The School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University The School of Interdisciplinary Arts is a Ph.D. program at Ohio University in Athens, OH that educates scholars in the arts through the unique lens of interdisciplinarity.

In the dynamic contemporary world, as the boundaries between the arts become increasingly permeable, scholars recognize the methodological importance of multidisciplinary scholarship to facilitate our critical understanding of the arts. Areas of Inquiry Interdisciplinary Arts is a consortium of scholars in the following areas: aesthetics and theory, African arts and literatures, art and architectural history, film, music, performance studies, and theater. Each faculty member poses a distinct perspective on the interrelationships, interdependencies and interactions among the arts, critical studies, and history. Program Description Interdisciplinary Arts students at Ohio University undertake a strong education in a primary and secondary discipline. The centerpiece of the program is a series of interdisciplinary, team-taught seminars. Faculty and students come together to investigate intensively a selected topic and/or period from multiple perspectives and disciplines. This training serves as preparation for a variety of professional careers, especially college and university teaching. The program prepares students for scholarly research, while also valuing creative activity in the arts. Funded by assistantships, Interdisciplinary Arts Ph.D. candidates receive valuable teaching experience at the undergraduate level

Mission: Areas of Inquiry Interdisciplinary Arts is a consortium of scholars and scholar-artists in the following areas: African Arts and Literatures, Art and Architectural History, Ethnomusicology/Musicology, Film Studies, Performance Studies, Philosophy of Art, and Theater. Each faculty member poses a distinct perspective on the interrelationships, interdependencies and interactions among the arts, critical studies, and history. Program Description Interdisciplinary Arts students at Ohio University undertake a strong education in a primary and secondary discipline. The centerpiece of the program is a series of interdisciplinary, team-taught seminars. Faculty and students come together to investigate intensively a selected topic and/or period from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Students take courses from faculty across the College of Fine Arts, as well as in disciplines outside the fine arts. This training serves as preparation for a variety of professional careers, especially college and university teaching. The program prepares students for scholarly research, while also valuing creative activity in the arts. Funded by assistantships, Interdisciplinary Arts Ph.D. candidates receive valuable teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

07/28/2019
Thaala Bhashana 27/07/2019 Part 1

On July 27, 2019 Dr. Garrett Field was a guest on the Sri Lankan Sinhala-language television show "Thaala Bhashana" (Rhythm Chat).

He sang four Sinhala songs and spoke about his book "Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka" (University of California Press, 2017).

https://youtu.be/TGZ-B49dgW8?t=448

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n_zvpzw1Fg&feature=youtu.be&list=PLo8jRqFECstE7B4GxsWwsd1iucGXNJxTq&t=686

Thaala Bhashana 27/07/2019 Part 1

Dhivehi-Language Interview with Dr. Garrett Field in the MaldivesIn June, Dr. Garrett Field had the opportunity to spend...
07/02/2019
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Dhivehi-Language Interview with Dr. Garrett Field in the Maldives

In June, Dr. Garrett Field had the opportunity to spend a month in the Maldives to conduct research about Dhivehi-language poetry and song. Field has been studying the Dhivehi language since 2015. The Maldivian newspaper SunOnline learned about Field's research and filmed an interview with him. In the interview, Field discusses the field of ethnomusicology, his research, and sings two raivaru, a type of Dhivehi sung-poetry that involves the scrambling of syllables.

https://sun.mv/121008?fbclid=IwAR1c-T_-j0-R412AD0oY3rA-P4avdbm2JUGr0CBLGM-NJpAidncmvrcVwpw

Read more at sun.mv

Ohio University's College of Fine Arts recently published an article that focuses on the research and video art of Zhou ...
06/03/2019
Student Explores Connections to Home: Film and Video Art in Contemporary China | Ohio University

Ohio University's College of Fine Arts recently published an article that focuses on the research and video art of Zhou Chou, doctoral candidate in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts.
https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/news/2019-interdisciplinary-film-zhou
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Zhou Chao is an artist who identifies with the wanderer, the traveler, the explorer—having left home, she also carries the idea of home with her wherever she goes. From her undergraduate studies at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, where she focused on public art practice and theory, to...

Ohio University's College of Fine Arts recently published an article that focuses on the research of Dr. Jenna Wollenber...
06/03/2019
Interview with Alumni Jenna Altomonte: On Remote Technology and the Artist’s Response to War | Ohio University

Ohio University's College of Fine Arts recently published an article that focuses on the research of Dr. Jenna Wollenberg (Altomonte), alumna of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts.
https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/news/2019-interview-alumni-altomonte
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On a recent trip to Venice, Jenna Altomonte presented a paper titled Remote Pleasure and Pain: Avataric Control in Digital Performance Art, at the Taboo and the Media sessions of the Taboo Conference Series in Bertinoro, Italy.

