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Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity conference Saturday, 11/12/11

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity | Saturday, November 12, 2011
301 Philosophy Hall


9:00am-9:30am | Welcome and Breakfast

PANEL 1: “Edutecture CU Teachers College Collaborative”
“Edutecture: Post-Representiationalist Design as Post-Modern Praxis.”

CU Teacher’s College collaborative
Blake Victor Seidenshaw (Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Teachers College, CU)
Victoria Netanus (Sociology and Education, Teachers College, CU)
Chris Moffett (Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, CU)

Monica Patrice Barra (Cultural Anthropology, Graduate Center, CUNY)
David Backer (Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, CU)

Ethan Jucovy (Independent Scholar)

PANEL 2: “Interdisciplinarity Between Art and Science”
11:00am – 12:30pm
Disscussant: Jay Gundacker, History

John R. Blakinger, UC Berkeley
Models for Art and Science Collaboration:
Gyorgy Kepes at MIT and the Rise of Cold War Interdisciplinarity in the Visual Arts

Matthew Ramirez, UC Berkeley
Towards a Physiology of Drama: Plot Algorithms with Applications in Playwriting, Interactive Drama, and Collaborative Filtering

Robert Lewis and Matthew Luckett, Michigan State and UCLA
Cowboy morality in historical mass media: Barriers to an interdisciplinary investigation of dime novels and westward expansion

12:30pm-1:30pm | Lunch

D. Graham Burnett presenting with Artist Lisa Young
1:30pm – 2:30pm

“In Lies Begins Responsibilities: Parafiction and Interdisciplinary Practice”

D. Graham Burnett is a professor of History, Princeton University and Editor, CabinetMagazine
Discussant: Marwa El Skakry, Associate Professor, Department of History

PANEL 3: Historical Interdisciplinarities and Interdisciplinary Histories
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Discussant: Owen Cornwall, MESAAS

Arthur Dudney, MESAAS, Columbia University
“Interdisciplinarity before Disciplines, the View from Early-Modern South Asia”

Irene Plantholt, Near Eastern Languages, Columbia University
“An interdisciplinary approach towards ancient Mesopotamian medicine”

3:30pm-3:45pm | Coffee

PANEL 4: Borders, Spaces, Disciplines
3:45pm – 5:15pm

Discussant: Yohann Ripert, Department of French and Romance Philology

Lori Cole, Department of Comparative Literature, NYU
“Reading Revista de Avance Across Disciplines”

Alvram Alpert, University of Pennsylvania
“Rousseau’s Modernity and Suzuki’s Zen”

Ginger Nolan, History of Architecture, Columbia University
“‘Great Books for Fat Men’ and Simple Tests for ‘Savage Minds’: How the Humanities Made a Global Humanity”

5:15pm – 6:15pm

“On Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity”

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University
Lydia Liu, Wu Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, EALAC, Columbia University

Moderated by Stathis Gourgouris, Professor of Classics and Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

The ICLS Graduate Student Planning Committee would like to thank the following departments for their generous support: GSAC, GSAPP, EALAC, History, French and Romance Philology, MESAAS at Columbia University

For more information, please visit our website: icls.columbia.edu.

Interdisciplinary Project Seeks Contributors

Prometheus Mediated: Exploring Audience Perception Through an Evolution of Forms

Funded by the Lucrece Project: Creative Experiments in Critical Practice www.thelucreceproject.com

In his widely known 1964 book, Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man, media theorist Marshall McLuhan asserts “the medium is the message.” He theorizes that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived. Using the ancient Greek myth of Prometheus as content, we will express the story through three different mediums: a short theater performance, a short film piece and a new media piece that incorporates a variety of digital forms and social media tools to enhance the audience’s experience. Bringing together a dynamic group of scholars, artists and media makers interested in exploring form’s effect, not just on content but on the audience experience of content, the project will rely on a collaborative interdisciplinary process to shed new light on an old question. We are particularly interested in examining how the evolution of the mediated audience experience from a massive social gathering to an individual, human-computer interaction changes the implications and understanding of content. The project will be realized in a site-specific installation that allows audience members to experience each of the three pieces as individual forms and as a continuous media event.


Prometheus Mediated is an ambitious project calling on academic scholarship as well as a wide range of creative skills. We are looking for participants at all levels – those who want to be involved in a specific area of interest and those who want to take on a major creative role in realizing the piece. We are specifically looking for the following collaborators, listed below. Anyone interested please e-mail Joyce Mishaan at jhm347@nyu.edu by Monday, October 3rd.

Media Theory Scholars – Anyone with a background and/or interest in Media Theory.

