2013 Working Groups & Projects
Working Groups/Activities Calendar Year 2013
The Philosophy cluster is well established across the Corridor. Its working groups hold workshops and small symposia to which they invite visiting speakers, present papers, hold joint seminars, and form collaborative relationships. One group sponsors a summer conference around a theme. Another group used Corridor funds to design a website so the group could keep in touch. A third group conducted a graduate class, drawing on graduate students and faculty from across the Corridor.
Philosophy: Funded 2013 Phase II Events
PHI 1: Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop (SPAWN), Graduate Student Exchange, and Creighton Club
August 14-16, 2013: SPAWN 2013, Syracuse University
SPAWN is Syracuse Philosophy Department’s annual summer conference. The topic for 2013 is the transparency of belief and perception. The conference consists of senior philosophers commenting on read ahead papers submitted by junior philosophers together with a keynote address given by a distinguished member of the profession. It is intended that there be nine sessions excluding the keynote address. So far, six junior and six senior philosophers, including the keynote speaker, have agreed to participate.
David Barnett (University of Colorado)
Matthew Boyle (Harvard University)
Cheryl Chen (Harvard University)
Matthew Lockard (Southern Methodist University)
Nishi Shah (Amherst College)
Declan Smithies (Ohio State University)
Dorit Bar On (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
Alex Byrne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Fred Dretske (emeritus) keynote speaker
Brie Gertler (University of Virginia)
Amy Kind (Claremont College)
Sydney Shoemaker (Cornell University)
In addition, there will be an invited chair for each session. Apart from the regular sessions one will take place in Skaneateles where the keynote address will be given.
January - December 2013: Graduate Student Corridor Exchange, Corridor-Wide
Each year several of graduate students take courses or attend events at other Corridor institutions, especially Cornell and Rochester.
TBA 2013: Creighton Club, TBA
The Creighton Club is an annual philosophy conference that takes place at varying locations in Upstate New York, with its primary participants being from Syracuse, Rochester, Cornell, and surrounding universities and colleges. The Creighton Club is a one-day conference that takes place in the Fall Semester; it typically features four to five talks with commentators, including a dedicated session for a graduate student talk. There is always a distinguished keynote speaker who almost always comes from a location outside of Upstate New York, sometimes substantially outside upstate New York.
PHI 3: Upstate New York Early Modern Philosophy (UNYWEMP)
April 6 - 7, 2013: Leibniz’s Metaphysics Workshop, Syracuse University
Scheduled to coincide with the Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Syracuse University of Robert Adams (University of North Carolina). Adams’ 1989 book on Leibniz is now a classic in the field. Three younger scholars Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto), Sam Levey (Dartmouth), and Jeff McDonough (Harvard University) were invited to discuss their own work on Leibniz’s metaphysics with Adams and other workshop participants.
Participants included graduate students and faculty from SUNY-Brockport, Syracuse University, Cornell University, University of Rochester and Colgate University. The workshop also coincided with a Spring 2013 graduate seminar on Leibniz at Syracuse University taught by Kris McDaniel and Kara Richardson.
May 31 – June 2, 2013: North American Kant Society Biennial Meeting, Cornell University
UNYWEMP will co-host of the North American Kant Society National Meeting, which will be held at Cornell on May 31-June 2. The Meeting will comprise three days of sessions on central aspects of Kant’s work (metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, philosophy of history) and its ongoing contemporary influence and relevance.
Invited plenary speakers:
Karl Ameriks (University of Notre Dame)
Stephen Engstrom (University of Pittsburgh)
Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University)
Invited authors-meets-critics sessions:
Sally Sedgwick (University of Illinois-Chicago)
Michael Friedman (Stanford University)
Eric Watkins (UC-San Diego)
Pierre Keller (UC-Riverside)
Daniel Warren (UC- Berkeley)
Jeremy Heis (UC-Irvine)
Other participants will include graduate students and faculty from SUNY-Brockport, Syracuse University, Cornell University, University of Rochester, Colgate University, and numerous other institutions outside of the region.
The meeting is expected to draw between 60 and 100 attendees, so this offers an excellent opportunity for networking between Corridor researchers and people from all over the continent.
The Meeting will supplement two Spring 2013 graduate seminars on Kant taught at Cornell University by Andrew Chignell and Benjamin Yost.
October 20 – 21, 2013: Spinoza's Metaphysics, University of Rochester
This workshop on Spinoza's Metaphysics will include three invited scholars who will discuss their work on the topic: Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University), Anat Schectman (University of Chicago), and Michael Lebuffe (Texas A&M). The workshop coincides with an undergraduate seminar on Leibniz, and a graduate course on Rationalism, both at the University of Rochester.
PHI6: Continental Philosophy
April 5 – 6, 2013: Life In-Between-Outside Discipline and Control: Society for the Study of Bio-political Futures, Syracuse University
The inaugural meeting of the Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures was held at Syracuse University. Composed of scholars from Syracuse University, Cornell University, The Pennsylvania State University, and other institutions from around the world, the group met to discuss what power is and how it is used within a humanist framework.
In this meeting’s proceedings drew primarily on the work of Michel Foucault, aiming to clarify and explain the many uses of concepts drawn on Foucault’s early work on populations and government, all the while recognizing and exploring the paradigmatic function these concepts have played in the humanities and social sciences over the past 10 years.
Gregg Lambert, Dean's Professor of Humanities and Founding Director of the Syracuse University Humanities Center; Principal Investigator of the Central New York Humanities Corridor
9:00 - 9:30 am: Opening remarks by Gregg Lambert
9:30 – 11:30 am: Session I: “Biopower, Biopolitics”
Timothy Campbell, professor of Italian studies (Cornell University)
Jeffrey T. Nealon, liberal arts research professor of English and philosophy (Penn State)
Paul Patton, professor of history and philosophy (The University of New South Wales, Australia)
1:30 – 3:30 pm: Session II: “Life”
Peter Canning, visiting instructor in the humanities and media studies (Pratt Institute)
Patricia Clough, professor of sociology, women’s studies, and intellectual studies (Queens College)
Richard Dolye, professor of English (Penn State)
Adam Nocek, graduate fellow and instructor in the Comparative History of Ideas Program (University of Washington)
3:30 – 5:30 pm: Session III: “In-”
Bradley Evans, senior lecturer in international relations (Bristol University, U.K.)
