Working Groups & Organizers

Updated for 2020-21
Lead Organizers are marked with an asterisk (*).

 

Archives and Media

Activities in this cluster include, but are not limited to: exploring a range of formats/genres in contemporary and historical media; addressing questions of preservation and access; examining the politics of the archive’s content/formation (as well as its silences/gaps); participating in reparative archival efforts, and more. Many working groups draw from rich resources and archives housed across Corridor institutions—of film, recorded sound, material objects, photography, television, new media art, and diverse text/manuscript collections—as well as alternative sites, forms, and repositories of knowledge in broader communities.

 

Media and the Premodern (AM6)

We work on the relationship between Media Theory and History and premodern cultures, especially Classical Antiquity, Byzantium and the Medieval World, focusing on image, sound, and the materiality of text.

Glenn Peers, Professor of Art History, Syracuse University
*Verity Platt, Professor of Classics, Cornell University

 

Digital Humanities

Activities in this cluster take up various topics that include, but are not limited to: digital theory, culture, and communication; the politics of digital access; digital knowledge architectures; public engagement and digital literacies; and cross-cultural and global digital collaborations. Working groups are engaged with: computational methods in literary and historical studies; digital performance and play; digital publishing and open access; media archaeology; creating, preserving and sustaining digital culture; AI’s socio-cultural contexts and implications; and an array of digital innovations in art, photography, music, architecture, writing/rhetoric, and performance.

 

Global Digital Humanities (DH3)

Jay Bloom, Visiting Associate Professor of Art History, Hamilton College
Chris Hanson,
Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University
June Hwang
, Associate Professor of German, University of Rochester
Janet Oppedisano, Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Leah Shafer, Associate Professor, Media and Society, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, Syracuse University
*Iskandar Zulkarnain, Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Society, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

 

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

This interdisciplinary working group focuses broadly on the Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, and Conservation of Ancient Monuments.

*Christopher DeCorse, Professor, Anthropology, Syracuse University
Renato Perucchio, Program Director, Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures, University of Rochester

 

AI and Human Values (DH11)

This working group is an effort to build a long-term interdisciplinary research collaboration that will examine the philosophical, social, and normative aspects of artificial intelligence (AI).

*Jonathan Herington, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Rochester
Johannes Himmelreich, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University
Jens Kipper, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Rochester

 

Data in the Humanities (DH12)

To foster a community of practice around building data skills, including accessing, analyzing, using, and visualizing data to further humanistic inquiry.

Eliza Bettinger, Digital Humanities Librarian, Cornell University
Josh Finnell, Associate Professor in the University Libraries, Colgate University
*Emily Sherwood, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Rochester
Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, Syracuse University

 

 

Historical Studies

Activities in this cluster explore historical questions across interdisciplinary contexts and also engage with history as a discipline. Working groups cross temporal, regional, cultural, and national boundaries, draw on comparative, transnational, and global perspectives and use thematic approaches to historical questions, and address various theoretical, methodological, and political debates in historical inquiry. Activities include, but are not limited to, collaborations in (and across): social history; labor studies and economic history; early modern studies; race, gender, sexuality, and disability studies; social movement history; political history/political thought; history of science and medicine; intellectual history; and histories of empire, colonialism, and settler colonialism.

 

Scientific Norms and the Concept of the Normal (HS1)

This is an interdisciplinary group of faculty dedicated to studying the history of norms and the concept of the normal in the context of literature, art, history of science, and political history.

*Kathleen Long, Professor of French, Cornell University
Stephanie Shirilan, Associate Professor, English, Syracuse University

 

Urban Humanities (HS3)

This working group brings together historians of architecture and urban development with scholars in adjacent disciplines to explore the historical ways that architecture and the urban built environment have operated in modern political life.

*Lawrence Chua, Assistant Professor, Architecture, Syracuse University
Peter Christensen, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Rochester
Samia Henni, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Cornell University
Lisa Trivedi, Professor of History, Hamilton College

 

HIV/AIDS Activism and Public Health (HS9)

We plan to run a work-in-progress workshop for faculty researching histories of HIV/AIDS and public health. We also plan to have a planning meeting in advance of the workshop to organize a conference on HIV/AIDS in 2021.

Tamar Carroll, Associate Professor History, Rochester Institute of Technology
Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Exhibits and Special Projects Manager, University of Rochester
Mical Raz, Professor in Public Policy and Health, University of Rochester
*Stephen Vider
, Assistant Professor of History, Cornell University

 

Labor and American Political Development (HS10)

The working group aims to bring together faculty and graduate students who are producing political and social science scholarship on the role of labor and labor unions in American politics, with the purpose of identify promising avenues of future research.

*David Bateman, Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University
Steven White, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University

 

 

Humanities Futures

New in 2020, this cluster brings together scholars taking up a variety of questions that include, but are not limited to: field-building in the humanities; graduate and undergraduate curricular innovation; humanities pedagogies and methods; public engagement/public humanities; diversifying the humanities; pipelines and pathways to leadership (in the humanities and more broadly in higher education); issues of precarity and institutional labor; and humanities advocacy. This cluster also includes activities focused on various timely/topical humanities themes that have regional, national, and/or transnational relevance (e.g., health/medical humanities, rural humanities, environmental humanities, and more).

