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ACLS Announces the 2014 Charles A. Ryskamp and Frederick Burkhardt Fellows


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2013-14 Charles A. Ryskamp and Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship competitions. These two programs, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, support scholars who are embarking on ambitious, large-scale research projects at critical stages in their academic careers.

"The Ryskamp and Burkhardt Fellowships are targeted interventions in the careers of exceptionally talented scholars," said ACLS Program Officer John Paul Christy. "This group of 24 fellows promises to make significant contributions to a variety of humanistic disciplines through projects as diverse as a study of emerging networks of exchange among contemporary artists in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, an exploration of broad themes underlying modern East Asian interpretations of Shakespeare, and an investigation into the practices of monetizing human life, before and after the abolition of slavery in America."

Since 2002, ACLS's Ryskamp Fellowships have supported advanced assistant professors and untenured associate professors in the humanities and related social sciences whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well-designed and carefully developed plans for new research. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Charles A. Ryskamp, distinguished library and museum director, literary scholar, and long-serving trustee of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Burkhardt Residential Fellowships, launched in 2000, are named for Frederick Burkhardt, president emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin exemplify scholarly dedication to a demanding and ambitious research enterprise. "Burkhardt Fellows spend an academic year of residence at one of the 13 national residential research centers participating in the program," said ACLS Program Officer Matthew Goldfeder. "With the opportunity to engage in an extended exchange with other scholars from a variety of fields and backgrounds, fellows are able to deepen and expand the significance of their research and its impact on the humanities and related social sciences."

2014 Charles A. Ryskamp Fellows

Ulka Anjaria (Assistant Professor of English, Brandeis University)
The Unfinished Bridge: Realism and Futurity in India

Kornel Chang
(Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers University, Newark)
Occupying Knowledge: Expertise, Technocracy, and Decolonization in the U.S. Occupation of Korea

Mhoze Chikowero (Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Tool of Empire, Technology of Self-Liberation: Colonial Radio Broadcasting to Africans in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, 1920s-1980

Jonathan P. Conant (Assistant Professor of History, Brown University)
The Carolingians and the Ends of Empire,
ca. 795-840

Jacob S. Dorman (Assistant Professor of History and American Studies, University of Kansas)
Black Orientalism: Representing Islam in American Popular Culture and African American Religion

Raphael B. Folsom (Assistant Professor of History, University of Oklahoma)
Mestizo Empire: The Chichimeca War and the Making of Mexico, 1540-1610

Stephanie Malia Hom (Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, University of Oklahoma) The Empire Between: Mobility, Colonialism, and Space in Italy and Libya

Sonal Khullar (Assistant Professor of Art, University of Washington)
The Art of Dislocation: Conflict and Collaboration in Contemporary Art from South Asia

Miriam L. Kingsberg (Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Japan's Midwar Generation: Anthropologists and Nation in the Twentieth Century

Sarah E. McGrath (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University)
Knowledge in the Moral Domain

Michael Ralph (Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University)
The Monetary Value of a Human Life

Karl Schafer (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh)
Rationalism, Kantian Constructivism, and the Nature of Morality

Phillip John Usher (Assistant Professor of French, Barnard College)
Violent Theater/Peaceful Politics: Robert Garnier and the French Wars of Religion

Louise E. Walker (Assistant Professor of History, Northeastern University)
Economic Woes: Debt and the Ethics of Capitalism in Modern Mexico

2014 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows

Andrew D. Chignell (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University)
Hope at the Intersection of Philosophy and Psychology
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2015-16

Alexa Huang (Professor of English, George Washington University)
Shakespeare and East Asia
Folger Shakespeare Library in 2015-16

Adria L. Imada (Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego)
Capturing Leprosy: The Medical Gaze in America’s Tropical Empire
Huntington Library in 2014-15

Patrick Keating (Associate Professor of Communication, Trinity University)
A Dynamic Frame: The Moving Camera, Hollywood Narrative, and American Modernity
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2014-15

Christopher MacEvitt (Associate Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College)
Jerusalem Lost: the Holy Land and Islam in Christian Memory
American Academy in Rome in 2015-16

Erez Manela (Professor of History, Harvard University)
The Eradication of Smallpox: Collaboration amid Conflict in the Cold War Era
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2014-15

Nara Milanich (Associate Professor of History, Barnard College)
Family Matters: Testing Paternity in the Twentieth Century
John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in 2014-15

Margaret O'Mara (Associate Professor of History, University of Washington)
Silicon Age: High Technology and the Reinvention of the United States, 1970-2000
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2014-15

Serguei Oushakine (Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University)
Disowned History: Soviet Pasts in the Afterlives of Empire
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science in 2014-15

Paul A. Scolieri (Associate Professor of Dance, Barnard College)
Ted Shawn and the Invention of American Dance
John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in 2014-15

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