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PW-253801-17

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Joseph Hawkins (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

The Pre-Stonewall LGBTQ Memory Project

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries will digitize for free online public access 87,200 pages of records from the Mattachine Society and ONE Inc. that reveal hidden facets of LGBTQ American life during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

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

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$278,000 (approved)
$278,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


PG-252919-17

University of Mississippi, Main Campus (University, MS 38677-1848)
John Edge (Project Director: 05/03/2016 to present)

Southern Foodways Alliance General Assessment

The hiring of an audiovisual preservation consultant to conduct an assessment of 800 oral histories and 102 documentary films that include approximately 700 hours of raw interview footage.  The materials were collected over the course of 25 projects documenting the diverse food cultures of the American South.  Footage from the collection has already contributed to several publications in the series entitled Southern Foodways Alliance Studies in Culture, People, and Place; a quarterly academic journal called Gravy; and documentary films.  So far, the oral histories have been organized along four culinary trails—tamales, boudin, barbecue, and gumbo—with additional specialty topics ranging from Greek restaurants in Birmingham, Alabama, to the Southern food traditions that traveled north to Chicago during the Great Migration.

The Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), based at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture (CSSC), will use the NEH Preservation Grant to hire the consulting firm AV Preserve to review primary source materials, both physical and digital archives, to assess their condition and offer recommendations for preservation as the first steps of creating a new and central SFA archive housed at the CSSC, which will be able to be accessed via research visits and a website. The SFA collection offers a window into the American South through its changing foodways, amassing primary resource materials important to academic work in humanities fields that include U.S. economic, social, and political history; immigration history; labor history; cultural studies, gender studies, race studies, studies, geography, and cultural anthropology. The SFA collection includes 802 completed digital oral histories and 102 documentary films including 700 hours of raw interview and b-roll footage.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Folklore and Folklife; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018


PW-253793-17

National Public Radio, Inc. (Washington, DC 20001-3740)
Laura Soto Barra (Project Director: 07/19/2016 to present)

Unreeling History: Preserving and Providing Access to "All Things Considered," 1971-1983

The National Public Radio, Inc., (NPR) Research, Archives & Data Strategy team (RAD) seeks a grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize, preserve and provide public access to early All Things Considered radio broadcasts. All Things Considered was public radio’s first national program and featured the most important events, people and stories of its time. In 1972, the program made history when host Susan Stamberg became the first woman in America to anchor a national news broadcast. All Things Considered programming provides both the primary-source material and context to build a richer understanding of American history, culture, communications, sound studies, journalism and the cross-disciplinary studies of gender, race and class. By capturing the sounds and voices of the past, the program provides an immediate window into history.

Project fields:
Journalism; Media Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$315,000 (approved)
$315,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 12/31/2019


PW-253755-17

University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, CA 94143-2203)
Polina Ilieva (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

Digitizing and Providing Access to Historical AIDS Records

The University of California, San Francisco, Library, collaborating with San Francisco Public Library and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, will digitize 150,000 pages from 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the Bay Area and make them widely accessible to the public on the Internet. These collections document the activities, in the mid-1980s, of hospitals, health-care providers, activists, and organizations whose response to AIDS helped establish the San Francisco model of compassionate AIDS care as the worldwide standard. The diverse materials in these collections were created during an important period in recent history that reached deeply into the life of the community. The digitized collections will be a valuable resource for the study of humanities-related issues in disciplines such as history, literature, medicine, jurisprudence, journalism, and sociology by scholars, students, and the public.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Public History; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$315,000 (approved)
$315,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


PW-253737-17

University of Rochester (Rochester, NY 14627-0001)
Jessica Lacher Feldman (Project Director: 07/18/2016 to present)

Voices of LGBT History in Rochester, New York

Collaborative planning for the preservation and digitization of the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley’s collection of oral histories, radio programs, photographs, videotapes, newsletters, and corporate papers, as well as a pilot project to digitize 174 audio and video oral history interviews recorded for the Shoulders to Stand On documentary and 33 audio recordings of the Gay Liberation Front’s “Green Thursday” radio program.

The University of Rochester River Campus Libraries and the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley plan a joint pilot using a subset of a cultural heritage historical collection related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in Rochester, NY. Beginning with the "Shoulders To Stand On" oral histories and "Green Thursday" radio program, collaborators will conduct and evaluate pilot activities, such as transcribing, closed-captioning, and creating metadata for the material. The partnership offers a wealth of documentation on the Gay Movement's history, along with the technical/curatorial infrastructure to preserve and disseminate previously hidden archives. A strategic plan for the sustainable preservation and access of this rich collection in its entirety will result from the pilot, contributing to an inclusive history of the struggle for civil rights with hitherto undisclosed LGBT materials that will interest scholars, students, and the public.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, Other

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$48,872 (approved)
$48,872 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


FA-252423-17

Erik S. McDuffie
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61820-5711)

Marcus Garvey and the American Heartland, 1920-1980

A book on the impact of Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) in the American Midwest in the 20th century.

Garveyism in the Diasporic Midwest: The American Heartland and Global Black Freedom, 1920-80 is the first book to connect the Midwest to transnational black political protest. Through Garveyism and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the largest black protest movement in world history, the U.S. industrial heartland emerged as an epicenter of black internationalism. Its global manufacturing centers and political infrastructures offered blacks opportunities that they could not find elsewhere – fertile ground for the region to emerge as a stronghold of the UNIA and subsequent black freedom movements. Attending to the paradoxes and gendered contours of Garveyism, my book uses the framework of the diasporic Midwest to globalize African American history and to reorient the study of the African diaspora by taking into account the significance of the American heartland in shaping the history of the twentieth-century black world.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; Gender Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 7/31/2018


HB-251183-17

Francis Hugh Wilford
California State University, Long Beach Foundation (Long Beach, CA 90840-0004)

The History of the “Special Relationship” between Great Britain and the U.S. from the Colonial Era to the Present

Research for and writing of a book-length study of British-U.S. relations as viewed through family and emotional ties.

This project examines the history of the “special relationship” between Great Britain and the United States from the perspective of intimate relations. Influenced by the recent cultural and emotional turns of diplomatic history, and drawing on a wide range of historical sources and cultural texts, it examines how matters of the heart have linked – and divided – British and American men and women from the colonial era to the present. It also considers how the language and imagery of intimate affiliation – in particular, of gender, emotion, and sex – have both reflected and shaped political relations between the two English-speaking empires. By turning its focus on the personal sphere of trans-Atlantic relations, The Anglo-American Romance provides a new, critical lens for interrogating the evolution of an alliance that continues to hold tremendous global significance in the twenty-first century, for both good and ill.

Project fields:
British History; Diplomatic History; U.S. History

Program:
Awards for Faculty

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019


FT-254581-17

Kelly Jane Shannon
Florida Atlantic University Libraries (Boca Raton, FL 33431-6424)

U.S.-Iranian Relations, 1905-1953

A book-length study of U.S.-Iranian relations, 1905-1953.

