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Seven Teams of Scholars Awarded 2013 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Collaborative Research Fellowships. The seven teams of scholars that were selected for funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications. The program, which is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate the creative potential of collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences.

“The 2013 ACLS Collaborative Research fellows come from a range of humanities fields, but more importantly, they represent collaborations across all faculty ranks and stages of the academic career,” notes ACLS Director of Fellowship Programs Nicole Stahlmann. “The continuous diversification of the applicant pool over the past five years of the program suggests that collaborative research is gaining traction among both tenured and untenured scholars.”

This year’s cohort will pursue projects on topics ancient and modern, from a variety of disciplinary angles:

Historian Stefanos Geroulanos (Assistant Professor, New York University) and anthropologist Todd Meyers (Assistant Professor, Wayne State University) will study the shifts in medical and physiological thought spurred by the battlefield traumas of World War I, with a co-authored monograph entitled The Whole on the Verge of Collapse.

Tracking the experiences of vulnerable inner-city residents in a violently policed neighborhood of Philadelphia, anthropologists Philippe Bourgois (Professor, University of Pennsylvania) and Laurie Hart (Professor, Haverford College) will co-author Cornered, a photo-ethnographic book that documents the effects of twenty-first century poverty and hyper-incarceration in the post-industrial inner city.

Art historians Sarah Hamill (Assistant Professor, Oberlin College) and Megan Luke (Assistant Professor, University of Southern California) will shed new light on the role of photography in shaping modern conceptions of art and history with Sculpture and Photography: The Art Object in Reproduction,a co-authored study of theories of imaging technologies and the limits of perception.

Historian Michael E. Kulikowski (Professor, Pennsylvania State University, College Park) and classicist Gavin A. J. Kelly (Associate Professor, University of Edinburgh) will publish The Landmark Ammianus Marcellinus, an accessible, critical translation of the understudied fourth-century historian, whose writings provide an invaluable window into the dynamics of the late Roman empire.

English literature scholars Heather Blurton (Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara) and Hannah Johnson (Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh) reconsider the medieval and modern receptions of Chaucer’s anti-Semitic poetry in their proposed monograph Ethics, Criticism, Anti-Semitism: Chaucer’s Prioress and the Jews

In The Civil War: An Environmental History, Appalachian State University historians Timothy Silver (Professor) and Judkin Browning (Associate Professor) will combine military, social, and environmental historical methodologies to demonstrate both the Civil War’s disruptive influence on the relationships between people and nature, and how natural factors (disease, malnutrition, weather) helped shape the course of the war.

Reframing the history of Soviet mass violence in the 30s and 40s, historians Lynne A. Viola (Professor, University of Toronto) and Jeffrey J. Rossman (Associate Professor, University of Virginia) will co-author Stalin’s Great Terror, a volume of scholarly criticism on the mass violence and its aftermath, and will also publish annotated collections of documentary evidence about the Great Terror’s greatest perpetrators.

Further information about this year’s seven funded projects can be found here. An overview of ACLS fellowships programs, which will award over $15 million to nearly 400 scholars this year, can be found here

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