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  • 5/15/01

Rania Hegazi, fellowship administrator, Humanities Center: (650) 723-3054,
John Sanford, writer, News Service: (650) 736-2151, jsanford@stanford

Humanities Center selects fellows for 2001-02 academic year

The Stanford Humanities Center has appointed 30 fellows for the 2001-02 academic year.

The fellows will be in residence at the center, meeting regularly in formal and informal sessions while pursuing individual research projects in humanistic disciplines. They hail from various universities and fields, and their projects run the gamut: The gods of politics in Greek cities; a historical and philosophical approach to explanation and application in mathematics; and Schleiermacher's philosophical ethics are just a few of the subjects.

Ten fellows are Stanford graduate students, and nine are Stanford faculty members. As a condition of the fellowship, the faculty fellows are asked to make an intellectual contribution to the Stanford community by, for example, participating in a research workshop, teaching a course or organizing a conference.

This coming fall marks the inauguration of the center's Rockefeller Fellowships in Black Performing Arts, established in conjunction with the Committee on Black Performing Arts. The program will bring two fellows to Stanford each year for the next three years.

The following is a list of the incoming fellows and their research proposals:

Rockefeller Fellows

These fellowships are made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

  • Louise Meintjes, Music, Duke University: "Zulu Ngoma Dance in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Masculinity, Violence and the AIDS Epidemic."
  • Sandra Richards, African-American Studies, Northwestern University: "Performances of Memory: Cultural Tourism to Slave Sites."

External Fellows

These fellowship awards to scholars outside the university are made possible, in part, by a gift from the Rev. Marta Sutton Weeks. Weeks has been a longtime Stanford supporter.

  • Anna Maria Berger, Medieval Music/Musicology, University of California-Davis: "The Implications of the Art of Memory for Music."
  • Paul Berliner, Music/Musicology, Northwestern University: "The Heart That Remembers: A Tale of Musicians in a Time of War."
  • Laura Chrisman, English, Ohio State University: "Rethinking Black Atlanticism: Nationalism and Transnationalism in Black South African Intellectuals, 1900-1935."
  • Marcel Detienne, Classics, Johns Hopkins University: "The Gods of Politics in Greek Cities."
  • Mae Henderson, English, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: "Josephine Baker: Exotic Primitivism and Modernist Icon."
  • Marc Perlman, Music, Brown University: "Someone Else's Songs: Identity, Appropriation and Musical Border-Crossing."
  • Kevin Platt, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Pomona College: "The Imaginary Past: Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great in Russian Nationalist Historical Mythology."
  • Michael Saler, History, University of California-Davis: "The Romance of Reason: Modernity and Enchantment."
  • Aladdin Yaqub, Philosophy, University of New Mexico: "Explanation and Application Within Mathematics: An Historical and Philosophical Approach."

Stanford Faculty Fellows

These faculty fellowship awards are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Mericos Foundation.

  • David Beaver, Linguistics: "Topics as Presupposed Questions."
  • Avner Greif, Economics: "Historical Institutional Analysis."
  • Agnieszka Jaworska, Philosophy: "Ethical Dilemmas at the Margins of Agency."
  • Gavin Jones, English: "Hoboes and Wage Slaves: The Working and Non-Working Poor in American Literature and Culture, 1865-1929."
  • Rob Reich, Political Science: "Authority over the Lives of Children: Conflict Between Parents and the State."
  • Janice Ross, Drama (Dance): "Revolution for the Art of It: The Performance Works of Anna Halprin."
  • Debra Satz, Philosophy: "Inequality of What and Among Whom? The Claims of Global Justice."
  • C.P. Haun Saussy, Asian Languages: "The Ethnography of Rhythm."
  • Brent Sockness, Religious Studies: "The Science of Spirit: Schleiermacher's Philosophical Ethics."

Geballe Dissertation Fellows

These graduate student fellowships are made possible by a gift from Theodore H. and Frances K. Geballe. Theodore Geballe is a Stanford professor of applied physics. The couple have been longtime supporters of the university.

  • Ilias Chrissochoidis, Music: "Early Reception and the Moral Claims of Handel's Oratorios, 1732-1784."
  • Dawn Coleman, English: "Speaking the Word: Sermons, Novels and the Struggle for Cultural Authority in Britain and America, 1845-1880."
  • Michael Foster, Asian Languages and Literatures: "Morphologies of Mystery: Supernatural Discourse and Practice in Japan."
  • Daphne Kleps, Classics: "Orality and Homeric Syntax."
  • Arzoo Osanloo, Cultural and Social Anthropology: "Revealing Liberal Islam: Socio-Legal Constructions of Women's Rights in Iran."
  • Molly Schwartzburg, English: "The Uses of Books: Case Studies in 20th-Century Bibliographic Experimentation."
  • Ethan Segal, History: "Economic Growth and Changes in Elite Power Structures in Medieval Japan."
  • Jason Weems, Art and Art History: "Barnstorming the Prairies: Flight, Aerial Views, and the Idea of the Midwest, 1920-1940."

Pre-Doctoral Fellows

These graduate student fellowships are made possible, in part, by a gift from Theodore H. and Frances K. Geballe.

  • Mia Bruch, History: "Jews and the Emergence of American Cultural Pluralism, 1946-1960."
  • Robin Valenza, English: "The Uses of Knowledge: Scientific and Literary Composition, 1740-1860."


By John Sanford

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