Project fields:
Diplomatic History; Near and Middle Eastern History; U.S. History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 8/31/2017


FT-254705-17

Allison Lange
Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA 02115-5901)

The Visual Politics of the Woman Suffrage Movement from American Independence through the Nineteenth Amendment

A book-length study about the strategic use of images in the woman suffrage movement from the 1780s through 1920.

Project fields:
Political History; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 6/30/2017


FA-251511-17

Stephanie Elizabeth Jones-Rogers
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)

Women, American Slavery, and the Law

A book-length study of the role that slave-owning women played in shaping changes to American property law in antebellum North and the South.

Women, American Slavery, and the Law is a book-length manuscript which examines the relationship between gender and the evolution of American slave/property law in the North and the South from the colonial period to American slavery’s legal end. It is deeply concerned with the ways that slavery and slave-ownership shaped the operation of marital property law, and the ways that married women understood the relationship between them. More profoundly, the book elucidates the roles that slave-owning women played in shaping the contours of slave/property laws as the nation, and the institution of slavery, expanded into the West and Deep South. By doing all of this, it will offer a much-needed corrective, which intervenes in three subfields—the history of American law, women’s history, and the history of slavery.

Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2018


HB-251162-17

Angela Vergara-Marshall
California State Los Angeles University Auxiliary Services, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA 90032-4226)

Unemployment in 20th-Century Chile

Completion of a book on the history of unemployment in Chile from the Great Depression through the 1980s.

In this project, I examine how social, racial, and gender categories shaped public efforts to regulate the labor market and selectively protect workers facing unemployment in Chile throughout the twentieth century. I argue that traditional efforts to distinguish between vagrants and the “real” unemployed, social fears toward the non-working poor, legal definitions of formal work and people’s own expectations about work influenced the experience, protections, and rights of unemployed and non-formally employed men and women in modern Chile. More generally, I contribute to the humanities by looking at unemployment beyond exclusively class and economic analyses and outside traditional industrial countries. Using the tools of social history and based on a wide range of archival and periodical sources, I narrate the story of the unemployed and the efforts of the State to define and control the labor market in Chile from the 1930s-Great Depression to the Debt/Oil crisis of the early 1980s.

Project fields:
Labor History; Latin American History

Program:
Awards for Faculty

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 7/31/2018


FA-252595-17

Monica Kittiya Lee
California State Los Angeles University Auxiliary Services, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA 90032-4226)

A Linguistic Study of Brasilica, the Hybrid Portuguese Language of Colonial Brazil

A book-length study of Brasílica, the linguistic middle ground in Brazil between speakers of indigenous and Portuguese languages.

My book is a social and cultural history that revises the historiography of colonial and imperial Brazil. It demonstrates that indigenous peoples, far from fading from sight, actively engaged society and shaped history. Through spoken utterance, the Indians infused the medieval Catholicism brought by the Portuguese with their own concepts and forged a syncretic religion. My detailed study of the translation manuals of the Brasílica, the lingua franca spoken between peoples of different languages, introduces new and understudied archival materials. It sheds light on linguistic evolution and on the relations sustained between colonizer and colonized. The heart of this project examines the social practices that reflect how peoples have dealt with diversity, and how variety innovated practices, constructed communities, engendered divisions, and so, molded identities.

Project fields:
History of Religion; Latin American History; Native American Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2017


HB-251216-17

Sandrine Sanos
Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503)

Representations of Violence, Displacement, and Gender in Post-World War II France

Completion of a book on the cultural and intellectual history of war and violence in post-World War II France.

This book is a cultural and intellectual history of political imagination in Cold War France from 1954 to 1967. It analyzes how war, genocide and displacement shaped political ideas and cultural identities in a "postwar" time rife with conflicts in France and abroad. While in the shadow of the Holocaust, the French empire was consumed by violence--especially the bloody and brutal Algerian War of Independence. This interdisciplinary project explores how two groups (Francophone writers and artists who had migrated to France after experiencing war, genocide, or torture as well as French anti-colonial authors) proposed new ways of thinking about political community and belonging. The gendered rhetoric they used anchored their vision of politics and framed how injured and violated bodies were discussed. While most histories of the postwar tend to cast war and displacement as exceptional, this project shows how they are central to political imagination in a post-colonial global society.

Project fields:
Cultural History; European History; Gender Studies

Program:
Awards for Faculty

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 5/31/2018


FT-255252-17

Aeron Hunt
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3858)

Representations of Veterans in the Victorian Literature and Culture

A book-length study on the representation of veterans in 19th-century British literature and culture.

“Discharged Honorable: Veterans in the Victorian Social Imagination” examines the nearly ubiquitous but often unremarked figure of the veteran in Victorian literature and culture. I argue that the Victorian veteran was a profoundly social figure more than an emblem of psychological trauma, representing a complex transitional role, in which subjects were poised between economic and social activities oriented toward larger collectives—especially, in this case, the nation, the state, and the military itself—and others oriented toward the capitalist marketplace or the individual family. By analyzing how writers engaged and shaped the characters, plots, and genres through which veterans’ stories emerged or were muted, my book generates new perspectives on Victorian concepts of service and labor, social responsibility and welfare, and gender and identity, and suggests that the social imagination of Victorian veterans holds lessons for reimagining citizenship and care in our own moment.

Project fields:
British History; British Literature

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 7/31/2017


FA-252471-17

Katherine Henninger
Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4600)

Southern Childhood in U.S. Literature and Film

A book-length study on representations of childhood in southern literature and film.

Made Strangely Beautiful is an interdisciplinary rhetorical analysis of tropes of childhood in literature and film of or about the South. Rather than the experiences of actual children, southern or not, I am interested in how ideas of childhood, southern-ness, and American-ness have been made through and against each other. A long tradition of strangeness (queer, grotesque, Other) attached to representations of the South is reflected in representations of its children. But as much as a peculiar South has served to contrast a normative nation, the South--particularly, I argue, its children--has been and continues to be central in narratives drawing region and nation together. Figures of both innocence and corruption, purity and ambiguity, southern children are made to embody the fissures of race, sexuality, gender expression, and class that threaten to undermine liberal rhetorics of U.S. national identity, and also to represent the nation’s best hope of transcending those divisions.

Project fields:
American Literature; Film History and Criticism; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 7/31/2018


FT-254972-17

Samantha Nicole Pinto
Georgetown University (Washington, DC 20057-0001)

Cultural Representations of the 1810 British Trial of Saartjie Baartman

The research and writing of a book chapter on representations of the trial of Saartjie Baartman, known as "The Venus Hottentot."

Project fields:
African American Studies; African Studies; Gender Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 7/31/2017


FT-254686-17

Jennifer Grant Germann
Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY 14850-7002)

A Study of the Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, an 18th-century British Artwork

Preparation of two scholarly articles related to the double portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, a British painting from the late 18th century at Scone Palace, Scotland.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 9/30/2017


FT-254515-17

Kristen Meyers Turner
North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27695-7003)

Opera on the American Popular Stage, 1890-1915

A book-length study of the impact of European opera on the American popular stage, 1890-1915.

