2017 Working Group Activities

Funded Pre-Endowment Period Events by Cluster

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.

 

SPAWN: Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop (PHI1)

June 25-July 1, 2017: SPAWN, 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.

Creighton Club (PHI2)

September 23, 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.

Graduate Student Exchange (PHI4)

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.

Political Theology (PHI5)

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.

Continental Philosophy (PHI6)

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

Ancient Philosophy Working Group (PHI7)

May 6, 2017: Spring Workshop, Syracuse University
Philosophy of Nature from Aristotle to the Stoics. 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.

September 23, 2017: 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)

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.

 

The Multilingual Mind (LIN5)

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)

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.

 

New Approaches to Scholarship and Pedagogy in Ottoman and Turkish Architecture (VAC1)

December 1, 2017: The Work of Architects and Scholars in Times of Turmoil: Urban Renewal of Istanbul, Cornell University Senem Doyduk will present her architectural projects for Küçükarmutlu in Istanbul, which was one of the rare participatory urban renewal initiatives in Turkey that would not have displaced the residents. Ayşe Çavdar will analyze how neo-Ottomanism functions during the process of destruction and reconstruction of Istanbul’s sites.

Critical Asian Cinematic Spaces (VAC2)

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.

November 2, 2017: Zhen Zhang, Lecture: From Sidewalk Realism to Spectral Romance: Yang Lina's Independent Cinema, Hamilton College Zhen Zhang (NYU) speaks about how independent Chinese filmmaker Yang Lina has employed DV to document the rapidly changing urban landscape and social fabric in Beijing while developing distinctive cinematic languages as she attends to her subjects with a compassionate camera and gendered persona.

November 4, 2017: Jean Ma, Lecture, What Lies Beneath: Apichatpong’s Narcoleptic Visions, Cornell University This talk juxtaposes Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's films Blissfully Yours and Cemetery of Splendor with Christopher Nolan's Inception. She drew on the work of Jonathan Crary, Jacqueline Rose, and Jean Louis Baudry to emphasize scenes of sleep rather than the enactment of dreams in cinema.

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.

 

Teaching Exchange (MMH17)

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.

February 16, 2017: Guest Lecture, Syracuse University 
Assistant Professor Jennifer Kyker (Eastman School of Music) to guest lecture in Assistant Professor Sydney Hutchinson’s MHL 185: Introduction to World Music.

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

April 17, 2017: Guest Lecture, Eastman School of Music
Assistant Professor Sydney Hutchinson (Musicology, Syracuse University) to guest lecture in Assistant Professor Jennifer Kyker’s MUY 502: Introduction to Ethnomusicology seminar.

Improvisation in Theory and Practice (MMH18)

February 4, 2017: Study Session, The Art of Preluding, Cornell University The first one-day study session of our 2017 series focuses on one specific improvisation practice – the North German art of inventing preludes at the organ, a practice involving both free improvisation and the invention of contrapuntal genres.

March 25, 2017: Study Session, Envoicing the Keyboard, Cornell University The second one-day session focuses in on the improvisation of counterpoint (a crucial aspect of 17th-century musical pedagogy, and the basic building block for music education at all levels), especially the construction of imitative versets and fugal expositions on short vocal-type subjects.

September 14, 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 presents his most recent collaboration with historical keyboardist Michael Tsalka, a scoring of the 1921 silent film Hamlet, starring the Danish actress Asta Nielsen.

September 23, 2017: Study Session, Organ (Re)Forms and the Paris Conservatoire, Cornell University Expanding the chronological focus away from the 17th century, our third study day focuses on composition-at-the-organ as taught at the Paris Conservatoire in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Mobilizing Music – Social Justice (MMH21)

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 27, 2017: Music and Environmental Activism in Brazil, Syracuse University
Every July, activist residents from the Brazilian Amazon gather in the sawmill town of Anapu for the Pilgrimage of the Forest. Through songs and storytelling, they commemorate those martyred in the struggle to defend the environment and the dispossessed. Music is a particularly privileged means by which these absences are made present to participants, and by which presence comes to renew community. What can this pilgrimage, rooted in the tradition of Latin American liberation theology, tell us about music’s relationship to activism more generally? Should scholars sympathetic to these struggles adopt a more “activist” orientation in their research? If so, what forms might engaged scholarship take? Finally, what do narrative accounts of struggle that center “music” and “environment” exclude or overlook? How might the critical insights of sound studies and posthumanist theory help us to recalibrate not only our ears and discourse, but also our political praxis?

Performance/History (MMH22)

October 20, 2017: Fall Writing Retreat, Skidmore College A weekend-long retreat for participants from four corridor institutions to develop and share feedback on current research and writing projects, facilitated by Elise Morrison, Assistant Professor of Theater Studies at Yale University and author of the acclaimed monograph "Discipline and Desire: Surveillance Technologies in Performance." Both junior and senior scholars from Cornell, Colgate, Hamilton, and Skidmore participated in the retreat, which included two workshops on the writing process led by Professor Morrison, a series of detailed feedback sessions, and individual writing time. Faculty participants came from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including English, musicology, art history, theater studies, dance studies, and film and media studies.

December 2, 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 directs a new, traveling production of "Second Shepherd'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.

