After The Myth of the Liberator: Slavery and Places of Memory in the French Petits Antilles

Venue: IB 1010 / Zoom: 261 330 4845 

Time & Date: Friday April 30th,  6-7:30 PM China

Speaker: Yun Kyoung KWON, yunkwon@snu.ac.kr 

Yun Kyoung KWON (PhD, University of Chicago) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Western History at Seoul National University, South Korea. Her research focuses on the histories of the French and Haitian Revolutions, slavery and abolition in the French Empire, as well as postcolonialism and the politics of memory. Her work has appeared in such journals as Social History and Atlantic Studies, as well as such edited volumes as France’s Lost Empires and Abolitionist Places.

Today, when the extreme right’s racism and anti-racist struggles are simultaneously intensifying, the memory of slavery is a subject of sharp debate around the world. France had long suppressed this memory to maintain its national identity as the “Republic of liberation.” Now that the repressed memory of slavery has returned at the head of the French “war of memories” (guerre de mémoires), I would like to think about how the descendants of slavery and colonialism now living as French citizens are processing this painful memory. Based on my research trip in 2020, this presentation overviews the landscape of memory on the two islands of the French West Indies, Martinique and Guadeloupe. It analyzes the various mnemonic strategies found in the places of slavery memory and examines how new monuments have challenged the dominant national discourse of ‘liberty granted by France’ and the myth of ‘Schoelcher, the Liberator.’

Media and Arts Speaker Series | Lab as Methodology. Giving Hybrid Arts a Space for Experimentation and Research

The Media & Arts Speaker Series at Duke Kunshan University is a bi-weekly event that invites leading practitioners in media and arts to speak about their work and practice and engage with our DKU community.

The forth miniseries of talks looks at the concept of the lab, both as a philosophy and a methodology to see how these innovative approaches have impacted and transformed the production of culture, art and society.

The lecture scheduled on Friday April 23th, 2021 at 6pm China Central time features art historian and curator Regine Rapp and curator Christian de Lutz. They will dissect for us some of the cultural production and experimentation they have conducted within the context of their Berlin-based gallery and community space, Art Laboratory Berlin. This series is organized and hosted by Prof. Benjamin Bacon and Prof. Vivian and supported by Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. This event is open to the public.

Time and Date: Friday April 23th, 6pm China

Location: Duke Kunshan Innovation Building 1042

Zoom: 262-835-7204

Lab as Methodology.
Giving Hybrid Arts a Space for Experimentation and Research

Through sustained curating programs, Art Laboratory Berlin offers a laboratory for embodied experience supporting new forms of art and cultural exchange in the 21st century with exhibitions, workshops, performances, conferences and publications. In addition to supporting artists working at the intersection of art and the life sciences, we also seek to create a space for encounters between artists and scientists, and for hybrid arts and the public. To this end, Art Laboratory Berlin has organized and supported artists-in-residence programs in partnership with institutions such as the TU Berlin Institute of Biotechnology and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. The space also presents pop up lab events bringing together artist with local DIY communities. Art Laboratory Berlin takes a hands-on approach to cultural and knowledge production, building communities around new ways of thinking and doing, reaching diverse audiences in the process. The laboratory is an Entre-Lieu, a hybrid space for human and nonhuman collaboration. In this talk, we will illustrate our philosophy and approach through a series of recent projects and programs.

https://artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/eng-Camille-Diaries.htm
https://artlaboratory-berlin.org/html/eng-Mind-the-Fungi.htm

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The Thursday Night Tea Research Group | SKIN with Liu Yuting, featuring Liu Zixuan

April 22,7-8:30pm CST

IB 1010

The final event of our Intimacy series will be a fun and thought-provoking interactive performance at the crossroads between theater and the visual arts. Costumes and paint will be involved, so Zoom will not be available for this workshop. Spots are limited. If you are interested, please RSVP by April 21st to caio.yurgel@dukekunshan.edu.cn

Light food and drinks provided.

