2017 Working Groups & Projects




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Working Groups/Activities Calendar Year 2017

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 2017 Pre-Endowment Period Events

PHI1: Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop (SPAWN)

June 25 – July 1, 2017: SPAWN 2017, 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.

PHI2: Creighton Club

TBD 2017: 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. 

PHI4: Graduate Student Exchange

Spring & Fall 2017: 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.

PHI5: Political Theology

March 23, 2017: Absurd? Obama, Camus, and the Politics of Hope, Skidmore College
This talk by David Newheiser (Australian Catholic University), explores Obama’s politics of hope—a hope that acknowledges its vulnerability but presses forward nonetheless—in the context of the current moment in American political life.

PHI6: Continental Philosophy

April 21 – 22, 2017: Foucault to the Second Power: The Posthumous in the Present conference, Cornell University

TBD, Fall 2017: Conference/Meeting, Syracuse University

PHI7: Ancient Philosophy Working Group 

MAY 6, 2017: CNY Humanities Corridor Ancient Philosophy Spring Workshop, Syracuse University
This workshop will feature three paper sessions of 1 hour and 45 minutes each devoted to in-depth discussion of works-in-progress. Two papers will be presented by faculty or advanced graduate students from Corridor institutions (TBD), and one paper by an invited speaker from a non-Corridor institution (Professor Jessica Gelber, Pittsburgh, Philosophy). This format places an emphasis on scholarly exchange among members of the Working Group while also providing the opportunity for faculty and graduate students at Corridor institutions to establish contacts with scholars at other leading research institutions.

TBD Fall 2017: CNY Humanities Corridor Ancient Philosophy Fall Workshop, Colgate University
This workshop will also feature three paper sessions devoted to in-depth discussion of works-in-progress. Two papers will be presented by faculty or advanced graduate students from Corridor institutions (TBD), and one paper by an invited speaker from a non-Corridor institution. 

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 2017 Pre-Endowment Period Events

LIN5: The Multilingual Mind

June 30 – July 2, 2017:  The 22nd Conference of the International Association for World Englishes: Global and Local Contexts of Communication through World Englishes, Syracuse University
The conference will feature lectures and workshops on a broad array of topics. The following new as well as urgent sub-themes drawn from a variety of interdisciplinary fields ranging from Information Studies, Linguistic and Cognitive Sciences to International Business, English, Second Language Acquisition, Media, Global Affairs and Policy Studies. A special attraction of the Syracuse conference will be that it will feature a symposium in memory of the founder and dominant scholar of the field of World Englishes, Professor Braj B. Kachru, who passed away in July, 2016.

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 2017 Pre-Endowment Period Events

VAC1: New Approaches to Scholarship and Pedagogy in Ottoman and Turkish Architecture

TBD 2017:  Work of Architect-Scholars at Risk, Urban Renewal in Istanbul Part I, Cornell University

TBD 2017:  Work of Architect-Scholars at Risk, Urban Renewal in Istanbul Part II, University of Rochester
During the academic year of 2017, the working group will organize two panels under the title “Work of Scholar-Architects at Risk: Urban Renewal in Istanbul” and invite two scholars of architecture who have been exposed to violations of academic freedom and free speech. The new focus on contemporary concerns for this year seeks to address larger global political concerns about the encroachment of civil rights and discourse. 

VAC2: Critical Asian Cinematic Spaces

April 20, 2017:  Book Talk & Workshop: Screening Singapore, Cornell University
Book talk and workshop on Harvey's book, Screening Singapore: Sensuous Citizenship Formations and the National.

TBD Spring: Screening & Workshop, Syracuse University
“Under the Same Sky”– New work by Thai artist Chai Siris, in collaboration with Urban Video Project.

TBD Fall:  Lecture, “Toward a Digital Political Mimesis: Aesthetic of Affect and Activist Video,” Hamilton College
Lecture by Zhang Zhen, Associate Professor and Academic Director, Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School, New York University.

TBD Fall:  Booktalk & Seminar, Sounding the Modern Woman: The Songstress in Chinese Cinema, Cornell University
Booktalk and seminar by Jean Ma, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art an Art History, Stanford University.

