Superdeep #24: “Personal Identity & Selfhood: Recent Perspectives from French Philosophy” (Nicolas Voeltzel) | Thu Mar 21, 6:04pm

6:04pm   |   IB 2026

Join Superdeep for another authentic Workshop experience, with Nicolas Voeltzel (Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, DKU A&H) presenting on his current work on “Personal Identity & Selfhood: Recent Perspectives in French Philosophy” (…& food & drink). Thu Mar 21, 6:04pm IB 2026.

Snacks & drinks will be served at the workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy 2010) | Thu Mar 7, 8:04pm

8:04pm   |   IB 1008

As you wrap up another cromulent session, let the Nighthawks & Banksy remind you to Exit Through the Gift Shop (…with food & drink).
Thu Mar 7, 8:04pm  IB 1008.

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late); more info here. To propose events or screenings, follow this link; for info on Superdeep generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Student Report on “Health X Media: Sexual and Gender Minority’s Well-being & Social Media”

Reported By Dong Ding, class of 2026

On February 22nd, the Health Humanities Initiation hosted its inaugural seminar titled “Health X Media: Sexual and Gender Minority’s Well-being & Social Media.” The seminar was led by Jiahe Qian, a senior majoring in Global Health and Public Policy, with 16 other students participating. The focus of the discussion was on the health issues faced by sexual and gender minorities, exploring stereotypes and stigmas associated with these communities. Additionally, the seminar delved into how individuals express their sexual and gender identities on social media platforms and the impact this has on their health and well-being.

The seminar provided a platform for students to engage in meaningful discussions about the intersection of health, media, and minority issues. It aimed to shed light on the unique challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities and the role social media plays in shaping public perceptions and personal experiences. By examining these topics, the seminar sought to foster a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding health and identity in the digital age.

Overall, the seminar was a successful start to the Health Humanities Initiative’s series of seminars, setting the stage for further exploration of important health-related topics in future sessions. If you are interested in leading the discussion on a health and humanities topic, feel free to contact Dong Ding, the student coordinator of Health Humanities Initiatives at dd275@duke.edu.

Gender + Feminism

Join us for a faculty workshop on Gender + Feminism led by Prof. Lindsay Mahon Rathnam and Qian Zhu. Explore diverse gender topics and feminist theory. Open to all interested in contemporary discourse and social movements. See you there!

Time: Feb 27, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: Water Pavilion

Snacks & drinks will be served at the workshop.

Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference 2024 Information Session

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference is March 22, 2024. To help students prepare their abstracts, Professor James Miller, co-director of the Humanities Research Center, will give a information session on Tuesday, March 19, from 8-9pm (Zoom 6952900771).

In the information session you will learn

  • advantages of participating in the conference
  • advantages of presenting a paper at the conference
  • the rules for which types of papers will be accepted and which will be rejected
  • how the selection process works
  • how to write a good title and a good abstract

All students who are considering participating in the conference are strongly encouraged to attend.

Superdeep #23: “Gender Orientation” (Nathan Hauthaler) | Feb 22, 8:04pm

6:04pm   |   LIB 2001

 

Join Superdeep for our first Workshop collaboration with DKU’s Gender Studies Initiative: Nathan Hauthaler will present on his research on “Gender Orientation”. Thu Feb 22, 6:04pm LIB 2001.

Snacks & drinks will be served at the workshop.

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The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Buñuel 1972) | Feb 22, 8:04pm

8:04pm   |   IB 1008

With New Year’s & Spring Festival relishes still fresh in your memories, join us this week for Luis Buñuel‘s very topical 1972 Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie; …& food & drink).  Thu Feb 29, 8:04pm IB 1008.

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Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late); more info here. To propose events or screenings, follow this link; for info on Superdeep generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Student Report on “Health X Series”

By Dong Ding

Recently, DKU Health Humanities Lab (HHL) initiated the new series “Health X”, aiming to bridge the gap between health and humanities and explore the interdisciplinary opportunities of the two subjects. On Feb 7th, 2024, HHL held its inaugural event, a lecture on the topic of “Health X Media”. Our guest speaker, Prof. Fan Liang, the Assistant Professor of Media at DKU, gave an informative and insightful presentation about the role of digital media in health communication.

With forty students and faculty attending, we spent an exceptionally valuable and intellectually stimulating hour. The presentation delved into how social media platforms can influence public health, the psychological mechanisms behind persuasion, the spread and correction of health-related misinformation, and the ethical considerations of AI in health communication. It highlighted the importance of understanding these dynamics to effectively communicate health information and combat misinformation in the digital age. A significant behavioral science concept, the elaboration likelihood model, was mentioned, which was applied to help us better understand health communication and misinformation.

In the Q&A session, the students and the professor engaged in a very interesting discussion about whether behavioral change truly requires a change in mindset as a premise, and whether a change in mindset can necessarily lead to a change in behavior. The discussion delved into the complexities of human psychology and the factors that influence our actions, highlighting the intricate relationship between thought and behavior.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants for their active engagement in this event. The discussions and insights shared have significantly contributed to the understanding of the complex interplay between health and media. We look forward to continuing this meaningful dialogue and furthering our collective knowledge in the upcoming events of the “Health X” series.

Citizenship Lab Research Project: “Urban Green Space and Migrant Integration”

The Humanities Research Center’s Citizenship Lab proudly funds Maggio Laquidara’s research project.

Student: Maggio Laquidara

Mentor: Professor Renee Richer

The role of urban green space in moderating or exacerbating the integration of migrants into the local community is an issue of recent research interest. Urban green spaces can bring communities together in joint activities with shared resources or they can serve as a barrier acting to separate and isolate communities. 

Select countries in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region are the ideal system in which to study this question because the countries often have a large percentage of foreign-born residents, sometimes up to 85%.  The communities are often divided into an unofficial hierarchical framework based on nationality, race, and religion. Furthermore, the unique accommodation style (such as a compound or gated community) often serves as another integration barrier. 

Unprecedented development has taken place within the MENA region over the last 15 years, as fossil fuel-derived resources were funneled into infrastructural development to promote sustainability and knowledge-based economies. This infrastructure development saw the urban environment being re-shaped, which resulted in the loss of many open green spaces in migrant communities.  These open green spaces often formed the center of community activities. 

This project will ground truth satellite imagery and conduct focus group interviews in order to research green spaces in relationship with migrant community integration. Checking remotely sensed imagery accuracy via field observations is often referred to as ground truthing.

Citizenship Lab Research Project: “Lawmaking in China: Motivations and Strategies Behind Legislative Proposals”

The Humanities Research Center’s Citizenship Lab proudly funds Annemieke van den Dool’s research project.

Student: This project will be advertised in spring 2024

Mentor: Professor Annemieke van den Dool

This project deepens our understanding of policy and legislative processes in China through a combination of desk research and interviews aimed at unpacking the motivation and strategies of delegates to the National People’s Congress (NPC) to develop legislative proposals, especially in the areas of health and environment. This project aims to address the following research questions: (1) How often do delegates to the National People’s Congress put forward legislative proposals? (2) What motivates delegates to the National People’s Congress to put forward a proposal to draft or amend a law? (3) What strategies do delegates use to prepare proposals? To answer these questions, the project builds on desk research and qualitative content analysis aimed at collecting relevant information about legislative behavior by delegates through collection of news articles, social media posts, blog posts, books, memoirs, and legislative records. The second stage of the project aims to complement this desk research with interviews.