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From the Dean

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to Dean of Social Science Alondra Nelson, recently named President of the Social Science Research Council.

This March, Sukanta Chaudhuri gives the second lecture in our Digital Humanities speaker series, following last semester’s inaugural lecture by Vincent Brown, "Slavery Online: Three Projects from History Design Studio." Professor Chaudhuri will present at the Studio@Butler on Bichitra, the largest integrated knowledge site devoted to any single author in any language. Bichitra is a massive digital variorum of the works of Rabindranath Tagore that includes transcriptions, reading texts, a hyperbibliography, a search engine cum hyperconcordance, and a novel three-tier collation program.

You will find details about Prof. Chaudhuri’s lecture, "The Various Tagore: The Making Of A Database," below.

Sharon Marcus
Dean of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Columbia Humanities in the News
Jesús R. Velasco (LAIC)

Velasco writes about the concept of originalism in constitutional studies, and its impact on the interpretation of the relationship between religion and race, focusing on Moustafa Bayoumi's thoughts on the racing of religion.

Read Velasco's article "Originalisimo" in El Norte de Castilla.
Nicole B. Wallack (English and Comp Lit)

Wallack's This Crafting Presence: The American Essay and the Future of Writing Studies, called "A brilliant and often beautiful book," by John Duffy (University of Notre Dame), is out this March from University Press of Colorado.

This Crafting Presence is available for purchase through upcolorado.com.
Ioannis Mylonopoulos (Classics)

Opening on March 9th, the Onassis Cultural Center New York presents an exhibition co-curated by Mylonopoulos, "A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700 BC - 200 AD."

More about the exhibit and information for visitors is available at onassisusa.org.
Hamid Dabashi (MESAAAS)

"Trump and his handlers are desperate to find a Muslim 'Reichstag Fire' and they will use the incident to further demonise Islam in the US and push for a Muslim registry or even worse."

Read "Trump's desperate search for a 'Reichstag Fire,'" in Al Jazeera.
Lien-Hang Nguyen (Weatherhead East Asian Institute)

"Thanks to the slow if capricious process of historical declassification, the publications of renegade memoirs and histories, the dissemination of 'open letters' by disgruntled former leaders, and the careful and painstaking research and analysis by Vietnam specialists, we now have a better understanding of who was on top in Hanoi and what battles he waged to get there."

Read Nguyen's article, "Who Called the Shots in Hanoi?" from The New York Times‘s Vietnam ’67 series.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (English and Comp Lit)

On January 27th, Spivak discussed "Feminism at Home and Around the World, in the Age of Trump" for an upcoming episode of the American Public Television series, The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower.

On January 28th, Spivak spoke on "Borders in Today's World" to capacity crowds at "A Night of Philosophy and Ideas" at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Also last month, Filosofie Magazine published an interview in advance of her April 15 intervention at the Thinking Planet conference in Utrecht. That interview is available here.

Robert Barnett (Weatherhead East Asian Institute)

"What’s interesting is San Diego hasn’t backed down; that’s an important position," Barnett said in reference to the protest of some Chinese students to UC San Diego's announcement of the Dalai Lama as commencement speaker. "But the way to move forward is dialogue, not grandstanding."

Read the full article, "Chinese Students vs. Dalai Lama" in Inside Higher Ed.

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute has been recognized as one of the top ten Global Regional Studies Centers in the University of Pennsylvania Lauder Institute’s 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

WEAI placed eighth in the "Best Regional Studies Center (University-Affiliated)" category in the report, which has been published annually since 2008 by the Lauder Institute’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. Additionally, WEAI, along with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, was ranked among the top 40 "Best University Affiliated Think Tanks" in the world.

Read more at weai.columbia.edu.

Upcoming Events
New Books in the Arts & Sciences
Celebrating Recent Work by Josef Sorett

Thursday, February 23, at 6:15pm
Second Floor Common Room, Heyman Center

New Books in the Arts & Sciences is celebrating the publication of Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics, by Josef Sorett. Spirit in the Dark offers an account of the ways in which religion, especially Afro-Protestantism, remained pivotal to the ideas and aspirations of African American literature across much of the twentieth century.

