Society of Scholars

scholars discussing a topic around the main Simpson Center conference room table

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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2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars

Heekyoung Cho looks to the left while wearing glasses.
Associate Professor
Asian Languages & Literature
Portrait of Alina Méndez.
Assistant Professor
American Ethnic Studies
Portrait of Ariana Ochoa Camacho wearing glasses and standing in front of a bookcase.
Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma
Portrait of Carole Lee standing outside.
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Portrait of Madeleine Dong wearing glasses, a scarf, and a dark jacket.
Professor
Jackson School of International Studies
Mal Ahern looks at a roll of film that has been unwound.
Assistant Professor
Cinema & Media Studies
profile of Maya Smith smiling at the camera, hair pulled back with some curls along the left side, wearing a red top under a blue blazer with a necklace
Associate Professor
Department of French & Italian Studies
Portrait of Megan Ybarra
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
A portrait of Raphaëlle Rabanes wearing a grey jacket.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
A portrait of Amalie Goul Dueholm standing in front of a wall.
Doctoral Candidate
Cinema & Media Studies
A portrait of Anna Nguyen wearing glasses.
Doctoral Candidate
History
A portrait of Leah Rubinsky standing in front of a body of water.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Comparative Literature
Black and white portrait of Kewi Adeyemi
Assistant Professor
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Justin Randolph stands in front of a dark wall while wearing glasses and a white sweater.
CHCI/ACLS Visiting Scholar and Assistant Professor
History, Texas State University
Brendan McElmeel stands on a rooftop wearing a dark shirt.
Doctoral Candidate
History
Diana Molkova stands facing the right while looking into the camera and holds a huge fuzzy dog.
Doctoral Candidate
Classics
Portrait of Gust Burns.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of English
Jingsi Shen stands outside with mountains in the background.
Doctoral Candidate
Comparative Literature
Matthew Childs sits outside on a hill overlooking a body of water.
Doctoral Candidate
German Studies
Maxine Savage stands in front of a large bush while wearing glasses and a grey jacket.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Scandinavian Studies

2016 - 2017 Society of Scholars Fellow

Portrait of Sasha Welland

Sasha Su-Ling Welland (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor

Cancer Aesthetics: A Feminist Manifesto on the Meantime of Life and Death

Cancer Aesthetics juxtaposes the feminization of U.S. cancer culture under neoliberal management of chronic crisis with feminist responses that take up the “social fact” of cancer as a way to think about and protest broader social conditions. An assembled archive of feminist cancer scholarship and cultural production serves as contextual history for an ethnographic account of how patients and caregivers narrate, visualize, and theorize embodied and gendered encounters with cancer. This interdisciplinary inquiry into the counter-aesthetics of those who inhabit cancer’s chronic meantime of life and death asks not how art can palliate but how it gives form and power to activist responses to the inadequacies of contemporary cancer management.