The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research has named four recipients of Glasscock Faculty Research Fellows for the 2012-2013 academic year. Recipients of the eight annually awarded Fellowships receive a $5,000 research bursary and will present and participate in the Faculty Colloquium Series during their fellowship year.
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.
The 2012-2013 Glasscock Faculty Research Fellows will present their work completed during the fellowship in the Glasscock Center’s Morning Coffee Hour in in the 2013-14 academic year. The Glasscock Center accepts applications for Glasscock Faculty Research Fellowships each year. Applications will be accepted again spring 2013 for the 2013-2014 academic year. For further information visit the Center’s website or contact the Glasscock Center at email@example.com or (979) 845-8328.