Seminars
Faculty Development Seminars

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 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 who meet ten times during a semester in two-hour sessions. Their department will receive funds for a replacement lecturer. The Faculty Development Seminar program provides research funds of $500 for ten faculty members to participate in the seminar. Seminar leaders and participants will be chosen by a selection committee. The Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities sponsor and administer the Faculty Development Seminar.

Spring 2015: Global Health?  Rethinking Medical Humanities from the Periphery 

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?
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Fall 2015: Understanding Persecution

Persecution has been a recurrent feature of human history, punctuating it again and again, at various times, in various places and under various guises. The fact is depressing. Its obdurate character makes it depressing. Still we cannot shrug it off. Nor can we shrug off the impression that its destructive power remains intact. Throughout history, persecution has taken many different forms and the groups targeted by its various forms of violence have been diverse. The purpose of this seminar is to tackle this complexity. Through the readings and discussion, the seminar will draw on conceptual tools and comparative analysis to develop a theoretical synthesis and framework for a systematic investigation of persecutory phenomena. The seminar will contrast very different understandings of the temporalities and forms of persecution; examine the role of popular belief in the diffusion of persecutory violence; scrutinize policy-makers’ motivations and rationales; discuss the organization of violence both spontaneous and institutionalized; and tackle the range of reactions displayed by victims and bystanders.
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Call for Proposals (Lead Faculty)

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.
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Call for Participation (Faculty Members)

Call for faculty participation in the upcoming Faculty Development Seminar. Deadlines apply to full consideration for a stipend, but additional inquiries may be submitted up to the beginning of each semester.
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Past Faculty Development Seminars

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.
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