Up to eight fellowships valued at $5,000 each are given per year. These fellowships are designed to address a need for funding for research that could not be accomplished otherwise in order to complete a book project, major article or series of articles, or other research project that makes an impact in the field. Money can be used for any travel, conference, archival/fieldwork, or other normally reimbursable expenses. Recipients of the fellowship are required to commit to participating in the Faculty Colloquium Series, which will function as a working group for these works in progress. Approximately four Research Fellows will comprise the Faculty Colloquium Series each semester depending on research needs/logistics and will work with the two Internal Faculty Fellows assigned during this same semester. Projects are chosen on the basis or their intellectual rigor, scholarly creativity, and potential to make a significant impact in the candidate’s career and field.
Academic Year 2016-2017
Albert Broussard, Professor of History, will work on a project entitled, “The African American Freedom Struggle in the West, 1945-1980.” This book project seeks to expand western black history literature while intersecting current scholarship on the national civil rights movement. The focus on this period and region is due to them being largely overlooked in the current scholarship. Yet they show the significance World War II had on the West by opening doors for blacks and other minorities fight for equality. The amount of activism in the west during this time period signals a new era in race relations for the United States and causes blacks to have a new found confidence. It prompted new activism among students and the formation of new alliances amongst diverse ethnic and racial groups. Additionally, it increased protests against segregation and discrimination while reawakening older civil rights organizations. This amount of activism lead to more radical protest and direct actions campaigns in many of western cities. Professor Broussard will explore the aftermath of the civil rights era in the West, in particular the states and territories west of the ninety-eight parallel, including Hawaii and Alaska. He will evaluate the continued struggle of the American Americans to find equality with their white counterparts. By focusing on post-1960 housing patterns, education, politics and political empowerment, police brutality, and race relations, Professor Broussard hopes to ascertain if the civil rights activism achieved its objective by making black westerners feel their lives had improved in the period from 1965 to 1980.
Jun Lei, Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies, will work on a project entitled, “Lust and Caution: Sexing Womanhood in Maoist Culture (1949-1976).” This project will examine the ability of film and literature to appeal to its audience in the Maoist era. It is challenging the gender and sexuality “erasure” theory and the “disjuncture” model of understanding socialist femininity and female sexuality. The post-Mao understanding of femininity is not a new invention and is best understood as a reinvention of the oppression from the Maoist regime. Femininity and female sexuality are seen as private matter but still manifested in various public forms. In order to understand this manifestation Professor Lei will examine the top-down Party cultural policy of the Maoist regime as well as women’s agency. Women’s agency enabled women in the Maoist regime to manifest their own concepts of feminine beauty and female sexuality in spite of oppression. This regime denounced romantic love and self-beautification. If femininity and sexuality were oppressed, where did they go after repression and in what form did they return in cultural productions? By examining the film and literature from 1949-1976 Professor Lei hopes to answer this question and understand how communist film and literature lured readers and audiences without any allure.
Adam Seipp, Professor of History, will work on a project entitled, “’Mox Nix’: Germans, Americans, and the Making of the Federal Republic.” This book project is a socio-cultural history of the American military presence in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). It focuses on the transformation of western Germany from defeat and devastation to a democratic society, a process which he calls “military modernization.” Through the use of this term, Professor Seipp argues that the drastic change seen in western Germany must be understood in the context of its long-term encounter with foreign military forces. During a fifty year period, more than 15 million American soldiers, dependents and other civilians lived and worked in the FRG making it one of the largest, longest-lasting engagements between civilians and foreign military forces. By focusing on Heidelberg, Munich, and the rural region between Wurzburg and the border with East Germany, Professor Seipp can examine three American garrison communities in the FRG that represent the spectrum of American basing and German-American interactions. While historians address the importance of American Influence on the FRG, they tend to overlook the presence of actual Americans. This work highlights the dynamic interactivity between German and American communities that resulted in cultural, economic and political changes. By studying the garrisons from German and American perspectives, the story of transformation can ben told in an integrated manner as well as highlight harder to see changes that are linked to the physical and social co-existence between Americans and Germans.
Kazuko Suzuki, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, will work on a project entitled, “At the Crossroads of Fantasy and Reality: Yaoi and Post-Male Feminism in Contemporary Japan.” This project is asking how Yaoi novels and comics function within and contribute to the development of feminism in Japan. This literature presents idealized partnership in the form of reciprocal, egalitarian male homoerotic relationships. This project looks at how Yaoi has impacted Japanese women causing them to focus on enhancing their quality of life instead of seeking legal equality with men. The central goal of this project is to illustrate the renewed feminist agenda among Japanese women caught in contradictions between liberal democracy and deeply embedded Confucian-based institutions and norms in Japanese society. Professor Suzuki will analyze the Yaoi phenomenon from an interdisciplinary perspective paying special attention to the social, economic, and political events that significantly impacted Yaoi since its rise in the 1970’s. With this project, Professor Suzuki hopes to show through this one path to transnational feminism, how tension between modernity and tradition needs to be continual negotiated and is an unavoidable element in the development of feminism.
Katherine Unterman, Assistant Professor of History, will work on a project entitled, “Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? Law and Empire in America’s Territories.” The question addressed by this project asks whether or not the constitution follows the flag. This is asking whether or not full constitutional rights extend to all areas under the United States’ control which is important in understanding the rights of the Guantanamo detainees. When the question of their rights was raised to the Supreme Court, the judges turned to a series of decisions from 1901 to 1905 called the Insular Cases. These cases established that the Constitution did not apply fully to “unincorporated” territories like Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. This means that colonized populations are subject to U.S. rule, yet lacked constitutional rights. Very little research has been done on the Insular Cases and this project seeks to help fill this gap. The few studies that do exist on the Insular Cases focus on the legal reasoning of the Supreme Court’s decision. Professor Unterman hopes to show how abstract legal proclamations had real-life consequences by focusing on the political limbo inhabitants of colonized territories were placed in by chronicling the full life of the Insular Cases. By considering laws alongside military and economic power this Professor Unterman argues how crucial of a tool laws are for U.S. imperialism.
Nancy Warren, Professor of English, will work on a project entitled, “Hemispheric Medievalisms: The ‘Old Religion’ in the New World, 1580-1800.” This book project comparatively examines the legacies of medieval religion in the cultures of the three major colonizing populations of the Americas: English, French and Spanish. It also considers the roles of the medieval in the early modern period in the Americas due to scholars’ definition of this period as being in opposition to the Middle Ages. Anglophones studies tend to focus on literary reception and adaptation or material culture during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Hispanic scholarship on medieval legacies involves tracing the iterations of literature from the sixteenth into the twenty-first century. Professor Warren is departing from these scholarly modes by tracing the multiple religious influences on the colonies in the Americas. The inclusion of Catholic medieval legacies with the Protestant undertakings shows how both impact early American cultures. Professor Warren is focusing on how, in Quebec, the medieval female monastic culture contributed to the participation of the Ursuline nuns in complex political affairs between the Native Americans, French, and English and their establishment of the first institution for female education in the New World. The project also looks at the reception of proto-Protestant “Plowman Traditions” in southern colonies with significant Catholic populations. This project seeks to help scholars and students see the European colonization of the Americas in a fresh light by demonstrating the importance of the old in that process.
