Past Working Groups

Humanities Council Working Groups


How do theories and practices of translation, past and present, impinge on our contemporary engagement with Greek and Roman texts, whether we read them in translation or in the original? How indebted are we to ancient theories and cultures of translation? What, if any, unique problems do ancient texts present for the translator, and what forms may the translation of antiquity take beyond the strictly textual? How does the “classical” become “postclassical”?

  • Karen Emmerich (Comparative Literature): “What do we do when do we translate?”
  • Ancient translation practices: Reading from Denis Feeney (Classics) and S. Rebecca Martin (Boston University)
  • Homer in English: George Steiner, ed., Homer in English
  • Ladies’ Greek: Readings from Yopie Prins, Ladies’ Greek
  • Translation nation: Readings from Gonda van Steen & Josephine Quinn
  • Peter Burian (Duke University): “Translation in performance”
  • Translation and pedagogy: Readings from Lawrence Venuti
  • Translating philosophy: Readings from Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

Bodies of Knowledge Working Group engages faculty, staff, and graduate students in questions around illness, health, and the body from a wide range of viewpoints. This working group is part of a David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project Grants initiative, which includes a new team-taught course entitled “Medical Story-Worlds.”

  • Joanna Wuest (Society of Fellows): “From Pathology to ‘Born Perfect’: The Role of Scientific Authority in Campaigns to Ban Conversion Therapy”
  • Angela Brintlinger (Ohio State University): “Standing in Line: Bodies in a Struggle with Soviet Scarcity”
  • Arbel Grinel (Princeton Global Health Program): “Medicalization of Love: Neuroscience, Addiction and New Diagnostic Categories”
  • Can Açıksöz (UCLA): “Sacrificial Limbs: Masculinity, Disability, and Political Violence in Turkey”
  • Henrietta Mondry (University of Canterbury, New Zealand): ““Zoopsychology in the Service of Socialism”: Service Dog Training and Child Upbringing in Soviet culture, 1930s”
  • Ann Fox (Davidson College): “Understanding Adaptive Activism: Reframing Disability in Drama and Art”
  • Kirsten Ostherr (Rice University): “AI and the Medical Humanities: An Emerging Field of Critical Intervention”
  • Robert McRuer (George Washington University): “Queer Affect in Crip Landscapes: Disability, Desire, Devestation”
  • Julia Vaingurt (University of Illinois at Chicago): “‘Enjoy your Symptom!’: An Artist’s Guide to Psychosis in Sasha Sokolov’s A School for Fools.”
  • Natalie Prizel (English, Society of Fellows): “Crip Heroes of the British Empire”
  • Ryo Morimoto (Anthropology): “Radioactive Phantoms and the Politics of Exposure in Coastal Fukushima”
  • David Bond (Bennington College)
  • Zoë Wool (Rice University)
  • Nikolai Krementsov (University of Toronto): “Telepathy and Mind Control in Bolshevik Science and Fiction, 1917-1930”
  • Irina Sirotkina (Russian Academy of Sciences; Moscow Higher School of Economics): “Art as Bodily Knowledge: Practice and Theory”
  • Olivia Banner (University of Texas): “The Voice of the Patient in Communicative Biocapitalism”
  • Marlon M. Bailey (Arizona State): “Black Gay Men’s Sexual Health, and the Means of Pleasure in the Age of AIDS”
  • Jose Alaniz (University of Washington): “Mental Disability and the Works of Rémy Perliot”
  • Ann Jurecic (Rutgers University): Living ‘At Risk’ in the Genomic Age
  • Regina Robbins (University of Nebraska): “Co-curating: The Intersection of Art and Medicine”

The Postcolonial Humanities Working Group generates a space for Princeton faculty, staff, and graduate students to analyze recent research from Postcolonial Studies and to collectively brainstorm possibilities for scholars of the humanities in terms of engagement with service, activism, and interdisciplinary research on the repercussions of imperial history.

  • Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff, Harvard University
  • Reena N. Goldthree, African American Studies
  • Ann Laura Stoler, The New School for Social Research
  • Gyan Prakash, History
  • Roundtable Discussion: “Innovative Pedagogical Approaches to Postcolonial Humanities”
  • Serguei A. Oushakine, Anthropology
  • Nick Nesbitt, French & Italian
  • Christina León, English
  • Chika Okeke-Agulu, Art & Archaeology
  • Nicole D. Legnani, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
  • Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University
  • Roundtable Discussion: “Colonialism in the 21st Century: A Humanistic Inquiry”

The Center for Digital Humanities convened a reading group to explore what the public digital humanities can be. Each week an article or a set of brief readings were paired with a notable public project or two.


“The Place of Greece” considers the place(s) of Greece, its physical and imaginary landscapes, its generative and confounding potential, the experiences it seems to promise for those who travel there, and the claims it has made and makes on different communities. The group is structured with regular visits from authors who lead discussion of their work. 

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  • Johanna Hanink, Brown University
  • Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University
  • Yannis Hamilakis, Brown University
  • Allyson Vieira, artist; New York University

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM) Graduate-Initiated Workshops


Behrman Faculty Fellows

Behrman Fellows for 2017-18
  • Nathan Arrington, Art and Archaeology
  • Elizabeth Davis, Anthropology
  • Donnacha Dennehy, Music
  • Katja Guenther, History
  • Lital Levy, Comparative Literature
  • Federico Marcon, East Asian Studies
  • Sarah McGrath, Philosophy
  • Michael Meredith, Architecture
  • Teresa Shawcross, History
  • Moulie Vidas, Religion
  • Christy Wampole, French and Italian
Behrman Fellows for 2016-17
  • Bridget Alsdorf, Art and Archaeology
  • Yelena Baraz, Classics
  • Wendy Belcher, Comparative Literature
  • Bruno Carvalho, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
  • Lisa Davis, Anthropology
  • Boris Kment, Philosophy
  • Lital Levy, Comparative Literature
  • Sarah McGrath, Philosophy
  • Yair Mintzker, History
  • Rachel Price, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
  • Sarah Rivett, English
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