Peter Haas, Professor of Political Science, has been selected as a Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts (ISHA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 2011-2012. The fellowship is within the ISHA Seminar on Transformations, an interdisciplinary intellectual community which explores how the concepts and experience of politics, society, culture, and science have changed over time. The group asks,
Are we at a new threshhold, seeing the transformation of transformation in our time? The biological universe is one of transformation, as is our physical universe—which we understand now may be a ‘multiverse.’ Works of art transform the ‘real’; morphology is intrinsic to language; translation deals intimately with the tensions of fidelity and change. What are the secrets of transformation, its mechanisms and logics? What factors determine that a state of affairs, stable for so long, will suddenly give way and begin to alter? Or does the apparently stable conceal underlying transformations every day? How do legacies and traditions transform? Does transformation run all the way from the cell to the cosmos? How have our very concepts of transformation changed? Or is transformation only an illusion? From the political to the historical, the philosophical to the musical, the artistic to the political, the biological to the physical, transformation may be an underlying key we have to understand.
ISHA fellows meet regularly during the academic year to explore these and similar questions. For more information on the ISHA, visit their website.
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