2016 Working Groups & Projects




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Working Groups/Activities Calendar Year 2016

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.

Philosophy: Funded 2016 Pre-Endowment Period Events

PHI1: Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop (SPAWN)/Death & Dying Conference

May 18 – 20, 2016: International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying Conference, Syracuse
The International Association for the Philosophy of Death & Dying's second conference.
Keynote speakers: Frances Kamm (Harvard) and Shelly Kagan (Yale).

July 25 – 27, 2016: SPAWN 2016, Syracuse University
SPAWN is the Syracuse University Philosophy Department’s annual summer conference. Bringing faculty and graduate students from across the Corridor and around the world to Syracuse University for three days, the main speakers for the conference (aside from the keynote) are junior members of the profession, with comments by established professors. This year's topic is well-being.
Keynote speaker: Richard Arneson (UCSD)
Main speakers: Rachael Briggs (Stanford), Ben Bramble (Lund), Eden Lin (Rutgers-Newark), Rosa Terlazzo (Kansas St.), Theron Pummer (St. Andrews), Guy Fletcher (Edinburgh), Anne Baril (New Mexico), Gwen Bradford (Rice), Molly Gardner (Bowling Green).

PHI2: Creighton Club

October 1, 2016: Creighton Club, Syracuse University
The Creighton Club is the oldest philosophical society in the U.S. It holds a one-day conference each year with speakers and commentators from Upstate New York institutions including Syracuse University, the University of Rochester, Cornell University and participating New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium schools. This year, the conference will feature one grad student paper, three faculty papers, and keynote speaker Achille Varzii (Columbia University).

PHI3: Upstate New York Early Modern Philosophy (UNYWEMP)

TBD Fall, 2016: Upstate NY Early Modern Philosophy Workshop, Syracuse University
A one-day workshop to dicuss papers by Corridor faculty and students as well as one invited keynote speaker.

PHI4: Graduate Student Exchange

Spring & Fall 2016: 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.

PHI9: CNY Ethics Reading Group

February 26, 2016: CNY Ethics Reading Group Workshop Meeting, Syracuse University
Workshop discussion of pre-distributed paper-in-progress.

December 2, 2016: CNY Ethics Reading Group Workshop Meeting, Cornell University

Workshop discussion of pre-distributed paper-in-progress.

October 28,2016: CNY Ethics Reading Group Workshop Meeting, University of Rochester
Workshop discussion of pre-distributed paper-in-progress.


Linguistics [LIN] 

Linguistics [LIN]

Previously well established before The CNY 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.

Linguistics: Funded 2016 Pre-Endowment Period Events

LIN4: The Syntax-Semantics Interface

TBD Fall 2016: Workshop, Dimensions of D, University of Rochester
Linguists have been arguing about what exactly a determiner is (e.g., English 'the', 'a') and what it does in the nominal domain ever since the groundbreaking work by Abney (1987). However, the search for a definitive list of indispensable functional categories for nominals has not yet yielded a definite result agreed upon by everyone. D is not an exception.
The issue, as linguists from diverse theoretical schools have come to realize, is clouded by the fact that syntactic configurations and morphemes which are not obviously determiners can have functions/semantic impact which are comparable to those of determiners. In addition, if one takes into consideration languages without overt determiners, a further complication arises: is determination universal, even if it is not manifested overtly?
Long tradition and current work notwithstanding, the dimensions of D still remain unclear. This workshop brings together researchers from different subfields of linguistics to address some of the following questions:

  • What does a typology of D look like if we set out to capture languages with and without overt D?
  • How do functional categories other than D interact with D?
  • When, if at all, can categories other than D take on the function of D?
  • How, if at all, can information structure phenomena induce D-like effects?