Meera Lee, faculty fellow in the humanities (Syracuse University)
Cary Wolfe, the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English (Rice University)
9:00 – 11:00 am: Session IV: “-Between-”
Richard Barney, associate professor of English (Albany- SUNY)
Kalpana Seshadri, associate professor of English (Boston College)
David Wills, professor of French studies at the University (Albany-SUNY)
1:00 – 3:00 pm: Session V: “-Outside”
Timothy Murray, professor of comparative literature and English (Cornell University)
Jackie Orr, associate professor of sociology (Syracuse University)
3:00 – 5:00 pm: Session VI: “Discipline and Control”
Frida Beckman, postdoctoral researcher of thematic studies (Linköping University, Sweden)
Gregory Flaxman, associate professor of English (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Gregg Lambert, Dean’s Professor of the Humanities (Syracuse University)
5:00 – 5:30 pm: Closing discussion
PHI7: Ancient Philosophy
The Ancient Philosophy working group brings together scholars of Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy in the Corridor to share and discuss their current research with the goal of fostering collaborative mentoring, teaching and research.
August 9, 2013: Virtue, Intelligence, Life, Syracuse University
A daylong symposium on recent work by members of the Central New York Humanities Corridor featuring two invited speakers.
October 26, 2013: Conceptions of Divinity in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Syracuse University
A daylong symposium featuring invited speakers on the topics of pre-Socratic notions of divinity and Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy.
PHI8: Late Antiquity
The Late Antiquity working group consists of faculty, visiting scholars, and doctoral candidates in Religious Studies, Classics, History, and Art History departments and programs from various institutions in the Central New York region. The group meets several times each academic year for seminars with readings normally circulated in advance.
September 13, 2013: Meeting on Robert Kaster's Emotion, Restraint, and Community (2005), Syracuse University
December 5, 2013: Planning Meeting, Cornell University
PHI9: CNY Ethics Reading Group
Syracuse University, Cornell University, and the University of Rochester are host to a group of philosophy faculty working in ethics whose research interests are highly complementary. The rationale behind the CNY Ethics Reading Group is to facilitate regular interaction and cooperation among CNY ethicists. The Reading Group's activities will be centered on discussing, in workshop format, its members' own research projects.
October 4, 2013: Works-in-Progress Workshop, Syracuse University
November 8, 2013: Works-in-Progress Workshop, Cornell University
PHI-A: Humanities, Health, and Disabilities Studies Working Group
(New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium)
This working group brings together a wide range of scholars and educators working broadly within the general areas of Health Humanities and Disability Studies. The Health Humanities and Disabilities Studies use the methods and materials of the humanities to examine how culture interacts with the individual experience of embodiment, illness, wellness, and the practice(s) or healthcare.
September 2013: Planning Meeting, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
November 16, 2013: Workshop, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Previously well established before The Mellon Humanities Corridor began, collaboration among the Linguistics faculties has increased, strengthening their ties on all three campuses and developing new working groups. They have gathered semi-annually in workshops and were the first cluster to establish programming around a distinguished research collaborator. These working group events continued in Phase II, which also saw the addition of a new working group to the cluster.
Linguistics: Funded 2013 Phase II Events
LIN 4: The Syntax-Semantics Interface
In 2013, the LIN 7 Suspended Affixation working group is combining with the LIN 4 Syntax-Semantics Interface working group in organizing and sponsoring events. These groups, now acting as one, will continue to bring together faculty and graduate students from Cornell, Syracuse, and fellow Upstate institution SUNY Albany interested in morphology, syntax, phonology, their interfaces, and suspended affixation (a controversial phenomenon in natural language where an affix attaches to only one of a series of coordinated stems). The main activity of the working group is a two-day workshop.
August 23 – 25, 2013: Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL) 9, Cornell University
The Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics is a prestigious international conference on formal approaches to Altaic languages, i.e. Korean, Japanese, the Turkic languages and the Mongolian languages. Its first meeting was held at MIT, in 2002. Since then, the conference has met in a number of important venues, such as Harvard University, the State University of Moscow, SOAS, Nagoya University (Japan), USC, the University of the Bosporus (Istanbul), and the University of Stuttgart. The main objective of the conference is to compare the grammars of Altaic languages and to achieve cross-linguistic formal accounts of common phenomena. The conference has a main session, with orally presented papers, by invited speakers as well as by speakers whose anonymous abstracts are chosen in the course of regular peer-review. In addition, poster sessions are held. The proceedings of the series are regularly published in the Working Papers in Linguistics series of MIT.
LIN 6: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Discourse
This working group brings together philosophers, psychologists, and linguists to examine the nature of human communication. This ranges from considering detailed theories of narrative in film, depiction in visual art, and linguistic expressions of personal taste (e.g., ‘tasty’) to considering general theories of how communication happens.
November 9 - 10, 2013: The Third Cornell Workshop in Linguistics and Philosophy – Modal Talk and Reasoning, Cornell University
This interdisciplinary workshop will bring together philosophers, computer scientists, psychologists, and linguists The workshop will feature presentations of previously circulated papers, comments, and discussion from researchers in the corridor and esteemed invited participants from beyond the corridor.
Visual Arts and Culture [VAC]
The Visual Arts and Culture working groups have attracted faculty from various departments and disciplines in the Corridor across the fields of Visual Studies and Art History. They have sponsored workshops, conferences, film and speaker tours, joint graduate seminars, art exhibitions, and visiting collaborators. The cluster also includes the public humanities and architecture working groups; another area of future expansion and new working groups are planned for faculty in Arts and Music Histories.