 

Humanities Research Administrators (HF1)

This working group aims to support and strengthen Humanities research across the Corridor by sharing resources and developing best practices for research administration. 

Debra Haring, Assistant Dean for Grants and Contracts, University of Rochester
Carmel Lurito Lee, Associate Director of Research Development, Cornell University
*Sarah Workman, Assistant Director of Proposal Development in the Humanities, Syracuse University

 

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) (HF2)

Comprising members who coordinate CLAC programs or are trying to start such initiatives, this group creates alliances to share practices for incorporating an international dimension in curricula and achieve internationalization goals.

*Amanda Brown, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Syracuse University
Cory Duclos, Director of the Keck Center for Language Study, Colgate University
Oscar Pérez, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Skidmore College
Lisa Sansoucy, Coordinator of Language Learning Initiatives, Cornell University

 

Community-Engaged Public Humanities (HF3)

We focus on public-facing humanities research and teaching. We develop and support projects that feature multiple perspectives and voices, build communities of place, interest, and identity; and pursue collective capacity for action and social change.

Nicole Fonger, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Syracuse University
Timur Hammond, Assistant Professor of Geography, Syracuse University
Kathryn Mariner, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester
*Brice Nordquist, Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Syracuse University

 

Corridor Futures & Initiatives (HF4)

Paul Fleming, Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University
*Vivian May, Director of the Humanities Center, Syracuse University
Joan Rubin, Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center, University of Rochester

 

 

Inequality & Social Difference

New in 2020, this cluster brings together scholars working across fields (in the humanities and social sciences as well as in law and education, for example) to: examine multiple forms of inequality; take up questions of social difference, embodiment, and identity in ways that attend to structures and flows of power; and to explore (and contest) oppression’s logics, norms, institutions, and practices across time, place, culture, and circumstance. This cluster also includes activities that explore oppositional logics, diverse theories and practices of resistance (cultural, political, creative, pedagogical, collective, embodied, performative), and strategies for contesting inequality and injustice, currently and historically.

 

Feminists Without Borders (ISD1)

This working group intends to encourage collaborations among those who conduct feminist research or engage in feminist advocacy from various disciplinary and national backgrounds.

Betty Bayer, Professor of Women’s Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Kristin Doughty, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Rochester
May Farnsworth, Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Nickesia Gordon, Associate Professor of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology
*Yuhan Huang, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, Rochester Institute of Technology
Anthony Jimenez, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Wenjie Liao, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Brianna Theobald, Assistant Professor of History, University of Rochester

 

Critical LGBTQ+/ Sexuality Studies (ISD2)

This continuing working group of LGBT and queer studies scholars is building teaching/pedagogical resource-networks and developing research/writing collaborations with regional and potentially national impact.

Margaret Himley, Professor of Writing Studies; Director of LGBT Studies, Syracuse University
Jennifer Mitchell, Assistant Professor of English, Union College
Erin Rand, Associate Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University
William Robert, Associate Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
*Melissa Autumn White, Assistant Professor of LGBT Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey, Professor of Philosophy, Le Moyne College
Susan Woolley, Associate Professor of Educational Studies and LGBTQ Studies, Colgate University

 

 

Linguistics

Activities in this cluster touch on various dimensions of the interdisciplinary study of language’s structures, meanings, sounds, visuals, and gestures. Bridging the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, working group activities include projects, symposia, and workshops in numerous areas within linguistics, including, but not limited to: computational linguistics, discourse, language acquisition, syntax, language preservation, bilingualism and multilingualism, phonetics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, semantics, historical-comparative linguistics, morphology, visual-spatial linguistics, and more.

 

Workshop on the Syntax-Semantics Interface (LIN4)

*Jaklin Kornfilt, Professor, Linguistics, Syracuse University
Jeffrey T. Runner, Professor of Linguistics and Brain & Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
John Whitman, Professor, Linguistics, Cornell University

 

Language Documentation in Multilingual Communities (LIN9)

This working group brings together scholars in linguistics who work on documentation of indigenous, minority, and refugee languages including aspects of linguistic structure and socio-linguistic dimensions.

*Maya Ravindranath Abtahian, Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Rochester
Abigail Cohn, Professor of Linguistics, Cornell University
Rania Habib, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Arabic, Syracuse University

 

Language Sound Structures (LIN10)

This group brings together faculty, graduate students and post docs from across central NY to explore common themes and areas of interest centered around the documentation and analysis of phonetic and phonological patterns in human language.

*Abigail Cohn, Professor of Linguistics, Cornell University
Christopher Green, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Syracuse University
Joyce McDonough, Professor of Linguistics, University of Rochester

 

New Directions in Semantics and Pragmatics (LIN11)

The working group consists of faculty in linguistics semantics and philosophy of language. It aims to provide a venue for exchanging ideas about research in progress in a series of workshops, focusing on new models for semantics and pragmatics.

Ash Asudeh, Professor of Linguistics, University of Rochester
Arc Kocurek, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University
*Mats Rooth, Professor of Linguistics, Cornell University

 

Sign Language and Deaf Culture (LIN12)

This group proposes to bring together researchers in the area of sign language, deaf studies, law and linguistics.