My proposed book, Opera on the American Popular Stage, 1890–1915, examines the use of opera in vaudeville, early musical comedies, and American comic operas written and performed by African American and white musicians. Opera contributed a rich palette of music, plot lines, and cultural stereotypes that nourished new productions. The genre had a widespread presence on the popular stage and took on a range of meanings that sometimes were contradictory and, depending upon the context, often race-specific. During the era when Jim Crow laws were being passed, blacks and whites viewed opera through the lens of race, class, and gender, coming to different conclusions as to its social and cultural meanings. Each chapter of the book will focus on a particular manifestation of opera drawing upon methodologies from gender, African American, theater, and American studies using examples from all three types of entertainments.

Project fields:
American Studies; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 7/31/2017


AC-253436-17

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX 78539-2909)
Linda English (Project Director: 06/23/2016 to present)
Friederike Bruehoefe (Co Project Director: 05/11/2017 to present)

Revising the Women's Studies Program

A twenty-month program of scholar-led workshops as well as faculty retreats to revise the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; Women's History

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HSIs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$68,028 (approved)
$68,028 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2017 – 8/31/2018


AC-253405-17

CUNY Research Foundation, Bronx Community College (Bronx, NY 10453-2804)
Peter Kolozi (Project Director: 06/22/2016 to present)

"Presente": Developing Latino-Centered Learning Communities

A project that would provide the opportunity for faculty to study and to develop courses on Latino history and culture at Bronx Community College.

Project fields:
Latino History

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HSIs

Division:
Education Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


BH-250914-16

City of Holyoke (Holyoke, MA 01040-3904)
Penni Martorell (Project Director: 02/25/2016 to present)

Women Making Change: Activism and Progressivism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two schoolteachers on Gilded Age and twentieth-century women reformers in Holyoke, Massachusetts

Project fields:
Labor History; Women's History

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$126,267 (approved)
$126,267 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


ES-250902-16

Theatre for a New Audience (New York, NY 10014-2840)
Katie Beganics (Project Director: 02/25/2016 to present)

Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare's Plays

A two-week institute for twenty-five schoolteachers focusing on the representations of family life in William Shakespeare’s plays Twelfth Night, Hamlet, and The Winter’s Tale

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Institutes for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$146,826 (approved)
$146,826 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


ES-250805-16

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Shawn Alexander (Project Director: 02/24/2016 to present)

Teaching the "Long Hot Summer" of 1967 and Beyond: Racial Disturbances in Recent US History

A three-week summer institute for thirty schoolteachers on the urban riots of 1967, placed in a broad historical context.

Project fields:
African American History; History, General; U.S. History

Program:
Institutes for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$180,247 (approved)
$180,247 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


BH-250947-16

Chicago Architecture Foundation (Chicago, IL 60604-2505)
Jennifer Masengarb (Project Director: 02/25/2016 to present)

The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers on the development of the skyscraper and its impact on the city of Chicago and on urbanization throughout the world.

Project fields:
Architecture; Urban History; Urban Studies

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$160,800 (approved)
$160,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


AQ-234985-16

Winona State University (Winona, MN 55987-3384)
Rafael Narvaez Vargas (Project Director: 08/11/2015 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Soul, Mind, and Body

The development and teaching of a new undergraduate course on the relationship between the mind and the body.

[Grant products][Media coverage]

Project fields:
Western Civilization

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$19,932 (approved)
$19,932 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


BH-250767-16

University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9055)
Robert Goldberg (Project Director: 02/19/2016 to present)

Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two schoolteachers on migration to and settlement of Utah.

Project fields:
American Studies; History, General; U.S. History

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$159,981 (approved)
$159,981 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/30/2017


FS-250826-16

University of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-0001)
Nancy Young (Project Director: 02/24/2016 to present)

Gender, the State, and the 1977 International Women’s Year Conference

A one-week seminar for sixteen college and university teachers on the National Women’s Conference of 1977 and its impact on American public life.

Project fields:
Political History; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Seminars for College Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$71,678 (approved)
$71,678 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2017


BH-250930-16

University of Missouri, Kansas City (Kansas City, MO 64110-2446)
Diane Mutti Burke (Project Director: 02/25/2016 to present)

Crossroads of Conflict: Contested Visions of Freedom and the Missouri-Kansas Border Wars

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two schoolteachers on the “border wars” in Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War era.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$179,990 (approved)
$179,990 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


FT-248228-16

Judith Steinhoff
University of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-0001)

Grief in Italian Gothic Art

A book-length study of the relationship between images of grieving in paintings and the public display of grief in late medieval Italy.

My project is a book on the ways that 14th-century Italian religious images shaped viewers’ understanding of religiously and socially acceptable grieving behaviors. While the focus is religious images in the church and in the home, also integral to the project are their relationships to sermons, religious plays, conduct literature, and laws regulating funerals. All of these “media”, widely known to the 14th-century public, I argue, informed each other and reinforced acceptable expressions of grief, particularly, but not only, for women. My work reveals that gendered social behaviors were encoded even in pictures created primarily for purposes of prayer and spiritual edification. It thus brings a wholly new perspective to the functioning of religious visual and performative imagery, and identifies a previously unexamined path of transmission for gendered behavioral expectations in 14th-century Italy.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 7/31/2016


FT-249253-16

Sandrine Sanos
Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503)

War Displacement, and Gender in France, 1954-1967

A book-length study of intellectual and cultural responses to France’s colonial conflicts in Indochina and Algeria after World War II.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 8/31/2016


FA-232028-16

Romita Ray
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY 13244-0001)

The Visual Cultures of Tea Consumption in Colonial and Modern India

Research for a book-length study on the development and visual culture of tea in India from the late 17th century to the present.

Transformed into a prized beverage and a botanical novelty, Chinese tea spawned a vibrant culture of tea drinking in Britain, while triggering revolutions and wars in two continents. It also altered the landscape of India where Britain’s vision to become a self-sufficient producer of tea eventually crystallized in the wake of the Opium Wars in China. Ushered through the Canton trade, tea united the histories of China, Britain, India, and North America, transforming swathes of land into plantations in India and Sri Lanka, and producing botanical specimens, tea utensils, and furniture. These artifacts in turn engendered scientific research, social exchange, medical debate, commercial advertising, and patriotic zeal. It is against this backdrop that I examine the visual cultures of tea consumption in India, first under the auspices of the East India Company; next, under the Victorian Raj; and finally, in the post-Independence era when tea became widely recognized as a national drink.

[Grant products][Media coverage]

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; British History; South Asian Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016


FT-248888-16

Kim Felicia Hall
Barnard College (New York, NY 10027-6909)

"Othello Was My Grandfather": Shakespeare and Race in the African Diaspora

Research for a book on the relationship between William Shakespeare's play Othello and African American culture, 19th century to the present.

This book project uses versions of Shakespeare’s Othello to connect Shakespeare and freedom dreams in the African Diaspora. It examines stage, print, transnational and digital "performances" of Othello from the 19th century until today to discuss several linked phenomena: the role of Shakespeare in constructions of blackness and race; discussions of race and genealogy in Afrodiasporic thought; the appropriation of Shakespeare by black communities; the policing of canonical literature along racial lines; and the race/gender politics of the American stage and popular media. Othello the play and its performance history become a space through which black writers explore issues of racial belonging, interracial relationships, gender, migration and power.