Academic Year 2015-2016
Daniel Conway, Professor of Philosophy, will be working on a project entitled, “Mourning the Pseudonyms: Kierkegaard’s Experiment with Indirect Communication.” This current project emerges from and extends the scholarship conducted in support of Professor Conway’s recent book on the 19th-century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (Cambridge UP, 2015). Building on the interpretation developed there, Professor Conway plans to forward the novel interpretation of Kierkegaard’s use of pseudonymous narrators in the books that contribute to his influential experience with “indirect communication.” This interpretation identifies mourning as the prescribed model for the reader’s anticipated interaction with the pseudonymous narrators. This interpretation accounts for Kierkegaard’s (otherwise inexplicable) efforts to present his pseudonyms as implicated in the spiritual illnesses they diagnose and decry. According to Professor Conway, Kierkegaard’s point is to encourage the reader to identity personally with the pseudonyms and, eventually, to mourn their afflictions. The intended effect of this practice of mourning is to nudge the reader ever closer to a first-person experience of the spiritual afflictions in question. Ideally, that is, the labor involved in mourning will position the reader to experience (and not simply understand) the pseudonyms’ afflictions. Whereas an account or diagnosis of the spiritual crisis of late modern European culture may be disseminated via standard methods of direct communication, an appreciate or experience of this crisis requires the indirect modes and methods that Professor Conway associates with the practice of mourning.
Nandra Perry, Associate Professor of English, will be working on a project entitled, “Reading, Ritual, and Re-formation: The Book of Common Prayer (1549-1700).” This book project seeks to historicize the poetics of conversion in the post-Christian West, with special emphasis on the English Reformation as a period of particular relevant to our own religio-political moment. Of particular interest are the ways Reformist tropes of mediated religions transformation (in this case, through private Bible reading) continue to shape our understanding of what happens when we read, of what counts as sufficient cause for changing our minds or lives, and how stories participate in the project of “rightly dividing the word of truth.” By exploring the relationship of these Reformist tropes of transformation to the advent of print culture, this project offers some new and more historically nuanced categories of analysis within an emergent critical discourse about the relationship of religious cultures to the media through and within which they circulate. How is the phenomenon of conversion itself converted as it moves from printed text to digital media? Perhaps even more importantly, how do religiously conditioned habits of reading and received tropes of personal transformation affect new readings of ourselves and each other within both “old” (print) and “new” (digital) media environments? By mapping the complicated relationship of the Book of Common Prayer to the ritual actors it both shapes and is shaped by, Professor Perry hopes to better understand the embodied pieties that continue to inflect our interpretative practices.
Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor of History, will be working on a project entitled, “English Religious Toleration and the Making of Colonial America.” The question addressed by this project is how and why did England defy the prevailing imperial pattern whereby the church was seen as a pillar of royal and imperial rule and istead permitted several notable deviations from official orthodoxy. Rhode Island, the radical Protestant colony with absolutely no officially supported religious establishment, and Maryland, a colony owned and governed by Roman Catholics at a time when England was officially Protestant, are just the two most notable legacies of this period, each with important—yet distinct—consequences on the future religious climate of the United States. Professor Haefeli’s research demonstrates that these were not isolated exceptions as American historians continue to portray them. Rather, they are only the bits that survived from a period of unusual political and religious experimentation indulged in by first the monarchy and then, in the 1640-50s, the revolutionary government of English that (temporarily) replaced the monarchy. By situation the American developments within the broader global context of English expansion overseas and bitter religious divisions and conflicts at home, Professor Haefeli’s work calls into question the exceptionalism that prevails in early American religious history, while also clarifying how and why matters did turn out somewhat differently in North America from elsewhere in the English world.
Chaitanya Lakkimsetti, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, will be working on a project entitled, “Transgender Rights in India: Localization of Global Human Rights.” This project looks at the emergence of transgender rights at the national level with a recent Supreme Court’s judgement in 2014. The Supreme Court recognized transgender people as third gender and recommend the Indian state to implement various protective measures, including affirmative action in employment and education. This judgment is a major victory for transgender rights in India, and it will have far-reaching implications for achieving formal and substantive citizenship for transgender people. Professor Perry will use the Supreme Court judgment as an important landmark to ask the following questions: How does globalization generate demands for transgender inclusion in the nation? How is the judgment received and interpreted by transgender activists, transgender groups and state agencies? What role might the verdict play in current and future imaginations of transgender futures in India? This research will be part of a larger book project that looks into globalization of sex and sexuality in India. The project is unique in that it doesn’t focus on one particular sexual or gender identity but rather is focused on a postcolonial site to understand globalization from the vantage point of non-normative sexual subjects. By focusing on multiple forces of globalization (health, human rights, and LGBT discourses) the book reveals how globalization is uneven and contradictory for sexual and gender minorities in India.
