The War Machines: Young Men and Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 4:00pm
Based on his ethnographic research with militia groups in Sierra Leone and Liberia during those countries’ recent civil wars, as well as the anthropology of violence, interdisciplinary security studies, and contemporary critical theory, Danny Hoffman considers how young men are made available for violent labor on the battlefields and in the diamond mines, rubber plantations, and other unregulated industries of West Africa.
Created in collaboration by the UW’s Undergraduate Research Program and the Simpson Center, the Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities provides twenty competitively-selected undergraduates an intensive opportunity to engage in primary interdisciplinary research.
Initiated in 2010, this three-year grant from the Japan Foundation builds on the Visiting Scholars in Japanese Literature Program coordinated by the UW’s Asian Languages & Literature department since 2004. The Simpson Center also supports the Japan Humanities Project, through funding, administrative, and logistical assistance.
Hazard Adams is Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor Emeritus of Humanities in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. He is an internationally-known scholar of William Blake, W.B. Yeats, Joyce Cary, and the history of criticism. His latest book, The Day the Dogs Talked, is a modern fable for readers young and old.
The fourteenth-century Piers Plowman is one of the most influential poems from the Age of Chaucer. Following the character Will on his quest for the true Christian life, the three dream narratives that make up this work address a number of pressing political, social, moral, and educational issues of the late Middle Ages. Vaughan’s landmark critical edition of the A version is the first in over fifty years.