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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Announcing First Round of Funding Awards for 2016-17

Lectern on seminar table

The Simpson Center for the Humanities announces the first round of funding awards for 2016-17 after the Executive Board evaluated many strong proposals from University of Washington faculty, graduate students, and staff.

The Executive Board makes two rounds of awards each year. The fall funding round includes collaborative projects, lecture nominations, and Society of Scholars fellowship grants. Separate selection committees also awarded Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships and the new Mellon Summer Fellowships through the program Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics.

The spring funding round (proposals due April 29) includes additional collaborative projects, including graduate-student interest groups.

Congratulations to our recipients!

Fellowship Grants

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships

Josephine Ensign (Psychosocial & Community Health), Soul Stories: Health and Healing Through Homelessness

Benjamin Gardner (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Selling the Serengeti: The Cultural Politics of Safari Tourism

Stephen Groening (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media), The Seattle Television History Project

Minda Martin (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Seattle’s Freeway Revolt

Matthew Bellinger (Communication), The Visual Rhetoric of Bitcoin

Darren Byler (Anthropology), The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: A Repertoire of Uyghur and Han Migrant Popular Culture

Brian Gutierrez (English), Residence in London, a Cartographic Journey: Mapping William Wordsworth’s Conspicuous Consumption in The Prelude

Jane Wong (English), Digital Interviews: The Poetics of Haunting in Asian American Poetry

Mellon Summer Fellowships for New Graduate Seminars in the Humanities

Maria Elena Garcia (Comparative History of Ideas) and Louisa Mackenzie (French & Italian Studies), The Animals are Coming

Gillian Harkins (English), Law and Literature Public Scholarship Course

Leigh Mercer (Spanish & Portuguese Studies and Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media), Spanish Film Programming and the Film Festival Phenomenon

Mellon Summer Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities

Tyler Babbie (English), A Year along the Color Line

Jessica Bachman (History), Beyond the Cold War: The Afterlife of Indo-Soviet Literary Exchange

Key MacFarlane (Geography), Making Space Audible: Participatory Noise Mapping in Seattle

Janice Moskalik (Philosophy), Connecting Communities through Public Philosophy: Offering Philosophy for Children Courses in Seattle Colleges

Society of Scholars Fellowships

Ruby Blondell (Classics), Helen of Troy on Screen

Sarah Dowling (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Remote Intimacies

Stephen Groening (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media), Television and Collectivity

Michelle Habell-Pallan (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), Beat Migration: Sounds of Cultural Citizenship

LaShawnDa Pittman (American Ethnic Studies), Coerced Mothering: African American Grandmothers from Slavery to the Present

Chandan Reddy (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), Marriage in Our Time

Amanda Swarr (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), Forcing Sex: Violent Contestations over South African Masculinities

Sasha Welland (Anthropology and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), Cancer Aesthetics: A Feminist Manifesto on the Meantime of Life and Death

Megan Ybarra (Geography), Green Wars: Conservation, Remilitarization and Decolonizing Activism in Guatemala's Maya Forest

Oscar Aguirre Mandujano (Near Eastern Studies and Middle Eastern Studies), Poetry and Politics in the Early Modern Ottoman World: The Court of Bayezid II (r.1481-1512)

Jesse Meredith (History), Cities of the Plan: Visions of the Built Environment in Northern England, 1960-1985

Adriana Vazquez (Classics), Vates and Initiates: Roman Poetic Manipulation of Greek Mystery Cult

Collaborative Projects

Collaboration Studio Grants

Axiomatic: The Creative Process in Art and Mathematics - Jayadev Athreya (Mathematics) and Timea Tihanyi (Interdisciplinary Visual Arts)

Migration and the Spaces of Sanctuary - Megan A. Carney (Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Anthropology), Ricardo Gomez (Information School), and Katharyne Mitchell (Geography)

Colloquia and Conferences

Affect and Audience in the Digital Age: Activist Poetics - micha cárdenas (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Amaranth Borsuk (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Sarah Dowling (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), and Gregory Laynor (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Globalizing Literature at UW – Eric Ames (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media)

Immigration, Toleration, and Human Rights - Bill Talbott (Philosophy) and Amos Nascimento (Philosophy, UW Tacoma) on behalf of the tri-campus interdisciplinary research cluster on Human Interactions and Normative Innovation (HI-NORM)

Public Scholarship: Community Engagement

Where the House Was (Richard Hugo House documentary) - Frances McCue (English)


Learn more about applying for Simpson Center support.