Molly Diesing, Professor of Linguistics, Cornell University
*Brenda Schertz, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, Cornell University
Michael Schwartz, Associate Professor of Law, Syracuse University

 

 

Literature, Language, and Culture

Activities in this cluster examine diverse literatures, languages, genres, time periods, geographies, and cultures. Working groups take up various topics, from examining the politics of writing, poetics, and translation, to examining a particular form/genre, to unpacking Eurocentric frameworks and contesting settler-colonial mindsets. This cluster, originally formed around collaborations in early modern studies, 18th-Century studies, Victorian studies, and the study of contemporary literatures, languages, and cultures, now includes many additional fields, including Ethnic studies, Latinx/Latin-American studies, Afro-Caribbean studies, Jewish studies, South Asian studies, Asian and Asian American studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, African American studies, Middle Eastern studies, (de)carceral studies, women’s/gender studies, disability studies, queer studies, labor studies, restorative justice studies, and more.

 

Incarceration and Decarceration/Revival Cultures (LLC5)

Humanities group studying incarceration and pursuing decarceration, prison education, and restorative justice initiatives.

Patrick Berry, Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric, Syracuse University
Joel Burges, Associate Professor of English, University of Rochester
Kristin Doughty, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Rochester
*Joshua Dubler, Assistant Professor, Religion, University of Rochester
Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge, Associate Professor of Art & Lens Based Media, University of Rochester
Alison Peterman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Rochester
Robert Scott, Executive Director, Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP)

 

Critical Theory and the Global: The Politics of Translation (LLC9)

In this group, we explore translation in an expanded sense—across languages, media, and regions—in dialogue with current developments in critical theory and global politics.

William Bridges, Assistant Professor of Japanese, University of Rochester
*Andrew Campana, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Cornell University
Naoki Sakai, Goldwin Smith Professor of Asian Studies, Cornell University

 

Sound and Media (LLC10)

This working group is currently developing a new book project, New Media Histories: A Source Reader for Music Studies, authored by working group co-investigators Sarah Fuchs and Darren Mueller, in collaboration with Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden.

*Sarah Fuchs, Assistant Professor, Music History and Cultures, Syracuse University
Darren Mueller, Assistant Professor, Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

 

Perspectives on Europe from the Periphery (LLC11)

Kathryn Everly, Professor, Spanish Literature and Culture, Syracuse University
Monica Facchini, Associate Professor, Italian, Colgate University
Stefano Giannini, Chair and Associate Professor, Italian, Syracuse University
Patrizia McBride, Professor, German Studies, Cornell University
*Karina von Tippelskirch, Associate Professor, German, Syracuse University

LELACS (Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies) (LLC12)

Anindita Banerjee, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Gail Bulman, Associate Professor, Spanish, Syracuse University
*Debra Castillo, Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University
May Farnsworth, Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Beth Jörgensen, Professor Emerita of Spanish, University of Rochester
Óscar Pérez, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Skidmore College
Fernando Rodriguez-Mansilla, Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

 

Jewish Studies (LLC17)

*Jonathan Boyarin, Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, Cornell University
Zachary Braiterman, Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
Elissa Sampson, Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Cornell University
Harvey Teres, Professor of English, Syracuse University

 

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

This working group brings together scholars across the region who are exploring the intersections among health and culture through the lens of humanities and social science disciplines.

*Lois Agnew, Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Syracuse University
Stacey Langwick, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University
Andrew London
, Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University

 

Social and Cultural Sustainability in South Asia (LLC23)

We are an interdisciplinary core group of twelve faculty members from four Corridor institutions, each working on different aspects of sustainability in South Asia.

*Carol Babiracki, Associate Professor of Music History & Cultures, Syracuse University
Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor, History of Art & Visual Studies, Cornell University
Karim-Aly Kassam, International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies, Cornell University

 

Small Press Reading Series (LLC24)

The Small Press Reading Series highlights work of authors and poets published outside of the “Big 5” publishers. By spotlighting these artists, we are supporting literature that is challenging and diverse.

*Jesi Buell, Associate Professor in the University Libraries, Colgate University
Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, Syracuse University

 

Gender and Class in the Novel (LLC25)

Our group brings together faculty and graduate students who are working on (largely European) literature from the 18th to the 21st century. The groups is intended to be read and discuss ongoing work-in-progress.

*Paul Fleming, Director of the Society for the Humanities; Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies, Cornell University
Franziska Schweiger, Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Hamilton College

 

Composition, Labor, and Embodiment (LLC26)

This group focuses on writing education, labor & embodiment in an era of economic austerity, retrenchment & transnationalization in higher education.

*Patrick Berry, Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Syracuse University
Michelle Cox, Senior Lecturer and Director of English Language Support Office, Cornell University
David Martins, University Writing Program Director, Rochester Institute of Technology
Kate Navickas, Director of the Writing Walk-In Service, Cornell University
Deborah Rossen-Knill, Professor of Writing, Speaking, and Argument, University of Rochester
Jessica Sands, Senior Lecturer and Multilingual Writing Specialist, Cornell University
Tony Scott, Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Syracuse University

 

Bringing Latin to Life: Transforming Latin Pedagogy for Maximal Inclusion and Impact (LLC29)

This working group ‘Bringing Latin to Life’ aims at exchanging ideas of teaching practices geared toward Latin as the target language, sharing best practices and most recent theoretical insights in language acquisition.

