Friday, February 14, 2014

NEH Summer Institute: “The Meanings of Property”

"The Meanings of Property," a "four-week interdisciplinary NEH Summer Institute for twenty-five college and university faculty to explore the changing definitions of property," will be held June 1-27, 2014, in Poughkeepsie, New York.  The project director is Ann E. Davis, associate professor of economics, Marist College. The organizers write:
Is property a God-given natural right for human self-preservation? Is property a method of controlling other humans, such as women and slaves? Is property a means of exploitation and accumulation, or is it an essential mediator between the individual and social dimensions of life? Such questions can be found in many different disciplines, often without dialogue or interrogation. This summer institute provides the opportunity to explore these different narratives in the company of leading scholars and teachers from a range of disciplines, in a beautiful setting by the Hudson River. Successful applicants will receive stipends from NEH.
The 25 participating college and university professors in the summer institute will engage in discussion with Mary Poovey, literary scholar at New York University; Alan Ryan, professor of political science at Princeton University; John R. Searle, professor of philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley; Hendrik Hartog, professor of history at Princeton University; Stuart Banner, professor of law at the University of California at Los Angeles; Kenneth Pomeranz, professor of history at the University of Chicago, and Robert J. Goldstein, professor of law at the United States Military Academy at West Point. They will also meet Marist academic vice-president and Hudson Valley historian Thomas Wermuth, as well as director of the Hudson River Valley Institute Col. James Johnson, former military historian at West Point, and participate in historic site visits to New York City and in the Hudson Valley region.
    For a much fuller description of the Institute's rationale and goals, as well as all other necessary information, please visit the Institute's website. Questions may be addressed to project director Ann E. Davis at Applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2014.