VAC3: Visual Studies

TBD Fall: Il Cinema Ritrovarto Workshop, Syracuse University
A 2-day workshop from Il Cinema Ritrovarto and their extensive early film archive in conjunction with the Syracuse International Film Festival.

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 2017 Pre-Endowment Period Events

MMH17: Teaching Exchange

February 6, 2017: Guest Lecture, Cornell University
Associate Professor James Tapia (Syracuse University), to guest lecture in Associate Professor Chris Younghoon Kim’s MUSIC 4121: Advanced Conducting.

April 15, 2017: Guest Lecture, Cornell University
Professor Steven Doane and Associate Professor Renee Jolle Strings (both Eastmans School of Music) to guest lecture in Professor Xak Bjerken's MUSIC 4651: Chamber Music

TBD Spring 2017: Guest Lecture, Syracuse University 
Assistant Professor Jennifer Kyker (Eastman School of Music) to guest lecture in Professor Xak Bjerken's MUSIC 4651: Chamber Music.

TBD Spring 2017: Guest Lecture, University of Rochester
Assistant Professor Sydney Hutchinson (Musicology, Syracuse University) to guest lecture in Assistant Professor Jennifer Kyker’s ETH 502: Introduction to Ethnomusicology seminar.

TBD Fall 2017: Guest Lecture, TBD, Cornell University

TBD Fall 2017: Guest Lecture, TBD, Cornell University

TBD Fall 2017: Guest Lecture, TBD, Syracuse University

TBD Fall 2017: Guest Lecture, TBD, Eastman School of Music University of Rochester

TBD Fall 2017: Guest Lecture, TBD, Eastman School of Music University of Rochester

MMH18: Improvisation in Theory and Practise

TBD Spring 2017: Study Session, Envoicing the Keyboard, Cornell University
Building on last semester's work, the first one-day study session this semester will focus in depth on one particular improvisation practice, the construction of imitative versets and fugal expositions on short vocal-type subjects. 

TBD Spring 2017: Study Session, The Art of Preluding, Cornell University
Our second one-day session will focus on another (related) central aspect of 17th century improvisation practise, the art of preluding. Organ and harpsichord will be the main instruments at hand; referring to important monuments of the surviving repertoire, we will again take the theoretical/pedagogical work of Spiridionis and Banchieri, as well as the Weimarer Tabulaturbuch, in order to understand and start to reproduce the practice of elaboration and variation from a figured bass.

TBD Spring 2017: Study Session, (re)forms and the Paris Conservatoire, Cornell University
Expanding the chronological focus away from the 17th century, our third study day will focus on composition-at-the-organ as taught at the Paris Conservatoire in the 19th century. 

TBD Fall 2017: Mini-festival and Workshop, Tartini’s Capricci: Improvisation, Ornamentation and Popular Song, Cornell University, Eastman School of Music, and Syracuse University
In spring semester 2017 Professor Neal Zaslaw will lead a graduate research seminar at Cornell to investigate the activities of Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770), the polymath violinist, composer, teacher, theorist and ethnographer of improvised and oral tradition music. Principal questions have to do with the ways Tartini presented customarily unnotated ornamentation for his (and others’) music, as well as his transcriptions of oral-tradition singers of northern Italy and Slovenia. This seminar expands the active participation in the ‘Improvisation in Theory and Practise’ project to non-keyboardists, and especially string players.

At the end of the semester students in the seminar will present a lecture-demonstration-recital based on their research. The goal is then to extend the seminar’s findings and share them with colleagues at Rochester and Syracuse in the form of a moveable mini-conference/festival, presenting Tartiniana collaboratively in talks and/or workshops and/or master classes and/or concerts at the three institutions. The project will be anchored by leading Tartini expert Pierpaolo Polzonetti (University of California, Davis), who will present to the seminar in the spring, and will attend the mini-conference(s) in the fall.

