You are here

Stanford Humanities Center Announces 2021–22 Fellows

D60_1109.jpg

Stanford Humanities Center
Stanford Humanties Center (image credit: Steve Castillo)

The Stanford Humanities Center is pleased to announce the appointment of 33 fellows for the upcoming academic year 2021–22.


The new cohort will work on projects with such topics as the daily life of caste in India, comics in movement, religious reform in sixteenth-century Florence, feminism in robotic technology, migrant life in Chile, and more. In addition to pursuing individual research, each fellow will contribute to the Stanford community through their participation in workshops, lectures, and other events.

Four of next year’s fellows are Stanford faculty: Patricia Alessandrini (Department of Music), R. Lanier Anderson (Department of Philosophy), Tanya Luhrmann (Department of Anthropology), and Sharika Thiranagama (Department of Anthropology). The Center will also welcome nine external faculty fellows along with ten Stanford PhD students, who were awarded Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellowships, and ten postdoctoral Mellon Scholars in the Humanities. The Mellon Fellowship is a three-year program for recent PhDs to pursue research, while teaching two courses per year in a Stanford humanities department.

After more than a year of working remotely, with limited access to the building, the Center looks forward to returning to the vibrant community of a more typical fellowship year.

“As we emerge from the most disruptive period in the Humanities Center’s history, it will be a joy for all of us to welcome our fellows in person,” said director Roland Greene. “We’ll return to our building with a renewed appreciation for the informal encounters that are so integral to the fellowship community. We look forward to supporting these ambitious research projects.”

In addition, the Center will add to its roster approximately 10 undergraduate Hume Humanities Honors Fellows, writing their senior theses on humanities topics, who will be nominated by faculty in the upcoming academic year.

The Center is also pleased to offer a newly announced Career Launch Fellowship program to support advanced Stanford graduate students. Intended to serve as a bridge between the end of the university's formal support and the transition to a postdoctoral fellowship or a faculty position, the program will be launched with four fellows to be named this summer.

APPLY FOR 2022-23: The Center will begin accepting applications for the 2022–23 academic year in August. More details about fellowships, including application instructions and eligibility, are available here.


About the Stanford Humanities Center

Established in 1980, the Stanford Humanities Center sponsors advanced research in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences by investing in experiences—fellowships, workshops, lectures, and other events—that enrich research in and across the disciplines. Through a partnership with the renowned Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the Humanities Center embraces emerging digital methods to complement traditional kinds of analysis and interpretation. Together, the Stanford Humanities Center and CESTA serve as the hub of an international network of fellows, visiting scholars, students, and alumni. For further information, please visit shc.stanford.edu.


Image credit: Stanford Humanities Center (J. G. Amato not pictured)


2021–22 Humanities Center Fellows and Projects
 

Rushain Abbasi
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Beyond the Divine Command: A History of the Secular in Premodern Islam

Patricia Alessandrini
Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Music, Stanford University
Sonic Cyberfeminisms: Creating a Feminist-Informed Vision of Robotic Technology in an Immersive Performance

J. G. Amato
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Cosimo's Church: The Politics of Religious Reform in Sixteenth Century Florence

R. Lanier Anderson
Donald Andrews Whittier Internal Fellow
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University
Montaigne and the Life of Philosophy

Daniele Biffanti
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of French and Italian, Stanford University
The Italian Resistance and its Narrative Mythologizations: Four Possible Paths

BuYun Chen
External Faculty Fellow
Department of History, Swarthmore College
Crafting at the Fringes of Empires: Ecology, Trade, and Technology in the Ryukyu Kingdom

Eli Cook
External Faculty Fellow
Department of History, University of Haifa
Forced to Choose: American Children, Choice Architects, and the Culture of Neoliberal Capitalism

Phoebus Cotsapas
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of French and Italian, Stanford University
Un autre monde pour le philosophe? Mortality and the Limits of Philosophy in Early Modern Atheism

Pablo Seward Delaporte
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
The Risks of Violence: The Politics of Migrant Life in Chile

Ksenia Ershova
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University 
Participant encoding in West Circassian: Subjects, Objects and Other Characters

Margaret Galvan
Distinguished Junior External Fellow
Department of English, University of Florida
Comics in Movement

Kirstin Haag
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Music, Stanford University
Music, Manuscripts, and Missionaries in the Early Colonial Guatemalan Highlands

Daniel Hernández
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University
Beyond Naturalism: Ethnographic Recordings in Modern Latin American Literature

Ana Ilievska
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of French and Italian, Stanford University
The Machine in the Novel: Fictional Human-Machine Interactions at the European Periphery (ca. 1870–1914)

Seungyeon Gabrielle Jung
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
Toward a Utopia Without Revolution: Developmentalism, Globalization, and Design

David Kazanjian
Marta Sutton Weeks External Fellow
Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
Ante-Possession: The Afterlives of Dispossession

Radhika Koul
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
The Drama of our World: Spectator & Subject in Medieval Kashmir & Early Modern Europe

Tanya Luhrmann
Violet Andrews Whittier Internal Fellow
Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
Voices (or, Voices of Spirit, Voice of Madness)

Lucía Martínez Valdivia
External Faculty Fellow
Department of English, Reed College
Audiation: Listening to Writing

Nick Mayhew
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University
Queer Traditions in Early Modern Russia 

Michelle Oing
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University
Puppet Potential: Visual and Kinetic Mimesis in Late Medieval Sculpture, 1300–1525

Traci Parker
External Faculty Fellow
Department of African American Studies, University of Massachusetts
Beyond Loving: Love, Sex, and Marriage in the Black Freedom Movement

Rhodes Pinto
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University
Presocratic Treatments of Motion

Ali Qasmi
External Faculty Fellow
Department of History, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Over the Moon: Ulema, State, and Authority in Pakistan

Amanda Reid
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
To Own Ourselves: Dancing Caribbean Radicalism in Independent Jamaica

Margarita Rosa
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
The Enslaved Womb: The Legislation of Black Maternity and Freedom of the Womb in Brazil

Shu-Mei Shih
Marta Sutton Weeks External Fellow
Department of Comparative Literature & East Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA
Comparative Literature in a Relational World

Nigel Smith
Marta Sutton Weeks External Fellow
Department of English, Princeton University
Literature Crossing Ethnic and Racial Boundaries, 1600–1700

John Tennant
Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Classics, Stanford University
Proverbial Plato: Proverbs, Gnomai, and the Reformation of Discourse in Plato’s Republic

Sharika Thiranagama
Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
Emancipation Projects: The Everyday Life of Caste in India

Anna Toledano
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Collecting Independence: The Science and Politics of Natural History Museums in New Spain, 1770–1820

Lora Webb
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Art and Art History
‘Kosmos’ Embodied: Eunuchs and Byzantine Art in the Ninth through Twelfth Centuries

Carolyn Zola
Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Public Women: Urban Provisioners, 1750s to 1860s


The Center’s fellowships are made possible by gifts and grants from the following individuals, foundations, and Stanford offices: The Esther Hayfer Bloom Estate, Theodore H. and Frances K. Geballe, Mimi and Peter Haas, Marta Sutton Weeks, the Mericos Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the offices of the Dean of Research and the Dean of Humanities and Sciences.