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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-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


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


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


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


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


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-254515-17

Kristen Meyers Turner
North Carolina State University (Cary, NC 27513-9219)

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)

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


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


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


FV-250761-16

Trustees of Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN 46202-2915)
Edward Curtis (Project Director: 02/19/2016 to present)

Muslim American Identities, Past and Present

A three-week seminar for sixteen school teachers on the history and cultures of Muslims in the United States.

Project fields:
Religion, Other

Program:
Seminars for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$108,969 (approved)
$108,969 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2017


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


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


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


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.

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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


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-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


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


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


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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Program:
Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017


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


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)
$250,000 (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 – 7/31/2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

No project description available

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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


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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Project fields:
European History; French Literature; Gender Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$37,800 (approved)
$37,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 5/31/2016


FA-58437-15

Stephanie Berard
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)

A History of Haitian Theater since the 1970s: The Power of the Stage

By retracing the history of Haitian theater from the 1970s until today, this research project aims to reveal the vitality of an art largely unknown and understudied. It examines the generational and gender shifts in dramatic writing from an older group of playwrights under the Duvalier's dictatorship or in exile to a younger generation, from predominantly male to the vibrant participation of contemporary female dramatists. By analyzing the issues, forms and aesthetics of Haitian plays written and performed in French and/or Creole, emphasizing the engaged dimension of this theater, this research reflects upon the collective experience of trauma, loss, and on the power of art to engender rebirth, especially more than four years after the 2010 earthquake. Countering stereotypes and defeatist perspectives commonly associated with Haiti, its theater exemplifies the key role of cultural production as a means of national renewal.

Project fields:
French Literature; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 5/31/2016


FT-229307-15

Rachel Lisa Mesch
Yeshiva University (New York, NY 10033-3299)

French Writings on Marriage in the Belle Epoque

Summer research and writing on European History, French Literature and Gender Studies.

By the end of the nineteenth century in France, marriage was seen as a vulnerable institution, due to rapid social shifts and the legalization of divorce in 1884. However, unlike previous scholarship focused on the various threats to marriage during this time, this book argues that some of the most important responses to the perceived crisis took place within conjugal structures themselves, where shifts in gender norms hit directly up against traditional French values. Through a study of four Belle Epoque literary couples and their writings on marriage, this book will offer a series of "conjugal biographies" that bring to life the multivalent nature of the institution at a transitional moment in French history. Belle Epoque marriage emerges as a highly creative forum for experimenting with gender roles and different forms of partnership usually associated with later generations.

Project fields:
European History; French Literature; Gender Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015


FA-58217-15

Amy K. Kaminsky
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)

Jews, Gender, and Modernity in Argentina

The fabled Argentine Jewish migratory route, from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the agricultural settlements of the Pampas and then to the urban centers of the nation, is but one of the ways that Argentina’s Jewish history differs from, and thereby illuminates, other Jewish migration and assimilation narratives. This project aims to reconfigure Argentine literary, film, and cultural studies by arguing that the very project of modernity in Argentina relies on the paradox of Jewish otherness in, and identification with, the nation. It claims a central place for Jewish-authored texts and the deployment of Jewishness as an idea deeply infused with discourses of gender and sexuality in shaping Argentina’s cultural landscape. It challenges mainstream Jewish cultural studies to move beyond its current focus on the U.S., Europe, and Israel and takes the growing body of research both in Latin American Jewish studies and on gender, sexuality, and the modern nation in new directions.

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Project fields:
Gender Studies; Jewish Studies; Latin American Literature

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2016


FT-229357-15

Vitaly Chernetsky
University of Kansas, Lawrence (Lawrence, KS 66045-7505)

Ukraine's Ongoing Social Transformation and its Literary Representations

Summer reading and writing on Slavic Literature.

Since November 2013, ongoing crisis has placed Ukraine on the front pages of global news media. The mass protests that came to be known as the Euromaidan, the collapse of the Yanukovych government, the Russian annexation of Crimea, and the mixture of a civil war with an escalating Russian intervention in Ukraine's east brought unprecedented global attention to Ukraine. In recent months the country has radically transformed, which has profoundly affected Ukrainians' understanding of their identity and their view of Ukraine's place in the global family of nations. This project examines the role of contemporary Ukrainian writers and other public intellectuals in these events--their documentation of and creative response to the experiences of turmoil, psychological trauma, displacement, and the emerging formation of a new Ukrainian identity, which reaches across preexisting divides caused by differences in language, ethnicity, gender, age, and other factors.

Project fields:
Slavic Literature

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015


FT-229485-15

Michael Paul Bibler
Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4600)

Property, Intimacy, and the Literature of U.S. Slavery

Summer research and writing on American Literature, and Gender and U.S. Regional Studies.

In what would seem a statistical impossibility, the vast historical archive of the slaveholding South is almost completely silent about homoerotic and what we would call homosexual encounters. But this book project demonstrates that the much-neglected literary archive of the antebellum South contains numerous examples of characters, scenes, and storylines that readily depict queer forms of gender and eroticism. Reading pro- and antislavery works together, I show how all erotic relations in this period are deeply intertwined with the property relations of slavery, whereby property not only anchors and defines all forms of intimate attachment but also infuses those bonds with an inescapable eroticism. This NEH support will allow me to complete a key chapter in this project that explains this "possessive intimacy" in William Simms's novels and poems about effete bachelors, mannish wives, master-slave sentimentality, sexual captivity, and companionate marriage.

Project fields:
American Literature; Gender Studies; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 6/30/2015


AQ-228863-15

Centre College of Kentucky (Danville, KY 40422-1309)
Sara Egge (Project Director: 09/10/2014 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Citizenship

The development and teaching of a new undergraduate course on what it means to be a citizen.

Project fields:
History, General; Political Science, General; Western Civilization

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$21,975 (approved)
$21,975 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2018


ES-231305-15

Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, NY 11201-2711)
Emily Potter Ndiaye (Project Director: 02/24/2015 to present)

Freedom for One, Freedom for All? Abolition and Woman Suffrage, 1830s – 1920s

A two-week school teacher institute for thirty participants on the relationship between the abolition and women’s suffrage movements in the United States.

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

Program:
Institutes for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$184,138 (approved)
$184,138 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016


AB-226799-15

Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA 23803-2520)
Maxine Sample (Project Director: 06/26/2014 to present)

Imagining Sustainable Environments: Place and Culture in the Global Community

A summer faculty development institute, curricular enhancement activities, and a series of campus and community dialogues on environmental history and literature at Virginia State University.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$94,581 (approved)
$94,581 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2017


AQ-229066-15

Trustees of Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800)
Martha Bayles (Project Director: 09/11/2014 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Virtue and Gender

The development and teaching of a new senior seminar to explore the relationship between virtue and gender.