Project fields:
African American Studies; British Literature; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 9/30/2016


FT-249217-16

Lori Harrison-Kahan
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3858)

Pioneering Jewish Women Writers in the Progressive Era

A book-length study of a group of American women Jewish writers based in San Francisco.

“The Deghettoization of American Jewish Literature: Pioneering Women Writers in the Progressive Era” examines a group of turn-of-the-twentieth-century, San Francisco-based writers whose work provides alternatives to the ghetto tale that has long dominated scholarship on early Jewish American literature. Broadening our understanding of pre-World War I Jewish literary history and American women’s writing, this project tells the stories of forgotten women writers (Emma Wolf, Bettie Lowenberg, Miriam Michelson, Harriet Lane Levy, Anna Strunsky, and Rose Strunsky) who made important contributions to American and transnational literary culture during the Progressive Era. The work of these writers may be over a century old, but their writings and careers offer fresh perspectives on Jewishness and gender and compel us to consider how and why certain voices have been excluded from the American literary and cultural canon and from ethnic literary history.

Project fields:
American Literature; Gender Studies; Jewish Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 8/31/2016


FT-249349-16

Elora Shehabuddin
Rice University (Houston, TX 77005-1827)

Feminism, Muslim Women, and Empire

A book-length study about the development of various forms of Muslim feminism from the early modern period to the twenty-first century.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; History, General; Political Science, General

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 6/30/2016


FA-233427-16

Derrick R. Spires
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61820-5711)

Black Theories of Citizenship in the Early United States, 1787-1861

A book-length study of conceptions of American citizenship expressed in black print culture between 1787 and 1861.

"Black Theories of Citizenship in the Early United States" examines how conceptions of citizenship developed through and with black print culture in the United States between 1787 and 1861. It foregrounds a rich archive of early black writing that includes convention proceedings, literary sketches, pamphlets, scientific and political treatises, novels, and periodicals to examine citizenship as both object of theoretical analysis and set of cultural and print practices. Through this archive Black Theories develops a social theory of citizenship as an ongoing process of community building based on five principles: neighborliness, the free circulation of civic power, economic equality, critique, and continuing revolution.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016


FA-232937-16

Gina Ann Herrmann
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)

Voices of the Vanquished: Spanish Women of the Left between Franco and Hitler

Archival research for a book-length study of Spanish Republican women who resisted European fascism from the 1930s through the 1960s. 
 

Voices of the Vanquished is a book about Spanish and Catalan women’s oral histories that recount and grapple with their participation in anti-fascist movements in Spain during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), their fight against the dictatorship of Francisco Franco (1939-1975), their involvement in the French Resistance during World War II (1940-45), and for some, their survival of Nazism. The first three chapters of the book are written. NEH support would allow me to complete the last two chapters, comprising a section which brings the story of these women to their work in the French Resistance, and finally to Germany, at Ravensbrück. My project contributes to four areas of inquiry: the history of anti-totalitarian women’s movements in Europe; gendered violence against women political prisoners; oral history; and studies of identity as developed in response to intensely lived ideological affiliations.

Project fields:
European History; Gender Studies; Spanish Literature

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018


FT-248808-16

Patricia Ann Tilburg
Davidson College (Davidson, NC 28036-9405)

The Parisian Workingwoman, 1880-1936

A book-length study of French women garment workers in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Project fields:
European History; Labor History; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 6/30/2016


FA-233404-16

Elizabeth N. Emery
Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ 07043-1624)

Clémence d'Ennery (1853-1914): A Female Connoisseur in the Age of Male Collecting

Completion of a book-length study of Clémence d'Ennery (1823-1898), the first French woman to build a museum of Asian art, and the social and cultural forces that influenced 19th-century women art collectors in France.

The nineteenth-century French fascination for Asian art has generated much scholarship, little of which mentions women collectors. This book brings light to the social context surrounding Clémence d'Ennery, who assembled 6,300 objects from Japan, China, and India, built a museum with her own money, and willed it to France. She was the first French woman of her time to do such a thing, yet she is unknown today. This case study of d'Ennery and her museum serves as a magnifying glass through which to examine developing cultural forces that made it difficult for nineteenth-century women to make their marks as collectors. The book brings attention to d'Ennery's story by discussing major issues in the humanities, including injustices in the writing of history, stereotypes about ethnicity and gender, the struggle for non-elites to gain cultural capital and respect, and the choices made when acquiring and displaying art.

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Project fields:
French Literature; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Women's History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017


FA-233399-16

Steven Anthony Barnes
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)

Gulag Wives: Women, Family, and Survival in Stalin's Terror

The completion of a book on the women imprisoned in a Gulag known as Alzhir, a forced labor camp in Soviet Kazakhstan, during Stalin’s “Great Terror” in the 1930s.

This book project offers an in-depth history of a Stalin-era Gulag forced labor camp in Kazakhstan designed to hold the wives of victims of the Great Terror, a group of women arrested for no crime other than being their husbands' wives. Using formerly secret Soviet archival documentation in conjunction with unpublished memoirs, letters, and interviews of former prisoners, the book will reassess women's experiences of dislocation and persecution as a way to better understand not only the history of the Gulag but also women's roles, the shape of gender identities, and the conception of the family in Stalin's Soviet Union. Examining women's responses to the harsh Soviet penal system, the book explores the complicated nature of Soviet policies that simultaneously focused on women's emancipation and entry into the industrial labor force while reinforcing traditional roles as wives and mothers and placing limits on women's labor roles.

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Project fields:
Russian History; Women's History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2017


FA-231915-16

Susanah Shaw Romney
University of Arkansas, Little Rock (Little Rock, AR 72204-1000)

Personal Interactions and Imperial Geographies in Early Modern Dutch Colonies

A comparative study of the early modern Dutch empire in North and South America, southern Africa, and southeast Asia.
 

Project fields:
Native American Studies; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2017


FA-232982-16

Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor
University of California, Davis (Davis, CA 95618-6153)

America Under the Hammer: Auctions and Market Culture, 1700-1850

An economic, social, and cultural study of the role of auctions in early America.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$33,600 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 8/31/2016


FA-232791-16

Suzy Kim
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)

Women Behind the Iron Curtain: A Cultural History of North Korea

Research leading to publication of a scholarly article and book on the role of women and the significance of gender in North Korea during the Cold War.

This project examines the role of women and the significance of gender in North Korea during the Cold War. Rather than duplicating histories of the Cold War as a masculine battle of political acumen, this research emphasizes the affective dimensions of power and dominance of feminine tropes as key to understanding North Korea. Women proved to be the primary cultural icons, and feminine tropes became models for emulation throughout society. If the construction of modern citizenship has always been a gendered process of delineating appropriate masculine and feminine roles in service of the state, this project explores how North Korean women (and men) were mobilized throughout the Cold War as sacrificial mothers. While there are parallel sacrificial women in other contexts, North Korean developments were unprecedented in the ascription of motherhood to men to create a new model of militarized citizenship that was at once masculine and feminine, drawing on transnational Cold War cultures.