Dramatic Writers – We will be adapting the Prometheus myth into three working scripts. This will include workshops exploring the themes and context of the story as well as the ways in which we can carry those themes across our different media platforms. Anyone with a specific interest in adaptation, classical stories and/or writing for new media especially encouraged to join the project!

Creative Producers – Anyone interested in getting involved at the producer level. We will be producing a site-specific installation including live theater, film projection and interactive media. Producers will be heavily involved in the project from start to finish, with a more intensive schedule in the spring semester. We are especially looking for highly organized, tech-savvy individuals who can help stretch a budget creatively.

Installation Artists – Participating artists will be heavily involved in the creative realization of the project, specifically in the spring semester. We’re looking for anyone with an interest in installation art or site-specific performance art.

Digital Media Producers – This is a major creative role in the project and as of yet very loosely defined. We will be creating a digital media piece as part of the installation and looking for anyone with a creative interest in new media art and the technical know-how to bring a project to life.

Tech Assistant – Looking for a tech savvy individual to help install and manage all echnical aspects of the project including audio, video and online media.

Director of Photography – Looking for a DP for a short film piece, approximately 2 – 3 day shoot during the Spring semester. We’d like the DP to be involved in the creative planning for the film, and would encourage participation during pre-production meetings in the Fall semester. Have a camera? Even better!

Sound Designer/Audio Mixer – Ideally looking for someone who can sound design for the installation piece and mix audio for the film shoot. 2 – 3 days of shooting in the spring semester plus pre-production meetings in the fall.

AD/Production Manager/Production Assistants – Anyone interested in being involved in the short film production. This can include crew support, script supervision and logistical support. 2 – 3 day commitment, on set. Happy to teach/train anyone looking to gain more set experience.

Performers – Looking for actors both for live performance and short film shoot. Roles TBD. Especially those interested in classical adaptations, site-specific performance art and new media projects.

Production Designer/Art Department – Looking for a production designer who is comfortable working across a variety of mediums, including live performance, film and digital media. We will be working with limited resources and are especially looking for someone who is adept at stretching a budget creatively. Participation will require some pre-production meetings in the fall semester and a heavier commitment during production in the spring. Also looking for art department support for those who would like to be involved with a lesser commitment.

Call for Papers: Stony Brook English Grad Conference

24th Annual Stony Brook University English Department.
Graduate Conference:
Instrument, Image, Ekphrasis: Intersecting Genres of Knowledge.

Location: Stony Brook University, Manhattan Campus
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Laura Kipnis

The Stony Brook Manhattan English Department Graduate Conference, the longest running interdisciplinary graduate student conference in the nation, welcomes papers and panels from all disciplines, including the arts, cultural studies, social and hard sciences, and the humanities. This year’s conference will feature a faculty-sponsored Best Paper Award; for details and registration visitwww.stonybrook.edu/gradconf

Call for Papers:
The tools of a trade can enclose: a poem becomes its form, patients become their diagnoses, people their demographic, and students their grades. Complex ideas about history, foreignness, alienation, memory, subject and object are often distilled into a single image produced by our instruments of “knowledge.” The production of an instrument is ekphrastic: it blends genres and frames one genre within another: A paintbrush, x-ray or spreadsheet; a rubric, or questionnaire; a literary form – stream of consciousness, or fourteen lines towards a sonnet. Memory, artifact. Pen and ink. How do the instruments of a vocation establish a politics of communication? What do these images reveal, or obscure? When do they make us think, and when do they put an end to thinking?

The English Department at Stony Brook University is proud to offer an interdisciplinary call for papers that asks graduate scholars to reflect on the instruments of their discipline, and to think about how ekphrasis (ek as “out,” and phrasis as “speaking”) speaks out about the intersection of image, instrument, and genre. What is “instrumentality” in literature, or art, or philosophy? How is it the same, or different, in the social or hard sciences? Does it imply a certain mentality, or construct a static “reader”?

Abstracts can be up to 250 words, and should be submitted by Friday, December 17, 2011. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance shortly after the December deadline. Students interested in competing for the Best Paper Prize sponsored by Stony Brook English faculty must submit a completed paper no later than January 16, 2012 for consideration. Award winners will be announced at the conference. Email submissions to: SUNYSB.GradConf@gmail.com.

