Fall 2020 IHC Faculty Award Winners

Faculty Funding Award Winners

Fall 2020 IHC Faculty Award Winners

December 7, 2020

The IHC is pleased to announce the results of its Fall 2020 awards competition. Congratulations to the winners of IHC Faculty Collaborative and Fellowship Awards!

Award of up $2,000 for collaborative research or instructional projects during the next eighteen months

Feminismo desde abajo, y al Sur (Feminism from below, and to the South)
Troy Araiza Kokinis, History
Charmaine Chua, Global Studies

Feminismo desde abajo, y al Sur (Feminism from below, and to the South) is a speakers series set for Winter and Spring 2021 that will host prominent organizers from the insurgent Latin American feminist movement.

One-quarter teaching release to concentrate on research projects in the 2021-22 academic year

Allison Caplan, History of Art and Architecture: “Our Flickering Creations: Art Theory Under the Aztec Empire”

This project reconstructs Indigenous Nahua (Aztec) art theory for highly valued artworks that combined precious stones, feathers, and metals. The first study to recognize this Indigenous genre of art works closely with Nahua visual and textual sources to reconstruct a previously unrecognized body of non-Western art theory that provides access to the conceptual underpinnings of Nahua art. The project develops a new methodological approach within art history by integrating analytical tools from anthropology, linguistics, and literary studies to access highly underutilized textual and linguistic sources in the Nahuatl language.

Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky, Global Studies: “Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State”

In the half-century before World War I, over a million Muslims from Russia arrived as refugees in the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman government resettled them throughout the empire: from Bulgaria in the west, through Anatolia, to Syria and Jordan in the east. This book project shows how Muslim refugees transformed the late Ottoman state and how the Ottomans created their own refugee regime, among the world’s first. Using documents in Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, and Russian, the project demonstrates that refugee resettlement both accelerated the demise of the empire in the Balkans and prolonged Ottoman rule in the Arab world.

Giuliana Perrone, History: “The Problem of Emancipation in the Age of Slavery: Law and Abolition after the U.S. Civil War”

This book project explores the unresolved legal problems related to slavery that arose after the U.S. Civil War. It explains the different ways those problems were resolved, the consequences their resolutions had on the lives of white and black Americans, and most important, how, as a result, the legacies of slavery developed in the way that they did. Using abolitionism as a theoretical framework, it argues that judges across the former slave states crafted a legal regime that recognized emancipation, but substantially restricted the promise of abolition, leaving elements of slavery intact and the burdens of former enslavement unresolved.

Elana Resnick, Anthropology: “Alchemy At Its Limits: Waste, Race, and Radical Transformation”

What are the politics, mechanisms, and ramifications of socio-material alchemy, of radical transformation? Through an interdisciplinary exploration of waste management and metaphors of social waste in Europe, this book investigates the processes, practices, possibilities, and limits of transformation. This book provides a new way to think about what transformation means and where the limits of transformation lie. It does so by intervening into scholarly debates about the porous boundaries between humans and nonhuman things in order to ask how human-nonhuman transformation takes shape as humans are thingified, waste things become potential, and humans work to transform the world around them.

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