Chiara Giovanni's blog

Great Books and Global Brutalities (3 of 6)

“How do we teach the humanities all over the world?” has been the explicit question at the heart of all the workshops that the Humanities Core has hosted this year. This time, in the third workshop held online on January 25, 2022, the discussion foregrounded a previously implicit question: not only how to teach the humanities, but why. In line with previous workshops, guest speakers Professor Nasrin Rahimieh, of the University of California Irvine, and Professor Najeeb Jan, of Habib University, each delivered a presentation on their roles in their humanities core programs at their respective

Pedagogy or Catastrophe (2 of 6)

When things fall apart, when societal deterioration accompanies imperial collapse, we become disillusioned, disenchanted, and this emerges in our literature, art, and philosophy. But how might this disillusionment extend to our pedagogy? Right now, we are living through catastrophic times, and our pedagogical and critical engagement with contemporary cultural production has begun to reflect this. Not only are we in the midst of unprecedented ecological and epidemiological disaster, but we are also reckoning with what Professor Nauman Naqvi of Habib University, Karachi refers to as “cognitive

Between Karachi and California: Is Rigor Enough? (1 of 6)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a humanities scholar will, at some point in their career, be tasked with explaining not only why the humanities merit study, but also how to save them from underfunded obsolescence. This discipline-specific responsibility is both blessing and curse: though we may envy our colleagues in the biosciences who do not face the same line of questioning, it constantly forces us to clarify, to adjust, to fortify our individual and collective intellectual mission. We frequently think about our research within this framework. One might, for instance, conceive