2015 Working Groups & Projects




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Working Groups/Activities Calendar Year 2015

Philosophy [PHI] 

Philosophy [PHI]

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 2015 Pre-Endowment Period Events

PHI1: Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop (SPAWN)

July 29 – 31, 2015: SPAWN 2015, Syracuse University
SPAWN is Syracuse Philosophy Department’s annual summer conference.

PHI2: Creighton Club

October 17, 2015: Creighton Club, Syracuse University
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.

PHI3: Upstate New York Early Modern Philosophy (UNYWEMP)

March 16 – 18, 2015: Allison Laywine (McGill) Cornell University

March 20 – 24, 2015: Tobias Rosefeldt (Humboldt-Berlin) & Stefanie Gruene (Potsdam), Cornell University

PHI4: Graduate Student Exchange

Spring & Fall 2015: 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.

PHI6: Continental Philosophy

March 7, 2015:  Workshop, Biopolitics: New Directions, Cornell University
Biopolitics as a contemporary object of study and an analytic framework has proliferated in multiple discursive fields in the humanities and social sciences. This proliferation far outweighs the initial articulation of the concept in Michel Foucault’s 1970s lectures. Thus, Biopolitics is often used in contradictory ways to refer to questions as heterogeneous as the war on terror, the female reproductive body, neoliberalism, the human genome project, and the prison industrial complex.

PHI7: Ancient Philosophy

October 16 – 17, 2015: International Reading Workshop, Virtue and Emotion in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics IV.5-9, Union College
A two-day workshop to engage in a close-reading of the accounts of honor, anger, shame, and witness in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and discussion of the minor virtues (liberality, friendliness, wittiness, honesty in self-presentation, and the like). These virtues (minor in comparison to the four Cardinal Virtues of justice, courage, temperance, and wisdom) have played an important role not only in ancient discussions of moral psychology and the role of sociality in a virtuous life, but also in contemporary discussions of "thick ethical descriptions" and the semantics of moral terminology.

PHI8: Late Antiquity

January 30, 2015: Seminar on Liturgy and Aesthetics, Cornell University
Reading group on Derek Krueger's Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

April 10 – 11, 2015: Symposium on Aesthetics in Late Antiquity, Syracuse University
Keynote by Derek Krueger followed by five papers, one respondent, and a seminar on the fourth-century poet Prudentius.

PHI9: CNY Ethics Reading Group

November 6, 2015: CNY Ethics Reading Group Workshop Meeting, University of Rochester
Discussion of paper-in-progress.

Linguistics [LIN] 

Linguistics [LIN]

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 2015 Pre-Endowment Period Events

LIN4: The Syntax-Semantics Interface

November 14 – 15, 2015: Relative Clause Workshop, Cornell University 
This workshop brings specialists from the region, Canada, and Japan to discuss the topic of prehead relative clauses: relative clauses that precede the noun they modify. This syntactic pattern is found widely across the languages of the world, but in most of the languages of East Asia it is the only pattern. Relative clauses of this type have long raised  questions from the standpoint of natural language processing as well as syntactic theory. Participants include specialists in computational and experimental linguistics as well as syntax.  Invited speakers for the workshop include C.-T. James Huang (Harvard University), Chung-hye Han (Simon Fraser University), Anna Bugaeva (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguisitcs), and Iku Nagasaki (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics).

Contact: Michael Williamson

LIN6: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Discourse

November 7 – 8, 2015: Fifth Cornell Workshop in Linguistics and Philosophy Communicating Attitudes , Cornell University
This workshop explores interdisciplinary research on how we communicate our unique first-person perspective on the world, and how we communicate one person's perspective to a third person. Psychologists, philosophers and linguists have recently produced a lot of new ideas for understanding what people convey with first-person attitude descriptions like "I want to see outerspace" as well as third-person attitude descriptions like "Zoe believes that she will travel to outerspace". This workshop brings together researchers for a two-day workshop to further integrate their ideas on this exciting intellectual frontier.

