For the fourth year in a row, based on the generosity of Cathy and Craig Glick, the School of Liberal Arts has been able to name four Glick fellows. These individuals, who have been approved for fourth year leave or a sabbatical, will receive support to allow them to complete their research. In the past, these grants have been invaluable as now twelve Glick Fellows have traveled, written, and researched in ways that would have previously been impossible. The current class will undoubtedly find the grants as important in helping them complete their research. We also believe that these individuals represent the breath, depth and incredible mastery of the faculty of the School of Liberal Arts.
Teresa Cole, chair of the Newcomb Art Department, plans a new project using handmade paper. Currently entitled, Seamless Belonging, the project will look not only at the process of papermaking but also issues of cultural identity. She will explore the use of pattern to create identity as well as a means to distort, confuse and manipulate information. To expand her knowledge of papermaking, she will use the Glick fellowship to attend the Annual Handmade Papermaking Workshop at the Awagami Factory in Japan. She will also travel to Manhattan where she will work at Dieu Donne, a paper making studio equipped to deal with her large-scale works.
Antonio Gomez, newly promoted associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has begun a new project on the politics of spectacle and public culture during the Peron era in Argentina. The proposed book will examine the conflicts between culture and politics during and immediately after the Peron years; it will explore the role of the Peronist state in the film industry and its relationship to regional and global markets. In addition, he will explore the function of film and public spectacle in the construction of the image of Peron as well as the culture of celebrity in Argentina after Peron. With the Glick Fellowship, he plans to travel to Buenos Aires to work in the archives and focus on newsreels radio, recordings, and films. He will then travel to Stanford to examine Argentine films of the Peron Era.
Adeline Masquelier, chair of the department of Anthropology, is studying the cultural practices surrounding polygamous marriage in Niger. According to Prof Masquelier, in Muslim Niger, despite under or unemployment of young Nigerien men, multiple marriages bring men prestige and visibility. Nonetheless, anthropologists have largely focused on monogamy or extramarital relationships in which they emphasize the importance of romantic love as it is connected to ideologies of modern progress. In contrast, by looking at polygamy, she will examine how the affective practices that underpin the experience of romance and marriage in Niger are shaped by specific social configurations. She will use her Glick fellowship to support her ethnographic work in Nigeria.
Marline Otte of the Department of History is working on a project entitled, “Autofocus: The Private Language of German Reconstruction.” In her application, Marline relates compelling stories of the importance personal photographs played in Germany following World War II, both to those in the fighting and to those displaced from their homes or at the home front. Her projected new manuscript, as she notes, “is thus interested in what private photographs may tell us about the complicated ways in which ideologies not only shape public behavior, political cultures and aesthetics, but also profoundly impact those spheres of everyday life…” She will use the Glick fellowship to work at the Max Planck Institute Research Center in Berlin.
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