TBD Fall 2017: To Improvise or Not to Improvise: Scoring Asta Neilsen's 1921 'Hamlet', Cornell University
In the accompaniment of silent film at the keyboard, improvisation rubs up against the arts of arrangement, adaptation and composition. In a direct exploration of the productive tensions between improvisation and pre-existing composition, theatre organist Dennis James will present his most recent collaboration with historical keyboardist Michael Tsalka, a scoring of the 1921 silent film ‘Hamlet’, starring the Danish actress Asta Nielsen. James’ score makes almost exclusive use of music from the late 18th century by the sons of J. S. Bach, performed on historical keyboard instruments, and brings into focus questions to genre, gender, time and tradition. The presentation involves a presentation of the score, and scoring process, along with screening of the film with James, Tsalka and guest soprano.

MMH21: Mobilizing Music – Social Justice

April 7, 2017: Participatory WorkshopTeaching in Real Time, Syracuse University
This workshop/collaborative dialogue aims to foster reflection and lead to renewed resolution about what we are as music educators and why we are called to the work we each do. The goals are thoughtful listening, spirited dialogue, and further collaborative and dialogic pedagogical techniques (concrete activities) and strategies (ideas and theories that techniques enact) to transform our classrooms and courses into encounters in real-time.

November 17, 2017: Musical Activism in Dominican Contexts, 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 int heir 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

TBD Fall 2017: Symposium on the Wakefield Second Shepherds' Play, Colgate University
The Wakefield “Second Shepherds’ Play” dramatizes the events of Christmas Eve and the angels’ announcement to shepherds of the birth of Jesus. This play, however, is more than simple announcement and has an “edge” that highlights the social divisions and tensions of late medieval urban culture in ways that can speak to our own understandings of social fracture. Medieval shepherds were hirelings, not owners, and certainly did not mingle with respectable townsfolk like those who would have watched the performance. These shepherds speak from the far margins of urban society and bear witness to discord among shepherds and overseers, to fear, poverty, bad weather, hunger, and violence. They see themselves as inhabiting a world without any vision or hope of kindness and peace (though full of ribald humor and slapstick). Ultimately, these marginalized shepherds become messengers to a society that does not include them. In new research on the "Second Shepherds' Play," Rosemarie McGerr has shown that music performed with the text contains the play’s message and, in fact, extends this message by weaving many voices into a single harmony.

In the fall 2017, Katherine McGerr will direct a new, traveling production of "SecondShepherd's Play" with students in the Syracuse University Drama Department, to be staged at both SU and Colgate. The Colgate performance will be followed by a scholarly symposium on the "Second Shepherd's Play," with a keynote address by Rosemarie McGerr and presentations by members of the Performance/History working group and other  medievalists from the region. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in a special issue of "Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England," edited by Susan Cerasano.  

TBD Fall 2017: Writing Retreat, Saratoga Springs, NY
A weekend-long retreat for participants to develop and share feedback on current research and writing projects, facilitated by a senior scholar from outside the Humanities Corridor.

MMH25: History of Music Theory

November 6 - 9, 2017: Mini-Conference, Instruments of Music Theory, Cornell University and Eastman School of Music
In collaboration with the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, the History of Music Theory working group has invited David Catalunya (University of Würzburg) for a seminar and concert at Cornell (November 6-7) on the reconstruction of historical instruments (a hammered clavisimbalum, a psaltery, and a late medieval Blockwerk organ). November 8 - 9, Eastan will host a one-and-a-half day conference on "Instruments of Music Theory" bringing together students and faculty from Eastman and Cornell, as well as scholars from across the nation. The conference is timed to coincide with the national meeting of the American Musicological Society in Rochester NY, allowing the participation of a wider range of scholars. The Eastman event will feature a second concert by David Catalunya and a workshop on Arnaut de Zwolle (ca. 1435-40) and the (planned) reconstructed copy of the organ of Sion (in its original state ca. 1430). The conference will feature two keynote lecturers, Alexander Rehding (Harvard University) on the intersections of music theory and media theory and Gabriela Currie (University of Minnesota) on dissemination of music instruments and iconographic practices along Eurasian trade routes during the early centuries of the first millennium C.E., as well as papers by graduate students and scholars (local and national).

