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.

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.

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.

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