Lecture with Prof. Dr. Roxanne Rimstead: “Weapons of the Weak. Residential School Narratives as Indigenous Testimony”.

WEAPONS OF THE WEAK. RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL NARRATIVES AS INDIGENOUS TESTIMONY

Prof. Dr. Roxanne Rimstead, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Kanada

Dienstag, den 21. Februar 2017

16 Uhr c.t., Philosophicum (Jakob-Welder-Weg 18), Fakultätssaal

Das Mainzer Department of English and Linguistics und das Dijonbüro der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz laden Studierende, Kolleg/innen und Interessierte aller Fachbereiche herzlich ein!

Roxanne Rimstead is Professor of Comparative Canadian Literature and English and Intercultural Studies at Université de Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada), where she specializes in class and cultural studies, minority writing, feminist criticism, indigenous literature, life writing, and cultural memory.

Guest Lecture with Dr. Selina Lai-Henderson on June 21, 2016: “Langston Hughes, Harlem and Shanghai”

Guest Lecture with Dr. Selina Lai-Henderson on June 21, 2016: “Langston Hughes, Harlem and Shanghai”

Dr. Selina Lai-Henderson (Research Assistant Professor University of Hong Kong)

“Langston Hughes, Harlem and Shanghai”

Fakultätssaal (Philosophicum)

June 21, 2016, 4-6 pm (c.t.)

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was the first African American writer to ever set foot on Chinese soil. At the age of 31, he pioneered what none of his contemporaries or predecessors was able to achieve—rewrite the public image of African Americans in the Chinese cultural and intellectual imagination. Hughes’s sojourn in Shanghai and his encounter with Chinese writers shaped his body of work in profound ways that complicated the discussions of race, national identity, and global citizenship in a transnational arena.

Selina Lai-Henderson is Research Assistant Professor of American Studies at The University of Hong Kong. She was a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University in 2011-12. She is the author of Mark Twain in China (Stanford University Press, 2015), and she is currently working on black internationalism of Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Du Bois in China.

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Keynote Lecture with Dr. Dr. h.c. Siri Hustvedt on June 16, 2016: “Geist: Mind and Brain”

Keynote Lecture with Dr. Dr. h.c. Siri Hustvedt on June 16, 2016: “Geist: Mind and Brain”

June 16, 2016, 6 p.m., P1: Keynote Lecture “Geist: Mind and Brain” within the Forum Geisteswissenschaft: Eine Positionsbestimmung – Veranstaltungsreihe zur 70 Jahre Wiedereröffnung der Johannes Gutenberg Universität

After her keynote lecture, she will receive an honorary doctorate.

About Siri Hustvedt:
She is one of the most significant contemporary American writers. She received her PhD in English from Columbia University with a dissertation on Charles Dickens. With a body of work comprising 7 internationally received novels and 4 collections of essays, she has opened new ways of connecting fiction and literary criticism. In her work, she draws on philosophical, psychoanalytical, neuroscientific and gender theories in order to establish a reciprocal subjectivity connecting body and mind; a notion that also informs her work as a lecturer of psychiatry at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College. Siri Hustvedt is an associate member of the DFG-funded research training group “Life Sciences, Life Writing: Experiences at the Boundaries of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience” (GRK 2015/1), at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz.

Seminars with Dr. Dr. h.c. Siri Hustvedt on June 16 & 17, 2016

Seminars with Dr. Dr. h.c. Siri Hustvedt on June 16 & 17, 2016

June 16, 2016, 10-12 a.m., Philosophicum, Hörsaal, P 11: two-hour seminar with doctoral and master students

June 17, 2016, 10-12 a.m., Institut für Geschichte, Theorie und Ethik der Medizin der Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Am Pulverturm 13: Seminar with doctoral candidates of the Research Training Group “Life Sciences, Life Writing: Experiences at the Boundaries of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience” (GRK 2015/1)
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About Siri Hustvedt:
She is one of the most significant contemporary American writers. She received her PhD in English from Columbia University with a dissertation on Charles Dickens. With a body of work comprising 7 internationally received novels and 4 collections of essays, she has opened new ways of connecting fiction and literary criticism. In her work, she draws on philosophical, psychoanalytical, neuroscientific and gender theories in order to establish a reciprocal subjectivity connecting body and mind; a notion that also informs her work as a lecturer of psychiatry at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College. Siri Hustvedt is an associate member of the DFG-funded research training group “Life Sciences, Life Writing: Experiences at the Boundaries of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience” (GRK 2015/1), at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz.

Lecture with Dr. Dr. h.c. Siri Hustvedt on June 18, 2016: “The Writing Self and the Psychiatric Patient'”

Lecture with Dr. Dr. h.c. Siri Hustvedt on June 18, 2016: “The Writing Self and the Psychiatric Patient'”

Lecture with

Dr. Dr. h.c. Siri Hustvedt

(Brooklyn)

The Writing Self and the Psychiatric Patient

June 18, 2016; 6 am (18 Uhr c.t.)
Alte Mensa, Atrium Maximum
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Drawing from my experiences as a volunteer writing teacher for psychiatric patients on the locked wards of the Payne Whitney Clinic in New York City, I ask how in an age of “biological psychiatry,” writing might be framed as a therapeutic activity for people diagnosed with mental illness. I argue that many of the current models in psychiatry are too rigid and/or confused to adequately address the subtle and beneficial effects writing has for individual patients. The objectification of inner thoughts, stories, and emotions in texts can help organize a person’s view of his or her subjectivity in ways that enhance reflection.

About Siri Hustvedt:
She is one of the most significant contemporary American writers. She received her PhD in English from Columbia University with a dissertation on Charles Dickens. With a body of work comprising 7 internationally received novels and 4 collections of essays, she has opened new ways of connecting fiction and literary criticism. In her work, she draws on philosophical, psychoanalytical, neuroscientific and gender theories in order to establish a reciprocal subjectivity connecting body and mind; a notion that also informs her work as a lecturer of psychiatry at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College. Siri Hustvedt is an associate member of the DFG-funded research training group “Life Sciences, Life Writing: Experiences at the Boundaries of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience” (GRK 2015/1), at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz.

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Lecture with Dr. Marion Rana on 06/14/16: “From the Inside Out: Crip Poetry’s (Re-)Claiming of Identity and Agency”

Lecture with

Dr. Marion Rana

(University of Bremen)

“From the Inside Out: Crip Poetry‘s (Re-)Claiming of Identity and Agency”

June 14, 2016; 4 pm (16 Uhr c.t.)
Fakultätssaal, Philosophicum
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

“[There’s] a new definition of disability and it includes power,” crip poet Chery Marie Wade proclaims in “Disability Culture Rap.” The political stance of crip poetry clearly reverberates in her call for disability artists to take the stage as “proud freedom fighters” and to talk abut disability “from the inside out.” As Rosemary Garland-Thompson has argued, disability is a specular moment. Spinning around the medical and social gaze that claims to identify disability, crip poetry successfully gives voice to a new disability identity and renegotiates the terms under which individuals with a disability are viewed. Placing crip poetry into its political and literary context, this talk will give an introduction into the genesis of the genre and its roots within the disability rights movement; it will further discuss how two of its main representatives, Cheryl Marie Wade and Jim Ferris, negotiate the community’s strife for identity and agency.

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