2010 Working Groups & Projects

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PHILOSOPHY [PHI]:

PHI3: Upstate NY Early Modern Workshop and Speaker Series  March 6, 2010: Upstate NY Early Modern Workshop and Speaker Series: Descartes Day: A Cartesian Colloquium, (Organizers: Kara Richardson, Philosophy, SU and Andrew Chignell, Philosophy, CU) Syracuse University. ‘A Cartesian Colloquium’ focused on recent work on Descartes’ metaphysics and philosophy of mind. It featured a keynote address by Raffaella De Rosa of Rutgers University, as well as papers by Shoshana Brassfield, Colin McLear of Cornell University, and Kurt Smith of Bloomsburg University. Benjamin Hill of the University of Western Ontario, Kris McDaniel of Syracuse University, Sydney Penner of Cornell University and Kimberly Blessing of Buffalo State were our commentators. The workshop was held on March 6 at Syracuse University. The event attracted about twenty-five participants from the upstate/central region.  view website    alternate link

LINGUISTICS [LIN]:

LIN 4: State of the Art Workshop (Organizer: Jaklin Kornfilt, Linguistic, SU) — The workshop at Syracuse University will focus on the interfaces between syntax, semantics, and phonology. Visiting scholars and local faculty in the three corridor institutions will serve as discussants.

INTERFACE OF HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES/TECHNOLOGY [HST]:

HST2: Mellon CNY Digital Humanities Corridor Series
(Organizers: Timothy Murray, Humanities, CU, Thomas DiPiero, Art and Art History, UR, Gregg Lambert, Humanities, SU) — Research initiative that attempts to build capacity and provide technical support for developing virtual and interdisciplinary humanities projects, including distance initiatives for Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor events between the three research institutions (SU, Cornell, and University of Rochester). Spring lecture series at Cornell planned (see Society of Humanities website).


HST 3: October 1, 2010:  Digital Witness: A Symposium on Human Rights in the Era of Media Convergence (Organized by Roger Hallas and Tula Goenka), Syracuse University
This symposium will bring three internationally recognized experts in the field of human rights media to Syracuse to discuss the ongoing innovations and futures implications of this increasing turn to new media by human rights activism and extend the Human Rights Film Festival into vital new areas of human rights media. The participants are Mallika Dutt (Breakthrough), Sam Gregory (WITNESS), and Fred Ritchin (NYU) who are both media professionals and scholars.


VISUAL ARTS AND CULTURES [VAC]:

VAC 7: Graduate Student Forum Imagining America (IA) SU Humanities Center Graduate Student Forum on Publicly Engaged Scholarship (Organizer: Kevin Bott, SU-Imagining America) — Organized in partnership with Imagining America and The SU Graduate School, a graduate student conference on publically engaged scholarship will take place on SU campus end of spring semester 2010 and will include participation of graduate students and faculty from the CNY Humanities Corridor institutions.  view website

VAC 9: May 2010: Subvention Funding for Sighting Memory: Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form [summary publication project] (Organizer: Anne Demo)
In October 2008, the Visual Culture Cluster of the Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor held the Visible Memories Conference, which featured three plenary sessions, a film screening, keynote lecture, graduate seminar, and over twenty-two competitive panels with eighty-two presenters.  Based on the conference’s success, Anne Demo and Brad Vivian (conference organizers) put together an edited volume based on the strongest submissions from the interdisciplinary conference. In May 2010they submitted the manuscript to University of Illinois Press, which has requested exclusive review. Because the volume will feature more than 50 images, subvention funding was approved to offset the reproduction costs.

VAC10: Workshop Vision, Power, and Civic Life(Organizer: Kendall Phillips, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, SU) Lecture and seminar/workshops for graduate students and faculty with keynote speaker Ariella Azoulay. Professor Azoulay’s work connects to a number of cross-institutional initiatives including the Syracuse University Public Memory Project [2008] and the year-long Smith Symposium on Conflict.  Professor Azoulay teaches visual culture and contemporary philosophy at the Program for Culture and Interpretation, Bar Ilan University. She is the author of The Civil Contract of Photography (2008, Zone Boks), Atto di Stato 1967-2007 (Vruno Mondadori, 2008, in Italian), Once Upon A Time: Photography Following Walter Benjamin (Bar Ilan University Press, in Hebrew, 2006), and Death's Showcase: The Power of Image in Contemporary Democracy (MIT Press, 2001), which was awarded the 2002 Infinity Award for Writing presented by the International Center for Photography for excellence in the field of photography.