Project fields:
Cultural History; East Asian History; Gender Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016


FN-249650-16

Hiroko Sato
University of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI 96822-2399)

Documentation and Morphosyntactic Analysis of Bebeli, an Austronesian Language of Papua New Guinea

Fieldwork and research for a dictionary, grammar, and scholarly articles on Bebeli, an endangered language of Papua New Guinea.

The purpose of this project is to do research on Bebeli, an endangered Austronesian language spoken in the West New Britain region of Papua New Guinea. Bebeli has been replaced by Tok Pisin, the region's lingua franca. Although there are perhaps 780 speakers with some knowledge of the language, only four elderly individuals are fully competent speakers. Younger generations do not learn Bebeli anymore, and very little information about the language currently exists. The main goals are 1) to elicit and build a corpus of culturally significant Bebeli texts in various genres such as myths, historical stories, legends, and children’s stories, 2) to expand a trilingual dictionary of the language (with English and Tok Pisin) and create a comprehensive grammar, and 3) to research and publish papers comparing morphosyntactic aspects of Bebeli and related languages (Avau, Akolet, and Lesin-Gelimi), which are significant for comparative and historical linguistics. All materials will be stored at Kaipuleohone, the University of Hawai’i Digital Ethnographic Archive, for permanent archiving. (Edited by staff)
 

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Project fields:

Program:
Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017


RZ-249953-16

Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA 17837-2005)
Catherine Fourshey (Project Director: 12/09/2015 to present)
Rhonda Gonzalez (Co Project Director: 02/04/2016 to present)
Christine Saidi (Co Project Director: 02/04/2016 to present)

Expressions and Transformations of Gender, Family, and Status in Eastern and Central Africa 500-1800 CE

Collection, analysis, digital mapping, and interpretation of historical linguistic data relating to 55 societies across Bantu-speaking Africa, and co-authoring a book about social life and gender roles in precolonial Africa.

Project fields:
African History; Gender Studies

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2019


FT-248848-16

Febe Dalipe Pamonag
Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL 61455-1390)

Patients' Activism in the Culion Leper Colony, Philippines, 1905-1930s

A book-length study of the leper colony on Culion Island, the Philippines, during the period of American governance, 1898-1950

This project will advance our understanding of Filipino leprosy patients' engagement with American colonial officials, an understudied theme in the literature on empire and public health policy, and U.S. occupation of the Philippines. In 1905, American health authorities established a leper colony in Culion, an isolated island in Palawan. Suspected lepers were forcibly removed from their homes and relocated to Culion. Most scholarship on Culion highlights its role as a laboratory for civic experimentation and how it was embroiled in major political issues of the day. In this project, I consider the views and practices of leprosy patients to show their resistance, as well as adaptation and accommodation of certain regulations in order to improve their daily lives on the island. This project also addresses such issues as the criminalization of disease and the degree to which individual rights may be compromised in the name of public health, all of which have contemporary resonance.

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Project fields:
History, Other; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 7/31/2016


FT-249262-16

Mona Lesley Siegel
California State University, Sacramento Foundation (Sacramento, CA 95819-2605)

Women and the Transnational Promise of 1919

Archival research leading toward completion of a book on feminist activism and peace negotiations at the end of World War I.

Women and the Promise of 1919 will offer the first comprehensive account of feminists’ global efforts to construct a new, gendered political order in the aftermath of World War I. The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 generated unprecedented anticipation, as people demanded their leaders deliver justice and democracy to a war-torn world. Largely excluded from the negotiating table by virtue of their sex, women nevertheless met separately, defined their agendas, and took to the streets. From the international feminist and pan-African conferences held in Paris and Zurich, to the meeting of the International Labour Organization in Washington, D.C., to anti-imperial protests in China and Egypt, feminists publicly asserted women’s right and duty to help shape the postwar world. This study will survey and analyze female political activism worldwide during a single, remarkable year, when the geopolitical map and international institutions that we know today were envisioned for the first time.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; History, General; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 10/31/2016


PG-233753-16

Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA 19107-5601)
John Anderies (Project Director: 05/05/2015 to present)

Media Cabinet for Audiovisual Collection of the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives of the William Way LGBT Community Center

The purchase and installation of a media cabinet for the center’s audio and visual media, which encompass a number of collections donated by local individuals and organizations. Currently totaling 1,692 items, they include a wide variety of media-- reel tapes, audio cassettes and discs, compact discs, digital audio tapes, 8 mm and 16 mm films, video reels, and digital video discs. The archive documents LGBT history in the United States with specific concentrations in LGBT and feminist rights movements in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley region. At present, it serves a number of important community needs both on the local and national levels; it provides an educational resource for middle school through graduate levels and is used broadly for scholarly and popular research projects, including book publications and documentary films.

This application is for the purchase of a media cabinet for the storage and preservation of the audiovisual collection of the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The audiovisual collection of the Archives exists in a variety of formats and addresses topics including LGBT history, civil rights, gender and sexuality studies, religion, anthropology, HIV/AIDS history, and legal history.

Project fields:
History, Other; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,128 (approved)
$4,128 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


TR-235124-16

Radio Diaries (Brooklyn, NY 11201-8319)
Joe Richman (Project Director: 08/13/2015 to present)

The History of Now

Production of a series of 17 radio documentaries to be distributed as public radio broadcasts and online podcasts examining significant events in 20th-century United States history.

Project fields:
Arts, General; History, General; Journalism

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2016 – 4/30/2018


TD-250107-16

Documentary Educational Resources (Watertown, MA 02472-2554)
Margo Guernsey (Project Director: 01/13/2016 to present)

The Price of Survival: A Documentary Film About Pauli Murray

Development of a one-hour documentary film script on the life, work, and historical impact of civil rights activist Pauli Murray.

Project fields:
African American History; American Studies; Women's History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


LD-234387-16

Association of American Colleges and Universities (Washington, DC 20009-1604)
Caryn Musil (Project Director: 06/24/2015 to present)

Citizenship Under Siege

One national and seven regional forums and related public programs at community colleges exploring the changing definitions and challenges to American citizenship.

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

Program:
Humanities in the Public Square

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$199,851 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016


PG-233845-16

Gerber Hart Library and Archives (Chicago, IL 60626-4097)
Lucas McKeever (Project Director: 05/05/2015 to present)

Speaking Out: Preserving the LGBT History of the U.S. Midwest

A preservation assessment of the library and archives to provide recommendations for preservation priorities.  The collections encompass more than 925 cubic feet of archival material from over 150 sources, including works on paper, objects, photographs, as well as films and works of art that capture the legacy of LGBT communities in the Chicago metropolitan area and the wider region. These materials include collections from activists, writers, educators, politicians, and medical professionals documenting the culture and history of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people. At present, the collection is used by researchers, authors, students, and scholars for publications, teaching, and public programming, including exhibitions both in-house and with other institutions, such as the Chicago History Museum and the University of Chicago.

