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Spring 2019 Working Group Activities

Funded Endowment Activities by Research Area

Digital Humanities

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)

March 29, 2019: Digital Diaspora Speaker Event with Patrick Jagoda, University of Rochester
Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago) will speak on the relationship between networks as they relate to global politics and diaspora.

March 29-30, 2019: Digital Diaspora Colloquium, University of Rochester
The colloquium will hold a 2-day event consisting of pre-formed workshops facilitated by the invited scholars and centered around their work-in-progress research under the theme "Digital Diaspora."

April 30, 2019: Global Digital Humanities Project Showcase, University of Rochester
This project showcase will consist of short presentations about DH projects by faculty and graduate students and followed by a digital poster session.

May 6, 2019: End-of-Year Meeting, Syracuse University
Our group will meet to plan the Global DH working group's future activities.

Digital Humanities in Practice (DH9)

April 24, 2019: Digital Humanities Student Research Symposium, Syracuse University
This event will provide a forum for undergraduate and graduate students across the Corridor--and across a wide range of disciplines--to share their work in the digital humanities. The purpose of this mini-conference is to recognize students' research in their respective fields, as well as to highlight faculty who are creating cutting-edge assignments in their courses.

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

February 22, 2019: Discovering Ghana's Past: Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Syracuse University
This colloquium highlights current, interdisciplinary research into Ghana's past. Participants will present on varied aspects of Ghana's archaeology and history, and on the preservation, structural assessment and interpretation of the European forts, castles, and trading posts established in coastal Ghana between the late fifteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Historical Studies

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)

May 9, 2019: Spring Workshop, Cornell University
Jenny Row (University of Minnesota) will give a lecture entitled, "The Body Perfect: Aesthetics, Biopolitics and Disability in Early Modern France."

Slow Historical Studies (HS2)

March 23, 2019: Slow Historical Studies Meeting #3, Colgate University
This is a three-part series of workshops centered on the theme of "Slow Archaeology." Our long-term goal is to create community and draw together isolated historical studies scholars in the CNY region. For this workshop, we will continue our discussions on the theoretical, practical, and ethical implications of a "slow archaeology." More specifically, we will focus on workshopping drafts of conference papers and exhibit seminars ahead of the TAG conference and developing publication plans, SAR seminar proposals, and/or NEH collaborations moving forward.

Urban Humanities (HS3)

March 21, 2019: A Roundtable on Architectural Historiography, University of Rochester
This event will feature a roundtable of presentations of scholars' work discussed after pre-circulation of papers.

Late Antiquity (HS4)

January 25, 2019: Book Discussion, Syracuse University
As part of our year's engagement of the conversation between ecological thought and the study of late ancient Christianity, we will discuss Virginia Burrus's recent book, Ancient Christian Ecopoetics: Cosmologies, Saints, Things (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).

April 6, 2019: Symposium "Trees and More: Ecological Thinking and the Ancient Christian Imagination," Syracuse University
This one-day symposium will feature seven short papers and one longer paper while also setting aside ample discussion time for exploring new approaches to ancient Christian art and literature inspired by current ecological thinking.


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.

Language Documentation in Multilingual Communities (LIN9)

April 5, 2019: Spring Workshop and Planning Meeting, University of Rochester
This working group will bring together scholars in linguistics who work on documentation of indigenous and minority languages, aspects of linguistic structure, and the sociolinguistics of multilingual communities. The focus of the working group will be on 1) describing linguistic structure in indigenous language communities, 2) language documentation in multilingual communities, and 3) sociolinguistic aspects of multilingual speech communities and language endangerment.

Literature, Language and Culture

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)

March 7, 2019: Futures Matter: Five Pedagogical Stances for Shifting Toward Justice, Syracuse University 
In her book, Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice, Winn asserts that four pedagogical stances, History Matters; Race Matters; Justice Matters; and Language Matters are essential for learning communities to engage in their pursuit of justice. In this talk, Winn argues for a fifth pedagogical stances, Futures Matter, using Stetsenko's Transformative Activist Stance (TAS) framework.

