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Previous Faculty Working Groups

Critical Engagement: Socially-Engaged Research in the Baltimore Region

Leader: Lee Boot (Imaging Research Center)

This working group explored the potential of multi-modal digital publishing, participatory action research, and social practice in the arts and humanities to increase the positive impact of academic knowledge and research in communities local to UMBC.

Doing Digital Humanities

Leader: Anne Sarah Rubin (History/Imaging Research Center)

This working group was open to faculty interested in broadening their digital humanities practice, regardless of their skill level.

Intersectional Studies

Leader: Mejdulene B. Shomali (Gender + Women’s Studies)

This group focused on discussing contemporary readings and authors whose work emphasizes intersectional topics and methods.

Mathematics and What it Means to be Human

Leader: Michele Osherow (English) and Manil Suri (Mathematics and Statistics)

“Mathematics and What it Means to be Human” was a faculty-designed project bringing together the departments of Theatre, Mathematics and Statistics, and English with the goal of creating a play script and performance. The project grew from a humanities course co-taught in Fall 2011 by Manil Suri, Mathematics and Statistics, and Michelle Osherow, English, which led to a conference presentation on ways in which scholars of various disciplines engage with mathematics.

Reading Sara Ahmed

Leader: Carole McCann (Gender + Women’s Studies)

This group discussed Sara Ahmed’s work in preparation for her campus visit in February 2019 for the Korenman Lecture and Humanities Forum Speaker Series.

Screen Studies

Leaders: Erin Hogan (Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication) and Jules Rosskam (Visual Arts)

Screen studies brought film scholars, filmmakers, and enthusiasts from across campus together to promote screen studies and literacy of the moving image through discussions, scholarship sharing, and dynamic programming throughout and beyond UMBC.

Translation and Displacement

Leader: Piotr Gwiazda (English)

Kenneth Goldsmith calls translation “the ultimate humanist gesture”; he also dismisses it as mere “discourse” when contrasted with the artistic and political possibilities of “displacement” (the absence, impossibility or refusal of translation). This group worked to formulate a response – or counterargument – to Goldsmith.