Past Mellon Symposia
As part of the Mellon Fellowship's second year, each Fellow stages a symposium or forum connected to the Fellow's teaching or research interests.
Organized by Kristen Mills. "Songs for the Dead: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Lament and Elegy" brings together scholars working on lament and elegy in several cultural traditions. The comparison and juxtaposition of ancient, medieval, and modern traditions of lament and elegy is intended to foster dialogue among and across disciplines.
Organized by Roy Ben-Shai. This symposium is an occasion to reflect about the meaning of privilege, and to problematize the relationship between privilege and thinking. Among the questions we will discuss are, what is privilege? What is its experiential, moral, epistemological, political, and philosophical significance? And how does privilege affect and limit the contents and possibilities of critical thought?
Organized by Andrew Cornell. This symposium explores what common ground and what tensions exist between these critical perspectives by providing a unique forum for conversation amongst an international ensemble of respected organizers and scholars.
Organized by Donovan Schaefer. Religion, like other forms of power, feels before it thinks. If the secularization hypothesis was built on the presupposition that religion would dissolve as rationally organized knowledge advanced, then is postsecularism defined by affects?
Convened by Zainab Saleh, this interdisciplinary symposium will be held on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq as a venue to examine multiple dimensions of the decade-long occupation.
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Convened by Farid Azfar, The Event Before Sex gathers eight scholars who work at the interstice of sexuality and temporality. From libertine culture in Restoration England to S&M scenarios in post-Abu Ghraib San Francisco, this symposium explores how an eventful study of sex disrupts existent disciplinary paradigms of interpretation.
Convened by Ruti Talmor in connection with the exhibition Possible Cities, the 2011 Mellon Symposium Imaging Africa brings together leading curators, filmmakers, critics, and scholars to discuss the status of African visual culture in the contemporary moment.
Organized by Haverford's 2008-10 Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow Rachel Oberter, this symposium brings together scholars from the fields of art history, media studies, cultural studies, and literature to consider the terms "medium" and "mediation" in nineteenth- and twentieth-century visual culture.
Coordinated by John Muse, "among friends" presents a series of four simultaneous, collaborative workshops that team contemporary artists with Haverford students and interested members of the community. Monday March 23rd – Thursday, March 26th, 2009.
This interdisciplinary symposium will consider Shakespeare's poetic and dramatic artistry from the perspective of conceptual blending, the mind's ability to create things by combination; metaphor is one form of blending we'll consider, and theatrical illusion is another.
A symposium on law's limits and possibilities, bringing together thinkers across disciplines to consider theoretical and practical issues in contemporary law, justice, and politics, was organized by Mellon Fellow 2005-07 Jill Stauffer.
A symposium on aesthetics and the relationship of the arts and humanities at the college level, was organized by Mellon Fellow 2004-06, Marianne Tettlebaum.
Presented by Yiman Wang, 2003-05 Mellon Fellow on May 1, addressed the political and cultural implications of racial, gender, and border passing processes that are depicted in romantic scenarios in cinema. This program was free and open to the public.