anthropromorphized fruit on stage together

Exhibits and Events

Masks are Required

Visitors to The Contest of the Fruits exhibition and related in-person programming are required to wear masks at all times while indoors. Visitors should practice social distancing when interacting with anyone outside their family. If you or anyone in your group feels unwell, thinks they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results, please refrain from visiting and reschedule your visit for another time.

Exhibits and Events

All exhibits and events are free and open to the public.

anthropomorphized cherry plum with a microphone says all are blown away when they see me!

The Contest of the Fruits

September 10—December 12, 2021

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041

Opening Reception, Friday, September 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Whitehead Campus Center Rm. 313, 5:00 p.m.: Conversation with Assistant Professor of Religion Guangtian Ha and Slavs and Tatars.

Exhibition open in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and Reception to follow outdoors in front of the Whitehead Campus Center.

Registration Questions or Concerns? Please email michelle@wittygritty.com.


who you callin' a Romanizer?

Transliterative Tease
lecture-performance

September 14, 6:30 P.M.

Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Transliterative Tease explores the potential for transliteration – the conversion of scripts – as a strategy equally of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith.

Registration Questions or Concerns? Please email michelle@wittygritty.com.

NOTICE TO TRI-CO STUDENTS, FACULTY, & STAFF: Free round-trip bus transportation from the Haverford campus to the event venue downtown is provided with a 5:15 p.m. departure from the Haverford Stokes Blue Bus stop. Space is limited; seating is first come, first served.


The Contest in Context: From Chaghatay to Rhythm and Rhyme

September 30, 4:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom.

A roundtable discussion on Uyghur language preservation with rapper Nashtarr and linguistic anthropologist Gülnar Eziz, moderated by social historian Eric Schluessel and Project Liaison Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein.

Registration Questions or Concerns? Please email michelle@wittygritty.com.


Bacteria Bar

October 15 – December 18, 2021

Opening Reception: October 15, 5:30-7:30 P.M.

Twelve Gates Arts
106 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Pop-up exhibition by Slavs and Tatars at Twelve Gates Arts with fresh Ayran and snacks served.

Registration Questions or Concerns? Please email michelle@wittygritty.com.


The Contest in Context: Red-Black Thread lecture-performance with Slavs and Tatars AND ZAIN ABDULLAH

October 27, 4:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom.

Red-Black Thread explores the construction of black identity not from the traditional Anglophone and Francophone worlds of the Atlantic but rather from the Russophone idiom of imperial Russia and the Soviet Union.

Registration Questions or Concerns? Please email michelle@wittygritty.com.


book cover with cartoon hands holding microphones

The Contest of the Fruits Book Launch with Slavs and Tatars

November 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Twelve Gates Arts, 106 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Launch event for the Haverford College and MIT Press publication The Contest of the Fruits.

Registration Questions or Concerns? Please email michelle@wittygritty.com.


The Contest in Context: Storytelling, Self-ethnography, and Solidarity: Uyghur Film in Focus

December 9, 4:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom.

Virtual screening program and discussion on contemporary Uyghur film culture with directors Suli Kurban and Memetjan Semet, moderated by Anthropologist Darren Byler and Project Liaison Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein.

Registration Questions or Concerns? Please email michelle@wittygritty.com.