Colloquia and Conferences

include speaker series, international research, and working conferences. They are selected for support based on their crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary focus.

Surveillance & Privacy: Art, Law, and Social Practice

Henry Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media (DXARTS), will host Surveillance & Privacy: Art, Law, and Social Practice, a multi-day symposium focusing on the response of artists and cultural institutions to issues related to privacy and surveillance. Examining historical attitudes, contemporary perspectives, and prognostications about the future of privacy, the symposium will explore how changes in technology, law, and social practices intermingle and impact public perceptions and cultural behavior. Among the works featured for analysis during the symposium is the Henry’s interactive art installation Sanctum, created by UW DXARTS professors and artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin and installed on the museum’s façade.

The Roles of Fiction in Early Modern Philosophy

One central trope of early modern philosophy and natural science was the rejection of fictions, like so-called "feigned hypotheses," and the focus on empirically observed phenomena. Yet, even as philosophers rejected the abstract notion of a fiction, they still relied upon fictions and narrative models in fundamental ways. Participants in this conference will examine this tension and look at both particular philosophers--such as Descartes, Spinoza, Hobbes, Hume, and Kant--and general themes, including the conception of fiction itself, the use of fiction in producing metaphysical knowledge, the use of fictions as examples in moral theory, and scientific models as kinds of fictions. We also intend to consider how philosophy was used in fiction, both in the period itself and then later, as in the case of the novelist George Eliot.

Slavic Linguistics Society Conference

The Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS) 2014 conference is the ninth annual meeting of the society. SLS is a professional organization devoted to the systematic scholarly study of the Slavic languages. It brings together academics from several continents through an annual conference that alternates between North American and European institutions.

Scale and Value: New and Digital Approaches to Literary History

This conference and the ensuing publication in Modern Language Quarterly will present work by leading scholars whose use of digital texts or quantitative methods is clarifying the relationship between literary scale and value and yielding new insights into the literary history of the last three centuries.

ArtTalk—Conversations with Northwest Native Art

ArtTalk—Conversations with Northwest Native Art is organized by the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art and will bring together leading scholars and Native American/First Nations artists to present and discuss current trends and recent research on the distinctive art traditions of our region, both to examine the last fifty years of Northwest Coast art, as marked by the 50th anniversary volume of Bill Holm’s Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form, and to look forward to the next fifty years.

The Cascadia Seminar: Ethnographic Adventures in Medical Anthropology

In conjunction with the 2015 Cascadia Seminar in Medical Anthropology, Mette Nordahl Svendsen will give a public lecture about her research project, "A Life Worth Living: Negotiating Life Worthiness in Human and Animal." Svendsen is Associate Professor in the Medical Science & Technology Studies program, in the School of Public Health at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). For this project, funded by a prestigious Sapere Aude grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research, Svendsen directs a small team of researchers exploring--through ethnographic research in laboratories, care homes, and clinics--how the "life worthiness" is enacted, conceptualized, and contested in practice, for experimental research animals and the fragile humans (premature infants and dementia sufferers) for whom these animals serve as models.

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