Cosplay is a unique form of embodied storytelling that showcases the passion that fans have while celebrating their favorite storyworlds! Whether it is exploring the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the magical realms of Lord of the Rings trilogy, die hard fans can create some of the most creative costumes to look like their favorite characters. But what happens if fans don't look anything like their favorite characters? Can an African-American get away with playing as Thor from the Avengers or an obese woman pretend to be Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad? What happens when cosplaying allows for breaking away from the body norms that are celebrated in entertainment, namely the perfect figure with usually Caucasian skin? Students at Duke University gather together to make their own costumes as Prof. Eileen Chow facilitates a conversation to ask those very questions.
FHI is partnering with Duke's 18 arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences departments to organize a 3-year series of cross-departmental public seminars. Each Humanities Futures event brings together a sub-group of Duke humanities departments, in a joint exploration of the futures of the disciplines in light of the interdisciplinary developments of recent decades. This event is jointly organized by the FHI, the Department of Cultural Anthropology, the Dance Program, and the Program in Literature.
The FHI's main playlist, our primary event space. Here at the FHI we take "humanities" to be a mode of intellectual hospitality, as a node for connections and conversations. Here are some of our recent highlights.
Events, interviews, and more from the Haiti Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute. Among other things, these videos showcase the Lab's on-going projects on discourses of trauma (especially after the 2010 earthquake) and Haitian language and religion.
Events & interviews from the BorderWork(s) Humanities Lab. BorderWork(s) investigates the human consequences of borders, walls, and partitions. For more about the Lab, visit: http://sites.fhi.duke.edu/borderworks/