News & Stories
We are delighted to announce the IAS Research and Creative Collaboratives for 2021–2022. These self-initiated groups represent some of the most innovative work at the University. Their work—be it the development of a performance piece, the exploration of a concept or research area through different disciplines, or the creation of a supportive intellectual community—exemplifies synergistic interdisciplinary activity, and transcends departmental structures.
What happens when you turn historic preservation upside down? School of Architecture Associate Professor Greg Donofrio—also a former IAS Advisory Board member—began his career by looking at historic buildings and working backwards to people who care about buildings. “Whereas now,” he says, “I am interested in forming relationships with people and working backwards to the places they might care about in the built environment.” As he’s followed this new direction, he also co-founded the Heritage Studies and Public History graduate program, which began as an IAS Research and Creative Collaborative, and strives to add diverse perspectives to conversations about history and preservation.
Meet the IAS Research and Creative Collaborative ArTeS, an emerging, intercollegiate initiative that centers the arts in Art + Technology + Science collaborations at the University of Minnesota.
Introducing Afrofeminist Sound, Touch, and Speculation in Brixton, UK and North Minneapolis: A Transatlantic Collaboration, an IAS Research and Creative Collaborative dedicated to asking how Afrofeminist collaborative artmaking serves a critical function in the formation of diaspora as both political aspiration and solidarity for feminist futures in urban settings.
Introducing Memory, Trauma, and Human Rights at the Crossroads of Arts and Science, an IAS Research and Creative Collaborative dedicated to exploring how an interdisciplinary understanding of memory and traumatization can illuminate pathways between artistic production and healing.
Introducing the Critical Disability Studies Research Colloquium, which proposes a model of intersecting, interdependent, and flexible leadership to continue to explore and expand capacity for critical disability studies (CDS) at the University of Minnesota.
Introducing the Project for Advancing Health Care Stewardship, which facilitates social conversations about health and health care stewardship in order to rebuild and maintain an efficient, effective, and sustainable system. This community-driven team incorporates perspectives from evidence-based practice, narrative medicine, behavioral health, sustainability, and community engagement.
Introducing Gender and Violence: South Korea and Beyond, an IAS Research and Creative Collaborative, which is motivated by its concern about the Korean Studies’ disciplinary limitation in addressing gendered violence and about the issues of colonial legacies that have shaped area studies in the U.S. academia at large.
Introducing Preparing for Our Future Museums: Museum Studies in the 21st Century, an IAS Research and Creative Collaborative researching the academic program needed to provide knowledge and skills for new museum professionals to successfully meet current and future challenges of the field.
Introducing the Moving Image and Media Studies Graduate Group, a 2020–2021 IAS Research and Creative Collaborative, which is a collaboratively run nexus for students, faculty, and production professionals working in film and audiovisual media at the University of Minnesota.