ISD9: Humanities Across Disciplinary Borders
Socio-economic inequities and political divisiveness have forced ordinary people to reckon with everyday practices within all spheres of life. Such concerns ripple through the Humanities, raising questions about what we do and how we do it.
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Active since: 2022
- Syracuse University
- University of Rochester
- Rochester Institute of Technology
This interdisciplinary Working Group brings together a diverse range of scholars, some squarely in the Humanities and others outside it, to explore strategies for building interdisciplinary collaboration. The collaborative goals of the Working Group include developing a deeper understanding of contemporary issues and their effects on humanity. We investigate how scholars and researchers at global universities can research these issues and be at the forefront of understanding and interpreting such transformations across the humanities and across disciplinary borders. Additionally, we plan to share ideas on how we can inform students, policymakers, and the public. A goal of the Working Group is for our work to contribute to improving our local, national, and global communities.
At the university level, there is a real and urgent need for rigorous research and debate regarding fundamental human issues. How can scholars better understand prevailing narratives and counternarratives as they relate to socio-political, economic, and other forces that impact the human condition? Interdisciplinary research in the sciences and humanities is crucial. Our Working Group seeks to build on and enhance the scholarship of group members and to augment their research output. Our goal contributes to strategic plans at our respective universities to increase its academic and research profile, attract higher quality graduate and undergraduate students, and position ourselves as competitors in global education.
Our Working Group provides mechanisms for both undergraduate and graduate students to develop critical tools needed to become productive global citizens. The Working Group provides the interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks necessary for interdisciplinary training in the humanities and social sciences. These frameworks enable students to think about diverse issues more holistically and to closely interrogate issues of ethics, inclusivity, citizenship, and civic responsibility
Associate Professor Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Professor, History Department; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Maxwell School; Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar, Syracuse University
Director of the Honors Program, Professor of African American Studies, Syracuse University
- Patrick W. Berry, Associate Professor, Syracuse University
- Brian Barry, Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
- Carol Faulkner, Professor, Syracuse University
- Kira Reed, Associate Professor, Syracuse University
- Danielle Taana Smith, Professor, Syracuse University
- Tynelle Stewart, Professor, University of Rochester
- Melissa Yuen, Curator of the Syracuse University Art Museum
- Networking -- the event allowed scholars to build connections across campus, to meet others who were interested in doing collaborate work across borders.
- It introduced faculty to the services offered by Sarah Workman and the Research office.