Contact: Michael Williamson

Visual Arts and Culture [VAC] 

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 2015 Pre-Endowment Period Events

VAC1: New Approaches to Scholarship & Pedagogy of Ottoman and Turkish Architecture

February 17, 2015: Guest Lecture in History of Architecture, Esra Akcan (Cornell University), Open Architecture and the Noncitizen: Urban Renewal of Berlin Kreuzberg, IBA 1984/87, University of Rochester

February 19, 2015: Guest Lecture in History of Architecture, Peter Christensen (University of Rochester), Reflections on Late Ottoman Architecture: Reform, Foreigners, and Modernization, Cornell University

November 9, 2015: Guest Lecture in History of Architecture, Mary Roberts (University of Sydney / Clark Art Institute), Istanbul Exchanges in a Global Context, University of Rochester

VAC2: Critical Asian Cinematic Spaces

April 11, 2015: Seminar, Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University
The seminar seeks to identify overlapping areas of research concerned with the historical growth of cities, contemporary urban conditions, and cinema in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. It brings together scholars of film and architecture in from Syracuse University, Cornell University, Hamilton College, Siena College, Vassar, Thammasat University (Thailand), to share and discuss the conjoined genealogies of Asian cinema, urban morphologies, and architecture. Participants circulate a suggested reading and a film before the meeting and present a brief synopsis of their current research interests.

October 31, 2015: Fall Workshop, Double Happiness, Syracuse University
Workshop and screening of Ella Raidel's "Double Happiness" documentary on urbanization in Shenzhen, China. Raidel's film examines the reproduction of an Austrian tourist town near the Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen in China.

VAC4: New Media Art Practice (nMAP)

February 26 – 27, 2015: Workshop and Performance, Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI), Syracuse University/Colgate University

VAC17: Global Biennale

September 14, 2015: Korean Art and Culture, Lecture, Youngmin Kim (Dongguk University), Traveling Poetry, Traveling Theory, and the Humanities, Cornell University

September 16, 2015: Korean Art and Culture, Lecture, Alex Taek-Gwang Lee (Kyung Hee University), Humanities and Plastic Surgery: The Logic of Human Capital in South Korea, Cornell University

Musicology and Music History [MMH] 

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 2015 Pre-Endowment Period Events

MMH17: Teaching Exchange

April 23, 2015: Holly Watkins (Eastman School of Music), Lecture for Benjamin Piekut's Music 7206: John Cage and the Avant-Garde, Cornell University

November 4, 2015: Roger Moseley (Cornell University), Lecture for Melina Esse's MUY 591, 591: Improvisation in the 19th-Century, Eastman School of Music

November 14, 2015: Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music), Lecture for Xak Bjerken's Music 4651: Chamber Music Seminar

November 16, 2015: Melina Esse (Eastman School of Music), Lecture for Roger Moseley's Music 7501: Graduate Seminar on Improvisation in 18th and 19th-Century European Music, Cornell University

MMH21: Mobilizing Music – Gender and Performativity

April 22 – 24, 2015: Caribbean Artists Rita Indiana and Noella Quintero, Writing, Performing, Producing Difference, , Syracuse University
Acclaimed Dominican novelist, musician, and performance artist Rita Indiana and Puerto Rican filmmaker Noelia Quintero present talks, performances, screenings, and discussions examining the intersections of contemporary Caribbean identities, politics, and gender in their creative work.

October 2 – 6, 2015: Patience Chaitezvi, Women in Mbira Performance, University of Rochester
Residency with Zimbabwean mbira performer and scholar, Patience Chaitezvi.

MMH22: Performance/History

 September 25, 2015: Reading Group, Staging the Blues, Colgate University
Discussion of the recently published book Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism by Paige McGinley (Duke Univ. Press, 2014), covering a wide range of topics: the blues as theatrical event, theoretical and methodological approaches to art and entertainment, disciplinary biases, and identity politics and intersectionality in performance (particularly around gender and race).

MMH24: Re-Sounding History

February 10, 2015: Dr. Joyce Hillsman, Re-Sounding Gospel, Syracuse University
African American music historian, composer, author, and board member of the Gospel Workshop of America, Dr. Joyce Hillman draws on her vast experience to demonstrate how gospel's historical roots inform its practice today.

March 5 & 6, 2015: Odglasi, Re-Sounding Macedonia, Syracuse University & Colgate University
A band of performer-scholars who have studied and played traditional Macedonian music for years, Odglasi uses vocals, percussion, strings, winds, and Balkan cultural history to create new musical energies. 

April 23 & 24, 2015: B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson,Re-Sounding South India, Syracuse University & Hamilton College
They studied voice and mridangam with master Karnataka musicians for years. Their dedication has transformed them into scholar-performers who now pass on the tradition.

Digital Humanities [DH] 

Digital Humanities [DH]

Each of the Corridor's founding institutions 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 2015 Pre-Endowment Period Events

DH8: Digital Humanities Speaker Series

November 23, 2015: Lecture on Digital Humanities: Sharon Daniel (UC, Santa Cruz), Cornell University

Literature, Language and Culture [LLC] 

Literature, Language 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.

