2011 Working Groups & Projects

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Working Groups/Activities Calendar Year 2011 (Bridge Period)



Spring 2011: Musicology/Music History (MMH 14): 18th-Century Historically Inspired Improvisation: Workshop/master class by Prof. Roger Moseley of Cornell University (Organizer: Melina Esse, Eastman School of Music), Eastman School of Music. Moseley, a newly appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology at Cornell University, is the former director of the Historically Inspired Improvisation Workshop at the University of Chicago. He is an accomplished pianist and improviser who offered a workshop/master class during spring semester at the Eastman School of Music.  

February 6, 2011: Musicology/Music History (MMH 12): Counter)induction: Contemporary Music in Performance and Workshop (Organizer: Andrew Waggoner, Setnor School of Music, SU) The first of three in a series of colloquia and informances (informal lecture-recitals) by international trendsetters in contemporary chamber music. Counter)induction, one of New York’s most exciting and acclaimed younger groups, performed new works by younger American composers, as well as contemporary “classics” by composers such as Italian Salvatore Sciarrino. Counter)induction also gave master classes in composition and performed one student composition. The events were co-sponsored by the Setnor School of Music and the Office of the University Arts Presenter.

February 9, 2011: Digital Humanities (DH 3) Mini-Seminar with Patricia Pisters (Organizer: Gregg Lambert, SU Humanities Center), Syracuse University. Patricia Pisters, professor of film studies and head of media studies at the University of Amsterdam, presented “The Neuro-Image in Contemporary Digital Screen Culture,” exploring the intersection of digital screen culture, philosophy, and neuroscience.

February 17, 2011: Musicology and Music History (MMH 11): Music of Conflict and Reconciliation: Refugees and Exile (Organizer: Carol Babiracki, Art and Music Histories, SU), Syracuse University. Symposium with two visiting scholars discussing the music of refugees: Michael Frishkopf, associate professor of music and associate director of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta (Topic: Cultural Dimensions of the "Responsibility to Protect": Sustainable Peacebuilding Though Popular Music in the Buduburam Liberian Refugee Camp, Ghana); and John Baily, professor of ethnomusicology, professor emeritus of psychology, and head of the Afghanistan Music Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London (Topic: The Global Circulation of the Music of Afghanistan).

March 2 & 3, 2011: Digital Humanities (DH 4) Lecture and Workshop with Alexander R. Galloway (Organizer: Timothy Murray, Society of Humanities, CU), Cornell University. Alexander R. Galloway is an author and programmer. He is a founding member of the software collective RSG and creator of the data surveillance engine Carnivore. The New York Times has described his work as "conceptually sharp, visually compelling and completely attuned to the political moment." Galloway is the author of Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (MIT, 2004); Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (Minnesota, 2006); and a book coauthored with Eugene Thacker called The Exploit: A Theory of Networks  (Minnesota, 2007).

March 24-25, 2011: Musicology and Music History (MMH 11): Music of Conflict and Reconciliation: Reconstruction and Reconciliation (Organizer: Theo Cateforis, Art and Music Histories, SU), Syracuse University. Symposium on music and activism in Kosovo and Rwanda with Jane Sugarman (CUNY Graduate Center) and Gregory Barz (Vanderbilt University); mini-seminar with the scholars; concert by SU guitarist Ken Meyer, followed by a screening of “Inanga: An Instrument of Tradition in Rwanda.”

March 31, 2011: Digital Humanities (DH 7) Laura Mandell, The NINES Project and 18 CONNECT (Organized by Thomas DiPiero, Associate Dean, Arts and Humanities, UR), University of Rochester. Laura Mandell, Professor of English Literature and affiliate of Armstrong Interactive Media Studies at Miami University of Ohio, has published Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Otranto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth century women writers. She lectured on how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth century poetry. This is part of a book manuscript in progress: Carved in Breath: Technology and Affect in Gothic Fiction and Romantic Poetry.  She is Editor of the Poetess Archive, an online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900 (http://unixgen.muohio.edu/~poetess); Associate Director of NINES (http://www.nines.org); and is currently participating in the development of 18thConnect, a similar online network for eighteenth-century scholars.  Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry (http://miamichat.wordpress.com), developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th century texts via high performance and cluster computing. 

March & April, 2011: Musicology/Music History (MMH 13): Two Shona Music Symposia, the Mbira Tradition (Organizers:  Glenn West, Instructor in Ethnomusicology, Eastman School of Music; Carol Babiracki, Associate Professor of Music History & Cultures, SU; and Sydney Hutchinson, Assistant Professor of Music History and Cultures, SU), Eastman School of Music. The Eastman School of Music regularly hosts visiting artists and teachers from Zimbabwe, Canada, and the U.S. to provide students participating in the Eastman Mbira Ensemble with deeper insights into both the music and the traditions embodied in the performance of this music. These symposia are designed to take advantage of the presence of these artists at Eastman to involve a broader range of regional scholars and musicians in discussion of issues involving the transmission, evolution, and preservation of the Shona musical tradition within the context of cultural, political, religious, and social change. These symposia are also an initial step toward more broad-reaching ethnomusical collaborative initiatives in the Central New York Humanities Corridor. Date of Events:  Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa, Mbira performer – March 27, 2011; Erica Azim, Mbira performer – April 30, 2011.

