Each year the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies sponsors a series investigating a theme from an interdisciplinary perspective. The aim of the Investigations series is to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, and to engage the public in interdisciplinary research and creative activities taking place at USM. Current and upcoming series are described below.
2016-2017: Fleshed Out: The Body Politic
"As a scientific entity, the body, our bodies, is continually being written upon and inscribed by others' knowledge" (Probyn 1992). This series aims to investigate how the body is viewed historically, socially, technologically, culturally, performatively, economically, and environmentally. The series will include six public events incorporating lectures, round tables, performances, and visual art displays, and features perspectives from sociology, fashion merchandising, disability studies, social work, performance studies, and cultural studies.
The team coordinating the series is led by Kelly Ferris Lester in the Department of Dance, and will include Susan Hrostowski (Social Work), Ann Marie Kinnell (Sociology), Elizabeth Lentz-Hill (Dance), Emily Stanback (English), Rebecca Tuuri (History), and Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong (Marketing and Merchandising).