March 27, 2019: Can We Wait 75 Years to Cut the Prison Population in Half?, University of Rochester
"End the era of mass incarceration" is an emerging consensus issue but what would it take to truly end mass incarceration? Looking at decarcerating trends in New York, New Jersey, and California, the Sentencing Project's Nazgol Ghandnoosh argues for a more robust approach than the ones presently on offer. Releasing "non-violent drug offenders" is a critical step, but if we are serious about ending mass incarceration, we need to meaningfully reform sentences for people convicted of violent crimes.

May/June 2019: CPEP Auburn Literary Journal Launch, Cornell University 

Sound and Media (LLC10)

March 7, 2019: Mini-Seminar and Lecture: "Build: The Power of Hip Hop in a Divided World," Syracuse University 
In a mini-seminar and a public lecture, Mark Katz will tell the little-known story of the emergence of hip-hop diplomacy and explain the circumstances that led the State Department to invest, albeit quietly, significant resources into sending hip-hop artists around the world as cultural ambassadors.

April 24, 2019: Spring Planning Meeting, University of Rochester
This meeting will allow the group to brainstorm the next Sound and Media project for the upcoming proposal period.

Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery (LLC11)

April 28, 2019: Spring Research Workshop and Planning Meeting, Colgate University 
This group held one organizational meeting for the semester to map out plans for their multi-year working group activities. Working group members also updated each other on present research projects and grants received.


April 2-3, 2019: Voces Teatrales, Syracuse University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges 
Dominican writer, actress, and director, Josefina Báez, will perform her latest creation "As Is é," a bilingual monologue with musical accompaniment by Ross Huff. The play will be performed on both campuses. Ms. Báez's work confronts prejudice and discrimination by showcasing individual and collective experiences and memories to highlight the intersection and complications of identity, language, race, and community.

April 6, 2019: Working Papers Colloquium: Performance, Decoloniality, and Translation in Latin American Cultural Production, Colgate University 
This research event will feature Jose Antonio Mazzotti (Tufts University) plus paper presentations from scholars coming from Syracuse, Colgate, and Monmouth Universities. In addition to these more formal presentations, there will be discussion among scholars from the LELACS (Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies) group and graduate students on topics dealing with performance, visual studies, translation, and decoloniality as related to Latin American cultural production.

Spanish Poetics (LLC13)

April 9, 2019: Spring Symposium: Spain on the Screen, Syracuse University 
This event will feature a lecture and discussion with Spanish screenwriter Fernando Navarro who will share his experience as a successful, award-winning screenwriter for both film and television.

April 10, 2019: A Conversation with Screenwriter and Journalist Fernando Navarro, Le Moyne College
Fernando Navarro will discuss his career as a screenwriter and journalist. He has written regularly for the press, radio, and television. His film screenplays include Anacieto: Secret Agent, Toro, Muse, and Veronica, which was nominated in seven categories for a Goya Award, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay.

Health Humanities: Medicine, Disease, Disability, and Culture (LLC22)

April 26, 2019: Flashtalk Panels on Health Humanities, Syracuse University 
This event features three flash talk panels organized around broad themes relevant to the interests of our working group members. Each panel will provide six participants with an opportunity to give a five-minute overview of a current research project, followed by discussion among all conference attendees. The day will conclude with a brief discussion of next steps and future activities.

Social and Cultural Sustainability in South Asia (LLC23)

March 2, 2019: Sustainable South Asia Inaugural Workshop, Syracuse University 
This event comprises a lunch and afternoon planning retreat as part of this group's inaugural workshop. Events include an opening talk by the principal organizer, lightning talks from five participants, break-out sessions, and group discussion about how we want to approach the issue of social and cultural sustainability in South Asia through future events. The group will also set up a listserv and website for circulating papers and bibliographies.

Small Press Reading Series (LLC24)

April 16, 2019: Small Press Reading Series, Colgate University 
The next Small Press Reading Series will feature authors Shira Dentz (Sisyphusina, PANK Books 2020), Aimee Harrison (editor at Essay Press), Micah Dean Hicks (Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2019), and Adam Tedesco (Mary Oliver, Lithic Press 2019).