Visual Arts and Culture: Funded 2013 Phase II Events
VAC 3: Visual Studies
April 12, 2013: CNYX (Central New York Experimental Film Series), Syracuse University
The inaugural screening of the 2013 CNYX Film Series, entitled "Film on Film," focuses on avant-garde films, which take the medium of film as their thematic focus and are otherwise unavailable in any format other than celluloid film.
The screening featured Michael Snow's seminal film Wavelength (1967), along with Sailboat (Joyce Wieland, 1967), Rat Life and Diet in North America (Joyce Wieland, 1968), Phi Phenomenon (Morgan Fisher, 1968)), Arnulf Rainer (Peter Kubelka, 1960), Unsere Africareise (Peter Kubelka, 1966), and Film Feedback (Tony Conrad, 1974).
April 19, 2013: CNYX (Central New York Experimental Film Series), Syracuse University
For the second event of the CNYX (Central New York Experimental Film) series, Syracuse University will host experimental filmmaker Morgan Fisher on April 19, 2013, screening several of his films in the evening and inviting his participation in a mini-seminar/workshop during the day.
Films screened by Fisher include Standard Gauge (1984), Cue Rolls (1974), Projection Instructions (1976), Production Footage (1971), Wilkinson Household Fire Alarm (1973), and Director and His Actor Look at Footage Showing Preparations for an Unmade Film, The (1968).
Morgan Fisher is an American filmmaker, artist, writer and teacher. He was born in 1942 in Washington, DC. He is well known for his unique avant-garde films which consistently push the definition of film itself. His academic pursuits make him standout amongst his peers. Morgan Fisher is one of the most influential artists in America who has had a clear and definitive influence amongst today's young artists. He is a professor at the European Graduate School and worked for many years at UCLA and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Morgan Fisher’s early films, The Director and His Actor Look at Footage Showing Preparations for an Unmade Film (1968) and Phi Phenomenon (1968), were shown at film festivals at St. Lawrence College and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. By 1974 Morgan Fisher created eight more films. This intensive period of creativity began the production of his reputation. Following these films Morgan turned towards creating film installations for movies. These films include: Southern Exposure (1977), North Light (1979), Passing Time (1979), Color and Balance (1980). 1984 Morgan Fisher finished production of his longest and most critically acclaimed film Standard Gauge, which was shot in 16mm and was thirty-five minutes long. Standard Gauge is an autobiographical film that examines Morgan Fisher’s work as an editor in the film industry. The Whitney Museum of American Art hosted a large show in honor of Morgan Fisher's film works in 2005 entitled, Standard Gauge: Film Works by Morgan Fisher.
VAC 16: Vision + Visuality in Architecture
April 20, 2013: Vision + Visuality in Architecture Symposium, Syracuse University (SOA New York City)
This symposium explores a disputed paradigm shift in the contemporary Humanities. As the dominance of linguistic analogies appears to wane, and the importance of visual and technological (‘ocular’) performance seems to be on the rise across a range of creative disciplines, it is an opportune time to focus on the ocular-centric architecture practice of DS+R. A leading interdisciplinary design studio that specialized in small-scale art installations and multimedia productions throughout the 1980s, their practice has grown over the past decade to include numerous large-scale architecture commissions such as the Blur Building for the Swiss Expo, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The High Line, Alice Tully Hall and the Julliard School in New York, and the Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles.
Importantly, DS+R’s move away from the creation of installation art and toward the design of institutional buildings reflects the contested paradigm shift from critical to post-critical operations in contemporary design practice. Perhaps no architecture firm is more thoroughly implicated in this cross-disciplinary shift. As established scholars whose work interrogates this post-linguistic turn, Hal Foster and Edward Dimendberg are perfectly positioned to debate the cultural, social, and political implications of the work of DS+R across a range of disciplines. Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro will present their work, and then Foster and Dimendberg will present lectures and engage them in roundtable discussion. An exhibition of student work based on DS+R projects will be installed as part of the event, and the proceedings will be published as part of the School of Architecture’s Graduate Sessions series of booklets.
VAC 18: Gender, Race, and Representation in Magazines and New Media
October 25 – 27, 2013, Cornell University
This conference will bring a magazine editor, or race and fashion writer to campus to speak along with scholars in the areas of women and gendered public identities, graphic magazines, sex/pornography, and race, gender, and consumption in magazines.
Musicology and Music History [MMH]
In an area full of very active musicians, musicologists and music historians, the discipline of Corridor funding has encouraged collaborative research and performance. The faculty members of the Musicology and Music History cluster have exchanged teaching and conducting podia, and brought world-class musicians to play side by side with their graduate students, who composed the works being played. Through Corridor funding, the organ scholars have explored the historic instruments in the region. Chamber music groups have given workshops and performances. Exploring archives, film music scholars have held symposia and Syracuse University’s Bird Library archivist brought together artists, lawyers and producers to discuss copyright law and musicians.
Musicology and Music History: Funded 2013 Phase II Events
MMH12: The New Chamber Music Intensive Phase III
The New Chamber Music Intensive has focused on bringing students and faculty at member institutions into close contact with chamber musicians at the highest levels, from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Each project has involved students in readings and performances of student works, master classes, side-by-side performances with professionals, and informal colloquia.
January 29, 2013: Dinosaur Annex Residency & Concert, Syracuse University/Eastman School of Music
October 2, 2013: The Attacca Quartet Concert, Setnor Auditorium Syracuse University
October 22, 2013: The Lark Quartet Concert, Setnor Auditorium Syracuse University
October 29, 2013: The Villiers Quartet Concert, Setnor Auditorium Syracuse University
November 13, 2013: The New Orford Quartet Concert, Setnor Auditorium Syracuse University
MMH17: Teaching Exchange
All three institutions in the Mellon Corridor have distinguished faculties in musicology, but since no single faculty body can cover all the areas that now figure within the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory, the teaching exchange permits guest teachers from one of the institutions to lead a class or graduate seminar at one of the others.
February 7, 2013: Professor Neal Zaslaw (Cornell University) invited to speak on the symphonies of Luigi Boccherini in Roger Freitas' class at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.
