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December 11, 2019
Humanities War & Peace Initiative Grants

The Humanities War and Peace Initiative (HWPI) fosters the study of war and peace from the perspective of scholars in the Humanities, in conversation with colleagues from around Columbia and the world.  Generously supported by President Bollinger, this initiative aims to encourage creative thinking about the critical topic of war, with an ultimate goal of perpetuating a more peaceful world. 

Congratulations to all of the grantees of the Fall 2019 Humanities War & Peace Initiative:
New Books
Columbia's Humanities faculty published a number of new books this fall.  Some of these will also be featured in the New Books in the Arts & Sciences panel discussion series co-sponsored by the The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.  If you would like your next publication to be considered for inclusion in the series, please contact Jessica Lilien.
Karen Benezra (LAIC)
Dematerialization: Art and Design in Latin America examines the intertwined experimental practices and critical discourses of art and industrial design in Argentina, Mexico, and Chile in the 1960s and 1970s. Provocative in nature, this book investigates the way that artists, critics, and designers considered the relationship between the crisis of the modernist concept of artistic medium and the radical social transformation brought about by the accelerated capitalist development of the preceding decades. 

Claudia Breger (Germanic)
The twenty-first century has witnessed a resurgence of economic inequality, racial exclusion, and political hatred, causing questions of collective identity and belonging to assume new urgency. Making Worlds: Affect and Collectivity in Contemporary European Cinema argues that contemporary European cinema provides ways of thinking about and feeling collectivity that can challenge these political trends.

Breger will discuss her book as part of the New Books in Arts & Sciences series on March 30, 2020.

Jo Ann Cavallo (Italian)
Cavallo wrote "The Iliad and the Odyssey in the Epic Maggio of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines" for Performing Homer: The Voyage of Ulysses from Epic to Opera. This essay compares adaptations of the Iliad and the Odyssey in the maggio epico tradition of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, showing how the Homeric narrative is refashioned in accordance with the established conventions of the maggio genre as well as how maggio adaptations of even the same source material can be reshaped to transmit vastly different value systems. 

Partha Chatterjee (MESAAS)
The forms of liberal government that emerged after World War II are in the midst of a profound crisis.  I Am the People: Reflections on Popular Sovereignty Today reconsiders the concept of popular sovereignty in order to explain today’s dramatic outburst of movements claiming to speak for “the people.”

Justin Clarke-Doane (Philosophy)
Morality and Mathematics, explores arguments for and against moral realism and mathematical realism, how they interact, and what they can tell us about areas of philosophical interest more generally. The book argues that, contrary to widespread belief, our mathematical beliefs have no better claim to being self-evident or provable than our moral beliefs. Nor do our mathematical beliefs have better claim to being empirically justified than our moral beliefs.

Clarke-Doane will discuss his book at the New Books in Arts & Sciences series on March 31, 2020.

Hamid Dabashi (MESAAS)
Europe has long imagined itself as the centre of the universe, although its precise geographical, cultural and social terrains have always been amorphous. Exploring the fear and fascination associated with the continent as an allegory, Europe and Its Shadows: Coloniality after Empire considers Europe to be a historically formed barricade against the world.

David Freedberg (AHAR)
Honoring "the vital impact of David Freedberg," Tributes to David Freedberg: Image and Insight includes essays by leading specialists on early modern northern European and Italian art & history, prints & print culture, iconoclasm & responses to images, connoisseurship, & the history of collecting.  

Wael Hallaq (MESAAS)
Reforming Modernity: Ethics and the New Human in the Philosophy of Abdurrahman Taha is a sweeping intellectual history and philosophical reflection built around the work of the Morocco-based philosopher Abdurrahman Taha, one of the most significant philosophers in the Islamic world since the colonial era. The book contends that Taha is at the forefront of forging a new, non-Western-centric philosophical tradition, and explores how Taha’s philosophical project sheds light on recent intellectual currents in the Islamic world and puts forth a formidable critique of Western and Islamic modernities.
Rashid Khalidi (MESAAS)
In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the country had an indigenous population who would not easily accept their own displacement. He warned of the perils ahead, ending his note, “in the name of God, let Palestine be left alone.” Thus begins The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017, the first general account of the conflict told from an explicitly Palestinian perspective.

