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Society for the Humanities Annual Fellows' Workshop, "Thinking Time"

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 9:00am to 6:00pm

A. D. White House, Guerlac Room
29 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

9:00 – 9:10  Welcome

Timothy Murray, Taylor Family Director, Society for the Humanities

9:10 – 10:30  Panel I: Afterlives

Vincent Ialenti, Mellon Graduate Fellow; Anthropology, Cornell University: Deep Time & the Afterlives of Expertise Among Finland's Nuclear Waste Safety Experts

Ricardo Wilson, Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow; Africana Studies, Cornell University: Octavio Paz and the Unreading of Sigüenza y Góngora

Annetta Alexandridis, Faculty Fellow; Classical Art and Archaeology, Cornell University: From Fine Arts to Yujin: Replicating, Distributing, Recycling, and Erasing Plaster Casts of Graeco-Roman Sculpture

10:45 – 12:05  Panel II: Broken Chronologies  

Aaron Rosenberg, Mellon Graduate Fellow; English, Cornell University: The Novel Time of the Anthropocene

Arnika Fuhrmann, Faculty Fellow; Asian Studies, Cornell University: In the Mood for Texture: Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Shanghai Colonial Ruins and the Transmedia Revival of Chinese Colonial Modernity

Viranjini Munasinghe, Faculty Fellow; Anthropology and Asian American Studies, Cornell University: An Absence of Tombs: Moral Economy of Nations and Caribbean Exception

1:00 – 2:30  Panel III: The Jetty

Film screening: Chris Marker, La jetée (1962); ca. 30 min.


  • Maria Flood, Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow; Romance Studies, Cornell University
  • Jonathan Strauss, Society Fellow; French and Italian, Miami University
  • Steve Potter, Society Fellow; Music Composition, Goldsmiths University of London

2:50 – 4:10 Time Fellows, on the Future of the Humanities

Moderator: Rebecca Wanzo, Society Fellow; Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Washington University

Daniel Smyth, Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow; Philosophy, Cornell University: Time for Humanistic Study


  • Laura Brown, John Wendell Anderson Professor of English, Cornell University
  • Kelly Grotke, Society Fellow; Collegium for Young Scholars and Scientists, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften; Erik Castrén Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki
  • Rayna Kalas, Faculty Fellow; English, Cornell University
  • Carina Ray, Society Fellow; African and Afro-American Studies, Brandeis University

4:30  Plenary Lecture (Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall)

Cathy Davidson, Director, Futures Initiative, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Co-Founder, HASTAC: Time and the Modern University

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