College of Arts & Science

The 2013-14 John W. Altman Program in the Humanities

GLOBALIZATION & BELONGING

Past Altman Programs

Medicine & The HumanitesThe SensesThe AnthropoceneGlobalization and BelongingThe Human and the NonhumanNetworked EnvironmentsMemory and Culture
Globalization facilitates, and in some cases necessitates, human border crossing.  It also shapes the conditions in which individuals and groups negotiate belonging.  In the modern era, states have been central to the formation and maintenance of boundaries, and corresponding national communities have been primary sites of cultural and political belonging.  Yet, despite the contemporary preeminence of the nation-state, human history has been and will continue to be characterized by a range of shifting, sometimes contradictory, formations of “us” and “them”: ethnic groups, social classes, diasporas, transnational communities, and global religions.  As contemporary globalization compresses time and space, familiar attachments are transcended, new forms of identification emerge, and long-established bonds, and enmities, are revived and reinvented.  

The 2013-14 Altman Program unites 11 Miami University faculty, six student fellows, and two dozen visiting scholars from a range of academic disciplines.  Through public lectures, seminars, films, symposia, and formal courses, this research community will join hundreds of students and faculty across campus in a sustained interrogation of questions critical to our moment in human history: how is identity constructed and maintained in a world with porous boundaries?  What does it mean to identify with a nation, an ethnic group, a religion, a state, or a global community?  How do narratives and other cultural forms affect belonging and migration?  What historical precedents and contingencies undergird contemporary patterns of global interconnectedness?  What are the political and human effects of global migration, both voluntary and coerced?  And what insights do the humanities offer for imagining more peaceful and inclusive forms of belonging?

Distinguished Lectures

old map of norway
Pico Iyer
Essayist & Novelist

Global Souls: Fresh Pressures and Possibilities in our New Age of Movement

September 10, 2013 4:00 PM
Benton Hall 102
Painting of a woman eavesdropping on two men speaking in a parlor
Elizabeth Horodowich
Professor of History at New Mexico State University

Armchair Travelers and the Venetian Discovery of America

September 19, 2013 5:00 PM
Miami University Art Museum
Two individuals stand in front of a volcano
Sophia Mcclennen
Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at Penn State University

Ethics and Belonging: What Latin American Film Teaches Us about Globalization

November 14, 2013 4:00 PM
MacMillan Great Room
A hummer looks on towards a border
Peter Geschiere
Professor of African Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam

Perils of Belonging: Citizenship, Autochthony, and Exclusion in a Globalizing World

November 19, 2013 5:00 PM
MacMillian Great Room
A line of workers sit at desks working on electronics
Wendy Brown
Professor of Political Theory & Philosophy at the Univesity of California Berkeley

Does Human Capital Have a Gender? Homo Oeconomicus and the Neoliberal Transformation of Politics

February 13, 2014 4:00 PM
Shriver Center Multipurpose Room
Altman Faculty

“Walled States”: A Colloquium on Professor Brown’s Research

February 14, 2014 11:00 AM
Bachelor 337
picasso-esque abstract art of a face from different angles
Robert Lemelson
Anthropologist, Psychiatrist, and Filmmaker at UCLA

Memories of My Face and Other Adventures in Transcultural Psychiatry

February 25, 2014 4:00 PM
MacMillian Great Room
bowl of sushi with curry sauce on it
Robert Ku and Martin Manalansan
Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at SUNY, Binghamton

Curry to Sushi: Globalization and the Asian American Palate

March 10, 2014 4:00 PM
TBA
Jacqueline Stevens, Lisa Lowe, & Vered Amit

2013-2014 Altman Symposium: Globalization and Belonging

April 10, 2014 5:00 PM
MacMillian Great Room

2013-14 Altman Fellows

Sheila L. Croucher

Sheila L. Croucher studies the politics of cultural belonging in an era of intensifying human migration. She is the author of is the author of The Other Side of the Fence: American Migrants in Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2009), Globalization and Belonging: The Politics of Identity in a Changing World (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), Imagining Miami: Ethnic Politics in a Postmodern World (University Press of Virginia, 1997), and Blacks and the Quest for Economic Equality (co-author, Penn State Press, 2009).

Liz Wilson

Liz Wilson studies pre-modern Buddhism, South Asian Hinduism, and Jainism with a focus on issues of family, gender, sexuality, and aging. She is the author of Charming Cadavers: Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Indian Buddhist Hagiographic Literature (Chicago, 1996) and the editor of The Living and the Dead: Social Dimensions of Death in South Asian Religion (SUNY, 2003) and Family in Buddhism: Buddhist Vows and Family Ties (SUNY, 2013). 