Deborah Cromley, Assistant Professor, Latin, Le Moyne College
Michael Fontaine, Professor of Classics, Cornell University
Daniel Gallagher, Associate Professor of the Practice in Latin, Cornell University
*Matthieu van der Meer, Assistant Professor of Classics, Syracuse University

 

Culture and Democracy in 19th-Century New York (LLC30)

We investigate site-specific pedagogical and research projects about the places where culture and democracy were actively pursued, including museums and underground railroad sites. We combine seminar activities with invited speakers.

Dorri Beam, Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University
*Shirley Samuels, Professor of English, Cornell University
Ezra Tawil, Professor of English, University of Rochester

 

Rethinking Imperial Assemblages (LLC31)

This working group focuses on feminist/ queer critical analytics that interrogate structures, logics, and manifestations of empire, militarization, neoliberalism, ethnonationalism, and settler colonialism in transnational and relational frameworks.

Chris Eng, Assistant Professor of English, Syracuse University
*Carol Fadda, Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University
Aniruddha Maitra, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Colgate University
Dana Olwan, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
Nimanthi Rijasingham, Assistant Professor of English, Colgate University
Brenda Sanya, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Colgate University
Susan Thomas, Assistant Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University
Parisa Vaziri, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature & Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University

 

Hemispheric Indigenous Studies (LLC32)

We will examine the common challenges and opportunities facing Indigenous peoples of North and South America, exploring ways to create hemispheric dialogs focused on activism and mutual goals, while acknowledging our historic cultural differences.

Scott Manning Stevens, Associate Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies and English, Syracuse University
*Brianna Theobald, Assistant Professor of History, University of Rochester

 

Religion and Morality in China (LLC33)

Our working group examines how the revival of religion in contemporary China is engendering broader transformations in morality in Chinese society such as increasing involvement in charity, philanthropy, and environmentalism.

Gareth Fisher, Associate Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
*John Osburg, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Rochester

 

 

Musicology/Performance Studies

Activities in this cluster engage with numerous performance genres, histories, and practices (including theatre, musical performance, dance, writing/rhetorics) and take up diverse questions across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Working groups focus on various topics, including: collaborative performance; cultural enactment and its broader meaning across temporal, geographical, and cultural contexts; performance/musicology pedagogies and methods; improvisation; questions of world-making, play, embodiment, and ritual; and performance as a political project/possibility. Often drawing from the region’s resources (conservatories, theatre and dance groups, recording and sound holdings, and historical instruments), working groups organize activities such as teaching exchanges, collaboratively staged works, master classes, conducting podia, collaborative compositions, and symposia (e.g., on  practice-based research, questions of staging, copyright law, and more).

 

Cultural Competencies in Arts Performance and Research (MP2)

As educators and artists we recognize an evolving need to develop cultural competencies that create inclusive spaces for our students and audiences. This newly established working group will provide an ongoing platform for the development of these competencies.

Tamara Acosta, Visiting Lecturer in Voice, Cornell University
*Stephen Spinelli, Lecturer and Assistant Director of Choral Programs, Cornell University
Katherine Walker, Associate Professor of Music, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Michael Woods, Professor of Music, Hamilton College

 

Practice-Based Performance Studies (MP4)

This group aims to support exchange and collaboration between scholars and artists in the CNY Corridor region who are interested in the ways that performance practice enhances and may be enhanced by scholarly methodologies.

Ana Mendez-Oliver, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Syracuse University
Anna Rosensweig, Assistant Professor of French, University of Rochester
Osvaldo Sandoval-Leon, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages, Colgate University
*Stephanie Shirilan, Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University
Byron Suber, Senior Lecturer in Performing & Media Arts, Cornell University

 

Historical Keyboarding (MP5)

Drawing on the holdings of Corridor institutions, this working group will explore the cultural, political, and aesthetic potential of keyboard instruments ranging from the clavichord and organ to the carillon and the Moog synthesizer. 

Xak Bjerken, Professor of Music, Cornell University
Jeremy Day-O’Connell, Associate Professor of Music, Skidmore College
Sarah Day-O’Connell, Associate Professor of Music, Skidmore College
Lisa Goode Crawford, Professor in Harpsichord, University of Rochester
Anne Laver, Assistant Professor and University Organist, Music, Syracuse University
Mike Cheng-Yu Lee, Cornell University
*Roger Moseley, Associate Professor of Music, Cornell University
William Porter, Professor of Organ, University of Rochester
Annette Richards, Professor in the Humanities and University Organist, Cornell University
Katherine Walker, Associate Professor of Music, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

 

Jazz and Culture (MP6)

The Jazz and Culture Writing Group will support new and ongoing writing projects through workshops for scholars examining issues relating to jazz and culture. We also hope to promote interaction among jazz scholars within the CNY Humanities Corridor.

Benjamin Givan, Associate Professor of Music, Skidmore College
Darren Mueller, Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of Rochester
*Frederick Schenker, Assistant Professor of Music, St. Lawrence University

 

Improvisation in Theory and Practice (MP18)

From plainchant to free jazz and beyond, the group explores how musical improvisation has been conceptualized, performed, construed, and analyzed across a broad range of periods, places, and genres.

David Higgs, Professor of Organ, University of Rochester
Anne Laver, Assistant Professor and University Organist, Music, Syracuse University
*Roger Moseley, Associate Professor, Music, Cornell University
Annette Richards, Professor in the Humanities and University Organist, Cornell University

 

Performance/History (MP22)

The Performance/History working group interrogates the relationship between performance as an object of historical research and performance as a theoretical keyword in various humanities disciplines.