Project fields:
Western Civilization

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$22,000 (approved)
$22,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 12/31/2017


EH-231028-15

Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4388)
Karin Maag (Project Director: 02/20/2015 to present)

Teaching the Reformation after Five Hundred Years

A three-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty on the Reformation.

Project fields:
European History

Program:
Institutes for College and University Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$134,930 (approved)
$134,930 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016


BH-50618-14

SUNY Research Foundation, College at Cortland (Cortland, NY 13045-0900)
Kevin Sheets (Project Director: 03/05/2014 to present)

Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers using the Adirondacks to understand the meaning and influence of wilderness environments in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America.

This workshop, directed by historians Kevin Sheets and Randi Storch (State University of New York College of Cortland [SUNY Cortland]), explores the social, cultural, political, and economic relevance of the Adirondack wilderness to the history of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, which is taught with an urban focus. Participants learn on-site at three Adirondack Great Camps (Camp Huntington, which now belongs to SUNY Cortland, and those of the Vanderbilts and J.P. Morgan) and two museums (Adirondack Museum and 1890 House Museum), as well as on contrasting walking tours in urban Cortland and on Adirondack camp trails. Monday's focus on "Innovation, Industrialization and Domestic Life of the Gilded Age" takes Cortland as a case study for understanding life in a nineteenth-century manufacturing town. Participants work with collections at the 1890 House Museum, modeling historians' process of inquiry and interpretation. Discussing novels (by Theodore Dreiser and, more recently, by Jennifer Donnelly) that fictionalize the 1906 murder of Cortland factory worker Grace Brown, they explore the interpretation of historical events through literature. The focus on Tuesday is the cultural and aesthetic ideal of the wilderness and how Americans of the era defined "wilderness" and "nature" in contrast with the urban experience. Primary source texts and period photographs in the archive and library at Camp Huntington help illuminate the role of "wilderness" in Gilded Age ideas of masculinity, class, and nation building. Wednesday's theme, "From Enchanted Forest to Lumber Mill," focuses on the economic interdependence of city and wilderness. Adirondack Museum curators guide participants through exhibits on the region's industries and help them engage with the museum's collections and historic structures, ranging from a nineteenth-century one-room log cabin hotel to a luxurious early-twentieth-century Pullman railcar. Thursday's topic turns to "Domesticating the Wild," with study of the Great Camps that industrialists built as "civilized" retreats in the wilderness for their leisure pursuits. On Friday, "wilderness" is considered as a focus of political conflict, most notably in the 1894 debate over protecting the Adirondack forest preserve as "forever wild" in the revised state constitution. Historian Rebecca Edwards (Vassar College) situates these contentions among industrialists, reformers, and naturalists in their Progressive-Era political context. Workshop readings include excerpts from primary sources of the era, as well as such secondary works as William Cronon's essay "The Trouble with Wilderness," and selections from book-length studies by Philip Terrie, Forever Wild: A Cultural History of Wilderness in the Adirondacks, and Gail Bederman, Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$178,809 (approved)
$178,809 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


BH-50680-14

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300)
Timothy Walker (Project Director: 03/05/2014 to present)

Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers to explore abolitionism and the Underground Railroad in the port city of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

This program examines New Bedford, Massachusetts, as a lens through which to view the great challenges facing nineteenth-century America. Though New Bedford is best known as American's preeminent whaling port, during this period it also became one of the nation's most cosmopolitan cities. While its maritime trade drew diverse populations of immigrants, it also transported to freedom fugitive African Americans in ship cargo holds. With its significant Quaker population, New Bedford emerged as a hub of both reform society and abolitionist activity. As Kathryn Grover captures in her book The Fugitive's Gibraltar: Escaping Slaves and Abolitionism in New Bedford, Massachusetts, New Bedford was "not so much a stop along the Underground Railroad, but rather a terminus--a community where ex-slaves knew they could settle and prosper." Project director Timothy Walker (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth [UMD]), a maritime and slave trade historian, has assembled a group of faculty, including UMD historians Len Travers and Lee Blake, Jeffrey Bolster (University of New Hampshire), John Stauffer and Mary Malloy (Harvard University), independent scholars Kathryn Grover and David Cecelski, Laurie Robertson-Lorant (Bridgewater State University), Kate Clifford Larson (Simmons College), Delores Walters (University of Rhode Island), and local poet laureate Everett Hoagland. Presentation topics include "An Overview of New Bedford Waterfront Trades"; "Black Seamen in the Atlantic"; "New Bedford's African-American Community"; "Frederick Douglass, New Bedford and the Underground Railroad"; "History of the Underground Railroad in Poetry and Oral Tradition"; and "Gendered Resistance: Black Women and Resistance to Enslavement," among others. Each day, experts connect lectures and discussions with close studies of original documents, objects, and architecture. Teachers examine rare maritime guides, captains' logs, and mariners' scrimshaw sculpture. Primary readings include census data, fugitive slave narratives, and the speeches and letters of Frederick Douglass; secondary readings include works by several of the visiting scholars, such as Jeffrey Bolster's Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$170,304 (approved)
$160,691 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 3/31/2016


AC-50199-14

CUNY Research Foundation, LaGuardia Community College (Long Island City, NY 11101-3007)
Phyllis Van Slyck (Project Director: 07/01/2013 to 09/10/2014)
Naomi Stubbs (Co Project Director: 12/05/2013 to 09/10/2014)
Naomi Stubbs (Project Director: 09/10/2014 to present)
Richard Brown (Co Project Director: 03/04/2015 to 12/01/2016)
Bethany Holmstrom (Co Project Director: 12/01/2016 to present)

Technology, Self, and Society: A Humanities Initiative

A three-year interdisciplinary project that would examine the theme of technology and the self, in order to enrich introductory courses, as well as the college's capstone course, "Humanism, Science, and Technology."

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Project fields:
English

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HSIs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$97,532 (approved)
$97,532 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2017


AQ-51033-14

CUNY Research Foundation, John Jay College (New York, NY 10019-1007)
Olivera Jokic (Project Director: 09/13/2013 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on the Nature of Friendship

The development of an undergraduate course on friendship.