2013-14 Student Fellows

Michelle McVicker

Michelle McVicker (Class of 2014) graduated with an individualized studies major. Her academic interests included social policy, educational reform, and the connections between language and identity. McVicker was an Altman Student Fellow for the the 2013-14 Altman Program, "Globalization and Belonging." She is currently a Lenore G. Tawney Foundation ArtTable Diversity Fellow at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.

Zachary Maciaszek

Zachary Maciaszek (Class of 2015) graduated from Miami University with a major in English Literature. Macia was an Altman Student Fellow for the the 2013-14 Altman Program, "Globalization and Belonging."

Kimberly Foster

Kimberly Foster (Class of 2014) graduated from Miami University with a double major in History and Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. Foster was an Altman Student Fellow for the the 2013-14 Altman Program, "Globalization and Belonging."

Cass Ford

Cass Ford (Class of 2014) graduated from Miami University with majors in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Comparative Religion. She was an Altman Student Fellow for the 2013-14 Altman Program, "Globalization and Belonging."

Courtney DeHaas

Courtney DeHaas (Class of 2014) graduated from Miami University with a major in Comparative Religion and a minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies. She was an Altman Student Fellow for the 2013-14 Altman Program, "Globalization and Belonging."

Rachel Oriol

Rachel Oriol is a PhD Candidate in Literature with a focus on Latino/a Literature, Latin American history, and performance theory. She was an Altman Student Fellow for the 2013-14 Altman Program, "Globalization and Belonging."

2013-14 Altman Scholars

Emily Zakin

Emily Zakin has research interests in political philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and nineteenth- and twentieth- century continental philosophy. She is a founding co-editor of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism and co-editor of Derrida and Feminism: Recasting the Question of Woman (Routledge, 1997) and Bound by the City: Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference, and the Formation of Polis (SUNY, 2009).

Denise Eileen McCoskey

Denise Eileen McCoskey's work concentrates on the modern life of classical thought and the role of identity and difference in ancient literature and social life, especially in relation to race and gender. She is the author of Race: Antiquity and Its Legacy (I.B. Tauris/Oxford University Press, 2012), co-author of Latin Love Poetry (I.B.Tauris, 2014), and co-editor of Bound by the City: Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference and the Formation of the Polis (SUNY Press, 2012).

Anita Mannur

Anita Mannur specializes in Asian American literature and culture, South Asian diasporic literature and culture, food studies, and gender studies. She is the author of Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture (Temple, 2010) and a co-editor of Eating Asian America (NYU, 2013). Mannur is the current Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Kelli Lyon Johnson

Kelli Lyon Johnson research explores issues of identity, migration, borders, and community in the works of women writers in the Americas. She is the author of Julia Alvarez: Writing a New Place on the Map (New Mexico, 2005) and a co-editor of Performing Worlds Into Being: Native American Women's Drama (Miami, 2009).

Kerry Hegarty

Kerry Hegarty's research explores the cultural, historical, political, and aesthetic dimensions of film in Latin America, especially in the work of Mexican filmmakers. Her work has appeared in Journal of Film and Video, Studies in Hispanic Cinema, South Atlantic Review, Journal of Latin American Popular Culture, Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, and FlowTV.org.

Sandra L. Garner

Sandra L. Garner specializes in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Her work concentrates on the construction, circulation, and material effects of representations of Native Peoples. Her published articles explore transnational movements of Indigenous ritual and the limitations of the "two-world" binary for thinking about American Indian experience.

John M. Cinnamon

John M. Cinnamon specializes in historical anthropology, environmental anthropology, and intersections of religion, politics, ethnicity and nationalism in Africa. He has worked primarily in Gabon and Cameroon. In 2013, he edited a special issue of Social Sciences and Missions on "Missionaries, Enslavement, and Antislavery."

Wietse de Boer

Wietse de Boer studies early-modern religious and cultural history, especially the Italian Renaissance and Counter-Reformation. He is the author of The Conquest of the Soul: Confession, Discipline, and Public Order in Counter-Reformation Milan (Brill, 2001) and co-editor of Religion and the Senses in Modern Europe (2012).

Elena Jackson Albarrán

Elena Albarrán is a cultural historian of modern Mexico with research emphasis on childhood and visual culture. She is the author of Seen and Heard in Mexico: Children and Revolutionary Cultural Nationalism (University of Nebraska Press, 2015) and co-editor of New Approaches to the History of Childhood in Latin America: Between Practice and Representations (Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2012).

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