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Graduate Student Fellowship Program

Dresher Center for the Humanities Residential Fellowships


COMING SOON: Application Deadline for Fall 2016 Fellowship is March 15, 2016

The Dresher Center for the Humanities invites applications for two residential graduate student research fellowships. Funding will be given for the fall 2016 semester and is intended to support promising research by graduate students in the humanities. The fellowships are open to all UMBC doctoral and master’s level students working on humanities-related research projects that will culminate in a dissertation or master’s thesis.

Fellows will reside two days a week in a shared office in the Dresher Center during the fall semester and will receive up to $1,000 to be used for research travel, materials, or other directly-related research expenses. Fellows will present a session as part of the CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now series and attend the Humanities Forum and other Dresher Center events and workshops.

After the fall semester, fellows will submit a summary of the work they accomplished during the semester, as well as a statement on the progress made towards the completion of their dissertation or master’s thesis.

Fall 2015 Dresher Center Graduate Residential Fellows 

Felix Burgos, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program: “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 Program: “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.

Past Dresher Center Graduate Residential Fellows 

Fall 2014

Kevin Wisniewski, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program: “(Re)membering Francis Hopkinson and his Literary Gambols”
Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Designer of the American flag. First native-born American composer. First writer of an American opera. Poet. Political pamphleteer. Magazine editor. Painter. Scientist and inventor. Federal judge. Librarian. Community organizer. Colonial lawyer, customs collector, and merchant. These are just a few of the roles held by Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791), and yet little, if anything, is remembered of him. The dissertation, toward which this research proposal works, aims to recover Hopkinson’s work, to (re)member it as part of the legacy of the American Revolution and early republic, and thereby to examine the professionalization of English and History departments, the formation of the literary canon, and the opportunities and challenges facing education, publishing and community engagement in the digital age by applying Hopkinsonian methods and lines of inquiry towards our own cultural milieu.

Fall 2013

Emek Ergun, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, & Culture Program
Ergun is writing her dissertation, exploring the ways in which the feminist virginity knowledges of an American book, Virgin, traveled from the U.S. to Turkey through her politically-defined translation. Her advisor is Dr. Carole McCann, Chair of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department. She was recently awarded the National Women’s Studies Association’s Graduate Scholarship for 2013.

Teresa Foster, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, & Culture Program.
Foster’s dissertation research is on eighteenth-century British convict transportation to the American colonies. Her advisor is Dr. Marjoleine Kars, Chair of the History Department. Teresa earned a MA in Historical Studies and a BA in Gender & Women’s Studies from UMBC. She was also the recipient of the 2013-2014 Maryland Historical Society Wing Graduate Research Fellowship.