*Christian DuComb, Associate Professor, Theater, Colgate University
Mary Simonson, Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies and Women’s Studies, Colgate University
Byron Suber, Senior Lecturer, Performing & Media Arts, Cornell University
Amy Swanson, Assistant Professor of Theater, Colgate University
Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Associate Professor, Music History and Cultures, Syracuse University

 

 

Philosophy/Critical Theory

Activities in this cluster engage in collaborative critical theory scholarship across the disciplines (e.g., in law, history, literature, sociology, philosophy), and across interdisciplinary areas (including critical race theory, queer theory, feminist theory, crip/disability theory), while also taking up diverse specializations in the field of philosophy. For example, working groups explore an array of critical theory issues, such as the interplay between knowledge norms and structural inequality, or the politics, histories, sociologies, and embodiments of knowledge, while other groups focus more on specializations in philosophy as a field (e.g., ethics, social and political philosophy, Anglo-American philosophy, metaphysics, continental philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, existentialism, epistemology, logic, and more).

 

Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy/ Creighton Club (PCT1)

This working group is affiliated with the New York State Philosophical Association.

Ben Lennertz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Colgate University
*Michael Rieppel, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University

 

Continental Philosophy (PCT6)

Formerly PCT6 was biopolitical futures, reconvened in 2017 to coordinate teaching and professionalization of undergraduate students in Critical Theory, primarily at Cornell and Syracuse Universities.

Paul Fleming, Director of the Society for the Humanities; Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies, Cornell University
*Gregg Lambert, Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University

 

Theorizing Italy (PCT11)

This group focuses on Italian philosophical thought across historical periods. It attempts to bring together faculty and graduate students across the humanities corridor to discuss and think about the most important questions concerning Italian philosophy. Events will likely include invited lectures and workshops.

*Silvia Benso, Professor, Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology
Timothy Campbell, Professor of Italian Studies, Cornell University
Stefano Giannini, Associate Professor of Italian, Syracuse University
Brian Schroeder, Professor, Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology
Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio, Associate Professor of Italian, University of Rochester

 

Moral Psychology (PCT12)

Moral psychology is philosophical theorizing about mental states, activities, processes, and attitudes insofar as they bear on living a good or moral life. Topics include the nature of specific mental states and emotions (sympathy, regret, conscience, or anger) and their relations, debates about moral motivation and responsibility, and the analysis of particular virtues and vices (such as generosity, cruelty, or justice), among others. This working group seeks to broaden awareness that moral psychology constitutes a coherent and significant category for philosophical reflection. The group will host events and workshops to promote research that is relevant to this ancient philosophical project. In so doing, it aims to re-invigorate interest in CNY in the sort of discussions Socrates described in the Apology as “the greatest good.”

Kenneth Baynes, Professor, Philosophy, Syracuse University
Marianna Bergamaschi Ganapini, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Union College
*John Monteleone, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Le Moyne College

 

Central New York Religious Studies Consortium (PCT13)

To explore and pursue possibilities for collaboration in the interdisciplinary study of religion among regional faculty and graduate students.

*Philip Arnold, Associate Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
Jonathan Boyarin, Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, Cornell University
Virginia Burrus, Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
Aaron Hughes, Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Rochester
Jenna Reinbold, Associate Professor of Religion, Colgate University
Brent Rodriguez-Plate, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hamilton College

 

Athena in Action New York (PCT15)

Collaboration to support women graduate students in the major upstate New York universities with Philosophy PhD programs.

Janice Dowell, Professor, Philosophy, Syracuse University
*Rachana Kamtekar, Professor, Philosophy, Cornell University
Alison Peterman, Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Rochester

 

Loving While Black: Critical Reflections (PCT16)

The group will bring together Corridor scholars from diverse disciplines to discuss philosphical, cultural, and theological conceptions of love among people of African descent in the U.S., especially as they relate to ideas about race and humankind.

Kyle Bass, Assistant Professor of Theater, Colgate University
*Joan Bryant, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Syracuse University
Biko Mandela Gray, Assistant Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
Cona Marshall, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester
Danielle Smith, Professor of African American Studies, Syracuse University

 

Genealogy in the Humanities (PCT17)

Collaboration among faculty and graduate students who use genealogy as a method of humanities research.

*Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University
Alexander Livingston, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

 

 

 

Visual Arts and Culture

Activities in this cluster explore the material and social aspects of visual and cultural practices, examine the craft and interpretation of visual cultures, forms, and experiences across mediums, time periods, and contexts, and engage with diverse theories and practices tied to visual/cultural studies. Working group activities bridge diverse fields that include, but are not limited to: art history, visual rhetorics, museum studies, geography, film/cinema studies, art and design, media and popular culture, architecture, cultural anthropology, and bridge perceptual studies work in the humanities with fields such as neurobiology and psychology, for example.

 

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

Ezra Akcan, Associate Professor, Architecture, Cornell University
*Peter Christensen, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Rochester

 

Modernist Geographies (VAC23)

This group is a forum for new research on patterns of exchange and influence in the visual arts of the 19th and 20th centuries that complicates or revises art history’s geographical categories (such as East/West, Europe/Americas, Western/Non Western).