April 16, 2011: Musicology/Music History (MMH 15): David Liebman, Watson Visiting Collaborator in the SU Humanities Center (Organizers: Rob Enslin, The College of Arts & Sciences, SU and Gregg Lambert, SU Humanities Center), Syracuse University. Saxophonist and legendary sideman for Miles Davis joined the CNY Jazz Orchestra for a special event in the Carrier Theater. Liebman premiered a new work for soloist and jazz orchestra, incorporating Jewish and Arabic traditions. As part of his appointment as the Watson Visiting Collaborator, in conjunction with the Musicology Cluster of the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor, Liebman led a special symposium on Jewish musical traditions and modern jazz. The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation and Hillel at Syracuse University provided additional funding for the concert.

April-October, 2011:Visual Arts and Culture: (VAC13) Arts, Culture, and Revitalization Conference and Activities (Organizers: Kendall Phillips, Jan Cohen-Cruz and Wendy Nastasi, SU), Syracuse University Three activities in the public humanities: the fourth annual graduate student conference highlighting arts and public scholarship across disciplines and universities (April 15, 2011) in Syracuse; VAC faculty participants met to plan their Phase II projects, April 2011; and a conference supporting CNY Rust2Green initiative, Arts, Culture and Urban Revitalization: A Transnational Dialogue, October 2011.


May 7, 2011: Philosophy (PHI 4) UNYWEMP Colloquium (Organizers: Kara Richardson, Philosophy, SU; Andrew Chignell, Philosophy, CU), Syracuse University. The Upstate New York Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy (UNYWEMP) hosts a one-day colloquium featuring papers by UNYWEMP members Marie Jayasekera (Colgate University) and Kara Richardson (Syracuse University). It includes two external speakers: Sean Greenberg (UC Irvine) and Roger Florka (Ursinus College). 

July 2011: Visual Arts and Culture: (VAC 15): Experimental Television Center Commemoration (Organizer: Tim Murray, Society of the Humanities, CU), Cornell University. The Experimental Television Center was founded in 1971 in Owego, New York, an outgrowth of a media access program established by Ralph Hocking at Binghamton University in 1969, and has provided support and services to the media arts community. It is closing its doors on July 1, 2011. The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University plans an event to honor the Center and its path-making presence in Central New York for 42 years.

August 8-11, 2011 Philosophy (PHI 5) SPAWN (Organizer: Kevan Edwards, Philosophy, SU), Syracuse University. SPAWN, the Syracuse Philosophy Department's annual summer conference, will be held to discuss the Philosophy of Language. The conference will include invited "read-ahead" papers from younger participants, as well as general sessions and discussion among the philosophers.

TBA: Linguistics (LIN 4) Distinguished Visitor (Organizer: Jon Nissenbaum, Linguistics, SU), University of Rochester. The working group will invite a distinguished visitor to present public lectures and seminars/workshops over two days.

TBA: Digital Humanities (DH 5): The Gothic Cathedral, Thomas E. Boothby, Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University (Organizer: Thomas DiPiero, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities and Director, Humanities Project, UR), University of Rochester. Boothby will lecture on gothic cathedrals from a multiplicity of perspectives: the art historian, the architect, and the civil engineer.


September 16, 2011: Digital Humanities (DH 6) Digital Witness Symposium: Human Rights and the Digital Archive (Organizers: Roger Hallas, English, and Tula Goenka, Television-Radio-Film, SU), Syracuse University. In conjunction with the Human Rights Film Festival, a symposium focusing on the issue of the archive and human rights media in the digital age from different perspectives: Jim Hubbard, filmmaker, archivist and co-founder, ACT UP Oral History Project; Sam Pollard, filmmaker and Professor of Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Samuel Gruber, lecturer, Judaic Studies Program; and Lydia Wasylenko, Librarian, SU Library. The symposium will consist of papers given by the participants plus discussion and Q&A.

