1 Office of the Vice Provost for Research New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities, 2007-08 New Frontiers Grants Claude Baker, Music, IUB Compact Disc Recording with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra This project is the commercial recording on the Naxos label of four symphonic compositions (one of which would be written specifically for this project) by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Gabrielle Bersier, World Languages & Cultures, IUPUI Paths of Healing: Goethe's Physiology Autobiography in Context This project examines Goethe’s monumental autobiography in the light of 18th- to early 19th-century life sciences and interprets the author’s neurophysiological theory of creativity in the context of contemporary pleas for the subordination of aesthetics to the imperatives of German national self-assertion during the Napoleonic wars of occupation. Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, Theatre & Drama, IUB Indiana University Black Play Lab Indiana University Black Play Lab addresses the critical dearth of development opportunities and lack of exposure for Black drama through the creation of a laboratory for the development of plays from African and the Diaspora. This initiative would support the development of the works of two playwrights of African descent. Dionne Danns, Education, IUB The Struggle for Desegregation in Chicago This project is a comprehensive historical study that documents the legal and political processes whereby Chicago’s public schools were desegregated from 1960 to 1990. Oral history interviews will be conducted with former students, teachers, school administrators and community members who participated in desegregated schools to ascertain the impact of desegregation on the lives of participants. Gianluca DiMuzio, History & Philosophy, IU Northwest Ancient Philosophy and Abortion 2 This project is to conduct a book-length examination of ancient philosophical texts dealing with abortion. This is to determine whether a genuine moral controversy over abortion existed in antiquity, and if so, whether the controversy is comparable to the one raging today. Jane Goodman, Communication & Culture, IUB Producing Algerian Publics: Theater between Secularism and Islam This project is to examine Algerian vernacular theater as an artistic form used by both secularizing and Islamist political movements to model practices of modern citizenship. This will be an archival and ethnographic study of theatrical initiatives from two periods (1930s, 1990s-2000s) that featured a particularly acute ideological cleavage between Islamist and secularist movements. Matthew Guterl, African American & African Diaspora Studies, IUB Race - A Visual History This book project will historicize the visual culture of race in American life, helping us to understand how we have seen race at different times and in different contexts. Joss Marsh, English, IUB The Magic Lantern This project is the first serious academic study of the Magic Lantern—the single most significant visual entertainment and means of visual communication in the world for the 250 years from c. 1659. Four over-lapping components: reconstructive performance, DVD production, the completion of 3 articles, and work towards book. Lauren Morris MacLean, Political Science, IUB Constructing Democracy in America: Tribal-State Conflict and Cooperation in American Indian Health Policy, 1970-2005 This study analyzes how different state governments have consulted with American Indian/Alaska Native tribes on health care policy from 1970 to the present. Despite the media attention to Indian casino success, American Indian/Alaska Native populations have the lowest life expectancy of any ethnic group in the U.S. Since most health policy research is highly quantitative and economistic, this historical and culturallycontextualized analysis of the politics of health policy promises to be innovative. Daniel Reed, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, IUB Crossing Boundaries: An Application of Innovative Technology to an Ethnomuicological Study of Ivorian Immigrants in the United States This project investigates the roles of the arts in negotiating identities of recent Ivorian immigrants to the U.S. One of the first ethnographic studies of African immigrant music, 3 the project will make use of a groundbreaking computer application that allows both recording and annotating digital video in the field. Jean Robertson, Fine Arts, IUPUI Craig McDaniel, Fine Arts, IUPUI Art (Re)Views Science This research project will develop a conceptual framework for analyzing how contemporary visual artists are responding to new research and methodologies in the sciences, particularly the life sciences. The investigators use the tools of art history and art cirticism to examine this rapidly evolving arena of visual art activity. Susan Seizer, Communication & Culture, IUB Stand Up People: Regional Comedy, U.S. Cultural Identity, and the Politics of Geography This project aims to understand the continuing appeal of live, regional stand-up comedy in our contemporary media-saturated era, and to study the specific ways that pointedly regional identities, attitudes, and interpretations of U.S. cultural and political life contribute to recent debates on American “character.” Leslie Sharpe, Fine Arts, IUB Northern Crossings “Northern Crossings” is an interactive artwork using sound-sculpture and location-aware devices with mobile phones. The project includes content around topics of northern frontiers, identity, and the literal and metaphorical 'melting' of the solid boundaries of the North and the Atlantic through global warming, development and in wireless passages/histories. James VanderVeen, Sociology & Anthropology, IU South Bend Pre-Columbian Pottery and the Construction of Social Meaning Traditional historical accounts of the contact period in the Caribbean can be revised through archaeological study. While the chronicles describe only what the Europeans saw, this project will analyze the design and ornamentation of domestic pottery to reconstruct the more complex social and political differences between the colonists and colonized. Jeffrey Wolin, Fine Arts, IUB Vietnamese War Veterans: Portraits and Stories from the Other Side Following the publication and exhibition, “Inconvenient Stories”, portraits of 50 Vietnam War Veterans with their war stories, I have embarked upon a project photographing and interviewing Vietnamese who fought in the war: Vietnamese who fought alongside us 4 and fled to the US after the war. In Vietnam I will work with North Vietnam Army veterans and Viet Cong for their perspectives on the “American War”. New Perspectives Grants Sonya Atalay, Anthropology, IUB (Re)examining Archaeological Ethics This project involves a workshop and related activities to investigate the effects of archaeological ethics on Indigenous communities and revisions of current ethics principles with such considerations in mind. Supporting activities include an Ethics Bowl case, international conference session, public lecture, and funding and communication strategies for future workshops. Deborah Cohn, American Studies, IUB Weekend-long conference on "Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean" This project is