*Laura Moure Cecchini, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Colgate University
Rachel Haidu, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Rochester
Samuel Johnson, Assistant Professor of Art History, Syracuse University

 

Global Cinema (VAC27)

The Global Cinema Working Group will generate collaborative initiatives focused on scholarship and teaching in the fields of global and national cinemas.  

Rebecca Burditt, Assistant Professor of Media and Society, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
*Lisa Patti, Associate Professor of Media and Society, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Samantha Sheppard, Assistant Professor, Performing and Media Arts, Cornell University
Pavitra Sundar, Assistant Professor of Literature, Hamilton College

 

Feminist Praxis in Architecture and Design (VAC28)

We are a cross-generational group of academics working at the nexus of intersectional feminism, social justice, and architecture/spatial studies.

Lori Brown, Professor, Architecture, Syracuse University
Lily H. Chi, Associate Professor, Architecture, Cornell University
Samia Henni, Assistant Professor, Architecture, Cornell University
*Kirin Makker, Associate Professor of Art and Architecture, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

 

(Post)Conflict Societies: Politics/Nature/Extraction (VAC30)

We propose to collaboratively explore the relationship between politics, nature, and extraction in numerous (post)conflict, postsocialist and settler colonial contexts. 

Mona Bhan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University
Kristin Doughty, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Rochester
*Azra Hromadzic, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University

 

Visualizing Dante (VAC31)

This working group is composed of collections scholars in art museums and rare book libraries, dedicated to a collaborative, object-based exploration of how artists translate Dante’s rich imagery into visual terms.

Laurent Ferri, Curator and Adjunct Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Exhibits and Special Projects Manager, University of Rochester
Brittany Rubin, Print Room Curatorial Assistant, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Anna Siebach-Larsen, Director of Robbins Library, University of Rochester
*Andrew C. Weislogel, Curator of Earlier European and American Art, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

 

 

Inactive Working Groups

This list includes recent working groups that are not currently active for 2020-21.

 

Institutional Strategies for Engaging Digital Collections (AM1)

Matthew Warne, Instructor, Transmedia, Syracuse University
Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, Syracuse University
Andrew Saluti, Assistant Professor, Museum Studies, Syracuse University
Sarah Keen, University Archivist, Head of Special Collections and University Archives; Associate Professor in the University Libraries, Colgate University

 

Digital Data Visualization & Interpretation in the Public Humanities (DH1)

Anne E. Mosher, Associate Professor, Geography, Syracuse University
Jane M. Read, Associate Professor, Geography, Syracuse University
Chris Hanson, Assistant Professor, English, Syracuse University
Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, Syracuse University
Michael Jarvis, Associate Professor, History, University of Rochester

 

Digital Humanities Initiative (DH2)

Chris Forster, Assistant Professor, English, Syracuse University
Eliza Bettinger, Digital Humanities Librarian, Olin & Uris Libraries, Cornell University
Timothy Murray, Professor, Comparative Literature and English, Cornell University

 

Digital Humanities Speaker Series (DH8)

Paul Fleming, Director, Society for the Humanities; Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies, Cornell University
Vivian M. May, Principal Investigator, CNY Humanities Corridor; Director, Syracuse University Humanities Center; Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
Joan S. Rubin, Director of the Humanities Center, Dexter Perkins Professor in History, University of Rochester

 

Digital Humanities in Practice (DH9)

*Sarah Fuchs Sampson, Assistant Professor of Music History and Cultures, Syracuse University
Darren Mueller, Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of Rochester

 

Slow Historical Studies (HS2)

*Guido Pezzarossi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University
Matthew Velasco, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University
Kristin De Lucia, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Colgate University

 

Late Antiquity (HS4)

*Virginia Burrus, Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
Georgia Frank
, Professor of Religion, Colgate University
Jennifer Glancy, Professor, Religious Studies, LeMoyne College
Kim Haines-Eitzen, Professor of World Religions, Cornell University

 

Environmental Humanities (HS5)

The environmental humanities is an umbrella term for humanistic approaches to environmental questions employing perspectives from history, philosophy, religious studies, cultural-historical geography, English and textual studies, science and technology studies, and the creative arts (visual, fiction, creative non-fiction). The field attempts to place the various “green” approaches from these disciplines into greater conversation with one another.

Sara Pritchard, Associate Professor, Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
Aaron Sachs, Professor of History, Cornell University
*Robert Wilson,
 Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University

 

History and Technology of the Book (HS6)

We envision a group that explores the book as a physical object, making use of long-established disciplines (such as paleography and codicology) and new technologies, such as multispectral imaging. Our group activities will draw upon the expertise of faculty, curators, librarians, and graduate students across the Humanities Corridor institutions through a series of workshops, reading groups, and multi-day conferences exploring the historical, material, and theoretical issues raised by the book-as-object. Future workshops will include paleography, codicology, the art of the book, and book imaging technologies. Conference possibilities include meetings on the history of paper, the history of inks, and book binding.

Gregory Heyworth, Associate Professor of English and Textual Science, University of Rochester
David Powers
, Professor, Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University
*Anna Siebach-Larsen, Librarian for Medieval Studies, University of Rochester

 

Apostolic Legends: Imagining Early Christianity from the Local to the Global (HS7)

This group seeks to bring together scholars who work on various aspects of Christian apostolic legends and their role in shaping the political, religious, and geographic imagination of various communities in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. 

