2017-18 IHC Public Events Series

Crossings + Boundaries:



The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center announces a new call for submissions for artwork to be included in its public exhibition space, the PLATFORM gallery. We are soliciting work that engages with our 2017-18 public events series theme, Crossings + Boundaries,


IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows Program

IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows Program 2017-18

The 2017-18 IHC Public Humanities Graduate Teaching Fellows program seeks graduate students to work as instructors in a correspondence program on “Foundations in the Humanities” for inmates of North Kern State Prison and Kern Valley State Prison. (more…)

Announcing the 2017-18 IHC Public Events Series Crossings + Boundaries

This year the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s public events series will explore the
forces that shape boundaries, the energies that collect around them, and the urgencies
that spur their crossing. Under certain conditions, movement across boundaries can
liberate, empower, and stimulate creativity, while under different conditions, it can
cause trauma, anxiety and loss. Crossings + Boundaries will consider diverse
experiences and phenomena of boundary crossing — institutional, political, cultural,
artistic, gendered, psychological, and more.


The 2017 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence: Yusef Komunyakaa

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IHC public events series for 2016-17: Community Matters

New Faculty Funding Opportunity: Community-Engaged Participatory Pedagogy in the Arts Program

Humanities in the Community awards

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Interstellar Crossings: The Image of Exoplanets and the Imagination of Other Worlds

When seven rocky planets were discovered around the star TRAPPIST-1, claims of potentially habitable worlds animated the scientific discourse and press coverage. Beautiful animations of the surfaces of these planets and imaginative tales of planet hopping suggested that this discovery was not just about discovering more planets, but that it was also about discovering worlds. In this talk, Messeri will recount ethnographic findings from her work with exoplanet astronomers. She will explore how planets become worlds and what resources scientists draw on to execute this conceptual crossing and imaginatively leave the boundary of our world to extend human presence beyond the solar system.

Before joining the Anthropology department at Yale earlier this year, Lisa Messeri taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania. Her published work includes Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds (2016), which traces how the place-making practices of planetary scientists transform the void of space into a cosmos filled with worlds that can be known and explored.

Sponsored by the IHC’s Crossings + Boundaries series.
Image Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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