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Turkish Studies Faculty Coordinator: Baki Tezcan, History The Turkish Studies cluster spearheaded new intellectual work on contemporary Turkey, in a critical moment when the Gezi Park up- rising and ongoing peace process with the PKK (Kurdish Workers’ Party) provided an opening for new political forms in Turkey. The cluster challenged UC Davis scholars to take seriously the possibili- ties of Turkey’s pluralistic, leaderless, minority-oriented movements for popular autonomy as well as the possibilities of their appropria- tion and repression. The cluster held quarterly meetings to discuss other members’ work and held a series of public events that were distributed online. A significant outcome of this group’s work was the degree of community outreach, both on and off campus. The long list of co-sponsorships, which include seventeen academic and research units in the Divisions of Humanities, Arts and Cultur- al Studies and Social Sciences, as well as two Student Affairs units, speaks for its success in forging new campus connections.

What does Health Mean Today? Faculty Coordinator: Cristiana Giordano, Anthropology This cluster explored culture, medicine, and health in a global- izing world. Intended to bring together a number of faculty and graduate students in a variety of disciplines, the cluster sponsored six speakers and a roundtable discussion. They have also been able to create several collaborations with other programs (the program in Science and Technology Studies and the Center for Science and Innovation Studies), and groups (Multidisciplinary Psychoanalytic Research Cluster, Humanities, Religious Studies, Hemispheric Institute of the Americas) on campus, and to create dialogues with scholars from other campuses in California.

DHI Studies in Performance and Practice Faculty Coordinator: Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli, Cinema and Technocultural Studies

While UC Davis has a couple of small film festivals, it has little scholarship designed to address critical trends in film and visual culture. This cluster aimed to bring faculty and graduate students together from various disciplines to foster a critical dialogue on the medium itself, in particular on the paradox of screening as a social and anti-social practice. The cluster met a few times a quarter to work on collective projects and engage in workshops as well as sponsor a public event. The cluster will produce a special journal issue out of its conference entitled the Art of Appropriation, which was an opportunity for rigorous intellectual discussion on intellectual property, copyright, filmmaking, art practice and critical thinking.

Rhetoric @ Davis Faculty Coordinator: Chris Thaiss, University Writing Program

The Rhetoric@Davis Research cluster created a forum to meet, discuss and share research related to rhetoric for scholars from an array of disciplines and departments at UC Davis. Their aim was to promote awareness of the field of rhetoric on campus and to foster connections among different disciplines. In 2013-14, the cluster continued its ambitious agenda of quarterly speaker events and established a new series of panel discussions as responses to or elaborations of the speaker addresses. The new panel discussion format has specifically initiated dialogue among the participants. This dialogue has nurtured interdisciplinary connections among scholars, lecturers, and graduate students, cultivating and advancing possibilities for research in different disciplines.

Eighteenth-Century Studies Faculty Coordinator: Alessa Johns, English This year the eighteenth-century cluster hosted the annual conference of the Western Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. In addition to the conference, the cluster invited two speakers and held its annual Hopkins- McGuinness lecture. Its quarterly meetings allowed graduate students to discuss readings, present their research and promote contacts among departments. The Hopkins-McGuinness Lecture is a series that honors Bob Hopkins and Art McGuinness, the UC Davis faculty members who founded and for nearly three decades edited the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies.


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