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Past Interdisciplinary Projects Recipients

2013/14 Interdisciplinary Projects Recipients

Playing the Archive

organized by Mark Ballora

Playing the Archive: Experiencing Data Through Visual and Sonic Immersion is an interdisciplinary event initiated by Studio|Lab, Penn State University, and supported by an Interdisciplinary Project grant from the IAH. This year-long project was divided into two parts. The first consisted of a week of intense workshops taking place at Studio|Lab between a core group of researchers from the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of Health and Human Development, with invited collaborators Simone Osthoff, Mark Ballora, and visiting percussionists Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron. The week’s work culminated in a public performance in the Biobehavioral Health Building's Ruth Pike auditorium. The project group prepared four archives (between 2,000 and 10,000 ‘documents’ each) for active and real-time sharing in different media and the creation of data-based, artistic visualizations (photo/video animation), sonifications (music), and eventually materializations (installation/sculpture). In addition, this first phase was thoroughly documented from preparation, through the workshop, and to the final performance and exhibition. During the second phase of the project, the materials generated during the first phase continued to be discussed, evaluated, and edited throughout the year with the goal of further generating cross-disciplinary research across the arts, the humanities, and the sciences.

2012/13 Interdisciplinary Projects Recipients

Organization of the Black Aesthetic-Curious (OBAC)

Nat Belcher, organizer

Following a strident and assertive proclamation of the presence of “Blackness” in the literary, visual, and performing arts (dePillers, 1976), some cultural producers and critics have broken with traditional simplistic ideas of Black aesthetic production (Ellis, 1989; Lott, 1989). Some have considered “blackness” to be pejorative, stereotyping, and/or patriarchal, while others find the correlation of race and cultural production too limiting. Still others have traced contemporary works to historical antecedents identified as “Black aesthetic” or as a means to use “blackness” as a foundational context from which to argue the artistic merits of cultural production created by African Americans (Gladney, 1995).

In the end, once the labor of establishing the presence and validity of African American cultural production had been undertaken, many found the requisite representational, denotative, and connotative labels too prescriptive. More recently, there has been both a confirming of “blackness”; and the simultaneous rejection of its relevance to us presently. Some have claimed a transition into a post-racial context where the pastiche “blackness” is replaced with a supposed neutral playing field. We are at once unsure, dubious, and curious.

It is a multi-faceted uneasiness that has allowed our group to reengage with the Black-Aesthetic project with a curious sense of exploration regarding its continual relevance.

This project is led by Nathaniel Belcher, Professor of Architecture and Director of the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Alphonso Grant, Art Education graduate student; Ann Shields, Gallery Director, HUB-Robeson Galleries; Wanda Knight, Associate Professor of Art Education; B. Stephen Carpenter II, Professor of Art Education; Paul Taylor, Professor of Philosophy and Head of African American and Diaspora Studies; Ariane Cruz, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies; Elisha Clark-Halpin, Associate Professor of Dance and Head of the Dance Program; Lovalerie King, Professor of English and Director of the Africana Research Center.

Classical Music Project
George Trudeau, organizer

The Bridge
Adam Sorkin, organizer

2011/12 Interdisciplinary Projects Recipients

Towards Transregional, Interdisciplinary Asian Studies
organized by Eric Hayot (Comparative Literature)

Migration Studies Project
organized by Suresh Canagarajah (English and Applied Linguistics)

Sexuality and Gender
organized by Robert Caserio (English) and Joan Landes (History)

2010/11 Interdisciplinary Projects Recipients

Towards Transregional, Interdisciplinary Asian Studies
organized by Eric Hayot (Comparative Literature)

Migration Studies Project
organized by Suresh Canagarajah (English and Applied Linguistics)

Sexuality and Gender
organized by Robert Caserio (English) and Joan Landes (History)

2009/10

Towards Transregional, Interdisciplinary Asian Studies
organized by Eric Hayot (Comparative Literature)

Migration Studies Project
organized by Suresh Canagarajah (English and Applied Linguistics)

Art in Public Life: The Future of Arts Journalism
organized by Gabeba Baderoon (Women's Studies and African-African American Studies), Jonathan Eburne (Comparative Studies and English), and Dorn Hetzel (Film/Video and Media Studies)

2008/09

Art in Public Life: The Future of Arts Journalism
organized by Gabeba Baderoon (Women's Studies and African-African American Studies), Jonathan Eburne (Comparative Studies and English), and Dorn Hetzel (Film/Video and Media Studies)

