Faculty Development Seminars
Designed to enhance the quality of humanities research at UW-Madison and to promote sustained collaboration and dialogue across disciplinary lines, the Center for the Humanities and Institute for Research in the Humanities (with major support from the Dean of the College of Letters and Science) inaugurated Faculty Development Seminars in the Humanities in the spring of 2007.
The Seminars enable an individual senior faculty member, or a team of two senior faculty members, to teach fellow faculty members for ten weeks (a weekly two hour seminar) on a focused and vital topic. The presiding faculty members receive course credit and their department receives funds for a replacement lecturer. The ten faculty members taking the course receive research funds to recognize their selection and to cover the costs of materials.
Scientific, artistic, political, and philosophical descriptions of animals have accompanied human history from its beginnings, but it is only relatively recently that these various ways of representing animals have been troubled by the question of animal representativeness; that is, the rights of animals. Animal Studies, a vibrant new field of interdisciplinary inquiry across the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences can be said to be located at the point at which these two seemingly incompatible ways of representing animals intersect.
Beginning in 2007, Center-sponsored Faculty Development Seminars have ranged in topics, from policies for international governance to theories of visuality, from prolonged study of Ovid to the proper aims of higher education.
The seminars may be led by an individual faculty member or may be team taught by two faculty members from different departments in the humanities (both faculty members will receive teaching credit and their departments will receive funds for replacement lecturers). Topics should be broadly conceived and of potential interest to a large number of humanities disciplines.