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Events - SOVEREIGNTIES Dialogue

A year-long conversation that mobilizes humanities research to question, understand, and reimagine sovereignties—bodily, artistic, intellectual, geopolitical—and their global histories, contemporary challenges, and possible futures

This Dialogue series seeks to examine Sovereignties in many dimensions. Restrictions on bodily autonomy—from borders to identity to reproductive rights—are pressing in familiar and unfamiliar ways. Collectives and individuals are practicing sovereignty beyond state formations—in gardens, on floating cities, in activist solidarities—even while confronting the consequences of pollution that seeps into bodies and foods. The Kaplan Humanities Institute Sovereignties Dialogue will contend with these contradictions, the histories that re-emerge in the present, and the forms of belonging forged against, within, and beyond the state.


Save the dates; descriptions coming soon!

Fall 2023

Futures Beyond the State

An interdisciplinary dialogue on struggles for sovereignty amidst empire and racial regimes—past, present, and in the future.

October 17, 2023
3:30 - 5:00 pm (followed by a reception)
Norris University Center - Louis Room (North)


With political anthropologist Yarimar Bonilla (Effron Center for the Study of America at Princeton University) and writer and public historian Adrian De Leon (Assistant Professor of U.S. History, New York University).


winter 2024

Bodies, Biopolitics, & Belonging
February 7, 2024
Time and location TBD
Michelle Murphy (University of Toronto, History + Women and Gender Studies Institute); Jennifer Morgan (New York University, Social and Cultural Analysis and History); and Elena Gutiérrez (University of Illinois at Chicago, Gender and Women's Studies + Latin American and Latino Studies)


spring 2024

Dialogue on Food Sovereignties
Date and location TBD


Co-sponsored ENERGIES events

Coming soon!