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Working Groups

Working groups are a diverse set of knowledge communities, spanning from reading and discussion groups to teams focused on specific grant activity.  All include a range of disciplines and attend to the challenging work of reconciling methods, theories and knowledge traditions.  All are dedicated to asking better questions and developing innovative strategies to address important issues. The list of current working groups is expected to change over time, as working groups are initiated, evolve, and transform. Some may develop into a formal field committee or a center. Others may continue in the looser form of the working group but change projects and membership. Some may develop spin-off groups.  Each group will have at least one convener, who acts as the facilitator of the group.

Below is the list of current working groups being developed. If you have an idea about these working groups or would like to form a new one, please contact Associate Dean Sheri Parks slp@umd.edu

Trauma and Healing:  Faculty and graduate students in Dance, Theatre and Classics are engaged in using various forms of movement, reenactment and narrative to encourage recovery and healing from trauma. We are also working toward providing empirical documentation of the effects of these approaches.

Assessing the Impact of the Arts:  Recent efforts to demonstrate the impact of the arts have focused on economic impact.  This effort seeks to develop new ways to assess impact of art for the individual, the community or cultural group, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Digital Humanities: The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities has won international recognition for innovation with new media in the humanities. This working group seeks to expand the study of digital media through the college, introducing more new ideas and approaches.

Religious Studies:  The study of religion tells us much about the beliefs, rituals, literature, history, art, music, dance and everyday habits and values of cultures. Within the College of Arts and Humanities, more than 30 classes are taught  that are focused at least in part on religion and spirituality, and the faculty who teach these courses have begun to gather as a community to examine common goals and pathways to advance the study of religion.