research Group|POSE

December 2
7-8:15pm CST

Location: IB1010
Zoom ID 298 656 1787

In the series finale of the Thursday Night Tea research group, we welcome model Yutong Dong and photographer Ge Zhang on campus to discuss modelling and photography as forms of translation. We will talk about the world of fashion (in front and behind the scenes), about pursuing a career in modelling and photography, and what it feels like to be on both sides of a camera. As a bonus, our guests will give a crash course on how to strike (or capture) a pose.

All are welcome to join!

Yutong Dong or Dona (whatever makes you feel cooler) is a commercial model who obtained her undergraduate degree at The Johns Hopkins University. As a mannequin she finds herself utterly happy in this superficial industry. She has worked with several brands, including Gap, Nike, Pandora, L’Oréal, Toyota, Oppo, and Volkswagen.

Ge Zhang is an independent photographer wandering between the fashion, design, humanities, art, multimedia, entrepreneurship, and pet industries. He obtained his graduate degree at UAL London College of Communication (LCC).

Black or black?

Presented by Freedom Lab

Friday, December 3rd
Time: 9PM (China Time)
Zoom: 261 330 4845

Speaker: Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw

Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw is a Professor of French Literature at The University of the West Indies (St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago). She is both an award-winning fiction writer as well as widely-known scholar of the French Caribbean. Her fiction books include such titles as Four Taxis Facing North (2007) and Mrs. B (2014). She has edited such books as Border Crossings: A Trilingual Anthology of Caribbean Women Writers (2011), Echoes of the Haitian Revolution (2008), and Reinterpreting the Haitian Revolution and Its Cultural Aftershocks (2006). In 2021, she published a biography of the poet Aime Cesaire.

Abstract:

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Africa for the Africans: A History of Self-Determination before Decolonization

Presented by Freedom Lab

Friday, November 26, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: CC1103
Zoom: 261 330 4845

Speaker: Prof. Adom Getachew

Adom Getachew is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. She has published numerous academic articles on topics related to political sovereignty, the Haitian Revolution, Pan-Africanism, and postcolonial/anti-colonial thought. Her work has also appeared in such famous periodicals as Dissent, Boston Review, the Nation. Her most recent book is titled World Making After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination (2019). A highly acclaimed rethinking of the Pan-African movement, the book won the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Council of Black Political Scientists as well as the Best Theory Book Award from the International Studies Association.

Third Space Lab Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk: ZHANG Minghao (Rainie)

November 19, 2021
Noon-1pm (China Time)

You are cordially invited to attend the TSL Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk by ZHANG Minghao (Rainie) on The Fallacy of Fossilized Language Learners: An updated understanding of fossilization and a longitudinal case study of an advanced adult learner of Mandarin at noon on Friday Nov. 19th, 2021 (China Standard Time).

Location: CC 1095. Zoom link will be sent to remote participants. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the talk! Snacks and bubble tea provided—please be sure to RSVP.

Please RSVP by 5 pm China Standard Time Thursday Nov. 18th :
https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6s2OZQ5IN0RcXRA

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Superdeep #3: “Tongqi Marriage & Epistemic Injustice (Yao Jingying) | Tue, Nov 16, 7pm

Tue, Nov 16, 2021, 7pm CST

IB 2026 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Join us for our third session with DKU’s Superdeep workshop for philosophically-minded or -interested students & projects. This time Yao Jingying (Cecilia) (’22, Ethics & Leadership (Philosophy)) is going to share with us her work on “Tongqi Marriage & Epistemic Injustice“.
Everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy is required.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

 

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The Thursday Night Tea Research Group|DISSENSUS

November 18, 2021

8-9pm CST
Zoom ID 298 656 1787
(Online only!)

In the second to last event of the Thursday Night Tea Series we welcome one of the most provocative scholars on translation, Prof. Jon Solomon, to give a talk on the modern regime of translation and the crisis of the outside. Working (and translating) between Chinese, French, English, and Japanese, his publications have focused on the biopolitics of translation, developing a critique of the disciplinary divisions of the Humanities in their relation to the economic and political divisions of the postcolonial world.

This is a unique opportunity to interact with this one-of-a-kind thinker. All are welcome to join!

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Fat Liberation: Power in the Face of Anti-Fat Bias

Friday, November 19th, 2021*, 9:00 PM CST

Zoom: 336 052 6609 | passcode: aiyo

https://duke.zoom.us/j/3360526609?pwd=b0lDUmp2OU5RSEROTWdEUzZLbzVXdz09

Did you know that an estimated 90% of women and 50% of men are dissatisfied with their bodies? That two of three girls under the age of 13 are already on a diet or considering going on one? That being labelled as fat is for most teenagers, a fear that outranks fears of homelessness, terrorism or death? 

Why are we so unhappy with our bodies? What makes us so fearful of being seen as fat, and so antagonistic towards fat bodies? And is there anything we can do about these fears? 

Join us this November 19 as we investigate and discuss contemporary and historical issues around fatphobia, and what we can do to dismantle our fear and bias against larger bodies. See you there!

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been rescheduled for January 21, 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Dec. 3 – Third Space Lab – Guest Speaker Series – Chad Hoggan – The Varieties of Transformative Experience

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to the guest lecture of the Third Space Lab by Associate Professor Chad Hoggan (North Carolina State University) on The Varieties of Transformative Experience.
We hope you will join us!
Please RSVP here:    https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8dd5jVDSDcoGd1Q

Date: December 3rd, 2021

Time:  10 pm (China time) / 9 am (EST) / 3 pm (Berlin time)

Zoom Meeting ID:      248 487 9248

Presentation Description:

This presentation traces the history of transformative learning theory within the discipline of adult education. It presents a new metatheory of transformation based on the vast scholarship that has arisen around transformative learning. Included in this metatheory are definitions and criteria to distinguish transformative learning from other types of learning, a typology of transformational outcomes, key components of the transformation process, conceptual tools by which to analyze different types of transformation, and implications for practice.

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