Friday, February 21, 2014

ACLS Awards 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships to Eight Teams of Scholars

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships. The eight teams of scholars that were selected for funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology, and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications. The program, which is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate the creative potential of collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences.

“The 2014 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellows put on display the wide range of collaborative projects that scholars pursue in the humanities and related social sciences today,” said ACLS Program Officer Matthew Goldfeder. “The program will support some joint projects that are possible only due to the different specializations each collaborator brings to the project, and others where team members will work to synthesize viewpoints and explanations across disparate fields.”

The diversity of this year’s collaborations includes projects that combine deep expertise in fields such as linguistics, geography, history, literature, and visual studies. That diversity also extends to modes of dissemination, with several of this year’s collaborations foreseeing both print and digital outcomes.

Historian Marina A. Rustow (Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University) and Judaic studies scholar Eve Krakowski (Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University) are devising new methods to analyze a trove of medieval Jewish and Islamic government and administrative texts preserved in the Cairo Geniza, to produce a co-authored print handbook that will help spur a new approach to Islamic institutional history and serve as a resource for future scholars.

Investigating how the aesthetic representation and politics of resource governance combined to shape potable water and drainage projects in early twentieth-century Mexico City, geographer Jeffrey M. Banister (Assistant Research Social Scientist, University of Arizona) and art historian Stacie G. Widdifield (Professor, University of Arizona) will co-author a monograph and also develop a website for further interdisciplinary exchanges on water and its representation.

English literature scholar George Edmondson (Associate Professor, Dartmouth College) and German studies scholar Klaus Mladek (Associate Professor, Dartmouth College) will track and revitalize a tradition of melancholic thinking—one both mournful and jubilant, attuned to grief but at the same time an engine of political transformation—from its origin in Greek philosophy through its resurgence in medieval and early modern writers to twentieth-century thinkers in their proposed monograph, A Politics of Melancholia.

Linguist Lisi Oliver (Professor, Louisiana State University) and English literature scholar Stefan Jurasinski (Associate Professor, State University of New York, College at Brockport) will publish an accessible, critical edition of the numerous laws issued by King Alfred the Great in ninth-century England, and show how and where they were indebted to and diverged from prior legal and ecclesiastical traditions.

In Serving the Nation, Safeguarding the Home: Civil Defense, Citizenship, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Britain, historians Susan R. Grayzel (Professor, University of Mississippi) and Lucy Noakes (Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton) explore how a modern, imperial state came to terms with modern total warfare, and how the changing impact of warfare shaped gendered notions of citizenship.

Literature scholar Allison Renée Busch (Associate Professor, Columbia University) and art historian Molly Emma Aitken (Associate Professor, City University of New York, City College) will combine insights from literary and visual depictions of ideal women to shed new light on the overlapping Muslim and Hindu cultural realms in sixteenth- through nineteenth-century India in their co-authored monograph, Aesthetic Worlds of the Indian Heroine.

Historians Rebecca Jo Plant (Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego) and Frances M. Clarke (Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney) plan to reveal how the participation of child soldiers in U.S. wars from the American Revolution to WWII reflected and redefined understandings of childhood itself in a co-authored series of articles and monograph.

Focusing on place-based struggles in British Columbia, New Zealand, and Kansas, geographers Jay T. Johnson (Associate Professor, University of Kansas) and Soren C. Larsen (Associate Professor, University of Missouri) will co-author a book exploring how the ongoing tensions between Indigenous groups and non-Indigenous communities and governments are transforming the places and politics of settler states in the twenty-first century.

Further information about this year’s eight funded projects can be found here. An overview of ACLS fellowship programs, which will award more than $15 million to nearly 400 scholars this year, can be found here.