October 16, 2013: Professor Dave Rivello (Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester) guest lecture in Paul Merril's Jazz Arranging music theory course at Cornell University.
October 24, 2013: Professor Sydney Hutchinson (Syracuse University), guest lecture in Alejandro Madrid's graduate seminar "Performance and Globalization in the Americas" at Cornell University.
December 10, 2013: Professor Benjamin Piekut (Cornell University) guest lecture on recent work in the area of sound studies in Holly Watkins' Introduction to Musicology seminar at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.
MMH18: Improvisation in Theory and Practice, (MMH18)
By pursuing points of contact between theory pedagogy and improvisation on historical keyboard instruments, the MMH18 workshops will explore methods and models for reconstructing improvisatory practices of the past both historically and archaeologically, which involves paying attention to material culture (including architecture, instruments, and, not least, the human body). The goal is to use these meetings as a planning opportunity for more intense activity, and a conference, the following year.
April 9, 2013: Improvisation as Pedagogical Technique Workshop, Cornell University
Gilad Rabinovitch, a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music, facilitated a workshop based on his research into schematic models for improvisation in eighteenth-century idioms. Fellow graduate students from Eastman School of Music accompanied him. Faculty members and graduate students at Cornell were also involved, including Roger Moseley, Annette Richards, Dietmar Friesenegger, Mackenzie Pierce, and Carlos Ramirez. The event formed a milestone en route to the planned conference for 2014 and its associated events and publications.
October 22, 2013: Miya Masaoka (koto/electronics) and Kenta Nagai (fretless electric guitar/hichi riki) in performance, Cornell University.
October 23, 2013: Miya Masaoka, Discussion Cornell University.
Composer, musician, and sound artist Miya Masaoka, in discussion about improvisation in her various activities, including writing for symphony orchestra, creating algo-rhythmic compositions, multi-channel sound pieces, and video shorts, and improvising with musicians.
MMH19: Britten- Lutoslawski Year
The year 2013 marks the centennial of two of the 20th century’s greatest composers, Benjamin Britten and Witold Lutoslawski. The two shared more than a birth year: Lutoslawski’s music was often heard at Britten’s Aldeburgh Festival – including Paroles tissées, written for the festival and premiered there by Britten’s partner, the tenor Peter Pears, in June 1965 – and the two composers maintained a warm, mutually admiring friendship for many years.
A yearlong celebration of works by these two composers through scholarship and performance on all three Corridor campuses is planned for the 2013 spring and fall semesters. Spring 2013 will include numerous performances of Britten and Lutoslawski works by the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and the Cornell Chamber, the Cornell Chorus, and by Cornell voice students. Activities in 2012 included planning for these events and a performance tying into the centennial year.
April 21, 2013: Britten-Lutoslawski Year (MMH19), Cornell University
Conference & Concerts
Speakers: José Oliveira Martins (University of Rochester), Daniel Strong Godfrey (Syracuse University), Michael Klein (Temple University), Nicholas Reyland (University of Keele), Steven Stucky (Cornell University)
Concert: Cornell Symphony Orchestra (Chris Young-hoon Kim): Lutoslawski, Little Suite
Concert: JACK Quartet: Lutoslawski String Quartet
MMH20: Music: Cognition, Technology, Society
Technology plays a crucial role across a broad spectrum of sonic activity, offering new cognitive frameworks and reshaping social networks in ways that challenge the conventional binary of the individual subject versus the collective. It mediates performance and listening, provides new modes of analysis, and inspires musical creation. It conditions our perception of sound as well as our ability to change it, and is thus both an appropriate tool and topic of aural research. The nexus of social, cultural, and political issues in and around music, cognition, and technology encompasses a range of interdisciplinary approaches to the question of musical meaning.
How can music “speak” and how do we have knowledge of it? What is its potential to express, represent, and communicate? How has changing expertise concerning sonic and musical knowledge shaped these questions across time and space?
Whether through studies of perception and performance, psychoacoustic experimentation, computational or linguistic analyses of musical texts, or ethnographies of musical collectives, scholars have sought to investigate the complementary issues of how music is constructed and received. The increasing—and occasionally controversial—importance of technology to this project raises a host of related questions: What are the possibilities and limitations of technology in exploring music cognition and social meaning, and how does it influence our approach to this exploration? What impact does it have on new music, and how does this feed back into our understanding of what “music” is?
April 5 – 6, 2013: Imagining Sound in the Early Nineteenth Century Conference, Cornell University
The conference consisted of panel sessions centered on topics related to the theme, “Imagining Sound in the Early Nineteenth Century.” These topics spanned across disciplines, including literature and the visual arts, as well as music.
Panel 1: Imagining Sound in Early Nineteenth-Century Music
Panel 2: Imaginary Sounds in Literature
Each panel featured a keynote address by an invited speaker from Corridor institutions in addition to speakers selected from a general call for proposals. Cornell faculty, students, and invited guests presented a themed concert. The conference will concluded with a panel discussion, revisiting the themes of the previous panels.
MMH21: Gender and Performativity
Four mini-seminars with leading scholars from theater studies, film studies, performance studies, and music are planned. Each is to be held at Syracuse University on a Friday morning. Seminars will be open to a maximum of 20 participants, who will receive articles for discussion beforehand. The seminar itself will involve a one-hour presentation by the invited speaker, followed by a break and then discussion among participants.
September 27, 2013: Maureen Mahon (New York University) Associate Professor of Music, "African American Women Background Vocalists and the Sound of Race, Gender, and Authenticity in Rock and Roll," Syracuse University
October 25, 2013: Steve Waksman (Smith College) Professor of Music and American Studies, "A Woman's Place? Gender, Performance and Public Life from Jenny Lind to the Jazz Age," Syracuse University
Digital Humanities [DH]
PIs Gregg Lambert (Syracuse University), Thomas DiPiero (University of Rochester) and Timothy Murray (Cornell) have sponsored successful events in the digital humanities within their respective humanities programs and they are nurturing working groups of local faculty with planning grants.