David Afriyie Donkor, Assistant Professor of Performance Studies, will be working on a project entitled, “Dancing Legitimacy: Statecraft and Stagecraft at Ghana’s Independence Celebration.” This project examines Ghana’s Independence Celebration as political theatre. Scholars have described independence in British colonies as manifestations of imperial benefactions, local nationalism, Cold War paranoia and “black” transnational politics. But even those who acknowledge the theatricality (aesthetic, stylized, symbolic, embodied aspects) of manifestation focus on broader processes of institutional change than on the celebration, despite frequent synecdochical use of the latter for the former. Professor Donkor’s work, which is focused on the celebration, asks: what was the political significant of the social/cultural performances (handshakes, seating protocol, ballroom dance, popular music) at Ghana’s independence ceremonies. Characteristic of performance studies, this project addresses questions about how humans fundamentally make culture, affect power, and attempt to reinvent ways of being in the world. Located in Africana studies, it will open up understanding about how performance practices figure in African “cultures of democracy” as it pays attention to the concerns/notions of power, legitimacy, nationhood, identity and sovereignty that inform the domain.
Jason Parker, Associate Professor of History, will be working on a project entitled, “Wilson’s Curse: The United States, Third World Nationalism, and the Postwar Federal Moment.” This project is a comparative study of postwar Third World federations, and the U.S. role in and response to their appearance on the world stage. Like the nation-state, the federation model was imported from the First World. There is had evolved as a solution to long-running battles over sovereignty and authority in the limited polities of the Western nation-states. The federation model diffused power among levels of government and geographical regions to create an internal balancing of interests. Outside the West, federation was historically a non-issue given imperial and autocratic models of governance that had little need for it, until the 1930s brought the idea into vogue. At that particular historical moment, it seemed an ideal solution to the problems of economic relations as capitalism faltered, and to the problems of political relations as empires began tottering. Moreover, the model rhymed with the romantic, pan-racial hymns of nationhood as thinkers from Woodrow Wilson to Mohandas Gandhi to Kwame Nkrumah rethought the relationship between “race” and nation. This study will make a threefold contribution to the literature on U.S. foreign relations, to the burgeoning scholarship on foreign-aid and development-modernization history, and to area-studies scholarship on these corners of the global South.
Academic Year 2014-2015
Adrienne R. Carter-Sowell, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will work on a project titled “Water Cooler Chatter Matters: Workplace Exclusion Examined.” This project will address questions related to exclusion and isolation in the workplace through a multi-method set of studies that involve qualitative and quantitative data collection. These studies will be designed to assess relevant individual differences in perceiving workplace ostracism experiences and the accompanying psychology, cognitive, and behavioral reactions to exclusionary social interactions. This research plan expects to build on theory and research derived from the social psychology social exclusion literature and extends to practical applications by examining the link between “out-of-the-loop” experiences and the retention of women and racial/ethnic minority faculty in the professoriate. By providing comprehensive data to identify workplace ostracism experiences as an important predictor of work burnout and turnover intentions, Professor Carter-Sowell’s project makes meaningful contributions to the core interests of both Psychology and Africana Studies disciplines.
Alberto Moreiras, Professor of Hispanic Studies, will finish his comparative monograph titled “Spanish Liberal Lives—A Lesson for the Present? On Anontio Alcalá-Galiano and María Zambrano.” This study explores the beginning and end of classical Spanish liberalism in today’s context, which is marked by the contemporary implosion of so-called neoliberalism and by the incipient paradigmatic shift toward so-called neo-structural or reconstitution economics as the infrastructure for politics in the Spanish state. On the basis of pre-existing scholarship on both Aclalá-Galiano and Zambrano, Professor Moreiras seeks to interrogate in a comparative way the historical understandings that underlie both positions of Spanish political life. This monograph has been commission and will be published by University College Press to celebrate and commemorate the founding of the Spanish Professorship at their institution. As the first ever scholarly work to present a comparison of the two liberals and two historical periods in the history of the Spanish state, this work will contribute significantly to the field of Hispanic Studies.
