SAIC's Areas of Study highlight the interdisciplinary aspects of SAIC's curriculum. For questions about specific courses please contact the host Department directly.
This panel examined the complicated process of taking-form in artworks, structures, and organisms, alike.
D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem's Fall 2018 course focused on Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, provides an in-depth introduction to Butler’s work, mapping her immense legacy and influence through the contemporary areas of expertise of an interdisciplinary panel including Dr. Sami Schalk, A.
Dr. Anna Edlund traces the rich art and science of pollen over the past 350 years.
Brandon Ballengée creates transdisciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research.
Mathematician, pianist, and SAIC science faculty, Eugenia Cheng will introduced her newly released book, The Art of Logic. For thousands of years, mathematicians have used the timeless art of logic to see the world more clearly.
“Quantum unlearning” refers to the process of deep questioning that quantum physics demands from us: through physics we discover that the universe does not respect our intuitive notions about subjectivity, objectivity, knowability, categorization, and even existence itself. In this symposium we ask whether these facts of matter matter, to individuals and communities seeking to address problems far beyond the physics lab. Bringing scientists, scholars, and artists into conversation, we set the stage to productively dismantle, complicate, and overlap our preconceptions about what it means to know, relate, and act in the world.
Industrial culture is radically transforming our planet, from human-induced global warming and accelerating mass extinctions to the wholesale reshaping of the Earth’s surface.
New conceptions of vegetal life are emerging. Groundbreaking scientific research and new philosophical perspectives are raising botanical challenges to our anthropocentric cultural background assumptions.
Caroline Picard (MFA 2010) is an artist, writer, publisher, and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power through ongoing investigations of interspecies borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an a
This symposium will address recent discourses and practices that define our complex relationship with nature and culture in this political moment. The notions of fact and evidence have acquired an unprecedented level of fluidity - have we now entered the age of "post-truth politics"?
If we have entered a new geological epoch because humans have extensively impacted planet—the so-called Anthropocene—then cities have been one of its drivers and hallmarks. Nancy Klehm and Brian Holmes will discuss various ways that Chicago is both an engine and instance of the Anthropocene.