Spotlight: Humanities & Interpretive Social Sciences Departments

Posted on September 5, 2016 by cmc7@duke.edu

Updated 11/28/16

The centerpiece of Humanities Futures is an ambitious set of program partnerships with Duke’s 18 humanities and interpretive social sciences departments. In the first phase of the grant (2014-16), these partnerships took the form of inter-departmental seminars that brought multiple departments together into transdisciplinary conversations (e.g. around performance, translation, global humanities). A full list of all six seminars, plus a summary of the first four, can be browsed here.

In the second phase, which begins Fall 2016, we will be turning the spotlight more squarely on individual departments – on each unit’s distinctive profiles, challenges, and future-oriented strategies. Building upon Phase 1’s emphasis on shifting paradigms in humanities research, in Phase 2 we have invited the Departments to link questions of research more explicitly with graduate training, undergraduate curriculum, public engagement, and other dimensions of humanities theory and practice. First up in late September is the Music Department’s Project Orfeo (9/25 concert and 9/23 pre-concert discussion). An experimental “mixed media concert” inspired by the distinguished novelist Richard Powers’ writing on music, featuring a new work by Duke composer Scott Lindroth and performances by Duke violist Jonathan Bagg and other musicians, Project Orfeo stages an encounter between the humanities and the arts, between music history and music futures. It promises to be a thrilling start to the next phase of Humanities Futures.

We are delighted to share the following partial preview of department programs for 2016-17 – with more dates, links, and information to come, and the caveat that some details may be subject to revisions. This list will be updated periodically. Please also come back and check our event calendar and departmental listings early and often!

African and African American Studies
•    Rethinking Slavery in the 21st Century: Images and Archives

Art, Art History & Visual Studies
•    Material Desire in the Digital Age
•    fracture/suture: 2016 Art, Art History & Visual Studies Graduate Student-Organized Symposium

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
•    Culture and Migration: Rethinking Asian Studies
•    Middle East in Latin America
•    Sinophone Southeast Asia
•    Middle East Studies: Gender, War, and the Arts

Classical Studies
•    Classics Reborn: New Perspectives in the Study of the Classical World

Cultural Anthropology
•    Disciplinary Futures

Dance
•    Power/Full: Bill T. Jones Artist Residency
•    Dance Technology and Circulations of the Social

English
•    Long Histories and Emerging Presents of Migrancy
•    Reading in a Distracted Age

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (formerly Women’s Studies)
•    Transgender Studies and the Humanities Series

German
•    German Studies in Dialogue
•    Humanities and Migration

History
•    Inaugural Exhibit at the John Hope Franklin Gallery
•    Internationalizing the History Department Colloquium
•    "Micro-meets-Macro": Designing Historical Research Methods to Scale
•    Jews & Muslims: Histories, Diasporas and the Meaning of the “European"

Literature
•    Pleasure/Suspicion: An Interdisciplinary Conference Hosted by Polygraph and the Literature Program
•    Alt-Ac(tivism)
•    Conference on literary studies, science studies, & new media studies – in honor of N. Katherine Hayles

Music
•    Project Orfeo

Philosophy
•    Workshop on neuroscience and philosophy
•    Workshop on evolution and morality
•    WiPhi (Wireless Philosophy)

Political Science
•    Interdisciplinary Political Theory Program: Planning Retreat and Visiting Residency

Religious Studies
•    Entanglement: The Art of Between and Beyond

Romance Studies
•    University Finances and Public Education
•    Economic History of the University
•    Death of a Discipline & Digital Humanities

Slavic and Eurasian Studies
•    New Structures in Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Theater Studies
•    Mortality and the Creative Response Symposium
•    Performance in the 21st Century Speaker Series
•    Musical Theater Research Speaker Series