2015 Dresher Center Summer Faculty Research Fellows
Nicoleta Bazgan (Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication)
Project: Parisiennes: City Women in French Cinema
Nicoleta Bazgan is Assistant Professor of French Cinema and Intercultural Communication at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She received her doctorate in French Studies from The Ohio State University. Dr. Bazgan is also associate editor of the journal, Contemporary French Civilization, published by Liverpool University Press. Her published work focuses on women in on-screen Paris, gender and urban space, migration in European cinemas, and French female stardom.
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 (English)
Project: Translation of Zero Visibility: Poems by Grzegorz Wróblewski
Piotr Gwiazda, Associate Professor of English, received his doctorate from New York University. He has published two critical studies: James Merrill and W.H. Auden: Homosexuality and Poetic Influence (2007) and U.S. Poetry in the Age of Empire, 1979-2012 (2014), both from Palgrave Macmillan. He is also the author of two books of poetry, Gagarin Street and Messages. His translation of Grzegorz Wróblewski’s Kopenhaga was published by Zephyr Press in 2013.
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 (Philosophy)
Project: “Anarchy, Legitimacy, and Economic Planning in Fichte’s Jena Political Philosophy”
Mike Nance received his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He work focuses on the German philosophical tradition, especially Kant and German Idealism, as well as issues in social and political philosophy. Recently he has written about recognition and the nature of the person in Fichte and Hegel. His article, “Recognition, Freedom, and the Self in Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right” is forthcoming in the European Journal of 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.
Previous Dresher Center Summer Research Fellows
Lisa Pace Vetter (Political Science),
“Political Theory and the Founding of American Feminism”
Fan Yang, (Media and Communication Studies),
“Faked in China: Nation Branding, Counterfeit Culture, and the Postsocialist State in Globalization”
Rebecca Adelman (Media and Communication Studies), “The Shadow Rules of Engagement: Visual Practices, Citizen-Subjectivities, and America’s Global War on Terror”
Kathryn Bell (Visual Arts), “Mapping Memory: Sherman’s March and America”
Amy Bhatt (Gender and Women’s Studies), “At Home in Globalization: Gender, Labor and the Migrant Household”
Christine Mallinson (Language, Literacy, and Culture), “Minding the (Opportunity) Gap: Building Partnerships with Schools of Education to Address Systemic Language-Based Challenges in STEM Education”
Marjoleine Kars (History), “Gendering Rebellion: Women and the Berbice Slave Uprising, 1763-1764”
Susan McCully (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies), Eva Muson (Theatre), and Michele Osherow (English/Judaic Studies), “Leah’s Dybbuk: Adapting and Revisioning Ansky’s Play through a Feminist Lens”
Craig Saper (Language, Literacy, and Culture), “Biography of Robert Carlton Brown, 1886-1959”
Edward Larkey (Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication), “Transculture Television in Germany”
Elizabeth Walton (Dance), “Paul Taylor Revealed: The Man Behind the Dance”
Tamara Bhalla (American Studies), “Between History and identity: Readers, Recognition and Authenticity in South Asian- American Literature and Community”
Christopher Corbett (English), “The Borderland of Fable: Myth in the Nineteenth Century American West”
Preminda Jacob (Visual Arts), “The City Beautiful Movement in Chennai, India: Contemporary Mural Painting Confronts Urban Blight”