LIN6: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Discourse

November 12, 2016: Sixth Workshop in Linguistics and Philosophy Speech Acts, Cornell University
This interdisciplinary workshop brings together philosophers, psychologists and linguists working on speech acts and communication. The topics include the psychological underpinnings of cooperative face-to-face conversation, the linguistic marking of core communicative functions across the worlds languages and discourses that reveal the oppressive and violent forces at play in some human interactions. The aim is to integrate insights from mathematical theories of discourse developed by philosophers and linguists with psychologists working on human interaction and other philosophers working on the role of language in social dynamics. The workshop features a day and a half of presentations of previously circulated papers, comments and discussion.

Visual Arts and Culture [VAC] 

Visual Arts and Culture [VAC]

The Visual Arts and Culture working groups attract faculty from various departments and disciplines in the Corridor across the fields of Visual Studies and Art History. They sponsor workshops, conferences, film and speaker tours, joint graduate seminars, art exhibitions, and visiting collaborators.

Visual Arts and Culture: Funded 2016 Pre-Endowment Period Events

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

April 26, 2016: Panel Discussion Modernism in Africa, Cornell University
This panel brings together three scholars from different career stages who work on Africa and African-American architecture to present a selection from a book-in-progress on modern architecture and urbanism in Ethiopia and Dakar, or the experience co-editing a recent issue of the Journal of Architecture on modern architecture in Africa.

September 12, 2016: Panel Discussion A Global History of Architecture: Methods and Strategies, University of Rochester
This panel brings together scholars from Mellon-sponsored Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (which has received a grant to continue work on a curriculum for a global history of architecture through the prism of technologies of communication and transportation), to discuss their pedagogical strategies and give sample lectures.

VAC2: Critical Asian Cinematic Spaces

April 13, 2016: Chinese Cinema Workshop with Robin Visser (UNC Chapel Hill), The Chinese Eco-City and Urbanization Planning, Syracuse University
Robin Visser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on modern Chinese literatures, visual culture, urban studies, and environmental studies. Her current research analyzes relational ontologies within Sinophone eco-literature

April 14, 2016: Lecture by Robin Visser (UNC Chapel Hill), The Chinese Eco-City and Urbanization Planning, Syracuse University
Lecture on post-socialist aesthetics and architecture in China.

April 17, 2016: Workshop on Taking of Tiger Mountain, Hamilton College
The workshop will screen The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014), renowned Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's mega-action remake of the Cultural Revolution model play film Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy (1970), as well as discuss four selected readings related to the two films.

October 18, 2016: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Film Screenings and Workshop, Syracuse University & Cornell University

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a filmmaker and artist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His works deal with memory, subtly-addressed personal politics, and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, Apichatpong has been active in promoting experimental and hybrid narrative filmmaking around the world. His art projects and feature films have won him widespread recognition and prizes, including two awards from the Cannes Film Festival.

VAC4: New Media Art Practice (nMAP)

February 23, 2016: Early Computer Animation Screening, Colgate University
Rebecca Xu of Syracuse University will introduce the screening on the early computer animation pioneers and history, such as Mary Ellen Bute, John Stehura, Stan VanDerBeek, Lillian Schwartz, Ed Emshwiller, Ron Hays, Lynn Goldsmith.

February 26, 2016: Digital Aesthetic Symposium & Digital Mapping Performance, Colgate University
Panel and Artist talks by artist Evan Meaney (University of South Carolina), Rebecca Ruige Xu (Syracuse University), Chi KA (NYU - ITP), and Fernando Orellana (Union College).

VAC5: Place and Displacement – Staging Cultures and Locales in 21st-Century Theatre
TBD 2016: Planning meeting, Syracuse University

TBD 2016: Planning meeting, Colgate University

TBD 2016: Planning meeting, Syracuse University

VAC6: CNY Museums and Collections Collaborative

April 15, 2016: Colleague Collection-Based Conference, Syracuse University
Event where representatives from upstate New York college and university art galleries and museums can meet and share next year’s programming at our respective institutions.

October 7, 2016: Colleague Collection-Based Conference, Cornell University
Event where representatives from upstate New York college and university art galleries and museums can meet and share next year’s programming at our respective institutions.