Historical narratives of the LGBT community in the United States predominately focus on the coasts, specifically New York City and San Francisco. Despite this focus, the first gay rights organization to receive a state charter in the United States was the Society for Human Rights founded in 1924 by Henry Gerber in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago and the greater U.S. Midwest has a vibrant LGBT community with a history worth documenting, preserving, and sharing for generations to come. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 and has since grown into the largest LGBT library and archives of the Midwest. Utilizing NEH funding, Gerber/Hart's collection will undergo its first general preservation assessment conducted by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The resulting report will equip Gerber/Hart staff with the tools necessary to ensure this history remains accessible to researchers for generations to come.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Gender Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,860 (approved)
$5,860 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


PY-234522-16

Ohio Historical Society (Columbus, OH 43211-2474)
Rebecca Trivison (Project Director: 06/25/2015 to 01/11/2016)
Anthony Gibbs (Project Director: 01/11/2016 to present)

Ohio Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Scanning Project

The digitization of community materials and support for public programs that will deepen the historical record documenting Ohio’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The project would support a scanning day and programs that include talks by curators as well as community exhibit spaces that would serve audiences around Ohio, in both urban and rural communities. The proposed project would contribute digitized community material, including letters, diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks that document the recent decades of this community, to the Ohio History Connection (OHC).

The Gay Ohio History Initiative (GOHI) is requesting $12,000 to develop the Ohio Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Scanning Project. The Ohio LGBT Scanning Project is a humanities based project designed to digitize historical materials from members of Ohio’s LGBT community to build a comprehensive history of this community. The LGBT Scanning Project will build on the efforts set forth by GOHI to digitize community collections. GOHI will hold this community event at the Ohio History Connection in Columbus, Ohio.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Common Heritage

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$12,000 (approved)
$10,661 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 11/30/2016


CH-233584-16

Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA 18015-3027)
James Peterson (Project Director: 05/01/2015 to present)

Black Publics/Lived Experience: Africana Studies and the Public Humanities at Lehigh University

An endowment to expand the University’s Africana Studies Public Humanities initiatives.

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Project fields:
African Studies

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$500,000

Grant period:
12/1/2014 – 7/31/2020


FZ-250287-16

Charles E. King
Georgetown University (Washington, DC 20057-0001)

The Humanity Lab: A Story of Race, Culture, and the Promise of an American Idea

A book on anthropologist Franz Boas (1848-1942) and the role of his jazz-age New York circle in developing the revolutionary view of social customs in "foreign" cultures that came to be known as cultural relativism. The project addresses the resulting transformation in popular attitudes about race, sexuality, and gender over the last century.

The Humanity Lab is a work of intellectual and social history centered on a small band of contrarian social scientists working in jazz-age New York. Led by pioneering anthropologist Franz Boas and including such critical figures as Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict, this group pioneered a way of seeing the world that is only now coming into broad acceptance. Together, they were puzzling through the details of the theory they would come to call “cultural relativism.” The starting point was the idea that no social customs were advanced or retrograde, higher or lower. Each was, instead, a locally specific solution to some common human problem--an insight that stands alongside many of the great scientific advances of the 20th century. The project addresses the transformation in popular attitudes about race, sexuality, gender, and "foreign" customs over the last century and will result in a single-author book published by a commercial press and aimed at the serious general reader.

Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Public Scholar Program

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$40,320 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018


PG-52568-15

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla, CA 92037)
Hugh Davies (Project Director: 05/05/2014 to present)

Disaster Preparedness Training and Supplies

The purchase of emergency preparedness supplies and disaster response training for staff at all three exhibition and storage spaces of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The project fits squarely into the museum’s strategic plan, which is focused on preserving its collection of post-1950 art by regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Frank Stella, Ed Ruscha, Lorna Simpson, and Robert Irwin.  The collection speaks to humanities themes of the impact of war, race relations, gender and identity, religion, and life on the United States and Mexico border, and is presented to the public through local and touring exhibitions, lectures, school programs, and its online archives. Extreme weather events in the past few years, such as flooding and wild fires, make a focus on disaster response timely.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) requests an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant of $6,000 in order to purchase equipment and supplies to establish emergency caches at two of the Museum’s locations, and through the project provide training to prepare staff to deal effectively with emergencies or their initial response as necessitated by our Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan. Though the Museum has established a useful store of emergency supplies at its main location in La Jolla, CA, its new Downtown gallery space and off-site storage buildings (Chula Vista, CA) are lacking in this same supply of disaster materials. To fully comply with MCASD’s 2010 Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan, it is critical that the Museum outfit all its locations and provide its staff with the necessary training by Balboa Art Conservation Center in line with the 2010 disaster preparedness project.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016


PG-52579-15

Historical Society of Long Beach (Long Beach, CA 90807-2802)
Julie Bartolotto (Project Director: 05/05/2014 to present)

Historical Society of Long Beach Photographic Materials Preservation Assessment

A preservation assessment for analog and digital photographic materials and purchase of rehousing supplies based on the consultant’s recommendations. The photographic collection documents many aspects of community history in Long Beach, including the importance of the U.S. Navy in the development of the city, the oil industry and development of Long Beach as a major West Coast port, and the economic and demographic changes witnessed in the city over the 20th century. Over 2,000 photographs document the growing Cambodian community in Long Beach from the 1970s up to the present; in addition, the historical society is host to the Cambodian Community History and Archive Project (CamCHAP). The historical society’s photographs have been used in its public exhibits on many aspects of social change in the community, including its development as a seaside resort in the early 20th century; its relationship to the presidency during and after Richard Nixon’s term in the White House;  the history of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community; and the history of “new immigrants” from Cambodia since the 1970s.

This project will help support the preservation of analog and born-digital photographic materials housed in the Historical Society of Long Beach via an assessment by a photographic materials conservator. Over 30,000 photographs in the archive document the history of the city of Long Beach, California over the last century and a half, covering diverse events such as the development of the Port of Long Beach to the local Cambodian diaspora from the 1970s to the present. Of all the materials in the HSLB archive, our photographs are the most often used materials in exhibitions, publications, and other research and educational activities; yet they have never undergone a professional assessment by a preservation consultant who specializes in photographic materials. This assessment would be used to prepare short-term and long-term recommendations for preservation, housing, and environmental conditions of our photographic materials. It will also support the purchase of preservation supplies.

Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016


MD-226680-15

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Galloway, NJ 08205-9441)
Lisa Rosner (Project Director: 06/11/2014 to present)

Pox in the City: A 3-D Strategy Game for the History of Medicine

Development of a prototype of an interactive, web-based game on an early 19th-century smallpox outbreak in Philadelphia.

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Project fields:
History of Science; U.S. History; Urban History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$99,837 (approved)
$99,837 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 7/31/2016


GE-230775-15

Friends of Alice Austen House, Inc. (Staten Island, NY 10305-2002)
Janice Monger (Project Director: 01/14/2015 to present)

Planning for New Eyes on Alice Austen: Redefining the Museum's Interpretation

Planning for the reinterpretation of the Staten Island home of early twentieth-century photographer Alice Austen (1866–1952), an expanded website, and related educational programming.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; Immigration History; Women's History

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 5/31/2016


FT-230008-15

Michelle Marie Meinhart
Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, TN 38478-2716)

Sheet Music Collections and Memorializing the First World War in the English Country House

Summer research and writing on British History, Gender Studies, and Music History and Criticism.

