Annual Fellows Seminars

The DCII is now soliciting proposals from faculty for an Annual Fellows Seminar for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. For more information, click here.  

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 2014-2015, 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

"Global Africa: Between Intervention and Engagement"

Co-organizers:  Karisa Cloward, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Dayna Oscherwitz, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures

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In many respects, the relationship between Africa and the rest of the world may be summarized under the rubric of “intervention” and “engagement.”  In the literal and historical sense, Africa has been a site of global engagement since the Classical period, when the Greeks and Romans settled North Africa.  This was followed by several centuries of intervention, ranging from the Arab Muslim conquest to European colonization, and in more recent years economic, humanitarian, and military involvements by Europe, the United Nations, the United States, and China.  At the same time, the rise of the internet and globalization, as well as the shifting internal dynamics of the African continent, have produced new and unexpected types of engagement from within Africa.  This seminar explores the interrelationship between and among these sites of engagement and non-engagement, as well as interrogating the material and theoretical contexts in which such engagement occurs. 

Seminar Participants/Fellows

Jill Kelly, History, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Herve Tchumkam, Foreign Languages and Literature, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Ben Voth, Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts
Peter Winship, Dedman School of Law
Shay Cannedy, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Christopher Kiahtipes, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

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Seminar Two

"The Situated Self”

Co-organizers: Robert Howell, Professor of Philosophy, and Rhonda Blair, Professor of Theater


Though there is a long tradition that views the self as something internal and mental, this seminar considers the self as a public entity, defined by its relations to its physical and social environment.  Selves do not exist in a vacuum; they are products of relationships to other people, cultures, constructed narratives and identities.  Selves are also not purely mental; all of the selves we know are conditioned and created by particular forms of embodiment, and that embodiment extends the self into the world around it.  This seminar looks to explore these “external” strands self, and hopes to discover approaches to the self that are relevant for studies in the humanities, the sciences, and education as a whole. 

Seminar Participants/Fellows
Ulrike Schultze, Information Technology and Operations Management (ITOM), Cox School of Business
Gretchen Smith, Theater, Meadows School of the Arts
James Lee, History of Early Christianity, Perkins School of Theology
Justin Fisher, Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Ashley Winstead, Ph.D. Candidate, English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences