EthicalSub “Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, Histories”

     Seth Koven (History) and Judith Surkis (History), co-directors

Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings held 11:15-1:15, 88 College Ave.
(lunch will be served)
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Sept. 1: Introductory meeting and readings: “Humanitarianism and the Human”
Sept. 8:  No meeting (Rutgers has Monday Schedule)
Sept. 15: Didier Fassin (School of Social Science, IAS): Keynote Lecture:
“The Moral Economy of Asylum,” 4.30-6 (Pane Room, Alexander Library); Reception to Follow
Sept. 22: Lynn Festa (English, Rutgers), “Human Rights without Humanity”

Sept. 29:  John Marshall (History, Johns Hopkins), “Islam, Toleration and the Enlightenment,”
RCHA/RBSC/Distinguished European History Lecture, 4:30-6 and Reception to follow (Pane Room, Alexander Library)

Co-sponsored Conference: Oct. 1 - 2: “Family/Law” Murray Hall 302

Oct. 6:  Anna Clark (History, U of Minn): Seminar Presentation: “Ethical Subjects in the Victorian Age”
Talk: "Humanitarianism and Human Rights in the British Empire, 1890-1902," Distinguished European History/Rutgers British Studies/Department of English Lecture, 4:30-6, Reception to Follow (Hageman Hall, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 35 Seminary Place)

Oct. 13:  Kathleen Brown (History, U of Penn), “Undoing Slavery: Abolition and the Argument over Humanity”
Oct. 20: Readings: “Politics of Violence/non-violence”
Oct. 27:  Kevin Grant (History, Hamilton College), "The Rule of Exceptions: Hunger Strikes, Fasts, and Political Prisoner Status in Britain, Ireland, and India, 1897-1946"

Nov. 3:  Özge Serin (RCHA postdoctoral fellow, Rutgers), “The Sovereign Lapse: The Death Fast and the Political”

Nov. 10: Divya Cherian (RCHA postdoctoral fellow, Rutgers), “The Meat of the Matter: Vegetarianism, Hindu Identity, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Western India”

Nov. 17:  Kate Imy (History, Rutgers), “Food and 'The Contagion of Hinduism' in the British Indian Army, 1900-1940”

Nov. 24: No meeting: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 1: April Mayes (History, Pomona College): "A Caribbean Rwanda? Hispaniola, Human Rights, and the U.S. Imperial State" (History, Pomona College) and Teach-In on "Race, Citizenship, and in Haiti and the Dominican Republic" (co-sponsor Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, and Critical Caribbean Studies)

Dec. 8: Leah Devun (History and RCHA Fellow, Rutgers), “Animal Appetites: Hermaphrodites and the Boundaries of the Human in the Middle Ages.”

A PDF of this schedule is available here.