This monograph explores the role of music in recasting the formerly-exclusive English country house as a space of healing and transnational exchange for civilians and soldiers during World War I. I use the war-time annotated sheet music collection of Lady Alda Hoare of Stourhead, performed by her, her soldier son, and convalescing Tommies from England, Canada, and Australia, as a launching point for consideration of musical experiences in other country houses, many of which were military hospitals. Here music, as communal therapeutic performance and class-coded repertoires, complicated previous notions of family, class, gender, home, and nation. This project departs from previous inquiry on the War in its treatment of home and war fronts and national boundaries as liminal; formulation of sheet music collections as material, autobiographical memorials of war; and study of musical exchange through life writing and scrapbooks of soldiers and women.

Project fields:
British History; Gender Studies; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015


FT-228625-15

Suzy Kim
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)

Women at War: Gender Politics in North Korea during the Cold War

Summer research and writing on Cultural and East Asian History.

This project examines the role of women and the politics of gender in North Korea during the Cold War. Rather than duplicating histories of the Cold War as a masculine battle of political acumen, this research emphasizes the dominance of women and feminine tropes as key to understanding North Korea. Women proved to be the primary cultural icons, and feminine tropes became models for emulation throughout society. If the construction of modern citizenship has always been a gendered process of delineating appropriate masculine and feminine roles in service of the state, this project asks how North Korean women (and men) were mobilized for war throughout the Cold War as sacrificial mothers. While there are parallels of sacrificial women in other contexts, North Korean developments were singular in the ascription of motherhood to men to create a new model of militarized citizenship that was at once masculine and feminine, and that drew on transnational Cold War cultures.

Project fields:
Cultural History; East Asian History; Gender Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015


FT-229464-15

Andrea Nicole Mansker
University of the South (Sewanee, TN 37383-2000)

Matchmaking and the Marriage Market in Nineteenth-Century France

Summer research and writing on Cultural and European History and Gender Studies.

This project uses the unexplored history of professional marriage brokers and personal ads to track the commercialization of marriage in nineteenth-century France. Though historians have analyzed the ways in which contemporaries redefined the family at pivotal revolutionary moments, they have overlooked how marriage itself was imagined increasingly as a commercial contract inseparable from the atomistic and corrupt marketplace. The matchmaking industry both responded to and helped shape national anxieties regarding fluctuating nuptial rates, a declining birthrate, a sex ratio imbalance, and changing legislation on marriage and divorce. A study of brokers' and individuals' marketing narratives on love along with court cases, legislation, and literature surrounding the business reveals the intimate and socioeconomic pressures of finding a spouse. It also exposes the multiple ways in which individuals used the matrimonial industry to re-imagine family relationships and marriage rituals.

Project fields:
Cultural History; European History; Gender Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 9/30/2015


FT-229388-15

Ibtesam Al Atiyat, PhD
St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN 55057-1574)

An Analysis of Public Disputes over the Amendment of Laws Regulating Gender in Modern Jordan

Summer research and writing on Area and Gender Studies, and Sociology.

In Body Politics and Nation Building in Modern Jordan: An Analysis of Public Disputes over the Amendment of Laws Regulating Gender and Sexuality, I analyze recent disputes surrounding the amendment of laws regulating women's bodies, including those of rape and honor killings. I argue that recognizing them as a clash between "modern" and "traditional" values--as many scholars have done--oversimplifies a complex power struggle between multiple actors (Islamists, women's activists, tribal leaders, government officials). These actors do not directly subscribe to their rhetoric's content; but deploy the concept of "values" as a political expedient and means to an end for political power. My book is intended for social scientists, humanists, and general readers, who seek to understand the status of Jordanian women. On site in Jordan, I will interview women's activists, Islamists, tribal leaders, and public officials, and will also examine court trial scripts in cases of rape and honor crimes.

Project fields:
Area Studies; Gender Studies; Sociology

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 8/31/2015


RA-228605-15

American Research Institute in Turkey (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324)
A. Reinhart (Project Director: 08/18/2014 to 02/10/2017)
C. Brian Rose (Project Director: 02/10/2017 to present)

Long-Term Research Fellowships at the American Research Institute in Turkey

12 months of stipend support (1 to 3 fellowships) per year for three years and a contribution to defray costs associated with the selection of fellows.

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Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Near and Middle Eastern History; Turkish Studies

Program:
Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$172,200 (approved)
$172,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2019


FT-230006-15

Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson, PhD
Brandeis University (Waltham, MA 02453-2700)

West African Dance and The Politics of Diaspora

Summer research and writing on African American Studies, Cultural Anthtropology, and Dance History and Criticism.

Rhythm Nation: West African Dance and the Politics of Diaspora explores the relationship between dance, race, gender, and diasporic belonging. Rooted at the intersection of critical dance theory, black performance theory, and African diaspora theory, the project considers dance as a means through which identities are negotiated and new racial and sexual logics of diaspora are rendered. Over the past five decades, a West African arts scene in America has blossomed. Its scope includes dance classes, international workshops, clothing lines, and spiritual retreats; it spans from yoga studios to university campuses. This growing economic niche is constituted by a constellation of contact zones where diverse people, and their ideas about Africa, collide. Rhythm Nation charts the commodification of West African dance from the mid-1960s to the present. In so doing, it maps the transforming purchase--the cultural and economic power---of diaspora both as an identity category and commodity.

Project fields:
African American Studies; Cultural Anthropology; Dance History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 9/30/2015


FT-229941-15

Ashwini Tambe
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)

Girlhood and Cultural Difference in the 20th Century

Summer research and writing on Gender Studies, Legal and Women's History.

I seek an NEH summer stipend to complete the final chapter of my book manuscript. In the book I explore transnational forces that shaped increases in the age of sexual consent for girls in the twentieth century, such as new scientific ideas about adolescence, UN legal conventions, and population control. I explain how diverse cultural notions about girls' sexual maturation were negotiated. The book contributes to understanding how the meaning and age span of modern girlhood expanded. In my final chapter I will examine the popularization of the term "girl child" in international advocacy circles. The chapter will trace the term's broad arc from the 1990 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Year of the Girl Child to the 2012 UN International Year of the Girl Child. I will show how the term traveled outside South Asia to frame 1990s UN activities and corporate campaigns in the 2000s and 2010s. The chapter will help contextualize the current popularity of framing formerly "women's issues" as now "girls' issues."

Project fields:
Gender Studies; Legal History; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015


FT-229217-15

Rosemarie Stremlau
University of North Carolina, Pembroke (Pembroke, NC 28372-8699)

Barbara Hildebrand Longknife (1828-1903): Southeastern Indian Diaspora in the Age of American Empire

Summer research and writing on Native American Studies and U.S. and Women's History.