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 2017 Pre-Endowment Period Events

DH1: Digital Data Visualization & Interpretation in the Public Humanities

TBD Spring 2017: Lecture & Discussion, TBD
Lecture and discussion to promote awareness of and collaborations between institutions.

TBD Fall, 2017: Fall Graduate Student Conference, Syracuse University
The conference will focus on digital data visualization, including but not limited to animations, 3D visualization, visualization in games, and immersive simulations. It will present an opportunity for graduate students from participating institutions to learn about activities and research ongoing in the region, as well as encourage collaboration. The event will culminate with a gameplay event in the new Syracuse University Digital Collaborative Space.

DH2: Digital Humanities Initiative

May 5 - 6, 2017: The Second Annual Cornell Graduate Student Digital Humanities Symposium, Digital Spaces, Cornell University
A one-day conference featuring roundtable panels and discussions, workshops, and a keynote speaker, with an optional second-day co-working session in the new Olin Digital CoLab at Olin Library.

DH3: Global Digital Humanities

March 31, 2017: Meet and Greet Workshop, University of Rochester
Working group kickoff event addressing how group members approach the "global" issues in their research and teaching. 

April 14, 2017: DH Lunch Talk, How to #Decolonize the Digital Humanities: Or a Practical Guide to Making #DH Less White, University of Rochester
This DH lunch talk, featuring Dorothy Kim (Vassar College), draws from digital humanities (DH) subfields including the postcolonial, queer, critical race, disability, radical librarianship, and digital pedagogy, and seeks to make space for broader perspectives in DH and to bring otherwise marginalized voices to the fore. 

TBD Fall 2017: Lecture, Digitizing Decolonization, University of Rochester
This lecture will bring an established scholar in Digital Humanities to present her/his work on how digital technologies could be used to visualize and make sense of the process of decolonization. This event aims to bring together postcolonial scholarship and digital methods.

TBD Fall 2017: Brainstorming WorkshopHamilton College
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.

DH8: Digital Humanities Speaker Series

March 15, 2017: Digital Humanities Lecture, Strategic Desire, Cornell University Globally, online pornography is a $97 billion industry and more than a hundred million people visit pornographic video streaming sites every day. Online pornography sites may seem like amateurish distribution services. Instead, they are sophisticated technology companies that employ hundreds of technical staff to design and develop interfaces, algorithms, data mining software, data analytics software, video streaming software, and database management systems. These designers are responsible for making strategic. 

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 2017 Pre-Endowment Period Events

LLC1: Future(s) of Microhistory

November, 17, 2017: Conference, The Future(s) of Microhistory, University of Rochester
This conference will bring together a relatively small group of established scholars, from a range of specialties to discuss the current and prospective relevance of microhistory and microhistorically-inflected work at a time when scholars are turning toward transnational questions while digital history and studies based in big-data continue to grow in influence. The meeting is, to an extent, envisioned as a chance both to engage with possibilities of the kind that Francesca Trivellato raised in her 2011 essay, “Is There a Future for Italian Microhistory in the Age of Global History?,” and to explore the potential of new methodologies and perspectives.

LLC2: The Chinese Quest for Modernity

TBD Fall 2017: Who Was the Real Zhou Enlai? University of Rochester
Premier Zhou Enlai, since his death in 1976, has been presented as the most farsighted and humane of Chinese Communist leaders, effectively the PRC’s only secular saint. However, historical sources are hinting that that he might be as deeply implicated as Chairman Mao Zedong in the disasters of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution that consumed tens of millions of lives. Professor Chen would introduce his upcoming biography of Zhou and explain how Zhou’s life showcased the paradoxes of Chinese revolution.

TBD 2017: The Socialist Tale of the Yellow River, University of Rochester
The Yellow River is both the “mother of Chinese Civilization” and “China’s sorrow.” Every Chinese ruler from the mystic Yu the Great to the 19th century premised his mandate on the state’s capacity of order this water, whose dikes ruptured nevertheless. Yet forty years of high modernism and high socialism led to the most “extreme makeover” of the Yellow River, manifested in clogged irrigation canals, collapsed dams, and the most controversial South-to-North Water Diversion Project. Professor Pietz will tell this socialist tale of the Yellow River, and how it is destined to promise still more watery tears in the century ahead.

