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Anticipated to begin in 2014, the Digital Humanities Commons—a summer fellowship program for faculty and graduate students at the UW—will support innovative and experimental research both inspired by new technologies and about these new methods of research and forms of communication. Where research in the humanities is often undertaken by a single scholar, the Commons will enable faculty and graduate students to collaborate with librarians, technologies, and designers to animate their scholarship with new visualization tools, digital media, and communications platforms.
Through an examination of the role of women artists, the past and future of feminism, and the visual representation of gender and sexuality, Sonal Khullar (Art History) and Sasha Welland (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies) aim to reorient scholarly discussion of contemporary art towards nonwestern centers, from Mumbai and Shanghai to Tokyo and Jakarta. Together they have been organizing an international conference, New Geographies of Feminist Art: China, Asia, and the World. It takes place at the UW November 15-17, 2012. With support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the conference focuses on the transnational circulation of feminist aesthetics and politics.
The 2012-13 Simpson Center Annual Newsletter is hot off the press! Have you seen it yet? If not, read it online and/or download a PDF copy! Print versions are also available at the Simpson Center, so stop by if you'd like one!
The Simpson Center is kicking off the 2012-13 year with a number of conferences. From intimate working research clusters to large, international gatherings, we will be sponsoring the following events this fall. Visit the webpages linked below for more information on each, and mark your calendars accordingly!
As Gloria Anzaldúa’s description of the Mexico-US border in her 1987 book Borderlands/La Frontera attests, borders can be “una herida abierta (an open wound) where the third world grates against the first and bleeds.” Borderlands throughout the Americas and beyond constitute sites of conflict, friction and—more hopefully—solidarity. Although borderlands are not unique sites of violence, they are critical fault lines along which the legacy of colonialism and the impact of globalization have become especially severe.
We are excited to share this menu of options to help our friends and audiences keep up with the goings-on at the Simpson Center in the way that best suits them. So, as we gear up for the start of the 2012-13 year, we would like to remind you of the many communications channels we now offer.
Three University of Washington faculty have been elected as senators of the national Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, at the group’s triennial council meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. Serving six-year terms are Simpson Center Director Kathleen Woodward; Zev Handel, associate professor ofAsian Languages & Literature and a 2011-12 Society of Scholars fellow; and Mary-Claire King, professor of Genome Sciences.
The Simpson Center’s Executive Board has awarded support to select UW scholars and projects for 2012-2013 year. Simpson Center funding sponsors a wide range of activities, including fellowships for UW faculty and doctoral students, cross-departmental research groups, scholarly conferences, and community-engaged collaborations.
The Simpson Center and the UW closed the 2011-12 academic year by hosting a wealth of brilliant minds, such as Pheng Cheah, Alice Kaplan, and Nick Mitchell, to name but a few.
Art and Migration in the Age of Globalization, an art exhibition and symposium taking place this summer at the UW, recognizes the contributions of Shinzaburo Takeda, a Japanese master painter and printmaker who has lived in Mexico for nearly fifty years and trained several generations of Mexican artists, many of them indigenous Zapotecs and Mixtecs. Lauro Flores (American Ethnic Studies) is the project’s organizer and exhibition curator.