The development of an undergraduate course on friendship. Olivera Jokic, an assistant professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, develops and teaches a course that examines the nature of friendship from a variety of perspectives. The course begins by looking at how writers from several time periods and cultures have represented friendship and then considers whether friendships are a function of culture. Next, the course turns to the question of whether friendship is a common good or is motivated by self-interest, and examines the ways that gender and gender roles might influence friendship. The final section of the course investigates the relationship between friendship, difference and equality, and distance, including the role that technologies like Facebook play in developing and maintaining friendships. Course readings include Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Plato's Phaedrus and Lysis, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Jane Austen's Persuasion, Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Oscar Wilde's De Profundis; essays by Vine Deloria, John Stuart Mill, and Michel de Montaigne; and poetry by Sappho, Li Bai and Du Fu, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes. Readings are supplemented by the viewing and discussion of such films as Some Like it Hot, 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days (from Romania), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Thelma and Louise, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Throughout the course, students keep a journal of their reactions to the readings, produce midterm analytical projects related to course readings and discussions, and create final exhibits about friendships that are displayed on campus.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; International Studies

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$22,000 (approved)
$21,994 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


EH-50443-14

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-3407)
Frederick Gifford (Project Director: 03/07/2014 to present)

Development Ethics and Global Justice: Gender, Economics and Environment

A four-week summer institute for twenty-five college and university teachers to consider new directions in the field of development ethics.

Project fields:
Ethics

Program:
Institutes for College and University Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$208,897 (approved)
$208,897 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 1/31/2017


AQ-51006-14

Tulane University (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Stephanie Porras (Project Director: 09/13/2013 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on Conceptions of Authenticity and Originality

The development of an undergraduate honors colloquium on conceptions of authenticity and originality as debated in literature, music, philosophy, art, and the sciences.

The development of an undergraduate honors colloquium on conceptions of authenticity and originality as debated in literature, music, philosophy, art, and the sciences. Stephanie Porras, assistant professor of art history at Tulane University, develops a course that draws on legal, ethical, and technological issues alongside historical analysis and philosophical debate to explore the question, What is a copy? The first unit, Technology of the Copy, considers the history of reproduction from the invention of print, photography, digital duplication, and three-dimensional molds to gene sequencing. Readings include Elizabeth Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, Paul Craddock's Scientific Investigation of Copies, Hillel Schwartz's The Culture of the Copy, Erasmus on printed books, Rainer Maria Rilke on Auguste Rodin's bronzes, and Jorge Luis Borges's "The Circular Ruins." The second unit, Copy/Original, explores philosophical views on copying, cognition, and being. Readings include extracts from Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Leibniz, Kant, Heidegger, Benjamin, and Marcus Boon. These theoretical perspectives are then integrated into discussions of aesthetic theory, anthropology, and psychology, thus providing a rich array of conceptual and critical vocabulary for students. Additional readings include Coleridge's On Poesy or Art; Freud's Totem and Taboo; Girard's Deceit, Desire and the Novel; and Michael Taussig's Mimesis and Alterity. The third unit, Copies and Authorship, focuses on debates about innovation, originality, and artistic ownership. Topics include Dürer's ideas about copy and invention, sixth-century Chinese art theory, Brahms' defense of his first symphony, Arthur Danto on Warhol, and Gus van Sant's remake of Psycho. Readings include Forrest and Koos's Dead Ringers: The Remake in Theory and Practice; Jacques Derrida's Copy, Archive, Signature; Marvin Carlson's The Haunted Stage: The Theater as Memory Machine; and David Evans's Appropriation. The final unit, Appropriation, Depropriation and Theft, focuses on ethical, legal, and political ramifications of the copy. Students stage mock trials of recent high profile cases in plagiarism, forgery, and patent litigation. They read sections from Richard Posner's The Little Book of Plagiarism, Siva Vaidhyanathan's Copyrights and Copywrongs, and Howard Brody's Future of Bioethics. Films screened for the course include Banksy's 2010 Exit Through the Gift Shop, the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs and its remake The Departed, and the documentary Good Copy, Bad Copy. Students create a course wiki and write a detailed analysis of a copy that they own.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$20,234 (approved)
$18,651 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 6/30/2016


AQ-51030-14

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (Green Bay, WI 54311-7003)
Alison Staudinger (Project Director: 09/13/2013 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on the Role of Work in Human Life

The development of a first-year seminar on the changing nature of work throughout history, with consideration of its economic, political, and personal importance.

The development of a first-year seminar on the changing nature of work throughout history, with consideration of its economic, political, and personal importance. Alison Staudinger, assistant professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, develops a course on the nature of work. The project director centers the inquiry on four sub-questions. The course begins by asking, What is work? and seeks responses from Hesiod's Works and Days, the ancient myths of Prometheus and Pandora, the Rule of St. Benedict, and Simone Weil's Gravity and Grace. The second question, Are humans workers by nature? is explored through The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt, the "Master Slave Dialectic" from the Phenomenology of Spirit of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and "Alienated Labor" and "Critique of the Gotha Programme" by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The third question, What is the relationship between work and justice? takes as its point of departure debates between Plato and Aristotle. Students read The Republic and The Politics for their examination of "natural slavery" and how this concept is relevant to contemporary discussions of inequality. This issue, in relation to consumption and work in a developed country like the United States, is explored through Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Michael Glawoger's documentary film Workingman's Death, in tandem with a site visit to the Grohmann Museum at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The last question, What work should I do? introduces issues of race, gender, and class into labor questions, thereby complicating topics previously considered. Readings for this section include Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener," a debate between W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington on the place of work for ex-slaves, and Studs Terkel's Working. As a final project, students add a chapter to Terkel's book based on their own video interviews.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Philosophy, Other; Political Science, Other

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$22,000 (approved)
$22,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


ES-50575-14

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-3407)
Nwando Achebe (Project Director: 03/07/2014 to present)

Africa in World History

A four-week institute for twenty-five school teachers on central themes in African history.