Gender and Class in the Novel (LLC25)

March 29, 2019: Spring Meeting on Gender and Class in the Novel, Cornell University 
The group brings together faculty and graduate students who are working on the (largely European) novel from the 18th to the 21st centuries. The group will read and discuss ongoing work-in-progress on the novel as an archive for addressing questions of class and gender across national and epochal boundaries.

Spring 2019, Spring Workshop #2, Hamilton College 

Composition, Labor, and Embodiment (LLC26)

February 27, 2019, Spring Symposium with Deborah Mutnick, Syracuse University 
In "Rethinking Pathways to Freedom in an Era of Economic Austerity," Dr. Deborah Mutnick will describe how a community-based course she developed used library, archival, and digital literacies to deepen students' understanding of academic research and writing was complicated by the troubled socio-economic context of Long Island University Brooklyn, which has seen the imposition of a strict austerity regime and a contentious labor struggle in recent years.

Musicology/Performance Studies

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)

April 12, 2019: Teaching Exchange with Oliver Schneller, Cornell University
The Cornell Composers' Forum brings renowned guest composers, artists, scholars, and performers to the campus several times per year. Oliver Schneller, Professor of Composition and Director of Eastman Audio Research Studio (EARS), will be giving a talk about his career, recent works, and what he sees as the future of new music.

April 30, 2019: Teaching Exchange with Darren Mueller, Syracuse University
Darren Mueller (University of Rochester) will visit Professor Sarah Fuchs' HNR 340 Sound Culture class to workshop students' digital humanities projects on the "Sounds of Syracuse." Mueller is an expert in digital sound studies, and his feedback will help students to hone their final projects.

May 3, 2019: Teaching Exchange with Mike Dubaniewicz, Cornell University
This master class and lecture facilitates the exchange of ideas regarding best jazz performance practices, materials, and the pedagogy of listening to recordings as if they were a score.

Spring 2019, Teaching Exchange, University of Rochester

Improvisation in Theory and Practice (MMH18)

March 29-30, 2019: Syracuse Legacies Organ Conference, Syracuse University
William Porter, internationally-acclaimed performer, improviser, and professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music, will give a masterclass for organ students. Porter will also present a solo organ concert featuring improvisation on the historic Holtkamp organ in Setnor Auditorium. These events are part of a three-day conference.

South Asian Media and Performance Cultures (MP1)

January 31-February 1, 2019: Writing Retreat and Workshop #3, University of Rochester
Film screening and planning meeting with the Curator of Film Screenings at the George Eastman Museum in planning for a symposium on Indian cinema to be held next academic year.

April 20-21, 2019: Colloquium with Visiting Scholars, University of Rochester
In this colloquium with several area scholars, we will share and discuss each other's work, write together, and tour the South Asian film collection at the Eastman Museum to lay the groundwork for next year's symposium.

Philosophy/Critical Theory

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.

Continental Philosophy (PHI6)

May 7, 2019: Undergraduate Conference in Critical Theory, Syracuse University 

Students enrolled in Professor Paul Fleming’s "Critical Thinking and Literary Methods" (Cornell University) and Professor Gregg Lambert’s "Critique of European Humanism" (Syracuse University) will come together for a one-day conference in the Syracuse University Humanities Center to present their original research in Critical Theory. Undergraduate students from both campuses will present papers and graduate students will serve as respondents and moderators.

Ancient Philosophy (PHI7)

April 27, 2019: Spring Workshop: Plato and Aristotle on Happy Lives and Deaths, Syracuse University 
This year's workshop for works-in-progress in ancient philosophy will feature talks by Christopher Raymond (Vassar), Emily Austin (Wake Forest), and Mark Brennan (UAlbany).

Theorizing Italy (PHI11)

March 27, 2019: Encountering Italian Philosophy with Giacomo Marramao, University of Rochester
A workshop open to students and faculty from various disciplines led by Italian philosopher Giacomo Marramao to discuss his thought, followed by a public lecture on the theme of political ontology.

Moral Psychology (PHI12)

May 25, 2019: CNY Moral Psychology Conference, Le Moyne College 
This workshop is an opportunity for philosophers who live within or outside of the upstate New York region to present papers in process and to receive useful feedback on their work. Its goal is to bring together those interested in moral psychology for fruitful interaction and discussion, and thereby, emphasize how moral psychology (as it was traditionally construed) remains an important, coherent, and distinct variety of philosophical inquiry. As presently conceived, this workshop will meet once a year. Each workshop will feature 4-5 papers in an informal, seminar-style format, and each paper will be followed by a short commentary and discussion.

CNY Religious Studies Consortium (PHI13)

March 22, 2019: Consortium Brainstorming Meeting, Syracuse University 
This initial planning meeting will bring together representatives from host campuses of the Religion Consortium with the faculty of Religion at Syracuse University to work toward planning a Fall 2019 event.

Objects of Inquiry: Re/Orienting LGBT/Queer Studies Introductory Courses (PHI14)

April 6, 2019: Workshop, Syracuse University 
Faculty, graduate students, and staff will come together from Syracuse University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and other colleges within the Corridor (Colgate, Union, and Skidmore) to discuss what we are currently teaching in these courses and how they reflect, and contribute to, broader intellectual debates across the fields of LGBT/critical sexuality/queer studies.

Visual Arts and Culture

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 and Pedagogy in Ottoman and Turkish Architecture (VAC1)

March 26, 2019: History of Landscape and Its Representation, Cornell University
This panel will bring together two emerging scholars who will speak on the history of landscape and its representation in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey from the 19th century through to the present. The featured speakers are Berin Golonu (University at Buffalo) and Deniz Turker (University of Cambridge).

Visual Studies (VAC3)

Spring 2019, Lecture/Discussion with Sheryl Lee, Le Moyne College

Asian Humanities in Global Context (VAC19)

April 9, 2019: The Aesthetics of Neoliberalism: A Workshop Linking Asian Humanities, Global Markets, and Emerging Theory, Cornell University
This event will feature a guest lecture by Leigh Claire La Berge (CUNY MBCC).

April 25, 2019: The Aesthetics of Neoliberalism: A Workshop Linking Asian Humanities, Global Markets, and Emerging Theory, Cornell University
This event will feature a guest lecture by Matt Seybold (Elmira College).

Connecting Art Histories Across the Americas (VAC20)

Spring 2019, Writing Retreat, Skidmore College

Mediterranean Music and Performance (VAC22)

April 9, 2019: Grenada - Tetuan: A Search for the Common Roots of Andalusian and Flamenco Music, Syracuse University
This concert will explore the common roots of Andalusian and flamenco music with vocalist Antonio Gomez, instrumentalist Suhail Serghini and dancer Eva Manzano.

Modernist Geographies (VAC23)

March 5, 2019: Spring Teaching Exchange #1, Syracuse University
Laura Cecchini (Colgate University) will guest lecture in a course at Syracuse University.

March 6, 2019: Spring Teaching Exchange #2, Colgate University
Samuel Johnson (Syracuse University) will guest lecture in a course at Colgate University.

Spring 2019: Spring Teaching Exchange #3, University of Rochester

War, Terror, and Genocide (VAC25)

April 18, 2019: A Symposium on Contemporary Practices of Violence, Syracuse University
This symposium engages in dialogue about the historical and contemporary experiences of genocide, war, terror, and violence. We analyze these escalating realities as they have been experienced in communities around the world.

Distinguished Visiting Collaborator

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)

February 5, 2019: Seminar with Jeffrey T. Nealon, Syracuse University 
Jeffrey T. Nealon, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor English and Philosophy, Penn State University, will conduct a visiting seminar on the ethical philosophies of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas in Professor Gregg Lambert's philosophy course on Critique of European Humanism.

April 23, 2019: Seminar with Cary Wolfe, Syracuse University 
Cary Wolfe, the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University, will conduct a visiting seminar Professor Gregg Lambert's philosophy course on Critique of European Humanism. Professor Wolfe will be discussing his work in animal studies and his book entitled, Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame.

Archives and Media

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 Spring 2019, there are no active Archives and Media working groups.