Achievements

With its more than one hundred fellows to date, the ISI has hosted some of the most active and successful of our colleagues on campus. In many cases their projects, under development in an ISI seminar, have come to fruition in scholarly or creative arenas. While we do not claim credit for all successes or special recognitions, we are proud to list some of the achievements of our ISI community here.

Window Hosts Shona Macdonald's Exhibition

window, a site-specific, minimalist exhibition space in Asheville, North Carolina, will host current ISI Fellow Shona Macdonald's installation Weather in Winter from December 1- 31, 2013.

The installation was developed for window (re/production, re/presentation) but originated in 1997 when Macdonald was "in a period of transition and without a studio in her home country of Scotland."

Joya Misra Develops Gender and Society Blog

Joya Misra, member of the 2012-13 seminar on "Engagment," developed the Gender & Society blog during her fellowship year. As editor of the top-ranked journal in Gender Studies, Gender & Society, Misra wanted to ensure that the research published in the journal was also accessible to wider publics. The blog presents short, accessible summaries of articles and books, and responses to current issues by top feminist scholars.

Mari Casteñada to Be Featured at Book Reading of "Mothers In Academia"

Current ISI fellow Mari Castañeda, associate professor of communications and director of diversity advancement for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will read from her new co-edited book, "Mothers in Academia." The book launch and reading will be held at Food For Thought Books in Amherst, Massachusetts at noon on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

First ISI Book Published

The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) celebrates the publication of the first edited collection originating from the productive discussions of its faculty seminars. Negotiating Culture: Heritage, Ownership, and Intellectual Property examines issues of cultural heritage and intellectual property in a variety of contexts, from contests over tangible artifacts to more abstract forms of culture such as language and oral traditions. More information from the University of Massachusetts Press can be found here.

Jane Anderson Gives Lecture at Library of Congress

 Jane Anderson, ISI fellow 2012-13, gave a lecture entitled "Anxieties of Authorship and Ownership: Intellectual Property, Indigenous Collections and Decolonial Futures" on April 3, 2013 at the Library of Congress. Anderson's lecture was part of the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series at the American Folklife Center. Anderson's talk focused on the "author" in the colonial archive as legal and cultural construct, bringing together her interdisciplinary research in international intellectual property law and the protection of Indigenous/traditional knowledge and culture. A list of the 2013 Botkin Lecture Series speakers can be found here

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