Annual Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars Symposium

Faculty Symposium

On May 1, 2013 the Humanities Institute hosted its annual Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars Symposium.  This unique opportunity marks the one time each academic year when seminar participants gather together to reflect upon their interdisciplinary collaborations and engage with humanities faculty across the campus.

The afternoon began with a lecture by Courtney Berger, Editor at Duke University Press, titled “The Humanities, Theory, and the Future of Academic Publishing.”  Berger offered her unique insight and vision as an acquisitions editor on the role of the humanities in evoking solid theory and initiating an interdisciplinary ripple effect in academic scholarship.  She also speculated on the benefits of scholarly communication and publishing for broader audiences through non-traditional platforms.


Dean Franco, Associate Professor of English, moderated a roundtable discussion of representatives from each of the 2012-2013 academic year interdisciplinary faculty seminars.  The groups presenting were: “Aesthetics and Politics,” “Benjamin in Berlin,” “Digital Humanities: Practices, Perspectives and Pedagogy,” “Fair Play: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Rhetorical, Social and Political Dimensions of Fairness,” “Human Dimensions of the Environment and Sustainability,” “Poverty and Progress in the Eighteenth Century,” “Stars and Studios: Seminar in Film Studies,” and “Writing Exile: Women, The Arts and Technologies.”  Each of the faculty representatives spoke to the broad themes transpiring in their seminar as well as resulting or emerging projects that participants are pursuing.

Following the roundtable discussion, Fred Moten, Helen L. Bevington Professor of Modern Poetry at Duke University, offered reflective keynote remarks.  Moten brilliantly positioned his own scholarship in Black Studies against an interdisciplinary assemblage of philosophy, performance, literature and aesthetics as a means for reflecting on interdisciplinarity and issuing cautions about its commodification.

With heads still buzzing with ideas from the stimulating afternoon, the faculty participants and other symposium attendees gathered at a reception to celebrate the year’s successes and the future of interdisciplinary scholarship at Wake Forest University.

Visit our “Seminars & Symposia” page for a complete list of AY 2012-2013 interdisciplinary faculty seminar participants.

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