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Stanford Report, October 11, 2000
Humanities Center announces new director, fellows

Peter Stansky, the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, will be director of the Humanities Center for the 2000-01 academic year, the center announced recently. Stansky succeeds Keith Baker, who is now cognizant dean of the humanities in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Stansky has taught at Stanford since 1968. He has held Guggenheim fellowships in 1966-67 and 1973-74. Among his published works, he is the co-author of Journey to the Frontier: Two Roads to the Spanish Civil War, and London's Burning: Life, Death and Art in the Second World War, and the author of On or About 1910: Early Bloomsbury and Its Intimate World.

As Humanities Center director, Stansky will hold the Anthony P. Meier Family Professorship in the Humanities.

One of the oldest campus-based humanities research institutes in the country, the Humanities Center was founded in 1980 to promote humanistic research and education, both at Stanford and nationally. It provides one-year fellowships including offices, Stanford research resources and stipends for advanced research by faculty members from Stanford and other institutions, as well as for Stanford graduate students.

The fellows for 2000-01, listed below, will pursue individual research and study and meet regularly during the year.

Stanford Faculty Fellows

R. Lanier Anderson, assistant professor of philosophy: "On the Autonomy of the Normative Realm";

Arnold Eisen, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and Religion: "Eruv: Jews, Judaism and the Dilemmas of Multicultural Citizenship";

Heather Hadlock, assistant professor of music: "Pants Parts: Female Travesty in Opera, 1790-1850";

Nicholas Jenkins, assistant professor of English: "The Island: W. H. Auden and the Making of Post-National Poetry";

Seth Lerer, professor of English and comparative literature: "Unanswered Eloquence: The Rhetoric of Scholarship, Medieval to Modern";

Jack Rakove, Coe Professor of History and American Studies: "Victims of Federalism: A Constitutional History of Indian Relations, 1750-1840";

Thomas Wasow, professor of linguistics: "Phrasal Ordering."

These fellowships are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Mericos Foundation.

External Faculty Fellows

J. Gordon Brotherston, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana University: "Indigenous Accounts of Tropical American Culture: A New Correlation";

William Kuskin, assistant professor of English, University of Southern Mississippi: "William Caxton and the English Canon: Print Production and Ideological Transformation in the Late 15th Century";

Lorraine Piroux, assistant professor of French, Rutgers University: "Books and Boxes: The Literary Imagination of Joseph Cornell";

Wang Zheng, affiliated scholar, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University: "Gender and Maoist Urban Reorganization";

Wolfgang Welsch, professor of philosophy, University of Jena, Germany: "Beyond Anthropocentrism: Reconfigurations in Epistemology and Metaphysics."

These external fellowships are made possible, in part, by a gift from Marta Sutton Weeks.

Shared Research Group Fellows

Dorian Llywelyn, pastor of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lampeter, Wales, and lecturer in theology and religious studies, University of Wales, Lampeter, and Clifford McLucas, creative director, Brith Gof, Cardiff, Wales, and honorary research fellow, University of Wales, Lampeter, will be working in collaboration with classics Professor Michael Shanks of Stanford on a project titled "The Three Landscapes."

Graduate Student Fellows

Geballe Dissertation Fellows: Charles Carlson, history: "Manufacturing Silicon Valley: Competing Ideologies and Cultures of Work in the Development of the Santa Clara Valley Semiconductor Industry, 1957-1985";

Lisa Claypool, art history: "Figuring the Body: Painting Manuals in Late Imperial China";

Malick Ghachem, history: "The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution: Transformations in the Constitution of Slavery, 1685-1804";

Ryan Johnson, English: "The Disciplined Tongue: The New Philology and the Politics of Language in 19th-Century England";

B. Venkat Mani, German studies: "On the Question: What is Turkish-German? Minority Literatures and the Dialectics of Exclusion";

Valentina Ricci-Helstad, French and Italian: "Early Modern Anatomies of Misogyny: Performing Strategies in and Around Boccaccio's Corbaccio";

Gillian Weiss, history: "Back from Barbary: Captivity, Redemption and French Identity in the 17th- and 18th-Century Mediterranean."

Pre-Doctoral Fellows: David Colón, English: "'Organoforms': The Ideogram from Imagism to Concretism";

Hilary Edwards, English: "Literary History and the Disenchantment of the World";

Simon May, philosophy: "The Idea of Social Cooperation in the Theory of Democracy and Egalitarianism";

Andrew Wong, linguistics: "Sworn Brothers, Orchid Sisters: Language, Sexuality and Chinese Transnationalism."

Funding for the graduate fellowship program at the Humanities Center comes is made possible by a gift from Theodore H. and Frances K. Geballe.