Programs

Annual Fellows Seminars

Annual Fellows Seminars bring faculty and occasionally graduate students together to explore topics that span the humanities, social sciences and the professions.

During the academic year 2016-2017, the DCII is supporting two Fellows Seminars. Participants in these Seminars are appointed as Fellows of the DCII for the full academic year. 

Seminar One

"Impact of Big Data on Society: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

Co-organizers:  Monnie McGee (Statistics, Dedman College of Humanities and Science) and Daniel Engels (Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering)

Description

The seminar will explore the changes in society that have been brought about by the easy availability and constant gathering of data on humans via various media and digital interactions, including smartphones, the Internet, and other mechanisms. Furthermore, data sets that were never meant to be used together can now be linked via computational methods to reveal significant personal information that cannot be obtained from a single source alone. Such linking of data sets often violates current notions of privacy and security. This seminar will explore the societal implications of data availability. 

Seminar Participants/Fellows

Jeff Kahn, Dedman School of Law
Justin Fisher, Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Science
Jennifer Dworak, Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
Dave Matula, Computer Science Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
Mark McCoy, Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Science
Eli Olinick, EMIS, Lyle School of Engineering

Seminar Two

"Languages of Art and the Arts of the Conceptual

Co-organizers: Michael Corris (Art, Meadows School of the Arts) and Philippe Chuard (Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Science)

Description

The aim of the seminar is to focus on a host of related issues surrounding the nature and structure of representations, be they in some sense pictorial or altogether different (linguistic, musical, cinematographic, choreographic, etc.), through a variety of art forms and outside the arts, including the role of graphs and diagrams in scientific theories, as well as the use of modelling in scientific explanation and theory-building. Another related focus concerns the limitations such systems of representation face, and how such limitations can be considered and theoretically explained—and to what extent the arts can, perhaps, contribute to our understanding of such limitations. Finally, there’s the question of how scientific and philosophical theories can be exploited for artistic projects, and to what extent the resulting art forms can thereby contribute in some way or other to the development or evaluation of such theories. Conversely, various scientific explanations may well be using philosophical or aesthetic assumptions or tools in their explanations: in this respect, how do such assumptions and tools contribute to the development of particular scientific projects if at all.

Seminar Participants/Fellows

Lisa Pon, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts
Anna Lovatt, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts
Peter Kupfer, Music History, Meadows School of the Arts
Zach Wallmark, Music, Meadows School of the Arts
Jennifer Matey, Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Science
Brad Thompson, Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Science

For information on previous year's seminars, click here.