Crafting Revolutions

April 12, 2024 (Friday) / 9:30 am4:45 pm

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
6th floor, Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street

Crafting Revolutions

Undergraduate Humanities Forum Research Conference

Each year the Wolf Humanities Center's Undergraduate Humanities Forum brings together undergraduate students from across the humanities and beyond to explore a common theme. Join us on April 12th as the Wolf Humanities Center's 2023–2024 Undergraduate Research Fellows present their research on "Revolution."



Opening Remarks
Hertha Torre Gallego and Zhangyang (Charlie) Xie, Executive Board and Research Fellows, Undergraduate Humanities Forum

Revolutionary Thoughts
Moderator: Dagmawi Woubshet, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

  • Jiayi Li, Intellectual History, Economics; CAS 2025
    Translating the Marxist Teleology into Rural China: The Conceptualization of the ‘Feudal Relation of Land’ and the Agrarian Revolution under the United Front, 1924-1927
  • Jean Paik, English; CAS 2024
    Embodied Resistance: Collectivizing the Body in the Literatures of Korean Women Factory Workers
  • Yijian (Davie) Zhou, Philosophy, Psychology; CAS 2024
    The Genealogy of Colonial Racism in the Works of Frantz Fanon
  • Alex Yim, English; CAS 2025
    Kubo Walks: Character, Global Modernism, and the Literary World-System

Revolutionary Bodies
Moderator: Ramah McKay, Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

  • Dhivya Arasappan, Health & Societies, Biology; CAS 2024
    A Climate-Health Revolution: Examining Novel Framings of Climate Change as a Health Crisis
  • Sergio Emilio Carballido, Religious Studies, Mathematical Economics; CAS 2026
    La Santa Muerte: A Revolution to Mexico’s Popular Religiosity and its National Identity
  • Hertha Torre Gallego, Health and Societies, Hispanic Studies; CAS 2024
    A Partial Revolution: Engaging with Realities of Abortion Reform in Argentina
  • Zhangyang (Charlie) Xie, Africana Studies; Science, Technology, and Society; CAS 2024
    Grappling Culture: How the Black Panther Party Addressed Colonial and Urban Anxieties through Martial Arts


Revolutionary Dimensions
Moderator: Kevin M.F. Platt, Professor of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania

  • Victoria Avanesov, Comparative Literature, Philosophy; CAS 2026
    Victory Over the Sun: Reimagining Russian Suprematist Works Through Hermeneutics 
  • Liam Phillips, Comparative Literature, Russian and East European Studies; CAS 2024
    Form and Figure in the Russian Avant-Garde: From Mikhail Kuzmin's Stroinost' to Filmic Montage
  • Tova Tachau, Biochemistry, Comparative Literature, Russian and East European Studies; CAS 2025
    The Futurist Dynamism of Dimensionality: Embryos of Artistic Possibility in Malevich and Khlebnikov

Closing Remarks 
Josephine ParkDirector, Undergraduate Humanities Forum; School of Arts and Sciences President's Distinguished Professor of English; University of Pennsylvania