Ohio University's College of Fine Arts recently published an article that focuses on the research of Dr. Kat Hammond, al...
06/03/2019
Ephemeral Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution | Ohio University

Ohio University's College of Fine Arts recently published an article that focuses on the research of Dr. Kat Hammond, alumna of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts.
https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/news/2019-alumni-hammond-art-revolution
Ohio University College of Fine Arts

The History-Making Work of Contemporary Egyptian Art While growing up in the Midwest, Dr. Kat Hammond encountered negative attitudes and stereotypes provoked by the events of 9/11, which propelled her interest in gaining a fuller understanding of the people, cultures, and artists of the non-Western....

Ohio University's College of Fine Arts recently published an article that focuses on the research of Dr. Samba Camara, a...
06/03/2019
Samba Camara on the Religious and the Secular in Senegalese Popular Music | Ohio University

Ohio University's College of Fine Arts recently published an article that focuses on the research of Dr. Samba Camara, alumnus of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts.
https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/news/2019-alumni-senegalese-music-camara
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For someone born in the tropical climate of Senegal, the warmer weather he’s found in North Carolina is much friendlier to Samba Camara than the cold winters he spent in Athens while pursuing his Ph.D. in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. He may not miss the cold, but he speaks fondly of the c...

Please join us Friday, May 31st, 6-9pm at Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville, for the Exhibition Reception for ART, LIFE, &...
05/29/2019

Please join us Friday, May 31st, 6-9pm at Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville, for the Exhibition Reception for ART, LIFE, & POLITICS, an autobiographical artistic response by Syrian artist and academic, Basil Masri Zada, as part of his doctoral dissertation project in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. The exhibit presents the everyday life of Syrians while living under the daily sounds of battles and explosions. The exceptionally thoughtful artist will, in addition, present a weekly Performance Lecture each Sunday in June at 4pm.

Please join us Friday, May 31st, 6-9pm at Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville, for the exhibition reception for ART, LIFE, & POLITICS, an autobiographical artistic response by Syrian artist and academic, Basil Masri Zada, as part of his doctoral dissertation project in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. The exhibit presents the everyday life of Syrians while living under the daily sounds of battles and explosions. The exceptionally thoughtful artist will, in addition, present a weekly Performance Lecture each Sunday in June at 4pm.

On April 18 Dr. Garrett Field will deliver an invited lecture at the University of Chicago for their South Asia Seminar ...
04/02/2019

On April 18 Dr. Garrett Field will deliver an invited lecture at the University of Chicago for their South Asia Seminar Series.

The lecture is entitled, "Syllable Scrambling in Dhivehi Poetry of the Maldives."

More information about the presentation can be found here: https://southasia.uchicago.edu/node/344018

Congratulations on the huge film premier by PhD student Je' Hooper. And to PhD student Keith Phetle who joined the New Y...
02/24/2019

Congratulations on the huge film premier by PhD student Je' Hooper. And to PhD student Keith Phetle who joined the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

The Gotham Center of New York City History at CUNY created podcasts for Open House New York that have been nominated for...
02/01/2019
OHNY Podcasts

The Gotham Center of New York City History at CUNY created podcasts for Open House New York that have been nominated for a 2019 Guides Association of New York City Award. Listen to Dr. Andrea Frohne's podcast here: ​https://www.gothamcenter.org/ohny-podcasts.html

​Nominated for GANYC's 2019 Apple Award for ​ Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program ​or Podcast

Dr. Garrett Field recently published an article in the peer-reviewed journal "Analytical Approaches to World Music." Dr....
01/07/2019

Dr. Garrett Field recently published an article in the peer-reviewed journal "Analytical Approaches to World Music."

Dr. Field's article is entitled, "Improvising Rhythmic-Melodic Designs in South Indian Karnatak Music: U Shrinivas Live in 1995."

The article can be accessed here:
http://www.aawmjournal.com/articles/2018a/Field_AAWM_Vol_6_2.html

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts is pleased to announce that on Thursday November 8 Dr. Sascha Ebeling will make a p...
11/05/2018

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts is pleased to announce that on Thursday November 8 Dr. Sascha Ebeling will make a presentation in this year's interdisciplinary seminar.

The theme of this year's seminar is "Arts and Modernities." Dr. Ebeling's presentation is entitled, "Metropolis of Modernity: The Avant-gardes in Madras/Chennai, c.1900-1940." The presentation will be held between 2 and 5 in Baker Center room 239.

Ebeling is Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Colonizing the Realm of Words: The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India (SUNY Press, 2011).