Eugenia Lean (EALAC)
Vernacular Industrialism in China: Local Innovation and Translated Technologies in the Making of a Cosmetics Empire, 1900–1940 explores how unlikely individuals devised unconventional, homegrown approaches to industry and science in early twentieth-century China. Lean shows how vernacular industrialists accessed worldwide circuits of law and science and experimented with local and global processes of manufacturing to navigate, innovate, and compete in global capitalism. In doing so, they presaged the approach that has helped fuel China’s economic ascent in the twenty-first century.

Deborah Paredez (English)
In the tradition of women as the unsung keepers of history, Year of the Dog, Paredez’s second poetry collection, tells her story as a Latina daughter of the Vietnam War.  The title refers to the year 1970 - the Year of the Metal Dog in the lunar calendar - which was the year of the author’s birth, the year her father prepared to deploy to Vietnam along with many other Mexican-American immigrant soldiers, and a year of tremendous upheaval across the United States. Images from iconic photographs and her father’s snapshots are incorporated, fragmented, scrutinized, and reconstructed throughout the collection as Paredez recalls untold stories from a war that changed her family and the nation.

Paredez will discuss her book as part of the New Books in Arts & Sciences series on April 27, 2020.

Jesus Velasco (LAIC)
Dead Voice: Law, Philosophy, and Fiction in the Iberian Middle Ages is an investigation into the methods, decisions, and theoretical perspectives that underpin the creation and writing of an all-encompassing legal code, the Siete Partidas (Seven Parts). An examination of the code's technologies and techniques of codification, it opens up a larger conversation with the theories and techniques of legal codification in other languages and cultures during the Middle Ages and beyond. 

Jennifer Wenzel (English)
How do literature and other cultural forms shape how we imagine the planet, for better or worse? The Disposition of Nature: Environmental Crisis and World Literature tackles the formal innovations, rhetorical appeals, and sociological imbrications of world literature that might help us confront unevenly distributed environmental crises, including global warming.

Wenzel will discuss her book as part of the New Books in Arts & Sciences series on February 24, 2020.

Elleni Centime Zeleke (MESAAS)
Ethiopia In Theory: Revolution and Knowledge Production, 1964-2016 examines the literature of the Ethiopian student movement of the 1960s in tandem with the movement’s afterlife, in order to ask: what does it mean to write today about the appropriation and indigenisation of Marxist and mainstream social science ideas in an Ethiopian and African context; and, importantly, what does the archive of revolutionary thought in Africa teach us about the practice of critical theory more generally?

Eliza Zingesser (French)
Stolen Song: How the Troubadours Became French documents the act of cultural appropriation that created a founding moment for French literary history: the rescripting and domestication of troubadour song, a prestige corpus in the European sphere, as French, and the simultaneous creation of an alternative point of origin for French literary history - a body of faux-archaic Occitanizing song.
Awards & Honors
Marc Hannaford (Music)

Hannaford's paper "Affordances and Free Improvisation: An Analytical Framework" was awarded the Steve Larson Award for Jazz Scholarship at the 2019 Society for Music Theory Meeting in Columbus. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the field of jazz theory and analysis. 
Matthew Hart (English)

Hart was selected by the Office of the Provost as a Provost Leadership Fellow for 2019-2021. This university-wide program is designed to support career development and skill-building opportunities for faculty as a pathway to enhancing academic governance and leadership at Columbia and to promote and nurture a climate of inclusive excellence.  
Ellie Hisama (Music)

Hisama was selected by the Office of the Provost as a Provost Leadership Fellow for 2019-2021. This university-wide program is designed to support career development and skill-building opportunities for faculty as a pathway to enhancing academic governance and leadership at Columbia and to promote and nurture a climate of inclusive excellence.    
Mark Lipovetsky (Slavic)

Lipovetsky has been awarded the Andrei Bely Prize for contributions to the field of Russian literature. The Andrei Bely Prize is Russia's oldest and most prestigious independent literary prize. 
Articles & Interviews
Robert Gooding-Williams (Philosophy)

Gooding-Williams wrote an article for Public Books on political membership, citizenship, and democracy in the US.
Mariusz Kozak (Music)

Kozak was interviewed by Columbia News about his new book, Enacting Musical Time: The Bodily Experience of New Music.
Ana Paulina Lee (LAIC)

Lee was the organizer of a screening of Marighella, followed by a discussion on censorship, race, and the current political climate in Brazil with the film's director Wagner Moura. This event was covered in Brazil's Folha de São Paulo.

