2018-2019 CHAT Lectures and Workshops

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

All talks showcase new research by Temple faculty on alternate Thursdays, 12:30-1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall.

Borders, Boundaries and Walls Lecture Series

Boundaries, borders, and walls demarcate exclusion, difference, transgression, transcendence. Within the humanities, boundaries, borders, and walls offer a wide range of possibility for exploration, from the disciplinary-theoretical to the personal-political. They can be corporeal or mental; theoretical or material; and new ways of seeing emerge when we transgress boundaries, cross borders, and break through walls. In addition to five lectures by outside scholars from different disciplines, CHAT will convene a conference on borders, boundaries, and walls in the spring of 2019.

Professional Development Workshops

These workshops are designed for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences and will feature academic and professional specialists from inside Temple University and outside institutions. Topics include fellowship applications, job search, career development, and digital humanities.

Upcoming Talks

Professional Development Workshop
CLIR Opportunities: Balancing Academic and Alt-Ac Career Paths for Doctoral Students
Tuesday, March 12, 3:30-5:00pm
CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall

The panel discussion will be an opportunity to hear from four Council of Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellows located at research universities and liberal art colleges around the country. Each CLIR fellow will talk about their doctoral research and their postdoctoral career path, before we turn to a discussion followed by Q&A focused on professionalization in academia, the changing nature of doctoral study, and the opportunities available for graduates to find fulfilling and meaningful employment in the current era.

Lorena Gauthereau Dr. Lorena Gauthereau is the CLIR-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Houston’s Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (also known as “Recovery”) where she works on data curation for Latinx archives, and is helping to create the first digital humanities center focused on US Latinx studies. She teaches courses on Mexican American Studies. Gauthereau received her PhD from Rice University in English literature and her MA in Hispanic Studies. Her research interests include Chicanx literature, affect theory, class analysis, decolonial theory, and the digital humanities. Her current book project is titled Manos de Obra: Class, Race, Gender, and Colonial Affect-Culture in Mexican American Literature.

Jessica C. Linker Dr. Jessica C. Linker is the CLIR Humanities and Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College, where she also directs the History of Women in Science Project, a collaborative digital work that uses 3D technology to reconstruct spaces where women historically practiced science. She has received numerous awards to support her research, including from New York Public Library, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, among others.

Alex Galarza Dr. Alex Galarza is the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Haverford College where he leads a project creating a post-custodial archive in Guatemala. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of History at Michigan State University and worked as the Digital Liberal Arts Fellow for the Mellon Scholars Program at Hope College. His research topics include soccer clubs and urban life in Buenos Aires and Cold War violence in Guatemala.

Crystal A. Felima Dr. Crystal A. Felima is the 2017-2019 CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies Data Curation for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. Her work explores the emerging trends and best practices in digital humanities and critical pedagogies in Caribbean Studies. Dr. Felima’s interdisciplinary background draws from Africana studies and cultural anthropology. Her primary research areas of interest include environmental hazards, development, and governance in Haiti. For her doctoral research, Dr. Felima spent a cumulative 27 months in Haiti to conduct her fieldwork. Her dissertation focuses on disaster narratives from river communities in northern Haiti. For more information about her work, visit her website: crystalfelima.com and follow her on Twitter: @phelima.

Elliott Shore Dr. Elliott Shore began working with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in 2003 and was appointed Senior Presidential Fellow in 2008. He is the founding co-dean of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at CLIR that has introduced almost 200 recent Ph.D.s to hybrid career roles in the academy, and a mentor the CLIR/Mellon Dissertation Fellows. He has served as co-dean of the Frye then Leading Change Institute (co-sponsored by CLIR and EDUCAUSE) since 2012, and was instrumental in developing the CLIR/CIOs program. From 2013 through 2017, Elliott took on the role of Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries, a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries at comprehensive, research-intensive institutions in the US and Canada, and spent 2018 as a special advisor to its board.

Geoffrey Baym Geoffrey Baym, Department of Media Studies and Production
Distinguished Lecture Series
Tabloid Trump and the Political Imaginary, 1980-1999
Thursday, March 21
12:30 –1:50 pm, CHAT Lounge

Years before Twitter, Fox News, or reality TV, Donald Trump became a public figure through his presence across a range of tabloid media. Although much of that focused on sex and spectacle, early tabloid coverage of Trump was surprisingly political, with speculation about a possible presidential campaign beginning as early as 1987. Through the theoretical lens of the political imaginary, this talk tracks the early articulation of Trump as political brand, the boundary-crossing media logics that shaped his public persona, and the political work the tabloids performed in building the foundations upon which the actual Trump presidency now stands.