VAC11: Global Aesthetics: Discourse, Practice, Theory (Organizer: Tim Murray, Society for the Humanities, CU) Cornell will host an international conference with artists, curators, and theorists from across the globe. The list of international guests includes artists and curators who emphasize the promise of digital platforms in dialogue with more traditional concerns of the arts and humanities. Invited participants include: Guillermo Kuitca, artist, Argentina; Shin-Yi Yang, curator, China; Yao Jui-Chung, artist, Taiwan; Brenda Croft, artist/curator, Australia; Grace Quintinalla, artist and Director, Fundación Pedro Meyer, Mexico; Yukiko Shikata, curator, Japan; Tejumola Olaniyan, critic, Africa/US; Kay Dickinson, critic, UK. Corridor faculty Gregg Lambert (SU) and Sharon Willis (UR) will participate as panelists and conference will feature video-streaming of selected lectures to the Syracuse and Rochester campuses as part of the Mellon CNY Digital Humanities Cluster (HST 2).

VAC 12: Theatrical Workshop: Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo (Organizer: Kyle Bass, Syracuse Stage), created by Ping Chong, Jeannette K. Watson Visiting Collaborator in the SU Humanities Center. Approximately 200 Congolese, refugees from the genocide in the Congo, now live in Syracuse. Their numbers represent 12 different tribes with a blood-soaked past hanging between them. Although they’ve escaped the conflict in the Congo, while they’ve achieved a delicate unity here, tensions and mistrust remain as justice has not been realized in their homeland. Internationally renowned theatre artist Ping Chong, writer and director of Syracuse Stage’sTales from the Salt, returns to Syracuse to create a new piece of documentary theatre based on interviews with members of Syracuse’s Congolese community.

MUSICOLOGY/MUSIC HISTORY [MMH]:

MMH 4: Brave New Works: Musicology/Music History Performance (Organizer: Andrew Waggoner, Music, Syracuse University) — Initiative to bring Brave New Works to Upstate New York to present four concerts over a five day residency period and teach master-classes to students, particularly – as a large, conducted ensemble – in the preparation and direction of large-scale chamber works. In addition, one student work and one faculty work will be presented from each of the corridor institutions. view website

MMH 5: “Sampling the Past,” Syracuse University Lubin House
(Organizer: Sean Quimby, E.S. Bird Library, SU) — symposium on historical recorded sound collections, sampling, and copyright involving recording artists together with industry representatives and academic copyright experts to discuss the theory, legality, and mechanics of musical sampling Key-note lecture by senior Copyright Counsel at Google, Inc. William Patry.  view website


MMH8: September 14-15, 2010: Music of Conflict and Reconciliation: Power and Resistance in the Second World War (Organizer: Stephen Meyer, SU)--As part of the larger symposium entitled Music of Conflict and Reconciliation, the musicologists in the Department of Art and Music Histories, in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music and Cornell University, will be hosting a cluster of events on the topic of music in World War II on September 14–15, 2010. This two-day symposium will include invited speakers, respondents drawn from the three Mellon Humanities Corridor institutions, a seminar for faculty and graduate students, and musical performances.

MMH9: Music of Conflict and Reconciliation: The War in Iraq  (Organizer: Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Department of Art and Music Histories, SU) As part of the larger symposium entitled Music of Conflict and Reconciliation, the musicologists in the Department of Art and Music Histories, in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music and Cornell University, will be hosting a cluster of events on the topic of music and the war in Iraq. This two-day symposium will include invited speakers, respondents drawn from the three Mellon Humanities Corridor institutions, a seminar for faculty and graduate students, and musical performances.


CULTURES AND RELIGION [CR]

CR3: Summer, 2010: Conference and book project: Islam & International Humanitarian Law (Organizer: William Banks, SU) The project has two component parts: (1.) a summer Dialogue and Refinement Session for the Cambridge UP book, The Role of Islam in International Humanitarian Law; and (2.) support for staff and new technology-sharing initiative for interviewing and data collection between INSCT and SU Humanities Center. The Role of Islam in International Humanitarian Law explores from interdisciplinary perspectives the many ways in which Islam, Islamic jurisprudence, and Islamic approaches to warfare affect international humanitarian law (IHL) today—including the challenges posed by asymmetric warfare to traditional norms governing international conflict.