2019 Course Development Grants

Course Information:

  • Recipients: Stathis Gourgouris (Professor of Classics, English, and Comparative Literature)
  • Course Type: Seminar to be offered in Spring/Fall 2020

Course Description:

  • This course examines the notion of listening as a problem of social and philosophical anthropology in a range of frameworks:
    • Anthropology and science
    • Philosophical traditions of acoustics
    • Listening practices in modernity
    • Music/Noise/Silence
    • Technologies of listening
    • Democracy as a state of listening
  • The course is in part inspired by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society research project on Rethinking the Human Sciences.

Course Information:

  • Recipient: Ying Qian (Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Course Type: Seminar offered Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 

Course Description

  • In recent decades, the flourishing of new media has alerted us to the rich interconnections between media cultures and the cultures of science and technology.
  • This class explores these interconnections in the Chinese context from the late 19th century to the present, covering periods of colonialism, war, revolution, socialism, and postsocialism/global capitalism.
  • We ask how ideas and practices in philosophy of science, life science, spatial technologies, and ecology have entered popular imagination, social organization and political contestation as they become mediated by various media technologies such as illustration, photography, cinema and the Internet.

Course Information:

  • Recipients: John Morrison (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Barnard College) and Raphael Gerraty (Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience)
  • Course Type: Seminar offered in Spring 2020


  • This class studied the mind from both a scientific and philosophical perspective.
  • Students learned important concepts and theories from neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. They also learned how these concepts and fields interrelate.
  • Classes alternated between foundational topics in cognitive neuroscience, related experiments, and the philosophical questions that arise from them, equipping students to perform interdisciplinary work.