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Research Support

Call for Proposals for 2016-2017 Dresher Center Fellowships:

Due February 15, 2016: Summer Faculty Research Fellowships (Summer 2016)

Due March 15, 2016: Graduate Student Research Fellowship (Fall 2016)

Due May 1, 2016: Residential Faculty Research Fellowship (Spring 2017)

2015-2016 Fellows:

Summer 2015 Faculty Research Fellows

Nicoleta Bazgan
Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
Project: Parisiennes: City Women in French Cinema
Dr. Bazgan will use her summer fellowship to complete her book manuscript, Parisiennes: City Women in French Cinema, which is under contract with University of Liverpool Press. The book examines how female protagonists as urban residents use, map, and imagine Paris on screen. Dr. Barzgan contends that the close relationship between women’s identities and Parisian landscapes positions them as full-fledged residents or city women, providing a key example of urban femininity on screen. Through close readings of select films, the book shows that the on-screen interactions between female protagonists and city spaces are crucial to understanding women’s place(s) in Paris in different socio-cultural, historical, and political contexts. Most importantly, Parisiennes proposes models of urban citizenship that situate diverse women as residents of the celluloid city, aiming to inspire changes in the real city through urban interventions that take gender and other marginal positions into account.

Piotr Gwiazda 
Associate Professor, English
Project: Translation of Zero Visibility: Poems by Grzegorz Wróblewski
Dr. Gwiazda is currently translating Zero Visibility, a book of new poems by the Polish poet Grzegorz Wróblewski, one of Europe’s leading contemporary writers. Dr. Gwiazda’s summer research fellowship will be used for travel to Copenhagen, where Wróblewski lives, and for related activities to bring the project to its completion.

Michael Nance 
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Project: Anarchy, Legitimacy, and Economic Planning in Fichte’s Jena Political Philosophy
Dr. Nance’s summer fellowship will be used for work on a major research article about J.G. Fichte’s political philosophy. The article, which will be submitted to a leading academic journal, will relate Fichte’s evolving views about legitimate political authority during the 1790s to his socialist position in political economy. This work will also become a chapter in Dr. Nance’s planned larger book project on Fichte.

Fall 2015 Residential Graduate Student Fellows

Felix Burgos
Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture
Project: Exploring Memory and Memorialization in the midst of Colombia’s Armed Conflict
The dissertation centers on the construction of memory in Colombia, its discourses, prospects and issues. Colombia, my country of origin, has experienced a long-lived war that has dramatically affected the socio-cultural fabric of the nation. For the last four years, two of the main actors in armed conflict, the Colombian government and the most important guerrilla group, started peace talks that aim to end the armed confrontation in the country. Such prospects for peace have made different institutions to envision Colombia in the context of the post-conflict. For those institutions, the construction of memory constitutes one of the main requirements for the social reconstruction of the country. My project provides a critical analysis to such construction, as I argue that memory and forgetting are concepts that are prone to uses and abuses. One of the main chapters in my dissertation, which this research fellowship will help serve, entails a critical observation of the experiences, construction, and representation(s) of memory in sites devoted to such work.

Rachel Carter
Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture
Project: Imagining otherwise: Narrating transformative identity work in a college-level social justice course
The data I am collecting now consists of three elements:1) student writing assignments, both from the beginning and ending points of the semester; 2) my semester-long teacher/researcher journal, 3) and an audio-taped focus group that will be held at the end of this semester and facilitated by a colleague. In the Fall 2015, I will complete my final stage of data analysis and move into outlining and drafting the chapters of my dissertation. The Dresher Center Residential Fellows program will provide support during this pivotal time in my project. Additionally, the opportunity to present my research through the program will allow me to garner valuable faculty feedback as I prepare to defend my dissertation in the Spring 2016.

Spring 2016 Residential Faculty Research Fellows

Denise D. Meringolo
Associate Professor, History, Director of Public History
Project: Radical Roots: Civic Engagement, Public History, and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism
Most histories of public culture suggest gathering, protecting, and interpreting the past has been a conservative project, designed to restrain social change. Yet most public historians believe that historical methods can empower disenfranchised communities and address pressing social issues. In 2013, I convened a collaborative research project to study this trend. Our initial work identified historical examples and contemporary case studies that can shed new light on public historians’ work as advocates and activists. I am both leader and contributor in this project. My research identified previously overlooked roots for community-based public history education that will establish a deeper history of civic engagement in teaching. As a faculty fellow, I will complete my research. I will also shepherd the project toward completion, working with the various authors to prepare for a 2017 scholarly symposium. I will also serve as project editor. Our digital volume will appear in 2018.

Craig Saper
Professor, Language, Literacy & Culture
Project: A Documentary Script Adaptation of Amazing Adventures of Robert Carlton Brown
I propose to adapt my book, Amazing Adventures of Robert Carlton Brown: Real-Life Zelig of the Twentieth Century (Fordham University Press, forthcoming, 2016) into a script and storyboard for an eventual multimedia/video documentary project. The eventual documentary will supplement and promote the book as well as use the book as leverage to find a production company to produce the documentary. I propose to write the adaptation in the spring of 2016. Editing and adapting scholarship for public media forms is the focus of my entire career.