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Provost’s symposia program announces awards

The provost’s Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia 2007 program has made seven awards.

• Globalization in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds. The symposium will promote the interdisciplinary study of the history of globalization in order to contextualize the development of our global economy and the globalization of culture today. This initiative focuses on the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Atlantic/Caribbean, from late antiquity through the 18th century, and reflects the research strengths and interests of Binghamton faculty and graduate students.

Symposium Advisory Board: Anne Bailey, History, Africana Studies and The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Karen-edis Barzman, Art History and CEMERS; Moulay Ali Bouanani, Classical and Near Eastern Studies; John Chaffee, History and Asian and Asian American Studies; Richard Lee, Political Science and the Fernand Braudel Center; Joe Stanley, graduate student of History and president of the Graduate Student Organization-funded Medieval/Renaissance Group; Dale Tomich, Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies; and Nancy Um, Art History, Asian and Asian American Studies and CEMERS. Proposal submitted by Barzman.

• Engineering, and Social Justice: Widening the Appeal of Engineering to Women.

The symposium will develop a research and scholarly community focused on broadening the appeal of engineering to women and other historically under-represented groups through the promotion of social justice.

The symposium will be organized by George Catalano, professor of Mechanical Engineering; and Caroline Baillie of Queen’s University in Canada.

• BBCRST (Binghamton, Buffalo, Cornell, Rochester, Syracuse and Toronto) Conference: An interdisciplinary approach to market behavior.

The School of Management will organize and host a conference that will examine traditional marketing problems at the individual and group (retail) level using behavioral and quantitative methodologies.

The objective is to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to studying buying behavior, merging different theories and analytical tools from the modeling (quantitative) and the behavioral (qualitative) domains to develop “better” models of buyer behavior.

Proposal submitted by Professors Subimal Chatterjee and Manoj Agarwal.

• Korea: Present, Past and Future.

The Korean Studies faculty at Binghamton will organize this conference. Thousands of heritage schools, elementary, intermediate and high schools, colleges and universities, private institutes and government agencies around the world have an interest in Korea as crucial for American security and economy. The number of institutions offering Korean courses and the number of students learning Korean are constantly increasing. An ever-growing number of general and Korean students as well as East Asian educators are interested in different aspects of Korea.

Proposal submitted by Sungdai Cho, associate professor in German, Russian, and East Asian Languages.

• Modernity and Locality: Discrete Spaces in Global Culture. The current rise of transnational studies in the humanities and social sciences has made us aware of the constraints of traditionally bounded areas of area studies as well as those of national frameworks.

Scholars respond in different ways to the current direction of transnational studies. Some emphasize the universalizing and homogenizing tendencies of global modernity, while others turn to the study of particular communities, places and histories to expose the “parochialism of the West.” It is urgent that we re-assess our methodologies and reconceptualize the relation between the local and the global, the particular and the universal, in an interdisciplinary forum.

The organizers of the conference will be Nergis Erturk, Comparative Literature; Praseeda Gopinath, English; Robert Guay, Philosophy; and Juliet Shields, English. Proposal submitted by Guay.

• Labor Unions and Democracy in a Globalizing Asia.

This symposium will provide a forum to analyze the socio-economic and political factors that have altered the character of labor unions and the system of industrial relations. So far, scholarly research on Asian labor has been discrete and scattered across disciplinary backgrounds, hindering the building of common knowledge on this important issue.

This symposium will serve as a first endeavor to connect scholars conducting research on a similar topic.

The symposium will also enrich our comparative understanding of changing labor relations in Asia by bringing together scholars from different disciplines with analytical and methodological tools.

Fred Deyo, Yoonkyung Lee and Emmanuel Teitelbaum (Political Science, George Washington University) will be co-organizers of the symposium, while the participants of the Labor Studies Discussion Group in the Sociology Department will assist in its organization. Proposal submitted by Lee.

• The Role of Science in Watershed Management.

Binghamton University’s Center for Integrated Watershed Studies (CIWS) will organize the symposium. This symposium will gather academics from the physical, biological and hydrological sciences as well as from economics, geography and political science to address the needs, challenges and opportunities that exist within the watersheds of New York State and beyond.

Proposal submitted by Weixing Zhu, associate professor of biological sciences.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08