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09/13/2018
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Recently, our very own Dr. Andrea Frohne discussed the life and work of Basquiat with WOUB's Emily Votaw. On Sept. 14 — WOUB will air the new documentary "Basquiat: Rage to Riches"
WOUB Public Media + Emily Votaw +
The School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University and Ohio University School of Art + Design = Happy Thursday!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Story, PhD student in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts! Elizabeth's solo exhibition "Se...
08/23/2018

Congratulations to Elizabeth Story, PhD student in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts!

Elizabeth's solo exhibition "Seasons Change" will be on display at Donkey Coffee from August until September 4. The exhibition will feature Elizabeth's oil paintings and painting-sculptures.

For more information about Elizabeth's art please visit: http://elizabethstoryart.com/index.html

Snows and floes through Athens
01/18/2018

Snows and floes through Athens

Field and Namazi Present at Society for Ethnomusicology's Annual MeetingOn October 27, Dr. Garrett Field and Behzad Nama...
11/02/2017
Field and Namazi Present at Society for Ethnomusicology's Annual Meeting

Field and Namazi Present at Society for Ethnomusicology's Annual Meeting

On October 27, Dr. Garrett Field and Behzad Namazi presented papers at the Society for Ethnomusicology's 62nd Annual Meeting held in Denver, on a panel entitled Facets of Improvisation, and co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College.

Dr. Field is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and School of Music. His paper was entitled entitled Rhythmic Designs with Solfège: Svara Kalpana in South Indian Karnatak Music Performed by Mandolin U. Shrinivas. In this paper Field explored how one musician performed the rhythmic-melodic form of improvisation in South Indian classical music known as svara kalpana.

Namazi is a Ph.D. candidate in the scholar/artist track of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, studying ethnomusicology and music composition. His paper, entitled The Radif as Musical Syntax: A Case Study on the Revival of the Qanun in Persian Music, investigates the ways in which the radif (the canon of melodic material in Persian traditional music) functions as a system of melodic governance for improvisation in Persian traditional music. Namazi developed this paper in a seminar he took with Dr. Field entitled IART 8900: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Music and Language.

https://www.ohio.edu/finearts/interarts/whats-happening/news-story.cfm?newsItem=B9D1086B-5056-A874-1DEBBD8860CE154E

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Professor Vladimir Marchenkov will give a paper on “Nostalgia for Sacrifice: The Artist in Tarkovsky’s Last Films”...
10/12/2017

Professor Vladimir Marchenkov will give a paper on “Nostalgia for Sacrifice: The Artist in Tarkovsky’s Last Films” as part of the panel on “Florensky, Tarkovsky, and the Icon” at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Chicago, IL, November 10, 2017.

Professor Vladimir Marchenkov will also give a presentation on Aleksei Losev at the roundtable on “Philosophy of the Late Soviet Period” at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Chicago, IL, November 11, 2017.

Professor Vladimir Marchenkov will present a paper on “From Creative Anthropodicy to the New Middle Ages: Nikolai Berd...
10/12/2017

Professor Vladimir Marchenkov will present a paper on “From Creative Anthropodicy to the New Middle Ages: Nikolai Berdyaev’s Response to the Russian Revolution” at the International Conference Russian Thinkers: Between the Revolution and Tradition at Universität Bonn, Germany, in October 2017.

Professor Vladimir Marchenkov will give the 2017 Joseph Thompson Memorial Lecture on “Myths, Realities, and Symbols: A...
10/12/2017

Professor Vladimir Marchenkov will give the 2017 Joseph Thompson Memorial Lecture on “Myths, Realities, and Symbols: Aleksei Losev and the End of the Russian Silver Age” at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in October 2017.

Professor Vladimir Marchenkov presented a paper on “Play and Power: Music as Ludic Transformation of Time” at the In...
10/12/2017

Professor Vladimir Marchenkov presented a paper on “Play and Power: Music as Ludic Transformation of Time” at the International Conference Between the Lands—Alexander Ivashkin Remembered at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in London, UK in June 2017.

Dr. Garrett Field delivers invited lectures at the University of Colombo and U.S. Embassy in Sri LankaThis summer Dr. Ga...
07/27/2017

Dr. Garrett Field delivers invited lectures at the University of Colombo and U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka

This summer Dr. Garrett Field, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology, delivered two invited lectures in Sri Lanka. Both presentations pertained to his new book Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka (University of California Press, 2017). http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520294714

On July 11, Field delivered a public lecture at the American Center at the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka. On July 29, Field spoke at the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies at the University of Colombo. The title of this speech was "North Indian Influences on Sinhala Song and Poetry in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka." http://ccis.cmb.ac.lk/?p=1382

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts congratulates faculty member Garrett Field (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/...
03/13/2017
Professor publishes new book about song, poetry and politics in Sri Lanka

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts congratulates faculty member Garrett Field (Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology) on the publication of his book "Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka." It will be published by the University of California Press in March. In honor of Dr. Field's book here is a link to one of the songs discussed in the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tisLwtcaFAM

https://www.ohio.edu/compass/stories/16-17/03/garrett-field-book.cfm

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology Garrett Field’s forthcoming book is titled “Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka.”