Geoffrey Baym is professor of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. He is the author of From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News (Oxford, 2010) and numerous articles and chapters exploring ongoing transformations in public affairs media, popular discourse, and political culture.

Hector Amaya Hector Amaya, Media Studies, University of Virginia
Boundaries Lecture Series
Hate and Border Ephemerality in the Digital Realm
Co-Sponsored with the Global Studies Program and the Klein College of Media and Communication
Thursday, March 28
4:00 - 5:30pm, CHAT Lounge

Border walls have been in our minds for the last couple of years thanks to President Trump’s promise that he would build one and that Mexico would pay for it. But there are other walls, which in their ephemerality and inconsistency are also at play in the contemporary experience of ethnicity and immigration in the United States. In this talk, Dr. Amaya explores the digital architecture of the internet as it constitutes new forms of intersubjectivity and perplexing displays of ethnic and nationalistic hate that often rely on different gradations of anonymity.

Dr. Hector Amaya is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and the Infosys Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He researches globalization, ethnicity, and Latinas/os. His current project, The Anonymous Condition, examines new forms of social interaction afforded by digitation and evaluates them against normative ideas of the public sphere. This will be his fourth single authored book.

CHAT Graduate Fellows Conference
Investigating Borders and Boundaries of the Body
Friday, April 5
12-4:30pm, CHAT Lounge, Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor

Expanding this year’s CHAT theme of Borders, Boundaries, and Walls, the 2019 symposium aims to explore the experience of the body-as-boundary from a variety of perspectives. Boundaries delimit what is possible and yet simultaneously invite and sometimes even encourage transgression and transcendence. How do bodies shape knowledge and emotion? What possibilities emerge when we consider the social experience of the body as both limit and possibility; closed and porous?

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Janet Lyon, Associate Professor of English, Penn State University
Epistemologies of Bodyminds: Disability and Modernism

The CHAT Fellows Conference is from 12-4:30pm on Friday, April 5, 2019 with the following schedule:

  • 12 - 12:15 PM - Opening Remarks
  • 12:15 - 1 PM - Lunch
  • 1 - 2:30 PM - Keynote Address: Dr. Janet Lyon, English Department, Penn State University, Epistemologies of Bodyminds: Disability and Modernism
  • 2:30 - 3 PM - Coffee Break
  • 3 - 4:15 PM - Graduate Student Roundtable
  • 4:15 - 4:30 PM - Concluding Remarks

The CHAT Graduate Fellows strive to welcome all attendees and to host an accessible event. If you require specific accommodations, please email ejwv@temple.edu by Monday, April 1.

Borders, Boundaries, Walls Symposium
Co-sponsored by Office of International Affairs, Ben Gurion University, College of Liberal Arts, Center for the Humanities at Temple, Feinstein Center for Jewish Studies, Klein College of Media and Communication, Global Studies Program, Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, and College of Public Health
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 12:30 - 5:45 pm & Friday, April 12, 9-5 pm
Russell F. Weigley Room, 914 Gladfelter Hall

Keynote Address: James Loeffler, Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History, University of Virginia
World Without Borders? The Political Geography of Human Rights, 1918-2018

The theme of borders, boundaries, and walls is fraught with baggage in the current global political climate, yet the discussions about how to keep people and goods in or out have long been a subject of serious academic inquiry. Temple University is partnering with Ben Gurion University to bring together U.S. and Israeli scholars for an academic conference on the subject. The two-day symposium hopes to cut through the current inflammatory rhetoric to discuss how and why borders, boundaries, and walls (symbolic or real) have been established, how they have been transgressed and transcended, and what the consequences of those transgressions and transcendences are. By closely examining borders and boundaries, the conference organizers hope to build bridges and foster dialogue across cultural and political divides; and ultimately enhance our understanding of global movements of people, goods, and ideas.

Topics include:

  • Internal Borders
  • Boundaries of Space and Time
  • Envisioned and Embodied boundaries
  • Gender Boundaries
  • Real and Imagined Walls
  • Cultural Boundaries

Check back on our home page events feed for this event for updated times and details.

Benjamin Talton, History
Distinguished Lecture Series
Co-sponsored with the Global Studies Program
The Afterlife of Radicalism: African Americans and Africa in the Age of Reagan
Thursday, April 18
12:30 - 1:50pm, CHAT Lounge


Petra Goedde, PhD
Associate Professor of History
1008 Gladfelter Hall

Assistant Director:
Kaete O’Connell
PhD Candidate, History
1007C Gladfelter Hall

Yvonne Muchemi
1008A Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-9209

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