Yuting Liu is a costume & set designer who works with costume, visual design, cultural restoration, and performance art to explore our relationship to the construction and deconstruction of our selves. He did costume & set for several plays and has worked as a researcher on the cultural restoration of traditional Chinese outfits at the National Museum of China.

Liu Zixuan is a freelance and screenwriter whose work can be seen in the pages of iDest Magazine.

‘Drawing and Erasing’: The Art of the Comic with Sonny Liew

9pm China time, Thursday April 22

Zoom ID: 987 7209 8000

Join us for a talk by award-winning and internationally acclaimed artist Sonny Liew, on the underlying language of comics —from composition to text-image interaction and the representation of time— as well as his personal journey and career choices as a comics creator.

Optional: Interested in creating your own comic, and receiving feedback from master of the medium Sonny Liew himself? No prior experience required. Select one of the attached prompts to respond to, and email your comic to alice.xiang@duke.edu by 3pm (China time) on Thursday April 22nd.

Sonny Liew – comic prompt 1

Sonny Liew – comic prompt 2

Sonny Liew – comic prompt 3

BIO

Sonny Liew’s multi-Eisner winning The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was a New York Times and Amazon bestseller, and the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize. Other works include The Shadow Hero (with Gene Luen Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz) and Malinky Robot, as well as titles for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, DC Vertigo, Boom Studios and Disney Press.

Third Space Lab – Guest Speaker Series – Michael Byram – Why intercultural (critical) competence in languaculture teaching?


Dear all,

You are cordially invited to the guest lecture of the Third Space Lab by Professor Emeritus Michael Byram (Durham University, UK). We hope you will join us!
Please RSVP here: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_41OmjcdHRmWRALs 

Date: April 30th, 2021

Time: 7 pm (China time) / 7 am (EST) / 12 pm (UK time)

Zoom Meeting ID:  985 9099 3775

Why intercultural (critical) competence in languaculture teaching?

I will begin with a personal answer to my title question, and describe my professional journey from studying languages to teaching and researching intercultural citizenship in language teaching, and across the curriculum.

I will then argue for the educational values of teaching for intercultural communicative competence and intercultural citizenship, using both an example and an educational perspective. The example will demonstrate that language teaching and intercultural competence teaching are inter-related and mutually supportive: language learning is improved by teaching for intercultural citizenship.

My position has however implications for teachers which cannot be ignored. There are ethical issues to consider and challenges to professional identities, and I will raise these for discussion.

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Michael Byram is Professor Emeritus at Durham University (UK) and Research Professor at Sofia University, Bulgaria. He studied Modern and Medieval Languages at King’s College, Cambridge, including a PhD in Danish literature, and then taught French and German in secondary and adult education. He then moved to Durham University, where he was involved in teacher training and research on languages and education. His books include Minority Education and Ethnic Survival (1986) and Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence – Revisited (2021). He was Adviser to the Council of Europe Language Policy Division and a member of the working group which produced the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture.

To think about in advance:

When people ask me “What do the English think about…. (e.g. global warming or capital punishment or Donald Trump etc etc.)”, they think that, because I am English, I can tell them. Yet I hesitate and try to avoid answering. If they ask me if ‘he goed to London yesterday’ is correct, because I am English, I don’t hesitate; I know the answer. Is it possible to know about ‘English culture’ – or any other? Instead of ‘English’ put your own word and ask yourself how you would answer.

How important is it to teach/learn knowledge? Which knowledge?  How important to teach/learn skills? Which skills? How important to teach/learn attitudes? Which attitudes?

To watch in advance:

Spring into Literature Reading Series Presents: Jennifer S. Cheng

Date and Time: Thursday April 14, 11am China

Location: AB 2107

Zoom: 614 954 2152

Jennifer S. Cheng’s work includes poetry, lyric essay, and image-text forms. Her book MOON: LETTERS, MAPS, POEMS was named a “Best Book of 2018” by Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of HOUSE A, which won the Omnidawn Poetry Prize, and INVOCATION: AN ESSAY, an image-text chapbook. Her awards and fellowships include a 2019-20 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a U.S. Fulbright fellowship, among others. She teaches at the University of San Francisco and was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Having grown up in Texas and Hong Kong, she lives in San Francisco. www.jenniferscheng.com

At Wednesday’s event, Jennifer will read selections from her latest book, which Publisher’s Weekly calls “visionary” and “an alt-epic for the 21st century,” as well as selections from older and newer work. She will discuss the visual aspects of her work, her creative process, and themes of dislocation and immigration/emigration.