Architectural Research Consortium
organized by Christine Gorby (Architecture), Sally McMurry (History), Daniel Purdy (German), and Alexandra Staub (Architecture)

Visualizing Animals
organized by Joan Landes (History)

2007/08

Architectural Research Consortium
organized by Christine Gorby (Architecture), Sally McMurry (History), Daniel Purdy (German), and Alexandra Staub (Architecture)

Latina/o Studies Initiative
organized by Roselyn Costantino (Spanish and Women’s Studies), Grace Delgado (History) and Jane Juffer (English and Women’s Studies)

Visualizing Animals
organized by Joan Landes (History)

2006/07

Audio Research Group
organized by Mark Ballora (Integrative Arts) and Chris Barber (Acoustics Division, Applied Research Lab)

Breaking the Silence: Slavery and Freedom in the Modern World
organized by Anthony Kaye (History)

Committee on Early Modern Studies
organized by Charlotte Houghton (Art History) and Daniel Purdy (German) ~ “Imaginary Cities: Fictions of Urban Space in the Early Modern World”

Language Science Research Group
organized by Philip Baldi (Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies), Barbara Bullock (French), Judith Kroll (Psychology), and Almeida Toribio (Spanish)

Rhetoric, New Media, Deliberative Democracy
organized by Thomas Benson (Communication Arts and Sciences), Rosa Eberly (Communication Arts and Sciences and English), Cheryl Glenn (English and Women’s Studies), and J. Michael Hogan (Communication Arts and Sciences)

Visualizing Animals
organized by Joan Landes (History)

2005/06

Breaking the Silence
organized by Nan Woodruff (History) “A Multi-dimensional Project on the Topic of Slavery and Freedom”

Committee on Early Modern Studies
organized by Charlotte Houghton (Art History) and Daniel Purdy (German) “Imaginary Cities: Fictions of Urban Space in the Early Modern World”

Language Science Research Group
organized by Philip Baldi (Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies), Barbara Bullock (French), Judith Kroll (Psychology), and Almeida Toribio (Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese)

2004/05

Breaking the Silence
organized by Nan Woodruff (History) “A Multi-dimensional Project on the Topic of Slavery and Freedom”

Colloquy on Asia in the Era of Globalization: Focus on Asia
organized by On-cho Ng (History), Richard Nichols (Theatre), and Reiko Tachibana (Comparative Literature) “The State of Nations and Ethnic Conflict”

2003/04

Committee on Early Modern Studies
organized by Dan Beaver (History) and Garrett Sullivan (English) “Orientalism Transposed: Perceptions of Europe in the Early Modern World”

Science, Medicine, and Technology in Culture
organized by Robert Proctor (History) and Londa Schiebinger (History)

Colloquy on Asia in the Era of Globalization
organized by On-cho Ng (History), Richard Nichols (Theatre), and Reiko Tachibana (Comparative Literature) “Re-writing the Asian Canon”

Tensions of Change: Writing and Making the American Landscape
organized by Robin Becker (English), Ken Tamminga (Landscape Architecture), and Gabriel Welsch (English)

Women’s Self-Representation in Visual Arts and Writing
organized by Micaela Amato (Visual Arts/Women’s Studies) and Christine Clark-Evans (French/Women’s Studies/African and African American Studies) “From Feminine Exemplar to Contextualized Identities: Women’s Representation of Self in Visual Arts and Letters (1405-Present)”

2002/03

Beyond Boundaries, Creating Connections: American Indian Housing Initiative
organized by Daniel Conway (Philosophy), David Riley (Architectural Engineering), Michael Rios (Architecture/Landscape Architecture), and Scott Wing (Architecture)

Committee on Early Modern Studies
organized by Dan Beaver (History) and Garrett Sullivan (English) “The Renaissance Construction of Modern Sex”

Lewis and Clark: The Unheard Voices
organized by Bruce Trinkley (Music)

Science, Medicine, and Technology in Culture
organized by Robert Proctor (History) and Londa Schiebinger (History)

Women’s Self-Representation in Visual Arts and Writing
organized by Micaela Amato (Visual Arts/Women’s Studies) and Christine Clark-Evans (French/Women’s Studies/African and African American Studies) “From Feminine Exemplar to Contextualized Identities: Women’s Representation of Self in Visual Arts and Letters (1405-Present)”