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Fall 2001 Faculty Fellows

Thomas Darwin, Co-Coordinator of the Graduate School Professional Development Program (and on leave from The University of Memphis, where he is Associate Professor of Communication), has published principally on the rhetoric of science and medicine but sees his scholarship moving toward more general exploration of the rhetoric of disciplinarity and toward questions about how disciplines are constituted at sites of knowledge production not generally considered to be disciplinary (eg. in corporate universities or in-house think tanks). In the Professional Development program, he teaches graduate students from education, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities both to communicate the value of their disciplinary knowledges to non-disciplinary audiences and to adapt those knowledges to professional work outside of the academy.

Veit Erlmann, Endowed Chair of Music History, has recently been working on a project that examines the role of sound and hearing in modernity, critiquing in particular the eye-centered foundations of Western epistemology. This project draws upon new studies in musicology, ethnomusicology, history, literature, anthropology, and philosophy, expanding upon them by highlighting the interdependence of Western and non-Western forms of knowledge, representation, identity, and sensation.

Karl Galinsky, Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics, was Chair of his department for over fifteen years (1974-1990). His experience as Chair of the largest Classics department in the country, one that integrates researchers and instructors of literature, history, art, archaeology, religion, philosophy, and multiple languages, has enabled him to serve as consultant to other institutions accommodating faculty with similarly overlapping interests. He has also been involved in community outreach efforts, directing programs that bring together local teachers and UT faculty.

Sanford Levinson, W. St. James Garwood and W. St. James Garwood Jr. Regents Chair in Law and Professor, Department of Government, at the University of Texas. His interdisciplinary work has included Constitutional Faith (1988), which looks at the United States Constitution through the lens of theory of religion andWritten in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies (1998), which looks at how societies reshape their public space after moments of significant change. More recently, he has become interested in analogies between law, music, and drama. To that end, he is the principal organizers of a symposium, co-sponsored by the Law School and the School of Fine Arts, that will take place March 3-9, 2002, "From Text to Performance: Law and Other Performing Arts."

Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Assistant Professor of Design, sees his field as caught at the intersection of a myriad of disciplinary knowledges. But he sees design as a practical tool for understanding this interdisciplinary space, not merely the focal point of other fields of study. Thus he suggest that design education can become a means of integrating disciplines having related procedures and methodologies.

Gilbert Rappaport, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, studies Russian and Polish linguistics, exploring, among other things, the intersections of language and culture. His scholarly writings span a variety of Slavic cultures, including Polish communities in Texas. He has transferred this research to his instruction, as well, teaching a course on "The Polish Experience," in which he examines the formal components of Chopin's music within its cultural milieu. This interdisciplinary approach he will also use in a new course on Slavic folk music, which draws upon recent work in archeology, biology, and linguistics to trace the movement of peoples and cultures in pre-historical diasporas.

Lawrence Sager is a visiting professor at the School of Law. A leading constitutional theorist, he is the Robert B. McKay Professor of constitutional law at New York University and the co-founder there of the program in Law, Philosophy and Social Theory. His recent publications include articles on "The Birth Logic of a Democratic Constitution" and "Religious Liberty and the Moral Structure of Constitutional Rights."

Denise Spellberg, Associate Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies, examines in her scholarship and teaching convergences of politics, religion, and gender construction in the history of the Middle East and especially in medieval Islamic society. A former director of the University's Religious Studies program and current affiliate of both Religious Studies and Women's Studies, she is at work on a new book entitled "Science, Religion, and Blood: Female Biology in Medieval Islamic Thought."

Pauline Strong, Associate Professor of Anthropology, applies interdisciplinary research methods in her recent book Captive Selves, Captivating Others: The Politics and Poetics of Colonial American Captivity Narratives, which examines the relationship between Native Americans and Europeans/Euro-Americans. Incorporating theories and methodologies from history, literature, philosophy, Women's Studies, and American Studies, her scholarship extends extends to consideration of museums, films, commemorations, youth organizations, and Indian policy. She has worked within a number of interdisciplinary communities at UT, including, most recently, Connexus, an undergraduate program for interdisciplinary study.

Alexandra Wettlaufer, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, brings together art history and literature in her recent book, Pen vs. Paintbrush: Girodet, Balzac and the Myth of Pygmalion. Her next project, which looks at the culture of the female artist in the novels of Anne Brontë, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and George Sand, examines images of both real and fictitious women artists of the mid-nineteenth century, with particular focus on contemporary politics, laws, ideologies, economics, and the social production of art, gender, and the gaze.