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Past Conferences and Workshops

2012-2013

September 28–29, 2012
The Emergence of Risk in the Global System
Directors: Miguel Centeno, Sociology,  and Keng Sum Alex Tham, Graduate Student/Sociology
 

October 4-6, 2012
Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age: New Directions in Middle East Intellectual History
Directors: Max Weiss, History and Near Eastern Studies, and Jens Hanssen, University of Toronto
 
October 26-27, 2012
Poetry and Place: The Rise of the South
Director: Ping Wang, East Asian Studies

March 25 – April 1, 2013
Theater of Conflict and the Middle East: ‘A New Approach to an Old Divide’
Directors: Tamsen O. Wolff, English,  and Mara Isaacs, McCarter Theater

April 19 – 20, 2013
Regionalizing the Globe: An Experiment with Senegambia, Kunming, and a Bend in the Ganges
Director: Benjamin Conisbee Baer, Comparative Literature

May 24 – 25, 2013
Climate, History, and Change in Medieval Anatolia
Director: John Haldon, History
 

2011–2012

August 26–27, 2011
A Research Agenda for the History of Nonalignment
Director: Bradley Simpson, assistant professor of history and international affairs

October 14–15, 2011
Uncertain Paradigms: Ethnography and Theory
Directors: John Borneman, professor of anthropology, and Abdella Hammoudi, professor of anthropology

November 4–5, 2011
The Analects: A Western Han Text?
Director: Martin Kern, professor of East Asian studies

December 2–3, 2011
Political Membership: Global Histories
Director: Linda J. Colley, Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History

March 1–2, 2012
New Worlds, New Philosophies: Discovery and Knowledge in the Atlantic World, 1500–1800
Directors: Sarah Rivett, assistant professor of English, and Nigel Smith, William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature and professor of English

April 20–21, 2012
Language, Culture, and Power: The Linguistic Field in Early Twentieth-Century China
Director: Janet Chen, assistant professor of history and East Asian Studies and Christian Gauss Fund University Preceptor

May 4–6, 2012
Objects of Affection: Towards a Materiology of Emotions Interdisciplinary Conference
Director: Serguei Oushakine, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Anthropology, and Acting Director of the Program for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Cosponsored by PIIRS, Davis Center for Historical Studies, Eberhard L. Faber Fund of the Humanities Council, University Center for Human Values in honor of James A. Moffett ’29, and the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies

May 11–12, 2012
Visualizing Asia in the Modern World: A Conference on Image-Driven Scholarship
Director: Sheldon Garon, Nissan Professor in Japanese Studies and professor of history and East Asian studies Cosponsored with the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, the Council of the Humanities, the Program in East Asian Studies, the Department of History, and MIT Visualizing Cultures.


2010–2011

September 24, 2010
Historical Legacies in Communist and Postcommunist Eurasia: State Executives, Property, Law, and Geopolitics since the 1970s
Directors: Directors: Mark Beissinger, professor of politics and acting director, PIIRS; and Stephen Kotkin, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History 

October 8–9, 2010
The Modernist City in the Age of Globalization: Chandigarh
Directors: Esther da Costa Meyer, associate professor, art and archaeology; and Beatriz Colomina, professor of architecture 

December 2–4, 2010
The Itinerant Languages of Photography
Directors: Gabriela Nouzeilles, chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literaturesl; and Eduardo Cadava, professor of English

March 11–12
Ethnicity and Race in Latin America
Director: Edward Telles, professor of sociology 

April 21–22, 2011
Historical Legacies in Communist and Postcommunist Eurasia
Exploratory Seminar Follow-up Conference
Directors: Mark Beissinger, professor of politics and acting director, PIIRS; and Stephen Kotkin, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History

May 13–14, 2011
Benito Arias Montano (1527–1598) Biblical Scholarship and the Late Renaissance
Directors: Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Adam Beaver, assistant professor of history

May 18–19, 2011
Texts and Textbooks in South and Southeast Asia: Rethinking Asian Circulations
Directors: Michael Laffan, professor of history, and Bhavani Raman, assistant professor of history and David L. Rike University Preceptor in History


2009–2010

August 27–28, 2009
Migrant Youth and Children of Migrants in a Globalized World
Directors: Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies; professor of sociology and public affairs; and director, Program in Latino Studies; and Sara McLanahan, William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; and director, Center for Research on Child Well-Being.

September 18–19, 2009
Paper Leviathans: State-Building in Latin America and Spain 1810–1930
Director: Miguel Centeno, professor of sociology and international affairs
 
October 2–3, 2009
The Contemporary Study of Saint-John Perse
Directors: Carol Rigolot, Council of the Humanities, and Susan Stewart, Annan Professor of English
 
February 4–6, 2010
From Mongolia to Maasailand: A Comparative Assessment of Linkages between Pastoralist Land Rights and Social-Ecological Sustainability
Director: Daniel I. Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology; chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and director, Program in African Studies
 
March 5, 2010
Too Cute: Style, Utopia, and American Asia-Mania
Director: Anne A. Chang, professor of English and African American Studies
 
March 11–13, 2010
Anthropology and Social Innovation in the Field of Global Health
Director: Joao Biehl, professor of anthropology, codirector, Program in Global Health and Health Policy
 
March 15–17, 2010
Meeting a Grand Challenge to Hydrology: The Global Monitoring of Earth’s Terrestrial Water
Director: Eric Wood, professor of civil and environmental engineering
 
March 19–21, 2010
Northeast African Literature
Director: Wendy Belcher, assistant professor of comparative literature and African American Studies
 
April 30–May 1, 2010
Political Parties in Developing Democracies
Director: Rachel Riedl, postdoctoral research associate, PIIRS

2008–2009

August 31–September 2, 2008
Institutions and Development in Latin America: A Comparative Analysis
Directors: Alejandro Portes, Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology, and Lori Smith, graduate student, Department of Sociology

November 13–15, 2008
New Directions in Gender Studies and Medieval German Studies
Director: Sara Poor, associate professor of German
 
January 6–7, 2009
Internationalizing Machado de Assis
Director: Pedro Monteiro, associate professor of Spanish and Portugese
 
March 20–21, 2009
Turkish Modernity and the Social Sciences
Directors: Cemil Aydin, postdoctoral research associate, Department of Near Eastern Studies; and Michael Reynolds, assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies
 
March 27–28, 2009
Emergent Communication
Directors: Asif Ghazanfar, assistant professor of psychology, and Adele Goldberg, professor of linquistics
 
April 10–11, 2009
The Interface between Information Theory and Estimation Theory
Director: Sergio Verdu, Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering
 
May 9–10, 2009
The Control and Disposition of Fissile Material in a Transition to a Nuclear-Weapon Free World
Director: Frank von Hippel, professor of public and international affairs

2007–2008

March 28–29, 2008
Reception of Netherlandish Art in Asia in the Early Modern Period
Director: Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology 

April 25–26, 2008
Sustaining the Global Commons: An Experimental Approach
Directors: Deborah Prentice, professor of psychology; Daniel I. Rubenstein, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; and Simon Levin, the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology
 
May 2–3, 2008
Sigmund Freud and Art
Director: Ruben Gallo, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese
 
May 3–4, 2008
Genre and Tradition in Early Medieval China
Directors: Martin Kern, professor of East Asian Studies; and Ping Wang, assistant professor of East Asian Studies