In Memory of Srinivas Aravamudan

Area Studies in a Globalizing World: Past, Present, Future explored the transformation of regional knowledge in the context of increasingly globalized humanities networks. The meeting’s theme reflected the understanding that a global approach – one that sets out from the acknowledgement of multiple languages, cultural conditions, and institutional formations – affects all aspects of scholarship in the humanities. The ongoing urgency of regional expertise, the need for translation and related questions of translatability, and the precarious state of linguistic diversity were central areas of inquiry. Roundtables and workshops also considered the relations between government agencies, scholarly societies, private foundations, and universities. London, the site of this year’s annual meeting, is a key location for the convergence of professional, governmental, and academic worlds, both today and in the past. The meeting drew upon these resources, convening scholars and government leaders in order to consider the place of regional work in the time of globalization.

Area Studies in a Globalizing World: Past, Present, Future emerges within the context of CHCI’s ongoing project of internationalization and the formation of regional humanities networks in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Latin America. This annual meeting was dedicated to the memory of Srinivas Aravamudan, former president of CHCI, whose vision for CHCI as a leading voice in the global humanities transformed the organization. The meeting recognized the promise of his vision and offered a further step towards fulfilling it.

School of Advanced Study, University of London

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Last updated: 18 June 2016
Draft of meeting schedule; subject to change

Sessions were held at Beveridge Hall, Senate House, unless otherwise indicated.
Coffee breaks, lunches, reception, and dinners were held at Macmillan Hall, Senate House, unless otherwise indicated.

9:00 AMRegistration
Crush Hall, Senate House
9:30 AM – 11:00 AMNew Directors Meeting
Chair: Michael Bérubé, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University
11:00 AMWelcome and Introduction
Philip Murphy, Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and Deputy Dean, School of Advanced Study
Sara Guyer, President, CHCI
11:15 AM – 12:45 PMWorkshop: The Challenges that Humanities Center Directors Face
Catarina Antunes Gomes, Researcher and Coordinator, Centro de Estudos Sociais, Agostinho Neto University
Robert Newman, President, National Humanities Center
Kerill O'Neill, Director, Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby College
Adrian Parr, Director, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati
Chair: Helmut Muller-Sievers, Director, Center for Humanities and the Arts, University of Colorado Boulder
12:45 PM – 2:00 PMLunch
2:00 – 4:00 PMWorkshop: Funding, Fundraising, Foundations
Bill Abraham, Director of Development, University of London
Pablo Oyarzún, Professor of Philosophy, University of Chile
Rick Rylance, Director, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study; former Chief Executive of the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council
Eugene M. Tobin, Senior Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Chair: Judith Buchanan, Director, Humanities Research Centre, University of York
4:00 – 4:30 PMCoffee
4:30 – 6:00 PMOpening Plenary: Toward a Worldly Philosophy
Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory, University of California, Berkeley
Aristides Baltas, Minister of Culture and Sports of Greece; President of the Nicos Poulantzas Institute
Introduction by Rosi Braidotti, Director, Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University
6:00 – 8:00 PMConference Reception (open to all registrants)
Macmillan Hall
Welcome address by Roger Kain, Dean and Chief Executive, School of Advanced Study

8:00 AMRegistration
Crush Hall, Senate House
8:15 – 9:15 AM

Network Meetings
Public Humanities Network (Room G22)
Chair: David Shumway, Director, Humanities Center, Carnegie Mellon University
Medical Humanities Network (Room G26)
Chairs: Deborah Jenson, Director, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University; John McGowan, former Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Directors and Administrators Group (Room G34)
Chairs: Christina Chia, Associate Director, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University; Emily Clark, Associate Director, Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:15 AMWelcoming Remarks: Area Studies in a Globalizing World and the Project of CHCI
Sara Guyer
, President, CHCI
9:30 – 10:30 AMPlenary: Creolizing the Humanities: Studying English as a Global Language
Suresh Canagarajah, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Applied Linguistics and English, Pennsylvania State University
Introduction by Catherine Davies, Director, Institute of Modern Language Research, School of Advanced Study
10:30 — 11:00 AMCoffee
11:00 AM – 12:30 PMWorkshop: Beyond the University: Envisioning Regional, National, and Global Projects
Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Professor of African Studies, University of Ghana
Ian Baucom, Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, University of Virginia
J D Hill, Research Manager, British Museum
Diogo Sardinha, President, Collège International de Philosophie (France)
Chair: Andrew Hussey OBE, Director, Centre for Post-Colonial Studies, School of Advanced Study
12:30 – 12:45 PMAddress by Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Secretary-General (Political), Commonwealth of Nations
Introduction by Philip Murphy, Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and Deputy Dean, School of Advanced Study
12:45 – 1:45 PMLunch
1:45 – 2:15 PMCHCI Business Meeting (all are welcome)
Beveridge Hall
2:15 – 3:30 PMPanel: Linguistic Diversity and Cultural Sustainability: Protecting the Local, Enriching the Global
Susana Torres Prieto, Professor of Humanities, IE University, "Pushkin's 'inexplicable feeling': Current Linguistic Diveresity in Former Soviet Republics"
Javier Durán, Director, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, University of Arizona, "Cultural Apartheid and the Criminalization of Knowledge: The Case of Arizona"
Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, University College Dublin, "Bilingual Manoeuvres and Monolingual States: Making the Interpreter Visible"
Chair: Premesh Lalu, Director, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape
3:30 – 3:45 PMCoffee
3:45– 5:30 PMNew Formations in the Humanities: International, Transdisciplinary Collaborations
John McGowan, Professor of Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Coordinator of the CHCI-Mellon collaboration on "Medical Humanities"
Tyrus Miller, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; Coordinator of the CHCI-Mellon "Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Training" (IGHERT) project
Chair: James Chandler, Director, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago
6:15 – 8:00 PMMemorial for Srinivas Aravamudan
Senate House