an interdisciplinary conference that will build upon IU’s strengths in the study of race in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will bring together a critical mass of IUB faculty, many of whom are recent hires, and assist us in setting up scholarly networks. Vance Farrow, Fine Arts, IUPUI Keynote Lectures by Distinguished Researchers, Artists, Innovators This project is three lectures by internationally renowned arts professionals. Sir Ken Robinson is an expert in the development of creative processes in education. Kenneth Tyler is the foremost expert on 20th century printmaking. Robert Stackhouse is a highly accomplished artist working in sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and public art. The three keynote lectures would be presented during the Mid-America College Art Association (MAACAA) that will be hosted by Herron School of Art and Design, October 15-18, 2008. Shannon Gayk, English, IUB Patricia Ingham, English, IUB Things: A Symposium on Premodern Culture and the Material Object This project is a one day symposium on medieval literature and the material object to be held in October of 2008. We hope to provide a venue for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas about the aesthetic, economic, and social roles that things play in medieval literature. Scott Herring, English, IUB Americanist Research Colloquium 5 A year-long symposia of distinguished scholars in American, hemispheric, and transatlantic studies whose have each produced some of the most important interdisciplinary research in this field. These speakers will enhance the institutional and national reputation of the newly inaugurated American Research Colloquium (ARC). Susan Hyatt, Anthropology, IUPUI Roger Jarjoura, SPEA, IUPUI Inside Out Indiana's Prison Exchange Program: Linking Universities, Communities and Prisons through Education Inside-Out is a national model whereby University ("outside") students take courses alongside incarcerated ("inside") students. Inside-Out Indiana courses are already being offered through IUPUI. This project is a conference intended to bring together scholars, stakeholders and students to examine the role of prisons and prison education in Central Indiana. Bill Johnston, Polish Studies Center, IUB Justyna Beinek, Slavic Languages & Literatures, IUB New Directions, New Connections: Polish Studies in Interdisciplinary Context Polish Studies in North America is currently at a crossroads. Its old concerns and modes of operation are undergoing a profound reevaluation in the light of the political changes of the last two decades, and of the subsequent social, artistic, and cultural upheavals that they have engendered. This international conference addresses these changes in light of new theoretical, substantive, and disciplinary modes. Ajay Mehrotra, Law, IUB Michael Grossberg, History, IUB New Directions in Law & Society Scholarship Workshop Series The Center for Law, Society & Culture at Indiana Law proposes an innovative year-long workshop series, New Directions in Law and Society Scholarship, which will bring leading socio-legal scholars to Bloomington to discuss new streams of research, fostering dialogue among scholars of the humanities, law, and social sciences. Anya Royce, Anthropology, IUB Elizabeth Shea, HPER/Dance, IUB Bringing Worlds together around the Genome: Campus and Community conversations across the Arts, Sciences, and the Field of Ethics This project is a series of panels, workshops, symposia around the residency of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the performance of Ferocious Beauty: Genome. These will involve scholars, local communities, seniors and youth at both Bloomington and Indianapolis around the implications of genomic research in the arts, sciences, and ethics. William Scheuerman, Political Science, IUB 6 William Rasch, Germanic Studies, IUB Proposed Conference on "Old Europe, New Orders: Post-1945 German Thought on War, Peace, and International Law The proposed conference brings together leading scholars from a number of fields (Law, German, Jewish Studies, Political Science) to reexamine a rich post-1945 Germanlanguage debate about the need to reorganize the international system in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust. Special attention is paid to the intellectual crossfertilization between those German and German-Jewish scholars who grappled with the moral and political implications of total war and genocide. The potential relevance of their ideas about supranational political and legal organization to contemporary debates concerning globalization is underscored. Jane Schultz, English, IUPUI Cancer Stories: Patients, Practitioners, and the Making of Narrative This project is a two-day symposium to bring together scholars who produce and investigate illness narratives. Held in conjunction with the dedication of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center (IUSCC), the event will feature plenary lectures and interactive workshops that examine the enduring cultural importance of stories about cancer and their impact on patients, practitioners, and the larger community in which we live. Lesley Walker, World Languages & Cultures, IU South Bend New Paradigms in French Revolutionary Studies: A Franco-American Colloquium This project is a colloquium on the cultural production of the French Revolution organized in collaboration with a colleague from the University of Notre Dame. Six scholars will be invited from France and another dozen from the United States to South Bend for a two-day conference, which will take place on both the Notre Dame and IU campuses, to discuss new directions in French Revolutionary studies. We are also planning to produce a volume of collected essays as a result of the colloquium. Edward Watts, History, IUB Deborah Deliyannis, History, IUB David Brakke, Relilgious Studies, IUB Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity “Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity” will convene a conference designed to explore how dramatic political changes, including the fall of major empires and the rise of new kingdoms, affected the cultural life of the Ancient Mediterranean, Near Eastern, and North African worlds. Visiting Visionary Scholars Grants 7 Gwendolyn Hamm, Health, Physical Education & Recreation, IUB The Evans Artistic and Historical Legacy This project is to bring Bill Evans, American modern dance artist, choreographer, and teacher to Bloomington for a three-week residency to restage his 1978 master work entitled, Impressions of Willow Bay, culminating in its performance by the IU Dance Theater. Through master classes, seminars, and public lecture-demonstrations, Mr. Evans will discuss his work and his collaboration with composer David Sanella. Elizabeth Shea, Health, Physical Education & Recreation, IUB Anya Royce, Anthropology, IUB Bringing Worlds Together Around the Genome: A Residency with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange The purpose of this project is to sponsor an internationally visible modern dance company (Liz Lerman Dance Exchange) on the IUB campus whose work engages the community in political discourse, focusing on issues important to our university such as research and dissemination of information in the life sciences.