Musicology and Music History [MMH] 

Musicology and Music History [MMH]

In an area full of very active musicians, musicologists and music historians, CNY Humanities Corridor funding has encouraged collaborative research and performance. The faculty members of the Musicology and Music History research cluster exchange teaching and conducting podia, bring world-class musicians to play side by side with their graduate students, and organize master classes and seminars.

Musicology and Music History: Funded 2016 Pre-Endowment Period Events

MMH17: Teaching Exchange

February 4, 2016: Roger Freitas (Eastman School of Music), Guest Lecture for Amanda Winkler’s Opera in Performance class, Syracuse University

February 16, 2016: Sydney Hutchinson (Syracuse University), Guest Lecture for Roger Freitas’ Introduction to Ethnomusicology class, Eastman School of Music University of Rochester

TBD Spring 2016: Carol Babiracki (Syracuse University), Guest Lecture for Andrew Hick’s seminar Imagining Music, Imagining Culture in Medieval Persia, Cornell University

October 18 Fall 2016: Paul O'Dette (Eastman School of Music)Guest Lecture, Cornell University

TBD Fall 2016: Guest Lecture, TBD, Cornell University

TBD Fall 2016: Guest Lecture, TBD, Syracuse University

TBD Fall 2016: Guest Lecture, TBD, Syracuse University

TBD Fall 2016: Guest Lecture, TBD, Eastman School of Music University of Rochester

TBD Fall 2016: Guest Lecture, TBD, Eastman School of Music University of Rochester

MMH18: Improvisation in Theory and Practice

September 30, 2016: The Art of the Fantasia: North German 17th-Century Improvisation, Syracuse University
Edoardo Bellotti, Associate Professor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation, will lead a workshop for Syracuse, Cornell, and Eastman School of Music students on 17th century Italian improvisation techniques, specifically  Italian intonation, toccata, and fantasia.

November 11, 2016: Instrumental Counterpoint, 1600 - 1700, Cornell University 
This seminar/workshop will attempt to assess the technicalities of organ repertoirethat developed in the 16th and 17th cenuries in the context of changes in musical style and liturgical practices which spurred the continued development of keyboard genres borrowed from vocal genres.

December 3, 2016: Partimenti on th Violin and KeyboardCornell University 
A seminar/workshop which explores how 17th/18th century Italian violin language and partimento pedagogy provided new means to develop counterpoint in a modern figural style.


MMH21: Mobilizing Music – Social Justice

April 15, 2016: Taking Sides: Music, Research, and Activism in India, Syracuse University
This event centers around the residency by scholar-activist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Zoe Sherinian (University of Oklahoma). The residency will open with a mini-seminar featuring Sherinian with Syracuse University’s Dr. Carol Babiracki, both senior scholars of music and dance traditions of subaltern communities in India (southern and northern, respectively). Following the mini-seminar, there will be a screening of Sherinian’s latest documentary on Parai Drummers in Tamil Nadui.

TBD November 2016: Music Against Racism/Música Contra Racismo, Syracuse University
Together with two Dominican partner organizations (Institute of Caribbean Studies and Alianza Dominicana), Syracuse University faculty member Sydney Hutchinson recently initiated the Music Against Racist Project (Música Contra Racismo) to use music as a tool for combatting racism and enhancing the human rights of disenfranchised populations in the Dominican Republic and among Dominican migrants. The project confronts the international problem of racism on a cultural level and has been motivated by the human rights crisis currently occurring in the Dominican Republic, in which tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent are being denied citizenship and/or expelled from the country, while it also connects with the international Black Lives Matter movement. Its goals are to stimulate discussion of and reflection on racism as a problem in Dominican society and to use music as a way of motivating young Dominicans who might not otherwise be interested in politics  to combat this problem in their daily lives. This event brings two of Hutchinson's project partners to Syracuse University to speak about this and their own musical activist projects with faculty and students during a mini-seminar and participate in a roundtable discussion on music, racism, and activism for the general public at La Casita.