September-October, 2011: Visual Arts and Culture: (VAC 14):  Shimon Attie, Watson Visiting Collaborator in the SU Humanities Center (organizers: Laura Heyman, Department of Transmedia Studies, College of Visual and Performing Arts, SU; Gregg Lambert, SU Humanities Center), Syracuse University. Visual artist Shimon Attie has been appointed as the Sandra Kahn Alpert Visiting Artist in The College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Transmedia Studies, and as The Jeanette K. Watson Visiting Collaborator in the SU Humanities Center for the 2011-2012 academic year, in conjunction with the Visual Arts and Culture cluster of the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor. Attie is an artist of significant accomplishment whose artwork utilizes photography, HD video, projection, sound, and site-specific and gallery installations to address the relationship between place, historical memory and identity. His recent accomplishments include a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008-09), a Radcliffe Visual Artist Fellowship at Harvard University (2006-07), a Pollock-Krasner Grant (2006), NYFA Fellowships (2005 and 2000), a Prix de Rome (2001-02), along with an array of significant fellowships and grants dating back to an NEA visual artist grant and the German Kunstfonds fellowship, both in 1993. He has served as a faculty member in the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts in New York since 2003 in Photography, Video and Related Media. He has been a visiting artist at ICP/Bard, Sarah Lawrence and RISD, among others. During his residence at Syracuse University, Attie will participate in the Visual Arts and Culture working group of faculty and students and will lead a seminar in the SU Humanities Center, which will be open to graduate students and faculty from Cornell University and University of Rochester.

September 27-28th, 2011: Literature, Language and Culture (LLC 1): Roundtable on Jazz Influences of Modern Spanish Verse (Organizer: Kathryn Everly, Syracuse University and Lemoyne College).  An interdisciplinary evening featuring the music of the Gabriel Riesco Project and live readings by Spanish poets Francisco Díaz de Castro, Aurora Luque, and José Antonio Mesa Toré, followed by a rountable discussion at Syracuse University co-sponsored by the SU Humanities Center and supported by the Central New York Humanities Corridor.  

October 12, 2011: Visual Arts and Culture (VAC 16): Film Screening: Dolphin Boy by Dani Menkin  A joint presentation with the 2011 Syracuse International Film Festival, October 13-16. (Organizers Owen Shapiro, Shaffer Professor of Film in the Department of Transmedia in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, SU) In Dolphin Boy, Morad, a teenager from an Arab village in the north of Israel, disconnects himself from those around him following a violent assault. As a last resort, before hospitalization in a mental institution, his devoted father takes him to be treated with Dolphins in Eilat.

October 2011: Musicology/Music History (MMH 10): Music, Sound and Nature (Organizer: Stephen Meyer, Art and Music Histories, SU), Syracuse University and Cornell University. In conjunction with the residency of the Kronos Quartet on the SU campus in November 2011, a series of events is planned that tie together the residency with the theme of music, sound and nature. A symposium will bring together scholars, composers, and sound designers at SU, then move to Ithaca to hold part of the symposium at Cornell to take advantage of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Center for Electroacoustic Music.

October 2011: Archives and Media (AM 1) Brave New Worlds: The Semiotics of Archives, Images, City Landscapes and New Media in Walter Benjamin’s Works (Organizers: Karl Solibakke, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and German Literature and Language, SU; Gregg Lambert, SU Humanities Center; and Peter Gilgen, German Studies, Cornell). Planning of future symposia exploring the importance of Walter Benjamin’s work to the question of what happens to memory archives and their explosive dynamics in the wake of the technology and communication boom; and the yearning to orchestrate memory places and strategies given the dialectics of regionalism and globalism as well as an “imbrication of disjunctive collectives” in the second decade of the 21st century.

Process and Instructions for Renewal Application and New Working Groups

By end of January, the principal investigators conducted meetings with faculty working groups and new faculty interested in participating in the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor in any of the following clusters: Visual Studies and Art History, Music History and Musicology, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Digital Humanities. In addition, there are plans to announce new clusters in Archives and Media, and Language, Literature, and Culture;  as well as new institutional partners in the CNY region. As a result of these informational meetings, the investigators will review proposals for new working groups and long range planning in each of the clusters over the next three year period beginning Fall 2011. Announcement of call for new proposals will be sent to all faculty in October and are due to the respective P.I. of the participating Corridor institution by November 15th, 2011. P.I.'s are especially encouraging new proposals and working groups in the cluster of Literature, Language, and Culture. Complete instructions and contact information will be posted on this site in October, 2011. 

As a reminder, clusters are broadly defined as selective research areas and there can be several faculty working groups collaboratively engaged in different projects belonging to any given cluster. (Please see more definition of this organizational structure on the front page of this section, as well as examples of working workings and projects from past years.) Since the "connectivity" of faculty and research agendas on all three campus sites is a key objective of the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor, in the new round of selecting projects and activities to belong to the Corridor, this will become a primary criterion or review and selection. Faculty who are already affiliated with a previous working group, and particularly new faculty who are interested in participating in the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor, should contact the principal investigator in their respective university (see contact) in order to receive more information and instruction on making a proposal for a new project or to create a new working group that could expand and deepen the connectivity of faculty research in the CNY region.  


Gregg Lambert, Project Director

    View all current and past forms & proposals here.

Download January 2011 Memo to Participating Faculty

Download complete description of Cluster/Working Groups 2008-2009