Barbara Hildebrand Longknife was an ordinary nineteenth-century Cherokee woman who lived an extraordinary life. As a girl, she survived removal on the Trail of Tears. As a young woman, she went to California with a hope to find gold and return to Indian Territory as a woman of means. Instead, she worked marginal jobs until she left her abusive husband and traveled to Hawaii as a laborer. Throughout her life, Longknife wanted to go home. She never did. Instead, she wrote letters to her family. Some of these letters survive to provide an alternative perspective to those of the people who gained wealth and had power in the American West and Hawaii. Longknife's life was a bridge connecting the Atlantic World and the Pacific World, and my telling of her story will transcend the narrowly focused discussions of gender, labor, and culture in Southeastern American Indian history and connect them to the larger literature on American expansion and the many complex indigenous experiences of it.

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Project fields:
Native American Studies; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015


FT-229470-15

Amy Aisen Kallander
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY 13244-0001)

Women, Family and the Modern Nation in Postcolonial Tunisia, 1952-2011

Summer research and writing on Gender Studies, and Near and Middle Eastern History.

This project examines the relation between women, family and modernity in postcolonial Tunisia. It engages with scholarly interest in the relation between women, nationalism, and modernity, and debates regarding liberal and Islamic understandings of women's rights. Building upon feminist theorizations of agency, my project challenges the association between legislative recognition of women's equality, women's employment, and liberal individualism with emancipation. Chapters focus on the dissemination of the Tunisian government's "feminist" rhetoric, the image of women, family and modernity in the women's press, the portrayal of rural women by Tunisian social scientists, and how state investments in education and family planning contributed to reforming women into educated wives and mothers. Without claiming to explain the Tunisian Revolution, my research offers insight on Tunisian society and political culture before January 2011 through its attention to women and gender.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; Near and Middle Eastern History; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015


FT-229517-15

Tracy Lucht
Iowa State University (Ames, IA 50011-2000)

Finding Their Voices: Midwestern Women Broadcasters, 1922-1992

Summer research and writing on Journalism and Women's History.

This project explores the historical experiences and cultural contributions of women broadcasters in the Midwest, a region that has been overlooked in the scholarly literature on women and the media. Until now, the history of women in radio and television, arguably the most important sites of American civic discourse in the twentieth century, has been told almost entirely from the perspectives of women working in large coastal cities. Yet the Midwest launched several female "firsts" in broadcasting and sprouted a significant group of women known as the radio homemakers. Based on archival sources, oral histories, press clippings, and broadcast recordings, this project investigates the influence of gender ideology and regional culture on the careers and community voices of these professional pioneers. The result will be a book prospectus that promises to appeal to a range of readers, especially those drawn to Midwestern history and the stories of exceptional women.

Project fields:
Journalism; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015


FT-229566-15

Leandra Zarnow
University of Houston (Houston, TX 77204-0001)

Bella Abzug and the Promise and Peril of the American Left (1920-1998)

Summer research and writing on Gender Studies, U.S. and Women's History.

This study evaluates the political life of Representative Bella Abzug, who embodied the nation's ingenuity and discontent as it faced tensions brought on by the Vietnam War, globalization, and the contested visions of a more diverse populace. Although Abzug's congressional career was short (1971-76), she helped forward a substantial and undervalued policy reform wave led by New Politics Democrats that effectively made U.S. democracy more open, responsive, and accountable. Abzug's early student activism, political lawyering, and peace strategist work deeply influenced her leadership style and legislative focus in Congress. More than "women's issues," her broad policy program extended the reach of the law in human rights, privacy, urban renewal, environmentalism, consumer protection, foreign affairs, and executive oversight. Reassessing 1970s policy and its roots, study of Abzug reorients focus around Watergate by recasting this period as one not solely of rising conservatism.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015


FA-58189-15

Amy Stanley
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)

Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her Worlds,1821-1862

This project focuses on the remarkable life of a woman named Tsuneno to explore gender, work, and urban migration in early nineteenth-century Japan. Tsuneno ran away from her provincial hometown after her two first marriages failed. She settled in the shogun's capital of Edo, where she worked a series of odd jobs, rented a back alley tenement, married (then divorced and remarried) a masterless samurai, and ended up in the service of a famous city magistrate. This microhistory uses Tsuneno's extensive correspondence to illuminate the social history of Edo on the eve of Japan's modern revolution. It offers a new perspective on Japanese women's economic lives by examining work in the lower echelons of the burgeoning service sector, where labor was only loosely tethered to the patriarchal household. As one of the first studies to consider women's labor migration--a common early modern phenomenon--in an East Asian context, it also contributes to scholarship on global early modernity.

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Project fields:
East Asian History; East Asian Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2016


HB-50517-15

Candace Bailey
North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC 27707-3129)

Music and the Performance of Women's Culture in the South, 1840-1870

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Awards for Faculty

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016


RQ-230464-15

Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510-1703)
Harry Stout (Project Director: 12/09/2014 to present)

Jonathan Edwards Center Online Initiative

Preparation for online publication of the collected papers of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), colonial American pastor, author, educator, and theologian. (36 months)

The Edwards Works Online utilizes the most current standards for electronic documentary editions and provides a broad range of resources to assist readers and researchers. In the next phase, 2015-2018, the Jonathan Edwards Center, intent on staying current with technological developments in digital humanities, will completely update its platform and website; it will use this new platform not only to re-present its current online archive but also to prepare and present previously unavailable texts, focusing on the sermons Edwards delivered during the "Great Awakening" of the early 1740s and to Native Americans during the 1750s, providing an unprecedented view of him as a preacher in these crucial periods; and it will link these documents to a newly scanned bank of manuscript images.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2018


FA-58673-15

Wendy L. Wall
SUNY Research Foundation, Binghamton (Binghamton, NY 13902-4600)

Changing Demographics in Cold War America

This book project sheds light on one of the most controversial issues of our day—U.S. immigration policy—by exploring the Cold War politics that ultimately produced and shaped the Immigration Act of 1965. That act forever changed the nation’s demographic makeup and transformed vast arenas of American life, but the two-decade campaign that led to its passage and shaped its provisions has received remarkably little attention from historians. Most portray the act as the inevitable product of a liberal consensus, overlooking the extended struggle by ethnic, religious, civic, labor and other groups to advance, shape or forestall immigration reform. This project recovers those lost voices, while restoring a sense of drama and contingency to the story of postwar immigration reform. It places the struggle for immigration reform in the broader context of Cold War politics, and focuses on the role of religious organizations and language, as well as gender and family issues.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2016


FA-58550-15

Francois Proulx
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61820-5711)

Reading and French Masculinity at the Fin de Siecle

Victims of the Book offers the first investigation of young men's excessive reading habits as a subject of grave social concern in fin-de-siecle France. It examines a corpus of over 70 novels, most of which have not been studied -- as well as essays, articles, and medical treatises -- that feature these troublesome young male readers. I propose that this literary corpus was a response to national anxieties about the formation of future French citizens. Against this cultural backdrop, I illuminate what was at stake in representations of the young male reader by novelists of the era 1880-1914, from Jules Valles to Marcel Proust. Situating Proust's representation of reading in its historical and cultural context, I show how his pathbreaking ideas about reading profoundly challenged cultural norms about masculinity and literature. The book contributes to 19th century French literary history and cultural studies, and to the broader fields of book history and masculinity studies.

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