MMH22: Performance/History

November18, 2016: Seminar, Colgate University
Remembering the Dérive": Attunement, Mimesis, and Performance in the City.  A seminar led by Professor Elin Diamond (Rutgers University). Professor Diamond is best known for her book Unmaking Mimesis: Essays on Feminism and Theater and her edited volume Performance and Cultural Politics. She's also the author of Pinter's Comic Play and numerous articles on that explore theater and performance through the lens of feminist and critical theory. The seminar will be followed by a casual dinner, and Professor Diamond will be share a few texts for attendees to read in preparation.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Mary Simonson at msimonson(at)colgate.edu.


Digital Humanities [DH] 

Digital Humanities [DH]

Each of the Corridor's founding institutions sponsor events in the digital humanities within their respective humanities programs. The CNY Humanities Corridor also nurtures working groups of local faculty with planning grants in this research cluster.

Digital Humanities: Funded 2016 Pre-Endowment Period Events

DH1: Digital Data Visualization & Interpretation in the Public Humanities

TBD February, 2016: Meet & Greet Icebreaker Workshop, Syracuse University
This workshop addresses the following questions: 1) How does our individual research and teaching incorporate Digital Data Visualization and Interpretation? 2) How do we individually engage the public?

TBD May, 2016: VDH & PH @ Home & Away Workshop, Cornell University
Representatives from each of the three anchor institution will present a 15-minute inventory overview of the state of V (visual) DH and PH (public humanities) at our home institutions, followed by discussion. Then, each group will make a 10-15 minute presentation about a VDH project based outside of CNY that engages the public. What can we learn from these projects about VDH/PH best practices? What might similar projects look like if our working group tried them? What would we do differently?

TBD September, 2016: Brainstorming VDH/PH in CNY--2017 and Beyond, University of Rochester
This workshop will be a planning session that prepares a second-year proposal to the CNY Humanities Corridor to discuss joint activities for the following year as well as brainstorm on how to build VDH/DH capacity at each of the anchor institutions. Major agenda items incllude the incorporation of VDH/DH graduate and undergraduate students into our activities as well as the inclusion of schools from the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium.

DH2: Digital Humanities Initiative

April 9, 2016: Digital Humanities Graduate Student Symposium, Cornell University
Graduate students with digital humanities projects selected from an open call for proposals will at a half-day symposium at Cornell University. The symposium will also include a session where participants can workshop papers on their digital humanities projects. This session will address some of the challenges and uncertainties graduate students often face when attempting to publish written work about their digital projects including the need to write for often radically interdisciplinary audiences, or the relative scarceness of models. This event will help to establish a collaborative conversation between graduate students from different institutions in the CNY Humanities Corridor.

April 9 – 10, 2016: THATCamp CNY 2016, Cornell University
This THATCamp, which is open to the public, builds on the model of the CNY THATCamp held at Syracuse University in 2014. Proposed session topics to include specific tools and methods for digital scholarship (data visualization, text analysis, etc.); new forms and formats for digital publishing; digital pedagogy; innovative work with digital media collections; lightning talks on participants’ projects.

DH8: Digital Humanities Speaker Series

March 1, 2016: Lecture on Digital Humanities, Jentery Sayers (University of Victoria) Prototyping Absence, Remaking Old Media, Cornell University
When conducting archival research, historians of media and technology frequently encounter devices that no longer work or existed only as illustrations, fictions, or one-offs. Rather than studying such uncertainty at remove, this talk outlines ways to prototype absences in the historical record. It draws from examples of remaking old media to demonstrate how prototyping the past affords unique approaches to examining the contingent relations between matter and meaning, without fetishizing exact reproductions of historical artifacts.