The Thursday Night Tea Research Group Event Report | LOVE with Claire Nioche-Sibony

By Anisha Joshi

Class of 2022

How do we love, why do we love, and why do we love the people we love? For the third installment of the series on intimacy organized by the Thursday Night Tea Research Group, Claire Nioche-Sibony walked us through some classical psychoanalytical ideas about love, from Lacan to Freud, and examined love from her perspective as a psychoanalyst who has been practicing for ten years. Currently an assistant professor at the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, Nioche-Sibony’s research concerns issues of singularity, nomadism, madness and writing, and has drawn on the theoretical works of Derrida, Deleuze, Freud and Lacan, among others.

‘We may know very well that we are addicted to someone. What is happening then?’ Nioche-Sibony began the talk by explaining how although common imaginations about addiction surround drugs, food, gambling or even sex, we often do not realize the far more pervasive type of addiction- emotional addiction. Harder to recognize, it shapes how we understand the world and respond to it. And why is it that when it comes to love, we keep repeating the same pattern of giddy excitement followed by disillusionment? Continue reading “The Thursday Night Tea Research Group Event Report | LOVE with Claire Nioche-Sibony”

Spring into Literature Reading Series Presents: Alice Xin Liu

Date and Time: Thursday April 8, 12pm China

Location: IB 1047

Zoom: 721 869 9461

Guest Speaker’s Bio: Freelance writer and translator Alice Xin Liu has translated books by Shen Congwen and Han Han, subtitled movies for Feng Xiaogang, worked as an editor, journalist, and podcaster, and published writing in n+1, Granta, the Guardian, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a novel. Raised partly in China and partly in Britain, she lives in Beijing, where she continues to bridge the worlds of English and Chinese letters.

*Lunch provided!

Media and Arts Speaker Series | Capturing Reality

The Media & Arts Speaker Series at Duke Kunshan University is a bi-weekly event that invites leading practitioners in media and arts to speak about their work and practice and engage with our DKU community.

The fourth miniseries of talks looks at the concept of the lab, both as a philosophy and a methodology to see how these innovative approaches have impacted and transformed the production of culture, art and society.

The lecture scheduled on Friday April 9th, 2021 at 6pm China Central time features artist, photojournalist and co-founder of Sensorium Matthew Niederhauser. He will share with us his insights in the emerging area of XR technology and its creative potential and introduce some of his works in this area. This series is organized and hosted by Prof. Benjamin Bacon and Prof. Vivian and supported by Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. This event is open to the public.

Location: Duke Kunshan Innovation Building 1042

Zoom: 262-835-7204

Capturing Reality

http://www.sensorium.works/

https://www.onx.studio/

Matthew Niederhauser will introduce and break down emerging creative possibilities of emerging XR technologies and how they shaped projects from Sensorium, an experiential studio he cofounded in New York. Matthew’s artistic practice draws from a diverse range of influences, including journalism, cinema, theater, and game design, all of which pushed his expanded sense of experimentation and how he integrates concepts across both digital and physical spaces. He believes that such an interdisciplinary focus is now needed to take immersive storytelling to new imaginative and communicative potentials. Continue reading “Media and Arts Speaker Series | Capturing Reality”

HHL Luncheon & Project Sharing

Location: Water Pavilion

Zoom ID: 530.394.0458

Time: 11:45 am-12:45pm, April 1st, Thursday  China Time

The Health Humanities Lab luncheon is a status update on all of the current projects sponsored by the HHL. Each team will present their work and it will be recorded over Zoom so that other groups interested in the new call for proposals will have the opportunity to learn from the examples of successful project proposals.