Project fields:
African History

Program:
Institutes for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$199,040 (approved)
$190,943 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


FT-62184-14

Manduhai Buyandelger
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)

A Thousand Steps to the Parliament: Elections, Gender, and Media in Contemporary Mongolia

No project description available

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 6/30/2014


FT-61774-14

Leila Philip
College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA 01610-2395)

Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011): The Career of a Major Postwar Asian-American Artist

No project description available

Project fields:
American Studies; Art History and Criticism; Ethnic Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 7/1/2014


FB-57402-14

Ada Cohen
Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH 03755-1808)

The Idea of Female Beauty in the Ancient Greek World

My project explores the aesthetic premises of ancient Greek culture as related to women's physical appearance and as communicated through the visual arts and material culture. Although the focus is on conceptions of beauty, attention is also paid to beauty's dialectical opposite, ugliness. Both are topics of great cultural import, not least because of their impact on gender identity formation. I explore how beauty and ugliness are described in images and texts and the interesting range of moral implications they entailed. Among the topics addressed are beauty's intersections with sexual attraction and age as well as contradictions embedded in the Greek understanding of feminine beauty. Examples are drawn from various periods of Greek art in a comparative mode and from various media, including painting, sculpture, mirrors, and jewelry. Key mythological figures and stories implicating physical appearance are examined, but anonymous figures and genre scenes are especially considered.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Classics

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015


FT-61652-14

Dassia N. Posner
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)

Soviet Productions of American Plays at the Moscow Kamerny Theatre in the 1920s and 1930s

No project description available

Project fields:
Russian History; Russian Literature; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 9/30/2014


FT-61931-14

Nadia Kaneva
University of Denver (Denver, CO 80208-0001)

Media and the Making of Post-Communist Consumers in Eastern Europe

No project description available

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Project fields:
Area Studies; Media Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 8/31/2014


EH-50424-14

Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875)
David Raizman (Project Director: 03/07/2014 to present)

Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond

A four-week summer institute for twenty-five college and university faculty on teaching the history of modern design.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, Other

Program:
Institutes for College and University Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$192,914 (approved)
$192,914 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


HB-50510-14

Jesse Wolfe
California State University, Stanislaus Foundation (Turlock, CA 95382-3200)

The Muddle and the Dream: Intimacy, Utopia, and the Legacies of Bloomsbury in Contemporary Novels

No project description available

Project fields:
American Literature; British Literature; Literary Criticism

Program:
Awards for Faculty

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$37,800 (approved)
$37,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 5/31/2015


FA-57813-14

Jocelyn Gladys Wogan-Browne
Fordham University (Bronx, NY 10458-9993)

Women, Multilingualism, and Literate Culture in Late Medieval England

This book-project offers a new account of women's literate culture in late medieval England and further establishes the multilingual nature of English medieval society. Unstudied women's texts and documents in the French of England are a major focus, but are treated in relation to English and some Latin texts. Historical factors differentiate women's multilingualism from men's, but gendering multilingualism does not create a separate feminised space. Rather, it opens up women's participation in a multilingual society's changing configurations of language, literature, and documentation. The book adds new texts and contexts to English literary history, explores the multilingual diversity of late medieval women's culture in hitherto unattempted ways, and shows that although ideas of mother-tongue have sustained fictions of nation, empire, and monolingual literary canons since the Middle Ages, medieval English culture complicates modern notions of nation and language.

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Project fields:
British Literature; French Language; Women's History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$25,200 (approved)
$25,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 1/31/2015


HB-50437-14

Susmita Roye
Delaware State University (Dover, DE 19901-2202)

Women Writers and the Portrayal of Women in British Indian Fiction

No project description available

Project fields:
Gender Studies; South Asian Literature; South Asian Studies

Program:
Awards for Faculty

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014


FA-58013-14

Catherine Maria Sama
University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI 02881-1967)

The Correspondence of 18th-Century Venetian Artist Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757): A Translation and Edition

Commissioned by the editors of "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe" book series (Victoria College, University of Toronto), my book will be the first fully annotated edition in English translation of the correspondence of the Venetian artist, Rosalba Carriera, the most famous female artist in early 18th-century Europe. I am also building an open-access, searchable database of the letters. Carriera's vast correspondence with prominent European patrons, princes, fellow artists, and collectors provide scholars with insight into the politics of patronage, the quotidian aspects of artists' lives and work, and the intersections of literary and artistic worlds in the first half of the 18th century. It is a unique source of information on the ways a female artist crossed the gender boundaries of her society to make a name for herself in a male-dominated profession. This project will make an important contribution to Women's History, Art History, 18th-Century Studies, Digital Humanities.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Gender Studies; Women's History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014


HB-50471-14

Jill Graper Hernandez
University of Texas, San Antonio (San Antonio, TX 78249-1644)

Acquainted with Grief: Early Modern Feminist Conceptions of God, Evil, and Theodicy

No project description available

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Project fields:
History of Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Renaissance Studies

Program:
Awards for Faculty

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 12/31/2014


RQ-50877-14

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Mary McKinley (Project Director: 01/13/2014 to present)

Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron: A New Translation and Critical Edition

Preparation for print and e-book publication of a critical edition and translation into English of the Heptameron, a 16th-century French text by Marguerite de Navarre. (24 months)

Project fields:
French Literature

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$130,886 (approved)
$124,481 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2016


FA-58063-14

Sonali Thakkar
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)

Race, Religion, and Holocaust Memory in the Literature of Postwar European Diasporic Communities

My book examines the significance of Holocaust memory to the literature and culture of postwar Europe's new racialized diasporic communities, comprising labor migrants and former colonial subjects. Through analysis of Anglophone, Francophone, and German-language works, I argue that writers addressing diasporic culture in this period see Europe's violence against the Jews as a paradigm for the limits of diasporic life and the possibility of cohabitation in contemporary Europe. I thus contribute to the emergent field of transnational and comparative studies of Holocaust memory but with several innovations: deploying theories of affect and affiliation drawn from queer and gender studies to interpret the identification with Jewishness that some of my authors express, analyzing race comparatively to show how religious difference disrupts the notion of race as skin color, and incorporating work about the colonized or Arab Jew rather than establishing "Jewish" and "colonized" as binary terms.

Project fields:
Comparative Literature; Jewish Studies; Literature, Other

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015


FA-57970-14

Margaret Abruzzo
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0001)

Good People and Bad Behavior: Changing Views of Sin, Evil, and Moral Responsibility in the 18th and 19th Centuries

My planned book explores how Americans rethought wrongdoing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as many traditional frameworks for explaining sin--such as blaming passions, self-interest, or natural depravity--came under attack. Difficulties explaining wrongdoing helped drive an intellectual wedge between evil and "ordinary" sin; moralists contrasted good people’s "mistakes" with evildoers' intentional villainy. Historians have charted changing ideas about particular vices, but they have been less interested in shifting views of what constitutes a moral failing, why human beings commit them, or how people could understand themselves as flawed but not evil. By historicizing concepts of sin, my research intersects with questions in philosophy and theology about human nature, sin, and the problem of evil; with literary studies on seduction novels and other narratives of wrongdoing; and with interdisciplinary work on the gendered construction of morality.