TBD 2017: Panda Nation: Nature, Science and Nationalism in the People’s Republic of China, University of Rochester
Unique, nonaggressive, and completely free of associations with any imperial or colonial past, the Giant Panda is the chosen emblem of the Chinese state. Yet nature, science, and nationalism had been clashing vehemently behind the six-decade-long story of panda conservation. Professor Songster will explain how panda became part of China’s attempt to changes its image on the world stage, and how various groups like the farmers, scientists, artists, manufacturers, and diplomats were involved in the process.

LLC4: Decolonial Feminisms

February 27, 2017: Disrupting Genre, Gender, and Generation: Decolonial Conversations with Maestra Cherríe Moraga, Syracuse University
This colloquium brings together a number of presenters and respondents to engage Moraga’s work, contributions, her production of knowledge and her activism in an open exchange of ideas, an encounter that promises to be very productive. Several scholars have confirmed their participation, including: Mary Pat Brady (Cornell University), Helena Maria Viramontes (Cornell University), Michelle Martin-Baron (Hobart & William Smith), Cristina Serna (Colgate), and Eddy Alvarez (SUNYOneonta). Most scholars come from Humanities Corridor institutions; this will be an opportunity to deepen these regional connections between colleagues, particularly in interdisciplinary areas of minority and feminist studies.

LLC5: Revival Cultures

February 7, 2017: Caleb Smith Talks, University of Rochester
Caleb Smith is editor of the "The Adventures of a Haunted Convict," a recently found a published prison memoir authored by a nineteenth-century African American Rochesterian who was incarcerated at Auburn Prison.

April 27, 2017: Brett Story Screening and Q&A, University of Rochester
Brett Story is the director of the acclaimed 2016 film, "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes."

May 5 – 6, 2017: Symposium, Religion and Law, University of Rochester
A two-day symposium with an extraordinary group of scholars of American religion and law, including guests Winnifred Sullivan (Indiana), Kathryn Lofton (Yale), Sylvester Johnson (Northwestern), Vincent Lloyd (Villanova), Melynda Price (Kentucky), and Isaac Weiner (Ohio State).

TBD Fall 2017: CPEP Humanities Workshop, Cornell University
A workshop on teaching the humanities to incarcerated students with formerly incarcerated Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) students.

LLC6: Nineteenth Century Studies

March 10 – 11, 2017: Spring Symposium, Cornell University
Lecture by Anna Kornbluh (University of Illinois at Chicago), “Snapshots of Formalism: William Fox Talbot, Karl, Marx, and the Cameras of Collective Life,” graduate student mini-conference, and faculty works-in-progress workshop.

October 5 – 7, 2017: Fall Symposium, Syracuse University
Lecture by Melissa Shields Jenkins (Wake Forest), student/faculty seminar, graduate student conference, and faculty works-in-progress workshop

LLC7 Inclusion & Exclusion in the Modern Middle East

April 21, 2017: Planning Meeting, Syracuse University
Inaugural meeting.

September 8, 2017: Fall Research Seminar, Cornell University
Morning research presentation by a participating faculty or graduate student, followed by afternoon discussion of shared readings.

LLC9: Critical Theory and the Global

April 18, 2017: Public Lecture by Shu-mei Shih (UCLA), Comparison as Relation: From World History to World Literature, Syracuse University
Contemporary globalization has spurred new conceptualizations of the objects of our research in terms of both scope and scale across the humanities and the social sciences. World literature, as one of the disciplines in the emergence of what can be called global or world studies, is one such example. This lecture will explore how certain world historical approaches would be useful to think along for world literature, and offer relational comparison as a method to better theorize and study world literature.

LLC10: Sound and Media

TBD Spring 2017: Mini-Seminar, Sounding Identities: Media and the Sonic Signification of Difference, University of Rochester
The Spring 2017 mini-seminar will focus on the ways in which sound has inflected perceptions of differences—whether of race, ethnicity, class, gender, or sexuality— from the early twentieth century to the present day. Discussion will center around readings selected by the seminar leader, Meina Yates-Richard, who will moderate the conversation.

