2020-2021

Network Science and the Humanities

Description of Activities

Over the past decade our methods for analysing ancient societies have been dramatically transformed by the application of ideas and methods from Social Network Analysis and network science. Studies range considerably in scope, from the quantitative analysis of large archaeological datasets, to the qualitative evaluation of complex inter-regional phenomena.

Native Performance Culture and the Rhythm of (Re)-Conciliation: Re-Membering Ourselves in Deep Time

Description of Activity

The Deep Time working group is committed to moving slowly and carefully through the processes of building relationships -- with each other, with the work that we are doing, with the communities with and for whom we do our work, with the Indigenous stewards (our treaty partners) in these territories, and with the land itself.

Contacts with Greek Culture in the Middle Ages

Description of Activity

The loss of the knowledge of Greek in Late Antiquity and its re-appropriation in the Renaissance is a commonplace in the periodization of Western European history. Greek culture came to Western Europe via the Roman classics, via late antique translations of biblical, theological, and Aristotelian writings, or via Arabic intermediaries, but supposedly could not be accessed directly, due to a lack of linguistic competency. This remains a popular perception despite the fact that it has long been challenged in various ways.

Class Struggle Revisited: Theory, Method, Praxis

Description of Activity

The social relation of class struggle provides a framework for understanding and retheorizing the chaotic yet organized conditions of global accumulation, displacement, and dispossession. The capitalist social formation, with the bourgeoisie as its dominant class, is a constellation of social forces, relations, and forms of consciousness that privatize profit from socialized production.

Building Environmental Humanities at the University of Toronto

Description of Activities

The Environmental Humanities Network was conceived to address the absence of environmental humanities (EH) at the University of Toronto by establishing a network of EH scholars - faculty and graduate students from various campuses – and creating an institutional home for this vital field of inquiry.

In this third year, we will continue to host EH events, build strategic partnerships, expand our network of scholars and students, develop our collective vision for a long-term institutional home.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) Solidarities: Honouring BIOPOC Women, Feminisms, and LGBTQ2IA+ Communities

Description of Activity

What does it mean to bring academic theorizations, concrete grassroots organizing, and community-building into active, lasting relationships in meaningful, material ways?

What brings BIPOC communities together, but what is currently holding us apart?

What principles should we uphold as we aim to work in solidarity?