Category: Lecture

Sarah Frederick Speaks at Anime Boston

April 24th, 2015 in Lecture

Sarah Frederick organized a panel in the “Foundations of Anime” series of scholarly panels at the Anime Boston   convention. She was joined by two Japanese studies graduate students from Harvard, Andrew Campana and Caitlin Casiello, and BU undergraduate Claire Pozniak (Political Science, 2015), to talk about various aspects of Japanese girls’ culture and same-sex love in anime and manga. Many BU students were in the audience, including several cosplayers dressed as anime characters. Anime Boston is the largest animation convention in the Northeast held in Boston every spring and attended by over 20,000 people.

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Join us for Revolutionary Voices: Victory over the Sun (04/23/15)

March 18th, 2015 in Lecture, Movie

Victory over the Sun

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 206
(MBTA Green Line “B” to BU Central or “C” to St. Mary’s St.)

Free and open to the public | Reception & book-signing to follow

Few theatrical creations of the 20th century are as mythically iconoclastic as Victory Over the Sun. Concocted by the trans-rational poet Aleksey Kruchenykh, the messiah of painterly abstraction Kazimir Malevich, and the avant-garde composer-painter Mikhail Matiushin, Victory was nominally called an opera. In fact, it was an anti-operatic, anti-theatrical, anti-literary piece of performance art, intended to topple aesthetic and intellectual hierarchies and idols. Please join us for a performance of this seminal early achievement of Russian Futurism that spanned many art forms, including poetry, art, music and theater, and a discussion exploring what it can tell us about the connections among art, technology, and the humanities today.


The evening will open with an experimental production of Victory Over the Sun, directed by Anna Winestein, followed by comments by historian Harlow Robinson, a panel discussion with scholars and the creative participants in the production, and a book signing with the author of the newly re-issued translation of Victory, Larissa Shmailo.

Our digital-humanities interpretation of Victory will feature music composed and digitally mastered by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, choreography and movement direction by Rebecca Rice, voice performance by Larissa Shmailo (alongside digital voices synthesized by Kervinen), and digital projections created in collaboration with the BU Computer Science Department that respond to the movement of the dancers.

The Revolutionary Voices project is directed by Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian & Comparative Literature, and Minou Arjomand, Assistant Professor of English, in collaboration with the Center the Study of Europe.

Sponsored by the Boston University Center for Humanities, the Jewish Cultural Endowment, the Provost Arts Initiative, and the Center for the Study of Europe. Presented in collaboration with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and Cervena Barva Press.

Join us on April 9th at 5pm for Our 2015 “Sushi Lecture” “Howard Zinn in Japan: Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and Solidarity in Hiroshima”

March 16th, 2015 in Cultural Event, Lecture

Ann Sherif, Professor, East Asian Studies Program, Oberlin College

April 9, 5pm

745 Commonwealth Avenue


Sushi Reception to Follow

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In 1966, historian Howard Zinn and Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee member Ralph Featherstone were invited to participate in anti-Vietnam War teach-ins in cities all over Japan by Tsurumi Shunsuke, Oda Makoto and other antiwar activists. My talk focuses on the civil rights leaders’ visit to Hiroshima. Were the teach-in participants able to find common ground with antinuclear and hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) groups in Hiroshima? What objectives and ideas did these disparate social movements share? What can these encounters tell us about transnational solidarity in search for solutions to global problems?


Ann Sherif, author of Japan’s Cold War: Media, Literature, and the Law (Columbia University Press), lives in Cleveland Ohio. Her current research focuses on independent and regional publishers and literature in Japan, 1917-1990.

Join us on Thursday March 19th for “Dissidence in Turkey; Elections and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy”

March 13th, 2015 in Lecture

Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 3:30-5:00pm

121 Bay State Road, First Floor

Sinan Ciddi is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign
policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African
Studies, University of London in 2007 in the field of Political Science.
Dr. Ciddi is also a teacher and researcher at Georgetown University.
About the talk: Under the incumbency of the Justice and Development Party
(AKP),the country’s initial turn to consolidating and internalizing liberal
democratic norms has since 2013, taken a sharp dive. Although Turkey has
not been plagued by severe economic instability since the early 2000’s, there
seems to be no doubt that the country is in the midst of an
ever-escalating political crisis. Institutional arrangements to
manage, accommodate and ameliorate political conflict- from
political parties to the judicial system appear to be
faltering. What are the roots Turkish political conduct and
what typology does Turkey’s democratic credentials fit


“Moral Injury and Muhammed’s Cartoons” Thinking Reparatively with Eve Sedgwick on March 5

February 18th, 2015 in Lecture, Uncategorized

Fifth Annual Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Memorial Lecture in Gender and Sexuality Studies with Saba Mahmood University of California, Berkeley March 5, 2015, 5:30 PM Reception to Follow in The Photonics Building, 8 St. Mary’s Street Room 206.

Taking its cue from Eve Sedgwick, this talk offers a “reparative reading” of the ongoing struggle over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed in Europe. Rather than read these debates as a standoff between religious taboos and secular freedoms, Mahmood unpacks the distinct epistemological and interpretive stakes at the heart of such conflicts. Professor Mahmood’s work focuses on the interchange between religious and secular politics in postcolonial societies with special attention to issues of embodiment, cultural hermeneutics, law, and gender/sexuality. Her work is best known for its interrogation of liberal assumptions about the proper boundary between ethics and politics, freedom and unfreedom, the religious and the secular, and agency and submission. She is the author of The Politics of Piety (2nd edition, 2011) and, with Talal Assad, Wendy Brown, and Judith Butler, Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech (2009)

Sponsored by: The Boston University Center for the Humanities, The Department of English, The School of Theology, The Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Department of Religion, The Department of Romance Studies, The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, and The Department of Sociology, The Program in Middle Eastern and North Africa Studies

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Join Us For Wiebke Denecke’s Talk “Do We Still Need Literary History? A View From Eastern Eurasia” on March 4th

February 17th, 2015 in Lecture

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Moral Injury and Muhammed’s Cartoons: Thinking Reparatively with Eve Sedgwick on March 5th

January 22nd, 2015 in Lecture

Taking its cue from Eve Sedgwick, this talk offers a “reparative reading” of recent controversies over the proper meaning of cultural objects (cartoons, novels) in Europe and the Middle East. Rather than read these debates as a standoff between religious taboos and secular freedoms, Mahmood unpacks the distinct epistemological and interpretive stakes at the heart of such conflicts.

Saba Mahmood

University of California, Berkeley

March 5, 2015, 5:00 PM

The Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road

Reception to Follow

Sponsored by:

The Boston University Center for the Humanities,The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, The Department of English,The Department of Sociology,The Department of Religion,The Department of Romance Studies,The School of Theology, and The Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Learn a New Language!

January 20th, 2015 in Lecture


Internationally Acclaimed Russian Poet Vera Pavlova Visits CAS

January 20th, 2015 in Cultural Event, Lecture

Read about her full visit here!

Arab Labor Lecture by Sayed Kashua 11/3

October 27th, 2014 in Lecture

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