TBD Fall 2017: Mini-Seminar, Between Novelty and Nostalgia: Sound Reproduction and the Media of Preservation, Syracuse University
The Fall 2017 mini-seminar will focus on the aesthetics, theories, and social practices surrounding sound reproduction from the late nineteenth century through the present day. Discuss will center around pre-circulated readings and/or recordings.

LLC11: Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery

TBD Spring 2017: Spring Research Workshop and Planning meeting, Syracuse University
The working group will come together for informal research presentations, feedback and discussion.

TBD Fall 2017: Fall Lecture and Workshop, Syracuse University
The Working Group plans to invite a speaker of international acclaim to deliver a public lecture and a three hour workshop to interested students, faculty and staff. We are considering several theorist that compliment our area of research and pedagogical objectives. We are hoping to invite Bertrand Westphal and/or Robert Tally who both work on geocriticism and spatiality. This approach to European literature and culture includes all types of geographical and imaginary peripheries and is of interest to the working group and to a larger audience of Central New York scholars.

LLC12: Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies

April 1, 2017: Speculation in Latin America, Cornell University
Speculative fiction provides complex reflections on the changes that are produced in the subject and society by technological advances. As evident in the touchstone work of Jorge Luis Borges, speculative fiction is a framework from which to explore philosophical ideas and to extend literary styles and formats. Recent work, such as Martín Felipe Castagnet’s Los cuerpos del verano, Naief Yehya’s Tecnoculturas, and Rita Indiana’s La mucama de Omicunlé have moved the genre to ask more contemporary questions and to challenge our ideas about the form and style for academic meditation.

October 21, 2017: Disabilities Studies in Latin America, University of Rochester
Disability studies theory and scholarship have been dominated to date by scholars working in the global North, although creative practices and social realities of the global South are at times the objects of study. This one-day symposium will ask: What does a Latin American perspective mean for disability studies as it continues to develop? How is disability studies affected by forms of creativity and practices of scholarship produced in Latin America and shaped by Latin American realities--or how should it be affected? How is disability studies work being carried out by Latin American scholars today?

LLC13: Alguien al Otro Lado

TBD Spring 2017: Spring Symposium, Women in Spanish Film, Syracuse University
Award winning director Paula Ortiz comes to Syracuse to give a lecture on her career in film. A film cycle of her best-known works will precede her visit.

TBD Fall 2017: Fall Symposium, Syracuse University
Three internationally renowned poets will visit Syracuse as part on the working group's on-going research project on classical influence in contemporary poetry. The event will include a roundtable with local scholars and visiting poets, class visits and a poetry recital.

LLC19: Networking Iroquoia

TBD Spring 2017: Spring Workshop, Cornell University
This workshop would allow directors, curators, and faculty participants to plan collaboration with the various Native American cultural centers spread across Central New York, with the goal of creating a digital database of cultural events, exhibitions and public lecture information that would be searchable online.

TBD Fall 2017: Fall Symposium, Syracuse University
This half-day symposium will introduce the Networking Iroquoia database project to a larger university and Native community audience.

Archives and Media [AM] 

Archives and Media [AM]

The Mellon Distinguished Visiting Collaborator initiative brings world-reknown 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).

Archives and Media: Funded 2017 Pre-Endowment Period Events

AM1: Institutional Strategies for Engaging Digital Collections

TBD Spring 2017: Site Visit & Ice Breaker, Strong Museum of Play, Rochester, NY
After a site tour and visit with collection supervisors, participants will discuss plans for the group and network over dinner. Participants will include relevant stakeholders invited from CNY Humanities Corridor Institutions.

TBD Spring 2017: Workshop Meeting and Presentations, Syracuse University
At this meeting participants from a variety of campuses will give short presentations, orienting colleagues from other institutions as to their current activities and future plans. Presentations will be followed by a discussion an brainstorming session in search of resources or strategies that may be shared across campuses.

TBD Fall 2017: Future Directions Brainstorming, Colgate University
At this workshop participants will plan for and prepare a second-year proposal to the CNY Humanities Corridor.