2018 Working Group Activities

Funded Pre-Endowment Period Events by Cluster

Philosophy/Critical Theory (PHI)

This cluster is well-established across the Corridor, with regard to Philosophy as a discipline, and open to cross-disciplinary work in philosophical studies and critical theory more broadly.


SPAWN/Creighton Club (PHI1)

August 13, 2018: SPAWN: Ancient Greek Psychology Early and Late, Syracuse University 
SPAWN is the Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop. 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.

Graduate Student Travel Exchange (PHI4)

Spring & Fall 2018: 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.

Society for the Study of Bio-political Futures (PHI6)

November 15, 2018: Final Roundtable, Syracuse University 

Ancient Philosophy (PHI7)

October 19, 2018: International Ancient Greek Reading Group on Friendship in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Union College

Italian Philosophy (PHI11)

March 23-25, 2018: Society of Italian Philosophers, Rochester
The Society for Italian Philosophy held its 2nd Annual International Conference with keynote speakers Simona Forti (Universita del Piemonte Orientale) and Gianni Vattimo (Universita di Torino).

September 21, 2018: Organizational Meeting, University of Rochester
This will be an organizational meeting to plan future activities and our spring symposium.

Linguistics (LIN)

Well-established before the CNY Humanities Corridor began, collaboration among Linguistics faculty has increased, strengthening their ties across 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.


Syntax-Semantics Interface (LIN4)

October 5-7, 2018: Conference in Theoretical Linguistics, North East Linguistics Society, Cornell University
The North East Linguistics Society is one of the two most prestigious formal linguistics conferences in North America. Held annually, it rotates between universities in the Northeast and Canada. Cornell will be hosting NELS for the third time in 2018 in collaboration with the Linguistics departments at Rochester and Syracuse. The conference usually attracts 200~300 attendees.

October TBD, 2018: Event with Professor Gouskova, Syracuse University

Visual Arts and Cultures (VAC)

These working groups have attracted faculty from various departments and disciplines in the Corridor across the fields of Visual Studies and Art History. The cluster also includes the public humanities and architecture working groups.


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

November 1, 2018: Fall Workshop, University of Rochester

Visual Studies (VAC3)

March 22-23, 2018: Il Cinema Ritrovato: Archiving Film History, Syracuse University
This event brought archivists from Cineteca Ritrovato (the Italian film archive in Bologna) and some of their prints. There was a screening of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In America with a Q&A as well as a screening of rare silent prints. The event allowed for an extensive conversation about film archives, preservation, and history.

Gender and Sexuality Writing Collective (VAC9)

March 1, 2018: Gender & Sexuality Writing Collective, University of Rochester
The Writing Collective will provide a lively platform for graduate students to workshop a paper with fellow graduate students and faculty from multiple institutions. The aim of the collective is to create an intimate space for emerging scholars of gender and sexuality to share their work with a focus on preparing the paper for publication. This event is intended as an opportunity for graduate students to consider issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability. Participants will engage with one another in interdisciplinary discussions led by established scholars in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, whose experience and outstanding research in their respective fields will benefit and help shape the papers.

Asian Humanities in Global Context (VAC19)

TBD: Guest Lecture and Discussion, Cornell University

Connecting Art Histories Across the Americas (VAC20)

August 31, 2018: Writing Workshop #1, Cornell University
This is a Writing Workshop to discuss pre-circulated works in progress for working group participants.

October 12, 2018: Writing Workshop #2, Cornell University
This is a Writing Workshop to discuss pre-circulated works in progress for working group participants.

Crossing Cultures through Film (VAC21)

November 15, 2018: Crossing Cultures through Film, Syracuse University

Mediterranean Music and Performance (VAC22)

September 18, 2018: Planning Meeting, Le Moyne College
This working group will hold its initial meeting to plan for future events, lectures, and performances connected to the countries linked to the Mediterranean region. Drawing on the historical and cultural influences of the region, this group will explore the diversity and interconnectivity of these countries and artistic expressions.

Modernist Geographies (VAC23)

September 14, 2018: Planning Meeting, Syracuse University
A planning meeting to determine the invited guest for a future workshop and to coordinate a teaching exchange for Spring 2019.

TBD: Fall Research Workshop, Syracuse University

New Readings: Bodies in Latin American Visual Arts and Culture (VAC24)

October 6, 2018: New Readings: Bodies in Latin American Visual Arts and Culture, Syracuse University

Musicology/Performance Studies (MP, previously MMH)

In an area full of very active performers, musicologists, and ethnomusicologists this cluster of Corridor funding has encouraged collaborative research and performance.


