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

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.

We invite proposals for events in the humanities and arts, such as lectures,
performances, dialogues and panels about crossings and the nature of the boundary
itself. We also encourage submission of collaborative proposals from more than one
academic unit and proposals that include undergraduate and graduate student
participation, for example, by incorporating an event into coursework.

Proposal topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

— Geographic crossings, e.g. borderlands, refugees; migration

— Material and physical boundaries and passages, e.g. fences, walls, tunnels

— Incursions and intentional crossings, e.g. war, colonization; gentrification

— Crossing of private and public spaces, e.g. surveillance; digital privacy; trafficking

— Cultural crossings, e.g: translation, hybridity, interdisciplinarity; cross-genres,


— Crossings of bodies and minds, e.g. transgender experiences; skin markings; borderline

personalities; interspecies interactions

To propose an event or to discuss ideas, please contact Director Susan Derwin at: