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What We're Doing this Summer

The 2016-17 academic year was a busy one for Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme affiliates. The summer months are proving just as eventful, with a number of projects now coming to fruition and taking next steps. Here is a sampling of recent and planned activities.
  • The Next Generation PhD Project planning committee, with a $50,000 grant from the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme, has completed its year of work on supporting preparation for non-academic careers. The committee recently submitted a summary report to Discovery Theme leaders. Co-authors Barry Shank (Comparative Studies), Simone Drake (AAAS), and Rick Livingston (Humanities Institute) will continue work this summer on a proposal to pilot programming for a Center for Humanities in Action. Please forward any comments on the report to Melinda Nelson.19@osu.edu.
  • June 12-16: The Emergence of Number pilot project organized an international conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, that brought together a number of expert philosophers, linguists, and psychologists to discuss foundational, linguistic, and conceptual issues central to number and/or numbers. The conference  attracted participants from nine other institutions in the U.S., including Humboldt State, New York, Northwestern, and Stanford Universities and the Universities of Chicago, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and SUNY at Buffalo. International attendees represented the Universities of Glasgow, Groningen, and Oslo as well as Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities. 
  • June 12-16: The Human Rights in Transit pilot project sponsored an undergraduate summer travel and study program in New York City led by Professors Wendy Hesford (English), Amy Shuman (English; Anthropology; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and Jennifer Suchland (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Slavic). Student participants attended the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, explored Columbia University’s Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research Archives, and toured several key human rights landmarks, including the African Burial Ground National Monument, Harlem Cultural heritage sites, and Stonewall National Moment. In addition to the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme, support for this program came from Professor Hesford’s Ratner Teaching Award, Office of International Studies, Department of English, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.
  • July 10-21: Project Narrative, another initiative funded through the Arts and Humanities pilot project program, is hosting an interdisciplinary, intensive summer institute for faculty and advanced graduate students from across the nation and beyond. The two-week long event is co-directed by faculty members Robyn Warhol (Chair of English) and Amy Shuman (English; Anthropology; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective [DISCO]). The institute draws on the co-directors’ interdisciplinary training and research experience to recombine foundational queer and feminist texts in social sciences, literary theory, and narratology, with the goal of developing new transdisciplinary methodologies for teaching and research.
  • July 29-August 3: Through a Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme Best Practice Travel Grant, faculty and graduate students from music, psychology, and speech and hearing science will travel to San Diego to attend the Society for Music Perception and Cognition Meeting. Their participation in the conference will enable these leaders and researchers from the Cognition and Systematic Musicology Lab, the Language Perception Lab, and the Speech, Language, and Music Lab (SLAM)  to cultivate, consolidate, and deepen their cross-departmental collaborations in music cognition, theory and education, music psychology, and cognitive neuroscience of music.
  • August 7-10: Be the Street, a performance studies pilot project on human mobility and placemaking, is teaming with the Chicago-based Albany Park Theatre Project  to train faculty members and graduate students from Comparative Studies, Dance, Spanish and Portuguese, and Theatre on how to devise theatre with untrained actors. Participants will use this training to partner with community members from the Hilltop community of Columbus to produce a performance about their experiences of migration or mobility in May 2018 at the Westland Flea Market on Columbus’s west side.

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The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme is an initiative designed to increase undergraduate student involvement, promote faculty connections, and increase Ohio State's national visibility in the humanities and the arts. We create programming and facilitate conversations in the interest of identifying areas for long-term funding as part of our continuing development.

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