Cultures of War and the Post-War
Patrick Deer
Associate Professor of English
A.B. Huber
Assistant Professor in Gallatin
Bill Blake
Assistant Professor of English
Description: This Research Collaborative has two main objectives. The first is to define the role of scholars in the humanities in pursuing a rigorous theoretical, historical, and ethical account of modern war cultures across various disciplines. The second goal is to reflect on cultural policy outcomes that might address the profound social, economic and psychic challenges confronting contemporary citizens entering post-war societies. In the process of exploring these, the group will ponder questions of gender, technology and political economy. The group aims to contribute to the debate of cultures of war and to produce some concrete outcomes on post-war cultural policies which bridge the divides between academia, veterans, the military, activists, and creative artists in today’s challenging global climate.

New York Scapes
Thomas Augst
Acting Director of Digital Humanities;
Associate Professor of English
Peter Wosh
Clinical Associate Professor of History
Description: NewYorkScapes is a research community exploring the application of concepts, tools, and resources in the digital humanities to the study of urban space. Through conversation and collaboration among scholars, archivists, artists, and activists, it seeks to facilitate the development of projects related to interpretation, curation, and communication of the documentary record of New York City, and projects engaging with the aesthetics, art, literature, design and other experiences of the city. What new opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration do digital tools afford scholars working in these areas? How might new digital tools make the art, culture and history of New York visible in new ways, to new publics? How might multidisciplinary inquiry into the city’s evolving cultural geographies foster critical engagement with institutions, media, spaces, and performances that continue to shape urban experience and humanist practices in the 21st century?

Psychoanalytic Humanities
Nina Cornyetz
Associate Professor in Gallatin
Jacques Lezra
Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature
Description: Psychoanalysis in its earliest incarnation was practiced more by scholars of literature, philosophy, law, and other humanities’ disciplines than those in the medical fields proper. The proposed working group in “The Psychoanalytic Humanities” will seek to reinvigorate an exploration of the spirit of psychoanalytic theory in productive relation to literature, philosophy, and the arts in general, and away from any clinical or psychiatric focus on therapy. It has as its concrete goal the establishment of an undergraduate minor program in housed at either the Gallatin School or the College of Arts and Sciences Comparative Literature Department. More specifically, the group will collaborate on designing a curriculum of required core courses and an equal number of revolving elective courses. In addition, we plan to bring one top ranking scholar of psychoanalytic humanities to give a talk each semester of the two-year working group. We expect to begin offering the minor in the year immediately following the research years. If our minor program is as successful as we hope, we anticipate reconvening in the future to consider the development of a program and/or a center in the psychoanalytic humanities, along with a visiting scholar and graduate student program to participate in the teaching of courses and inter-university discourse on the intellectual project.