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  • Spring 2020

    The Legacy of Roman Law: A Conference in Honor of Louis A. Mangone

    January 23-24, 2020

    The conference will begin with a keynote lecture by Charles Donahue, Freund Professor of Law at Harvard University, on Thursday, January 23.  Thursday's reception will begin at 4:30pm at the Kislak Center, followed by the keynote at 5pm.  Then, on Friday, January 24, the conference will begin at 9am in the Shalala Center.  View the schedule here.  Please contact the Department of Classics with questions. 

    This event is sponsored by the Department of Classics, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Richter Library. 


    Undercurrents: Connection and Rupture in the Caribbean, from the Pre-Columbian Era to 1900

    February 13-14, 2020

    The movement of people, goods, and ideas has long shaped the economic, political, cultural, and social features of the Caribbean. Rather than taking this circulation for granted, this symposium will explore how the logistics, networks, and paths of movement varied over time and excluded as much as they included. In looking to establish with greater precision the relationships among the circulations of people, goods, and ideas, this symposium gathers scholars working in and across multiple disciplines, whose reflections will not only identify the specificities of local and regional dynamics, but also appraise their long-term impact on the Caribbean and its connections to the broader world.

    As part of this symposium, Dr. Jennifer Morgan will deliver a keynote address, which will also serve as the 2020 Edith Bleich lecture.  Please register for the lecture here and RSVP for the conference by emailing  These events are free and open to the public.  Learn more about the Undercurrents conference here.



    The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists' Sixth Biennial Conference of C19

    October 16-18 and October 23-25

    C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American studies. They are pleased to announce that “Dissent,” the sixth biennial conference of C19, will be sponsored by Penn State University.

    They long nineteenth century was a time of political, social, and cultural volatility, marked by conflict, strife, discord, protest, and disagreement. It was an age of rebellion, riot, and revolution; it was an era in which social movements, such as women’s rights, labor rights, abolitionism, civil rights, Indigenous rights, land rights, anti-imperialism, and religious dissidence coincided with ideological revolt/s, such as communism, communitism, socialism, and spiritualism. It was an epoch of bodily dissent that incited and galvanized resistance to enforced and coerced gender, racial, class, and sexual norms. It was also a time in which literary and cultural formations expressly challenged artistic orthodoxy in favor of experiments in both content and form.

    With this theme, the organizers aim to inspire a broad consideration of varied forms of “dissent”: nonconformity to existing identities, institutions, policies, practices, and norms in the long nineteenth century. What constitutes “dissent” in this period? How do we think through genealogies of dissent--that is, the ways nineteenth-century dissent might or might not offer a way to frame contemporary circumstances and formations?


    For complete information on the conference including details on how to register and apply for travel grants, please visit their conference website

  • Fall 2019

  • Spring 2019

    Life-Writing Historicized: The Individual in Social and Cultural Context in Europe, 1300-1800




    February 22 - 23, 2019

    February 22nd, 9:00am - 5:00pm   |   February 23rd, 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Iron Arrow Room, Shalala Center 

    Recent scholarship on life-writing has focused on such diverse issues as subjectivities, identities, the construction of the self, and much more. This symposium proposes to contextualize such investigations by focusing on the historical dimension of these questions. How do approaches to historical writing from the perspective of the individual intersect with established, yet newer fields and topics, such as cultural history, microhistory, the history of gender and sexuality, the history of narrative, the relationship between internal beliefs and values and the external world, and the history of the emotions, as well as more traditional fields such as political history and social history? The symposium will explore these questions, drawing upon different forms of historical evidence, such as letters, diaries, journals, autobiographies, archival materials, contemporary biographical accounts, and visual evidence, such as portraits. 

    Keynote Speaker:

    Rudolf Dekker “The Secret Diary of Constantijn Huygens, Jr. (1628-1697): Society, Politics, and Culture in the Late Seventeenth Century”

    Click here for more information about the keynote address >>




    Computer-Assisted Text Analysis for Resource-Scarce Literatures (CARTARSL)

    April 24 - 25, 2019

    Aril 24th, 9:00am - 5:00pm   |   April 25th, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Newman Alumni Center Executive Boardroom & Richter Library Third Floor Conference Room

    This two-day symposium aims to bring together scholars and researchers working with computational approaches to texts. The event targets a broad audience interested in the application of digital text analysis technology (text mining, topic modeling, authorship detection, tasks performed through Natural Language Processing) for Resource-Scarce Literatures and from an historical perspective.

