1 Office of the Vice Provost for Research New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities, 2005-06 New Frontiers Grants Colin Allen, Cognitive Science, IUB Automatic Metacontent Management for Dynamic Reference Works This project will develop automated methods for identifying meaningful relationships among the entries in a widely used dynamic reference work in the humanities. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://plato.stanford.edu/) is continually updated on a voluntary basis by more than 1,000 academic philosophers, and its entries are downloaded well over half a million times weekly. A framework for digitally representing the major concepts in the Encyclopedia will be implemented, immediately supporting enhanced functionality for readers, authors, and editors, such as improved cross-referencing and systematic presentation of metadata relationships among the entries. The framework to be developed will be capable of supporting a variety of technological enhancements of scholarly and public interest. Tony Ardizzone, English, IUB The Calling of Saint Matthew: Stories of Rome (a collection of short stories) "The Calling of Saint Matthew" is an interconnected collection of short stories that presents ten churches, synagogues, and temples in Rome as thematic springboards for individual stories of history, identity, and personal conscience. The book's central organizing principle involves foregrounding a key element of physical setting (i.e., a work of art present in the church or synagogue) and allowing aspects of that work to mirror or contrast and conflict with the ongoing lives of various fictional characters, both North American and native Italian, who visit or frequent the church or synagogue. Richard Baumann, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, IUB Representation of Dialect on Early Commercial Sound Recordings This project is a pilot effort in the content analysis of a large collection of early sound recordings. It looks in particular at a genre of “dialect skits” recorded as early as the 1890s, for insight into the introduction of a purely aural form to an audio-visualizing audience. Special areas of interest will be the development of dialect skits as technological and commercial products, dialect mimicry as oral performance and as aural stereotype, and recorded speech as the object of perception. The goal of the project is to 2 fill out accounts of early phonographic history with information available only through close analysis of recorded content by considering the recorded dialogues on various levels, using various analytical techniques. Timothy Brothers, Geography, IUPUI Jeffrey Wilson, Geography, IUPUI Owen Dwyer, Geography, IUPUI Space and Place: Integrating Satellite Imagery and Field Experience to Create a New Atlas of the Caribbean Advances in space-borne imagery have opened a new frontier in representation of the Earth. Satellites can now show people on city streets and the shapes of individual trees in forest canopies. The proposed project will integrate such novel satellite imagery with extensive field work to provide a new kind of atlas for the Caribbean, in which the diversity of the region can be fully appreciated for the first time. Kari Gade, Germanic Studies, IUB Skaldic poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages: A New Edition Funding will employ a research associate for the electronic version of the IU-based part of the edition. This is the world's largest international project in Scandinavian Studies, based at the University of Sydney, Australia; the University of Iceland; the University of Kiel, Germany; the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne; and IU Bloomington. The edition is the culmination of 10 years of collaborative work by five general editors and 40 contributing editors, to be published by Brepols, Belgium, as a staggered series of nine volumes (2006-11). Ch. Didier Gondola, History, IUPUI Tropical Cowboys: The Young "Bills" of Colonial Kinshasa and the Politics of Masculinity This project deals with youth violence, masculinity, and Hollywood cowboy movies in colonial Congo. In the 1950s, several youth gangs emerged in Kinshasa, Congo. They styled themselves "bills," as in Buffalo Bill, their eponymous hero, and staged their fascination with the American cowboy movie genre in the streets of Kinshasa's townships. In doing so, they ushered new cultural patterns and contributed to the changing political climate that presided over Congo's decolonization process in the late 1950s. Jeffrey Gould, History, IUB Morazan Revisited: A Reinterpretation of the Central American Civil Wars This project, through the study of grassroots organizations in the department of Morazan in El Salvador, seeks to offer a reinterpretation of the Central American Civil Wars, emphasizing the cultural encounter between peasants and outsiders. It will result in a documentary film, scholarly articles, and a book. 3 Kelly Hayes, Religious Studies, IUPUI Magic and Spirits on the Urban Periphery: Macumba in Rio de Janeiro The project documents on video the process of spirit possession and healing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The project will use video in two ways: as the primary research tool for data collection and analysis, and as the format for presenting the results of this research at conferences, colloquia and professional meetings. J. Arthur Liou, Fine Arts, IUB Plasma: Blood Work Series "Blood Work" is a series of video installations about my daughter Vivian's leukemia. The imagery depicts hundreds and thousands of cell-like creatures that are rendered digitally from my daughter's body, expressing the horror she faces from both the disease and the treatment. I plan to expand the existing work and create a film titled "Plasma" to bridge the performance between gallery exhibits and film screenings. The series will be shown in Asian Contemporary Art Week in New York City (2006-07), Poissant Gallery in Houston (2006, 2008), and promoted to film and video art venues internationally. John McDowell, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, IUB Phillip Bantin, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, IUB Inta Carpenter, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, IUB Pioneer Village Virtual Outdoor Museum and Warren E. Roberts Website This project is to create a virtual outdoor museum and website from the extensive ethnographic materials gathered in the 1970s and 1980s by Professor Warren E. Roberts and his students in south-central Indiana. The virtual museum and associated website will feature traditional architecture and the old-time traditional way of life once characteristic of south-central Indiana. Our goal is to create a website that will be useful to researchers and educators, and to make the entire Roberts Collection accessible for on-site research in the Folklore Archives, an integral part of the IU Archives. William Royall Newman, History and Philosophy of Science, IUB Research on Newton's Alchemy Isaac Newton is known above all as a mathematical physicist, indeed as the founder of modern physics. At the same time as he was composing his famous foundational work of physics, the "Principia", Newton was busily carrying out alchemical experiments in his laboratory. My proposal is to carry out historical research in order to ascertain what Newton was up to and how it fit with his science as a whole. This project is part of the digital "Chymistry of Isaac Newton" project, and will also lead to a book. John Nieto-Phillips, Latino Studies, IUB 4 Latinos on the Digital Frontier: Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans in Print Media, 1890s-1940s The digitization of historical text is opening vast frontiers for scholarly inquiry. Thanks to new library and Internet technologies available at Indiana University, it is now possible for historians to scan thousands of issues of historical newspapers for clues about the past. This project will examine decades of The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times to understand how these newspapers reported on Mexican and Puerto Rican migration to the United States from the 1890s through the 1940s. Among other things, this project will help us gauge how English-reading audiences came to “know” Latino immigrants by way of print media. Eric Nordgulen (with Andrew Hsu), Fine Arts, IUPUI Public Art as Renewable Energy The team will research and build a public sculpture which will utilize solar panels and a hydrogen fuel cell as materials for art. They will collaborate with the School of Engineering to build this artwork in order to promote issues relating to our energy reserves, environmental concerns, and the future of energy technology. This sculpture will be exhibited and serve as a prototype for a large scale art/energy system to be installed at the Boulevard Plaza Project, a cultural community center to be developed in Indianapolis. George Pinney, Theatre and Drama, IUB Robert Bovard, Theatre and Drama, IUB Dance-scape: a symbiotic approach to set design and choreography Pushing the boundaries of the symbiotic relationship between set design and choreography, the study will focus on the development of an organic approach to set design using human singers as the structural foundation. To enhance the design of the set and dancers, wireless lighting technology will be investigated. Costumes and set pieces will be wired for lighting effects with the lights being triggered from the lighting control board via wireless connections. The result will be a contemporary dance piece to be performed in the Faculty Contemporary Dance Concert in January 2007. Laura Scheiber, Anthropology, IUB Crafting Identities on the Western Frontier Historic cultures on the western frontier of North America reinvented and redefined their identities in the context of the westward expansion of Euro Americans. By examining the archaeological and ethno-historical evidence of changes in material technologies at Shoshone campsites in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of northwestern Wyoming, we can see the complexities of culture contact and change that challenge the assumption of a unidirectional acculturation. For this project, I examine how people responded strategically to rapidly changing contexts, taking advantage of new items for their material culture repertory while maintaining continuity with past traditions. 5 David Shorter, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, IUB Digitizing Native Culture: Crossing the Digital Divide with an Indigenous Community This project is to develop digital models that represent tribal histories and cultures, to archive filmed rituals and assist social scientists in the field. The project’s websites bridge three converging interests: providing world wide educational access to ethnographic data; helping scholars collaborate more effectively; and providing indigenous communities a new resource for linguistic and cultural revitalization. Paul Sokol, Cyclotron, IUB Nicole Jacquard, Fine Arts, IUB Stretching Boundaries: Nuclear Physics & Fine Arts This project is to create a collaboration between the Nuclear Physics and Fine Arts Department in order to produce a series of artworks. Specifically, we will utilize Nicole's aesthetic design and the Cyclotron staff’s technical expertise in order to create a series of works utilizing CAD/CAM and the new Rapid Prototyping machinery at the Cyclotron. Judith Stubbs, Art Museum, IUB In the Chinese Tradition: Contemporary Painting from the Guilin Painting Academy This fall, the IU Art Museum will be the exclusive venue for Conspiring with Tradition: Contemporary Painting from the Guilin Chinese Painting Academy, the first U.S. exhibition of new work by 13 masters from China’s Guilin Province. The artists’ explorations have taken them in many directions -- while all are deeply immersed in traditional Chinese painting techniques, each artist's unique style is the result of experiments in idioms, themes, and materials drawn from Chinese folk, primitive, and Western art sources. The exhibit will be curated by Judy Stubbs and co-curated by Herman Mast. Marilyn Whitesell, Arts & Letters, IU Southeast Large Scale Digital Prints The project will manipulate digital photographs of natural and manmade objects to create large-scale digital prints to investigate the issue of scale on visual impact and how images as signs in juxtaposition with other images develop new and unexpected meanings. 6 New Perspectives Grants Colin Allen, History & Philosophy of Science, IUB Future Directions in the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology The International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology is sponsoring a graduate student workshop, July 26-30, 2006, at Indiana University Bloomington. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage new areas of emerging interest in biology studies and to identify future challenges and opportunities for public engagement. Themes range from the nature of cross-disciplinary research to the practical applications of ethical and sociological analyses of biomedical research for public policy. John Bean, Education, IUB Identifying the Acoustical Properties Related to Modifications of the Standard Dimensions of the Top Plates of Violins The main objective of the study is to demonstrate for students and the public how the tone of a violin is affected by modifications to the top plate. We will build a violin for this project. While this violin will represent a constant, we will carve a series of violin tops, each altered in a specific way, and will identify how the violin's tone is affected by the differing characteristics of the tops. John Bodnar, Center for the Study of History & Memory, IUB David Ransel, Center for the Study of History & Memory, IUB Remembering World War II in America, Europe, and Russia: A Workshop A workshop will be held to explore the meanings and memories of WWII in an international context. Clark Butler (with 10 others), Philosophy, IPFW Moral Education, the United Nations and Human Rights This project is a conference and week-long workshop on moral education as human rights education in the schools, at home, and in adult education. Defenders of United Nations children's rights will face off with home schooling advocates. Speakers include human rights researchers from Kosovo, the Minister for the Promotion of Human Rights in Burkina Faso (West Africa), plus scholars from Columbia and Canada as well as the United States. A workshop, scheduled at the request of the Provisional Government of Kosovo to help implement human rights on the ground in that country, will include specialized faculty from the Fort Wayne Campus. A book based on the conference is planned. 7 Stuart Davis, Linguistics, IUB Symposium in Phonology A symposium in phonology bringing together leading figures in the field is being organized from June 19-29, 2006, consisting of three parts. The first carries the theme of current perspectives in phonology; the second part comprises a phonology workshop; and the third part focuses on the phonology of Germanic languages. J. Albert Harrill, Religious Studies, IUB Edward Watts, History, IUB Bridget Balint, Classical Studies, IUB The End of Everything: Catastrophe and Community in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Worlds The Ancient Studies Program proposes a small conference exploring catastrophic experience in the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. We will examine how discourse about death, the end of the world, and the ultimate destiny of humankind shaped the social forces of ancient society and, by extension, perhaps our own. Eva Mendieta-Lombardo, Modern Languages & English, IU Northwest Robin Hass Birky, Modern Languages & English, IU Northwest Arts and Urban Renewal: International Perspectives Conference The purpose of the "Arts and Urban Renewal: International Perspectives" Conference is to explore the role arts and culture play in urban renewal by examining various approaches and their debatable effects on the quality of life in the communities they influence. Richard Miller, Religious Studies and The Poynter Center, IUB Privacy in Public: Ethics, Privacy and the Technology of Public Surveillance Recently, ethicists have begun to rethink conventional views of privacy in light of new developments in technology. The issue is whether there is a sphere - one that extends beyond matters of governmental surveillance - that should be protected. Developments in new surveillance technologies invite us to revisit the public-private distinction. This project is a series of four seminars to bring in leading scholars to address various ethical aspects of technology and privacy. Each seminar will begin with a public address followed by commentaries by campus scholars in the particular area of relevance. Jean Robertson, Fine Arts, IUPUI Jennifer Lee, Fine Arts, IUPUI Regarding Art History in Global Perspectives 8 This project is devoted to current issues and new scholarship in non-Western art history during the Midwest Art History Society conference held in Indianapolis March 28-31, 2007. The conference will be organized by the art history faculty at Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Project activities will include a roundtable, six conference sessions, and a keynote performance by James Luna, the distinguished Native American performance and installation artist. Benjamin Robinson, Germanic Studies, IUB Michel Chaouli, Germanic Studies, IUB Living Weimar: Between System and Self (Workshop, 22-23 Sept. 2006) "Living Weimar" explores, on the salient example of the Weimar Republic, the role of personal ethos in the technological age. Is there a difference between left and right norms of conduct, especially in dangerous crises? Are there political consequences to how such norms are privatized or publicized in a mass society? Visiting Distinguished Professors Helmut Lethen (Rostock), John Abromeit (Chicago), Brigid Doherty (Princeton), Andrew Hewitt (UCLA), Julia Roos (History, IU), William Scheuerman (Political Science, IU) as well as faculty and graduate students from Germanic Studies will participate in this public workshop. Phillip Stafford, Indiana Institute of Disability and Community, IUB Inta Carpenter, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, IUB Martin Siegel, Informatics, IUB Erik Stolterman, Informatics, IUB Putting Memory in its Place Across the planet, destructive natural and political forces lead to the erasure of memories associated with places. These processes of forgetting and disappearance must be resisted for, as Wendell Berry notes, "a community, if it is to last, must exert a kind of centripetal force, holding local soil and local memory in place". Putting Memory in Place is an interdisciplinary effort to explore the relationship between memory and place with a particular focus on the implications for peoples separated by events such as Katrina, and a goal of rebuilding lost places in memory through the use of new digital technologies. A New Perspectives conference will bring together both national and local scholars and citizens to address this topic. Patricia Steele University Libraries, IUB David Lewis, University Libraries, IUPUI New Models of Scholarly Communication in the Humanities: Defining the IU Perspective The project proposes engaging humanities-based faculty from the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses in a moderated exploration of scholarly communications issues. The event will take place in Bloomington with a follow-up session for librarians in 9 Indianapolis. At the conclusion, librarians will have a better understanding of faculty needs and expectations in this area and will offer recommendations for actions. Gregory Waller, Communication & Culture, IUB Joan Hawkins, Communication & Culture, IUB Barbara Klinger, Communication & Culture, IUB Film Indiana "Film Indiana" is the first of what is planned to be an annual three-day conference that showcases the film and cinema-related holdings in IUB archives. This multimedia and multi-disciplinary event will focus on short films and will include keynote lectures, workshops, research presentations, and a series of public film screenings. Suzanna Walters, Gender Studies, IUB Mary Gray, Communication & Culture, IUB Maria Bucur, History, IUB Heidi Ross, Education, IUB Jean Robinson, Political Science, IUB Homeland Insecurities: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Empire: An interdisciplinary, international conference An international conference to be held in April of 2007 to engage scholars and activists to examine the intersections of sexuality, civic engagement, and global contexts in coming to terms with current debates and understandings of citizenship from public belonging to privacy rights and their international implications in a post-September 11th world. Caleb Weintraub, Fine Arts, IUB The Gilded Painter The Gilded Painter combines the tradition of painting with the excitement of the competitive event. In recognition of the popularity of televised competitions, the Gilded Painter will be produced as a live event, pitting a master artist against a challenger. A subject will be revealed and the competitors and a panel of experts will choose either the master or challenger to carry the title: The Gilded Painter. Visiting Visionary Scholars Grants Raymond DeMallie, Anthropology, IUB Visit of Emmanuel Desvaux Emmanuel Desveaux, an eminent French anthropologist, is acknowledged for his innovative descriptive and theoretical contributions to American Indian anthropology. 10 Unfortunately, his work is not yet well known outside of France. This project will bring him and one of his students to Bloomington for a month-long visit. Elizabeth Shea, HPER/Dance, IUB Gwendolyn Hamm, HPER/Dance, IUB Laura Poole, HPER/Dance, IUB Motion Capture Technology and Modern Dance Choreography: Bringing Indiana University to the Forefront of Creativity in the Performing & Digital Arts This project will sponsor an internationally visible choreographer working in the field of dance technology for a residency at Indiana University. Ben Munisteri and his company will share their expertise with faculty and students and will create a new work utilizing Motion Capture technology. The work will be performed in New York City and abroad. Gregory Steel, David Russick, Ed Thornberg, Ann Fritz, Randal Clark, Debra Clem, Elizabeth Stirratt, art gallery directors, seven IU campuses The Contemporary Arts Visitors Program This idea was first conceived at the initial meeting of the IUEX (Indiana University Exhibitions), a group made up of all the gallery directors from all of the Indiana University campuses. Its purpose is to share resources and leverage knowledge to better serve the entire community of IU students, faculty and staff throughout the state. This grant would allow us to invite one contemporary artist of some cultural significance to visit and exhibit work on all of the Indiana University campuses over the course of a year. Such an opportunity would be especially significant for the culturally marginalized areas outside of the major city centers.