Project fields:
Intellectual History; U.S. History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 7/31/2015


RQ-50813-14

Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort, KY 40601-1931)
R. Darrell Meadows (Project Director: 01/13/2014 to 11/17/2014)
Patrick Lewis (Project Director: 11/17/2014 to present)

Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition

Preparation for digital publication of the papers of the governors of Kentucky during the Civil War. (36 months)

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$210,000 (approved)
$210,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2017


FA-57763-14

Quito Jame' Swan
Howard University (Washington, DC 20059-0001)

Pauulu Kamarakafego, Indigenous Technology, and Global Black Power

All of Africa Is On My Back [sic]: Pauulu Kamarakafego, Indigenous Technology and the Global Black Power is a manuscript about the late Pauulu Roosevelt Browne Kamarakafego, who was a significant yet largely unheralded Black Power and Pan-Africanist organizer from Bermuda. Kamarakafego was also an internationally renowned ecological engineer, and UNESCO consultant on rural development, renewable energy and global sustainability. All of Africa aims to make sense of his remarkable ability to fuse his political world-views with his technical expertise, and to utilize indigenous technology in the service of Black Power, Pan-Africanism and decolonization. It offers a global narrative of Black Power that spans the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. By highlighting how diverse African Diasporic communities engaged Black Power, this project speaks to NEH's Bridging Cultures Initiative.

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

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 12/31/2014


FB-57572-14

Emilye J. Crosby
SUNY Research Foundation, College at Geneseo (Geneseo, NY 14454-1401)

Women in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s

I am writing a history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) with a focus on women and gender. Beginning with the 1960 sit-in movement that formed the basis for the organization through the shift from a "coordinating committee" to an organization of organizers and extending into 1965-66, I am exploring women's experiences and participation, how they shaped the organization, and how they as individuals, and SNCC as an organization accepted, challenged, ignored, defied, and operated within and beyond the accepted gender conventions of the day--in the larger society and in African American communities. I am using a case studies approach and emphasizing those aspects of the organization's history, including community-based work, that are particularly useful for illuminating important patterns and themes, examining key moments, and engaging in comparison. This work is particularly important in a world where power and oppression remain closely linked with gender.

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

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016


FT-61760-14

Carla Jean Bittel
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA 90045-2650)

Phrenology, Gender, and Nineteenth-Century American Science

No project description available

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

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 7/31/2014


FT-61909-14

Katarzyna Lecky
Arkansas State University, Main Campus (Jonesboro, AR 72403-0600)

Poet Laureate Poetics and the Aesthetics of Pocket Maps in Renaissance Britain

No project description available

Project fields:
British Literature; Renaissance History; Renaissance Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 7/31/2014


FT-61787-14

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

The Visual Cultures of Tea Consumption in Imperial and Modern India

No project description available

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

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 8/31/2014


FT-62070-14

Karen Anne Leistra-Jones
Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA 17603-2802)

Curating the Musical Museum: The Brahms Circle and Modern Performance

No project description available

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 6/30/2015


FT-62126-14

Molly Emma Aitken-Zaidi
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar

The Connoisseurship of Longing and India's Mughal Emperors during the 16th and 17th Centuries

No project description available

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Project fields:
Cultural History; History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; South Asian Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 8/31/2014


FT-62086-14

Blair DeWitt Woodard
University of Portland (Portland, OR 97203-5798)

Visual Culture and U.S.-Cuban Relations, 1945-2010

No project description available

Project fields:
Cultural History; Diplomatic History; Latin American History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 8/31/2014


FB-57514-14

Jeffrey Kenneth Hass
University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)

A Siege Mentality: Practices and Politics of Surviving War in the Blockade of Leningrad

Using the Blockade of Leningrad (1941-44) as a topic of its own and as a case study, this project analyzes behavior under extreme wartime duress. Leningraders confronted multiple sources of suffering and survival challenges: starvation, mass death, a draconian state, and uncertainty of war. Civilian responses varied with gender, class/occupation, education, and the like, yet most frameworks cannot adequately explain why. Using a wide range of untapped archival data--wartime diaries, postwar recollections, and Party and state documents (investigations, propaganda, policy discussions), etc.--I show how Leningraders grappled with and responded to challenges to survival and to assumptions of normal Soviet life. Gender, social norms, etc. continued to matter because: 1) civilians mediated Blockade suffering by imbuing identities and practices with status, dignity, and meaning; 2) concrete objects, relations, and sites of significance were anchors for shared meanings, even if contested.

Project fields:
Area Studies; Russian History; Sociology

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2015


PW-51639-14

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-3407)
Candace Keller Claytor (Project Director: 07/22/2013 to present)

MSU Archive of Malian Photography

The cataloging and digitization of 100,000 prints and negatives from the archives of five Malian professional photographers who have been active from the 1940s to the present. These works document traditional cultural and religious practices, the history of dress, gender, and status, and colonialism and modernization in southern Mali.

The MSU Archive of Malian Photography will digitize, catalog, preserve, and render freely accessible to a worldwide audience 100,000 rare images from the original archives of five professional photographers in Mali. Created by prominent African practitioners whose work was commissioned by private patrons as well as State governments, these images document traditional cultural and religious practices, rural festivals, early colonial developments, and processes of modernization in Ségu, Mopti, and Bamako, as the latter transitioned from a small agrarian trading village into an urban center and national capital. Recording local practices from African perspectives, these visual materials contain important twentieth century representations of local aesthetics, methods of identity construction and preservation, and documentary strategies.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$299,989 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2017


PG-52244-14

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI 54303-4966)
Kim LaPlante (Project Director: 05/06/2013 to present)

Historical Archives Preservation Assessment and Improvement

A preservation assessment; training on processing, organizing, and rehousing; and the purchase of archival supplies and a fireproof storage cabinet for the library's collection of 900 documents and letters, 400 brochures and marketing pieces, 500 books and booklets, 2,500 photographs, and 200 artifacts. Materials document the history of the adult vocational system within a changing labor landscape, offering insight on themes including language education for the region's early immigrants, continuing education for young adults who left school at 14, the impact of the Great Depression and world wars on the region, changing gender roles, and technology. Notable items include brochures of class lists, ledgers for expenditures for courses, and photographs of classroom instruction in basic skills such as electricity, house wiring, sheet metal, cosmetology, physical education, and printing.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College requests a grant of $5,975 for its Historical Archives Preservation Assessment and Improvement project. Located in the library of the College's Green Bay, Wisconsin, campus, the archives consists of 4,500 items including documents/letters, brochures/marketing pieces, books/booklets, photographs and artifacts. The collection provides a unique glimpse into the history of the adult vocational system and the response of education to the changing labor needs of Northeast Wisconsin since 1912. The project will consist of three activities: (1) a preservation assessment of the collection by a professional consultant, (2) forty hours of training for the project director on processing, organizing and rehousing the collection, and (3) purchase of archival supplies and a fireproof storage cabinet to protect the collection. The goal of the project is to ensure the College's long-term ability to serve as stewards of its historical archives collection.