Digital Humanities: Funded 2013 Phase II Events
DH6: Digital Witness Symposium
October 9, 2013: 4th Digital Witness Symposium, Hamilton College
October 10, 2013: 4th Digital Witness Symposium, Syracuse University
The fourth Digital Witness Symposium will be dedicated to exploring how human rights media have embraced the opportunities opened up by virtual environments, geo-mapping and serious games. The two speakers at the symposium will be Angel David Nieves (Hamilton College) who will discuss the various digital projects he has co-developed about Soweto, South Africa (including the interactive environment/serious game, Soweto ’76 3D) and Susana Ruiz (University of Southern California), who will discuss the serious games she has developed, including the award winning Darfur is Dying and Finding Zoe.
The 2013 DWS will take place at Syracuse University and Hamilton College on consecutive days in early October. Additional programming (mini-seminars/workshops) is also planned at each site. The DWS will also potentially tie in with the 2013-14 Ray Smith Symposium proposal “Authors, Activists, Friends, Fans: Digital Scholarship and Sociability.”
Angel David Nieves currently co-directs Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) an $800,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant-funded project. He taught in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 2003-2008. Nieves completed his doctoral work in architectural history and Africana Studies at Cornell University in 2001. His co-edited book, ‘We Shall Independent Be:’ African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. (2008), examines African American efforts to claim space in American society despite fierce resistance. Nieves has published essays in the Journal of Planning History; Places Journal: A Forum of Design for the Public Realm; Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies; and in several edited collections, most recently in Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing With Difficult Heritage (2009). In 2010 he received The John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award. He is also associate editor of Fire!!!: A Multimedia Journal of Black Studies, an online journal of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. His digital research and scholarship have also been featured on MSNBC.com and in Newsweek. Nieves’ scholarly work and community-based activism critically engages with issues of memory, heritage preservation, gender and nationalism at the intersections of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South.
Susana Ruiz is a media artist and scholar working in the intersections between art, journalism, game design, documentary and ethics. In partnership with mtvU and a team of passionate and socially conscious students, Susana developed DARFUR IS DYING, a pioneering game for social change, which received critical acclaim from experts, won numerous awards, and helped garner the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ prestigious Governors Award. The game was said to be one of the best representations of life in Darfur by Pulitzer Prize winner New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and was presented in Capitol Hill to members of the U.S. Congress. Her follow up project in collaboration with the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children – FINDING ZOE – addresses gender stereotyping and teen dating abuse, and won the Ashoka Changemakers and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s global competition Why Games Matter: A Prescription for Improving Health and Health Care. Susana has presented at numerous media and game festivals as well as academic conferences, and has been interviewed by major news venues including The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, NPR’s Morning Edition, NPR’s All Things Considered, CNN, and ABC World News. She received a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and an MFA from the University of Southern California, where she is currently a doctoral student. She is the co-founder of the game design collective Take Action Games, which seeks to address critical social issues via innovative gameplay.
DH8: Digital Humanities Speaker Series
The Digital Humanities Speaker Series supports lectures for the Digital Humanities Project across the Corridor.
April 8, 2013: Lecture, Neil Fraistat (University of Maryland) Digital Humanities Speaker Series, Cornell University
October 31, 2013: Lecture, Brooke Singer (SUNY Purchase) Digital Humanities Speaker Series, Cornell University
Language, Literature and Culture [LLC]
Organized on the basis of shared strengths and faculty resources in languages and literatures across the Corridor, including faculty from regional liberal arts colleges and universities, the LLC research cluster was launched at the beginning of Phase II. The number of active working groups has more than doubled in 2013 over the previous year.
Language, Literature and Culture: Funded 2013 Phase II Events
LLC1: Language, Identity, and Power
April 23, 2013: Nigeria Cracks Up: Comedic Performance and Creole Nationhood, Syracuse University
4:00 pm: Public lecture by Rudi Gaudio (SUNY Purchase) 220 Eggers
This talk analyzes two genres of mass-mediated performance – popular music and stand-up comedy – and considers the implications of their multilingualism for Nigerian nationhood. I treat both the stand-up and musical performances as "comedy" and pay special attention to the use of Nigerian Pidgin and Hausa (alongside English) as potential mediators of a "creole" nationhood that embraces Nigeria's multilingual heritage without rejecting its modern, urban, postcolonial and global.
September 26, 2013: "Disputing Who Can Marry: Discourses of Law, Identity, and Social Change," Syracuse University
3:00 pm: Lecture by Karen Tracy (University of Colorado-Boulder) Life Sciences Auditorium
September 27, 2013: "Grounded Practice Theory," Syracuse University
10:00 am: Workshop with Robert Craig (University of Colorado-Boulder) 341 Eggers
LLC3: Early Modern Thinking
Since the “turn to theory” in the 1970’s, contemporary theorists have frequently relied on works by early modern writers: Spinoza, perhaps most notably, but also others such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, More, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Rousseau, and Kant. This prompts the questions: what is the impact of the “early modern” on theory and how has contemporary theory shaped scholarly inquiry into early modern literature and culture?
This working group explores the extent to which “theory” continues to undergird our discussions, even as the profession more generally (and early modern studies in particular) has become ostensibly “post-theoretical.” The group aims to create an environment for thinking dynamically about how to engage the past with the present, and how to integrate historical and conceptual approaches.
April 12, 2013: Utopia and its New Enemies: Intellectuals, Elitism, and the "Commonwealth of Learning," Cornell University
LLC5: Revival Cultures – The Burnt Over District and Beyond
Inspired by the approaching bicentennial of the upsurge of religious enthusiasm that earned Western New York the moniker the burnt over district, this working group tackled the intellectual and cultural legacy of American religious revivalism. As was confirmed via genealogical engagement with secondary and primary sources, the spirit of nineteenth century revivalism continues to haunt American culture—informing how Americans pray to their gods, celebrate their public festivals, and pursue their political objectives.
