FCHI Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (CHIIRS)

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The FCHI Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (CHIIRS), funded by an NEH Challenge Grant, are clusters of Emory University faculty and graduate students who meet monthly to discuss collaborative humanistic studies on interdisciplinary topics such as time periods or geographical areas.

WHAT ARE CHIIRS?

Along with its role as a residential research center for interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry develops and coordinates humanities programming across the Emory campus. A major component of this effort is the sponsorship of FCHI Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (CHIIRS), clusters of faculty and graduate students engaged in collaborative humanistic studies.

These seminars range from traditional areas of study, such as time periods or geographical areas, to the emerging cross-disciplinary and cross-theoretical structures. CHIIRS typically meet once a month during the academic semester in the Seminar Room of the Fox Center. Programming will be a combination of individual presentations on research in progress, group discussions of specific research topics in the given areas, occasional outside speakers, and whatever other academic formats each seminar may find useful in furthering its particular intellectual mission. 

If you would like to participate in one of the seminars, please contact the moderator. If you would like to propose a seminar, please contact the Fox Center at phone 404-727-6424 or by email at foxcenter@emory.edu.

CHIIRS Application 

2020-2021 Seminars

All Fox Center seminars for fall 2020 are held online via Zoom per Emory University's COVID-19 guidelines.

Lift Every Voice

October 20, 2020 @ 12PM: Defining the Black Reconstruction Archive

The Lift Every Voice Seminar Series 2020  is part of the Lifting Every Voice Tribute Series in honor of Pellom McDaniels III. The seminar series is designed to explore how the Black reconstruction archive can help expand understanding of what it means to be an American in 2020. As McDaniels wrote, “In many ways, the questions and events of Reconstruction are the questions of today.”

Developed in partnership with Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Library, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the James Weldon Johnson Institute, and the Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement, the seminar series focuses on the history of Reconstruction and its ongoing legacies in the present moment.  These seminars are open to the general public.

El Club/Latin American Association
Facilitator: Aixa Pascual, LAA
A monthly reading group held in Spanish on novels written by authors of the Hispanic diaspora.

    1970 preface to Relato de un naufrago     Luis Sanchez 9-16-2020  
    Delirio #1    Delirio #2

Contemporary Women Novelists Reading Group
Facilitator: Dr. Sandra J. Still, Woodruff Library, Librarian (Retired)
Faculty and graduate students come together from a range of disciplines interested in reading and discussing novels by contemporary women writers.

The East Asian Studies (EAS) Writing Group
Facilitator: Julia Bullock, Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures
This writing group is a collaborative space for the promotion of research and writing on East Asia.

Europe and Beyond
Moderator: Walter S. Melion, Art History and Director, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Translation
Moderator: Lisa Dillman, Spanish and Portuguese
This CHIIRS seminar critically examines translation as both process and product.

Experimental Ethnography
Moderator: Debra Vidali, Anthropology
This seminar evaluates a range of experimental ethnographic projects across different genres.
                                                                                                                                         
GALACSI --Georgia Atlantic, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies Initiative
Moderator: Julia Gaffield, History, Georgia State University
A group of scholars engaged in pedagogical and research collaborations focused on the history of the Atlantic World, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

East Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Seminar
Moderators: Cheryl Crowley, Russian & East Asian Languages and Cultures and Devin Stewart, Middle Eastern Studies

2019-2020 Seminars

Gender, Sexuality, and Pluralism in the Muslim World:
Perspectives from Sharia Courts and Everyday Life
Moderator: Michael Peletz, Anthropology
We will examine the routine, everyday practices of sharia courts, the changes that have occurred in the courts in relation to processes of Islamization and neoliberal globalization.

Global Legal History
Facilitator: Yanna Yannakakis, History
This seminar’s
objective is to develop theories and methods for the practice of a global legal history.

Contemporary Women Novelists Reading Group
Facilitator: Dr. Sandra J. Still, Woodruff Library, Librarian (Retired)
Faculty and graduate students come together from a range of disciplines interested in reading and discussing novels by contemporary women writers.

The East Asian Studies (EAS) Writing Group
Facilitator: Julia Bullock, Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures
This writing group is a collaborative space for the promotion of research and writing on East Asia.

Europe and Beyond
Moderator: Walter S. Melion, Art History and Director, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Translation
Moderator: Lisa Dillman, Spanish and Portuguese
This CHIIRS seminar critically examines translation as both process and product.

Experimental Ethnography
Moderator: Debra Vidali, Anthropology
This seminar evaluates a range of experimental ethnographic projects across different genres.
                                                                                                                                         
GALACSI -- Georgia Atlantic, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies Initiative
Moderator: Julia Gaffield, History, Georgia State University
A group of scholars engaged in pedagogical and research colaborations focused on the history of the Atlantic World, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

East Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Seminar
Moderators: Cheryl Crowley, Russian & East Asian Languages and Cultures and Devin Stewart, Middle Eastern Studies

2018-2019 Seminars

GALACSI -- Georgia Atlantic, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies Initiative
Moderator: Julia Gaffield, History, Georgia State University
A group of scholars in Georgia engaged in pedagogical and research colaborations focused on the history of the Atlantic World, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Post- and Decolonial Thought Reading Group 
Moderators: Dilek Huseyinzadegan, Philosophy and Josh Mousie, Philosophy
In this seminar, we will act as a reading group covering a number of recent primary and secondary texts on post- and decolonial thought.

The East Asian Studies (EAS) Writing Group
Facilitator: Julia Bullock, Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures
This writing group is a collaborative space for the promotion of research and writing on East Asia.   

Translation
Moderator: Lisa Dillman, Spanish and Portuguese
This seminar critically examines translation as both process and product.

Contemporary Women Novelists Reading Group
Facilitator: Dr. Sandra J. Still, Woodruff Library, Librarian (Retired)
This seminar brings together faculty and graduate students from a range of disciplines interested in reading and discussing novels by contemporary women writers.

Europe and Beyond
Moderator: Walter S. Melion, Art History and Director, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

2017-2018 Seminars

Narrative and Identity
Moderator: Robyn Fivush, Psychology
In this seminar, we interrogate what we mean by both “narrative” and “identity” from psychological, philosophical, literary, anthropological, and feminist perspectives. 

Contemporary Women Novelists Reading Group
Facilitator: Dr. Sandra J. Still, Woodruff Library, Librarian (Retired)
This seminar brings together faculty and graduate students from a range of disciplines interested in reading and discussing novels by contemporary women writers.

Translation
Moderator: Lisa Dillman, Spanish and Portuguese
This seminar critically examines translation as both process and product.

Digital Publishing in the Humanities Reading Group
Moderator: Stephanie C. Iasiello, 2017-2018 Fox Center Graduate Digital Publishing Fellow and English Doctoral Candidate
This reading group takes up the topic of open access publishing.

Philosophy Otherwise
Moderators: Cynthia Willett, Philosophy and PhD Candidate B. Tamsin Kimoto, Laney Graduate School
As a discipline, philosophy is undergoing a number of transitions. This CHIIRS group would focus on interrogating this change and providing a space for people doing this more pluralist philosophy at Emory. 

The East Asian Studies (EAS) Writing Group

Facilitator: Dr. Julia Bullock, Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures
This writing group is a collaborative space for the promotion of research and writing on East Asia.    

Post- and Decolonial Thought Reading Group
Moderators: Dilek Huseyinzadegan, Philosophy and Josh Mousie, Philosophy
In this seminar, we act as a reading group covering a number of recent primary and secondary texts on post- and decolonial thought.

European and Beyond
Moderator: Walter S. Melion, Art History and Director, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry