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RZ-266063-19

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
David McKnight (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Rebecca Bowler (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)
Claire Drewery (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

The Papers of British Writer and Suffragist May Sinclair (1863-1946): Creating a Digital Archive of her Manuscripts

A meeting of editors, technology experts, and archivists leading to the preparation of a prototype digital edition of the works of May Sinclair (1863-1946), novelist and philosopher. (12 months)

The General Editors of the May Sinclair Critical Editions Project is interested in applying for an NEH Collaborative Research Grant that will enable editors, archivist and technologists to meet for one week in the Kislak Center to discuss a future digitization grant to create a full text searchable online database of the May Sinclair manuscripts which are in the possession of the Penn Libraries. Editorial, Archival and Text Encoding technologies will be discussed.

Project fields:
British Literature; Literature, Other

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$45,336 (approved)
$45,336 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020


RZ-266161-19

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Christopher Woods (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Lisa A. Heidorn (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

Oriental Institute Nubian Archaeological Expedition Publication Project

Preparation of final monographs of salvage expeditions from sites flooded by the reservoir of the Merowe Dam along the Nile in present-day Sudan. (36 months)

The Oriental Institute Nubian Expedition Publication Project plans to publish results of salvage excavations (2007-2008) at sites flooded by the reservoir of the Merowe Dam at the Fourth Cataract of the Nile, an area previously almost unexplored by archaeologists. The major industrial gold processing center of Hosh el Geruf is earlier than 1550 BCE, although it was believed the Egyptians introduced the process later. The complete, ordered Middle Nubian cemetery of al-Widay (1850-1550 BCE) dates bodies of evidence and reveals interactions with areas both north and south. The excavations and survey on the island of Umm Gebir discovered tombs of local tradition dating to the New Kingdom, and unusual Napatan structures. Major bodies of new evidence will be available to the public and scholarly community, greatly enhancing the study of civilizations along the ancient Nile.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$212,388 (approved)
$167,072 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RZ-266168-19

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Maya Vinokour (Project Director: December 2018 to present)

The Post-Soviet Public Sphere: Multimedia Sourcebook of the 1990s

Preparation of a digital collection of bilingual scholarly essays and an open access website with 500 Russian-language multimedia artifacts created just before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, between 1986 and 2000. (36 months)

Many features of the present geopolitical moment - from international election hacking to the proliferation of "fake news" and "alternative facts" on social media - trace their roots to the media landscape of the post-Soviet 1990s. A group of seven collaborators headed by the project director seeks NEH funding to improve and expand an existing digital project entitled "The Post-Soviet Public Sphere: Multimedia Sourcebook of the 1990s" (http://www.postsoviet90s.com). The proposed sourcebook will consist of a digital collected volume networked with 500 Russian-language print media, television, Web and radio artifacts dating to the "long 1990s," which began in 1986 with Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of "openness [glasnost]" and ended with the election of President Vladimir Putin in 2000. By investigating the rise and fall of Russia's only public sphere to date, our sourcebook will offer insight into the period's ongoing impact on global media and political history.

Project fields:
Cultural History; International Relations; Russian Literature

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RZ-266147-19

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Sturt W. Manning (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Brita Lorentzen (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)
Nikolas Bakirtzis (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

Medieval Monuments and Wooden Cultural Heritage on Cyprus: Building History with Tree-Rings

Field research to establish a chronology of Late Byzantine and Medieval churches and icons in Cyprus based on tree-ring analysis (dendrochronology). (36 months)

Our Collaborative Research Grant project employs dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) to establish dates for a key set of Byzantine-Medieval buildings and portable art (especially icons) in Cyprus central to the history and art-history of the East Mediterranean and Orthodox worlds. Via dendrochronology and research on the history and preservation of each building and artwork, this interdisciplinary project will provide for the first time an independent time-frame for one of the world's most important sets of Byzantine-Medieval buildings (ten on the UNESCO World Heritage List). Our project will greatly refine and likely rewrite current understanding of this period which at present lacks an independent time-frame. All data will be digitally recorded and archived permanently in conjunction with a scholarly and public publication and communication strategy to ensure that this unique cultural heritage is preserved for the future independent of the monuments and objects themselves.

Project fields:
Architecture; Medieval Studies

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$238,213 (approved)
$208,882 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RZ-266251-19

Montpelier Foundation (Orange, VA 22960-0551)
Terry P. Brock (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Mary Furlong Minkoff (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)
Matthew B. Reeves (Co Project Director: April 2019 to present)

Understanding the Overseer: Using Archaeology to Examine Status and Identity at James Madison's Montpelier

Field research on the overseer’s house at James Madison’s Montpelier leading to public programs and publications on the social, economic, and racial complexity of 19th-century plantations in the United States. (36 months)

This study will adopt the space/place model to examine the overseer at James Madison’s Montpelier, an early 19th century plantation in the Virginia Piedmont. It will examine the relationship of the overseer to the plantation elite and the enslaved community through an in depth study of the overseer’s space on the landscape, and how they defined that space through household activities. We will examine the space the overseer occupied on the landscape through a spatial analysis of the farm complex in which the overseer’s house was situated, and excavations of the overseer’s home and its surrounding yard space. Archaeologists will examine how the plantation owner situated the overseer in relationship to the rest of the community through building architecture and the spatial proxemics of the overseer's house. Then we will examine how the overseer and his household responded to this position through the organization of his household activities and consumer choices.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$249,820 (approved)
$208,341 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2020 – 3/31/2023


RZ-266101-19

Texas A & M University, College Station (College Station, TX 77843-0001)
Jose Luis Bermudez (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Catherine Conybeare (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

Reconsidering the Sources of the Self in the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Periods

A conference and preparation of an edited volume of essays on the influential Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity by philosopher Charles Taylor (1931-). (12 months)

Reconsidering the Sources of the Self aims to reconfigure the historical study of conceptions of selfhood in the Western traditions, focusing on the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods. Highly interdisciplinary (Philosophy, Literature, Theology, Classics, and History), it will break new ground by (a) including thinkers outside the standard philosophical/theological canon, (b) incorporating medieval conceptions of selfhood, and (c) exploring how ideas of selfhood are articulated in forms and genres besides philosophical and theological treatises. We are seeking funding from an NEH Collaborative Research Convening Grant for a workshop to bring together 15 scholars (13 confirmed). During the funding period (10/1/19 – 9/30/20) we will produce and submit to a major press a book proposal for an edited volume with the workshop papers and an extended introduction. We will produce a website that explains the project and workshop for both scholarly and general audiences.

Project fields:
Classics; History of Philosophy; Western Civilization

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$48,961 (approved)
$48,961 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020


RZ-266114-19

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Julie Greene (Project Director: December 2018 to present)

Immigration and the Making of African America

Preparation of a conference and a publication on how immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America have influenced African American culture and society since the mid-20th century. (12 months)

Immigration and the Making of African America will explore the largely untold history of African diasporic immigrants to the United States and their relations with native-born African Americans over the last 150 years. Black immigrants developed distinctive strategies for assimilating, even while maintaining ties with their countries of origin. They have profoundly influenced the social, political, and cultural history of the United States. In exploring these themes and by connecting immigration and African American history and culture, this conference will bring together scholars across the humanities to rethink the standard narratives of both fields, demonstrate that scholars in each area must be in dialogue with one another, and illuminate in new ways the complexity of blackness in historical and contemporary America.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$39,330 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020


RZ-266119-19

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Sarah Barringer Gordon (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Kevin A. Waite (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

The Long Road to Freedom: Biddy Mason (1818-1891) and the Making of Black Los Angeles

Preparation of a co-authored book and website relating to the remarkable story of freedwoman Biddy Mason (1818-1891) and her role in the development of the First African Methodist Church in Los Angeles. (36 months)

The project will result in the first scholarly treatment of freedwoman Biddy Mason's pioneering career and the community she helped build. A book-length study and a robust website, complete with digitized documents and interactive maps of nineteenth-century Los Angeles, will tell the story. For scholars and generalist audiences alike, these publications will reveal a new, continental history of slavery and freedom, as well as the little-known African American origins of one of the nation's most important cities.

Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$242,000 (approved)
$242,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RZ-266172-19

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Shachar M. Pinsker (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Naomi Brenner (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)
Matthew Handelman (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

Below The Line: The Feuilleton, the Public Sphere, and Modern Jewish Cultures

Two international conferences, a website, and digital resources on Jewish culture and “feuilleton,” a newspaper insert popular throughout Europe from the 19th to the early-20th centuries. (12 months)

This convening grant would fund two conferences to bring together international scholars working on the feuilleton, an important and immensely popular feature in newspapers that has been largely forgotten. Our project proposes the feuilleton as a new area for interdisciplinary and multilingual inquiry, seeing the feuilleton as a critical juncture in the production of modern cultures and the public sphere. It focuses on the unique place of the feuilleton in modern Jewish cultures, which were highly multilingual and transnational. By assembling scholars in literature, history, and communications from North America, Europe, and Israel, we will examine the development of the feuilleton as a new form of media and make key texts accessible online for scholars, students, and the public. We will explore and sharpen the topic of investigation, identify and discuss significant periodicals and feuilletons, and plan subsequent publication in print and digital forms.

Project fields:
Comparative Literature; Cultural History; Jewish Studies

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020


RZ-266176-19

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37996-0001)
Amy J. Elias (Project Director: December 2018 to present)

In a Speculative Light: The Arts of Writer James Baldwin (1924-1987) and Painter Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)

A symposium and collection of essays on American author James Baldwin (1924-1987) and visual artist Beauford Delaney (1901-1979). (12 months)

The UT Humanities Center will use this Convening Grant to partner with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC, and the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) in Knoxville, TN, to host a symposium about two Black American expatriate artists and close lifelong friends, James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney. To be held Feb. 19-21, 2020 at the University of Tennessee in conjunction with a major KMA exhibition featuring 40+ works by these artists, it will create new knowledge about Black American and Modernist arts such as jazz and abstract painting and will lead to the first analyses of Baldwin's and Delaney's influence on one another and on Black arts today. Speakers will address six research categories: arts history/Black aesthetics; music; ethics/social values; style/form; gender/sexuality; and biography/legacies. The symposium will feature 26-34 renowned scholars in literary, art history, and music studies and will lead to a published collection of essays.

Project fields:
African American Studies; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020


RZ-266202-19

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Karen Detlefsen (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Lisa C. Shapiro (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

New Narratives in the History of Philosophy: Women and Early Modern European Philosophy

A conference on the works of early modern women philosophers (1500 to 1850) in preparation for an edited volume of essays. (9 months)

The project will bring together, for a three-day conference, 49 scholars working on the philosophical output of early modern women philosophers, and it will result in a volume of cutting-edge, scholarly papers on this topic. Because of the wide range of genres and methods that women employed in their philosophical writing during these centuries, our project necessarily and meaningfully connects broadly across many humanities disciplines. We thus include humanities scholars beyond philosophers as participants in the conference and as contributors to the volume, a distinctive virtue of this project.

Project fields:
History of Philosophy; Philosophy, General; Women's History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 6/30/2020


RZ-266080-19

Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus (University Park, PA 16802-7000)
Amara Solari (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Linda Kristine Williams (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

Maya Christian Murals of Yucatán: Indigenous Catholicism in Early Modern New Spain

Preparation of a co-authored book and supplementary website relating religious murals painted by Christianized Maya artists in Yucatán, Mexico, between 1550 and 1750. (36 months)

Our multidisciplinary project analyzes religious murals painted by Christianized Maya artists in Yucatán, Mexico, between 1550 and 1750. The first study of its kind, we examine the extant corpus of 22 mural cycles to illuminate the processes of intercultural reciprocation, ideological interchange, and economic exchange that defined the “Encounter” between Europe and the Americas. As art historians, we utilize humanistic methodologies in correlation with empirical methods to reconstruct the circulation of the material goods – print culture and painting pigments – necessary for the murals’ production. We center Maya artists in the vast networks of exchange that marked the Counter Reformation, querying how the visual adaptation of pre-Columbian artistic practices impacted the emergence of Maya Catholic identity. Our final products, a scholarly book and a supplementary interactive website, will allow the interested public and scholars access to our research findings.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Latin American History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$214,742 (approved)
$182,979 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RZ-260683-18

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (Carbondale, IL 62901-4304)
Sara G. Beardsworth (Project Director: November 2017 to present)
Julia Kristeva (Co Project Director: November 2017 to present)

The Philosophy of French Intellectual Julia Kristeva

Preparation for publication, in both print and digital editions, of a volume of essays devoted to the thought of the French philosopher, psychoanalyst, feminist theorist, and novelist Julia Kristeva. (36 months)

A collaboration of about 30 scholars will relate an oeuvre of major contemporary intellectual significance to public concerns through interdisciplinary dialogue. Julia Kristeva’s multidisciplinary thought in philosophy, literature, feminist theory, and psychoanalysis unifies the collaboration. Her intellectual autobiography will provide general access to the scholarly dialogue. The dialogue, composed of essays by her foremost interpreters and critics together with her replies, will interpret, question, and extend the theoretical writings. It will address contemporary intellectual and cultural movements. It will discuss Kristeva’s public works on disability, health, and motherhood. The only published full bibliography will provide access to the original writings. The project is designed to stimulate further multidisciplinary scholarship and provide models for bringing the humanities to a general audience. The book will be the next volume in the Library of Living Philosophers series.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Literature, General; Philosophy, General

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$39,300 (approved)
$39,300 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021


RZ-260752-18

Brown University (Providence, RI 02912-9100)
Stephen Douglas Houston (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Thomas G. Garrison (Co Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Citadels and Surveillance: State Defense at the Classic Maya Fortresses of La Cuernavilla

Archaeological investigation at the ancient Maya site of La Cuernavilla near Tikal, in present-day Guatemala. (36 months)

Proposed excavations at La Cuernavilla, Guatemala, target a defensive system of unprecedented scale for the ancient Maya. On current evidence, its dates align with an incursion by the Mexican metropolis of Teotihuacan. Attested in texts and imagery, that incursion may now have its martial “footprint”: a chain of elevated citadels and moated redoubts extending at least 17.6 km, siege features such as rock-cut reservoirs, rapid-response ramps from citadel summit to base, and evidence of surveillance over wide swathes. This research will test whether these facilities were built at one time and whether they are special-purpose garrisons and defensive bulwarks that served the city of Tikal, Guatemala.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$140,661 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


RZ-260766-18

University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY 40506-0004)
Douglas R. Appler (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Brent Cebul (Co Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Reassessing the History of Urban Renewal in the United States, 1950–1975

A conference and publications on the impact of urban renewal in the United States, 1950-1975.

During the mid-20th century, civic and political elites in more than 1,200 communities across the United States used federal urban renewal program funds to initiate locally planned slum clearance and redevelopment efforts. These projects had profound consequences for the communities involved, as they frequently targeted their oldest neighborhoods and most vulnerable populations. Efforts to write the history of urban renewal have been hampered by difficulties accessing data that correspond to its broad national impact. Many new data sources are making it possible for urban historians, planners, and architectural historians, among others, to more closely align urban renewal scholarship with the diverse geographies affected by the program. This conference will explore the consequences of urban renewal, prioritizing under-explored geographic scales, including small cities, suburbs, states, and regions, rather than the perspective of the single project in the major central city.

Project fields:
Architecture

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$42,000 (approved)
$42,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


RZ-260848-18

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Christopher J. Ratte (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

Notion Archaeological Research Project: The Biography of an Ancient Greek Urban Community

Excavation and analysis at Notion, an urban site from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, located in western Turkey. (36 months)

Archaeological excavation at Notion will examine how a community living in a port town in western Anatolia responded to developments in Greek urbanism and the expansion of Roman power. Notion lies in ancient Ionia, 15 km north of Ephesus. We focus on the tumultuous era of the 3rd century BCE to 1st century CE, when many cities were radically transformed through local initiative and external coercion. During this period Notion was relocated to a new site, but then abandoned after only a few centuries. Building on the results of archaeological survey, we will examine the historical and social processes enacted in the ultimately unsuccessful reinvention of the city through investigation of its residential areas. Research at Notion on urban development and devolution at the household scale offers a new approach to the study of western Anatolian cities, and contributes to comparative urban studies, household archaeology, landscape biography, and Ionian history.

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$220,000 (approved)
$220,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


RZ-260900-18

Rice University (Houston, TX 77005-1827)
Jeffrey Barnet Fleisher (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Kathryn M. de Luna (Co Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Matthew C. Pawlowicz (Co Project Director: January 2018 to present)

The Demographics of Pre-History: South Central Africa Through Archaeology and Linguistics

Archaeological and linguistic research leading to a study of migration patterns in central Africa, 500-1500 CE.

The proposed project reconstructs the cultural history of mobility in south central Africa between the 6th and 16th centuries. Language shift and human migration have long served as explanations for the expansions of language families and populations. This project will be the first to study human mobility in such demographic histories as a historical problem in its own right, capturing the motives and contingencies that shaped changing forms of and ideas about mobility and, as a result, actually changed the pace and path of the larger expansion process. Such research on human mobility is only feasible with the creation of an interdisciplinary archive linking archaeological, ecological, ethnohistorical, and historical linguistic data. Each dataset will be developed at research sites in Zambia, a place lacking the traditional archives of humanistic research. The project illuminates the material, political, and cognitive lives of people who shaped the demographic history in this region.

Project fields:
African History; Anthropology; Linguistics

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$209,724 (approved)
$209,724 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


RZ-260918-18

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Jeannette Eileen Jones (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

To Enter Africa from America: The United States, Africa, and the New Imperialism, 1862–1919

Research and preparation of an online resource and print publication about United States engagement with Africa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (36 months)

To Enter Africa from America (TEAA) is a collaborative research project whose goal is to reveal little known patterns of American movement across Africa in the context of broader American ideas about the continent that emerged during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Specifically, TEAA places those actions in dialogue with the “African Question”—a body of political discourses that emerged during the mid-19th century that sought to articulate the meaning and relevance of Africa in an increasingly Eurocentric interconnected world. The collaborators argue that scholars have overlooked, underestimated, and understudied the new imperialism in Africa in the historical context of U.S. expansion and empire. TEAA will explore how such connections formed through American diplomatic, social, religious, and leisure activities in Africa, producing a published, peer-reviewed scholarly digital project, an interdisciplinary symposium, and a peer-reviewed edited volume of interpretive essays.

Project fields:
American Studies; International Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$216,106 (approved)
$216,106 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


RZ-260906-18

Boston University (Boston, MA 02215-1300)
Fallou Ngom (Project Director: December 2017 to present)

'Ajami Literature and the Expansion of Literacy and Islam: The Case of West Africa

Research and preparation for online and print publications of texts written in the West African languages Fula, Hausa, Mandinka, and Wolof that use Arabic script (‘Ajami). (36 months)

'Ajami is the Arabic term that refers to languages other than Arabic that are written in the Arabic script. 'Ajami has been instrumental in the spread of Islam beyond the Arab heartland and, while 'Ajami literatures of the Middle East and Asia are well-documented, scholars have tended to overlook the rich 'Ajami legacies of sub-Saharan Africa. This project will highlight the 'Ajami literatures of Hausa, Mandinka, Fula, and Wolof and their role in the spread of literacy and Islam in West Africa. Available on a freely accessible multimedia website, a general interpretive essay comparing the four literatures will be accompanied, for each of the four languages, by twenty digitized 'Ajami manuscripts. Each will include interpretive materials, annotations, Latin alphabet transcription, and French and English translations. Of these twenty, a select five will feature video interviews and recitations by native speakers. A selection of the work will be published in the journal Islamic Africa.

Project fields:
African History; African Studies; Languages, General

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2022


RZ-255760-17

Archaeology Southwest (Tucson, AZ 85701-1107)
Aaron Wright (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Archaeology and Oral Histories along the Lower Gila River in Southwestern Arizona, 600-1830 AD

Artifact survey at 43 Native American sites in the Gila River Valley in Arizona, leading to the development of interpretive print and online publications, lectures, and a book. (36 months)

The Lower Gila River Ethnographic and Archaeological Project (LGREAP) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research program that is exploring and interpreting the relationship between cultural identity and migration along the lower Gila River in southwestern Arizona from 600 A.D. to 1830 A.D. through a Native American lens. In particular, LGREAP aims to couple archaeological and tribal interpretations of the past to yield a comprehensive, multiple narrative history on the dynamics of cultural identity in contexts of religious difference and migration. LGREAP has avid support from the four tribes with whom ethnographic research will be carried out. Furthermore, the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office has determined that the proposed archaeological fieldwork will not have an adverse affect on the historic properties, as regulated by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Project deliverables include at least four peer-reviewed articles and a documentary film.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Comparative Religion; Native American Studies

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2021


RZ-255645-17

St. Mary's College of Maryland (St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3002)
Julia A. King (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Indigenous Borderlands of the Chesapeake: The Lower Rappahannock Valley Landscape, 200-1850 CE

Excavation and artifact analysis at eleven Native American sites along the lower Rappahannock river in Virginia, leading to the development of interpretive print and online publications and GIS datasets. (26 months)

The project seeks NEH support to develop a baseline history of an understudied but key watershed in the Chesapeake region of North America. The Rappahannock River valley, located between the better known Potomac and James rivers, was, circa 1608, densely populated with well-organized polities, presupposing a dynamic but still unknown history. Using collections- and fieldwork-based methodologies along with GIS technologies, Saint Mary's College of Maryland and its collaborators will explore this borderland river drainage, addressing questions of migration and mobility, political development, the forging of group identities, and responses to colonialism. Our approach is rooted in landscape, the digital humanities, and a perspective that emphasizes the long durée.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$240,000 (approved)
$240,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2019


RZ-255741-17

Texas A & M University, College Station (College Station, TX 77843-0001)
Sonia Hernandez (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
John Morán González (Co Project Director: January 2017 to present)

A Conference on the History and Legacy of the 1919 Canales Investigation in Texas

Organization of a conference on the 1919 Canales investigation into violence along the US-Mexican border. 36 months)

Reverberations of Memory, Violence, and History: The Centennial of the 1919 Canales Investigation places a traumatic event in U.S. history at the center of a public conversation about how instances of state violence not only exemplified deep socio-economic transformations in our nation and along its borders, but how community responses to such violence have left a long-lasting legacy. This project seeks to mark the centennial of the J.T. Canales Investigation of 1919 that called for an inquiry into the violence committed by the Texas Rangers, the state’s elite law enforcement organization, which proved to be the first major government investigation of anti-Latino violence in U.S. history. The Project will feature a two-day conference on the centennial and legacies of the Canales Investigation. It will subsequently produce the first scholarly edited volume based on selected and further expanded conference presentations.

Project fields:
Latino History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$65,000 (approved)
$65,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RZ-255733-17

Center for Documentary Studies (Durham, NC 27705-4854)
Wesley Hogan (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
William H. Chafe (Co Project Director: January 2017 to present)

The 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee

The collection of oral histories, to be archived in a digital repository and interpreted in a scholarly book, of the work done by field workers of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee towards the expansion of voting rights in the 1960s. (24 months)

A central idea legitimizing U.S. democracy is that of “one person, one vote.” Though laid out in the country’s Constitution as “We the people,” it is far less clear how that ideal came to practical fruition nearly two centuries later in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This project seeks to generate a new perspective on that pivotal moment, providing, in the process, a more precise and useful interpretative framework for understanding the civic activism of the broader civil rights movement. It pioneers a very different model than anything done before—active collaboration to create new scholarship between archivists, scholars, and those who “made” the history within the freedom movement.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$225,000 (approved)
$225,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RZ-255598-17

Goucher College (Baltimore, MD 21204-2780)
Evan Dawley (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Tosh Minohara (Co Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Beyond Versailles: Reverberations of World War I in Asia

A multinational symposium that will bring together contributors of an edited volume to explore common research questions on the legacy of World War I in Northeast Asia. (20 months)

This project is a collaborative inquiry into the events and implications of the year 1919 for states and peoples across Northeast Asia. It asks, how did Northeast Asians shape their own realities, and the broader global situation, in the post-Great War world? Collaborators will conduct original research and analysis, viewing this pivotal year through the lenses of diplomacy, nation-building, social and cultural change, and the aftereffects of war. The project will culminate in the publication of a volume of essays, a summary article for publication in an academic journal, and a public symposium, all to occur in the centenary year of the Treaty of Versailles to draw attention to our interpretation of new beginnings in Asia after the War. We will demonstrate that the diplomatic and military endeavors, intellectual pursuits, and nation-building efforts of individuals and groups within Northeast Asia challenged European and American hegemony, and wrought fissures within the world order.

Project fields:
East Asian History; East Asian Studies; History, General

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$33,293 (approved)
$33,293 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


RZ-255594-17

University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9055)
Bradley J. Parker (Project Director: December 2016 to February 2018)
Matthew Edwards (Project Director: February 2018 to present)
Rory J. Becker (Co Project Director: February 2018 to present)

A Comprehensive Approach to Inca and Wari Imperialism in the Nazca Headwaters, Ayacucho, Peru

An archaeological study of the rise and fall of the Wari and Inca Empires, examining road networks and surrounding territory in the Andes mountains in the southern province of Ayacucho in Peru, to result in a website, an open-access database, journal articles, and a monograph. (36 months)

In her seminal chapter simply entitled "Empires," Carla Sinopoli (2001) lamented the fact that scholarship on ancient empires, the largest and most complex of pre-modern states, is far less developed than scholarship on other less complex ancient polities. This circumstance is further compounded by the fact that theoretical constructs used to organize, categorize and frame our understanding of ancient empires have been slow to develop. This situation is about to change. This grant will support a comprehensive field project aimed at disentangling the archaeologies of empire in a large study area in southern Ayacucho province of central Peru. Taking a multi-scalar approach, this project will produce comprehensive datasets from pre-Wari, Wari, pre-Inca and Inca times. Comparing these datasets will not only allow us to study phases of expansion, consolidation and collapse of two ancient empires, but will also enable us to examine the effects of imperialism in other regions and periods.

Project fields:
Ancient History; Latin American History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$199,985 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2018 – 1/31/2022


RZ-255604-17

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Emma C. Blake (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

An Archaeological Field Survey in the Trapani Province of Western Sicily

Field survey and interpretation of finds from the coastal area near Marsala, Italy, in order to investigate cultural interaction with North Africa across the Sicilian Channel over the past 7,000 years. (36 months)

This archaeological field survey in Sicily addresses millennia-long interactions with Tunisia, 90 miles across the Sicilian Channel. The project will include two field seasons of artifact collection and one study season for analysis of survey findings. Results will be presented at conferences, in journals, and as a field report. The Channel is one of the busiest crossings for undocumented migrants entering Europe. Current migrations are the latest manifestations of a history of crossings in both directions. Although scholars of particular historical periods have noted the ties linking Tunisia and western Sicily at moments in history, this story of evolving interactions over millennia has never been told. A collaborative project involving intensive field surveys in the corner of Sicily closest to Tunisia is ideal to investigate this complex story. The proposed project will re-construct and explain the Tunisian presence in Western Sicily over time.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Classics; Cultural History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$199,988 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2020


RZ-255605-17

College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ 08628-0718)
Jo-Ann Gross (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

A Documentary History of Ismailism, the Second Largest Branch of Shia Islam, from the 16th-20th Centuries

Preparation for publication of a co-authored book and the creation of an open access digital repository of primary documents relating to Ismaili genealogical histories in Badakhshan in Central Asia. (36 months)

This project will examine the genealogical and documentary history of the Nizari Ismaili community of Badakhshan. The perception of Badakhshan as a remote and “peripheral region” in the Islamic world has marginalized the study of Ismailism and the peoples of the Badakhshan region within the scholarship on Islamic Central Asia. This project undertakes a detailed study of original Badakhshani Ismaili genealogical histories of pirs and khalifas from Tajikistan and Afghanistan dating from the 16th-20th centuries, in addition to letters and financial documents associated with them. Our goal is to render a defined corpus of these Persian-language texts legible as historical sources by digitalizing them; identifying their features; defining the local genres of genealogy, letter writing and document production as historical practices; and analyzing them as a source for local knowledge of the Ismaili tradition of Badakhshan. The end result will be an online open-access digital collection; a printed book manuscript; two international conference panels and a 1-day symposium at The College of New Jersey. (Edited by staff)

Project fields:
History, Other; Near and Middle Eastern History; South Asian History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$301,000 (approved)
$271,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020


RZ-255780-17

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Christopher J. Newfield (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Laura C. Mandell (Co Project Director: January 2017 to present)

The Limits of the Numerical: Metrics and the Humanities in Higher Education

Research and writing of a monograph and open access web materials describing the history and cultural theory of metrics in higher education. (24 months)

Our project seeks to develop a historical and cultural theory of metrics in higher education that can account for universities' and colleges' adoption of quantitative measures and offer humanistic methods for evaluating their educational and research impacts. We are particularly concerned with their impact on humanities disciplines, and with the ability of humanities disciplines to develop responsive practices that grow out of our methodologies. We will examine the origins and current operation of three areas of measurement discourse--research bibliometrics, learning outcomes assessment, and the value of college education--and investigate alternative models for improving research productivity and learning quality.

Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$175,000 (approved)
$174,416 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 2/29/2020


RZ-255635-17

University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Lisa Ann Maher (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Danielle A. Macdonald (Co Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Archaeological Investigation of Hunter-Gatherer Aggregation and Movement in Prehistoric Jordan

Excavation and analysis of early settlements of hunter-gatherers at the Paleolithic site of Kharaneh in eastern Jordan. (36 months)

The transition from hunter-gather to food-producing societies in southwest Asia was a pivotal shift in prehistory. The 20,000-year-old hunter-gatherer aggregation site of Kharaneh IV exhibits multi-seasonal, prolonged and repeated habitation, making it the largest Paleolithic site in the region and one that evidences emerging sedentism and settlement, economic intensification, and ritual behaviors associated with dwelling, almost 8,000 years earlier than previously known. As a central hub of occupation for groups from throughout the region, this site is uniquely able to inform us about the construction of communities and interaction networks across a broad social landscape by exploring the nature and motivations for aggregation by reconstructing the spatial organization of domestic and symbolic activities, and undertaking comparative analyses of material culture at contemporary sites to trace how the site’s inhabitants were integrated into broader spheres of social interaction.

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Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2018 – 2/28/2021


RZ-255672-17

Iowa State University (Ames, IA 50011-2000)
David Marshall Miller (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Revolutions in the History of Early Modern Philosophy and Science

A conference of contributors to The Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution, at which the contributors will refine their essays for the volume. (15 months)

A conference of international scholars, to be held at Iowa State University, considering new methodologies and results in the study of sixteenth- through eighteenth-century philosophy and the simultaneous birth of modern science, leading to the publication of an edited volume.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; History of Philosophy; History of Science

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$63,113 (approved)
$63,113 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


RZ-255623-17

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Jane Buikstra (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
Eleanna Prevedorou (Co Project Director: January 2017 to present)

An Archaeological Study of the Ancient Phaleron Cemetery near Athens, Greece

Archaeological study and analysis of 8th-5th-century of the cemetery of Phaleron, the ancient port of Athens, Greece. (36 months)

This study focuses upon the cemetery of Phaleron, at the port of the ancient city of Athens. The cemetery dates to the Archaic - Early Classical period (ca. 750-480 BCE), characterized by major sociopolitical reforms, including changes in ruling tenure, early codification of law, tyranny, and democracy. Phaleron cemetery consists of hundreds of burials, mainly simple pit graves, jar burials of infants, and skeletons with evidence for captivity, violence, and execution. The nature of the cemetery suggests the presence of lower status individuals, such as non-elites, outlaws, and the unwanted. By integrating archaeological and historical information with osteological, biochemical, and genetic data, we will address the identity of the people of Phaleron within what appears to have been a port community of diverse backgrounds. We ask for funding for a three-year project (2017-20) for the in-depth study, interpretation, and publication of the human burials of the Phaleron cemetery.

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Participating institutions:
Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) - Applicant/Recipient
American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Princeton, NJ) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,124 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2020