Paper and panel submission topics can address a broad range of interests. Diverse genre proposals are welcome, including music, art, science posters, social research, etc. Possible “instruments” are listed below:

Instruments of change: Migrations and Diasporas
Instruments of Memory: Cultural Memory, Testimonial Narratives, Memory and Written Record
Instruments of Place: Maps, regions, “Homelands” (real or imaginary)
Instrumentality, performance, and art (e.g. ekphrastic narratives)
Philosophy (e.g., debates over realism)
Rhetoric (e.g., the use of strategic reason in communication)
History (e.g., scientific instruments in the history of science)
Literature (e.g., literary devices, characters as instruments, Representations
of marginalized people as instruments, literary ekphrasis)
Art (e.g., the use of artistic tools or philosophical questions related to the use of art)
Image in popular media
Health science (i.e. the gaps between tools and the human subject).
Cultural texts
Linguistics and translation
Narrative: Myth, Borders, Storytelling
Visual/Performing Arts and Music; musical ekphrasis
Oral Traditions
Postmodernity and its narratives
Voice and reflexivity in oral and written texts
Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives
Conquest and Political Memory
Globalization and indigenous cultures
Notional Ekphrasis
Displacement Heritage
Technology, gaming, and social media; emerging technologies
Children’s Stories- Language, Authority and Silence

Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame: Call for Papers

Faces Behind the Figures: Visions of Prosperity, Progress and Human Potential
The Fourth-Annual Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame
The Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, in conjunction with the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame and SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning, announces a student research conference on topics relevant to human development. This event will take place at the University of Notre Dame on February 10-11, 2012.
The conference is an opportunity to explore interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches to improving livelihoods and advancing human dignity. Our inspiration for this year’s theme comes from Eduardo Galeano’s work, “Those Little Numbers and People.” In it, he observes, “In our countries, numbers live better than people. How many people prosper in times of prosperity? How many people find their lives developed by development?” With these ideas in mind, we aim to uncover the meaning of human-centric development. How do both the real, everyday experiences of people merge with statistical indicators of poverty and development to reveal something about their lives?
All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to take part in this conversation. We welcome students to share their research experiences from a broad spectrum of topics.
For those interested in presenting a paper, please attach your abstract (limit 300 words) and complete the survey questions found on the conference website: www.nd.edu/~hdc. Only proposals received by the Monday, October 17 deadline will receive consideration. Invitations for participation will be extended no later than Monday, November 21. Students who accept invitations to present at the conference are responsible for securing funding for travel and other related expenses. More information will be forthcoming on our website. We hope that you will join us!

CFP: The Lucrece Project at NYU (Due 9/12)


Call for 2011-2012 Projects

The Lucrece Project is a graduate working research group sponsored by the NYU Humanities Initiative and English Department. We are a collective of artists and academics who are exploring and challenging the borders between “creative” and “critical” work and thought. We are currently soliciting proposals for creative cross-disciplinary projects that defy traditional categories of genre, medium, and working method.

The Lucrece Project is a graduate working research group sponsored by the New York
University Humanities Initiative and English Department. We are a collective of artists and
academics who are exploring and challenging the borders between “creative” and “critical”
work and thought. We are currently soliciting proposals for cross-disciplinary projects for our
2011-2012 year.
In the first year of the project, 2010-2011, we examined the story of Lucrece in all its genres,
media, and contexts, and took different creative, research-based, and affective approaches to
exploring the character of Lucrece and her story. Detailed information can be found on our
We also funded three new works based on the legend: a play, a series of textile installations,
and a “hip hopera.” While very different in style, theme, and media, the three works were
developed in line with the Project’s goals of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and a marriage of
scholarly research with artistic method.
We are now requesting proposals for new works that satisfy these same goals. They do not
need to be based on the story of Lucrece, but we do expect that these projects will be
collaborative and will challenge borders between disciplines and methods, including the
boundary between traditionally conceived “academic work” and other kinds of creative and
artistic work. The projects can be in any media, any genre, and any form. In line with our
emphasis on process over product, these works should be developed consistently over the
course of the academic year and will be presented to the members of the Project and the
public (even if they are still works in progress) in April 2012.
In addition to funding these new works, The Lucrece Project will also organize a series of
plenary sessions throughout 2011-2012 during which we will continue our exploration of
method and process. Though these sessions will be largely separate from the new projects
being developed, we hope that the project organizers will participate in them.
Please submit the following to lucreceproject@gmail.com by Monday, September 12:
1. An outline of your proposed project (approximately one page).
2. A paragraph about how it fulfills the goals of The Lucrece Project.
3. A list of other people involved in the project, if known, and their roles. (We encourage
you to apply even if you do not yet know this; we can help you find collaborators, if
4. A rough plan for how the project will be developed – how often you will meet, how the
work will be divided, etc.
5. A draft budget. At the moment we are offering up to $1000 per project with the goal of
developing two works; these figures may change depending on the projects chosen.
To better understand The Lucrece Project, what we do, and what we’re looking for, please visit
If you have questions, email us at lucreceproject@gmail.com.