Project fields:
History, Other; Labor History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,975 (approved)
$5,975 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015


TR-50543-14

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Tracy Strain (Project Director: 08/19/2013 to present)

Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project

Production of a two-hour documentary film and a website probing the life and art of playwright Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965).

Project fields:
African American Studies; Theater History and Criticism; Women's History

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2014 – 8/31/2017


RZ-51658-14

University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA 92093-0013)
Robert Edelman (Project Director: 01/13/2014 to present)
Christopher Young (Co Project Director: 01/13/2014 to present)

The Global History of Sport in the Cold War

Three international scholarly workshops over a three-year period addressing the topic of politics and sport during the Cold War, as well as preparation of the resulting papers and associated materials for publication through two print volumes and an open-access website. (36 months)

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$64,216 (approved)
$64,216 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017


FT-60900-13

Elizabeth Ann Zanoni
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA 23529-0001)

Italian Migration, Trade, and Consumption between Italy, the U.S., and Argentina, 1880-1940

No project description available

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 6/30/2013


RZ-51615-13

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
William Thomas (Project Director: 12/12/2012 to present)
Jennifer Guiliano (Co Project Director: 12/12/2012 to present)

O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C. Law and Family Project

Creation of a digital archive and website, presentation of virtual seminars, and research and writing of a scholarly monograph and journal articles related to a series of legal cases and family networks in early Washington, D.C. (24 months)

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
3/1/2014 – 2/28/2017


FT-61131-13

Richard J. Bell
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)

Kidnapper and Slave Trader Patty Cannon (c. 1760-1829) and the Illicit Market for Slaves in the U.S.

No project description available

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 9/30/2013


FT-61268-13

Margaret Abruzzo
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0001)

Sin, Sinners, and the Problem of Evil in 18th- and 19th-Century Anglo-American Morality

No project description available

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2013


FT-60990-13

Elizabeth Quay Hutchison
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001)

From Servants to Workers: A Social History of Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Chile

No project description available

Project fields:
Latin American History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2013


FB-56894-13

Sarah Elizabeth Owens
College of Charleston (Charleston, SC 29424-0001)

The Cultural Impact of Catholic Nuns in the Spanish Philippines during the 17th-Century Expansion of the Iberian Empire

This project will shed light on a small group of Franciscan nuns who travelled from Spain to the Philippines in the 1620s. The main source material for this study comes from an unpublished manuscript written by Sor Ana de Cristo about the journey and the life of Sor Jerónima de la Asunción, the founder of the first convent in Asia. Sor Ana’s narration offers the reader a fascinating glimpse of multiple places within the Iberian empire. Part of her work describes their 15-month journey to Manila, a travel saga that also included an overland trek across Mexico. The goal of this project, a book-length work, will be of great importance to the humanities since very little has been written about gender, travel, and religious women’s literary production in the Spanish Pacific. This project will show the important cultural impact of Catholic nuns in the Spanish Pacific, an area of study that has not received the recognition it deserves.

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Project fields:
Spanish Literature

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2014


FT-60710-13

Debra Kaplan
Yeshiva University (New York, NY 10033-3299)

Community of Donors: Jewish Charity in Germany, 1500-1800

No project description available

Project fields:
European History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 8/31/2013


RQ-50711-13

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Robert McChesney (Project Director: 12/12/2012 to present)

The History of Modern Afghanistan (1896-1919): The Translation of Volume Four of Siraj-al-tawarikh (The Lamp of Histories)

Preparation for publication of a translation of the fourth and final volume of a history of modern Afghanistan. (24 months)

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Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$175,000 (approved)
$174,184 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2015


FT-61292-13

Shannon Drysdale Walsh
University of Minnesota, Duluth (Duluth, MN 55812-2403)

Engendering State Institutions: State Response to Violence Against Women in Latin America

No project description available

Project fields:
Political Science, General

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2013


FT-60844-13

Mireya Loza
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61820-5711)

The Bracero Program: A History of the U.S.-Mexico Guest Worker Program, 1942-1964

No project description available

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Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
8/1/2013 – 9/30/2013


FA-57116-13

Loren Diller Lybarger
Ohio University, Athens (Athens, OH 45701-1361)

The Role of Religion in Shaping Identity among Diaspora Palestinians in Chicago

Discussion of religion among Palestinians in the United States emphasizes either links to Islamist groups like Hamas or the abuse of their civil rights as Arabs and Muslims. Both approaches ignore the processes of identity formation internal to the community itself. This book project offers the first detailed ethnography of how Muslim and Christian Palestinians in the US have reconfigured their identities in response to processes of religious return since the early 1990s. Initial findings indicate that religious and secular tendencies interacting across gender, class, sect, and generation have produced new hybrid orientations at the individual level. These findings challenge the notion that Palestinians merely reproduce the global Islamic revival. They also show that concepts of "secular" and "religious" remain heuristically valuable despite recent criticisms of these notions. I seek a NEH Fellowship to complete the fieldwork and begin write up of the initial chapters of my monograph.

Project fields:
Religion, General

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
8/1/2013 – 7/31/2014


AC-50169-13

Heritage University (Toppenish, WA 98948-9562)
Winona Wynn (Project Director: 07/16/2012 to present)

Somos Indios, We Are Indian: Bridging Indigenous Identities

An eighteen-month curriculum development project for a new Native American and Indigenous Studies program at a Hispanic-serving institution with a large Native American student population.

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Project fields:
Ethnic Studies

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: HSIs

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$74,247 (approved)
$74,247 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


BH-50600-13

Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT 06824-5195)
Laura Nash (Project Director: 03/07/2013 to present)

Duke Ellington and American Popular Culture

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on Duke Ellington and his world.

