The Rice Seminars

The Rice Seminars are designed to promote humanistic research, broadly understood. They bring together a select group of Rice faculty members, visiting scholars, and Rice graduate students to study a common theme from several disciplinary perspectives. The most visible goal of the seminar is a scholarly publication to which all participants will contribute. Equally important but less visible is the creation of international and interdisciplinary scholarly communities that will outlive the seminar itself. The topic of the Rice Seminars changes each year.

The Rice Seminars include funding to bring in outside speakers to present public talks, provide feedback, meet with the seminar participants, participate in a year-end conference, and otherwise engage with seminar participants and the broader Rice community.

Call for 2016-17 Rice Seminar Proposals

After Biopolitics

This seminar will explore biopolitical thought as it has developed over the past forty years, while bringing it into conversation with other intellectual genealogies that promise to reinvigorate, and be reinvigorated by, taking seriously the place of “life” in contemporary social, cultural, and political formations.
Seminar Organizers: 
Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Professor of English
Cary Wolfe, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English; Director, 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory; Editor, Posthumanities

Call for Faculty Participants (Autrey Visiting Scholars)
Call for Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Participants
Call for Graduate Student Participants

Exchanges and Temporalities in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Victorianism

This seminar will problematize the geographical, chronological, and epistemological assumptions that divide the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries into periods or movements, and addresses cultural exchanges between Britain and the rest of the world.  

Seminar Organizers:
Helena Michie, Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor in Humanities
Alexander Regier, Associate Professor of English, Editor, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

All Rice Seminar topics

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