Welcome to the Humanities Research Center at Rice University
The Humanities Research Center fosters scholarly research and intellectual community in the humanities broadly understood, facilitates scholarly work between the School of Humanities and other areas of the university, and leads institutional change by partnering with foundations, other centers, research institutions, and other universities. The Center strives to bring a dynamic element to research and teaching by developing "intellectual liquidity" within and between Humanities and the sciences, information and communications technologies, and the professions.
New At the HRC
09/20/07 Fellowships Announced
Internal Faculty Fellowships
External Faculty Fellowships
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctorate Fellowships
07/25/07 Public Humanities Initiative
Mexicans Look at Mexico
Houston and Katrina
07/13/07 New Mellon Seminar
Seminar Description: In the first volume of his History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault traces the clinical and psychoanalytic pastoralism of what he calls the biopolitical "anatomo-politics of the human body" in large part to a Christian confessional that he characterizes as being then and as still being "the general standard governing the production of true discourse about sex." The concepts, disciplines and domains of intervention that Foucault includes within the broader Western European universe of biopower suggest that it has its most purely extra-ecclesiastic realization in nineteenth-century France. There, the church and its clerics are remarkable for their absence. Across the Atlantic, however, the universe of biopower takes a different turn. Its expansion in Europe and in America has the same impetus--the cholera epidemic of 1832. A good many physicians are among its American executors, but its great popularizers are with few exceptions ardent Christians, though sometimes Christians very much of their own cloth. The focus of the research that I will develop in the Mellon Seminar, what I call "religious biopolitics," thus belongs to the history of the refractions of the modern apparatus of governmentality as they mingle with the voluntarism, sectarianism and pragmatic utopianism of an America that has long interposed between the individual body and the general population its ever fissile array of Protestant congregations--which it has exported and continues to export widely around the world.
07/12/07 HRC Rice Faculty Fellow Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Grant
05/17/07 New Book
The Humanities Research Center is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), the Humanities Arts Sciences and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), and the National Humanities Alliance (NHA).
Humanities Research Center MS-620, Rice University, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251-1892
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