Workshops
A.W. Mellon Workshops

A.W. Mellon Workshops

Now in their fourteenth year, the Center’s A.W. Mellon Foundation workshops are working groups centered on an interdisciplinary topic drawn from any period, field, or method of research in the humanities. The workshops provide an opportunity for students and faculty to think together outside of the classroom.

In 2009, the Mellon Foundation awarded the Center for the Humanities a $125,000 grant to continue these interdisciplinary workshops in the humanities for five more years beginning in 2010-2011. The A.W. Mellon workshops are one of the Center’s most exciting programs, and have led to conferences, books, and teaching innovations. Recent and current workshops include topics on diverse subjects such as Comics, Immaterial Labor and the University in Crisis, and Science and Print Culture.

The Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Mellon Workshop lineup, which features five new and three returning workshops. Applications for 2015-16 academic year workshops are due on March 6, 2015. More information here.

2014-2015 Mellon Workshops Announced

The Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Mellon Workshop lineup, which features five new (Ancient Republics and Republicanism; Digital Humanities Research Network; Disability Studies; Financial Stability and the Public Good University in the 21st Century; and Imagines Mundi: The Global Middle Ages) and three returning (Art and Scholarship: Collaboratory; Disciplining Comics; and Immaterial Labor and the University in Crisis) workshops.
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Ancient Republics: An International Workshop

“Republicanism” has become an increasingly important area of inquiry for a variety of academic fields, but what do we exactly mean when we speak of the ancient “republic”? This series of international workshops seeks to establish a basis for investigation into this question by pursuing ancient republics of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds, republicanism, and the “political sphere” (res publica) from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including classics, history, material culture, philosophy, and political theory.
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Art and Scholarship: Collaboratory

Inspired by artist-scholars such as Anne Carson, Ann Hamilton, Fred Moten, Adrian Piper, and Avital Ronell, the Art and Scholarship Mellon Workshop is committed to investigating, inventing, and paying attention to unexpected possibilities in the praxis of scholarly research and artistic production. At the heart of our intellectual inquiry is creative experimentation—sensory perception, visual rhetoric, performative scholarship, serious play.
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Disciplining Comics

The Mellon Comics Workshop provides the community of students, scholars, artists, and other interested parties with a shared intellectual space to explore questions about comics broadly defined (bande dessinée, comic books, comic strips, graphic novels, manga, political and editorial cartoons, underground comix, web comics, and myriad other forms of visual-verbal narrative).
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Digital Humanities Research Network

The Digital Humanities Research Network will explore the processes involved in digitizing, quantifying, and visualizing different types of humanities objects turned data (including printed books, manuscripts, historical records, art, music, films). In addition to opening up new research questions, our group will provide an opportunity for a sustained conversation across campus about the computational and analytical aspects of the digital humanities.
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Disability Studies

Building on the growing interest in, and development of, scholarship related to disability at UW-Madison, our workshop links the important work and conversations of both disability studies in the humanities and disability activism across various communities. Through these conversations, our workshop seeks to explore and deepen connections between activist and academic engagement with disability. We contend, moreover, that these two orientations to disability are not separate worlds, but rather two overlapping, mutually generative means of engaging with disability.
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Imagines Mundi: The Global Middle Ages

The popular conception of the medieval world is often one of insularity and isolation, but nothing could be further from the truth. Pilgrims, princes, crusaders, doctors, merchants, monks, and artists—all these knew that the world they lived in was a vast and far-flung network of persons, places and things. Traces of frequent and ongoing cross-cultural encounter in the Middle Ages abound: in encyclopedias, chronicles, and universal histories; in treatises of science and medicine; in literary texts; in works of art and architecture; and of course in maps and travel narratives of many kinds. Indeed, even as we speak with increasing frequency about our current moment as an era of globalization, the Middle Ages—roughly the thousand years between c. 500-1500—have themselves never seemed more urgently global.
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Immaterial Labor and the University in Crisis

The Immaterial Labor workshop explores emerging currents within scholarship and political organizing that respond to the university within the context of neoliberalism, or through the lens of what Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades have termed “academic capitalism.” We seek a cross-campus conversation that is attentive to the broad consequences of recent political and social transformations that have been crystallized in struggles over higher education: financial crises and austerity cuts, new forms of political protest, the economic value of immaterial labor within and beyond campus, and the increasing privatization of public goods.
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Financial Stability and the Public Good University in the 21st Century

The aim of this initiative is to provide a group of current University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, staff, and graduate students an opportunity to think through the issues at stake as public higher education institutions seek simultaneously to advance a market-oriented income-generation agenda and maintain an institutional profile consistent with a commitment to the public good.
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