March 3, 2016: Lecture on Digital Humanities, Jentery Sayers (University of Victoria) Making Things, Writing Things: Prototyping as a Compositional Strategy, Syracuse University
Sayers examines the affordances of fabrication for scholarly communication, with particular attention to rapid prototyping, or the iterative production of abstract models in tactile form.

March 18, 2016: Lecture on Digital Humanities, Anne-Marie Duguet (University of Paris 1) Anarchive New Media Project, Cornell University
Featured public presentation by Anne-Marie Duguet (University of Paris 1) on New Media Archiving for day long workshop on the Cornell Special Collections exhibition “Signal to Code: 50 Years of Media in the Rose Goldsen Archive.”

Literature, Language and Culture [LLC] 

Literature, Language and Culture [LLC]

The LLC research cluster is organized on the basis of shared strengths and faculty resources in languages and literatures across the CNY Humanities Corridor. This cluster was launched at the beginning of Phase II, quickly becoming the largest and most active in the CNY Humanities Corridor.

Literature, Language and Culture: Funded 2016 Pre-Endowment Period Events

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

September 16, October 2016: The Book of Changes (Yinjing): from Confucian Classic to Counter Culture Icon, University of Rochester

Professor Hon Tze-ki (SUNY Geneso) will discuss how I Ching (The Book of Change), a canonized Confucian classic, was translated into German and English, and eventually became a popular text in the counter-culture movement in the United States in the 1950s.

October 27, 2016: Islamic Shangri-La: Tibetan Muslims and the Emergence of Modern Tibet, Syracuse University

Professor David Atwill (Penn State) will explore the roots of Tibetan Muslims in Tibet as well as offer an overview of their central role in the diplomatic tensions between India and China in 1960.

LLC5: Revival Cultures

October 7, 2016: Humanities Education in Prison, Cornell/Auburn Correctional Facility
This mini-conference will involve between 25 and 50 outside participants being cleared through the gates of Auburn Correctional Facility. The program will consist of a series of presentations and performances, culminating with a break-out discussion. The intended aim is to assemble and amplify the voices of the students who participate in the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP).

LLC11: Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery

May 20, 2016: Planning and Research Meeting, Colgate University

Organizational meeting for fall 2016 event. Members of working group will also share research projects for peer evaluation/comments.

October 13, 2016: Fall Lecture and Workshop on Language, Culture, and Writing,, Syracuse University
Algerian/Italian author Amara Lakhous speaks about his relationship with language and culture as evidenced in his award winning fiction.

LLC12: LELCAS/Global Literatures and Cultures

April 1, 2016: Re-envisioning Japan through Digital Humanities, Syracuse University
Dr. Joanne Bernardi from the University of Rochester will give a lecture on a new Digital Humanities project in Japanese called "Re-envisioning Japan as Destination in 20th Century Visual and Material Culture," which will be open to all students and faculty from all Corridor locations. This is a continuation of the Global/LELACS Working Group speaker series in Japanese, which began in 2013 (co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation, and Syracuse University’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, the Asian- Asian American Studies Program, and the East Asia Program of the Moynihan Institute).

April 9, 2016: LELACS Program, Syracuse University
This event features two invited speakers plus paper presentations from four regional scholars/graduate students. In addition to these formal presentations, there will be time for discussion among regional scholars and graduate students on the topic of transnational studies as related to Latin America.

TBD October 2016: Space and Place in Latin America, University of Buffalo

LLC13: Alguien al otro lado

April 21, 2016: Spanish Film Today with Fernando Léon de Aranoa, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College & Hamilton College

Award winning Spanish filmmaker, Fernando León de Aranoa will speak about his career as a major force in contemporary Spanish cinema.

November 15, 2016: Fall Roundtable on Poetry, Syracuse University

Three poets from Spain will discuss the theme of happiness in contemporary poetry with comments from Professor Josefa Alvarez and Professor Kathy Everly. 

LLC17: Jewish Studies

September 9, 2016: Technologies of Memory, Cornell University

Concert featuring new and existing musical works relating to questions of Jewish history and memory, by and with the attendance of composers Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe.

