Re-Centering the Humanities Project

Re-Centering the Humanities funded proposal 


 

Call for proposals:

All Re-Centering the Humanities grant proposals are reviewed by the oversight committee:

Dan Terkla, Project Director; Joanne Diaz; Sonja Fritzsche; Emily Kelahan; Kristine Nielsen; Becky Roesner; and William Munro.

Mellon Grants Awarded:

Student (Research) Assistants, $500.00 to employ student assistant/s for research endeavors.

  • Carolyn Nadeau (Hispanic Studies) and Nathan Douglas: “Accessing Francisco Martínez Montiño’s Arte de cozina, pastelería, vizcochería y conservería” (The art of cooking, pie making, pastry making and preserving, 1611).
  • Mike Theune (English) and Erica Kucharski: Voltage Poetry, Plus.
  • Marcia Thomas (Ames Library) and Lydia Hartlaub: “Transcription of a Manuscript Collection: Letters Received by John Wesley Powell, Director of the Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, 1869-79.”
  • Prof. Carmela Ferradans; "A Digital Library of Bilingual Poetry Podcasts".
  • Prof. Carolyn Nadeau; “Food Matters in/of Cervantes”.
  • Prof. Marcia Thomas and Tia Sprengel; “Transcription of a Manuscript Collection: Letters Received by John Wesley Powell, Director of the Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region, 1869-79”.
  • Prof. Sonja Fritzsche, creating an index for the collection Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film (due to appear in April 2014) with Michaela Wilson and Annika Ewaldz.

Speaker-and-Performance Series grants: Ideally, these events will inspire IWU faculty, staff, and students to collaborate on re-imagining artistic production, interdisciplinary pedagogy, research, or community-based learning. The following series are set for academic year 2013-2014.

  • Profs. Wendy Kooken and Rebecca Gearhart - Visit by music therapist Deforia Lane with public lecture "An Unfinished Symphony: Reaching the Underserved through Music Therapy".
  • University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and Profs. Adriana Ponce and William Hudson - "Hildegard's Light: Women, Religion and Music in Twelfth-Century Germany" covering several events in November 2013 including a performance by LIBER and a lecture by Margot Fassler.
  • Prof. Meg Miner and University Librarian Karen Schmidt - "Boundless Spirit: William Morris for the 21st Century" for fall semester 2014.
  • Prof. Alan Shapiro’s visit to campus on the topic of “Translating the Oresteia: The Theory of what Translation Should Be”; hosted by Profs. Prof. Nancy Sultan, Joanne Diaz and Mike Theune.
  • Prof. Sebastiaan Faber's visit to campus on the topic of the Spanish Civil War, hosted by Prof. Carmela Ferradans.

Mellon Humanities Fellows: Faculty receive $1,500 to support work on scholarly or artistic projects that re-center the Humanities and cross-disciplinary boundaries. Humanities Fellows for the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Prof. Carmela Ferradans; "A Digital Library of Bilingual Poetry Podcasts".
  • Prof. Carolyn Nadeau; "The physical senses in early modern Galenism debates and prescriptive domestic literature".
  • Prof. Mike Theune; "Keats’s Negative Capability and Hobbes’s Natural Capacity".
  • Prof. Brandi Reissenweber; research for novel.

Undergraduate Conferences/Workshops, $3,000.00

  • Prof. Irv Epstein (Educational Studies): “Protecting Free Expression” workshop, Fall 2014.
  • Profs. Sonja Fritzsche (MCLL), and Adam Woodis (MCLL): German Undergraduate Research Conference, April 4-5, 2014 and Spring 2015.

Mellon Summer Humanities Scholars, Student Summer Research, sponsored by Faculty Advisor

  • Summer 2013 - Mallika Kavadi's project, entitled "The Dialectic Evolution of The Two Cultures", explored the epistemological consequences of social, scientific, technological, economic, cultural, and historical change over the last fifty years on the sciences and the humanities.  With Prof Meghan Burke (Sociology) advising.
  • Summer 2013 - Joe O'Brien's project, "Red is Like a Trumpet: An Investigation of Qualeic Sensation and Visual Connections", investigated qualeic sensations (sensations not completely defined without experience) associated with attempted recall of episodic memories, and evoking those sensations through visual media. The project was grounded in a philosophical investigation of qualia and memory, but used the disciplines of cognitive science (memory mechanics) and photographic art. Advisers were Profs. Emily Kelahan (Philosophy) and Kevin Strandberg (Art).

 

For additional information, please contact Dan Terkla, terkla@iwu.edu.