Institute for the Study of Culture & Society



    As the new Director of the Institute for the Study of Culture & Society at BGSU, I am looking forward to reimagining the role     of ICS as a public humanities hub for BGSU’s campus and for the northwest Ohio region. I believe that ICS can, and should,       play a transformative role in nurturing innovative arts, humanities, and social science research, and in helping to                         communicate the value and significance of that work to the wider public. Since its founding in 1996, ICS has spurred                   collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries in order to develop new knowledge. Now, in its 20th year, our                 mission is to share that expertise with our community, and to bring the community’s hard-won knowledge back into our           classrooms and research. I am eager to hear your ideas for how ICS can support and translate interdisciplinary knowledge       for the benefit of all.


    The Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) supports research and creative work in traditional disciplines within       the humanities, arts, and social sciences; in established interdisciplines (e.g., women's studies, cultural studies,                           environmental studies); and in newly emerging fields of inquiry (e.g., biopolitics, posthumanities, new media studies).

    ICS aims to promote engaged, diverse, and productive intellectual communities by sponsoring small research groups on a         variety of topics, an annual lecture series, presentations by faculty research fellows, as well as workshops, conferences, and     symposia.

    ICS was established in 1996 expressly to support research and creative work in areas where external funding is likely to be       limited. We are unable to support projects of a purely scientific, technological, or quantitative nature; projects that involve         curriculum development without resulting in significant publication of some kind; or projects from scholars external to               Bowling Green State University.


    Christina Guenther | GREAL | Talk scheduled for November 7, 2016

Christina Guenther is an associate professor of German in the Department of German, Russian & East Asian Languages. Her teaching and research focus on contemporary German/ Austrian literature & culture, the Holocaust, memory, and migration studies. Her project “Julya Rabinowich’s Transnational Poetics: Remembering Border-Crossings in Theater and Fiction” explores how contemporary Austrian writer Julya Rabinowich engages literary genres to foreground experiences and consequences of migration and, thereby, encourages a critical dialog about social justice and human rights across borders. The project considers Rabinowich’s contribution to the process of transnational memory-making and its implications with regard to collective identity construction in this                                                                               transnational era.

    Michael Arrigo | School of Art | Talk scheduled for November 10, 2016

Leg Up/Land On Your Feet is a multimedia artwork that uses video interviews, installation art, and performative game play to explore our assumptions and cherished ideals about fairness, opportunity, risk, responsibility, failure and success. The artwork brings together experiential, narrative and quantitative ways of representing and understanding the world. There is power and truth in our individual experiences. There is power and truth in our shared stories, and there is power and truth in data.Leg Up/Land On Your Feet will be a thoughtful and entertaining space where these powers converge and these truths collide. For more info:http://www.michaelarrigo.com/leg-up.php


    Rebecca J. Kinney | School of Cultural and Critical Studies | Talk scheduled for Spring 2017

Rebecca J. Kinney is an Assistant Professor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. During her ICS fellowship she will be at work on her book, Rust Belt Chinatowns: Restaurants, Race, and Redevelopment in the Twenty First Century. By placing Asian American space at the center of a Rust Belt story her ethnographic research simultaneously challenges the coastal bias of Asian American Studies and the black-white bias of studies of the urban Great Lakes. Dr. Kinney’s first book, Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America’s Postindustrial Frontier (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) examines how contemporary ideas of Detroit circulate in film, photography, magazines and online in order to map this discourse as a continuation of the                                                                                    mythology of the frontier in American culture.                                                                                                                                       http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/beautiful-wasteland

    Cheryl Lachowski | GSW | Talk scheduled for Spring 2017

Cheryl Lachowski is a Lecturer in the General Studies Writing program who has had numerous poems published in academic journals and has won a national award for her poetry collection Homing. Her fellowship project for Spring 2017 is entitled “Ditches: A Montage of the Great Black Swamp,” which will eventually be a book-length work consisting of poems, prose poems, and creative non-fiction in two parts: Watershed and Homestead. The purpose is to give a multi-dimensional voice to the land through a mix of natural, human, and spiritual histories of the Great Black Swamp in NW Ohio as it is transformed from a glacial lake to forested swampland to industrialized mono-crop mega-farms.