The Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA) is pleased to announce its theme for the 2009-2010 academic year, “Migration”

In an era of radical globalization and erosion of national boundaries, migration has become a focus for research in many different disciplines.  During the academic year 2009-2010, the Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA) at the University of Colorado at Boulder will make “Migration” its theme.  In particular, we are interested in the cultural consequences--past, present, and future--of migration, which we interpret broadly to include not only movements of people, but also the transportation of artifacts, ideas, art, music, cultural practices, ideologies, religions, genres, cuisine, crops, stimulants, and narcotics from one place to another.  In our investigation of migration, we hope to historicize “globalization,” which began many centuries ago, but has been intensified in recent centuries by remarkable advances in transportation, communication, and movement of capital.  During the past two decades, migration has become a leading area of interdisciplinary research in relation to transatlantic studies, Caribbean studies, Mediterranean studies, and comparative colonial studies.  Likewise, considerable work has been done on the relation between exile and war, on the one hand, and migration, on the other.  In Colorado and elsewhere, immigration has become a sharply contested issue, one that pits the aspirations of undocumented workers against concerns about border security and domestic social, political, and economic consequences.  As the topic of next year’s CHA seminar, “Migration” will allow faculty and graduate students to examine an issue that plays a central role in Flagship 2030.

In conjunction with the theme, CHA conducts a year-long faculty and graduate student seminar, hosts a series of lectures and public performances, and holds a Spring Colloquium. 

2009-2010 "Migration" Seminar Participants:

Pompa Banerjee, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Colorado at Denver.

Catherine Cameron, Professor, Department of Anthropology.  Cathy works in the northern part of the American Southwest focusing especially on the Chaco and post-Chaco eras of the ancient Native past (A.D. 900-1300).  Her research interests include prehistoric migration, the evolution of complex societies through the study of regional social and political systems, methodology of defining social boundaries in the past, and prehistoric architecture.  Since 1995 she has worked in southeastern Utah at the Bluff Great House, a Chacoan site and in nearby Comb Wash, publishing a monograph on this research in 2009 (Chaco and After in the Northern San Juan, University of Arizona Press).  She has recently begun a new project investigating a common type of prehistoric migrant – captives, especially women and children -- and their role in cultural transmission.  She published an edited volume on this topic in 2008 (Invisible Citizens, Captives and Their Consequences, University of Utah Press).

Ozge Celik, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science.


Céline Dauverd , Assistant Professor, Department of History, Early Modern Europe, Mediterranean. Céline’s research deals with the Genoese trade diaspora in Spanish Naples. Her book manuscript investigates the notion of symbiotic imperialism as found in the relationship between Habsburg crown and the Genoese nation. She teaches classes on early modern Europe, Italy and Spain, the Renaissance, the Mediterranean, and world history.  She has published articles on the role of Catalan and Genoese merchants in early modern Sicily, on religious rituals in Spanish Naples, and on Spanish and Italian charities and guilds in southern Italy. Her project for the 2009-10 CHA fellowship investigated the comparison between the migratory pattern of the Genoese colony of Naples and that of Constantinople-Pera during the early modern era.

Nan Goodman, Associate Professor, Department of English.

Kira Hall, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics.

John Leffel, PhD Candidate, Department of English. John specializes in eighteenth-century and Romantic-era literature and cultural studies. His research explores the circulation of women's bodies, texts, and things between Britain and colonial India during the long eighteenth century. His article, " 'Where woman, lovely woman, for wealth and grandeur comes from far': Representations of the Colonial Marriage Market in Gillray, Topham, Starke and Austen" is forthcoming in Transnational England: Home and Abroad, 1780-1860, ed. Monika Class and Terry F. Robinson (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009).


Anne Lester, Assistant Professor, Department of History. Anne's research focuses on the social and religious history of Europe during the High Middle Ages (1000-1400). She became interested in medieval history while working on an archeological excavation of a medieval French abbey as an undergraduate. She is currently completing her first book, entitled Making Cistercian Nuns: The Women’s Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne, which examines the social and spiritual functions of Cistercian convents in the context of new religious movements in thirteenth-century northern France. She is also the co-editor and contributor to Medieval Cities, Texts, and Social Networks: Perceptions and Experiences of Urban Space, 400-1500 (forthcoming with Ashgate Press). Anne teaches courses on the medieval church, English constitutional law, colonization and the crusades, and medieval women. Her research interests also include the history of foundling homes and hospitals, the institutionalization of charity as well as the development and definition of urban centers during the Middle Ages. Her most recent book project, Fragments of Devotion: Relics and Memory in the Time of the Fourth Crusade, 1204-1244, considers the role and migration of holy objects from the east into France during the thirteenth century.

Deepti Misri, Assistant Professor, Women's Studies Program.

Marnie Thomson, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology.