Workshops and Mini-Conferences
“Beyond Imported Magic: Studying Science and Technology in Latin America.”
Conveners: Shane Greene, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Eden Medina, Informatics; and Matthew Guterl, American Studies.
Participants: IU faculty and outside speakers.
The workshop aims to provide a nuanced analysis of science and technology within Latin America and TO use it to demonstrate why Latin American experiences, and experiences of the global south more generally, are central to understanding varying processes of global scientific and technological knowledge production as well as instances of local adaptations and innovation.
“Ready for Democracy? Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds.”
Convener: Padraic Kenney, History and Russian and East European Institute.
Participants: IU faculty and an outside speaker.
The workshop will explore various myths of democracy from historical, political, anthropological, and sociological standpoints, focusing on Russia, Central Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East, and North Africa.
“Textual and Musical Philology in the Digital Age.”
Conveners: Rosemarie McGerr, Institute for Medieval Study, and Giuliano Di Bacco, Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature.
Participants: IU faculty and outside guests.
The aim of the workshop is to foster conversation among scholars who are working on critical editions of textual and musical documents, especially from the medieval and early modern period, and who are engaged with or interested in developing a digital component within their research. By gathering local scholars and internationally renowned experts, its objective is to raise awareness of current trends and the potentials still to be explored and to initiate collaborations among scholars willing to elaborate editorial practices and analytical methods that can benefit from (and further justify) a computer-assisted approach.
“What Can We Learn from 500 Billion Words?”
Conveners: Colin Allen, Cognitive Science Program, and Melody Dye, Cognitive Science Program.
Participants: IU faculty and invited guests.
The workshop will explore the relation between language and thought, between language and truth, between words and meaning. It will study language culture and its uniquely human aspect and will attempt to characterize it.