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on Duke Ellington and his world. This workshop illuminates the life and music of Duke Ellington (1899-1974) in cultural and historical context, using eight compositions (including "Mood Indigo" and "Take the 'A' Train") as "anchor works" for the week's study. Under the direction of music professor Laura Nash, participants engage with Ellington's work and his world through lectures, discussions, hands-on musical participation, and two all-day visits to historic and cultural sites in New York City. Taking the A train to Harlem, participants visit the Sugar Hill Historic District, where Ellington lived, and are guided on a private tour of the National Jazz Museum by Executive Director Loren Schoenberg. The second day trip to New York features the resources of Jazz at Lincoln Center with curator Phil Schaap. Participants explore the role of Ellington's radio and television broadcasts at the Paley Media Center with Jim Shanahan (Boston University) and learn about Ellington's long form music at Carnegie Hall, where "Black, Brown, and Beige" premiered in 1943. A jazz show at Birdland Jazz Club and a performance of swing dance music conclude the day visits to New York. In Fairfield, historian and director of Black Studies Yohuru Williams provides relevant grounding in twentieth-century African-American history and addresses intersections of race and popular culture. During the days on campus, music professor and bassist Brian Torff leads a specially assembled live big band in presentations and performances to give participants direct experience with the anchor works and with improvisation, as well as opportunities for discussion with band members. Workshop guest faculty include jazz critic and journalist Gary Giddins; educator and composer David Berger (Juilliard), who transcribed and edited the majority of Ellington's works; and Monsignor John Sanders, trombonist and librarian for the Ellington Orchestra, who shares his first-hand knowledge of playing, working, and traveling with Ellington, and of developing the Ellington archives. Prior to and during the workshop, participants read Ellington's Music is My Mistress; Harvey Cohen's Duke Ellington's America; John Edward Hasse's Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington; and Mark Tucker's The Duke Ellington Reader. They also have access to a password-protected website with Ellington recordings, sheet music, and video clips.

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Project fields:
Film History and Criticism

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$177,340 (approved)
$169,165 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014


RZ-51635-13

Claudia Jensen
University of Washington (Kirkland, WA 98033-5547)

The Russian Court Theater in the Late 17th Century and its Context in Trans-national Information Exchange

Research, writing, and preparation for print and e-book publication of a volume of essays, journal articles, and conference papers relating to diplomacy and theater in 17th-century Russia. (36 months)

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Project fields:
Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$290,000 (approved)
$290,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2017


FT-60525-13

Tirza True Latimer
California College of the Arts, Oakland (Oakland, CA 94618-1426)

Eccentricity in the History of American Art during the Modernist Period

No project description available

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2013


FA-57104-13

Michael G. Peletz
Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)

Transformations in Islamic Law in Malaysia, Late 1980s-Present

The main objectives of this project are to analyze anthropological, archival, and other data bearing on transformations in Islamic law (sharia) in the Muslim-majority nation of Malaysia from the late 1980s to the present, and to prepare a book that describes and interprets continuities and transformations in Malaysia’s Islamic judiciary in relation to dynamics of Islamization, corporatization, and globalization. The more general goals are to examine the Malaysian case in comparative historical perspective, with regard to Indonesian and Egyptian material in particular, and to address important empirical and theoretical issues in the social scientific and humanistic literature concerning the ways that Malays and other Muslims engage ethical norms and deal with law, discipline, and disorder in a rapidly globalizing world.

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Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


FA-57237-13

Dorothy Louise Hodgson
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)

Maasai Struggles for Gender Justice in Tanzania

My book compares the content, form, effectiveness and experience of customary law, "women’s human rights," collective protest, and other approaches to challenging injustices through a case study of Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania. It draws on historical and ethnographic evidence to analyze the gendered assumptions, experiences, and consequences of the implementation of shifting legal regimes for not just relations between and among Maasai men and women, but for broader Maasai ideas and practices of justice, respect and morality. Tracing the continuities and changes in ideas, practices and experiences of gender, justice, morality, and personhood over time complicates abstract debates about law, justice and culture; illuminates the parallels between colonial and contemporary legal interventions; demonstrates the importance of more expansive understandings of gender justice: and challenges the continued disparagement of the practices, perspectives and power of illiterate, rural women.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


FA-57197-13

Christopher John Dunn
Tulane University (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)

The Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Emergent Social Movements under Military Rule in Brazil, 1964-1985

This project will contribute to an emerging body of scholarly literature that addresses diverse forms of cultural expression during period of military rule in Brazil (1964-85). I focus on what in Brazil is known as the contracultura, a complex set of ideas and practices about artistic creation, political action, and social transformation that emerged within the left-wing opposition. I will focus on connections between avantgarde art, experimental literature, popular culture, and new social movements of the 1970s. I analyze a wide variety of sources, including the work of visual artists, writers, filmmakers, and pop musicians, as well as mainstream and alternative journalism, police records, and government documents, in order to reveal overlooked dimensions of artistic, social, and political resistance to authoritarian rule.

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Project fields:
Latin American Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


FA-57418-13

Maureen Elizabeth Mahon
New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)

Voices of African American Women in Rock and Roll, 1953-1984

This book explores the familiar tale of rock and roll’s origins and development from an unfamiliar perspective: through the experiences of African American women. Focusing on the period from 1953, when blues singer Big Mama Thornton recorded her hit “Hound Dog,” to 1984, when the solo career of rock veteran Tina Turner took flight, "Beyond Brown Sugar" delves into issues of voice and representation in the music and lives of African American women musicians. I examine the musical and personal voices of these artists, approaching voice in three distinct ways: as an expressive instrument, as creative vision, and as critical and analytical viewpoint. I also explore the ways these artists experienced and navigated the complex intersection of gender, race, class, sexuality, and musical genre. My goal is to uncover a hidden history of African American women in rock and roll, expanding our understanding of their role and offering a more inclusive, holistic story of the genre.

Project fields:
African American Studies

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2014


HK-50091-13

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Peter Bol (Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)
Suzanne Blier (Co Project Director: 07/01/2013 to present)

Extending WorldMap to Make It Easier for Humanists and Others to Find, Use, and Publish Geospatial Information

Continuing development of the WorldMap platform, a system that allows scholars, teachers, and students to explore, visualize, edit, and publish geospatial information.

WorldMap is being developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University as an open source and open access online platform for visualizing and sharing spatial data. It has attracted considerable use since released in July of 2011. We propose making improvements to WorldMap which will transform it from mapping portal to geospatial node on the web. We will develop a new data catalog to expose WorldMap contents for interactive use in systems outside WorldMap. We will gather map metadata from map servers around the world to add to this catalog, eventually maintaining a complete index of map services. To improve search in a metadata-weak map services environment we will add the capability to search by time; develop a mechanism for exposing feature level text to layer search; and use rankings, usage statistics and internal links to weight search results. We will also enable users to create temporal gazetteers and contribute them to a common crowd-sourced gazetteer.

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Project fields:
Geography

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$320,888 (approved)
$320,888 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2016


HD-51705-13

Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA 30318-5775)
Lauren Klein (Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)
Jacob Eisenstein (Co Project Director: 10/01/2012 to present)

TOME: Interactive TOpic Model and MEtadata Visualization

The development of a web-based tool for the visual exploration of the themes that recur across an archive, based on the text-analysis technique of topic modeling combined with the archive's related metadata. A digitized archive of 19th-century abolitionist newspapers would serve as the initial test case.

As archives are being digitized at an increasing rate, scholars will require new tools to make sense of this expanding amount of material. We propose to build TOME, a tool to support the interactive exploration and visualization of text-based archives. Drawing upon the technique of topic modeling--a computational method for identifying themes that recur across a collection--TOME will visualize the topics that characterize each archive, as well as the relationships between specific topics and related metadata, such as publication date. An archive of 19th-century antislavery newspapers, characterized by diverse authors and shifting political alliances, will serve as our initial dataset; it promises to motivate new methods for visualizing topic models and extending their impact. In turn, by applying our new methods to these texts, we will illuminate how issues of gender and racial identity affect the development of political ideology in the nineteenth century, and into the present day.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,999 (approved)
$59,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 5/31/2015


AQ-50928-13

Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200)
Dini Metro Roland (Project Director: 09/14/2012 to present)
Jeffrey Jones (Co Project Director: 01/07/2014 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on "What Is Human Flourishing?"

The development of an undergraduate honors course by two faculty members to explore the question, What is human flourishing?

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$21,365 (approved)
$21,364 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2016


AQ-50833-13

Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL 60605-1394)
Marjorie Jolles (Project Director: 09/14/2012 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on "What Is a Family?"

The development of an intermediate-level undergraduate course on the question, What is a family?

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Project fields:
Philosophy, General

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$21,432 (approved)
$21,114 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 12/31/2014


FS-50310-12

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Lincoln, NE 68588-0007)
Stephen Behrendt (Project Director: 03/05/2012 to present)

Reassessing British Romanticism

A five-week seminar for sixteen college and university faculty to study British Romanticism in light of evolving scholarship.

Project fields:
British Literature

Program:
Seminars for College Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$117,198 (approved)
$110,298 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 9/30/2013


BH-50488-12

Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort, KY 40601-1931)
Tim Talbott (Project Director: 03/05/2012 to present)

Torn Within, Threatened Without: Kentucky and the Border States in the Civil War

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on conflicts in Kentucky and other border states during the Civil War.

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on conflicts in Kentucky and other border states during the Civil War. In this Landmarks workshop, the Kentucky Historical Society takes teachers beyond the battlefield in an exploration of the Civil War in Kentucky. According to the project director, "the conventional studies focus on places like Perryville and personalities like John Hunt Morgan . . . but recent scholarship reveals a complex network of guerillas, political and economic intrigue, expansive questions of loyalty, and sometimes surprising race and gender roles within a divided society." As a border state between North and South, Kentucky was a microcosm of Civil War divisiveness and played a key role in its outcome. As Lincoln said, "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky." Among the workshop faculty are historians William C. Harris (North Carolina State University), Alicestyne Turley and J. Blaine Hudson (University of Louisville), Brian McKnight (University of Virginia-Wise), Lindsey Apple and James Klotter (Georgetown College), Aaron Astor (Maryville College), Anne E. Marshall (Mississippi State University), Dwight Pitcaithley (New Mexico State University), and Christopher Phillips (University of Cincinnati), the last of whom discusses Missouri and Maryland as other examples of Civil War border states. Readings include three books by visiting faculty: Harris's Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union; Lindsey Apple's The Family Legacy of Henry Clay: In the Shadow of a Kentucky Patriarch; and Anne E. Marshall's Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Memory in a Border State. In addition to reading secondary works, participants consult primary sources from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society and conduct research in the Society archives. Teachers visit sites in Lexington, Frankfort, and Louisville, such as the Abraham Lincoln birthplace, the Old State Capitol, the Kentucky Military History Museum, the Perryville Battlefield, the Farmington Historic Plantation, and Camp Nelson, a recruiting and training center for African-American soldiers. Participants discuss classroom applications, keep notebooks, and write responses to site visits. Within a month of the workshop, they submit an essay about a primary source for posting on the workshop blog.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$178,741 (approved)
$167,851 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 12/31/2013


BH-50520-12

Siena College (Loudonville, NY 12211-1462)
Jennifer Dorsey (Project Director: 03/05/2012 to present)

Heaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival, and Social Reform in America

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the nineteenth-century Shaker movement and the communitarian society it produced.

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the nineteenth-century Shaker movement and the communitarian society it produced. This workshop is anchored in the observation that "[t]he impulse toward utopia has played a vital role in the evolution of American culture from the seventeenth century to the present." Given the opportunity to engage in close study of Shaker history and material culture, teachers gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the utopian experiment in American history. The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing (Shakers) came to America under the direction of Mother Ann Lee (1736-1784), who evangelized on the basic tenets of their faith, including celibacy, gender equality, and a communal life. The growth of the Shaker movement took place against the backdrop of industrial and commercial transformation that was particularly intense in New York, with its aggressive investment in transportation; by the 1830s approximately 6,000 Shakers lived in nineteen communities from Kentucky to Maine. Assigned readings include works by visiting scholars Stephen Stein (The Shaker Experience in America) and Glendyne Wergland (One Shaker Life: Isaac Newton Youngs, 1793-1865, and Sisters in the Faith: Shaker Women and Equality of the Sexes), as well as readings drawn from nineteenth-century Shaker writings and testimonials. Participants visit Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts, as part of a general introduction to the time in which the Shakers lived and how their community life responded to it, as explained by project director Jennifer Dorsey. Glendyne Wergland leads sessions on two days, covering a wide range of topics--health, diet, celibacy, gender roles, education, children--and accompanying the group on field trips to the Shaker Museum and Library at Mount Lebanon and to the New York State Library in Albany, which houses a collection of documents relating to Shaker educational practices. On the fourth day, Stephen Stein joins the group to discuss Shaker spirituality in the context of the Great Awakening; in the visit to the Shaker Heritage Society in Watervliet, New York, director Starlyn D'Angelo discusses Shaker architecture, music, and dance. On the last day, Professor Stein focuses on the post-Civil War decline of the Shaker movement, the mythology or romanticism about Shakers that subsequently emerged, and the Shakers' efforts in the early twentieth century to preserve their own material culture, culminating in a visit to the New York State Museum's Shaker Collection. The teachers are expected to develop curricula that incorporate material culture or use primary source documents.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$175,767 (approved)
$171,441 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 12/31/2013