The UCI Humanities Center invites you to explore

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How do we practice collective and self-care?

How might we repair and reheal from societal and historical forms of trauma? 

What are the connections between care and repair?

 

The UCI Humanities Center will be collaborating with humanities centers across the University of California, including the UC Humanities Research Institute, to explore the concepts of care and repair for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Care has become a widely circulated term, particularly so since the COVID-19 pandemic. How do we practice collective and self-care? What are the connections between care for our health and emotional care? How do we value various forms of care as paid and unpaid forms of labor, especially as this care work tends to be predominantly performed by marginalized social groups, such as women, people of color, and working people?

To practice care in all its various forms strongly suggests experiences of harm. How might we repair/reheal from both individual and societal and historical forms of trauma? What are the promises and limitations of repair through the justice system and religious communities? What might be needed in terms of redistribution of resources and reallocation of power to enable reparations? And what are the connections between care and repair?

These are some of the key questions that the UCI Humanities Center will be exploring. We also hope to highlight programming that is taking place across the UCs as well. Please join us!

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Artist Statement by Thinh Nguyen

"To care for something, in its essence, is to watch over it, to tend it, to protect it—and at times, to let go of it; to repair entails a reorganization—a shift to re-align, to heal, to transform.  Both of these acts share a common thread: the impermanence.  Ikebana (“to give life to flowers”), is a Japanese practice of floral arrangements that connects the idea of Heaven, Humanity, and Earth, expressed through line, color, and mass.  Plants and flowers are mindfully selected and are carefully trimmed and arranged.  The beauty of this process is that it is up to the individual to create their own arrangement—albeit with set rules and standards in the practice—and give life to their creations.  And simply by engaging in this act, the participant could perhaps carry these lessons within their own lives, as a means to practice caring for others or themselves just as they envision for their floral design.  Caring for someone or something can have an immediacy, but repairing a fractured bond takes repeated and consistent care.  Alas, that reparation may not be the same as it once was—but that’s the beauty of the impermanence—because there is always a potential for change, so long as one doesn’t stop caring."

 

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2023 Fall Quarter

Our year-long exploration starts in the fall quarter!

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Photographing Care and Repair

Image by Mark Leong

Image by Mark Leong

 

The UCI Humanities Center and the Center for Liberation, Anti-Racism, and Belonging (C-LAB) invites you to explore the theme of "Care and Repair" through photography.

How do we practice collective and self-care?

What are the connections between care and repair?

What are visual stories that show maintenance and healing on a personal, community, and/or societal level?

Join the Care and Repair learning and creative community to explore these issues. You will work with Mark Leong (http://www.markleongphotography.com/about), an award winning photojournalist whose photo essays have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Time. In addition, Phuc To (doctoral student at UCSD), Rehana Morita (fellow with the UCI Humanities Center), and Professor Judy Wu (director of the Humanities Center and C-LAB) will be supporting your creative process.

Questions? Contact Professor Judy Wu (j.wu@uci.edu)

Deadline for applications: December 18, 2023

To apply, please see:

https://bit.ly/PhotographingCareRepair

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October 6, 2023, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Humanities Gateway 1030 

Kick-Off Roundtable and Light Reception

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Introduction: Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Associate Dean, School of Humanities

Moderator: Tyrus Miller, Dean, School of Humanities

Speakers:

  • Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor, English and Informatics, and Director, Humanities Core
  • Omotayo Balogun, MPH
  • Malia Baricuatro, Doctoral Student, Global Studies
  • Rehana Morita, Undergraduate Student, Asian American Studies and Film & Media Studies
  • Rocío Pichon-Rivière, Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Kelli Sharp, Associate Professor and Chair, Dance and Director, Medical Humanities

Please rsvp by Wednesday, October 4:

https://bit.ly/HumanitiesCenterCareandRepair

 

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Seeking Interested Students 

We invite enthusiastic and motivated students to join our Care & Repair Learning & Creative Community as Fellows for the 2023-2024 academic school year. We will explore key questions of why and how we can practice collective and self-care, and how might we repair/reheal from both individual and societal and historical forms of trauma. Through regular meetings and discussions, our community will have the opportunity to: 

  • read, discuss, and research the concepts of care and repair during the fall
  • develop art projects, particularly through photography during winter quarter under the mentorship of award-winning photographer Mark Leong and UCI alum Phuc To
  • exhibit projects at an end-of-the-year showcase in the spring.

Please respond to this form by October 9

https://bit.ly/CareRepairLearningCreativeCommunity

 

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Telling Our Own Stories

Check out the virtual exhibition of last year’s photography project. Scapegoated for racial, public health, economic, and political reasons, what does it mean to be Asian American in a time of hate? This year's project will focus on "Care & Repair."

https://sites.google.com/view/tellingourownstories

 

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The Care and Repair series is co-sponsored by the Center for Liberation, Anti-Racism, and Belonging, Center for Medical Humanities, and Humanities Core. The UCI Humanities Center is collaborating with the UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) and humanities centers across the University of California to explore Care & Repair for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Care and Repair Calendar of events for Fall 2023