History of Music Theory (MMH25)

November 8-9, 2017: Mini-Conference, Instruments of Music Theory, Eastman School of Music
This event features three keynote speakers, eleven papers by scholars in all career stages (from graduate students to full professors), and a hammered clavisimbalum concert with music from the Faenza Codex and other recently discovered manuscript fragments. The conference seeks both to build upon and to reinforce the increasingly eclectic and interdisciplinary set of questions now being asked within music studies and the humanities more broadly, to which the history of theory, as an inherently interdisciplinary field of study, has already begun to make significant contributions. Its theme, “Instruments of Music Theory,” explored Prof. Alexander Rehding’s recent call to “reconsider the relationship between music-theoretical instruments and the music theory they occasion,” while also foregrounding the broader global context in which theories and instruments of music are situated.

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 Initiative (DH2)

May 5, 2017: The Second Annual Cornell Graduate Student Digital Humanities Symposium, Digital Spaces, Cornell University
Through presentations, workshops, a keynote address, and networking opportunities, participants forge connections and learn about new research, approaches, methodologies, and technologies.

Global Digital Humanities (DH3)

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, 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.

October 19, 2017: Lecture, Digitizing Decolonization--Decolonizing Digital Networks: Women of Color Feminism, Open Access, and What It Means to be WokeUniversity of Rochester
Lisa Nakamura (University of Michigan) gives a talk on the intersection between cultural politic and digital humanities, tracing—among other things—the publication history of the canonical women of color feminist anthology This Bridge Called My Back (Morraga and Anzaldua, 1981) through its unofficial digital edition that circulated on the social blogging platform Tumblr.com and other informal social networks.

October 27, 2017: Global Digital Humanities Showcase and Brainstorming WorkshopHamilton College
This event was the end-of-year meeting for the working group as well as an event for exchanging ideas and discussing the next phase of the group and further inter-institutional collaboration initiatives.

Digital Humanities Speaker Series (DH8)

September 5, 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)

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.

 

Future(s) of Microhistory (LLC1)

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.

The Chinese Quest for Modernity (LLC2)

September 13, 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.

September 19, 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 early 20th century premised his mandate on the state’s capacity of ordering 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 told about this socialist tale and how it is destined to promise still more watery tears in the century ahead.

September 19, 2017: China’s Giant Panda: Symbol of Nation and Nature, University of Rochester
As one of the most broadly recognized and adored animals, the giant panda has been called upon to serve as ambassador for China and advocate for nature protection. This talk examines the history of the emergence of the giant panda as a national icon and the impact it has had on foreign policy and the natural environment. What does the future hold for this animal and its multifaceted role as a species and a symbol?

Decolonial Feminisms (LLC4)

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.

Revival Cultures (LLC5)

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 28, 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).

Nineteenth Century Studies (LLC6)

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

Inclusion & Exclusion in the Modern Middle East (LLC7)

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

October 20, 2017: Fall Research Seminar, Cornell University
In our workshop titled "Inclusion & Exclusion in the Modern Middle East," we plan to meet at least twice a semester to read and workshop each other's work. For each of our future meetings, we will select two book chapters and articles (from two participants) to comment on and revise.

Critical Theory and the Global (LLC9)

April 17, 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.

April 17, 2017: Seminar for Graduate Students with Shu-mei Shih, Syracuse University 
Professor Shih held a seminar with graduate students in Asian Studies and Comparative Literature discussing the background and implications of the approach she calls "Comparison as Relation."

Sound and Media (LLC10)

April 21, 2017: Mini-Seminar, Sounding Identities: Media and the Sonic Signification of Difference, University of Rochester
This mini-seminar focuses 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.

October 4, 2017: Deadness: The Social Practices of Sound Reproduction, Syracuse University
Taking Natalie Cole’s 1991 “duet” with the recorded voice of her deceased father, Nat “King” Cole, as a touchstone, Benjamin D. Piekut and Jason Stanyek investigated the boundaries between the living and the dead in the recording studio and beyond in their award-winning article “Deadness: Technologies of the Intermundane.” In this mini-seminar, Piekut led a lively discussion of this article (pre-circulated to participants) and shared a portion of his and Stanyek’s latest work on posthumous duets with Bob Marley.

Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery (LLC11)

May 15, 2017: Spring Research Workshop, Syracuse University
Working group members met for a day-long workshop to share current research projects. Matthew Miller (Colgate) presented on his current research, "The German Epic in the Cold War," and Karina von Tippelskirch presented on her monograph about transnational cultural transfer and collaborations between American expats and German exiles in the United States, "Dorothy Thompson and German Writers in Defense of Democracy."

October 26, 2017: Fall Lecture and Workshop, Syracuse University
Bertrand Westphal gave a public lecture titled "Where is the Center of the World-On Literature and Mapping" as well as a workshop the following day that elaborated on his theoretical approach to literature and culture.

Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies (LLC12)

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: Disability 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?

Alguien al Otro Lado (LLC13)

May 2, 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.

October 7, 2017: Contemporary Spanish Poetry, Syracuse University
Internationally renowned poets, Jesus Aguado and Manuel Vilas, 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.

CNY Poets and Writers (LLC16)

October 27, 2017: Diversity and the Literary Community: "Protesting Your Own Protest Fiction," An Evening with Sunil Yapa, Syracuse University
This event featured a dinner with informal conversation prior to Sunil Yapa reading from his widely acclaimed novel and a discussion about his writing process.

Networking Iroquoia (LLC19)

April 17, 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.

October 30, 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)

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).

 

New Institutional Strategies for Engaging Digital Collections (AM1)

November 13, 2017: Future Directions Brainstorming, Colgate University
The organizers convene to summarize digital communication from throughout the year, discuss autonomous activities for the Spring 2018 semester, and to organize toward the next academic year.