Past Conferences

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


Medical Humanities Summer Institute
Day 1: Global Health  |  Day 2: Medical Humanities for Practitioners

May 19 - 20, 2017
Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Open to the Public  |  Registration Required
Day one of the Institute will focus on medical humanities and global health with keynotes João Biehl, Co-Director of the Program in Global Health Policy at Princeton University, and David S. Jones, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine at Harvard University. In addition, there will be panels on the topics of women’s health in the Caribbean and on art, culture, and health in Haiti and Miami. Day two will center on the topic of medical professionals and the humanities with keynotes Joel Howell, Victor Vaughan Collegiate Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and Danielle Ofri, Associate Professor at the New York University School of Medicine. Panels will address questions concerning the importance of the humanities for medical education and practice.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.