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Summer Faculty Research Fellows

2017 Dresher Center Summer Faculty Research Fellows

Nicole King, Chair and Associate Professor, American Studies
Project: “Baltimore Revisited: Rethinking and Remaking a Right to the City”

Baltimore Revisted is a public humanities project that grew out of a co-taught humanities seminar at UMBC into a dynamic edited collection bringing together original research on the social history of everyday life in Baltimore and how inequity is grounded in place in in post-industrial cities. The summer fellowship will enable the completion of the project for publication and the development of applications to fund an accompanying digital component to expand the reach of the project, as well as develop curriculum for the book to be used in a variety of fields from history to urban studies.

Michele Osherow, Associate Professor, English
Project: “Keeping the Girls in Stitches: Embroidering Biblical Narrative in the Seventeenth Century”

This project examines representations of biblical women in domestic needlework produced in the seventeenth century, extending my scholarship on early modern readings and representations of biblical heroines to textiles—that is, to texts stitched rather than printed. Renaissance women’s biblical readings are as pronounced and provocative in embroidered texts as they are in those they penned. Women ‘embroidered’ Bible stories literally and metaphorically. Narratives done by needle were not bound to Scriptural accuracy: recognizable characters are placed in unexpected scenes, and varied and contrasting episodes were worked into one stitched piece. These biblical composites function as visual glosses among narratives. What emerges is a stunning complexity of material very much in keeping with the textual intricacies of the Bible itself. I approach these needleworks as a form of biblical commentary because they open up the biblical text in astute and stimulating ways, and from a decidedly feminine perspective.

Meredith Oyen, Associate Professor, History
Project: “Shanghai Survivors: World War Two’s Displaced Persons in Asia and the International Politics of Refugee Resettlement”

This project combines analysis of refugee history and politics with the history of the Holocaust, the Cold War, and Asian decolonization by studying the international efforts to aid displaced persons in China and the Philippines in the decade after World War Two. These displaced persons included Chinese refugees, stateless Jews who fled either Nazi Germany or Bolshevik Russia, and White Russians. Based on extensive research across three continents and dozens of personal stories told through memoirs and oral histories, my book will argue for viewing the rise of the postwar international refugee regime differently in Asia than in Europe, foregrounding the backlash against European imperialism as a critical element in Chinese government cooperation with the United Nations. At the same time, it will explore the refugee experience in Asia through the eyes of the individuals who lived it.

Previous Dresher Center Summer Research Fellows

Summer 2016

Erin Hogan, (Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication)
“Prosopopeia and the Gothic Child in Contemporary Spanish Film”

Christine Mallinson, (Language, Literacy, and Culture)
“Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (2nd Edition)”

Susan McDonough, (History)
“Vile Sluts and Gassy Whores? Prostitutes and Cultural Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean”

Summer 2015

Nicoleta Bazgan, (Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication)
“Parisiennes: City Women in French Cinema”

Piotr Gwiazda, (English)
“Translation of Zero Visibility: Poems by Grzegorz Wróblewski

Michael Nance, (Philosophy)
“Anarchy, Legitimacy, and Economic Planning in Fichte’s Jena Political Philosophy”

Summer 2014

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”

Summer 2013

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”

Summer 2012

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”

Summer 2011

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”