IHUM events experiment in the ways the disciplines can talk together.

We invite thinkers from across the intellectual landscape to imagine occasions that reinvent the traditional humanistic questions, while tweaking, transforming, occasionally forsaking the academic conventions of lecture and seminar.

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Upcoming Events

Navjit Kaur & Becca Liu
IHUM Graduate Workshop
Fri, Mar 10, 2023, 3:00 pm5:00 pm
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 209
Luke F. Johnson & Fedor Karmanov
IHUM Graduate Workshop
Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 3:00 pm5:00 pm
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 209
Elizabeth A. Povinelli
Political Imaginaries Unmoored: Beyond the Universal and Particular
Thu, Apr 6, 2023, 12:00 pm1:20 pm

This talk uses a series of images to evoke a form of diagrammatic reasoning which lies beyond the stranglehold of western dialectics of the universal and particular, the general and the individual, the abstract and the concrete, structure and event. 

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology…

The Universal & the Particular
Leaping Clear of the Many and the One
IHUM Faber Lecture with Ruth Ozeki
Thu, Apr 27, 2023, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

The apparent duality of “the universal” and “the particular” arises from what a Buddhist might call “primal confusion”: the sensory-cognitive delusion that phenomena exist as distinct, individual entities whose existence is separate from everything and everyone else. Like many confusions and delusions, this one often encodes real…

The Universal and the Particular

2022–2023 Lunchtime Talk Series

What does it mean to think the universal from the particular (in this moment, from our varying locations)?