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The Power of Disappearance (2014–15)

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People. Things. Buildings. Habitats. Ways of life. Species. Technologies. Reputations. Memories. Affections. Everything disappears.

Still, the forms, means and valences of disappearance vary widely, as do the means of its representational capture. This yearlong project hopes to bring together faculty across fields whose work deals with the implications and the meanings associated with disappearance—its polyvalent quality and its power to transform consciousness. How does disappearance produce cultural forms and artifacts; how does it create effects that are both visible and obscure? How is disappearance represented politically, historically, scientifically, spiritually?

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The Question of Privacy

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Privacy is often referred to as a fundamental right. We see it as an inviolate characteristic of democracy, protected by the courts and celebrated as a core principle of American citizenship. As a constitutional concept, privacy means the protection of bodily integrity, private thoughts and actions, and the sanctity of intimate and familial relations. The right to privacy sets us apart from other societies where the boundaries between public and private are blurred.

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