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 lens of interdisciplinarity.
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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.

Another recent piece with some thoughts on feminine cinema and COVID-19...
04/19/2020
No Exit, or Duration in Slow Cinema: Aesthetics of Femininity, Porosity, Security | Mediapolis

Another recent piece with some thoughts on feminine cinema and COVID-19...

By Erin Shevaugn Schlumpf no. 1, Roundtables, vol. 5March 20, 2020 No Exit, or Duration in Slow Cinema: Aesthetics of Femininity, Porosity, Security [Ed. note: this post is part of a Roundtable discussion on “Porousness and Cities.” For more background on the discussion and to view other posts i...

A recent publication: on dumpling-making and global capitals...
04/19/2020
Liu Jiayin’s spatial politics of reduction | Mediapolis

A recent publication: on dumpling-making and global capitals...

By Erin Shevaugn Schlumpf no. 1, Roundtables, vol. 5February 25, 2020 Liu Jiayin’s spatial politics of reduction Oxhide II (Liu Jiayin, 2009) [Ed. note: this post is part of a Roundtable discussion on “Porousness and Cities.” For more background on the discussion and to view other posts in the...

Congratulations Dr. Keith Phetlhe! The School of Interdisciplinary Arts is proud to announce that Dr. Keith Phetlhe has ...
04/02/2020

Congratulations Dr. Keith Phetlhe! The School of Interdisciplinary Arts is proud to announce that Dr. Keith Phetlhe has published an English translation and critical introduction to a groundbreaking Setswana-language novel written by T.J. Pheto. Dr. Phetlhe's translation is entitled "Botlhodi: The Abomination, A Postcolonial Setswana Novel by T.J. Pheto." The translation was published by Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group.
https://www.langaa-rpcig.net/botlhodi-the-abomination/

Dr. Phetlhe also recently completed his PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts. His dissertation is entitled, "Decolonizing Translation Practice as Culture in Postcolonial African Literature and Film in Setswana Language."

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Congratulations Divine Kwasi Gbagbo! Gbagbo is a PhD candidate in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. He recently publ...
01/10/2020
STORYTELLING SONGS OF THE ÈWÈ-DÒMÈ OF GHANA | African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music

Congratulations Divine Kwasi Gbagbo! Gbagbo is a PhD candidate in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. He recently published a co-authored article in the journal African Music. The article is entitled "Storytelling Songs of the Èwè-Dòmè of Ghana."

http://journal.ru.ac.za/index.php/africanmusic/article/view/2294

STORYTELLING SONGS OF THE ÈWÈ-DÒMÈ OF GHANA Divine Kwasi Gbagbo Ohio University https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3647-2395 D. Rose Elder https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2984-1930 DOI: https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v11i1.2294 Keywords: Èwè-Dòmè, Storytelling, Performance, Storytelling session (Glitót....

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is GIVING TUESDAY!! The College of Fine Arts Lift Student Support Fund helps ...
12/03/2019
College of Fine Arts - Ohio University

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is GIVING TUESDAY!!

The College of Fine Arts Lift Student Support Fund helps deserving student artists from across the College who need an additional financial “lift” to pursue their dreams, attend OHIO and transform society through their work.
Scholarship support is crucial: 80% of students in the College of Fine Arts receive financial aid, 25% are from out of state, and 30% of students are first-generation college students.

Please consider making a gift to the College of Fine Arts Lift Student Support Fund before December 31, 2019. Thank you for your support of our students and values!

Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts transforms our students and our communities everyday through the power of the arts.

Every fall semester the first- and second-year students in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts meet for a seminar that ...
10/08/2019

Every fall semester the first- and second-year students in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts meet for a seminar that is co-taught by three faculty members in IARTS. Each year the seminar focuses on a particular theme. The theme for this year's interdisciplinary seminar is “Language and the Arts.”

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts is pleased to announce that Professor Kofi Agawu will be making a presentation for the seminar on Wednesday 10/16. The presentation is entitled "African Perspectives on Music and/in Language.” It will take place in the Baker Center 239 between 1 and 4.

Agawu is Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of The African Imagination in Music (Oxford University Press, 2016); Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music (Oxford University Press, 2009); Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions (Routledge, 2003); African Rhythm: A Northern Ewe Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 1995); and Playing with Signs: A Semiotic Interpretation of Classical Music (Princeton University Press, 1991).

Congratulations Dr. Samba Camara! Camara recently published an article in the Journal of African Cultural Studies. The a...
09/30/2019
Youssou N'dour: I Bring What I Love (2008) as a Window into the Frictions between Islam and Popular Music in Senegal

Congratulations Dr. Samba Camara! Camara recently published an article in the Journal of African Cultural Studies. The article is entitled "Youssou N'dour: I Bring What I Love (2008) as a Window into the Frictions between Islam and Popular Music in Senegal.

Professor Camara is an alumnus of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies.

https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/SYU5AI6GGQJHAG6RDFZY/full?target=10.1080%2F13696815.2019.1664897&fbclid=IwAR3yUivRPBcT7B1OKzUk7cxti6xWqEvRILQOy81kFEcfa0wLCX8mKNPVLVI

(2019). Youssou N'dour: I Bring What I Love (2008) as a Window into the Frictions between Islam and Popular Music in Senegal. Journal of African Cultural Studies. Ahead of Print.

Congratulations to Dr. Kat Hammond for curating "Recent Acquisitions: Storytelling through Practices of Collecting" at t...
09/24/2019

Congratulations to Dr. Kat Hammond for curating "Recent Acquisitions: Storytelling through Practices of Collecting" at the Kennedy Museum of Art. Photographed here on opening night with her IARTS advisor Dr. Charles Buchanan.

Doctoral candidate Keith Phetlhe has been invited by Arts West to present for Creative Mornings Athens this Friday
09/24/2019

Doctoral candidate Keith Phetlhe has been invited by Arts West to present for Creative Mornings Athens this Friday

Congratulations Hayley McGuirk! McGuirk is a PhD candidate in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. She recently publish...
09/02/2019
The Rebel: A Visual Representation of First-Wave Feminism in the Work of Frances Benjamin Johnston

Congratulations Hayley McGuirk! McGuirk is a PhD candidate in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. She recently published an article in the journal Woman's Studies: An inter-disciplinary journal. The article is entitled "The Rebel: A Visual Representation of First-Wave Feminism in the Work of Frances Benjamin Johnston."

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00497878.2019.1628760

(2019). The Rebel: A Visual Representation of First-Wave Feminism in the Work of Frances Benjamin Johnston. Women's Studies. Ahead of Print.

08/05/2019

Congratulations to Sara Kazemimanesh for successfully defending her dissertation! She is our first scholar-artist student to complete the program. Her dissertation entitled, “Underground Labyrinths: Women and Expanded Cinema in Iran," includes an over 275-page scholarly dissertation with an additional 50-pages of original interviews with underground Iranian artists, and an experimental film entitled "Heideh: A Return." Her committee includes William Condee, Louis-Georges Schwartz, David Colagiovanni (artistic advisor), and Erin Shevaugn Schlumpf (main advisor).

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
Dhivehi bahah faritha America Professor ge vaahaka

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
Ohio University College of Fine Arts

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
Ohio University College of Fine Arts

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
Ohio University College of Fine Arts

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
Ohio University College of Fine Arts

Ohio University College of Fine Arts

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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Pl refer Rev Walasmulle Abaya thero's darma discussions if you are really interested about Buddha teachings.But every thing in Sinhala and pali languages.
Greetings from a pseudo-alumnus from 1979 through 1982 or so (was ABD). Any folks out there from that era?