Presidential Forum

Photo by Ian Southwell
Photo by Ian Southwell

Presidential Forum

Bush Sites / Bush Stories: Politics of Place and Memory in Indigenous Northern Canada

Peter Kulchyski

Consider a sacred place, the Teaching Rocks near Curve Lake First Nation at the northeast end of Anishnabwe territory, also known as the Peterborough Petroglyphs in southern Ontario. . . .

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Photo by Grant Matthews

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Networked Mediation: Historical Memory against Punitive Justice

Wai Chee Dimock

I would like to begin by invoking the memory of W. H. Auden, or at least one particular line of his—“Poetry makes nothing happen”—surely one of the most controversial assertions ever made. . . .

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Photo by Pimthida

Presidential Forum

Literary Archaeology at the Temple Mount: Recovering the Comic Version of the Sacrifice of Isaac

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

Given the amount of blood that has been spilled, it may be hard for anyone who does not live there to believe that Palestine and Israel together constitute an area roughly the size of Massachusetts . . .

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Photo by Tim Green

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Negotiating Sites of Memory

Margaret Ferguson

Temporally complex like Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, negotiating sites of memory starts in the present and looks both to the past and the future. . . .

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Photo by Aimee Custis

Presidential Forum

The Humanities as Spectacle

Matti Bunzl

It's been nearly a year since The Heart of the Matter, a congressionally ordered report on the state of the humanities and social sciences, was issued by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. . . .

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Photo by Stan Rawrysz

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Vulnerability Without and Within

James Chandler

The overall conference theme this year was vulnerability, so I address two issues of vulnerability specifically associated with the role of humanities centers in this endeavor we call public humanities. . . .

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Photo by Roman Boed

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Doors, Departments, and the Public Humanities

Julie Ellison

A week before the MLA 2014 Presidential Forum on the public humanities in vulnerable times, I walked through the corridors of the University of Michigan Department of English Language and Literature, reading doors. . . .

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Photo by pohick2

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Public Humanities: Crisis and Possibility

Farah Jasmine Griffin

On landing in Chicago, the site of the 2014 MLA convention, I turned on my cell phone to find a number of texts and voice mails informing me of Amiri Baraka's death. . . .

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Photo by Jacqueline Poggi

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The Public Humanities

Jean E. Howard

I begin by querying what we mean by the public humanities. For me, teaching is where I most often and most deeply engage in the work of the public humanities . . .

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Photo by Mike Renlund

Presidential Forum

MLA Presidential Forum: The Public Humanities in Vulnerable Times

Laura Wexler

Ordinarily, considerations of the public humanities move very quickly to debates about the humanities: What do we mean by the humanities? Where is it to be found or relocated? How can it be sustained? Is there a crisis in the humanities? . . .
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