Teaching Exchange (MMH17)

October 17, 2018: Teaching Exchange #1, University of Rochester
Syracuse University Professor Sarah Fuchs Sampson will participate in an Eastman graduate seminar, presenting her research on recording opera in Paris and leading students in discussion and listening.

TBD: Teaching Exchange #2, University of Rochester

TBD: Teaching Exchange #3, Cornell University

Improvisation in Theory and Practice (MMH18)

TBD: Symposium on Historical Keyboard Improvisation, Cornell University

TBD: Talk and Workshop with Organist/Musicologist Thomas Lacote, Cornell University

TBD: Fall Festival, University of Rochester

Performance/History (MMH22)

April 20, 2018: Mini-seminar with Wah Guan Lim, Colgate University
This mini-seminar focused on transnational Chinese performance with Wah Guan Lim (Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, Bard College). Prof. Lim’s work examines the political and artistic resonances of recent Chinese theater productions, considering particularly the importance of language and geopolitics in the generation of identity.

November 7, 2018: "Slough Media," a seminar with Rebecca Schneider, Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 201 Little Hall, Colgate University (Participants must pre-register by Oct. 31 by emailing Christian DuComb at cducomb@colgate.edu.)
Rebecca Schneider is a performance and media theorist, whose publications include Performing Remains: Art and War in Times of Theatrical Reenactment (Routledge, 2011) and The Explicit Body in Performance (Routledge, 1997).  Her forthcoming essay, "Slough Media," considers the entanglement of media and the body in deep time, questioning the binaries of ephemerality and endurance, obsolescence and persistence.  Seminar participants will read a pre-circulated draft of "Slough Media" and discuss the essay with Professor Schneider.

November 16-18, 2018: Fall Writing Retreat, Cornell University

South Asian Media and Performance Cultures (MP1)

September 14, 2018: Planning Meeting with Eastman Museum, University of Rochester
This is an organizational meeting with the curators of the George Eastman Museum.

TBD: Writing Retreat and Workshop 1, Hamilton College

TBD: Writing Retreat and Workshop 2, University of Rochester

Digital Humanities (DH)

This cluster has identified common interests on all campuses in digital theory and culture; computing for literary and historical research; as well as artistic explorations in music, architecture, and art.


Global Digital Humanities (DH3)

September 21, 2018: Kick off and brainstorming, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

TBD: Fall Global DH Speaker's Event, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Digital Humanities in Practice (DH9)

TBD: Sound Design for Academic Podcasting and Audio Documentary, University of Rochester

Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, and Conservation of Ancient Monuments in Coastal Ghana (DH10)

November 7, 2018: Invited Lecture and Planning Session Fall 2018, University of Rochester

Literature, Language, Culture (LLC)

This cluster was proposed on the basis of shared strengths and faculty resources in languages and literatures across the Corridor, including faculty from regional liberal arts colleges and universities. Existing working groups include those collaborating on Victorian, 18th Century, and Early Modern periods and others working within ethnic studies and international literature.


Incarceration and Decarceration (LLC5)

TBD: Fall Group Meeting, University of Rochester

Nineteenth Century Studies (LLC6)

April 6-7, 2018: Habits of Reading, Habits of Sympathy, lecture by Professor Melissa Shields-Jenkins, Syracuse University
Professor Jenkins gave a talk about book lists and self-education in the early 20th century, as the Victorian Canon was getting finalized. She also gave a pedagogy seminar based on her essay, “Global Victorians,” forthcoming in edited collection Victorian Literature in the 21st Century: A Guide to Pedagogy. Professor Jenkins also participated in our faculty works-in-progress workshop.

Inclusion/Exclusion in the Modern Middle East (LLC7)

March 23, 2018: Gender as a Mode of Inclusion and Exclusion, Syracuse University
A research and writing workshop for participants in our interdisciplinary working group. This group of faculty and graduate students is interested in exploring the relation between language, culture, and modernity across the Middle East. Planned/invited speakers: Nazanin Shahrokni (Syracuse University), Mary Youssef (Binghamton University), Discussant: Carol Fadda (Syracuse University).

April 20, 2018: Experiences of Place, Syracuse University
Planned/invited speakers: Timur Hammond (Geography, Syracuse University), Ziad Fahmy (Near Eastern Studies, Cornell), Discussant: Howard Eissenstadt (History, St Lawrence University).

