Microseminars

Black Embodiments Studio Microseminar

The Simpson Center offers microseminars at the graduate level that reflect its commitments to crossdisciplinary research, digital humanities, and public scholarship. These courses are typically one-credit, credit/no credit, allowing students to fit them into regular departmental coursework. They are frequently structured around the work of a visiting speaker, letting students grow familiar with a speaker's work and deepening the possibility of real exchange while they are here.

Image: Meeting of the Black Embodiments Studio

With support from the Mellon Foundation and Social Science Research Council (SSRC), this microseminar is a workshop in the art of writing proposals to fund international dissertation research.

Through this project, we seek to decolonize the rhetoric and understanding of humanitarianism by examining the histories of forced migration and practices of humanitarian care for forced migrants, including both ‘conventional’ and ‘humanitarian refugees’, that developed outside of Europe and Nort

In this microseminar we explore art of the Northwest Coast and how it functions within the political realm of Canada’s Truth and Reconcilation (TRC) Commission and in the face of extractive industries on unceeded territory and the devestation they can bring to Indigenous lands and sovereignty.

Humanitarianisms: Global Migrations and Care Through the Global South seeks to decolonize the rhetoric and understanding of humanitarianism by examining the histories of forced migration and practices of humanitarian care for forced

This microseminar explores the political importance of art in responding to the violence of dictatorship, war, and extractive economies. It is organized around the spring 2020 visits of four scholar-artists from Puerto Rico and Peru.

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How can art shape public engagement with immigration and border policies? Can public mourning be politically productive?

Through this project, we seek to decolonize the rhetoric and understanding of humanitarianism by examining the histories of forced migration and practices of humanitarian care for forced migrants, including both ‘conventional’ and ‘humanitarian refugees’, that developed outside of Europe and Nort

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This microseminar will focus on the work of anthropologist Anna Tsing, who will deliver the Katz Distinguished Lecture on February 25, 2020

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The annual convention of the Modern Language Association, to be held January 9-12, 2020, at the Convention Center and the Sheraton, will be meeting in Seattle for the second time in its 130-year history.

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The Black Embodiments Studio is a critical arts writing incubator that explores enactments of, and arts criticism surrounding, black embodiments in contemporary art.

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This microseminar focuses on the relationship of neoliberalism to rapidly changing permutations of governmental power.

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The Black Embodiments Studio is a critical arts writing incubator that explores enactments of, and arts criticism surrounding, black embodiments in contemporary art.

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This microseminar introduces graduate students to a range of humanities careers and explores how the skills we acquire in earning a PhD can be used beyond the college classroom.

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An online resource developed by community-based organizers and educators in collaboration with university-based researchers and educators, A Different Asian American Timeline, places Asian American history in the context of racial capitalism.

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This course provides students with an understanding of the politics surrounding fifth columns in the contemporary world.

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Critics and scholars have identified the global turn as the most significant intellectual development in art history over the past decade.

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This microseminar is for graduate student “residents” of The Black Embodiments Studio, a critical arts writing incubator that explores enactments and criticism of black embodiments in contemporary art.

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This microseminar takes place in conjunction with the October 25-26 symposium The Shifting Landscape of Public Communication, organized by Powers and Russell.

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In her recent writing on digital culture, Tara McPherson argues that theory and practice, critique and the creativity involved in design, offer different registers of knowing and being and can complement each other in meaningful ways.

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This microseminar is organized around the November 4 workshop Ethics, Settler Colonialism, and Indigeneity in the History of the Human Sciences in the Global South.

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This microseminar is for graduate student “residents” of The Black Embodiments Studio, a critical arts writing incubator and public lecture series that queries how definitions of blackness are produced and

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Faculty in area studies or literature and language departments are increasingly asked to organize film series, yet PhD and MA programs rarely prepare graduate students for such endeavors.

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This microseminar asks students to consider the meaning and practice of scholarship as universities become more racially and economically exclusionary than even a decade past.

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This microseminar is for graduate student residents of The Black Embodiments Studio, a critical arts writing incubator and public lecture series that brings graduate students from a range of disciplines and knowledge-based practices together to query how definitions of

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This microseminar serves as preparation for and engagement with an April 2018 colloquium that brings together six dance/ing scholars for two days of lectures, w

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Students in this seminar will acquire a rigorous background in a concept that informs the fields of new media studies, communication studies, television studies, as well as political philosophy and cultural studies.

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This course surveys the work of comics scholar Ramzi Fawaz, chiefly through a reading of his book The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press, 2016) and related work.We will discuss Fawaz’s application of queer theory and utopi

“As a filmmaker, you don’t wait for reality; you call it to the camera.” —Rithy Panh

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Frederick Lawrence will visit the UW in October 2017. We will use this occassion to study normative controversies relating to freedom of speech. Among the questions we consider: On what grounds, if any, should governments and universities restrict speech?