Achievements

With its more than one hundred fellows to date, the ISI has hosted some of the most active and successful of our colleagues on campus. In many cases their projects, under development in an ISI seminar, have come to fruition in scholarly or creative arenas. While we do not claim credit for all successes or special recognitions, we are proud to list some of the achievements of our ISI community here.

ISI Fellow Mednicoff Receives ZiF Fellowship

Current ISI Fellow David Mednicoff has been invited to be a fellow for a research group on Balancing Religious Accommodation and Human Rights and Human Rights in Constitutional Frameworks. He will be working on his book on the rule of law and religious politics in cross-national Arab perspective, as well as a related law review article and book chapter.

The ZiF is Bielefeld University's Institute for Advanced Study, and fosters outstanding and innovative interdisciplinary research projects, which it selects through a highly competitive application process. A statement of the theme of the fellowship work group can be found here. A list of the members of the work group including Mednicoff, can be found here.

Henderson Book is Finalist for Lambda Literary Award

Former ISI Fellow Lisa Henderson's book Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production (NYU 2013), one chapter of which was developed in an ISHA seminar, is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBT Studies. Finalists for the awards were announced in early March by the Lambda Literary Foundation. The Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2013. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 2 at Cooper Union in New York City.

More information about the award can be found here.

2013 Report on Research Highlights ISI

The 2013 University of Massachusetts Amherst Report on Research highlights the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) in "Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Studies' Intellectual Adventure". The annual Report on Research is a report on the campus's achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement.

The report celebrate's the ISI's promotion to a full-fledged institute, notes the publication of its first book, and features commentary from ISI fellows past and present. The full report on the ISI can be found here.

Review of 'Negotiating Culture' in March 2014 issue of CHOICE

A review in the March 2014 issue of CHOICE "highly recommends" the volume Negotiating Culture: Heritage, Ownership, and Intellectual Property, edited by Laetitia La Follette. CHOICE is a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Negotiating Culture examines issues of cultural heritage and intellectual property in a variety of contexts, from contests over tangible artifacts to more abstract forms of culture such as language and oral traditions. This edited volume originates from the productive discussions of the ISI faculty seminars. More information about the book from the University of Massachusetts Press can be found here.

Krauthamer Book Wins NAACP Image Award

Current ISI Fellow Barbara Krauthamer's book with photographic historian Deborah Willis Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery won the 45th Annual NAACP Image Award in the category of non-fiction. The awards, presented in 35 categories in literature, motion pictures, recording, documentary, writing and directing, were televised live Feb. 22 from Pasadena, Calif.  The awards celebrate the achievements of people of color in the arts and the promotion of social justice through creative endeavors.

Envisioning Emancipation illustrates what freedom looked like for black Americans in the Civil War era. From photos of the enslaved on plantations and African-American soldiers and camp workers in the Union Army to Juneteenth celebrations, slave reunions, and portraits of black families and workers in the American South, the images in this book challenge perceptions of slavery. They show not only what the subjects emphasized about themselves but also the ways Americans of all colors and genders opposed slavery and marked its end. Krauthamer and Willis amassed 150 photographs—some never before published—from the antebellum days of the 1850s through the New Deal era of the 1930s.

More information about Krauthamer's award can be found here.

 

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