Dr. Garret Field to Present at Anthropology Meeting
02/28/2017
Dr. Garret Field to Present at Anthropology Meeting

Dr. Garret Field to Present at Anthropology Meeting

Dr. Field, an ethnomusicologist, will be presenting about his field and his personal research at the next OHIO Student Anthropology Meeting (OSAS), in Bentley Annex 007 at 7:30PM on Tues. 2/28!

On November 4, Dr. Vladimir Marchenkov will give an invited lecture for the Music Research Talks Series at the Faculty o...
11/03/2016

On November 4, Dr. Vladimir Marchenkov will give an invited lecture for the Music Research Talks Series at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. Dr. Marchenkov's lecture is entitled "Astronomy, Fools-for-Christ, and Opera: Kepler and Mussorgsky's Dialogue Across Centuries."

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts is pleased to announce that on Wednesday September 28, Richard Wolf, Professor of M...
09/22/2016

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts is pleased to announce that on Wednesday September 28, Richard Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies at Harvard University, will deliver a speech in the Interdisciplinary Seminar. The speech is entitled "Music and Religious Experience in South and Central Asia." Professor Wolf will consider case studies of music and religious experience from south India (Kota tribal music), Pakistan (Sufi drumming and dancing), and Tajikistan/Afghanistan (maddāh singing in Ismāʿīli Islam).
Where: 31 S. Court St, Rm 067
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2:05-5:00 PM
More info: Contact Garrett Field ([email protected])

On September 15, Dr. Garrett Field will give an invited lecture at the Center for South Asia at the University of Virgin...
09/11/2016

On September 15, Dr. Garrett Field will give an invited lecture at the Center for South Asia at the University of Virginia. Dr. Field's lecture is entitled, "Illusions to Disillusions: Sinhala Song and Poetry in the Aftermath of Sri Lanka's Social Revolution, 1958–1964." The lecture focuses on the Sinhala-language song and poetry of Mahagama Sekera.

Congratulations to Haeyoung Youn for receiving a Graduate Scholar Award from the Eleventh International Conference on th...
08/26/2016

Congratulations to Haeyoung Youn for receiving a Graduate Scholar Award from the Eleventh International Conference on the Art in Society, held in August 2016 at UCLA.

Congratulations to IARTS candidate Phally Chroy for presenting a guest lecture at the Center for Khmer Studies in Cambod...
08/13/2016

Congratulations to IARTS candidate Phally Chroy for presenting a guest lecture at the Center for Khmer Studies in Cambodia this summer.

04/22/2016

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Schlumpf of Film Studies on being awarded the esteemed Ohio University Baker Award for her project, "Melancholy, Ambivalence, Exhaustion: National Trauma and Global Postmodernism."

Tour of Encounters Beyond Borders exhibition Thursday at 5:30! Followed by next week's symposium and exhibition receptio...
04/06/2016

Tour of Encounters Beyond Borders exhibition Thursday at 5:30! Followed by next week's symposium and exhibition reception.

Dr.Marina Peterson of IARTS has just been named next year's new director of Latin American Studies. The newly appointed ...
03/22/2016

Dr.Marina Peterson of IARTS has just been named next year's new director of Latin American Studies. The newly appointed and incumbent directors of the Center of International Studies held a roundtable today. Congratulations!

03/10/2016

Congratulations to IARTS graduate student Kat Hammond who was the Ohio University finalist for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award!

Congratulations to IARTS Professor Marchenkov for receiving the Baker Fund Award. He is featured on WOUB's radio show "C...
03/09/2016
OHIO Professor's Research on Philosophy and Music Garners Baker Fund Award - WOUB Digital

Congratulations to IARTS Professor Marchenkov for receiving the Baker Fund Award. He is featured on WOUB's radio show "Conversations on Studio B" about archival research in St. Petersburg and Moscow for the book Three Borises: Poetic Truth against the Will to Power. http://woub.org/2016/03/08/ohio-professors-research-on-philosophy-and-music-garners-baker-fund-award/

On this episode of “Conversations from Studio B,” host Kelee Riesbeck talks with Vladamir Marchenkov on his research that garnered an Ohio University Baker Fund award. Marchenkov will travel to St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia this summer to research archival sources that will assist in completing…

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