Institute for the Humanities names fellows for summer and 2018-19


The Institute for the Humanities has awarded fellowships to seven U-M lecturers and tenure-track faculty members in a new eight-week summer fellowship program.

Eight U-M faculty members and eight graduate students have received fellowships to support research projects they will pursue during the 2018-19 academic year.

Both cohorts will take up residence at the institute during their respective fellowship periods, forming an intellectual community while pursuing original research and participating in regular, cross-disciplinary fellows’ seminars.

Fellowship recipients represent diverse disciplines within the humanities and span several colleges and schools across the university.

Established in 1987, the Institute for the Humanities serves as a nationally and internationally recognized center for scholarly research in the humanities and creative work in the arts at the University of Michigan. The institute also offers a lively program of lectures, panel discussions, art exhibitions and more to the university community and to the public.

The fellows and the topics of their research projects are:

Summer Fellows, 2018

Jeremiah Chamberlin, lecturer IV, English
“A History of Events that Never Happened: Memory, Identity, and the Future in the Contemporary Bulgaria”

Philip D’Anieri, lecturer IV, architecture and urban planning
“The Narrowest National Park: Bureaucrats, ‘Back to Nature,’ and the Federalization of the Appalachian Trail”

Victor Fanucchi, lecturer IV, screen arts and cultures

David Gold, associate professor, English
“‘Votes for Women’: African American Suffrage Arguments in the Crisis”

Ashley Lucas, associate professor, theatre and drama, English, Residential College, art and design
“Prison Theatre: Performance and Incarceration”

Scott Spector, professor, German
“Invisible Empire: Layers of Memory in Post-Habsburg Central Europe”

Greta Uehling, lecturer II, international and comparative studies
“PTSD Land: The Emotional Geography of Ukraine’s Displaced”

Faculty Fellows, 2018-19

Charlotte Albrecht, Richard and Lillian Ives Faculty Fellow, assistant professor of American culture and women’s studies
“Peddling an Arab American History: Sexuality, Gender, and Race in Early Syrian American Communities”

Michael Lempert, Richard and Lillian Ives Faculty Fellow, associate professor of anthropology
“Small Talk: Therapy, Technology, and the Science of the Face-to-Face”

Kenneth Mills, John Rich Faculty Fellow, professor of history
“Apostolic Longing and Experience in an Early Modern Spanish World”

Keith Mitnick, Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow, associate professor of architecture
“Un-Privileged Views”

Ian Moyer, Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow, associate professor of history
“At the Gates of the Temple: Culture, Politics and Public Space in Ptolemaic Egypt”

Aswin Punathambekar, Steelcase Faculty Fellow, associate professor of communication studies
“Sound Clouds: Listening and Citizenship in Indian Public Culture”

Ava Purkiss, Charles P. Brauer Faculty Fellow, assistant professor of American culture and women’s studies
“Fit Citizens: A History of Black Women’s Exercise, 1900-1960”

Youngju Ryu, Hunting Family Faculty Fellow, associate professor of Asian languages and cultures
“How a Podcast Started a Revolution: South Korea’s Protest Culture, 1987-2017”

Graduate Student Fellows, 2018-19

Lauren Benjamin, Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow, comparative literature and English
“Feral Modernisms”

Irene Brisson, Sylvia “Duffy” Engle Graduate Fellow, architecture
“Speaking, Gesturing, Drawing, Building: Relational Techniques of a Kreyòl Architecture”

Padma Chirumamilla, David and Mary Hunting Graduate Fellow, information
“Producing TV(s): The Multitudinous Life of Television in South India”

Mary Hennessy, Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow, German
“Handmaidens of Modernity: Gender, Labor, and Media in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany”

Jallicia Jolly, Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow, American culture
“‘I’m Not Sick!’: A Critical Embodiment of Illness, Sexuality, and Self-Making Among HIV-Positive Jamaican Women”

Tugce Kayaal, A. Bartlett Giamatti Graduate Fellow, Near Eastern studies
“Bodies in War: Politics of Sexuality and War Orphans in Konya (1913-1923)”

Mika Kennedy, James A. Winn Graduate Fellow, English
“Crossed Wires: Japanese American Incarceration, Environmental Justice, and the Interethnic ‘Frontier'”

Amanda Respess, David and Mary Hunting Graduate Fellow, history
“The Circulation of Medical Goods and Knowledge Between Iran and China Along the Medieval Maritime Silk Road”


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