Mellon Research Seminar

Past Seminars

  • September 4, 12:00 pm

    Welcome and Introductions

  • September 11, 12:00 pm

    Julie Nelson Davis

    Respondent: Sarah Wasserman

  • September 18, 12:00 pm

    Dagmawi Woubshet
    "Neglected Stuff: James Baldwin’s Late Style"
    Respondent: Rebecca Falkoff

  • September 25, 12:00 pm

    Job Market Workshop

  • October 2, 12:00 pm

    Etienne Benson
    "The Earth without History: Matter and Time in the Science of Landforms"
    Respondent: Lauren Flood

  • October 9, 12:00 pm

    Jorge Tellez
    "Colonial Collections: Value, Objects, and Narratives of the Past in Contemporary Mexico"
    Respondent: Ramnarayan Rawat

  • October 23, 12:00 pm

    Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop: Defining Your Expectations and Creating a Syllabus for a Penn Class
    Open to invited postdoctoral fellows only

  • October 30, 12:00 pm

    Christina Bush
    "Fit: Fashioning the Black Masculine"
    Respondent: Sophia Rosenfeld

  • November 6, 12:00 pm

    Catriona MacLeod
    "Romantic Scraps: Cutouts, Collages, and Inkblots"
    Respondent: Juliana Barton

  • November 13, 12:00 pm

    Sarah Wasserman
    "The Death of Things: Ephemera in America"
    Respondent: Katherine Tycz

  • November 27, 12:00 pm

    Donovan Schaefer
    "Moving Statues: Affect Theory, Material Culture, and Public Memorials"
    Respondent: Sarah Weicksel

  • December 4, 12:00 pm

    Publishing Workshop with Jerry Singerman, Senior Editor, Penn Press

  • January 29, 12:00 pm

    Katherine Tycz
    "Printed Prayers: Creation, Consumption and Use of Single-Sheet Prayers and Printed-Prayer Pamphlets in Early Modern Italy, c. 1460-1660"
    Respondent: Julie Nelson Davis

  • February 8, 9:00 am

    Stuff: Anxieties and Aspirations of the Material World - Symposium

  • February 12, 12:00 pm

    Ramnarayan Rawat
    "‘Masala’ as Method: Dalit Household Archives and the Ordinary Lives of Historical Sources"
    Repondent: Nicole Welk-Joerger

  • February 19, 12:00 pm

    Lauren Flood
    "Permanent Prototype: Working with Sound in the Maker Age"
    Respondent: Etienne Benson

  • February 26, 12:00 pm

    Nicole Welk-Joerger
    "Feeding Others to Feed Ourselves: Animal Nutrition and the Politics of Health from 1900"
    Respondent: Dagmawi Wobushet

  • March 12, 12:00 pm

    Sophia Rosenfeld
    “The Choices We Make: The Roots of Modern Freedom”
    Respondent: Donovan Schaefer

  • March 19, 12:00 pm

    Megan Saltzman
    "Rummaging for and Re-appropriating Discarded Objects in Neoliberal Barcelona’s Public Spaces"
    Respondent: Hannah Anderson

  • March 26, 12:00 pm

    Juliana Rowen Barton
    "The Model Kitchen: Domesticating Modernism in the American Home, 1933-1963"
    Respondent: Christina Bush

  • April 2, 12:00 pm

    Hannah Anderson
    "Lived Botany: Domesticity, Settler Colonialism and Ecological Adaptation in Early British America"
    Respondent: Megan Saltzman

  • April 9, 12:00 pm

    Rebecca Falkoff
    "Hoarding: Disorder and Modernity"
    Respondent: Jorge Tellez

  • April 16, 12:00 pm

    Sarah Weicksel
    "The Fabric of War: Clothing, Culture and Violence in the American Civil War Era"
    Respondent: Catriona MacLeod

  • April 23, 12:00 pm

    African Universities: Cultivating Sustainable Arts and Humanities Educational Partnerships
    Elizabeth W. Giorgis, Mukoma Wa Ngugi

  • April 30, 12:00 pm

    Open Discussion & Wrap Up