Discussants will include: Courtney Bender, Columbia University; Robert Gooding-Williams, Columbia University; and Barbara Savage, University of Pennsylvania.

This event is sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities; the Society of Fellows in the Humanities; the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; the Dean of Social Science, Arts & Sciences; and the Department of Religion.
2017 MESAAS Graduate Student Conference
(De)Stabilizing Disciplines, (Re)Imagining Regions

February 23 & 24
Knox Hall

For the eighth consecutive year, graduate students from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS) invite you to attend a two-day conference, with keynote speaker Professor Susan Buck-Morss on February 23rd and 24th, 2017.

Panelists will discuss sites of knowledge production that exist outside of disciplinary bounds, or which offer new strategies for sustained interdisciplinary study. We have sought ideas and research which can challenge and change our imaginations of ‘region’ and their concomitant spatial, intellectual and political boundaries.

If you are not presenting a paper but wish to attend, please RSVP by emailing Basma Radwan at bnr2110@columbia.edu and specify if you would like to attend Day 1, Day 2, and or the keynote lecture (end of day 2).

For further inquiries, contact mesaasgradconference2017@gmail.com
The Various Tagore: The Making Of A Database
March 6, at 3:00pm
Butler Library

Sukanta Chaudhuri presents Bichitra, the Online Variorum of the works of Rabindranath Tagore. Bichitra contains images of virtually all of Tagore's manuscripts (47,500+ pages) and major print editions (91,500+ pages), with transcriptions, reading texts, a hyperbibliography, a search engine cum hyperconcordance, and a novel three-tier collation program. Bichitra provides a test case for virtually all the challenges of creating a large textual database, along with some major text-analysis programs and will interest all current and future makers of textual databases in any language.

More information is available at library.columbia.edu.
New Books in the Arts & Sciences
Celebrating Recent Work by Liza Knapp and Irina Reyfman

RESCHEDULED - This event will now be held on Friday, March 24
Second Floor Common Room, Heyman Center

New Books in the Arts & Sciences is celebrating the publication Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy’s Labyrinth of Plots, by Liza Knapp and How Russia Learned to Write: Literature and the Imperial Table of Ranks, by Irina Reyfman. More information at heymancenter.org.

This event is sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities; the Society of Fellows in the Humanities; the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; the Dean of Social Science, Arts & Sciences; and the Department of Slavic Languages.
Fellowships, Grants, & CFPs
The Arts and Sciences invites applications for summer research support for non-tenured research faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Any full-time, continuing non-tenured faculty member in the Humanities and Social Sciences holding the rank of assistant or associate professor may apply for summer support. Grants of $3,000 per summer are available for any two summers during a faculty member’s non-tenured career in the Arts and Sciences.

Deadline: February 28, 2017
Questions about the program may be directed to Susan Drange, smd2195@columbia.edu.
The Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) welcomes proposals for a new project that would begin in 2017. Proposals may be submitted for consideration by any Columbia or Barnard faculty member(s) whose project aligns with the mission of CSSD. Submission

Deadline: March 8, 2017
For more information, go to socialdifference.columbia.edu.
The Politics of Space and the Humanities - December 15-17, 2017

The Department of American Literature of the School of English at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in collaboration with the Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS), invite scholars to submit proposals for the international conference – The Politics of Space and the Humanities – to be held in Thessaloniki.

Deadline: May 1, 2017
Please address questions to: trapatz@enl.auth.gr (Dr. Tatiani Rapatzikou) or detsi@enl.auth.gr (Dr. Zoe Detsi).
The Heyman Center for the Humanities invites applications for the Edward W. Said Fellowship, to support promising scholars early in their careers to produce scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries, promotes humanistic inquiry in the service of intercultural communication and understanding, and engages the public. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to subsidize a short-term residency at Columbia, from one month to one semester, including associated travel costs.

For more information, visit heymancenter.org.

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