  • Fall 2017

    Homer and His Legacy

    November 10, 2017
    Shalala Student Center
    Third Floor, Grand Ballroom West
    Homer and His Legacy takes its inception, and indeed its inspiration, from the many themes that inform the work of the Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Richard P. Martin, Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor of Classics, Stanford University. The conference covers many aspects of Homer’s influence from Hesiod in the following generation, through Greek and Roman thought and literature, and the early Christian religion and culture of the Ancient Mediterranean world. 

  • Spring 2017

    Expanding Visions:
    Women in the Medieval and Early Modern World

    "Expanding Visions: Women in the Medieval and Early Modern World" Conference.
    March 2-4, 2017
    United Wesley Gallery
    1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
    Keynote Speaker: Merry Wiesner-Hanks

  • Spring 2016

    Kay Pacha: Reciprocity with the Natural World Conference

    Saturday, February 20, 2016
    Lowe Art Museum
    1301 Stanford Dr, Miami, FL 33146
    This symposium, featuring specialists in ancient Andean art and archaeology, will present the latest research on objects from the exhibit that speak to Andean relationships with the natural world. The symposium, open to the general public, will be followed by an opportunity for the audience and scholars to enter into a conversation about the different values we can bring to understanding our delicate ecosystems.
    For more information, click here.

  • Spring 2015

    Revisioning Early Modern Hispanisms
    An Academic Conference in honor of 
    Anne J. Cruz, Professor of Spanish

    "Revisioning Early Modern Hispanisms" - An Academic Conference in honor of Anne J. Cruz, Professor of Spanish
    The XXI Biennial Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Conference
    February 19-21, 2015

    Classics Symposia:
    Medicine and Poetry: from the Greeks to the Enlightenment

    "Medicine and Poetry: From the Greeks to the Enlightenment" - Classics Symposia logo for event on March 20th, 2015.
    March 20, 2015
    CAS Gallery / Wesley Foundation
    1210 Stanford Drive 
    Coral Gables, FL 33146
    Keynote Speaker: Brooke Holmes, Princeton University
    From Homer’s depiction of wounds and Lucretius on plague and death to Erasmus Darwin’s rhymed verse portrayals of plants and zoology and beyond, poetic texts have reflected, disseminated, and actively engaged with contemporary ideas about medicine and the body. While scholarly work on poetry or the history and philosophy of science has long proceeded in parallel, the conjunction of the two remains understudied. With the recent surge of interest in medical Humanities and sub-topics such as narrative medicine and the verbal (in)articulation of bodily pain, the time is right to propose a conference investigating how medical knowledge is expressed, often by non-specialists, in poetry.
    For more information, click here.

  • Spring 2014

    Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally
    Spring 2014
    Friday, April 11, 2014
    9:00am - 7:00pm
    CAS Gallery
    This symposium will bring together scholars and activists who work on queer and transgender issues to discuss what effective transnational activism might look like. How can action be taken to address LGBTQ needs across borders without engaging in what Teju Cole has called the ‘white-savior industrial complex,’ and without exacerbating the very questions of sovereignty that have made LGBTQ rights in the global South such a politicized contemporary issue? What new connections and modes of intellectual and strategic exchange might be established between activists and scholars that could invigorate transnational projects and make LGBTQ lives better? What should ‘internet activism’ become in an era of both instant virtual connectedness and radical inequality? What about the borders of class, race, and gender within the U.S.? This forum for re-thinking global queer politics at the intersection of activism and academia is aimed at shifting the public conversation, and engaging with students and the wider local community. The follow-up conversation on Saturday will be a more informal discussion focused on queer youth activism here in Miami and the intersections between the local and the transnational.
    For more information, click here.

  • Spring 2013

    The Medieval, Renaissance 
    and Baroque Symposium

    Spring 2013

    Early Modern Women: New Perspectives

    February 21-23, 2013
    The Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Symposium celebrates the first issue of Early Modern Women: An International Journal produced by the new editorial team under the auspices of the Center for the Humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. This symposium is supported by the John Carter Fund, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; the Center for the Humanities; the Departments of History, Art History, English; the Lowe Art Museum; and the Miller Center / Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies.
    For more information, click here.

    Language & Democracy

    Spring 2013

    March 21-22, 2013

    This conference, organized and funded by the University of Miami School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Humanities, and co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Program in American Studies, aims to explore existing and possible relations between linguistic pluralism and democratic governance from a variety of scholarly perspectives, and in diverse geographic, national, and historical contexts.