Claire Katz, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, will work on a project titled “If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?: Judaism, Gender, and Forgiveness.” This project will examine questions related to possibility and limits of the act of forgiveness. Can one “do enough” to appease a moral crime and can a perpetrator make amends even when the victim will not acknowledge these amends as enough? What is the relationship of justice to forgiveness? Professor Katz will examine these questions with a particular eye toward two intertwined themes: what Jewish philosophy can offer in thinking about forgiveness and what role gender plays in the way we understand the act of forgiveness. To accomplish this task, Professor Katz will turn to Emmanuel Levinas’s Talmudic commentary, “Toward the Other.” This paper has been accepted for presentation at the 2014 Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies in Paris and is one part of a larger project on gender, philosophy, forgiveness, and justice.
Emily Johansen, Assistant Profess of English, will work on a project titled, “Thinking Globally, Acting Globally: Cosmopolitanism, Risk and Environmental Connection.” In this project, Professor Johansen considers cultural attempts to minimize and contain risk for middle-class Western subjects and the resulting implications for cosmopolitan thinking. Through an examination of contemporary transnational literary, cinematic, and television texts, she posits the many variables of risk that re-orient how we think about cosmopolitanism, particularly from the position of Western subjects. This project is focused on risk as an epistemological category rather than as an ontological reality; it remains attention to the material realities of risk for marginalized peoples throughout the globe and posits that material risks might be diminished through imaginative risk-taking. This project asks why the reality of a very select global few is taken as representative or aspirational for cosmopolitanism. Where the work of previous critics argues for the centrality of re-thinking cosmopolitanism to include the refugee and the migrant, this project suggests that rather than reformulating already marginalized subjects to fit into elitist models of the world, we might consider how elite subject represent a globally discrepant position.
James Rosenheim, Professor of History, will work on a project titled “Making an Unmarried Life in Eighteenth-century England.” This project will contribute to the ongoing historical investigations of the social and material history of men in the home by investigating a barely studied specimen of eighteenth-century British manhood—the never-married man. Professor Rosenheim’s particular subject, Edmund Herbert, lived and worked in London as Deputy Paymaster of Marines from 1720 until he died, prosperous, childless, and unmarried. By concentrating on Herbert’s life as it conform to, resisted, and took a path apart from the normative life-course of manhood, this project changes our understanding of how the practices of manhood were forged at this time. Herbert’s life demonstrates the complexity of eighteenth-century manhood, combining the patriarchal with an alternative masculine code, a mix that allowed this never-married man to find a respected place in society, even while defying social norms. Professor Rosenheim’s study, which will result in a book-length manuscript, demonstrates the need to qualify the attribution of truly hegemonic power to those patriarchal practices that have hitherto rightly—but now perhaps sufficiently—drawn the attention of social, cultural, and gender historians.
Jonathon Coopersmith, Associate Professor of History, will examine how since the inception of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958, its engineers, scientists, and managers employed a range of informal and increasingly formal methods to assess the maturity of technologies. Studying the evolution of technology assessment at NASA provides the opportunity to better understand technology risk and how individual and organization tried to change its evaluation from art to science. This project is part of a larger history of how post-World War II American engineering assessed technology maturity and uncertainty. The study of NASA technology assessment will contribute significantly to the broader historical and contemporary issues of technology development and maturity, as well as the growing academic research on risk. Professor Coopersmith’s research in this area will serve as the basis for a larger project on technology assessment that will produce several articles and a book.
