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Harpur College Dean’s Workshops, 2008-09

Built Environments of Atlantic Slavery

Coordinator: Dale Tomich, Sociology and FBC, and Christopher DeCorse, Maxwell School
The Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University is instituting a joint Research Working Group/Dean’s Workshop on Built Environments of Atlantic Slavery. The group is concerned with the ways in which the built environment (e.g., slave trading entrepôts, productive and residential plantation buildings, ports, towns, transportation networks, and specific productive landscapes) contributed to the material, social, and cultural ordering, reproduction, and transformation of the space of Atlantic slavery. Through a trans-disciplinary approach, the group will address both functional and representational aspects of the built environment. As part of its program of collaborative research, the group is planning to sponsor one workshop or symposium in Binghamton this semester that will focus on the production of U.S. Southern plantation landscapes and another in Syracuse in the spring that will examine built environments in Africa.
The project will be coordinated by Dale Tomich and Christopher DeCorse. Participants from all disciplines are welcome. Anyone interested in participating, please contact Dale Tomich at
Nov. 8, 2008, “Landscapes, Built Environment, and Communities in the Ante-Bellum South,” Roundtable and workshop participants include Walter Johnson, History, Harvard University; Edward E. Baptist, History, Cornell University; Tony Kaye, History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University, and Dale Tomich, Sociology and Fernand Braudel Center.

Science Studies

Coordinators: Gerald Kutcher and Fa-ti Fan, History
This workshop provides a forum where various disciplines within Harpur College can be brought together to articulate ideas and approaches to issues in science and society: The Public Uptake of Knowledge; Medical Constructs of the Body and Mind; Science, the Military and the University; and Science and Institutionalized Knowledge Production.
Organizational Meeting(.pdf, 70kb): Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 4:30 pm, Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A 330
Monday, October 13, 2008 Sanem Guvenc-Salgirli (Dept. of Sociology, Binghamton University) will give a presentation, "Eugenics and the Idea of Society in the 1930s Turkey" at the Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A330 on at 4:30 pm. All are welcome.

Monday, November 10, 2008, 4:30 pm, Zhandarka Kurti, (Sociology, Binghamton University) will present "'Una Nueva Raza': Mapping the Representations of Childhood Delinquency in Puerto Rico Late Nineteenth Century to Early Twentieth Century", Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A330. Free and open to the public.
Monday, December 8, 2008, 4:30, Vandana Swami (Sociology, Binghamton University) will present "'Re-Ordering Landscape:' Spatial Technologies of Railroad Construction in 19th Century Colonial India" Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A330. Free and open to the public.
Spring Semester 2009 Organizational Meeting (.pdf, 70kb), Monday February 23, 2009, 4:30 pm, Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A 330
Monday, March 16, 4:30 pm. Fernand Braudel Center AA330. There will be a discussion of three articles: J. Teehan, C. diCarlo, "On the Naturalistic Fallacy: A Conceptual Basis for Evolutionary Ethics," Evolutionary Psychology, 2004.2: 32-46. This article is available in e-journal on our library website. The other two articles are by Robert Richards, “Darwin on mind, morals and emotions,” and Peter Woolcock, “The case against evolutionary ethics today.” Paper copies are available in the Fernand Braudel Center, or contact and a pdf will be sent to you.
Thursday, April 16, 2009, SPECIAL TIME 1 – 4 P.M. Special events to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin.
Special Lecture: “Of Ants and Cold War Men: Historical Roots of Sociobiology,” presented by Abigail Lustig, University of Texas-Austin. Lecture to be followed by discussion. Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A 330.
Monday, April 20, 2009, 4:30 pm, Panel Discussion on Evolutionary Ethics. Panelists: Reinhard Bernbeck, Anthropology, BU; Christopher Knapp, Philosophy, BU; David Sloan Wilson, Biology, BU; Moderator: Gerald Kutcher, History, BU. Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A 330

The Contemporary State

Coordinators: Thomas M. Wilson, Anthropology and Denis O'Hearn, Sociology
Thursday, April 23, 2009, 4:30 pm. David Nugent, Anthropology, Emory University, “Dark Fantasies of State: Notes from the Peruvian Underground”
Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A 330
Friday, April 24, 2009, noon, David Nugent, Anthropology, Emory University, “Knowledge and Empire: The Social Sciences and U.S. Imperial Expansion,” cosponsored with Anthropology, Science Library 306.
Friday, May 8, 2009, 4:30 pm. Vivek Chibber, Sociology, New York University, “Beyond Gerschenkron: The State in Late Development” Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A 330.
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