Society of Scholars

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The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress. 

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2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars

Portrait of Arbella Bet-Shlimon in front of a dark wall.
Associate Professor
Department of History
Picture of Christina Yuen Zi Chung wearing a black shirt while standing in front of foliage.
Doctoral Candidate
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Aria Fani looks into the camera while wearing glasses and a grey collared shirt.
Assistant Professor
Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures
P. Joshua Griffin sits in front of a gray wall wearing glasses, a blue shirt, and a dark jacket.
Assistant Professor
School of Marine and Environmental Affairs; Department of American Indian Studies
Douglas S. Ishii stands in front of stairs while wearing a blazer, teal collared shirt, and a black tie.
Assistant Professor
English
Ralina Joseph smiles in this headshot and wears a yellow flutter-sleeve blouse, a blue necklace, and long circle earrings.
Professor
Communication
Picture of Sarah Levin-Richardson standing in front of a beige wall wearing glasses, a blazer, and a black shirt.
Associate Professor
Classics
James Pierce stands in front of a white wall with his arms crossed while wearing a black collared shirt and black trousers.
Assistant Professor
School of Art + Art History + Design
Photograph of Reuven Pinnata from the chest up, wearing a black shirt and a red Nintendo jacket, against a green blur of foliage.
Doctoral Candidate
English
Headshot of Chandan Reddy
Associate Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Comparative History of Ideas
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Doctoral Candidate
Art History / School of Art + Art History + Design
Portrait of Lynn Thomas wearing glasses and yellow dangle earrings.
Professor
History
Andreas P. Bassett stands in front of a large shrubbery while wearing a dark jacket blue shirt and tie.
Doctoral Candidate
English
Image of Aaron Carpenter, male, sitting at a wooden table, holding a coffee cup. Magazines are displayed on shelves behind him.
Doctoral Candidate
German Studies
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Doctoral Candidate
English
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Doctoral Candidate
History
Maxine Savage stands in front of a large bush while wearing glasses and a grey jacket.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Scandinavian Studies
Or Vallah looks at the camera, smiling while wearing a long-sleeved top and sitting in front of a wall with vines.
Doctoral Candidate
Art History and the School of Art + Art History + Design

2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars Fellow

Photograph of Reuven Pinnata from the chest up, wearing a black shirt and a red Nintendo jacket, against a green blur of foliage.

Reuven Pinnata (he/him/his)

Doctoral Candidate

Totalizing Nusantara: On World Literature as Indonesian Literature

Totalizing Nusantara reads Indonesian literature as world literature through the concept of the totality of capital. Drawing on the tradition of Indonesian and non-Indonesian Marxist thought, Totalizing Nusantara polemicizes against the provincialization of Indonesian literary works as a repository of cultural-historical data and shows that they actually apprehend the broader world-making and -unmaking dynamics of colonial capitalism. In doing so, Totalizing Nusantara offers a model of interpreting Indonesian literary works that, instead of reducing them to mere content, attend to their aesthetic inventions on the level of form.