March 29, 2013: Prison Abolition Discussion, University of Rochester
The first of three activities this year was a meeting in Rochester to discuss abolitionism in historical and contemporary perspective. The meeting took place on the afternoon and evening of Friday, March 29th at the University of Rochester.
April 25 - 26, 2013: Prison Abolition Discussion, Syracuse University
For the second of activity this year, the LLC5 working group will be meeting in Syracuse to discuss abolitionism in historical and contemporary perspective, facilitated by visiting scholar Caleb Smith (Yale University English Department). We are also collaborating with Imagining America's musical theater group "Dream Freedom Revival" to explore the performance of revival cultures as described in our project proposal. The meeting will take place on April 25-26, 2013 with participants from Syracuse University, the University of Rochester, and Cornell University.
October 4 - 5, 2013: Conference, “Religion, Abolition, Mass Incarceration,” Cornell University
The working group will host a two-day conference: “Religion, Abolition, Mass Incarceration.” The conference will analyze the role of religion in abolitionist politics, past and present, with a particular focus on religious attempts to understand or critique spiking rates of incarceration in the United States and Latin America. The conference will bring together international scholars and religious practitioners to discuss theories, histories, and practices of religious abolitionism over the course of the two-day event.
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LLC6: 19th Century Studies
The LLC6 working group is an outgrowth of a bi-annual works-in-progress workshop for central and western English Department New York faculty, engaging in research in nineteenth-century British literary and cultural studies. As of 2012, with Corridor funding, the workshop evolved to include several events each year.
March 1 – 2, 2013: 19th Century Studies Workshop/Seminar, University of Rochester
November 8 – 9, 2013: Victorian Literature Symposium, "Affect's Ends," Cornell University
LLC7: Legacies of the Second World
The focus of this working group is bringing together scholars from diverse disciplinary approaches and across regional fields of study to explore the multinational, culturally diverse, historically intertwined spaces traversed and connected by the Danube River. Europe’s second longest river, the Danube flows through or borders ten countries, while its watershed covers four more. The river serves as an artery to an understudied, yet fascinating part of Central and Eastern Europe.
March 1 - 2, 2013: The Black and Blue Danube Symposium, Colgate University
Workshop: The culminating event of the working group in 2013 is “The Black and Blue Danube” symposium, to be held at Colgate University on March 1-2. The symposium is bringing together scholars from diverse disciplinary approaches and across regional fields of study, including Russian & Eurasian Studies, German, Art & Art History, Film & Media Studies, Geography, Anthropology, History, and Political Science both from within and beyond the CNY corridor.
The Danube, Europe’s second largest river, directly connects ten countries; its watershed covers four more. Yet the river, like much of the region it traverses, has attracted surprisingly little scholarly attention, and what exists too often privileges single disciplinary or national perspectives. The symposium will explore how the river serves as both boundary and border, fluidly connecting multiple nations, and cultural and economic spaces, through legal and illegal flow. It intersects civilizations and nature, physical and imaginary spaces: as real geography and guiding metaphor, the Danube river invites an array of critical approaches across fields and disciplinary divisions.
March 1, 2013: Danube Student Mini-Symposium An Informal Poster Session with Colgate Students from German 477: Vienna at the Turn of the Century, The Max Kade German Center, 115-6 Lawrence Hall, Colgate University
Film screening: Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunarea; (Goran Rebić, Austria, 2003, 89 min.) Introduction by Robert von Dassanowsky, University of Colorado, Golden Auditorium, 105 Little Hall, Colgate University
March 2, 2013: Watersheds: Empire, Nation, Union, Chair: Nancy Ries (Colgate University) Discussant: Matthew Miller (Colgate University)
Presenters: David Ost (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Tanya Richardson (Wilfrid Laurier University), “Where the Water Sheds: Disputed Deposits at the Ends of the Danube,” Ho Lecture Hall, 105; Lawrence Hall, Colgate University
11:00 am: “Taking the Waters: The Danube’s Reception in Austrian/Hungarian Cinema History,” Spirit of Place and Pollution, Robert von Dassanowsky (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
Chair: Claire Baldwin (Colgate University)
Discussant: Marijeta Bozovic (Colgate University)
Presenters: Dragan Kujundzic (University of Florida), “The Novi Sad Racija of the Jews, the Danube, and the A-destination of Europe,” Toma Longinovic (University of Wisconsin), “Hister and Istria: Danube in the Ex-centric Imaginary of Europe,” Scott Spector (University of Michigan), “Elsewhere in Central Europe: German-Jewish Literature in the Danube Monarchy”
2:00 pm: Boundary and Transgression, Chair: Phil Richards (Colgate University)
Discussant: Tessa Wegener (Colgate University)
Presenters: Azra Hromadzic (Syracuse University), “Mixing Trouble: On Love, Dating and Flirting in a Postwar City,” Karl Ivan Solibakke (Syracuse University), “Fremd bist du dir in deinem Haus: Jelinek and the Roma,” Jennifer Stob (Colgate University), “Expansion, Transgression, Duration: The Place of Time in the Cinema of Hans Scheugl”
4:00 pm: Circulation and Flow, Chair: Alice Nakhimovsky (Colgate University)
Discussant: Jessica Graybill (Colgate University)
Presenters: Holly Case (Cornell University), “Revolution from Below: Balkan Consuls Between Social Policy and Foreign Policy in the 19th Century,” Robert Lemon (University of Oklahoma), “New York on the Danube: the Transatlantic Transference of Habsburg Ethnology in Kafka’s Der Verschollene,“ Robert Nemes (Colgate University), “Ravaged Empire: Water and Power in Prewar Hungary”
LLC8: The Return of the Text
In recent decades, the study of religion and the study of literature have similarly turned from emphasis on texts to emphasis on the reception of texts. Scholars in both fields have sought to recreate contexts and audiences by means of which texts should be understood. While this work has invaluably expanded our ability to comprehend wide ranges of religious and literary thought and practice, it has also encouraged a disregard for the very sources that have helped shape the respective fields of study. The idea seems to be that texts have nothing in themselves to reveal but are only what we make of them. Rather than view texts as objects that merely reflect culture, this forum will consider whether and how texts participate in culture. This calls for discussion of the role of close reading in cultural formation.
September 26 – 27, 2013: Conference, “The Return of the Text,” Syracuse, New York
Le Moyne College's Religion and Literature Forum will co-sponsor, with other schools in the CNY Humanities Corridor, a three-day local, national, and international conference on the theme, "The Return of the Text," that also showcases the food and wine of Central New York.
LLC9: Critical Theory and the Global – The Politics of Translation
February 22, 2013: Naoki Sakai (Cornell University), Professor of Japanese Literature and History, Syracuse University
March 8, 2013: Brett de Barry (Cornell University), Professor of Modern Japanese Literature and Film and Comparative Literature, Syracuse University
September 27, 2013: Sandro Mezzanda (University of Bologna), Associate Professor of Political Theory, "Translation and Global Capital," Cornell University
LLC10: Remediating Sacred Scriptures
Operating alongside the ongoing projects of "Iconic Books" and "SCRIPT" (Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts), this working group begins with a set of questions: How does a scripture's sacred status alter as it shifts from oral to written to printed and on into digitized media? On one hand, do new technologies open us to a broader sensorium in relation to texts, allowing contemporary people to hear and see and feel and examine and intellectually probe ancient books in modes heretofore inaccessible? On the other hand, will these new technologies, now available to the masses in ways well beyond the impact of the printing press, further complicate traditional authority structures? Do they have the potential to create a radical new reformation? Could we here, due to the proliferation of global technologies, see the emergence of an inter-religious reformation, simultaneously impacting Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and other more local traditions?
The CNY-based core of this group will investigate these questions, working through studies in media theory, cultural anthropology, biblical studies, history of the book studies, and religious studies.
October 10 - 11, 2013: Remediating Sacred Scriptures Symposium, Syracuse University
LLC12: Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies (LELACS)/Global Literature and Cultures
For the past three year, scholars on Latin America fro Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, SUNY Binghamton, and SUNY Buffalo have been meeting every semester to share research and to form synergies around various Latin American literary and cultural topics.
April 13, 2013: Symposium, “Urban Spaces in Contemporary Latin America,” Syracuse University
The LLC12 working group will hosted a one-day symposium on "Urban Spaces in Contemporary Latin America.” The panels and discussants looked at the Latin American city from literary, artistic, political, architectural and cultural perspectives. Each event included a three-person panel presentation on the Latin American city by interdisciplinary scholars from outside Central New York and will be followed by a response and discussion by Central New York LELACS members.
Susana Draper, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature (Princeton University)
Gastón Gordillo, Associate Professor of Anthropology (University of British Columbia)
Nicolas Poppe, Assistant Professor of Spanish (Ball State University)
Formal discussants for the event include the following CNY Humanities Corridor LELACS' Working Group Scholars:
John Burdick, Professor of Anthropology (Syracuse University)
Luis Casteneda, Assistant Professor of Art History (Syracuse University)
Justin Read, Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages, and Literatures (SUNY Buffalo)
10:00 am: First keynote talk, followed by discussant's response and discussion by local scholars
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Break
1:15 pm: Second keynote talk, followed by discussant's response and discussion by local scholars
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Break
3:00 pm: Third keynote talk, followed by discussant's response and discussion by local scholars
4:30 pm: Closing remarks
October 3, 2013: Symposium on Japanese Migrant Literature, Syracuse University
LLC13: Alguien al otro lado
Argentinean poet and writer Andrés Neuman and Spanish musician Juan Trova come together for a performance of poetry and music highlighting the importance of the connections between the written and spoken word. Two musicians accompany them on classical guitar while Trova performs Neuman’s poetry set to music. Very accomplished in their fields, the artists give an interesting overview of their work before the performance and analyze the complex process of “translating” poetry to music.
March 19, 2013: Andrés Neuman and Juan Trova roundtable discussion, Syracuse University
March 19, 2013: Andrés Neuman and Juan Trova recital, Le Moyne College
Women and Spanish Literature Week 2013
Aurora Luque is one of the most well-known women poets in Spain. She is the author of numerous poetry books, including Problemas de doblaje and Carpe noctem. She has been recognized for her work with numerous awards, including the “Generación del 27” prize for her book, La siesta de Epicuro. Laura Freixas has worked as a writer, editor, literary critic and translator. She founded and directed the collection El espejo de tinta of the Grijalbo publishing house. She is the author of a recent novel, Los ottos son más felices, and of a book of short stories, Cuentos a los cuarenta.
October 29, 2013: "Holocaust to Minerva," about the figure and work of the writer Maria Rosa de Gálvez, presented by Aurora Luque
October 31, 2013: Laura Freixas, Fiction Reading
October 31, 2013: "An Intimate Encounter with Spanish Literature," an Evening with Laura Freixas and Aurora Luque.
LLC14: Corporate Personhood Before and After Citizens United
The metaphor of corporate personhood troubles many critics, especially in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. Are corporations people? Can corporations speak? Should we expect corporations to act like citizens? The topic of personhood is an established domain of inquiry in cultural anthropology, but anthropologists have rarely addressed the notion of corporate legal personality. The LLC14 workshops will bring together cultural anthropologists and legal scholars to revisit some of the contested jurisprudence on this subject. The workshops will consider the political possibilities offered by blocking and/or facilitating the metaphor of corporate personhood. For example, the workshops will ask whether current rhetorics of corporate social responsibility, including the ascendant trope of corporate citizenship, might generate unanticipated consequences for corporate agents—indeed, put into question who counts as a corporate agent.
September 12 - 13, 2013: Panel Discussion and Workshop, University of Rochester
October 7, 2013: Panel Discussion and Workshop, Cornell University
LLC15: Foreign Language Teaching in the 21st. Century: Standards, Guidelines and Technology
This workshop is designed to engage teachers of foreign languages at college and high school levels in addressing multiple issues influencing classroom instruction and students’ performance & proficiency.