*John Eldevik, Associate Professor of History, Hamilton College
Georgia Frank
, Professor of Religion, Colgate University
Samantha Kahn Herrick, Associate Professor of History, Syracuse University

 

Mediterranean Seminar (HS8)

For scholars of emotions, the Mediterranean offers an opportunity to consider how emotions were means to establish, to ascertain, and to communicate identity. Mediterranean studies presents an ideal geography and framework for considering the larger issues discussed in the history of emotions: their universality, relativity, purpose, their place in power structures, their differences depending on race, ethnicity, gender, and their significance and understanding (or lack thereof of) in interfaith and inter-cultural relations.

*Thomas Devaney, Associate Professor of History, University of Rochester
Ana Méndez-Oliver
, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Syracuse University

 

The Multilingual Mind (LIN5)

Tej Bhatia, Professor, Linguistics and Hindi, Syracuse University
Maya Ravindranath Abtahian, Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Rochester

 

Interdisciplinary Approach to Discourse (LIN6)

Luvell Anderson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University
Janice Dowell
, Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University
*Sarah Murray
, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Cornell University
William Starr
, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University

 

The Future(s) of Microhistory (LLC1)

Thomas Devaney, Associate Professor, History, University of Rochester
Claudia Verhoeven, Associate Professor, History, Cornell University

 

The Chinese Quest for Modernity: From the Religious Perspective (LLC2)

Shin-yi Chao, Associate Professor, Religion, University of Rochester
Gareth Fisher, Associate Professor, Religion, Syracuse University
Elya Zhang, Assistant Professor, History, University of Rochester

 

Early Modern Thinking (LLC3)

Rayna Kalas, Associate Professor, English, Cornell University
Crystal Bartolovich, Associate Professor, English, Syracuse University

 

Decolonial Feminisms (LLC4)

Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor, Sociology and the Cultural Foundations of Education & Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
Myrna García Calderón, Associate Professor, Spanish, Syracuse University
Pedro DiPietro, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
Sofía Villenas, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Cornell University
Cristina Serna, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, Colgate University

 

Nineteenth Century Studies (LLC6)

Coran Klaver, Associate Professor, English, Syracuse University
Elisha Cohn, Associate Professor, English, Cornell University

 

Inclusion and Exclusion in the Modern Middle East (LLC7)

Amy Kallander, Associate Professor, History, Syracuse University
Ziad Fahmy, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University

 

Religion and Literature (LLC8)

William Robert, Associate Professor, Religion, Syracuse University
Steven Yao, Professor of Literature, Hamilton College

 

Spanish Poetics (LLC13)

We focus on the critical analysis of contemporary literature and film written in Spanish. We have published in various venues on topics ranging from the influence of classical mythology in modern poetry by women to poetry as historical document.

*Kathryn Everly, Professor, Spanish Literature and Culture, Syracuse University
Josefa Alvarez, Associate Professor, Foreign Languages, Le Moyne College

 

Facismo (LLC15)

Matthew BaileyShea, Associate Professor of Music Theory, University of Rochester
Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio, Associate Professor of Italian, University of Rochester

 

CNY Poets and Writers (LLC16)

Dana Spiotta, Associate Professor, English, Syracuse University
J. Robert Lennon, Professor, English, Cornell University

 

Networking Iroquoia (LLC19)

Scott Manning Stevens, Associate Professor, Native American and Indigenous Studies and English, Syracuse University
Jolene Rickard, Associate Professor, History of Art & Visual Studies, Cornell University

 

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

*Gail Bulman, Associate Professor of Spanish, Syracuse University
May Farnsworth, Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

 

Gender and Sexuality Writing Collective (LLC21)

*Tanya Bakhmetyeva, Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University of Rochester
Rebecca Burditt, Assistant Professor of Media and Society, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

 

Re-Imagining the Discipline: German Studies, the Humanities, and the University (LLC28)

The proposed working group will examine the disciplinary and institutional contexts that make up Anglo-American German Studies in our day. The field has since the 1970s developed a unique profile as an umbrella term for interdisciplinary endeavors that have driven critical conversations informed by the German intellectual tradition, helping frame momentous trends that in the last decades have reshaped humanities studies and the institution of the university in North America. This historical trajectory makes German Studies an optimal lens for appraising the state of the humanities in the current landscape of higher-education, as they meet the challenges and seize the opportunities created by profound changes in the structure and funding of the university; the technological and institutional developments that have reshaped the ways we teach and conduct research; the diversification and stratification of our student population; and the shrinking support for public education displayed by politicians and the public at large.

Paul Fleming, Professor of German Studies, Cornell University
*Patrizia C. McBride, Professor of German Studies, Cornell University
Matthew Miller, Associate Professor of German, Colgate University
Karina von Tippelskirch, Associate Professor of German, Syracuse University

 

South Asian Media and Performance Cultures (MP1)

This working group bring together scholars of South Asian music, cinema, and new media. As scholars working on this important area of global culture and the radical changes taking place therein, we will collaborate with the George Eastman Museum to utilize their newly acquired collection of contemporary Indian cinema–the largest such collection in the world–for pedagogical and research purposes.

