Projects & Profiles

Current Projects

The Ancestral Lands of the Ese’eja – The True People

This multidisciplinary project centers on the Ese’eja Nation, an indigenous hunter gatherer people located in the Amazonian region of Peru. The objectives include documenting the Ese’eja lifestyle, creating a community plan, and programming education for Ese’eja schools, surrounding communities, and internationally through the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research.

Developing Research and Research-based Teaching through Collaboration with the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

Building around the 2014 annual meeting of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, this project focuses upon enhancing disciplinary and interdisciplinary work by UD graduate students. It makes use of print and other materials in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection and at the Delaware Art Museum to promote scholarship and research-focused undergraduate teaching in the area of the Victorian press.

"Colored Conventions Project"

In the decades preceding the Civil War, free and fugitive Blacks gathered in state and national conventions to advocate for justice as Black rights were constricting across the country. The website www.coloredconventions.org recovers and shares information about delegates and associated women whose civic engagement, political organizing and publications have long been forgotten.

"Beauty Shop Project"

Our group researches how vernacular communal spaces like black beauty shops can be locations of collective creativity and imagination directed toward improving quality of life. Long-term goals include promoting better health and practical life skills, proactive citizenship, and subsequently, stronger communities using creative social practice methods.

Games Studies Research Group

The Games Studies Research Group considers how people in different disciplines approach games as a subject of study, with faculty learning as much from each other as from the literature in this emerging trans-disciplinary field.

"Uncovering an Invisible Demographic: Faculty, Disclosure, and Disability in Higher Education"

Although the experiences of disabled students are relatively well-documented, at least in part because they are tracked by disability services offices through accommodation requests, disabled faculty constitute a nearly invisible demographic in higher education.

Encountering 'Others' in the Atlantic World: Comparative Perspectives from the Material World

An international conference celebrating the 375th anniversary of the founding of New Sweden will be held November 8-10, 2013.

"Dave the Potter's Couplet Pots: Dancing History and Dred Scott"

An interarts research collaboration that engages archival historical and literary research and creative work in poetry, art, music and dance to explore nineteenth-century African American history through a focus on "Dave the Potter's" pottery.

"IMusic 8 Campus Chatter"

A two-act musical theatre production about issues of exclusion, isolation, and bullying on college campuses.

"Digital Humanities Working Group"

Lecture and workshop series co-sponsored by the IHRC, the University of Delaware Library and the Department of English

"Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden"

EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden" is a project in three phases spanning 2011-2014 and involving two essay collections and an international symposium.

Transnational Encounters: World-Renowned Authors at the University of Delaware"

Fall 2011-Fall 2013 (WOMS, ENGL, FLLT)

Six internationally known authors will join the University of Delaware community over a four-semester period beginning in the fall 2011 semester. Each author will spend two days on campus. During this period she/he will present a public lecture, a reading, and interact with students, faculty, and others.

"Mediamorphosis"

This symposium provided a forum for literary scholars, historians, media historians and art historians to share works–in–progress on the transformations of print media and transatlantic public spheres at the turn of the 20th century.

"Environmental Humanities Working Group"

Why do we have environmental problems? What shapes our ideas about nature, and about the human place in the natural world? The Environmental Humanities Working Group is bringing together the insights of history, literature, journalism, philosophy, aesthetics, and other disciplines to analyze and understand the environmental predicaments of the 21st century. Although we look to the sciences and the social sciences for their own expertise, we take for granted that neither are sufficient to understand the complex ways people relate to the non-human world.

Previous Projects

"iMusic 5"

The University of Delaware Master Players Concert Series (MPCS) is creating new traditions in the spring of 2012, to culminate with a multi-disciplinary production.

"Common Threads: History of Fashion through a Woman's Eyes"

The exhibition Common Threads: History of Fashion through a Woman’s Eyes will chronicle 20th century women’s fashion and explore the meaning of fashion and art in social and historical contexts.

"The African Americas"

University Museums exhibit, symposium and set of courses – Fall 2011 (ANTH, FLLT, ENGL, University Museums)

Attributed to Peter Lely, Portrait of a Woman, English, ca. 1780

"Renewing Museums Working Group"

The goal of the Renewing the Museums Working Group is to design a new installation of the collection in Old College Gallery that best serves the interests of students, faculty and the curriculum.

"The Art of Liberation"

Spring 2011 (ART, University Museums, DHF)

"Serious Games"

Spring 2010 (ART and CISC)

"Things in Common"

2009-2011 (CMCS, ART, ENGL, HIST)

"Hemispheric Dialogues: Interrogating Social Justice in the Americas"

2009-2011 (WOMS, ARTH, ANTH, BAMS, EDUC, FLLT, LAMS, POSC)

"Live Cinema Live"

Fall 2010 (ART and the Philadelphia Museum of Art)

"Electroacoustic Collaborations"

Spring 2009-Fall 2010 (ART and MUSC)