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Rhetoric@Davis Faculty Coordinator: Chris Thaiss (University Writing Program)

The Rhetoric@Davis cluster has become the primary force for collaboration across disciplines at UC Davis to foreground the study of rhetoric in all its historical richness and contemporary variety. It serves as the locus for the many scholars across campus that study topics related to rhetoric, which this cluster seeks to engage in a unified dialogue. The Rhetoric@Davis cluster has been very active on campus for the past three years, successfully hosting well-known scholars from a number of disciplines, such as physics, education, English, classics, technical/professional writing, and new media studies to speak on topics related to rhetoric. The cluster has used its funding well and pooled it with co-sponsorships from Religious Studies, UWP, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to bring speakers from across the University of California and the world to encourage innovative research and pedagogy among its cohort.

Temporality and Its Limits: Reconsidering Time, Duration and the Event Faculty Coordinator: Sudipta Sen (History) This cluster grew out of a DHI Faculty Research Seminar (FRS) on the theme of Time Reckoning convened in spring 2014. Expanding beyond the original six participants of the FRS, the cluster continued and deepened discussions around the topic of time in regular, intensive meetings that focused around the reading of key texts. In addition, they invited outside speakers that highlighted some of the main threads of current scholarly work on temporality. The year was capped by a weekend retreat that seeded work on an external proposal to be submitted in December 2015 to the National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant, focusing on questions related to global temporalities and the planetary, ecological and environmental aspects of time.

Turkish Studies Faculty Coordinator: Baki Tezcan (History and Religious Studies) The Turkish Studies cluster was another collabo- ration that was able to stretch its award thanks to co-sponsorships from other centers, programs and departments, especially the Middle East/ South Asia Studies program, which Baki Tezcan directs. Among the most visible of the cluster’s efforts this year was the mounting of the Western Ottomanist’s Workshop in winter 2015. The workshop highlighted UC Davis as a major center for Ottoman Studies and gave UC Davis graduate students a chance to present their research at their first professional conference.

Women and Gender in the World Faculty Coordinators: Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor (History) and Lisa G. Materson (History) This cluster hosted a very successful conference in November 2014 featuring 24 leading scholars in American women’s and gender history. This public forum, well attended by students, faculty and the public from across the region and California, provided an opportunity for exchange and discussion of pre-circulated essays to be published in a high-profile Oxford University Press series and titled The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History, co-edited by Hartigan-O’Connor and Materson (the cluster’s coordinators). In addition to this larger event, the cluster convened a more local gathering of UC faculty to consider the future work of women’s and gender history in a global context. The cluster has built a community of scholars that has become a vital part of campus initiatives to integrate scholarship on women, gender and sexuality with humanistic and scientific inquiry.



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