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Borghesi-Mellon Workshops

Borghesi-Mellon Workshops

The Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Borghesi-Mellon Workshop lineup, which features one returning workshop - Sound Studies - and four new workshops: Applied Comics KitchenFood Studies NetworkScience, Nature, and Wonder; and the Terra Incognita Art Series

Now in their seventeenth year, the Center’s Workshops in the Humanities are working groups centered on an interdisciplinary topic, broadly conceived, drawn from any period, field, or method of research in the humanities. The workshops provide an opportunity for students and faculty to work together outside of the classroom. They are one of the Center’s most exciting programs, and have led to conferences, books, teaching innovations, and the creation of long-term research centers and projects. Recent and current workshops have focused on Comics, Disability Studies and Activism, Food Studies, Digital Humanities, and Critical University Studies.

From 2000 to 2015, the A. W. Mellon Foundation generously funded over 50 distinct “Mellon Workshops" through multiyear grants. In 2014, the Mellon Foundation matched an endowment gift from UW-Madison alumni Nancy Borghesi (B.A.’69, Economics, and a member of the College of Letters & Science Board of Visitors) and David Borghesi (BBA’70, Accounting), acknowledging the leadership and dedication of the Center for Humanities Director, Professor Sara Guyer. Beginning in 2015 this longstanding program was renamed the Borghesi-Mellon Workshops in the Humanities.

A full calendar of the events and discussions convened by the Borghesi-Mellon Workshops can be found here.

Workshops Calendar

Through research seminars and workshops, the Center promotes sustained collaboration and dialogue across disciplinary lines. Please note that not all of these events are open to the public, and some may require an RSVP.
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Applied Comics Kitchen

Applied Comics Kitchen aims to create an open, practice-based dialogue for educators and researchers from any discipline.
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Food Studies Network

This workshop brings together faculty, staff and graduate students whose research and teaching involves food. In wide-ranging conversations, we’ll think about aesthetics and ethics, marketing and technology, hunger and excess, anorexia and obesity, cooking and eating, justice and regulation, nutrition and safety.
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Science, Nature, and Wonder in the Middle Ages

The workshop encourages a cross-disciplinary exploration of science, nature, and wonder within a global context, to challenge modern understandings of science by investigating new approaches to the medieval conception of scientia—“knowledge”—which included not only sciences such as optics, geometry, medicine, anatomy, but also a wider range of ways of knowing, visualizing, representing and relating to the natural world, including theology and religious practice.
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Sound Studies

Not limited to the academy, sound studies has explicitly welcomed the work of musicians, radio producers, conceptual artists, scientists, and technologists working with and through sound. Given the transdisciplinary “sonic turn” taking place in the humanities, this timely workshop serves to connect the disparate work on sound taking place at UW and beyond, providing a kind of signal tower for the creation, collection, and dissemination of sound ideas, resources and practices.
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Terra Incognita Art Series:
Artists Exploring our New Ecological Epoch

This artist-led workshop and event series will illuminate intersections between art, the humanities, and environmental studies, showcasing a range of expressions that explore the relationships between humans and the world they inhabit in this era of ecological complexity.
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Borghesi-Mellon Workshops Call for Proposals

Support from Nancy and David Borghesi and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation allows the Center for the Humanities to support 3-5 new interdisciplinary workshops in the humanities each year.
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Past Workshops

Information about past workshop topics, organizers, and events.
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