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Humanities Center Fellows

UTHC Pop-up bannerThe UT Humanities Center (UTHC) is proud to announce its fellowship class of 2018-19.

The UTHC offers fellowships for faculty and graduate students in its nine affiliated departments. Fellows spend one year as residents in the Humanities Center to work full-time on their research projects, which may be scholarly books, digital humanities projects, or significant editorial work. The fellowship program was modeled on those at the most prestigious institutions in the United States and is vital to supporting complex and cutting-edge humanities research because it gives faculty time to do immersive reading for a project, to travel to archives and exhibitions, and to write.

“The program offers many benefits to the university,” says Amy Elias, UTHC director. “In addition to increasing faculty publication, it is key to increasing external grant applications, since one of our requirements is that all applicants must also apply for external funding. Because the fellowship applications are externally reviewed, the program advertises to other universities the stellar work done by UT humanities scholars. The fellowship program puts UT in the company of the best research universities.”

UTHC Fellows also engage in weekly presentations of their work, attend lectures by distinguished visiting faculty, and engage in activities related to the humanities community.

“My time at the UTHC has enriched my research immeasurably,” says Justin Arft, assistant professor in the Department of Classics and a 2017-18 faculty fellow. “Research and writing at a professional level is a learned skill, and under normal circumstances we all do it at fever-pitch. This full year at the UTHC has taught me what the process of scholarly inquiry can be, a lesson that will inform all of my work in the future.”

UT Humanities Center Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year are as follows:

Faculty Fellows

  • Nuria Cruz Cámara, Professor, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
    Project Title:  Constructing the Spanish Modern Woman, 1928-1938: The Magazines Estampa and Crónica
  • Gina Di Salvo, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre
    Project Title:  The Theatrical Life of the Saints: English Performance from the Middle Ages to Shakespeare
  • Nicole Eggers, Assistant Professor, Department of History
    Project Title: Kitawala in the Congo: Power, Prayer, and the Politics of Health
  • Mary McAlpin, Professor, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
    Project Title:  Rationalizing Rape: Nature, History, and Sexual Violence in the French Enlightenment
  • Urmila Seshagiri, Associate Professor, Department of English
    Project Title:  Virginia Woolf’s “A Sketch of the Past”: The First Scholarly Edition
  • Helene Sinnreich, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
    Project Title:  Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die? The High Holy Days in Auschwitz 1944

Graduate Students

  • Anna (Catherine) Greer, Fifth-Year Doctoral Student (in 2018-19), Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
    Project Title:  Memorializing Theresienstadt: Music, Memory, and Redemption
  • Joshua Hodge, Sixth-Year Doctoral Student (in 2018-19), Department of History
    Project Title:  Alabama’s Public Wilderness: Reconstruction Politics, Natural Resources, and the End of the Southern Commons, 1866-1905
  • Max Matherne, Sixth-Year Doctoral Student (in 2018-19), Department of History
    Project Title:  The Jacksonian Reformation: Political Patronage and Republican Identity
  • Kendra Slayton, Sixth-Year Doctoral Student (in 2018-19), Department of English
    For commune profit sith it may availle: Gender, Circumscription, and the Common Good in Chaucer

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