PCT17: Genealogy in the Humanities


Genealogy in the Humanities is a collaborative initiative between Syracuse University and Cornell University supporting research and programing in the genealogical humanities and humanistic social sciences.

Active since: 2020

Open to New People

  • Syracuse University
  • Cornell University

Collaborative Goals

The goal of this Working Group was to support research that uses archival methods for political theory. We were able to reach this goals by holding a roundtable on archival political theory at Cornell University, as well as two virtual authors-meet-readers events in Fall 2021. These events engaged political theorists who do archival work in discussion with faculty and graduate students. In Spring 2022, we held two virtual author-meets-readers events in which authors of recently published books engaged in conversation with faculty and graduate students.

Group Organizers

Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University

Alexander Livingston

Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

Group Members

  • Begum Adalet, Assistant Professor, Government, Cornell University
  • William Cameron, Graduate Student, Government, Syracuse University
  • Ani Chen, Graduate Student, Government, Cornell University
  • Jill Frank, Professor, Government, Cornell University
  • Gail Hamner, Professor, Religion, Syracuse University
  • Patchen Markell, Associate Professor, Government, Cornell University
  • Ewa Nizalowska, Graduate Student, Government, Cornell University
  • Erik Petrie, Graduate Student, Government, Cornell University
  • Shirley Le Penne, Graduate Student, Government, Cornell University
  • Tessy Schlosser, Graduate Student, Government, Cornell University
  • Carlos Ramirez Arenas, Graduate Student, Religion, Syracuse University
  • Naz Oktay, Graduate Student, Philosophy, Syracuse University
  • Weiting Huang, Graduate Student, Philosophy, Syracuse University

Group Outcomes

Even though most of our events had to be held online, we were able to deepen collaborative networks among Corridor faculty and graduate students across various disciplines. The online modality of our authors-meet-readers events allowed us to bring in a number of high-profile scholars, such as Stuart Elden and Duncan Bell, whom we would otherwise not have been able to host. These events were quite successful and reached a wide audience within and beyond Corridor institutions.

One fall event was held in person at Cornell University and provided an opportunity for personal connection and intellectual exchange. It was wonderful to finally meet faculty and graduate students who had previously shared space online. The interdisciplinary background of our speakers and audience contributed to our goal of bridging disciplinary divides in political theory and helped facilitate collaborative research synergies and programing, support ongoing faculty and graduate research projects, and create spaces for critical methodological analysis and graduate training.