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.
What can scholarship from the postcolonial world teach us about medical science and practices, both historically and in contemporary times? How might work from the global South transform our understanding of medical history and of more contemporary developments, such as the emergence of medical humanitarianism or the role of NGOs in health?
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 Faculty Development Seminars in the Humanities enable an individual tenured faculty member or a team of two tenured faculty members to lead a seminar on a topic of broad interest across the humanities. The seminar leaders receive a course release for directing a seminar of other faculty members and their department will receive funds for a replacement lecturer.