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Residential Faculty Research Fellows

Spring 2017 Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellows

Calla_Thompson-200x300Calla Thompson, Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Project: The Velvet Fist: Lesbian and Gay Liberation in 1981 Toronto

I will use the fellowship to work on my book project, The Velvet Fist, a work of historical fiction. The book will reanimate the beginnings of the lesbian and gay civil rights movement in Toronto in 1981, starting with the violent police raid of four gay bathhouses and arrest of 286 men, followed by a riot of 3,000 gay men and lesbians. These actions, along with the first Gay Pride Parade and multiple demonstrations, marked the birth of the LGBT movement in Canada, the year that the gay and lesbian community ‘came out’ publicly. Despite the significance of the events of 1981, they have not been examined in existing literature.

VaporisConstantine Vaporis, Director, Asian Studies Program, and Professor, History
Project: Sword and Brush: Portraits of Samurai Life in Early Modern Japan, 1600-1868

I will complete my current book manuscript during the fellowship. Despite the widespread appeal of the samurai as cultural icon, there is a dearth of historical scholarship on the subject in English. Sword and Brush will be the first collection of biographies of samurai, who were the political – military elite of early modern, or Tokugawa, society. This volume, which will be aimed at the general reader and is both a social history of early modern Japan told through the biographies of ten samurai and a study of biography as a historical genre.

Past Dresher Center Faculty Research Fellows 

Spring 2016

Denise D. Meringolo, History: “Radical Roots: Civic Engagement, Public History, and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism”

Craig Saper, Language, Literacy & Culture: “A Documentary Script Adaptation of Amazing Adventures of Robert Carlton Brown”

Spring 2015

Marjoleine Kars, History: “Freedom Marooned: The 1763 Slave Rebellion in Dutch Guyana”

Margaret Re, Visual Arts: “Design, Desire and Consumption: Contemporary American Textiles, Contemporary American Wallpaper, and Containers and Packaging”

Spring 2014

Kimberly R. Moffitt, American Studies: “Acting While Black (and Male) in Disney’s Land”

Carole McCann, Gender and Women’s Studies: “Malthus, Mathematics, and Modern Masculinity: Demographic Discipline and Mid-Twentieth Century Population Politics”

Spring 2013 (inaugural fellowship term)

Kate Brown, History: “Being There: Place, Space, and the Historical Method”

Preminda Jacob, Visual Arts: “The Painted Walls of Chennai: Street Semiotics in an Indian City”