N. Fadeke Castor, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, will work on a project title “Diasporic Groundings and Religious Encounters.” This project questions the meaning of the African diaspora when it comes home and asks how blackness (or its absence) meets Africanness. It does so through a study of the spiritual circuit of priests between the “diaspora” and the “continent” that is a hallmark of the transnational Yoruba religion. Professor Castor will look at the production and performance of racial and ethnic identities in the circulation of spiritual practitioners, ideas, performances, and ritual. Her preliminary research indicates that the return of diasporic practitioners is reconfiguring local valuations of “traditional” religion, power relations, and identifications of oyinbo (foreigner; white person). In this project, Professor Castor will examine the impact of visiting practitioners and priests on the “traditional” religion in Yorubaland, Nigeria. Specifically, it will attend to the tensions of identity, authority, and authenticity as they intersect with sacred knowledge transmission and spiritual economies. This research will result in an article on women in Ifá, and it will lay the groundwork for a larger study that will result in a monograph, Diaspora Comes Home: Shifting Spiritual Economies in West African and Diaspora Religion.
Kristan Poirot, Assistant Professor of Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies, will work on a book project titled, Forgetting Sex: Violence and Memory on the Civil Rights Trail. This project begins with the assertion that the “woman problem” in civil rights public memory is more extensive than the forgetting of particular women. The absence of women is inextricable from the de-gendering of the circulated memories of slavery, Jim Crow, and race violence. In this project, Professor Poirot will consider the ways violence has become a constitutive component of the civil rights movement memorial landscape as these sites ask visiting publics to recall not only the brutalities faced by protestors but also the terrorism that was an exigency for local and national activism. She will examine the ways memories of racialized violence do and do not conjure gender and sexed/sexualized bodies in movement museums and memories. This study supplements current rhetorical scholarship on civil rights memory, which often exclusively focuses on architectural features and visual elements of these locales and neglects to attend to the relationships among race, sex, and gender in civil rights memory practices.
Academic Year 2013-2014
Violet M. Showers Johnson, Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Program, will be working on a project entitled, “The Wallet Protest in Guinea, West Africa: An Example of the African American Radical Tradition Abroad.” This project will consider the 1999 NYPD shooting of twenty-three-year-old Amadou Diallo, an undocumented alien from Guinea, West Africa. The officers claimed that Diallo was acting suspiciously and had reached for a gun. It turned out that what he had reached for was his wallet. Using Amadou’s non-lethal wallet as a rallying symbol, African American activists and their allies, led by seasoned leaders like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Johnnie Cochran, quickly launched the “Wallet Civil Disobedience Campaign.” Professor Johnson’s project will focus on the extension of this campaign from the U.S. to Guinea, which was, importantly, not the first time that Guinea became a receptacle of the African American radical tradition. This project is part of a larger ongoing study intended for a monograph, tentatively entitled When Blackness Stings: African and Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Encounters with Race and Racism in Late Twentieth-Century America. West Africa.”
Adam Seipp, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies, will be working on a project entitled, “From the Ashes: Occupation, Urban Life, and West Germany’s ‘Democratic Miracle,’ 1945-1950.” This project will examine the postwar experience of Rosenheim, Germany, a mid-sized industrial city east of Munich in Bavaria. As an industrial center that was heavily damaged in the war and a prime example of the family firm-dominated model of industrial development, Rosenheim witnessed the structural transformation of the postwar economy. This project, which will lead to the writing of a scholarly monograph and several articles, will situate the roots of West Germany’s “democratic miracle” in the experience of the occupation following World War II.
Wendy Jepson, Associate Professor of Geography, will be working on a project entitled, “Colonias Biopolitics: Mobilizing a ‘Health Crisis’ for Water Development.” This project will examine the situation of low-income Mexican-American laborers, mainly farm workers, who lived in abject poverty in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas in the early 1970s. It will trace the health and disease discourses used by Chicano grassroots organizers in their unsuccessful challenge of the powerful farmer-controlled water districts over the lack of domestic water provision. Professor’s Jepson’s research will specifically focus on how the ‘biologicalization’ of social conditions through health discourse operates as an anti-politics, rendering technical social problems, such as lack of potable water and sanitation. The project will draw from contemporary theories of biopolitics to examine colonias water infrastructure legislation and development, and will eventually lead to a chapter in a monograph on the politics of colonias domestic water provision, entitled, Quiescent Waters: Politics, Neoliberal Subjectivity, and the State in Drinking Water Provision for South Texas Colonias.