Sound & Media (LLC10)

October 26-27, 2018: Sound and Media Fall Writing Retreat, Syracuse University

Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery (LLC11)

December 11, 2018: Fall Organizational and Planning Meeting, Syracuse University

LELACS/Global Literatures and Cultures (LLC12)

October 8, 2018: A Conversation with Filmmaker Carlos Rossini, 12:45-2pm, Syracuse University
Acclaimed Mexican cineaste and documentary filmmaker, Carlos Rossini, will discuss documentary filmmaking in Latin America and will introduce the audience to several of his films centered on immigration, the environment, and political corruption in Latin America and beyond.
October 10, 2018: Film Screening of El Alcalde with Carlos Rossini, 4:30-7pm, Colgate University
This event features a film screening of award-winning documentary El Alcalde (The Mayor) followed by a Q&A with director Carlos F. Rossini.
October 11, 2018: A Conversation with Filmmaker Carlos Rossini, 4:30-6pm, Cornell University
Argentine/Mexican filmmaker Carlos Rossini will converse about his work with members of the community in the context of an annual Cine con Culture film festival jointly hosted by Cinemapolis (downtown Ithaca), Cornell Cinema, and Ithaca College.
October 2018: Additional events with Carlos Rossini at the University of Rochester

Spanish Poetics (LLC13)

April 3-4, 2018: Reimagining a Feminist Poetics with Aurora Luque and Sara Torres, Syracuse University
Poets Sara Torres and Aurora Luque presented a poetry recital with cellist accompaniment by Pamela Davenport titled “Contemporary Spanish Poetry and Performance.” A Spanish language lecture and round table discussion was also held, entitled “Herencia poetica feminista en España” [Feminist Poetical Legacy in Spain].

October 15-17, 2018: Fall symposium, Le Moyne College

LALAAB: Latin American Literature and Arts Across Borders (LLC20)

September 18, 2018: Tango and Borges, Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Tango and Borges is a song and storytelling performance with Milton Loayza and Uptown Tango duo, based on Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges's writings.
September 25, 2018: Tango and Borges: A Concert with Dialogue, 6:45-9pm, Goldstein Auditorium, Syracuse University 

This bilingual (Spanish/English) performance will combine literature, music, and dance to introduce the audience to one of Argentina's most popular writers and to the country's most exciting genre of music and dance.

Gender and Sexuality Writing Collective (LLC21)

November 2, 2018: Gender and Sexuality Writing Collective Conference, University of Rochester

Historical Studies (HS)

This new cluster supports historical inquiry across the humanities, fostering research within history as a discipline and across disciplinary contexts. To cultivate mutual exchange and scholarly collaboration, the cluster welcomes scholars working within and across regional, cultural, and national boundaries, drawing on comparative, transnational, or global perspectives, and those working in historical studies using interdisciplinary and/or thematic approaches.


Scientific Norms and the Concept of the Normal (HS1)

October 11, 2018: Carla Nappi Lecture: "Prepositional Bodies: Translating Corporeal Normality Across Early Modern Eurasia," 5-7pm, 114 Bird Library, Syracuse University
Professor Nappi will deliver a lecture drawing from her current research for an audience of students and faculty interested in the histories of science and medicine, translation studies, early modern Eurasia and in global early modernity more generally.

October 12, 2018: Carla Nappi Workshop: "The Open Humanities: Voicing Generous Spaces in Academia," 2-4pm, Romance Studies Lounge, Cornell University
Professor Nappi will hold a workshop on public audiences for academic work that will reflect on ways in which the scholarly voice can serve as a technology for inhabiting an artistic practice.

Slow Historical Studies (HS2)

October 2018: Slow Historical Studies Meeting 1, Syracuse University

December 2018: Slow Historical Studies Meeting 2, Cornell University

Urban Humanities (HS3)

October 27, 2018: Methodologies, Archives, and Analysis: Works-in-progress brainstorming workshop, University of Rochester

Archives and Media (AM)

This cluster aims to supplement archival research in any of the other cluster areas and to support research in new media as well as issues of preservation and exchange of historical media archives.

For 2018, there are no active Archives and Media working groups.

The Distinguished Visiting Collaborator program further enhances liberal arts education in the region by bringing prominent external scholars from various fields in the humanities for brief residencies during which they give public lectures, lead small seminars and symposia, and meet with students.

Mellon Collaborator (MC1)

October 22-23, 2018: "Authority and Utility in Spinoza: From Epicureanism to Neoliberalism?," Cornell University and Syracuse University
Dimitris Vardoulakis of Western Sydney University will visit Cornell University on Monday, Oct. 22 and deliver a lecture in the Society of the Humanities in conjunction with the PHI6 working group. He will also deliver a lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Syracuse University.