Non/Human: Ecology, Morphology, and Design in Animals and Plants | Spyridon Papapetros (Architecture) and Rachel L. Price (Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures). An interdisciplinary exploration of biological design and the tectonics of nature outside the territory of the human.
Case Histories, Life Stories | Peter P. Brooks (Comparative Literature) and Brigid Doherty (German and Art & Archaeology). An inquiry into the role of exemplary stories – ones that seem to want to offer a lesson in the understanding of life and character, even of personhood as such – in fiction and non-fiction.
Aesthetics of Surveillance | Thomas Y. Levin (German). A comparative media theoretical exploration of the aesthetic politics of surveillance in its architectural, artistic, literary, and, above all, technological --photographic, cinematic, digital-- manifestations.
Program Seminars 2015-2016
IHUM sponsors several Program Seminars each year, all with an interdisciplinary agenda, many team-taught. A list of this year’s courses follows on this page; click on the titles for more detailed information. Program seminars are open to all graduate students.
Non-Specialists and the Arts | Scott Burnham (Musicology) and Barbara White (Music Composition). An exploration of how the arts are portrayed in fiction, poetry, criticism, film, and public discourse. Myths of the artist, questions of expertise, and blurring of disciplinary boundaries.
Natural History/History of Nature: The Concept of Nature in Classical Antiquity | Brooke Holmes (Classics). An inquiry into the concept of nature in Greco-Roman antiquity, ranging over texts from natural history, cosmology, medicine, and poetry to chart the emergence of a complex lexeme with a strong hold on the present.
Spinoza’s Intellectual World | Anthony Grafton (History) and Russ Leo (English). This seminar locates Spinoza and the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (1670) at the crossroads of seventeenth-century philosophy, theology, biblical scholarship and exegesis in Golden Age Holland.
Conflict Shoreline I/Amazonia: A Botanical Archaeology of Genocide | Eduardo L. Cadava (English), Paulo Carvalho Ravares (PLAS) and Eyal Weizman (Architecture). This course explores the relations among colonial history, contemporary conflicts, and climate change by examining the political, legal, epistemic, and aesthetic challenges this kind of violence initiates.
Intro to Critical Theory: Phenomenology | Gayle Salamon (English). An introduction to phenomenology, the philosophy of continual introductions, ranging from Edmund Husserl to contemporary phenomenological approaches to gender and sexuality, race, environmental justice, and mass incarceration.