Community reading launches Society for the Humanities theme “Reparation”


Cornell’s Society for the Humanities will kick off its 2022-23 theme of “Reparation” with a community reading of “The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ People in the Cayuga Lake Area. A Brief History” by Kurt Jordanassociate professor of anthropology at the College of Arts and Sciences.

The September 23 event will take place from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall, and will be followed by a reception. The speakers will be: Sachem Sam George (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ Cayuga Nation), Steven Henhawk (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ language teacher and historian), Jolene Rickard (Ska:rù:rę’/Tuscarora, Associate Professor of Art and Art History at A&S) and Jordan. Find more information on the Cornell Events Calendar.

“The Society for the Humanities thought there was no better way to kick off the year of reparation than to begin at home: the land Cornell occupies and the deep history – and dynamic present – ​​of Gayogo̱hó ꞉nǫɁ of which we know so little. or, worse, actively ignore,” said Paul Fleming, Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities and L. Sanford and Jo Mills Reis Professor of Humanities (A&S.) “Kurt Jordan’s book offers an opportunity ideal to start, in a bit, to rectify this by bringing together indigenous experts and the Cornell community.

Jordan’s 80-page book covers Indigenous presence in the area from the last ice age 13,000 years ago to the events that took place in August 2021. He consulted with members of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ community and made reference to their oral histories in the book.

The book is part of the Tompkins County Historical Commission’s series on county history.

“It’s critical that residents of the Cayuga Lake area learn about history and understand current events,” said Jordan, also director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies (AIISP) program at the College of Agriculture and Science in life. “This region is also unfortunately a fairly typical example of how Indigenous history has been handled – information about Indigenous peoples across the continent has been broken, distorted, obscured or even deliberately erased, and a lot of work needs to be done. done to fix this situation.”

Attendees should read the book ahead of time and come to the September 23 event with any questions they may have. Free copies of the book are available at the AD White House (121 Presidents Drive), the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (482 Caldwell Hall), and the History Center, downtown on Ithaca Commons.

Each year, the Society for the Humanities organize their work around a theme that crosses disciplines and fields. This year’s theme, Repair, “invites reflection on how things fall apart and therefore how objects, relationships and stories are made, as well as how they can be remade, made differently. .

Lucinda Ramberg, associate professor of anthropology (A&S) and member of the Society’s Humanities Council, proposed the topic of “reparation” to the council. “Our conversations through this theme have taken us into real ethical and philosophical depths across fields and time,” she said.

After selecting the topic, the Society calls for Visiting Scholars who wish to research and teach at Cornell during the year as Society for the Humanities Fellows.

This year’s external fellows and their research topics are:

  • Kevin T. Duong, Politics, University of Virginia, “Marx and Freud in Harlem: The Lafargue Clinic and the Economics of Psychiatric Care”
  • Carla Hung, anthropology, University of North Carolina, Asheville, “Trafficking in Hospitality: Misgivings Over Communal Care Amongst Eritrean Refugees”
  • Tamta Khalvashi, anthropology, Ilia State University, “Reparative Spaces: Affects and Affordances of Brokenness in Urban Georgia”
  • Jung Joon Lee, Theory and History of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, “Queer World-Making in Asian and Asian American Art: On Reparative Kinships”
  • Susan Stabile, English, Texas A&M University, “Salvage”

The Society also welcomes a number of additional Fellows and Fellows each year: Society for the Humanities Faculty Fellows (open to Cornell faculty); Mellon Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows; and HSP postdoctoral associates. Detailed information on all scholarship recipients is available at the Company’s website.

The arts and science professors who have been named faculty members for this academic year include:

  • Jon Parmentierassociate professor of history, “A Speculative Vision: Cornell University’s Origins in Indian Country”
  • Juno ParrenasAssistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, “Triage for a Sick Planet: Reparative Human-Animal-Environmental Relations After Colonial Exploitation”
  • Kelly Presuttilecturer in art history and visual studies, “Terroir after the Terror: landscape and representation in 19th century France”
  • Imane TerhminaAssistant Professor of Francophone Studies in the Department of Romance Studies, “Bureaucratic Affairs: Violence, Justice and Reconciliation in Francophone African Literature”

“The Society’s fellows provide a unique opportunity to focus fully on one’s research,” said Fleming, “while benefiting from all of the extraordinary resources Cornell offers, especially its library, archives, and fellow scholars.” Collectively, fellows and postdocs bring new ideas to campus, teach our students in small experimental seminars, and amplify the importance of the humanities in tackling fundamental societal issues such as redress.

Kathy Hovis is a writer for the College of Arts and Sciences.


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