April 21 - 22, 2013: Workshop, Colgate University
Over a period of a day and a half participants will be working with three invited guests of whom each will address a specific area and will lead a hands-on demonstration. Registration is open to all foreign language teachers at Colgate and her sister colleges as well as local high schools.
Topics of the Workshop:
- Goals and Standards of Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century: Curricula and Teaching Materials
- ACTFL Guidelines and How Proficiency Levels are Determined
- Technology integration in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
- Best Practices and Strategies in Foreign Language Classrooms
Dr. Catherine Bauman (University of Chicago)
Dr. Catherine Bauman is the Director of the German language program at the University of Chicago and the Director of Assessment for language-related issues in the College. She received her Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota, specializing in reading comprehension and language testing. She is a certified ACTFL tester and trainer, and has worked at ACTFL headquarters as a workshop director. In addition to her current position at the University of Chicago, she does consulting for high school and college language programs on a variety of curricular and assessment-related issues.
Dr. Mohamed Esa (McDaniel College)
Dr. Mohamed Esa earned his doctorate in German Studies at the University of Heidelberg. He is a full professor in the foreign language department at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He also offers workshops and seminars all over the United States and Europe on the use of music and technology in foreign language classrooms. He has been the lead Arabic consultant for the NOVA STARTALK institute since its inception in 2007. He is the recipient of numerous awards among them The Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award in 1999, the Certificate of merit from the Goethe-Institute in 2000, the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007, the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009, the Outstanding German Educator Award at the University level from the American Association of Teachers of German in 2009 and the Human Relations Award of the Carroll County Human Relations Commission in 2010.
Dr. Wafa Hassan (Michigan State University)
Dr. Wafa Hassan is a graduate of the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development with a specialty in Bilingual Education. Dr. Hassan is a faculty at Michigan State University and the Outreach Director for the Arabic Language Flagship Program. She is also the Director of the STARTALK program for training teachers of Arabic. She is currently leading a team of Arabic experts in developing the Flagship teaching materials for the secondary level. The new developed National Arabic Curriculum for high school students is currently being implemented in about ninety schools in the United States. Dr. Hassan has extensive experience in teacher training and is a well-known teacher trainer for instructors of Arabic in the United States and internationally. She has developed and conducted many teacher training workshops including diverse subjects on pedagogy, second language acquisition, bilingual education, learning styles, motivation, and standards-based curriculum development. Dr. Hassan is the author of a book titled Inclusion of ELL with Special Needs in General Education. She is also a member of ACTFL National Standards for Learning Arabic as a Foreign Language, and Co-author of the Arabic National Standards for Learning Arabic K-16. Dr. Hassan is the content developer for Arabic online course at the Chicago public schools.
Dr. Muhammad Eissa, NEH Visiting Professor, Colgate University
Mr. Nady Abdal-Ghaffar, Senior Lecturer of Arabic, Colgate University
Archives and Media [AM]
Important scholarly works on the history of recorded sound have recently appeared, and the field is enjoying attention both inside and outside of academia. Of particular interest are the ways in which sound technology influences and is influenced by musical practice, the history of performance, and ways in which sound technology intersects with identity politics.
Archives and Media: Funded 2013 Phase II Events
AM2: Visiting Scholars Program
The goal of this project is to draw both Corridor and outside scholars to the archival resources of the Central New York Humanities Corridor, and to illuminate connections among those resources. A call for applicants is circulated via disciplinary e-mail listservs and posted to the website of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). A review panel, including members of SCRC’s faculty advisory board, as well as librarians from Syracuse, Cornell, and Hamilton reviews applications. Two Visiting Scholars are selected from the Corridor applicants and two others are selected from non-Corridor institutions.
Criteria for selection include the anticipated impact of the project on the applicant’s field of inquiry (and on the humanities generally), the degree to which targeted collections support the proposed project, and the innovative use of primary sources in research. Visiting scholars are expected to present their work at Syracuse University at the close of their Corridor stay.
Spring 2013 Visiting Scholar Awards, Syracuse University (Residencies in 2014)
AM4: Visual Digital Archives for the Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, and Conservation of Ancient Monuments
Interdisciplinary research spanning the humanities and the applied sciences and combining expertise in archaeology, art and architectural history, structural engineering, and 3D visualization is increasingly needed to insure the structural preservation of major archaeological monuments of the World Cultural Heritage. Ongoing research in this field at the University of Rochester pursues the following objectives: using relevant archaeological monuments from Rome and pre-Hispanic Peru as a case study, develop interactive digital procedures for (a) acquiring, spatially organizing, and displaying on 3D models digital images of the monuments, (b) generating chronological 3D models based on the acquired information, (c) extracting relevant architectural and engineering data from the chronological models.
December 4, 2013: Visual Digital Archives Mini-Symposium, University of Rochester
A one-day mini symposium on the theme of Visual Digital Archives for the Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, and Conservation of Ancient Monuments will be organized with a selected speaker from a European institution and invited participants from the University of Rochester, Cornell University, and Syracuse University. Selected Corridor faculty in Art History and Architecture will be invited to participate to the symposium. The primary objective for the meeting is to establish a multidisciplinary collaboration across the three institutions and with international participation, centered on the ongoing University of Rochester project Augmented Reality for the Structural Conservation of Archaeological Monuments.
Mellon Collaborator [MC]
Mellon Collaborator activities are designed to increase the number of annual visiting research collaborators who are supported by the Mellon Foundation and are housed in anchoring centers to stimulate research in working groups and clusters.
Mellon Collaborator: Funded 2013 Phase II Events
MC1: Mellon Visiting Scholar Series
Over the course of the spring semester, Professor John Hawthorne (Magdalen College) will make three extended visits to the Cornell campus. During his residencies, Professor Hawthorne will deliver a talk (publicized Corridor-wide) and meet with graduate students.
February 8, 2013: Mellon Visiting Scholar Series, Cornell University
April 12, 2013: Mellon Visiting Scholar Series, Cornell University
April 19, 2013: Mellon Visiting Scholar Series, Cornell University