Literature, Language and Culture: Funded 2015 Pre-Endowment Period Events

LLC2: The Chinese Quest for Modernity: from the Religious Perspective

April 17, 2015: Preliminary Meeting and talk by Professor Thomas Wilson (Hamilton College), Conceptions of Heaven and God in the Imperial Cults of China, University of Rochester

September 22, 2015: Workshop and Lecture by Michael Puett (Harvard), Disjunctions, Substitutions, and Artifice: Divinities, Rituals, and Ritual Theory in Classical China, University of Rochester

October 23, 2015: Lecture by Robert P. Weller (Boston University), Urban Expansion and Religious Innovation in Contemporary China, University of Rochester

LLC3: Early Modern Thinking

April 10, 2015: Talk on Seventeenth Century British Literary Studies, Sharon Achinstein (Johns Hopkins University), Syracuse University

April 30, 2015: Talk on Seventeenth Century British Literary Studies, David Norbrook (Oxford University), Syracuse University

LLC6: Nineteenth Century Studies

October 24, 2015: Victorian Interventions, Syracuse University
While taking as their objects very different aspects of Victorian culture, recent books by Professors Supritha Rajan and Elisha Cohn both make important interventions into the field of Victorian Studies by bringing together discourses long thought antithetical to one another and showing how a submerged discourse or impulse actually plays a constitutive role in a field where it has seemed alien, if not anathema.  Professor Rajan examines the discourses of the sacred that are threaded through the emergent nineteenth-century discourses of political economy, while Professor Cohn examines “lyric” moments—moments of suspended consciousness—that trouble the teleological bildung of the Victorian novel.

LLC8: Religion and Literature

October 1 – 3, 2015: Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices, Syracuse, NY
Charles Taylor recently claimed that we live in “a secular age,” one in which a wide range of religious practices – and ways to opt out of those practices – are available. Today we might follow traditional forms of observance, establish new kinds of worship that are not strictly religious, or reject devotional pursuits altogether. Is Taylor right, or have these options always existed in varying degrees, in various periods and places?

This conference explores how religious and secular concerns overlap and inform modes of belief and forms of pious (and impious) expression. Rather than approach the sacred and the secular in dualistic terms, we seek ways to understand how the categories intersect and criss-cross. Rather than simply map religion onto literature or vice versa, we invite papers that conceptualize and describe the interrelation between the two.

LLC9: Critical Theory and the Global – The Politics of Translation

March 7, 2015: Multi-Media Workshop Still Hear the Wound: Art, Affect, and Post-Colonial Memory in Japan, Cornell University
The workshop represent the culmination of a two-year collaborative process, and bringing together scholars from Japan, Korea, and the United States involved in the project. The translated text, (残傷の音 (or Still Hear the Wound: Toward an Asia, Politics, and Art To Come, edited by Lee Chonghwa) is a volume of essays on contemporary multi-media art works dealing with legacies of Japanese colonial violence in Okinawa and Korea. Remembrances of, and the question of how to gain restitution for, victims of such incidents as the Battle of Okinawa, the Jeju Massacre of 1948, and the former “comfort women” are themes of many of the essays involved

March 7, 2015: CNY Corridor Lecture, On the Thresholds of Language and Music: Song As a Resource in the Lives of Survivors of the Comfort Women, Joshua Pilzer (University of Toronto), Cornell University 
Professor Pilzer’s talk addresses questions of memory, translation, and justice.

LLC11: Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery

May 15, 2015: Planning Meeting, Syracuse University

October 29, 2015: Lecture, Turkish Westerns: European Cinema, Knowledge, Counter-History, Randall Halle (University of Pittsburgh), Syracuse University
Faculty/research talk presented by Dr. Randall Halle, Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh. This talk will consider the genre of Turkish Westerns and the strategies of popular film production in Turkey from a practice of rip-off remakes to stand-up satire. It will explore how this shift in "Hollywood"style stories actually represents a process of Europeanization in culture and economy.

October 30, 2015: Workshop, Discussion of the Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities, Randall Halle (University of Pittsburgh), Syracuse University
Workshop with pre-circulated readings presented by Dr. Randall Halle, Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh. 

LLC13: Alguien al otro lado

February 16 – 18, 2015: Roundtable & Reading by Poets Ana Merino, Manuel Vilas, and Luis Munoz, Syracuse University & Le Moyne College

LLC15: Facismo

April 17, 2015: International Conference, ‘Facismo: Making, Thinking, and Imagining History’, University of Rochester

LLC16: CNY Poets and Writers

September 24, 2015: Screenwriting Master Class with writer, actor, director, producer Josh Radnor, Colgate University