8:15 AMRegistration
Crush Hall, Senate House
8:30 – 9:30 AMNetwork Meetings
Network for Liberal Arts Colleges and Small Universities within CHCI (Room G34)
Chairs: Mary Foskett, Director, Humanities Institute, Wake Forest University; Shuchi Kapila, Director, Center
for Humanities, Grinnell College
Digital Humanities Network (Room G26)
Chairs: Tim Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University; Kathleen Woodward, Director, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington
9:30 – 10:30 AMPlenary: Why Does Area Studies Matter?
Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, former Secretary of State for International Development
Introduction by Philip Murphy, Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and Deputy Dean, School of Advanced Study
10:30 – 11:00 AMCoffee
11:00 – 12:30 PMPanel: Non-European Classics: Literary Studies and Area Studies
Ziad Elmarsafy, Head of the Department of Comparative Literature, King's College London
James Ogude, Deputy Director and Research Fellow, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, “African Classics and the Colonial Archive: A Reading in Layered Forms of Translation”
Phiroze Vasunia, Professor of Greek, University College London, “How We Lost the Classics, in India, for Example”
Chair: Simon Goldhill, Director, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge
12:30 – 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 – 2:30 PMPlenary: Literary Translation and Non-European Classics
Sheldon Pollock, Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies, Columbia University
Introduction by Debjani Ganguly, Director, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, University of Virginia
2:30 – 4:00 PMRoundtable: National Organizations, Regional Projects, Global Contexts
Tony Chafer, President of the UK Council of Area Studies Associations
Adam Roberts, Past President of the British Academy
Pauline Yu, President, American Council of Learned Societies
Chair: Amanda Anderson, Director, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University
4:00 – 4:30 PMCoffee
4:30 – 6:00 PMConcluding Conversation: Area Studies after Area Studies
Craig Calhoun, Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
Eduardo Manzano, Professor, Centre for Human and Social Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council
Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Vice Director for Research and Career Development, University of Vienna
Chair: Bin Wong, Director, Asia Institute, UCLA
7:00 – 9:00 PMConference Dinner (Prior registration required; $75 per person; see online registration form)
Macmillan Hall
Address by Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG, OBE, Chair of the University of London Board of Trustees

10:00 AM – 12:00 PMOptional visits to a choice of venues (prior registration required; costs vary; see online registration form)

Option 1: Tour of Senate House Library
Curated tour of Senate House Library's Shakespeare 400th anniversary exhibition, led by Dr. Karen Attar.
Fee: No charge, but must register using the CHCI meeting registration form
Tour A: Friday, 1 July, 10:00am - 11:30am (limited to 20 people)
Tour B: Friday, 1 July 12:00pm - 1:00pm (limited to 20 people)

Option 2: Tour of British Library
Curated tour of the British Library with a focus on its imaging facilities and a presentation on digitalisation projects by Dr. Aquiles Alencar Brayner.
Fee: No charge, but must register using the CHCI meeting registration form
Tour A: Friday, 1 July, 10:30am - 12:00pm (limited to 20 people)
Tour B: Friday, 1 July, 2:00pm - 3:30pm (limited to 20 people)

Option 3: Day Trip to Kew
Curated tour of the National Archives and a visit to Kew Gardens, with transportation to and from Senate House
Fee: US$ 65 and must register using the CHCI meeting registration form
Tour: Friday, 1 July, departs 9:30am from Senate House and returns by 4:30pm (limited to 20 people)

Option 4: Senate House Library (free one-day pass; usable anytime during the Annual Meeting)
Senate House Library is offering free one-day pass to all registered meeting delegates to enable you to see and use one of London's iconic research libraries. This day pass can be used at any time during the Annual Meeting.