    For more information, click here.

  • Spring 2012

    Spring 2012
    Thursday-Saturday February 9-11, 2012
    Storer Auditorium
    On the occasion of the quincentenary of the year in which a name in Spanish signifying beauty and salvation was imposed on this region, "Florida at the Crossroads: Five Hundred Years of Encounters, Conflicts, and Exchanges" will offer an intellectual dialogue revisiting the past, heeding the present, and envisioning the future of Florida as a crossroads of peoples, quests, and exchanges. Under this encompassing theme participants will discuss the state from multiple perspectives that evince its complex, foundational history: Florida as the invaded homeland of its native peoples; as a buffer zone of cultural encounters and difficult coexistences; as the frontier where Spain and other European colonial superpowers played their conflicts out; as a haven for populations seeking freedom. These multiple perspectives will allow us to rethink our state as a global borderland exemplifying the difficult emergence of the multicultural, multiracial nation that the United States is today.

  • Spring 2011

    IMAGINING CULTURE(S), Rethinking disciplines:
    A Conference on Anthropology and the Humanities

    Friday-Saturday April 1-2, 2011

    Lowe Art Museum

    The concept of culture has become a vexed issue for the social science disciplines and the humanities. The “literary turn” in anthropology has focused attention on the conventions and politics of ethnographic representations, even as novelists and historians have been exploring ethnographic approaches in their writings, and claimed a share in the production of knowledge about peoples. Moreover, “culture” has been conceptualized in different ways across diverse disciplines and in different social-political contexts. In an age of globalization, non-Western and non-academic concepts of culture challenge the Eurocentrism of the traditional human sciences.  This conference encourages examination of the ways that an international perspective on the idea of culture unsettles the borders and status of disciplinary formations.


    Symposium In Honor of Sandra Paquet:

    The Present Future of Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies


    Friday March 4, 2011

    CAS Gallery

    Humanities Through Classics:

    What Does the Future Hold?

    Friday February 25, 2011

    CAS Gallery

    UM Faculty Panel, “Haiti: One Year After the Earthquake”

    Wednesday—  January 26, 2011 4:30 pm

    CAS Gallery

    Panel members will discuss the impact of the 2010 earthquake and the local, national, and international efforts launched to support Haiti in the past year, as well as what can be done to help in the future.

  • Spring 2010

    Trans Global/Global Trans


    Friday April 2, 2010

    This symposium will bring together three interdisciplinary scholars who work on queer studies in different cultural contexts around the world, to speak about queer formations of gender.  How is gender regulated, and what gender rebellions are being imagined, invented, and lived, in the US, the Maghreb, Spain, and Southern Africa today?  How do transgender identities and queer sexualities intersect and diverge in these contexts?  How might these emerging transformations speak to one another?  How do the globalization of culture and the politics of postcoloniality affect these developments?  By bringing scholars from several continents and diverse intellectual traditions together with UM scholars currently working within English, French, Latin American and North American Queer theoretical currents this symposium aims to open up global dialogues about and present challenges to hegemonic ways of studying gender and sexual identity.

    Atlantic Narratives

    Thursday – Friday, February 4-5, 2010

    This symposium will examine the production of narratives in and about 
    the Atlantic world in the period up to the mid-nineteenth century. 
    Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who work on the Anglophone, Francophone, and Iberian Atlantic worlds, this symposium seeks to promote a discussion about the subjects, practices, and theories that inform the writing of Atlantic narratives. What narrative trajectories have constructed our understanding of the Atlantic world and what are the inadequacies of these movements and stories? Does the Atlantic world require new narrative forms? Does it distinctively modify existing ones? Who produced these narratives and specifically, to what extent are the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Africa participants in, and producers of, Atlantic routes and narratives? In the end we hope that this conversation will help to elucidate the powerful possibilities of Atlantic narratives—then and now.

  • Spring 2009

    Milton Alive at 400: Samson Agonistes and 
    Religious Violence”

    February 26-27, 2009

    “Milton Alive at 400: Samson Agonistes and Religious Violence,” a two day symposium, was presented by Florida International University and the University of Miami on Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27, 2009. Renowned scholars from around the country joined noted faculty members from the two regional universities to hold panel discussions on the complex subject of religion, politics and violence. Joining in the worldwide quadricentennary celebration of Milton’s birth, they used his closet drama, Samson Agonistes, as a springboard for these discussions. The symposium was organized by Professors Jeffrey Shoulson, University of Miami and Andrew Strycharski, Florida International University.