Past Fellows (2002-2003)
Christopher Faraone, Professor, Classical Languages & Literatures
"Incantation as Poetic Genre"
I came to the Franke Institute to write a book on the poetics of early Greek metrical incantations: that is, on magical spells as a form of hexametrical poetry. After I got here I (quite unwillingly) began to write a second book on the poetic form of early Greek elegaic poetry, and if all goes well I hope to have rough drafts of both by the end of June.
Francoise Meltzer, Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures
"The Need for Rupture: 1848 in France"
I study the 1848 French Revolution and the extent to which it is viewed as an instance of "rupture" in the works of both writers contemporary to 1848 (Marx, Hugo, etc.) and present-day writers (Barthes, T.J. Clark, etc.). My project looks more closely at these writings to understand what is meant by rupture, and why 1848 is so often turned to as a means of expressing rupture.
Holly Shissler, Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
"The Woman Question in Ottoman Thought, 1870-1919: Individualism, Family Structure, and the Idea of Progress"
Family Structure and the Idea of Progress" My research reconstructs late Ottoman debates around the "woman question" and places them in the wider intellectual context of the period, in order to show how Ottoman reformers viewed fundamental changes in women's place and family structure as integral to the broad, programmatic transformations they sought to affect in all areas of social and political life.
Martin Stokes, Associate Professor, Music
"Global Dimensions of Sentimental Music"
The project considers sentimentalism as a broadly dispersed phenomenon, and takes a number of case studies to focus on the trans-local processes of circulation that shape and define them. This year I have mostly focused on Abd al-Halim Hafiz, the Egyptian crooner of the Nasserite years, who exemplifies the sentimental forging of a vernacular counter-modernity in a space shaped by populist cultural authoritarianism and a vigorous and regionally significant mass media.
Chenxi Tang, Associate Professor, Germanic Studies
"Writing World History: The Emergence of Modern Global Consciousness in the 18th Century"
Modern geographic science was founded in the early decades of the nineteenth century. My project examines the ways in which it grew out of and at the same time decisively shaped Romantic philosophy and literature.
Lisa Wedeen, Assistant Professor, Political Science
"Peripheral Visions: Local Identifications in Unified Yemen"
My book examines the ways in which political identifications get made in the aftermath of dramatic institutional change, and asks: how, in the absence of strong state institutions, does the Yemeni regime attempt to represent national authenticity, cultivate and manage loyalties, and control the terms of unification?
Amy Graves, Doctoral Candidate, Romance Languages & Literatures
"Simon Goulart (1543-1628): historiographe et protojournaliste"
My thesis focuses on the ideological engagement of a Calvinist pastor and amateur historiographer, Simon Goulart, in the collections of memoires that he authored. His discourse is dominated alternately by a historically oriented focus on time and a journalistic emphasis on events. Consequently, as a rhetorical, sociological and epistemological phenomenon, his historiography was a vehicle for the sixteenth-century Huguenot struggle for legitimacy.
Naomi Hume, Doctoral Candidate, Art History
"Alternative Cubisms: Between Paris and Prague"
I focus on four aspects of Czech cubism - collections, exhibitions, criticism, and publications - in order to emphasize both the cultural-political forces that led Czech painters to their interest in French art, and the impact of their use of the style in Prague on the eve of the First World War. While always in dialogue with the West, avant-garde practice in Prague includes a continual re-negotiation of identity that must take questions of nationalism, and social and political consciousness into account.
Kristin McGee, Doctoral Candidate, Music
"Representations and Alienations: The Jazz Canon and the All-Girls Bands in Times of War and Peace (1930-55)'"
My research concerns the entrance of women into heretofore-male dominated spaces of American popular music. Exploring both the historical precedents for the success of all-girl bands and the pressure placed on male jazz musicians by World War II and post-war years, my project examines representations of all-girl bands to analyze the roles of education, sexuality, race, and nationalism in the international reception of women jazz performers.
Ian Moyer, Doctoral Candidate, Ancient Mediterranean World
"Egyptian Priests and Hellenism: Studies in Interaction and Identity"
My project re-examines ancient texts and historical moments - from Herodotus' fifth century BCE journey to Egypt to Apuleius' Metamorphoses in the second century CE - long considered crucial for understanding the cultural and intellectual encounter between Greek civilization and Egyptian. Since priests figure as the primary exponents of Egyptian tradition in these transactional episodes, I explore evidence for their motivations and interests.