November 11, 2016: Technologies of Memory, Cornell University
Talk/presentation on memory and post-memory by Marianne Hirsch (Columbia) and Leo Spitzer (Dartmouth).

This series is intended to highlight and introduce to the Central New York academic and general community the advent of access, through the Cornell Library, to the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. This archive contains over 53,000 individual testimonies covering the Nazi genocide, the Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide, and the Nanjing massacre. It will be fully available to anyone in the region, whether affiliated with an institution of higher education, a high school teacher, or a member of the general public.

LLC18: Early Modern Spanish

February 16, 2016: Planning Meeting, Syracuse University

November 11, 2016: Workshop Literature, Politics, and the Public Sphere in the Early Modern Mediterranean, Syracuse University
This workshop brings together scholars from the Central New York area and other nearby regions in order to discuss topics related to the relationship between Spain and the Mediterranean in the Early Modern period. Presentations will focus on a variety of Spanish literary and historical texts, as well as key individuals and events, that illustrate the complex cultural and political reality of the Mediterranean world, and how the different peoples of the region interacted with the dynamics of the Spanish Habsburgs empire. Presentations will be in Spanish and English.

LLC19: Networking Iroquoia

TBD October 2016: Directors and University Communities Meeting, Syracuse University
This half-day meeting will bring together directors of the Akwesasne Cultural Center, the Iroquois Indian Museum, the Shako:wi Cultural Center, the Ska•noñh Center for the Great Law of Peace, and the Ganondagan Seneca Art and Cultural Center for an open forum through which they can engage with interested parties from Syracuse University, Cornell University, and other regional educational institutions. The center/museum directors will present on their respective cultural centers and take questions and suggestions from the participating audience. This will be a public forum which introduces the Haudenosaunee cultural centers to a broader audience as a regional resource.

TBD November 2016: Directors and University Communities Workshop, Cornell University
This half-day workshop and reception will be a capstone to this networking opportunity. Directors will work with university participants to consider how to best coordinate future program, consider coordinated technology and social media options for publicizing and sharing events, and consider possible future collaborations with universities in the region.

Mellon Collaborator [MC] 

Mellon Collaborator [MC]

The Mellon Distinguished Visiting Collaborator initiative brings world-renown scholars in disciplines across the humanities to Central New York for activities that stimulate research collaborations. Past Collaborators include feminist theorist Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), linguist David Pesetsky (MIT), and philosopher John Hawthorne (Oxford).

Mellon Collaborator: Funded 2016 Pre-Endowment Period Events

March 9, 2016: Mellon Distinguished Visiting Collaborator (MC1) Cary Wolfe (Rice University) The Poetics of Extinction, Syracuse University
The CNY Humanities Corridor is pleased to welcome Cary Wolfe, the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English and Director of 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University, as the 2016 Mellon Distinguished Visiting Collaborator. Wolfe's talk explores the thickly textured nature of "extinction," how art, science, and philosophy respond to the challenge of thinking extinction and our ethical responsibilities to other forms of life.

March 10, 2016: Mellon Distinguished Visiting Collaborator (MC1) Cary Wolfe (Rice University) and Artist Maria Whiteman (University of Alberta) Between Species, Syracuse, NY
The CNY Humanities Corridor is pleased to welcome Cary Wolfe, the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English and Director of 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University, as the 2016 Mellon Distinguished Visiting Collaborator. Wolfe's talk explores the thickly textured nature of "extinction," how art, science, and philosophy respond to the challenge of thinking extinction and our ethical responsibilities to other forms of life.

March 11, 2016: Mellon Distinguished Visiting Collaborator (MC1) Cary Wolfe (Rice University) After Biopolitics, Syracuse University
Professor Wolfe lectures and publishes widely in the areas of animal studies and post-humanism, systems theory and pragmatism, biopolitics and biophilosophy, American literature and culture.