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Spirited Topographies:


Urban Refabulations, Underscapes, and Mobilities UC - Wide Symposium


Friday May 9, 2014, 9:00 AM- 6:30 PM Andrews Conference Room, 2203 Social Sciences & Humanities Building APRIL 16


12:00PM-NOON WRIGHT HALL 222


9.00 AM -9.15AM: Opening Remarks


Cultural Studies, Department of English, Performance Studies Seminar/workshop with Professor Maria Delgado


Practice-­‐based research in the Creative Arts: Articulating Imperatives and Disseminating Findings


The ever-­‐growing emphasis on live performance as the core focus of contemporary research has led researchers to explore their concerns through embodied practice. Practice-­‐based research often results in conventional outputs: for example, the researcher writes a journal article summarizing the @indings of a particular practical process. Increasingly important in the @ield, however, is “Practice as Research” [PaR], in which the practical work is itself considered the primary output. This seminar looks at the emergence of PaR and explores some key questions about how imperatives can be articulated and @indings disseminated in a robust, clear and methodical manner.


About the Speaker: Professor María Delgado is an academic, critic, curator and Editor of Contemporary Theatre Review. Her books include: ‘Other’ Spanish Theatres (Manchester University Press, 2003) and Federico García Lorca (Routledge, 2008) as well as ten edited volumes – most


George R. Mangun (Dean, Division of Social Sciences, UCD) Smriti Srinivas (Professor, Anthropology, UCD) 9.15 AM -11.15 AM: Urban Refabulations Chair: Smriti Srinivas (Anthropology, UCD)


Allen F. Roberts (World Arts and Cultures, UCLA): Visual Citizenship and the Refabulation of Urban Senegal Bascom Guffin (Anthropology, UCD): Ganesh Travels, Ganesh Anchors Simon Sadler (Design, UCD): Neoliberal Spiritualism and the Re-enchantment of Time and Place


Response: James Smith (Anthropology, UCD) 11.30 AM -1.30PM: Underscapes Chair: Vivian Lee-Nyitray (Religious Studies, UCR)


Jesus Hernandez (Sociology, UCD): Where We Pray George Lipsitz (Black Studies/Sociology, UCSB): Sacred Spaces on the Gulf Coast: Students at the Center and Project Row Houses Christina Schwenkel (Anthropology, UCR): Urban Topographies of Religious Ruins in Socialist Vietnam


Response: Michael Rios (Human Ecology, UCD) 1.30-2.30 PM: Lunch 2.30-4:30 PM: Mobilities Chair: Mary Hancock (Anthropology and History, UCSB)


Mary Nooter Roberts (World Arts and Cultures, UCLA): A Saint of Edges and In-Betweens: Haptic Visualities in Devotional Diasporas of Shirdi Sai Baba Halifu Osumare (African American and African Studies, UCD): Sacred Dance/Drumming: Reciprocation and Contention within African Belief Systems in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area


recently A History of Theatre in Spain (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Spanish Cinema 1973-­‐2010: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape and Memory (Manchester University Press, 2013). She teaches at Queen Mary, University of London. Her professional work in the creative arts involves arts criticism, @ilm programming and curation, assessments for Arts Council England, and her role as Chair of the Board of ATC. She is the current chair of subpanel 35 (Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts) for the UK’s 2013 Research Excellence Framework.


Roxanne Varzi (Anthropology/Film and Media Studies, UCI): Movie-ing Messiahs: Cinema, Spirituality, and Space in Tehran Response: Bettina Ng’weno (African American and African Studies, UCD) 5.00-6.30 PM: Reception


Convened by Smriti Srinivas (ssrinivas@ucdavis.edu)


Sponsored by UC Davis’s Institute for Social Sciences and Division of Social Sciences, Davis Humanities Institute, Middle East/South Asia Studies, African American and African Studies, Department of Anthropology, and Religious Studies; and UC Humanities Network. Conference website: www.urbanreligions.net/symposia


CO-SPONSORED EVENTS How did a troupe of 19th-century circus performers introduce Japan to the West? What techniques can actors use to bring the plays of early modern Spain to life on the stage? How is religion transformed in urban landscapes across the globe? How did tea evolve from a beverage to a philosophical and spiritual pursuit in the countries of East Asia? These were just a few of the questions posed at conferences, symposia, workshops and other events co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute in 2013-2014. Our co- sponsored events program supports the intellectual exchange of ideas across the humanities and social sciences by helping faculty bring scholars and artists to campus who will enrich and ignite conversations across many fields and disciplines.


Among the highlights were a “Sewing Circle” at the C.N. Gorman Museum that invited students, faculty and staff to sit with artist Marie Watt who stitches tapestries that evoke both modern-day Manhattan and historic Native American longhouses. Watt’s exhibition, titled “Receiver,” reflects the authentic and neighborly connections that occur in urban settings and tribal communities. In winter quarter, independent scholar Frederik Schodt presented


the results of his most recent historical detective work with colorful woodcut prints, pristine turn-of-the-century photographs, and the 1905 Thomas Edison film titled “Japanese Acrobats.” Schodt’s book, Professor Risley and the Imperial Troupe: How an American acrobat introduced circus to Japan – and Japan to the West, recounts how a small group of marginalized street performers became Japan’s first cultural ambassadors to the West. In the spring, two members of Spain’s National Classical Theater Company offered their expertise in an actor’s workshop aimed at helping actors inter- pret early modern plays for the 21st-century stage. The pair’s tragic tears, evocative inflections and subtle comedic gestures brought the intense passion and clever wit of the Spanish stage to life.


In 2013-2014, the Humanities Institute supported more than two-dozen events across campus with awards ranging from $300 up to $1,500 for conference funding. Please visit the Humanities Institute’s website for more information and guidelines about our co-sponsored event program.


The Art of Tea


November 21-December 15, 2013 Exhibition: Wingchi Ip & the Art of Tea at the Nelson Gallery


November 21, 2013 Tea Tasting & Demonstration with Tea Master


Wingchi Ip 3:10-5:00 pm in the Sensory Theater, Robert Mondavi Institute PUBLIC WELCOME


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November 22, 2013 Colloquium: The Art of Tea 3:00-5:00 pm in the Nelson Gallery Wingchi Ip — “The Way(s) of Drinking Tea” Dr. Steven D. Owyoung — “Drinking from the Dragon’s Well: An Introduction to the Tea Cultures of China, Korea, and Japan”


Sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, East Asian Studies, the Davis Humanities Institute, UC Davis Confucius II n Darrell Corti and Alan Templeton


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