*Anaar Desai-Stephens, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Rochester
Pavitra Sundar, Assistant Professor of Literature, Hamilton College

 

Music Theory Examples by Women (MP3)

We seek to explore and extend the presence of female composers in music theory curricula and to support and engage other scholars and student working in this area.

*Mark Gotham, Active Learning Initiative Postdoctoral Associate in Computational Music Theory Pedagogy, Cornell University
Betsy West Marvin, Professor of Music Theory, University of Rochester

 

Teaching Exchange (MP17)

Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Associate Professor, Music History and Cultures, Syracuse University
*Roger Moseley, Associate Professor, Music, Cornell University
Holly Watkins, Associate Professor, Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

 

Mobilizing Music (MMH21)

Sydney Hutchinson, Associate Professor, Music History and Cultures, Syracuse University
Jennifer Kyker, Associate Professor, Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Alejandro Madrid, Professor, Music, Cornell University

 

Re-Sounding History (MMH24)

Sydney Hutchinson, Associate Professor of Music History and Cultures, Syracuse University
Lydia Hamessley, Professor, Music, Hamilton College
Deborah Justice, Instructor of Music Education, Syracuse University
Monica Facchini, Assistant Professor of Italian, Colgate University

 

History of Music Theory (MMH25)

Andrew Hicks, Associate Professor, Music, Cornell University
Holly Watkins, Chair and Associate Professor, Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Elizabeth West Marvin, Chair and Professor, Music Theory, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Roger Moseley, Associate Professor, Music, Cornell University
Roger Freitas, Associate Professor, Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Annette Richards, Professor and University Organist, Music, Cornell University
Edoardo Bellotti, Associate Professor, Organ, Harpsichord and Improvisation, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

 

UNYWEMP: Upstate NY Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy (PCT3)

Kara Richardson, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Syracuse University
Andrew Chignell, Visiting Associate Professor, Philosophy, Cornell University
Alison Peterman, James P. Wilmot Distinguished Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Rochester
Marie Jayasekera, formerly of Colgate University

 

Political Theology (PCT5)

Bradley Onishi, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Skidmore College
Gregg Lambert, PI of the CNY Humanities Corridor; Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University

 

Ancient Philosophy (PCT7)

Tad Brennan, Professor, Classics, Cornell University
Jacob Klein, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Colgate University
Deborah Modrak, Professor, Philosophy, University of Rochester
Christopher Noble, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Syracuse University
*Krisanna Scheiter, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Union College

 

Ethics Reading Group (PCT9)

Hille Paakkunainen, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Syracuse University
Kate Manne, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Cornell University
William FitzPatrick, Gideon Webster Burbank Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, University of Rochester

 

Critical Asian Cinematic Spaces (VAC2)

Lawrence Chua, Assistant Professor, Architecture, Syracuse University
Arnika Fuhrmann, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Cornell University
Zhuoyi Wang, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Hamilton College

 

Visual Studies (VAC3)

Julie Grossman, Professor, Film Studies, Le Moyne College
Will Scheibel, Assistant Professor of English, Syracuse University

 

nMap: New Media Art Practice (VAC4)

Wenhua Shi, formerly of Colgate University
Rebecca Ruige Xu, Associate Professor of Computer Art and Animation, Syracuse University

 

Asian Humanities in Global Context (VAC19)

*Brian Hurley, Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, Film, and Culture, Syracuse University
Pedro Erber, Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies, Cornell University

 

Connecting Art Histories Across the Americas (VAC20)

*Ananda Cohen-Aponte, Associate Professor of History of Art, Cornell University
Ella Maria Diaz, Assistant Professor of English and Latino/a Studies, Cornell University
Kristi Peterson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Skidmore College

 

Crossing Cultures through Film (VAC21)

*Richard Buttny, Professor, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, 
Syracuse University
Connie Yuan, Professor, Communication, Cornell University
Jodi R. Cohen, Senior Lecturer, Communication, Cornell University

 

Mediterranean Music and Performance (VAC22)

*Edward Ruchalski, Director of Music, Professor of Practice, Le Moyne College
Josefa Alvarez, Associate Professor, Foreign Languages, Le Moyne College
Kathryn Everly, Professor, Spanish Literature and Culture, Syracuse University

 

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

Debra Castillo, Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University
Beth Jörgensen, Professor of Spanish, University of Rochester
*Gail Bulman, Associate Professor, Spanish, Syracuse University

 

War, Terror, and Genocide (VAC25)

Horace Campbell, Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Syracuse University
Rachel McGinnis, Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Godriver Odhiambo, Associate Professor of History, Le Moyne College
*Danielle Taana Smith, Director of the Honors Program, Professor of African American Studies, Syracuse University

 

Premodern Transmedia (VAC26)

This working group will consider the implications of the “material turn” for scholarship on the history of art in premodern Europe and Asia. Core participants include two art historians of pre-modern China (Hong and Liu), two historians of Byzantine art (Anderson and Hilsdale) and one early modern art historian (Heuer). All have strong records of publication on the topics of matter, material transfer, and remediation.

Benjamin Anderson, Associate Professor of History of Art and Classics, Cornell University
*Christopher Heuer, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Rochester
Lihong Liu, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Rochester

Emptiness (VAC29)

Azra Hromadzic, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University
Mary Moran, Professor of Anthropology and Africana & Latin American Studies, Colgate University
*Deborah Pellow, Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University
Guido Pezzarossi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University