Felipe Hinojosa, Assistant Professor of History, will be working on a project entitled “Faithful Resistance: Latino Evangelicals and the ‘War on Poverty’ in New York and South Texas, 1964-1971.” This project will document the ways in which Latino evangelical organization partnered with President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” in order to establish anti-poverty programs in the 1960s and 1970s. His work will show how the civil rights era was an important moment for Latino evangelicals. During this time they organized movements to pressure white religious leaders and government officials to be more responsive to the cultural, educational, and political needs of Spanish-speaking communities. Like African Americas, Latinos merged their bliblical understandings of justice with their own experience f marginalization as they organized faith-informed movements for social justice in the church. This project is p-art of a larger book project on this topic across a longer time frame.
Tasha Dubriwny, Assistant Professor of Communication, will be working on a project entitled, “(Re)Making Feminism: Public Memory and the Feminist Art Revolution.” This project is part of a larger book manuscript tentatively titled The Legacies of the Second-Wave: Public Memory and Women’s Rights in the 21st Century. The manuscript will address the public memory of second-wave feminism from two angles: the negative and reductive public memory of the second-wave and the growing movement of second-wave feminist who are strategically attempting to reshape that public memory. This particular project will focus on feminist art exhibits, one of the most visible sites of commemoration of second-wave feminism. Although much of the research on feminist art has been relegated to the field of art history, feminist artists during the second-wave combined art production with activism and were central to expanding a key feminist tenet: “the personal is political, and all representation is political.” This work on public memory and second-wave feminism will address a substantial gap in rhetorical public memory studies, and it will make an additional contribution by theorizing how counter-memories are produced and sustained by alternative voices.
Jayson Beaster-Jones, Assistant Professor of Music in Performance Studies, will be working on a book project entitled Bollywood Sounds. This project, which is currently under contract with Oxford University Press, focuses on the musical underpinnings, composers, producers and musicians of Indian film songs. In this book, Professor Beaster-Jones provides an overview of the social, economic, and historical contexts of film songs and the ways in which they have retained their status as the dominant popular music in India. Through musical and multimedia analysis of Indian film songs and their accompanying picturizations, he argues that composers of Indian film songs (i.e., music directors) have drawn from a variety of musical styles, instruments, and performance practices from inside and outside of India. In so doing, they created a distinctly local music genre that has always had cosmopolitan orientations. Drawing from the semiotic theory of C.S. Peirce and later adaptations of his theory in linguistic anthropology to develop a theory of “musical mediation,” this project provides a broad framework for understanding how cultural material with diverse origins is transformed to make it suitable for new audiences.
Sarah Deyong, Assistant Professor of Architecture, will be working on a project entitled “The Reinvention of Modern Architecture at Mid-Century: Colin Rowe’s Double Edge.” This project examines the work of architectural historian and theorist, Colin Rowe (1920-1999), in order to shed new light on the intellectual framework of his seminal critique of modern architecture at mid-century. In a body of work that subsequently influenced postmodern architecture, Rowe challenged the prevailing myths of the modern movement, its didactic formulation of Functionalist and its mystical belief in a new Zeitgeist. In so doing, he expanded the purview of architectural study to include precise formal readings of its processes and products. While Rowe’s legacy is well known, there is to date no monograph on his work that explores the background of his theoretical framework and the intellectual sources behind his thinking. This research will result in an article, and it will also provide material for a chapter in Professor Deyong’s current book project, The Reinvention of Modern Architecture at Mid-Century.
