Forum for Research on Law, Politics, and the Humanities (FROLPATH)
Research in a range of disciplines has focused on institutional formations, legal structures, political rhetorics, and social identities. This forum seeks to bring together scholars who approach these issues from a variety of perspectives.
Historians have chronicled the last days of the working class, post-Marxists have questioned the contemporary relevance of the concept of class, and neoliberal economists have denied there ever were such things as classes. This working group, bringing together historians, literary critics, and political theorists, will focus on both the history of class and especially its relevance (if any) at the present time.
Chicago Area Food Studies
This group brought together scholars from a variety of disciplines and institutions to discuss issues in the politics, culture, and history of food.
Trans-Displacements: Migration, Gentrification, and Citizenship
This group explored the relationship between the displacement of migration, gentrification, and citizenship.
Reading the Anthropocene
This organized reading group met to read and discuss critical works in environmental history and the humanistic environmental studies.
This forum fostered an interdisciplinary discussion about issues of vision, visuality, and visual culture. The goal was to develop a dialogue among scholars studying vision as a biological/physical operation, those researching and writing about visual objects both contemporary and historical, and artists creating original work.