achievements

Britt Rusert Awarded Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Essay Prize

Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies Britt Rusert was awarded the 2014 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) essay prize for her essay "Delany's Comet: Fugitive Science and the Speculative Imaginary of Emancipation." The prize recognizes excellence in interdisciplinary scholarship on any nineteenth-century topic. Last year "Delany's Comet" also received finalist mention for the Constance Rourke Prize, awarded by the American Studies Association (ASA) for the best article published in American Quarterly.

Jenny Adams Wins NEH Summer Stipend, Distinguished Teaching Award

Associate Professor of English Jenny Adams (a current fellow of the ISI Faculty Seminar on "Value") was awarded a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to undertake a project titled, "Student Debt and University Life in Medieval Oxford." Professor Adams credits the ISI Faculty Seminar with helping her lay the groundwork for her application. 

Stephen Clingman Participates in Colloquium Honoring Anti-Apartheid Hero Bram Fischer

Professor of English and ISI Director Stephen Clingman was an invited participant at a March 26 special colloquium honoring Bram Fischer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fischer was the lawyer who led the defense of Nelson Mandela and the other accused at the Rivonia Trial in 1964. He is now regarded as one the major heroes of the South African anti-apartheid struggle. After the colloquium, Fischer was awarded a posthumous honorary doctorate of law by the University of the Witwatersrand. Clingman's biography of Fischer, "Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary," won the Sunday Times/Alan Paton Award in 1999. 

ISI Fellow Angela de Oliveira Receives NSF-funded Fellowship

Current ISI Value Fellow Angela de Oliveira was selected as a Fellow for the Nation Science Foundation-funded "Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program." According to de Oliveira, she discussed her ISI project in her application for the fellowship.

The program "foster[s] the development of hazards scholars who will expand and strengthen the interdisciplinary research community." The fellowship begins with a weekend meeting in February, where fellows will be introduced to interdisciplinary practices in the study of hazards and disasters, begin to formulate their goals for the program, and meet with mentors and fellows. The Annual Natural Hazards and Applications Workshop will be held in July at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The program selects up to 20 fellows each year for the competitive program. More information about the program can be found on the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers website.

Laura Doyle and Team Awarded Mellon Foundation's Sawyer Grant

Laura Doyle, former ISHA 'Migrations' fellow, is part of a UMass faculty team awarded the prestigious Mellon Foundation's Sawyer Grant for their project, “Beyond Medieval and Modern: Rethinking Global Paradigms of Political Economy and Culture.”

This is the first time that UMass has received this grant, which will fund a postdoctoral graduate fellow and award two dissertation writing fellowships, and convene a series of seminar meetings on their topic. During academic year 2015-16, the seminar team will host leading scholars from the U.S. and abroad who bring a long-historical, global and postcolonial orientation to their research.

Other members of the team include Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji from Economics, Joselyn Almeida Beveridge from English, Annette Damayanti Lienau from Comparative Literature and Honors College, and Johan Mathews from Economics and History. UMass's press release can be found here, and the Hampshire Gazette's coverage here.

Max Page Completes Tenure as Rome Prize Fellow

Current ISI 'Value' fellow Max Page completed his tenure as a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Awarded annually by the American Academy in Rome to about 30 scholars in diverse fields, the prize includes a two-year stipend plus room and board on the Academy's 11-acre campus. Page was in Rome from January to July, during which he kept a blog of more than 200 entries, including photos and observations.

Page researched the way the era of Mussolini is remembered, memorialized, and marked on the physical places of Rome, and his interview with the American Academy in Rome about his work can be found here. Upon returning to Massachusetts, Page published an article in the Boston Globe, "The Roman Architecture of Mussolini, Still Standing."

ISI Fellow Rebecca Lorimer Leonard Receives Promising Researcher Award

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) recognized current ISI Fellow Rebecca Lorimer Leonard with the Promising Researcher Award. The Award recognizes early scholarship that shows promise in influencing the direction of English Studies. Of Lorimer Leonard's work, the committee writes, "Dr. Leonard’s paper takes research in multilingual literacies to a new level by critiquing the romanticizing of 'literacies on the move' and suggesting that educators need to 'leverage' linguistic histories to 'better support multilingual writers' as they adjust dispositions toward language norms and build meta-awareness about their moves within and across languages. This is a much needed piece that addresses the needs of teacher educators—as well as researchers and practitioners in English education, literacy studies, rhetoric, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology--all of whom will gain invaluable insight from Dr. Leonard’s critical analysis."

The announcement as well as a full list of past recipients can be found here

Gubrium's "Hear Our Stories" Project Launches

ISI Fellow Aline Gubrium is the lead PI for "Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice." The research project, funded by the Ford Foundation, is comprised of digital stories told by young mothers enrolled at the Community Adolescent Resources and Education (CARE) Center of Holyoke. Interviewed by New England Public Radio, Gubrium explains that the project helps to "put a face on human policy," and that "[d]igital story telling is a great way to do it. It is shore, captures peoples' attention. It shows the young women in these stories as people getting by in their lives just like everybody else."

The stores were shown for the first time in Holyoke, and subsequent showings are planned for New York City and Boston. Find NePR's coverage here, and a YouTube video about the project here.

Moon Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Former ISHA Fellow Young Min Moon has been selected to receive a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Moon, an associate professor of studio art at UMass was one of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists in the United States and Canada to be chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants on the basis of "prior achievement and exceptional promise." Moon’s practice of art and art criticism are informed by his experience of migration across cultures and hybridized nature of identities in the context of the historical and political relationship between modern Asia and North America. More information about the artist and the award can be found here.

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