Academic Year 2012-2013
Nathan Bracher, professor in the Department of International Studies, will be working on a project entitled “Portrait of the Artist as a Political Pundit: The Case of Francois Mauriac.” He will examine the work of Mauriac in order to highlight Mauriac’s distinctive role in the turmoil of political and cultural controversy heating up the debate in the Parisian press throughout the interwar years, the Occupation, the postwar upheavals, Cold War polarization, and the decolonization period. Professor Bracher plans to complete two book projects that will make Mauriac’s influential editorials available to an English speaking audience. The first book will provide an English edition of a select number of editorials written at critical times in the domains of politics, culture, society, and history. The second book will provide an intellectual biography of Mauriac as a journalist.
Federica Ciccolella, associate professor in the Department of International Studies, will be working on a project entitled “When East Meets West: Learning Greek in Venetian Crete.” Her research focuses on the study of the Greek language, which is an important aspect of Renaissance culture. Her long-term goal is to publish a monograph on the different traditions of Greek studies in the West. Professor Ciccolella’s immediate goal is to analyze the unique case of a homogenous school library transmitted to us and preserved at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. This library includes the manuscripts of Andreas Donos, who taught Greek in Crete between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries when the island was under Venetian rule. These manuscripts make it possible to evaluate similarities to and differences from the Greek curriculum established in Western Europe. Her research will contribute to her monography on Greek studies amd will allow her to complete a thirty-page essay for a book that she is co-editing.
Judith Hamera, professor in the Department of Performance Studies, will be working on a project entitled “‘Never Can Say Goodbye’: Michael Jackson,Tyree Guyton,and the Ruins of American Deindustrialization.” Professor Hamera will complete field and archival research for her book which is tentatively titled “‘(De)Industrial Actions: Performance and Social Change in the 1980s.” Her project argues that key American performers provided structures of feeling through which the economic upheavals of this pivotal decade could be understood, embraced , or resisted. She will use archival and interview methods to collect data in order to finish three chapters from three key sections of the project.
Angela Pulley Hudson, assistant professor in the Department of History, will be working on a project entitled “Okah Tubbee, Laah Ceil, and the Limits of Antebellum Indianness.” Her project is a historical study of two extraordinary individuals who fashioned “Indian” personas for themselves during the mid-nineteenth century. She will employ methods and theories from cultural and social history to use these individuals’ lives as an optic for understanding race, gender, religion, and class in the antebellum era. Ultimately, her project will contribute to our understanding of self-fashioning in the antebellum United States, and will also offer a corrective to scholarship on race and representation that has tended to overlook the participation of women and people of color in shaping popular notions of ethnic identity, particularly “Indianness.”
Hoi-eun Kim, assistant professor in the Department of History, will research cultural, social, and political aspects of interracial marriages in the Japanese empire (1895-1945) for his forthcoming article “Between Racial Purity and Assimilation: The Politics of Interracial Marriage in the Japanese Empire.” His research will encompass the ways ideas and intermarriage and sexual liaison were formulated and discussed in the language of race, focusing his research on relations between Koreans and Japanese, comparing these to the background of Europrean colonial relations with local people.Professor Kim will present the resulting article at the “Everyday Coloniality” conference in Seoul and plans to publish it in a scholarly journal.
Ruth Larson, associate professor in the Department of International Studies, will produce an article analyzing the literature of Michel de Montaigne, a sixteenth century French humanist and writer. Professor Larson will interpret Michel de Montaigne’s essay “D’un enfant mostruex” as an interrogation into what it is to be human in the early-modern period in the context of Montaigne’s writings on cultural difference and relativity. With particular emphasis on Montaigne’s attempt to understand the role of physical difference in relation to religion and nature, Larson will relate her research back to the consideration of physical alterity.
Anne Morey, associate professor in the Department of English, will continue research for a forthcoming book entitled “Women and the Silent Screen,” that will assesses the full scope of women’s engagement with movies from the beginnings of cinema until the late nineteenth century. The book will offer a comprehensive account of women’s contributions to silent film culture in United States and will help us rethink conventional ideas about authorship and the archive, emphasizing the hand women had in building the movie culture.