The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its annual Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowships to seven faculty members and seven graduates students from the campus for the 2019–20 academic year.
IPRH is also pleased to announce the 2019 Ragdale Residential Creative Fellowship and the New Horizons Summer Faculty Research Fellowship. Ragdale Fellowships offer creative practitioners four weeks of residence at Ragdale’s non-profit, interdisciplinary artists’ community. The New Horizons Fellowship is designed to help faculty at the tenured Associate Professor level maximize the summer for research at a critical juncture in the arc of their professional careers.
Please join IPRH in congratulating these fellows.
IPRH FELLOWSHIPS, 2019–20
IPRH Faculty Fellows, 2019–20
Claudia Brosseder, History: “Redefining Andean Religion: Andean Self-Christianization in the Colonial Norte Chico Region of Peru (Fifteenth to Seventeenth Centuries)”
Andrew Gaedtke, English: “Writing Brains: Disability, Neuroculture, and Personhood”
Eduardo Ledesma, Spanish and Portuguese: “Blind Cinema: Visually Impaired Filmmakers and Technologies of Sight”
Ghassan Moussawi, Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology: “Disruptive Situations: Fractal Orientalism and Queer Strategies in Beirut”
Ramón Soto-Crespo, English: “Hemispheric Trash: Literary Circulation, Decapitalized Fiction, and the White Trash Menace”
Dustin Tahmahkera, American Indian Studies: “Becoming Sound: Sonic Quests of Healing in Indian Country”
Nikki Usher, Journalism: “The Where of News”
IPRH Graduate Student Fellows, 2019–20
Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza, Anthropology: “The Promise of Intimacy: Gay Filipino Men on Mobile Digital Media in Manila and Los Angeles”
Katie Bruner, Communication: “Seeing Systems: A Rhetorical History of Vision at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1931–1969”
Amir Habibullah, Landscape Architecture: “Islamic Gardens and Cultural Identity in a Globalized World”
Helen Makhdoumian, English: “A Map of this Place: Resurgence and Remembering Removal in Armenian, Palestinian, and American Indian/First Nations Literatures”
Diana Sacilowski, Slavic Languages and Literatures: “Strategies of Silence: Representations of Jewish Poles in Polish Literature since the 1980s”
Peter Thompson, History: “Grasping for the Mask: German Visions of Chemical Modernity, 1915–1938”
Nathan Tye, History: “The Ways of the Hobo: Transient Mobility and Culture in the United States, 1870s–1930s”
IPRH-RAGDALE RESIDENTIAL CREATIVE FELLOWSHIP, 2019
Deke Weaver, Theater & New Media
During his time at Ragdale, Prof. Weaver will be working on the next performance in his life-long project, The Unreliable Bestiary - a performance for each letter of the alphabet, each letter represented by an endangered animal or habitat. To date Prof. Weaver and his collaborators have presented MONKEY, ELEPHANT, WOLF, and BEAR. TIGER, the fifth production, will open in the fall of 2019.
IPRH NEW HORIZONS SUMMER FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP, 2019
Tamara Chaplin, History
Prof. Chaplin’s project, Desiring Women: Female Same-Sex Intimacy and the French Public Sphere, 1930–2013, argues that the history of female same-sex intimacy is pivotal to understanding the struggle to control the French public sphere in the twentieth century. Examining French cabaret culture, sexology, photography, TV broadcasts, alternative press, the Minitel (an early form of Internet), and utopian lesbian activism and drawing on over one hundred interviews with women from throughout France filmed for this project, Desiring Women describes the historical development of a “counterpublic” that made possible new forms of gendered and sexual citizenship. In short, it is a book about how practices “become” people, how people become publics, and how publics shape the nation.
Prof. Chaplin’s undergraduate RA will be creating a corpus on the 2013 fight to legalize homosexual marriage in France, annotating oral history interviews and organizing image files.