Interdisciplinary Conversation Series

Organized by Tyler Graduate Student Austen Weymueller with a grant from Tyler’s Interdisciplinary Fund, this is an opportunity to share your practice/work/research with a small group of faculty and students from different disciplines, and provide one another with feedback, questions, knowledge, and resources. It is intended to be a casual conversation where you can gain perspectives on your practice from outside your own discipline, give insight to others, and find future collaborators.

It is not necessarily a space to present work that you deem ‘successful’ – it is also intended to be a space where you can talk about work you are struggling with and feel would benefit from outside perspective! Bring questions and thoughts you want to have a conversation about. Each session will be co-facilitated by a faculty member and one graduate student, occurring for
2 hours during an evening. Each will be located in different buildings around the Temple campuses, coinciding with the department of the faculty member. Dinner will be provided!

Sign up to participate in one or all of the sessions here.

Session #1 (Tuesday, March 12th, 7pm-9pm, Ritter Annex 999)

  • Primary discipline: Communication Science (College of Public Health)
  • Faculty facilitator: Dr. Jamie Reilly
  • General topic: Memory & Cognition (Understanding Abstraction)

Within the overarching topic of Memory & Cognition, we will be looking at the ways in which humans process abstract images and concepts. Does your work concern the use of symbols/symbolism as descriptors or signifiers, abstract imagery, cognition linking language and image, the role of memory in understanding a present moment? Please bring your voice to the conversation.

Session #2 (Sunday, March 17th, 6:30-8:30pm, Annenberg Hall, Room 310)

  • Primary discipline: Media & Communication
  • Faculty facilitator: Magda Konieczna
  • General topic: Communication & Representation (Ethics of Interaction)

For anyone who works with other humans as the focus of their work (journalist, psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist, artist, filmmaker, scholar, etc.), representation becomes of utmost importance. Does your work concern communication, engagement and observation, civic responsibility toward your surroundings and its’ inhabitants, representation of people unlike yourself? Please bring your voice to the conversation.

Session #3 (Thursday March 28th, 6:30-8:30pm, Tyler School of Art, Arch. 104)

  • Primary discipline: Architecture
  • Faculty facilitator: Seher Erdogan Ford
  • General topic: Built Spaces (Sensory Structures)

An architectural work creates a phenomenological experience through a complex of sensory impressions intertwining light, sound, texture, and smell. Does your work concern architecture as expanded to include the bodies it affects, the perception of the body in public versus private space, architectural space as a register of memory and identity? Please bring your voice to the conversation.

Session #4 (Tuesday April 2nd, 7:15-9:15pm, Boyer, room TBD)

  • Primary discipline: Music
  • Faculty facilitator: Dr. Matthew Greenbaum
  • General topic: Tonal Aesthetics & Illusion

Regarding music as structural allows us to speak about sound in aesthetic terms – what happens when those structures are collages, assemblages, surreal, or illusory? Does your work concern illusion as it can be applied to auditory sensations, translation between sound & image, rational structures rendered surreal? Please bring your voice to the conversation.

Session #5 (Sunday April 7th, 2-4pm, Ambler Campus, room TBD – also, transport will be provided!)

  • Primary discipline(s): Photography & Landscape Architecture
  • Faculty facilitator: Byron Wolfe (Photo) & Kate Benisek (Landscape Architecture)
  • General topic: Landscape (Setting, Scenery, Surrounding and the Self)

‘Landscape’ oftentimes refers to the natural world as experienced from a human perspective, indeed as framed and defined by this specific point-of-view. Does your work concern human & landscape relationships, cultural landscapes, the environment as a framed, shaped or built space? Please bring your voice to the conversation.