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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Announcing Funding Awards for 2017-18

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The Simpson Center for the Humanities announces its funding awards for 2017-18. Our Executive Board evaluated many compelling proposals from University of Washington faculty, graduate students, and staff.

Projects receiving support include conferences, symposia, faculty and graduate research clusters, and three projects through the new initiative Next Generation Humanities PhD. The spring funding awards complement funding for fellowships and other projects awarded in fall 2016.

See the full list below, and look for information about upcoming activities in fall 2017. The next funding deadline is November 9, 2017.

Congratulations to our recipients and thanks to all who applied.

Spring 2017 Awards

Colloquia and Conferences

For a Poetics of Subaltern Life-Worlds: New Research, New Imaginaries of Informal Economies in Contemporary India - Priti Ramamurthy (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)

Improvisational Crossings: Social Dance as Interdisciplinary Intervention - Juliet McMains (Dance), Naomi Bragin (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), and Jade Power-Sotomayor (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities - Sonnet Retman (American Ethnic Studies), Michelle Habell-Pallán (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), and Angelica Macklin (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) 

Crossdisciplinary Research Clusters

Writing Across Difference - Megan Callow (English), Anis Bawarshi (English), Katie Malcolm (Center for Teaching and Learning), Carrie Matthews (English), and Candice Rai (English)

Full Professor Crossdisciplinary Conversation Award

Visualizations and Dialogues in Art and Biophysics - Rebecca Cummins (Art) and Linda Wordeman (Physiology & Biophysics)

Graduate Research Clusters

Comparative Study of Race - Andrea Delgado (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media) 

Disability Studies - Cynthia Bennett (Human Centered Design & Engineering) and Carlyn Miller (Education)

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Interest Group - Sarah Faulkner (English), Anna Wager (Art History), Matt Poland (English), Hee Eun Lee (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media), and Dantzel Cenatiempo (French & Italian Studies) 

Gender and Sexuality - Sarah Diefendorf (Sociology)

Genomics Salon - Jolie Carlisle (Genome Sciences)

Interdisciplinary and Transnational Feminist Approaches to ‘the Private’ - Caitlin Alcorn (Geography)

Modernist Studies - Krista Daniel (English), Tyler Babbie (English), Jesse Meredith (History), Shane Peterson (English), Janine Sobers (English), and Taylor Soja (History) 

Large-Scale Collaborations

The Black Embodiments Studio - Kemi Adeyemi (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) and Emily Zimmerman (Jacob Lawrence Gallery) 

Next Generation Humanities PhD

Historians at Work: Building Professional Networks - Purnima Dhavan (History) and Nicholas Peyton (College of Arts & Sciences) 

New Scholarly Practices, Broader Career Paths: Transforming the Curriculum to Prepare Next Generation Scholars in Near and Middle Eastern Studies - Cabeiri Robinson (Interdisciplinary Program in Near & Middle Eastern Studies), Oscar Aguirre Mandujano (Interdisciplinary Program in Near & Middle Eastern Studies), Esra Bakkalbasiouglu (Interdisciplinary Program in Near & Middle Eastern Studies), and Michael Degerald (Interdisciplinary Program in Near & Middle Eastern Studies)

Resource Sharing Across Departmental Modern Language PhD Programs - Richard Watts (French & Italian Studies) 

Public Scholarship: Community Engagement

Texts & Teachers - Gary Handwerk (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media and English) and Anu Taranath (English)

Fall 2016 Awards

(Awarded in December 2016)

Collaboration Studio Grants

Capitalism and Comparative Racialization - Megan Francis (Political Science) and Jack Turner (Political Science)

*With additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures

The Past, Present, and Future of US Global Health Partnerships in Africa - Johanna Crane (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Nora Kenworthy (Nursing, UW Bothell), and Lynn Thomas (History)

*With additional funding from the UW Population Health Initiative

Colloquia and Conferences

International Comic Arts Forum 2017 (November 2-4)- José Alaniz (Slavic Languages & Literatures)

Memory Construction and Emotion in India, Past and Present (September 15-16) - Heidi Pauwels (Asian Languages & Literature)

Crossdisciplinary Research Clusters

The Anthropocene - Jason Groves (Germanics) and Jesse Oak Taylor (English)

Large-Scale Collaborations

Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities - José Antonio Lucero (Jackson School of International Studies) 

Fellowship Grants

(Awarded in December 2016)

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships

Dan Berger (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Northwest Prison Archive

Negin Dahya (Information School), Feminist Politics of Belonging: Participatory Culture and Youth Digital Video Production

José I. Fusté (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) and Jade Power-Sotomayor (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), The Bomba Wiki Project: Oral, Aural, and Corporeal History and Community-Making through Bomba Music and Dance

Sasha Welland (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), Monumental Ephemeral: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art

Michael Degerald (Interdisciplinary Near & Middle East Studies), Digital Traces of Iraq's Cultural and Political History

Alma Khasawnih (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), Digital Archival Map

Roneva Keel (History) and Eleanor Mahoney (History), Mapping Northlake: Seattle’s Hinterlands in Global Perspective

Sarah Ross (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media), The Poiesis of Image-Signs in Modernist Cinema

Mellon Summer Fellowships for New Graduate Seminars in the Humanities

Carmen Gonzalez (Communication), Community-Based Research Methods

Stephen Groening (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media), Public Spheres, Public Media: Activism, Community, Networks

Regina Yung Lee (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies), Feminist New Media Studies

Mellon Summer Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities

Julian Barr (Geography), The Original Seattle Gayborhood: A Public Historical Walking Tour of Seattle’s Lesbian & Gay Past

Monica Cortés Viharo (Drama), Tacoma Civil Rights Performance Walk

Lauren Drakopulos (Geography), See Shanties: Carto-visual Narrative in Public Science

P. Joshua Griffin (Anthropology), The Kivalina Archive: Applying the Climate Humanities Across Multiple Publics

Society of Scholars Fellowships

Jordanna Bailkin (Professor, History)Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain

Yomi Braester (Professor, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media), Keywords for the Digital City

Darren Byler (Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology), The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: Precariousness, Art, and Minority Politics in the City

Shannon Cram (Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell), Unmaking the Bomb: Nuclear Cleanup and the Politics of Impossibility

Susan Gaylard (Associate Professor, French & Italian), Beautiful Monsters: Erasing Women from Renaissance Histories

Ana M. Gómez-Bravo (Professor, Spanish & Portuguese), Feeding Race: Food Culture and Blood Purity in Inquisitorial Spain

Olivia Gunn (Assistant Professor, Scandinavian Studies), Empty Nurseries, Queer Occupants: Reproduction in Henrik Ibsen's Late Plays

Elizabeth Janssen (Doctoral Candidate, English), Terms and Conditions: Race, Literary Value, and US Reading Publics

Jeffrey Knight (Associate Professor, English), Shakespeare and the Test of Time: A Study in Literary Duration

Christian Novetzke (Professor, Jackson School of International Studies), The Political Theology of Yoga

Jesse Oak Taylor (Assistant Professor, English), Becoming Species: Literature, Science, and the Emergence of the Anthropocene

Liina-Ly Roos (Doctoral Candidate, Scandinavian Studies), The Child in Nordic and Baltic Imagination: Affect of War and Cruel Everyday

Sarah Ross (Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media), Architecting Sight: Cinema's Poiesis of Image-Signs