Lee's panel discussion "A Celebration of Soft Power," on the importance of David Henry Hwang's "musical-within-a-play," was covered by Spectator.
Deborah Paredez (English)

Ahead of a new biopic about the Latinx star airing on Netflix, Paredez spoke in The Guardian about the music and influence of Selena, and the continuing importance she holds for her broad fan base.
Vicky Murillo (CSSD)

Murillo commented on new Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's role in the Argentinian election, in an op-ed for The New York Times.
Anupama Rao (MESAAS)

Rao was featured in an interview on Borderlines, "To Think Otherwise," on the 10th anniversary of her book, The Caste Question: Dalits and the Politics of Modern India.  

This interview is a part of ICLS's Ambedkar Initiative.

New Books in the Arts & Sciences
Celebrating Recent Work by Marianne Hirsch:
School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference

Tuesday, January 28, 2020  |  6:15pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

From clandestine images of Jewish children isolated in Nazi ghettos and Japanese American children incarcerated in camps to images of Native children removed to North American boarding schools, classroom photographs of schoolchildren are pervasive even in repressive historical and political contexts. School Photos in Liquid Time offers a closer look at this genre of vernacular photography, tracing how photography advances ideologies of social assimilation as well as those of hierarchy and exclusion. In Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer’s deft analysis, school photographs reveal connections between the histories of persecuted subjects in different national and imperial centers.

A discussion of Marianne Hirsch's new book, School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference, featuring:

  • Marianne Hirsch, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies, NYU
  • Gil Hochberg, Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies
  • Oluremi C. Onabanjo, PhD student in Art History at Columbia University and Visiting Critic in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jack Halberstam, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality 
Fellowships, Grants, & CFPs
Trinity Long Room Hub (Dublin) and SOF/Heyman Center (Columbia) Visiting Fellowships for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

The Trinity Long Room Hub (TLRH)—the humanities center of Trinity College Dublin—and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia (SOF/Heyman) welcome applications from tenured, tenure-track, and tenure-equivalent faculty for short-term visiting fellowships.
Beginning in 2018, the TLRH and the SOF/Heyman have annually awarded fellowships to at least one member from each of our respective communities so as to allow awardees to pursue their research projects while in residence at the other’s institution (normally, for a period of four to six weeks, excluding the months of June, July, and August). Faculty in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences are eligible to apply.  Fellows are expected to present their work on one or two occasions during the fellowship period and to interact with faculty, research scholars, and other visiting faculty and fellows in residence.
These fellowships are intended to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, and living expenses up to a maximum of $5K or the equivalent of €5K (whichever is greater) on a receipt basis, in line with University expense policies.  While applications are made to the home institution, the host institution vets them and issues invitations to visit.  Awards are made on a rolling basis, beginning 1 Feb 2020 for visits from March 2020 through May 2021.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) request proposals for Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG).  These grants support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

This program combines the former Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants and Digital Humanities Implementation Grants programs; the combined program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Office of the Provost announces a call for proposals for the Global Scholars Program, closely aligned with the Columbia Global Centers. The program support projects within and across these sites, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service.

The Global Scholars Program (GSP) presents undergraduates with the chance to deploy frameworks in the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences to investigate topics of transnational importance. Faculty provide a two-part curriculum for students in the program: an on-campus course followed by hands-on experience abroad at a Global Center during the summer, winter, or spring breaks. Further information is available in the GSP Request for Proposals.

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Support of projects by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation focuses on scholars in the humanities, social science and biomedicine fields. The planned project should be limited in terms of the subject and time.

Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.

An application can be filed in the following areas of support:

Interdisciplinary projects are also welcomed by the foundation. 

Deadline: February 15, 2020

The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life seeks proposals from Columbia University faculty for Joint Projects that aim to understand the role of religion and secularism, both historically and in the contemporary world. Joint Project funding may be applied to research projects, seminars, conferences, working groups, and other programs that bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars. You can see current Joint Projects here.

Joint Projects are an opportunity for Columbia faculty to engage directly with IRCPL and collaborate with the Institute in developing and managing the project. Part of our intention is to facilitate work on the study of religion and public life for colleagues who do not have institutional support (or limited funding options). Please note that Joint Projects are intended as a partnership and not a grant, and that the Institute will not transfer money to external departments.  Joint Projects are open to full-time officers of instruction at Columbia University, Barnard College, the Union Theological Seminary, and Teachers College.

Deadline: February 20, 2020

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