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May 2020

Talk: “Hysteric Affirmation”: Language, Literature, and the Economy in Contemporary German Fiction
Lilla Balint

May 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Lilla Balint is Assistant Professor of German in the Department of German at University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century German literature, culture, and intellectual history in its broader comparative contexts. At UC Berkeley, she is affiliated with the Institute for European Studies and the Jewish Studies Program. Currently, she is at work on a book manuscript, “Ruins of Utopia: History, Memory, and the Novel after 1989,” that exposes the afterlife of socialism in contemporary literature. This comparative and multilingual study puts authors from Central Europe in dialogue to investigate how historical fiction after 1989 reconstructs the Cold War East. Located at the intersections of narrative poetics, cultural history, and memory studies, the book analyzes how novelists from diverse linguistic and cultural contexts re-envision Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sponsored by the UC Humanities…

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IHC Visiting Scholar Talk: Local or World Heritage? The Making and Breaking of Iran’s Medieval Tilework
Keelan Overton

May 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Keelan Overton (PhD, UCLA, 2011) is a historian of Islamic art and architecture specializing in the eastern Islamic world from Iran to South Asia. Her research explores the afterlives and travels of architecture and objects, book arts and codicology, histories of collecting, and the formation of cultural heritage. Her edited volume entitled Iran and the Deccan: Persianate Art, Culture, and Talent in Circulation, 1400-1700 will be published this June with Indiana University Press and has been supported by grants from the College Art Association and Persian Heritage Foundation. Dr. Overton is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB, where she is working on her next book on the making and breaking of Iran’s architectural heritage. As an independent scholar based in Santa Barbara, she has taught at Pomona College, UCSB, UCLA, and Occidental College and led museum tours to Iran…

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